Proposed Rules for Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations
In the first of three related actions the Commission is proposing rule amendments that would impose additional requirements on nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (``NRSROs'') in order to address concerns about the integrity of their credit rating procedures and methodologies in the light of the role they played in determining credit ratings for securities collateralized by or linked to subprime residential mortgages. Second, the Commission also makes a proposal related to structured finance products rating symbology. And third, in the near future, the Commission intends to propose rule amendments that would be intended to reduce undue reliance in the Commission's rules on NRSRO ratings.
Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting
The Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting is providing notice that it will hold a public meeting on Friday, July 11, 2008, in the Multipurpose Room, Room L-006, at the Commission's main offices, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be open to the public. The meeting will be Webcast on the Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov. The public is invited to submit written statements for the meeting. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion and deliberation of draft recommendations for the Committee's final report to the Commission. The Committee also may discuss written statements received and other matters of concern.
Interactive Data for Mutual Fund Risk/Return Summary
We are proposing rules requiring mutual funds to provide risk/ return summary information in a form that would improve its usefulness to investors. Under the proposed rules, risk/return summary information could be downloaded directly into spreadsheets, analyzed in a variety of ways using commercial off-the-shelf software, and used within investment models in other software formats. Mutual funds would provide the risk/return summary section of their prospectuses to the Commission and on their Web sites in interactive data format using the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (``XBRL''). The interactive data would be provided as an exhibit to registration statements. The proposed rules are intended not only to make risk/return summary information easier for investors to analyze, but also to assist in automating regulatory filings and business information processing. Interactive data has the potential to increase the speed, accuracy, and usability of mutual fund disclosure, and eventually reduce costs. We are also proposing to permit investment companies to submit portfolio holdings information in our interactive data voluntary program without being required to submit other financial information.