The mutual fund arm of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says it has implemented a fair-value pricing method for some of its investment funds, according to a report from Reuters.

The move comes at a time when Canadian regulators are keeping a watchful eye on market timing practices. The series of investigations into corrupt trading practices undertaken by the Ontario Securities Commission recently resulted in a settlement worth $163 million with five of the country's biggest fund companies.

Under the fair-value system, the price of a fund is based on what the fund manager believes to be the most accurate information available at the time, rather than on the prices set by markets.

"Fair-value pricing will further strengthen our governance by reducing pricing discrepancies that market timers seek to exploit," Murray Douglas, senior vice-president of CIBC Asset Management, said in a release.

The fund manager is Canada's fifth largest with about $42.5 billion (Canadian) in assets under management.

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