Mary Schapiro's remarks
at the Sifma annual meeting in New York last week is catching the attention of a publication that reaches the advisor crowd. InvestmentNews's key take-away
is this: SEC staffers working on money market fund reform are focusing their attention on coming up with a capital buffer reform proposal.
The SEC narrowed its focus after weighing at least eight different options over the past year.
"In assessing potential capital buffer structures, we are examining the pros and cons of various sources of the capital," Schapiro said in her speech. "The capital in a money market fund could come from (1) the fund's sponsor, (2) the fund's shareholders, or (3) the market, through the issuance of debt or a subordinated equity class."
"In addition, we are closely examining the appropriate size of any capital buffer. A challenge is how to establish a capital buffer that offers meaningful protection against unexpected events, without over-protecting and unnecessarily interfering with the prudent and efficient portfolio management of the fund," she continued.
Meanwhile, the floating NAV option is still on the table.
Floating NAVs are one of two reform options
the SEC is looking at, Schapiro said, adding that "much of the SEC staff's energy, working jointly with staff from other FSOC member agencies, is focused on developing a meaningful capital buffer reform proposal."
to read the complete speech.
Armie Margaret Lee
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