Author Archive | Paul Soltis

Physics, Aircraft Carriers, and Liquidity Buckets

At its March 14 open meeting, the SEC approved a proposal that while still mandating funds to use the SEC’s Form N-PORT to report liquidity classifications, commonly known as “buckets”, it would, among other things, eliminate the public reporting of buckets. The vote was generally split along party lines, with Republican Commissioners Piwowar and Peirce […]

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Delays Aren’t What They Used to Be

Why the Form N-PORT Temporary Rule Is All Hat and No Cattle

Pretty much from the day the SEC finalized its reporting modernization rules, the industry has lobbied for something to ease the burden of readiness and processing – a delay, an extended monthly due date, a reduction in frequency – and often cybersecurity was the justification for those readiness and processing asks. The requests were met […]

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Happy Birthday, Form N-PORT!

It seems like only yesterday that the SEC finalized the rules for Investment Company Reporting Modernization and the Investment Company Liquidity Risk Management Program, yet in reality that momentous day was about one year ago. While the compliance date is still eight months away, the time between now and the first filing is likely to […]

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Need the Form N-PORT XML Schema?

Get Ready to Wait.

As SEC Reporting Modernization moves from planning to preparation, one persistent gap in those plans – and an issue at the top of everyone’s concerns – is the release of the Form N-PORT XML Schema. XML is data that has been assigned standardized tags that denote the meaning of each data item. It is what […]

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First SEC Open Meeting Post Chairman White

Focus on Data, Not Documents

The initial SEC open meeting for 2017, held on March 1, was no ordinary open meeting. At only two commissioners, the SEC is at less than half its full strength. The meeting was the first since Chairman Mary Jo White left the Commission. And it was the first open meeting under the pro-deregulation Trump administration. […]

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The Strange Twists and Turns of Politics

“We’ll postpone the vote if, there’s a little confusion here, so we’ll postpone the vote”.  With those words from Chairman Richard Shelby way back on April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs delayed consideration of President Obama’s nomination of Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce for membership in the SEC.  […]

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Freaking Out, Brexit Style

The first line of the Fortune article read “Decades of European integration were blown up by a single vote”. For the Economist, a “senseless, self-inflicted blow”. The Telegraph deemed it the “greatest disaster to befall the block in its 59-year history”. NIKKEI 225 down 7.92%. DAX down 6.82%, CAC 40 down 8.04%, FTSE down 3.15%, […]

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