SEC Deadlock on Money Funds May Prompt FSOC Intervention

By Steven Sloan and Cheyenne Hopkins

Divisions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could prompt a panel of regulators from other agencies to intervene in a debate over strengthening rules governing the $2.6 trillion money-market fund industry, three people familiar with the situation said.  If the SEC is unable to reach agreement, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to monitor large risks to the economy, may decide to officially designate money funds as “systemically important.” That would increase pressure on the SEC to overcome industry opposition and internal disagreements to propose new rules.  “I expect FSOC to declare money-market funds” systemically significant “if it becomes clear the SEC cannot act,” said Karen Shaw Petrou, co-founder and managing partner at Washington-based Federal Financial Analytics Inc., a regulatory consulting firm. “And I expect them to do so by the summer.”

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