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SEC proposes new approach to mutual fund asset-based distribution fees
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) has proposed a new rule and rule amendments that would replace Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (ICA) with a new regulatory framework governing how mutual funds may use fund assets to finance distribution and marketing costs (the Proposal).


The SEC targets the advertising of "target date funds” with new proposed rules
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • July 13 2010

On June 16, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to the investment company advertising rules focused primarily on "target date funds" - mutual funds managed to provide a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date or life expectancy (the Proposed Rules).


Investment companies may provide summary prospectuses to 401(k) and other ERISA plans offering their funds
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • September 11 2009

On September 8, 2009, in Field Assistance Bulletin 2009-3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approved the use of “summary prospectuses” for mutual funds to satisfy prospectus delivery obligations of employee benefit plans, such as 401(k) plans.


Supreme Court agrees to hear mutual fund case
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • USA
  • March 20 2009

On March 9, 2009, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case of Jones v. Harris Associates, which will be the first case focused on a mutual fund industry issue to come before the Court in a number of years.