The Securities and Exchange Commission announced last Thursday that it will require mutual funds and their investment advisors to disclose their proxy votes and have fund executives certify the accuracy of their financial statements. Subject to further review by the Office of Management and Budget, the proxy requirement could take effect as early as this summer, as the SEC is recommending annual release of this information on or before Aug. 31 of each year. The commission is recommending that fund companies have the choice of posting the files on their Web sites or making them available in hard-copy form. As to the timetable for certification, a spokesman for the SEC could not specify when the certification requirement could take effect.
Investors and the American public have won yet again, Paul Roye, director of the SEC's division of investment management, said as he made the announcements.