Relationships Matter: BBD's Investment Management Group 2019-2020 Annual Report

Posted by admin on Aug 18, 2020 5:23:00 PM

We're thrilled to share the BBD Investment Management Group 2019-2020 Annual Report. 

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On-Demand Webcast Replay: The Next Evolution of Fair Value- The SEC's Proposed Rule 2a-5

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2020 8:52:00 AM

In April, the SEC released proposed Rule 2a-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940.  The proposed Rule is the next step in an ongoing effort to address valuation practices more comprehensively for registered investment companies and business development companies.

 

Rule 2a-5 will create a significant shift in the roles and interaction of Boards and investment advisors related to fair value determinations.  Everyone involved in the management and oversight of registered funds will be impacted by these developments.

 

In BBD's latest Webcast, John Braun and Cory Stewart teamed up with Cillian Lynch from Stradley Ronan and Brad Swenson from SS&C ALPS for a lively discussion about The Next Evolution of Fair Value: The SEC's Proposed Rule 2a-5.

The Webcast included considerations from the auditor, legal and administrator perspectives.

To view a replay, click the link below.

The Next Evolution of Fair Value: The SEC's Proposed Rule 2a-5

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Pro Forma No "More-a"

Posted by Greg Kieselowsky on Aug 16, 2020 1:07:00 PM

On May 1, 2019, the SEC proposed amendments intended to:

  • Improve the financial information reported to investors about acquired and disposed businesses
  • Facilitate more timely access to capital
  • Reduce the complexity and costs to prepare the disclosures
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An Overview of GIPS 2020

Posted by Jesse LaGrossa on Jun 17, 2020 6:00:34 PM

The release of the GIPS 2020 Standards is the most significant overhaul of the GIPS Standards in almost a decade. Below are significant provisions of the 2020 standards that could impact how firms calculate and present performance to their current and prospective clients.

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The Next Evolution of Fair Value: The SEC’s Proposed Rule 2a-5

Posted by John Braun on May 28, 2020 12:53:45 PM

An Auditor’s Perspective for Boards of Directors/Trustees

In April, the SEC released proposed Rule 2a-5 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, which addresses valuation practices and the relative role of the Board for registered investment companies and business development companies. The proposal looks to be another “catch-up” by the SEC to account for the growing complexity of valuations and the evolution of developments that have taken place with respect to accounting and auditing regulations.

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In Challenging Times, An Option For Funds To Retain Cash

Posted by Matthew Romano on May 22, 2020 4:30:00 PM

Given the current COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact, it’s possible that some Regulated Investment Companies (“RICs”) could be exploring ways to retain their cash.  The shareholder distribution requirements of IRC Section 851, however, remain, and it is highly unlikely Treasury or the IRS would ever grant relief in this area.

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A New Spin On Spin-Offs

Posted by Lori Ehleben on May 15, 2020 5:39:50 PM

Are registered funds recording taxable spin-off transactions correctly?

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Valuing Private Investments in Mutual Funds and Interval Funds

Posted by John Braun on Apr 24, 2020 6:31:00 PM

Many advisers of registered products, including mutual funds and closed-end interval funds, invest in private alternative investments as part of their portfolio strategy. And generally, they are permitted by the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to do so. While mutual funds are restricted to investing up to 15% of net assets in illiquid securities, there are no such restrictions for interval funds.

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COVID-19: Notable Investment Company Regulatory Changes

Posted by Rajesh Misra on Apr 17, 2020 5:10:15 PM

In recognition of the operational challenges caused by COVID-19 for funds and their Trustees/Directors, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have both issued exemptions relating to filing due dates and other requirements.

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Structuring Your ETF to Support Your Intended Dividend Strategy

Posted by James Kaiser on Apr 14, 2020 6:05:39 PM

One of the many appealing aspects of the ETF vehicle is that it is generally designed to be tax efficient. The primary mechanism for achieving tax efficiency is the ability to redeem appreciated securities in-kind.  Any gains realized on securities redeemed in-kind are not taxable and therefore do not need to be distributed to underlying shareholders. The ability to utilize custom baskets further enhances an ETF’s tax efficiency by redeeming a sampling of appreciated securities in redemption transactions, while selling depreciated securities to harvest losses.  A seasoned ETF is unlikely to ever have to pay a capital gain distribution.

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