Sun Life Financials Massachusetts Financial Services subsidiary could strike a deal with New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as early as this week, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.
While Spitzers office is concentrating on improper trades at MFS and the SEC is focusing on breaches of fiduciary duty the regulators different areas of focus is what is holding up a settlement, according to the Globe and Mail, quoting people briefed on the situation.
"The whole idea is to try and announce the settlement with the regulators at the same time, and that would be our objective, too," a person "close to Sun Life" told the paper.
More importantly, according to another source, Sun Life is resisting slashing fees. Two weeks ago, in a landmark $600 billion settlement, Alliance agreed to cut its fees by 20% over the next five years, for a total value of $350 billion news that has startled the mutual fund industry. ( See "Alliance Deal Sets Alarming Precedent," MME 12/22/03).