SEC Delays Approvals for Active ETFs with Derivatives | ETF Trends

The Securities and Exchange Commission lifted a ban on derivatives in actively managed exchange traded funds a little over a year now, but the regulatory body has not made up its mind on how the change should be implemented, pushing back approval for some active products.

The SEC is requesting further details on derivatives or illiquid securities, along with how portfolio securities will be valued, reports Jackie Noblett for Ignites. [Active ETFs Stuck in Limbo at SEC]

Among the more prominent active ETFs waiting for regulatory approval, the PIMCO Total Return ETF (NYSEArca: BOND) has been trading without the use of derivatives, which are utilized in PIMCO’s flagship Total Return fund. However, the SEC is looking over a proposal and will make a decision by February 24.

IndexIQ, State Street Global Advisors and Van Eck are among firms that have been asked for additional information on derivatives in their planned active ETF products.

“The frustrating part on this one is we really don’t know what they’re looking for and why they’re looking for it,” John McGuire, partner at Bingham, said in reference to the questions of valuation procedures,