What Are the Key Takeaways for Fund Managers From the SEC’s Draft Strategic Plan for 2018‑2022?

The SEC recently published its draft strategic plan (Strategic Plan) for fiscal years 2018‑2022. The plan highlights the SEC’s commitment to serving the long-term interests of retail investors; becoming more innovative, responsive and resilient to market developments and trends; and leveraging staff expertise, data and analytics to bolster performance. This article analyzes the Strategic Plan’s stated goals and the initiatives designed to pursue those goals; provides key takeaways for fund managers from the plan; and offers insight from lawyers with extensive SEC experience. For more on current SEC priorities, see “SEC’s Reg Flex Agenda Promotes Transparency While Adding Potential Compliance Burdens” (Mar. 15, 2018).

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