Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Beneficial Owners: "Most at risk, yet least served" by Disclosures

Comments to SEC on Proposed 10c-1 Reporting by Securities Lenders

Author: Ed Blount

CSFME comments on proposed Rule 10c-1, as submitted 15 December 2021 to the Securities and Exchange Commission:

"With regard to the above-cited 10c-1 disclosure system, my colleagues and I consider inclusion in the rule proposal of an optional section on alternatives to be a genuine invitation to propose reasonable changes. We assume that the Commission must already realize that the mandated disclosure system, as currently proposed, will likely not achieve its goals.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

“Wisely and Slow; They Stumble that Run Fast.”

Finding a Better Value Proposition for the SEC's Sec Lending Disclosure Rule

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

The SEC has proposed a radical and potentially very costly reporting regime for securities finance transactions to increase transparency "to brokers, dealers, and investors."  While there is no requirement for the Commission to discuss or examine the economic effects of regulatory alternatives, in this case, they have included some alternatives it could consider to the reporting structure they propose, presumably to focus potential commenters on specific ideas they want explored. The Commission has seemingly outsourced the economic analysis of its suggested alternatives to industry commenters. Also, by doing so, the Commission has hinted it is interested in hearing about well-supported alternatives, and may even be inviting counter-proposals. 

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Selling Transparency: A Bean Counter's Blog

NEW DATA MODEL FOR SECURITIES FINANCE

Author: Ed Blount

A new disclosure data model has just been proposed by the SEC for U.S. securities lenders. Adoption of the model, called 10c-1 after the revised regulation, would be “one of the most drastic adjustments in the history of the securities lending industry,” writes Sidley Austin, a leading Wall Street law firm and advisor to broker-dealers. Previously, we have explained the proposal and intended benefits. Now we begin to analyze the proposed 10c-1 disclosure system’s value proposition. Will disclosure help more than it will cost to create and manage the network that supports the new disclosure system?

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Who Bears the Cost of the SEC's Securities Lending Disclosure Proposal?

The Winners and Losers in Mandatory Transparency

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed a new reporting regime to increase transparency and efficiency in the securities-lending market. The proposal is a sweeping change and a somewhat novel approach to bringing securities lending out of the dark. While the merits of the proposal's approach will no doubt be thoroughly scrutinized and debated, so should its cost and who will bear that cost. While the potential benefits would seem to flow to all participants in the securities lending markets, the SEC's choice to place the reporting burden on lenders and their agents also burdens those loan participants (lenders particularly) with nearly the entire cost of compliance. 

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

U.S. Stock Loan "Ticker": A Gift to Beneficial Owners?

SEC's New Disclosure Regime to Fix "Information Assymetry"

Author: Ed Blount

Make no mistake. The new 10c-1 disclosure proposal by the SEC is an Investor Protection Rule on steroids. It is also a profound escalation of regulatory support for Investor Self-Protection. Nothing less than a near real-time stock loan ticker will result, if enacted, that is intended to reveal U.S. loan rates and liquidity to the investing public for the first time in history.

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