The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday delayed voting on proposed rule changes designed to curb rating agency conflicts of interest, pushing back a vote on them until Dec. 3, when it will consider two additional rating agency-related proposals.

The SEC pulled the item off the meeting's agenda at the last minute yesterday, and instead voted only on an unrelated proposal to require mutual funds to distribute "plain English" prospectuses to their investors. The five-member commission voted unanimously to adopt those rule changes.

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