AFREF sent a letter in support of proposals from both the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would provide the agencies and by extension the Financial Stability Oversight Council with additional information from the $18 trillion private fund industry related to: more specific details about their holdings in digital assets, more granular data around derivatives and swaps that reference corporate debt and information about the base currencies their holdings are denominated in. Such information will help regulators ensure that they have a clearer picture into the holdings and risks posed by the $18 trillion private fund industry in order to be able to react proactively to any risks that may threaten the financial system.
Letter to Regulators: Letter to Treasury on How to Increase Transparency in the U.S. Treasury Market”
AFREF sent a letter to the Treasury Department on how to increase transparency in the U.S. Treasury market.
AFREF sent a roadmap for action to the Federal Reserve.
Letters to Regulators: Letter to the SEC in Response to Request for Comment on Certain Information Providers Acting as Investment Advisors
AFREF sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission supporting its proposal to treat index providers as investment advisers given the many traits of index providers that resemble investment advice.
Such proposals are necessary as index funds have grown to become a multi-trillion dollar industry but one whose decisions to include or exclude issuers from the indices, and which many fund managers must closely follow, remain opaque and feature a number of conflicts-of-interest.
Letters to Regulators: Letter to the SEC in Support of Proposals to Protect Investors in Private Funds
AFREF sent a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission supporting several of its proposals that would better protect investors in private funds (such as hedge funds and private equity firms) that currently do not have the basic, necessary information they currently need to make informed decisions.
Letters to Regulators: Comments to the Federal Reserve on Firms’ Eligibility to Gain Access to Privileged Fed Reserve Accounts and Services
AFREF sent a comment letter to the Federal Reserve on firms’ eligibility to gain access to privileged Fed Reserve accounts and services.
AFREF sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission supporting its proposals to reform Money Market Mutual Funds to better protect investors and the financial system. Money Market Mutual Funds have now been bailed out by policymakers twice in the last 12 years and benefit from paying higher interest rates above bank deposits without being subject to the same investor protection and safeguards as them.
AFREF sent a comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) supporting the SEC’s proposals to modernize the reporting of beneficial ownership by including cash-settled derivatives in large position reports over Schedules 13D and 13G. We also urge the SEC to clarify its definition of who should constitute a “group” under the proposal as it should only apply to the sharing of material nonpublic information related to not yet disclosed large positions instead of efforts to improve the long-term corporate governance of companies.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposals on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) provide retail investors with much greater investor protections, which is welcome news to AFR, as we have been urging such changes for more than a year.
AFREF led a letter with thirteen organizational signatories commenting in support of a rule proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that would significantly increase the transparency of stock buybacks. A central component of the proposed rule is daily disclosures of stock buybacks. (Current disclosure requirements are only quarterly.) In the comment letter, we commend the SEC on the proposed rule and make recommendations to further strengthen protections against market manipulation and insider trading that we believe would improve long-term financial stability and growth.