March 25, 2020

SEC Staff Grants Temporary Relief to Support Money Market Funds

On March 19, 2020, the SEC staff (Staff) issued a no-action letter to the Investment Company Institute (ICI Letter) that provides relief to money market funds (MMFs).  In the ICI Letter, the Staff will permit an affiliated person of an MMF (or an affiliated person of such person) that is…

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March 25, 2020

Federal Reserve Opens Expanded Money Market Fund Liquidity Facility

On March 23, 2020, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced the opening of an expanded Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMFLF). The MMFLF will last until September 30, 2020 and applies to money market funds (MMFs) that identify themselves as prime, single state, or other tax exempt MMFs on Form…

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March 19, 2020

Federal Reserve Creates Money Market Fund Liquidity Facility

On March 18, 2020, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced the creation of a Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMFLF).  The MMFLF will last until September 30, 2020 and applies to money market funds (MMFs) that identify themselves as “prime” MMFs on Form N-MFP.  Under the MMFLF, eligible borrowers (certain…

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March 12, 2020

Broker-Dealer Entities Fined $35 Million for Violations Relating to Inverse ETF Recommendations to Retail Investors

The SEC recently fined two dual registrant broker-dealers $35 million for violations involving inadequate compliance policies and procedures, unsuitable recommendations and failure to supervise arising out of recommendations to certain retail investors that invested in single-inverse ETFs. Single-inverse ETFs are ETFs that seek returns that are the opposite of the…

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March 9, 2020

SEC Requests Comment on Fund Names Rule; Seeks to Eliminate Misleading Fund Names

On March 2, 2020, the SEC published a release seeking public comment on current requirements that restrict the use of potentially misleading fund names (principally, Rule 35d-1 under the 1940 Act (Names Rule)). The release notes that fund names are often the first piece of information investors see and that…

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February 24, 2020

Blackstone Receives Order on Novel Exemptive Application under the 1940 Act

On February 19, 2020, the SEC issued an order granting an application for exemptive relief filed by Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds (Blackstone Trust) and Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC. The exemptive relief permits the Blackstone Trust’s board of trustees to approve new sub-advisory agreements and material amendments to existing sub-advisory…

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February 24, 2020

Non-Transparent ETFs Receive Approvals to List on an Exchange

Earlier this month, certain non-transparent ETFs (NT ETFs) received approval to be able to list on an exchange. On February 12 and 20, 2020, the SEC approved Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.’s (Cboe) proposals to list and trade shares of American Century Focused Dynamic Growth ETF, American Century Focused Large Cap…

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January 24, 2020

Blackstone Receives Notice on Novel Exemptive Application under the 1940 Act

On January 21, 2020, the SEC issued a “notice” relating to an exemptive application filed by Blackstone Alternative Investment Funds (Blackstone Trust) and Blackstone Alternative Investment Advisors LLC (Blackstone). The application requests relief that would permit the Blackstone Trust’s board of trustees to approve new sub-advisory agreements and material amendments…

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January 16, 2020

Major Exchanges for ETFs Have Filed Proposed Rule Changes to Establish Generic Listing Standards for ETF Shares Permitted to Rely on Rule 6c-11

NYSE Arca, Inc., the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ), and Cboe BZX Exchange have filed proposed rule changes with the SEC to establish generic listing standards for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are permitted to operate in reliance on Rule 6c-11 under the 1940 Act. The proposed changes would largely simplify…

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January 16, 2020

SEC Proposes to Modernize Auditor Independence Rules

On December 30, 2019, the SEC proposed amendments to codify certain staff consultations and modernize certain aspects of its auditor independence regulatory framework (Proposed Amendments). The Proposed Amendments are intended to eliminate non-substantive rule breaches and unnecessary reviews by audit committees of non-substantive matters (i.e., relationships and services that would…

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