| Thursday, May 27, 2004
Nancy Condon 202-728-8379
Herb Perone 202-728-8464
NASD Names 20 To Mutual Fund Task Force
Washington, D.C.—NASD Chairman and CEO Robert Glauber today announced the appointment of 20 individuals to NASD's new Mutual Fund Task Force, whose mission will be to consider ways to bring greater transparency to mutual fund costs and distribution arrangements. The task force members, who represent a cross-section of the broker-dealer and mutual fund communities, will meet for the first time on June 23, 2004.
Named to serve on the task force are:
The task force is the product of discussions between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and NASD staffs, building on the NASD's previous work on the Breakpoints and Omnibus Task Forces. The views of the Task Force will help to inform SEC rule proposals and requests for comment regarding mutual fund cost disclosure and distribution arrangements.
The work of the Mutual Fund Task Force will proceed in two phases to provide timely input to the SEC's rulemaking process. In the first, it will consider mutual fund portfolio transaction costs - including directed brokerage arrangements, soft dollars and disclosure. It's expected the task force will report back to the SEC on these issues in the next several months.
In the second phase, task force members will focus on distribution arrangements, including 12b-1 fees and revenue sharing. Phase two will include a comprehensive view of mutual fund distribution and will require a longer time commitment than phase one.
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