SEC seeks to wean money market funds off ratings

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 2, 2011 11:36am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Market regulators on Wednesday proposed to reduce money market mutual funds' reliance on credit-ratings.

The proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission would remove a regulatory requirement for money market funds to invest in highly-rated securities.

As required under current regulations, however, the funds' board of directors would still need to demonstrate that the underlying securities are of a high quality and pose little credit risk.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Derek Caney)

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