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SEC May Back Off Setting Mandatory Redemption Fee

The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly reconsidering its proposal to require funds to impose a 2% redemption fee on shares sold within five days of purchase. Of the 280 comment letters the SEC has received on this proposal, 250 are against it, citing increased costs for investors, the difficulty of implementing since many funds are held through retirement or omnibus accounts and the inappropriateness of a government body setting fees. In fact, some at the SEC reportedly believe that requiring funds to disclose their policies to detect and prevent timing is adequate, and they are pushing to make a redemption fee optional.