SEC Lays Out FinReg Timetable
WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has released a timetable highlighting upcoming rule proposals for new measures under the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Between October and December, the SEC plans to issue proposals in several categories from the new law including oversight of investment advisors to hedge funds and other private funds, derivatives (issues with security-based swaps), clearing and settlement, credit ratings (such as establishing a new Office of Credit Rating), asset-backed securities, corporate governance disclosure including executive compensation rules and municipal securities.
Some of the more notable rule proposals in the first leg include a revision to Regulation FD to "remove exemption for entities whose primary business is the issuance of credit ratings," new rules regarding the use of representations and warranties in the asset-backed securities market, corporate governance hot button issues including 'say-on-pay,' golden parachutes and restrictions to independent director compensation committee measures.
Between January and March of next year, the SEC will propose further rules and, in the early part of the year, (along with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission) present a report to Congress regarding the "feasibility of requiring the derivatives industry to adopt standardized computer-readable algorithmic descriptions."The SEC is also preparing another report on the obligations of broker-dealers and investment advisers when it comes to fiduciary duty, due this winter. The SEC also plans to adopt rule changes in the January to March timeframe regarding the reps and warranties issues for asset-backed securities as well as corporate governance issues, laid out in the next few months. Finally the SEC plans to adopt further rule changes between April and July 2011. The controversial FinReg law, ultimately named the Dodd-Frank Act, was signed by President Obama on July 21, 2010. In the new law are measures that span everything from curbing proprietary trading at the big banks to new consumer protections to getting a chance at peeking under the Federal Reserve's books. The timetable was first cited by corporate governance firm, RiskMetrics. --Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.
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