Responding to Fund Growth: Calls for New Types of Regulation

Matthew P. Fink

in The Rise of Mutual Funds

Second edition

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753505
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918805 | DOI:
Responding to Fund Growth: Calls for New Types of Regulation

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The eighteen-year bull market of 1982 to 2000, combined with new fund products and distribution systems and legislation providing incentives for individual retirement savings, propelled mutual funds into becoming the largest financial industry in the world, surpassing U.S. banking institutions. These developments led to proposals to subject mutual funds to bank-type regulation and move from direct regulation of mutual funds by the Securities and Exchange Commission to self-regulation by the mutual fund industry itself. Fortunately for both mutual fund shareholders and the fund industry, neither type of proposal was adopted.

Keywords: mutual funds; mutual fund industry; bull market; bank-type regulation; self-regulation

Chapter.  4722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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