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February 12, 2013
14:29 EDTFII, BEN, TROWFederal 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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April 15, 2014
07:28 EDTTROWSEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
13:43 EDTBEN, TROWFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
16:31 EDTBENFranklin Resources preliminary AUM $886.9B at March 31
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April 4, 2014
10:02 EDTBENOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Hasbro (HAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sonic (SONC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... AutoZone (AZO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
05:51 EDTBENFranklin Resources downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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