Money Fund Lehman Moment Lurks as New Protections Stall

Publication: Bloomberg

Author: Dave Michaels and Christopher Condon

9/05/2013 —A year ago, when opposition from the asset-management industry killed her plan to make money-market mutual funds safer, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro looked to Timothy Geithner, then the Treasury Secretary, to tackle “one of the pieces of unfinished business from the financial crisis.”

It remains unfinished.

As Schapiro and Geithner prepared to leave government toward the end of 2012, the effort started anew to make the $2.6 trillion money-fund industry less likely to disrupt global financial markets. Norm Champ, a Harvard University-trained lawyer and the SEC’s top regulator of mutual funds, canvassed the remaining four commissioners, seeking to find common ground on which new rules could be built after Schapiro failed to corral enough votes to push her plan forward.

Read the full article, Money-Fund Rule Fight Goes to House as Providers Lobby Anew, on the Bloomberg website.