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Wednesday, November 27. 2019
SEC Proposes to Modernize Regulation of Derivatives Used by Registered Funds and Business Development Companies
On November 25th, the SEC proposed a new rule that should enhance the regulation of the use of derivatives by registered investment companies (including mutual funds), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, and business development companies. Funds often use derivatives to gain exposure more efficiently to particular asset classes while mitigating risk, but there are cases where derivative use can heighten risks to investors and markets, including risks related to leverage. In addition, the development of staff guidance and industry practice over past decades has created situations where different funds may treat the same kind of derivative differently, often based on their own views and opinions of the SEC's rules and industry standards. These amendments would codify a uniform set of conditions and exemptions through an updated and more comprehensive approach to the regulation of the use of derivatives by these funds, and this would in turn benefit investors, fund, and the markets by standardizing the framework for funds'
derivatives risk management.