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February 12, 2013
14:29 EDTTROW, FII, BENFederal Reserve presidents support money market mutual fund reform in letter
The presidents of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks have submitted a joint letter responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council's proposal on money market mutual fund reform, according to an announcement posted to the site of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The twelve Reserve Bank presidents support the Council's efforts to address the structural vulnerabilities of MMFs. They also agree with the Council's determination that MMFs' activities and practices could create or increase the risk of liquidity and credit problems spreading through the financial system. In the letter, the Reserve Bank presidents discuss the risks associated with MMF activities and practices, focus on issues that should be addressed as part of any reform proposal, such as enhancing the accuracy of market-based net asset values, present observations on each of the three reform alternatives in the Council’s proposal, discuss why standby liquidity fees and temporary redemption gates would not address financial stability risks, and concur with the Council that more than one alternative could address the financial stability concerns posed by MMFs – for example, fund sponsors could be permitted to offer both a floating NAV fund and separately a stable NAV fund with a capital buffer or a buffer coupled with a Minimum Balance at Risk. The Fly notes that Federated Investors (FII) CEO Christopher Donahue has been an outspoken opponent of an effort to impose new regulations on the industry. Reference Link
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March 20, 2015
12:02 EDTFIIFederated Investors to acquire $91M in assets from Touchstone Ohio
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08:31 EDTFIIFederated Investors to acquire $91M in assets from Touchstone Ohio
Federated Investors and Touchstone Advisors have reached a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition by Federated of certain assets relating to Touchstone's management of the Touchstone Ohio Tax-Free Money Market Fund, a series of Touchstone Tax-Free Trust. In connection with the acquisition, approximately $91M in tax-free money market assets will be reorganized from the Touchstone Ohio Tax-Free Money Market Fund into Federated Ohio Municipal Cash Trust, a portfolio with a similar investment objective. Federated Ohio Municipal Cash Trust has approximately $391M in net assets and is a portfolio of the Federated Money Market Obligations Trust, which has approximately $184B in aggregate net assets. With approximately $19B in tax-free, state-specific money market assets under management, Federated offers more tax-free state money market products than any other investment manager. The reorganization is expected to be tax-free and is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. Closing of the transaction is subject to shareholder approval and certain other contingencies.

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