SEC Charges Calvert Investment Management and Calvert Investment Distributors for Improperly Using Mutual Fund Assets to Pay Distribution Fees

Posted on May 24th, 2017 at 4:25 PM
SEC Charges Calvert Investment Management and Calvert Investment Distributors for Improperly Using Mutual Fund Assets to Pay Distribution Fees

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

The SEC has ordered Bethesda, Maryland-based Calvert Investment Management and Calvert Investment Distributors to pay more than $22 million to settle charges that their open-ended mutual funds improperly were used to pay for marketing and distribution services as well as expenses in excess of annual expense caps.  Moreover, the Calvert firms used more than $14.87 million in fund assets, outside the funds’ 12b-1 plans, to pay for distribution-related services rather than making those payments out of the firms’ own assets. The money improperly distributed will be returned to the accounts of the affected shareholders.

The Calvert firms neither admitted nor denied the charges against them. The charges against the firms included violations of Section 206(2) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, violations of Section 34(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, and violations of Section 12(b) of the Investment Company Act.

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