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SEC Official Warns Passive Funds May Pose Threat to Investors

“Investors do not get nearly enough usable information about how their money is being voted, and because of that, they cannot adequately hold those fund managers accountable for how they vote in those elections,” Securities and Exchange Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr. said Thursday

By Annie Massa

(Bloomberg) -- Passive mutual funds often leave investors in the dark on corporate-governance issues, threatening their ability to gain information on proxy voting decisions, a top U.S. regulatory official said.

“Investors do not get nearly enough usable information about how their money is being voted, and because of that, they cannot adequately hold those fund managers accountable for how they vote in those elections,” Securities and Exchange Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr. said Thursday in a speech in New York. “It’s time for that to change.”

Jackson said the SEC should “more closely examine whether funds should have to disclose information about proxy voting in a different manner” to allow informed decisions by retail investors. The commissioner was speaking at a Federal Trade Commission conference on competition and consumer protection at New York University.
 
 
To contact the reporter on this story: Annie Massa in New York at [email protected] To contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at [email protected] Steven Crabill, Peter Eichenbaum
 

 

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