The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the formation and first members of its Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.
The committee, whose initial focus will be on the corporate bond and municipal securities markets, will provide advice to the Commission on the efficiency and resiliency of these markets and identify opportunities for regulatory improvements. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of outside experts, including individuals representing the views of retail and institutional investors, small and large issuers, trading venues, dealers, and self-regulatory organizations, among others.
Individual investors are highly active in fixed income markets, both directly as retail investors and indirectly through various types of funds,said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. This committee will help the Commission ensure that our regulatory approach to these markets meets the needs of retail investors, as well as companies and state and local governments. I appreciate the committee members willingness to participate, and I would like to thank Commissioners Stein and Piwowar for their highly collaborative efforts in establishing the committee.
During the past several years, the fixed income markets have changed significantly," said Commissioner Kara Stein. "The Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee should provide the Commission with new ideas about how to enhance the efficiency and resiliency of these evolving markets.
I commend Chairman Clayton for making fixed income markets a priority at the Commission, said Commissioner Michael Piwowar. I look forward to benefitting from the insights of this talented group of fixed-income experts.
Chairman Clayton has appointed Michael Heaney, Non-Executive Director, Legal and General Investment Management Americas, as the initial Committee Chairman. Other committee members include:
The committee will be formally established on November 15 for an initial two-year term, which can be renewed by the Commission. The Commission will announce further details about the committee in the near future.