Monday, August 4, 2008
On July 30 the SEC voted to propose measures that would for the first time enable investors to easily access complete financial information about municipal bonds for free on the Internet. Currently, retail investors in municipal securities usually cannot get ongoing disclosure information about their securities without paying significant fees and waiting for the documents to come in paper form by mail or fax. The rule amendments proposed by the SEC would designate the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) as the central repository for ongoing disclosures by municipal issuers. Under a separate MSRB-proposed rule change, its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system would make these disclosures available to investors for free on the Internet in the same way the SEC's EDGAR system does for corporate disclosures.
Public comment on the SEC's proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as public comment on the MSRB's proposed rule change should be received by the Commission no later than 45 days after their respective publication in the Federal Register.