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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mary Jo White Is Still Fixated On All of You

Reported by Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

Fair warning: Mary Jo White still wants to amp up the oversight of all of you.

This morning at the annual SEC Speaks conference in Washington, D.C., the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair again targeted asset managers. In her speech, White put paying "particular attention to the activities of asset managers" in the context of "one of the most fundamental, and important, post-crisis changes for all financial regulators ... addressing risks that could have a systemic impact on the markets or the financial system as a whole."

White referenced her December speech on the subject, which was subsequently praised by Fed governor Daniel Tarullo. Here's her latest take (spoiler alert, she wants your input!):

[T]he staff has been developing three sets of initial recommendations to address the increasingly complex portfolio composition and operations of today's asset management industry, which manages more than $62 trillion of assets. The first seeks to modernize and enhance data reporting for both funds and investment advisers. The second would require registered funds to have controls in place to more effectively identify and manage the risks related to the diverse composition of their portfolios, including liquidity management and the use of derivatives in mutual funds and ETFs. The third focuses on planning for the impact of market stress events or when an adviser is no longer able to service its clients. Over the course of this year, which also marks the 75th anniversary of the SEC's role as the federal regulator of funds and advisers, the Commission and staff will consider each of these initiatives and we will be looking to market participants for their views.

In today's speech she also mentioned enhancing market structure, and facilitating capital formation for smaller issuers, as rulemaking on the SEC's plate this year. And she discussed money market mutual fund reforms and other efforts from last year. 

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