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Thursday 2 August 2012

IMA: IOSCO MAKES STRONG PROGRESS ON FUND LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

The IMA (Investment Management Association) has today submitted its response to the International Organization of Securities Commission’s (IOSCO) proposals for liquidity risk management in Collective Investment Schemes (CIS).  

The IMA welcomes IOSCO’s initiative in setting out proposed principles for the management of liquidity.  These are in keeping with UK regulatory standards and reflect existing industry practice for UK-authorised funds.  There is, however, one important aspect that IOSCO’s work does not cover; namely, the management of inflows. IOSCO’s proposals cover solely the management of liquidity to meet redemptions.  It is equally important to manage money coming into a fund.  Managers of UK funds do this as a matter of course and it should be reflected in the principles.

The IMA also recommends that IOSCO encourages regulators to review the efficacy of liquidity management tools available to managers for both inflows and outflows.  Regulators should, for example, make sure that managers have the ability to cease selling units where it is in the best interests of the fund and existing investors.  

Julie Patterson, IMA Director of Authorised Funds and Tax, said:

“IOSCO’s proposals reflect current UK rules, well-established IMA member guidance and UK industry practice. We welcome them.

“We note, though, that it is in the best interests of investors for IOSCO’s principles to cover periods of both high inflows and high outflows, and that managers should have the tools to manage both scenarios.”

-ENDS-

Read the full text of the response here.

For further information please contact:

Mona Patel, Head of Communications
mpatel@investmentuk.org  
020 7831 0898 or 07834 089332

Navdeep Sidhu, Press Officer
nsidhu@investmentuk.org
020 7831 0898 or 07843 517 618

Christina Bridge, Press Assistant
cbridge@investmentuk.org
020 7831 0898

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