Investment fund management reports clients to get vital information about their investments in a consistent, accessible manner. These reports typically provide performance data in a variety ways (MTD, QTD, and YTD) and are often accompanied by risk analysis data such as VaR and stress testing. Regulatory requirements are forcing managers to provide more detailed information on their risk management strategies than ever before.

Investors are keen in knowing the amount they are paying for their fund investment as evidenced in the increasing demand for more complete information about fund fees. Some funds define management fees narrowly and include only costs related to selecting securities for the portfolio in this amount. Other funds have „unified fees“ that cover a variety of expenses, including administrative and record-keeping services, brokerage commissions and 12b-1 fee.

Many funds utilize breakpoint agreements, whereby the management fee reduces at certain asset intervals, based on the total assets of the fund. Investors need to know how much the management fee is at every interval to evaluate these contracts. The GAO suggests that the Commission that funds provide fee information per share at the level of class as well as disclose any fees that are paid out of the principal but not the management fee.

The GAO also recommended that the Investment Company Act requires that independent directors (directors who are not associated with the management of a fund) must comprise at a minimum a majority of the board members of a mutual fund. This is designed to ensure that independent directors are able to effectively represent the interests of shareholders of funds.