Norm Champ has been on the job as Director of the Division of Investment Management at the Securities and Exchange Commission for eight months and a lot of mutual fund executives are nervously waiting for the SEC has in store for the industry in 2013 and beyond.
The Securities and Exchange Commission may move ahead with "harmonization" of broker and investment-adviser rules before deciding whether to propse a rule that would raise investment-advice standards for brokers. That is creating concern in the adviser community.
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday called for more information from industry members and other stakeholders about the potential impact of its proposal to apply a uniform fiduciary standard of care to broker-dealers and investment advisors who provide advice to retail customers.
At the outset, the U.S. Supreme Court's latest ruling against the Securities and Exchange Commission-that there is a five-year limit on bringing fraud claims- may sound like a victory for mutual funds and their advisors.