Recent developments in the regulatory sphere suggest that change is looming for the Evaluated Bond Pricing market.
The recent SEC enforcement action against BVAL follows a similar sanction on ICE a couple of years ago. Comments from SEC Commissioners, together with recent proposed SEC rules and requests for information suggest that there is a movement within the Commission to formally regulate bond pricing and other information providers to the investment industry.
We highlighted this direction of travel in a Special Report several years ago, and although taking longer than originally anticipated, the active Gensler SEC seems determined to push this through.
Reiterating the conclusion at the time - for mutual fund users of evaluated bond pricing services, we believe that this will be the biggest shake-up of fund valuation policies and operational processes in over 40 years.
This online Briefing will review all the developments of the last few years in the Evaluated Bond Pricing space and provide an assessment of what the next steps might be. It will also look at the implications for Evaluated Bond Pricing users and providers.
The Briefing will be of benefit to fund management valuation teams, fund administrators and custodian banks, fund board directors responsible for valuation oversight and CCO's, fund lawyers and compliance consultants, auditors and accountants and pricing data and software vendors.
Delegate passes are available at a discounted price of $299 until 26 February (standard price $499) and numbers are strictly limited. Passes can be booked using the link below.Book Delegate Pass
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Ian Blance is Managing Director of Voltaire Advisors. Ian has over 35 years’ experience in the financial markets focused on research and valuation of securities and derivatives. He is a regular commentator on valuation and risk issues in the media and a frequent conference speaker.
Ian is also currently Executive Director of the Bond Pricing Institute (a division of the Bond Dealers of America) - a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting professionalism and best practices in fixed-income securities pricing through advocacy, education, and communication. He is also a member of the Working Group on Controls and Reporting of the Financial Instruments Standards Board of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).
In his earlier career Ian developed and ran securities valuation operations for two of the five major information vendors and has provided consulting services for the others. Ian spent 4 years as Head of Evaluated Pricing for SIX Financial Information, based in Zürich, Switzerland and 12 years with Interactive Data Corporation, setting up and building their fixed income valuations business in London and subsequently becoming Managing Director of the market leading Evaluated Pricing unit in New York.