The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced another meeting of its Investor Advisory Committee.  The virtual public meeting will be open to the public and webcast on May 21, 2020 starting at 10:00 am Eastern Time.  The Committee’s agenda includes a panel discussion regarding index funds, and a panel discussion regarding credit rating agencies.

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In remarks last week, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Clayton discussed the SEC’s proposed amendments to streamline and modernize the requirements for Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) disclosures.  The proposed amendments continue the SEC’s progress with its disclosure effectiveness initiative.

Chair Clayton also commented on other areas of disclosure and rulemaking focus, including, among others: 

In a recent speech, Commissioner Kara Stein addressed a number of disclosure related concerns, including cyber disclosures and ESG disclosures.  Just as many of us had been reading about a decline in the number of SEC Staff comments regarding the use of non-GAAP measures in SEC filings, Commissioner Stein’s remarks seemed to focus renewed attention

On October 1, 2018, a public petition was filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for a rulemaking on environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure. The Petition was authored by two law professors and signed by investors and associated organizations representing more than $5 trillion in assets under management.

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