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SEC’s Release No. IC-31184 to Remove Credit Ratings from Money Market Fund Rule

Issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“the Commission”), Release No. IC-31184, Removal of Certain References to Credit Ratings and Amendment to the Issuer Diversification Requirement in the Money Market Fund Rule, was approved unanimously on July 23rd. The proposal aims to help the Commission lessen reliance on credit ratings in its rules due to the 2008 financial crisis. Among the changes proposed, most were part of Release No. 33-9408, Money Market Fund Reform, and relate to provisions in Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Dodd-Frank Act ordered regulatory groups to review rules that use. Read More.

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Institutional Prime Money Market Funds Move to Floating NAV

With a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) yesterday adopted a final rule to restrict investors’ risk on money market funds. Voted at an open meeting, the rule requires institutional prime money market funds to shift from a $1 per share net asset value (NAV) to a floating NAV. The floating NAV will apply only to institutional prime money market funds, but the rule also contains discretionary liquidity fees and gates for non-government funds. Also at yesterday’s meeting, the SEC voted to re-propose amendments that would take out credit ratings references from Rule 2a-7, as required by. Read More.

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