By Christopher L. Wallace, Business Assurance & Advisory Services Partner | Financial Services Team Leader
On May 20, 2015, the SEC proposed rules that would eliminate the requirement that mutual fund information be sent to investors in paper form (Release No. 33-9976, Investment Company Reporting Modernization). If the proposed rule is finalized, it will permit mutual funds and other investment companies to provide investor financial information on their websites, thus modernizing how information is transmitted and reducing printing and mailing costs. The proposed rule had a comment deadline of August 11, 2015. Recently, two senators and a congressman told SEC Chair Mary Jo White that they were concerned that eliminating the paper requirement could be a disadvantage to some small investors that don’t have quick access to the internet. On August 10, 2015, the lawmakers wrote “Given the significant adverse impact this rule would have on our nation’s small investors, especially on those who reside in rural communities without broadband connectivity, allowing sufficient time for thoughtful review and commentary on the proposed rule is an appropriate precaution to ensure the SEC is able to hear thoroughly from all interested parties”. The lawmakers asked to extend the comment deadline by an additional 90 days.