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Investor protections


Shareholder Proposal Rule: Will Proponents Have the Votes in Time to Beat the CRA Clock?

The investor community overwhelmingly opposed the changes and more than 200 organizations have written to Congress in support of the CRA resolution. The window to act is short as the clock runs out in early May,

The Biden SEC – Time to Restore an Investor Protection Vibe

With a new Administration comes fresh leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the most important securities regulator on the world stage. We have a simple request, get us back on track for investor protection.

SEC’s Proposed Exemption for Finders Would Short-Change Investor Protection and Market Transparency

Finders with the right contacts among investors can play useful roles in bridging funding gaps. Unfortunately, however, the world of finders also has a dark side of fraudsters, market manipulators, and bad actors. The SEC's proposed exemption fails to acknowledge this.

DOL Finalizes Rule on ESG Investing: Is “Nonpecuniary” a Synonym for “ESG”?

The final DOL rule is a substantive improvement over the widely opposed original proposal, but industry participants remain concerned about its chilling effect on ESG investing and factor integration, as well as about the integrity of the rulemaking process.

Proposed 13F Rule Change Reduces Transparency, May Lack Authority

SEC Rule 13F is seeking to raise the asset threshold for investment managers to report their holdings rom $100 million to $3.5 billion.

The Power of Nudges in Financial Advice

Beware the nudge: Many people do not realize this, but we often are swayed in our decision-making processes by our emotions, the methods by which products or services are marketed to us, and the context of our current situation or surroundings. Nudges strategically and effectively make use of biases and mental shortcuts to influence behaviour and decisions while preserving freedom of choice.

A crisis of trust

Korea’s wealth management industry is in a crisis of trust. To restore investor confidence, regulators, industry organizations, and financial institutions must work together to address the underlying causes of the problems.

The SEC’s Proposal on Private Markets: Don’t Tip the Balance Further

The SEC is proposing major changes to the rules governing private markets to help young companies raise capital and to expand retail investor access to private markets. CFA Institute argues that the proposal would weaken investor protections and tip the balance yet further against public markets.

Striking the Right Balance: Revising the Accredited Investor Definition

The SEC has proposed to amend the accredited investor definition, which could open the door for eventual recognition of the CFA® charter as a qualifying designation allowing them to participate in private markets.

Safeguarding Investor Outcomes

Financial industries around the world thrive on an incentives-driven model, sometimes to the detriment of investors. This approach has created some issues in Australia. What are other countries doing to raise the level of investor protection?

Corporate culture and professionalism: Can COVID-19 spark regulators and the industry to take action?

Despite its severity, this crisis also could represent an opportunity for regulators and financial institutions to set out measures to address inappropriate culture and behaviors, which were the factors precipitating the 2008 global financial crisis that remain present in markets today.

Accelerated Filer Amendments Weaken Investor Protections

CFA Institute supports preserving the previous accelerated filer definition. The new one weakens investor protections.



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