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SEC Adopts Liquidity Risk Management Program Rule

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The SEC has adopted a new rule requiring open-end registered funds to establish liquidity risk management programs.  New Rule 22e-4 will require registered funds to implement a program that assesses liquidity risk, classify securities into one of four liquidity categories, set a liquidity minimum, and report violations of overall portfolio illiquidity limits.  The liquidity risk program also requires Board oversight including the designation of a fund officer to administer the program.  The SEC also adopted new monthly portfolio disclosure rules for registered funds as well as a rule allowing funds to use swing pricing.  Fund complexes with more than $1 Billion in net assets must comply with the liquidity risk management rule by December 1, 2018.

OUR TAKE: The new rules will require a great deal of additional work for the folks in operations, legal and compliance.  The Oper-Pros will need to figure out how to pull and classify the data.  The lawyers will have to create additional disclosures.  And, the Compli-Pros will likely be the appointed officers to administer the programs.

https://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2016-215.html

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