COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group

May 14th | 2020

The SEC announced on April 24, 2020 the formation of an internal, interdisciplinary COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group. On May 13, 2020 the SEC clarified the intent and scope of that group. It seems that this task force will work across numerous agencies and with the benefit from the input of multiple SEC divisions and offices to achieve the objectives of identifying, analyzing and clarifying significant channels of risk exposure and risk transfer in our domestic and global financial system with an eye towards identifying areas of vulnerability and stability. In addition, the task force seeks to explore whether performance benchmarks and other rating-oriented portfolio construction rules that have raised questions regarding whether mechanistic provisions (e.g., required rebalancing, asset sales and/or capital charges triggered by ratings downgrades) need to be reexamined in times of extreme market volatility - such as our current environment.

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