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Fund Industry Leaders Address Fiscal Crisis

Letter Calls for ‘Responsible Action’ to Benefit Investors, Markets, Economy

Washington, DC, November 21 - The Investment Company Institute today sent the following letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “Super Committee.” The letter was signed by signed by 32 leaders of the fund industry, including executives of companies represented on ICI’s Board of Governors, the chair of the Independent Directors Council, and the president and CEO of ICI.

Copies of the letter will be delivered to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The letter also appeared as an advertisement in the Monday editions of the New York Times and Roll Call.

The Honorable Jeb Hensarling, Co-Chair
The Honorable Patty Murray, Co-Chair
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
825C Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Representative Hensarling and Senator Murray:

Only days remain for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to report on its efforts. Meanwhile, more than 90 million American mutual fund investors wait anxiously for Congress and the Administration to act.

These are Americans who are investing for a brighter future—a secure retirement, a better education, or a solid financial foundation. They need responsible action by their government to protect the health of the economy and the financial markets on which they depend.

The time to act is now. Last summer, we saw how harmful it is when America’s resolve to address our fiscal crisis is put in doubt. Congress and the Administration must work together to put America on a path of fiscal responsibility. The health of our markets, the prosperity of our nation, and the security of future generations all depend upon it.

American Century Investments
Jonathan S. Thomas
President and CEO
Aquila Investment Management LLC
Diana P. Herrmann
President and CEO
BlackRock, Inc.
Laurence D. Fink
Chairman and CEO
Capital Research and Management Company
Paul G. Haaga Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Columbia Management
William F. Truscott
CEO, U.S. Asset Management and President, Annuities
Delaware Investments
Patrick P. Coyne
President and CEO
Dodge & Cox
Thomas M. Mistele
Chief Operating Officer
The Dreyfus Corporation
Jonathan R. Baum
Chairman and CEO
Eaton Vance Corporation
Thomas E. Faust Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Federated Investors, Inc.
John W. McGonigle
Vice Chairman
Franklin Resources, Inc.
Gregory E. Johnson
President and CEO
Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds
James A McNamara
President and CEO
Invesco, Ltd.
Martin L. Flanagan
President and CEO
JPMorgan Asset Management
George C. W. Gatch
CEO, JP Morgan Funds
Legg Mason, Inc.
Mark R. Fetting
Chairman and CEO
Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC
Robert S. Dow
Senior Partner
Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P.
John T. Hailer
President and CEO, U.S. and Asia
New York Life Investments
John Y. Kim
Chairman and CEO
Northern Funds and Northern Institutional Funds
Lloyd A. Wennlund
President
Nuveen Investments
Thomas S. Schreier Jr.
Vice Chairman, Wealth Management
OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
William F. Glavin Jr.
Chairman, President, and CEO
PIMCO
William H. Gross
Founder and Co-CIO
Pioneer Investments
Daniel K. Kingsbury
President and CEO
Prudential Investments
Judy Rice
President
Putnam Investments
Robert L. Reynolds
President and CEO
State Street Global Advisors
James E. Ross
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of ETFs
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Edward C. Bernard
Vice Chairman
Thornburg Investment Management, Inc.
Garrett Thornburg
Chairman
Vanguard
F. William McNabb III
Chairman and CEO
Waddell & Reed, Inc.
Michael D. Strohm
CEO
Independent Directors Council
Dorothy A. Berry
Chair
Investment Company Institute
Paul Schott Stevens
President and CEO

The Investment Company Institute is the national association of U.S. investment companies, including mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and unit investment trusts (UITs). ICI seeks to encourage adherence to high ethical standards, promote public understanding, and otherwise advance the interests of funds, their shareholders, directors, and advisers. Members of ICI manage total assets of $11.8 trillion and serve over 90 million shareholders.