Blunt SEC derivatives proposals too onerous for funds

Crossover between derivatives and liquidity rules threatens heavy burden for buy side

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On December 11, 2015 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules for mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and closed funds regarding derivatives usage. This was the second major funds-focused proposal from the SEC in the latter half of the year. The SEC proposed liquidity risk-management rules at the end of September. Derivatives usage by funds has risen rapidly in recent years and the SEC believed its piecemeal regulatory structure for funds needed an overhaul.

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