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SEC Eyes Proxy Advisory Firm Rule Changes, Seeks Comment on Related Guidance

The SEC is proposing substantial amendments to its controversial 2020 proxy advisory firm rules. And it's seeking comment on its equally controversial guidance for investment advisers on proxy voting, asking whether that guidance should be rescinded, revised, or clarified. This comes after SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s directed staff to consider whether the rules warranted further action and Corp Fin announced it would not recommend enforcement action while the rules were under review.

FSOC Report Highlights Need to Enhance Climate-Related Disclosures

FSOC is describing climate change as an "emerging threat" to U.S. financial stability and says investors, market participants, and regulators need better data and information, including "enhanced and transparent disclosures" regarding climate-related financial risks. A new FSOC report makes 30-plus recommendations for addressing the threat.

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