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SEC Extends Comment Period on the Proposed Climate Risk Disclosure Rule, Reopens Comment Period on Two Other Rule Proposals

Following advocacy efforts by SFA and others, the SEC is providing additional time for the public to comment on recent rule proposals. Three SEC rule proposals—Regulation ATS proposed in November, amendments to the Investment Advisers Act for private fund advisers proposed in February, and most recently corporate disclosures of climate-change risks—were each originally opened to only a 30-day response period.

SFA News

SFA Responds to SEC: Cybersecurity Disclosure Proposal Must Recognize Differences in ABS

On May 9, SFA submitted a comment letter in response to the SEC’s request for comments on their cybersecurity disclosure proposal. In our letter, SFA highlights that the proposal is focused almost exclusively on corporate registrants, ignoring extensive fundamental and technical differences between the potential impact of cybersecurity risks and incidents on investors in corporate securities versus ABS. Because of this, we recommended that the SEC propose tailored rules for asset-backed issuers that are appropriately aligned with the SEC disclosure and reporting framework for ABS as well as the relevant risks to ABS investors.

SFA News

SFA Responds to SEC Proposal to Amend Investment Advisers Act

On April 25, SFA submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in response to its proposal to amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The lengthy proposal would expand regulatory requirements and impose new prohibitions on private funds, defined in a way that includes many CLOs.

Industry News

SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal Presents New Risks for Consideration

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent climate disclosure proposal would expand the exposure of public companies to securities litigation. As a replacement to voluntary sustainability reports which can vary between different institutions and industries, companies would mandate to disclose in greater, standardized detail their climate risks and how they plan to address them. The recently proposed requirements are criticized for introducing risk of litigation related to foreseeable allegations of misstatements, even if unintentional.

Industry News

SEC Proposes Climate Disclosure Rules, Excludes ABS Issuers

On March 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would require companies to disclose climate risk-related information in its annual financial reports and registration statements. As expected, the proposed disclosures are similar to ones based on globally used disclosure frameworks, such as the Taskforce for Climate Financial Disclosures and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Industry News

New ECB Report Finds European Banks are Failing to Adequately Disclose Climate Risk

On March 14, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a new report reviewing the progress of European banks on disclosing climate risks. The ECB concludes that while banks are making advancements on disclosing environment related risks, the level of transparency being provided is still insufficient.

SFA News

Searching for Standardization: Connecting RMBS to Social Capital

SFA’s latest Research Corner piece examines current use of existing ESG standards within RMBS, at both the corporate level as well as at the structured finance level. The report notes that SFA members Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently provide corporate level disclosure in line with SASB disclosures.

SFA News

Industry Sees Progress in SFA’s Push for Updated PLS Data Standards

National Mortgage News reports on the progress being made by the industry to update private-label securities (PLS) data standards. The initiative being taken on by SFA draws on the collaboration of market participants to create uniformity in the data points currently relevant to privately securitized mortgages.

Industry News

SEC Faces Pressure to Implement Policy Agenda

The Wall Street Journal reports that policy experts expect the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to begin implementing its high-profile policy changes ahead of upcoming midterm elections. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has previously stated he will pursue a policy agenda that includes climate risks disclosure for financial firms and money market reforms, among other initiatives.

Industry News

FSOC Releases New Report on Climate Related Financial Risks

On October 21, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) voted to publish a new report on climate-related financial risk that acknowledges climate change is an “emerging and increasing” threat to financial stability. Included in the 133-page report is an outline of how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun to evaluate its disclosure rules and requested public comment on ways to improve climate disclosures relating to public companies and ESG funds—to provide investors with reliable, credible data and make better-informed, more efficient decisions on climate-related financial risks.

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