Compliance can restore confidence in US mutuals, says Fitch Ratings

Regulatory Update

In a report released in December 2003, Fitch Ratings says reputation risk and its influence on fund flows has become more of a dominant factor in the asset management industry -- depending on depth and breadth of the charges levelled against an adviser. The report says a firm’s earnings would be negatively impacted by redemptions, regulatory penalties and litigation costs, all of which would likely hit fund company earnings.

Morningstar, a rating agency for mutual funds, has already named firms

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