The Securities and Exchange Commission has long enforced consistency between the name and strategy of a regulated investment company.
The original “Names Rule,” Rule 35d-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, was issued in 2001 and was intended to help ensure a fund’s name does not misrepresent the fund’s investments and risks to investors. It generally requires that if a fund’s name suggests a focus in a particular investment type, industry or geographic region, the fund must adopt a policy to invest at least 80% of its assets accordingly. Similarly, if the fund’s name suggests that its distributions are tax-exempt, for example, the investment policy must adhere to this claim.
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Preparing the Financial Statements
As part of the preparation of financial statements, Management should actively search for events occurring and information available after the fiscal year-end but before financial statements are issued– commonly known as subsequent events. In the context of an investment company, most subsequent event considerations of a material nature are one of a handful of events – for example valuation of investments, litigation, liquidation or reorganization, or significant capital changes.Read More
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As investors continue to search for new ways to drive alpha, lower costs and increase accessibility, there has been increased discussion across the investment management industry about converting separately managed accounts (“SMA”s) into exchange traded funds (“ETF”s).Read More
Should an ETF investing in foreign securities utilize fair value adjustment factors? Before answering this question, we should address why investment companies use fair value adjustment factors. Funds that invest in international securities could be subject to market timers looking to take advantage of the arbitrage that may occur between the time a foreign stock exchange closes and the time the U.S. stock exchange closes. The market timer buys into the fund and then sells out of the fund the next day, driving up costs and diluting the share value for long-term investors.Read More
Hedge funds can incur start-up costs called organization and offering costs. Oftentimes, the treatment of these costs for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP) purposes can cause headaches during the audit process. The key to avoiding this particular headache is understanding the issue and then coordinating with your auditor on a plan of action during the organization of the fund.Read More
We often have conversations with portfolio managers who have experience managing a portfolio in a large shop and decide to break away and start their own investment advisory business. Many of these managers have an interest in launching their own pooled investment vehicle, often a product that they have been working “on the side.”Read More
When investing in a SPAC, at the IPO or after, you are not investing in an actual company with fundamentals.Read More
Given that mutual funds and ETFs are both types of regulated investment companies with audits subject to the requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, there are certainly many similarities in the audit process for both. However, there are some key differences to note, particularly in the areas of:Read More