Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is getting ready to vote on rules that are supposed to stop investors from bailing out of money-market mutual funds, which is the reason that corporate lending became imperiled during the 2008 financial meltdown. Under the plan, certain money funds that cater to big institutional investors would have to lose the fixed price of $1/share an float in value the way other mutual funds do.
Municipalities, businesses, and individuals use money funds. Under the new rules, money funds would be allowed to place a temporary block on investors to keep them from taking their money out during stressful times. They would also be allowed to ask for a fee for share redemption.
The rules are set to make the money-fund industry less at risk of investor runs when the market is tumultuous. They would get investors accustomed to value fluctuations in their investments while making sure that funds are able to stop any outflows from turning into a flood.