Global X Funds and Global X Management Company LLC; Notice of Application, 53460-53467 [E8-21545]

Download as PDF 53460 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES discussed below. The staff estimates that, on average, the fund’s investment adviser spends approximately four hours to review an application, including 3.5 hours by an assistant general counsel, at a cost of $371 per hour, and 0.5 hours by an administrative assistant, at a cost of $65 per hour.5 Thus, the Commission staff estimates that the annual hour burden of the collection of information imposed by rule 19b–1 is approximately four hours per fund, at a cost of $1331, for a total burden of 20 hours at a cost of $6655.6 The Commission staff estimates that there is no hour burden associated with complying with the collection of information component of rule 19b–1(c). As noted above, the Commission staff understands that funds that file an application under rule 19b–1(e) generally use outside counsel to prepare the application.7 The staff estimates that, on average, outside counsel spends 10 hours preparing a rule 19b–1(e) application, including eight hours by an associate and two hours by a partner. Outside counsel billing arrangements and rates vary based on numerous factors. Based on conversations with outside counsel and average billing rates of outside counsel the staff estimates that the average cost of outside counsel preparation of the 19b–(e) exemptive application is $5,000. Thus, the staff estimates that the total annual cost burden imposed by the exemptive application requirements of rule 19b– 1(e) is $25,000.8 The Commission staff estimates that there are approximately 6030 UITs,9 which may rely on rule 19b–1(c) to make capital gains distributions. The staff estimates that, on average, these UITs rely on rule 19b–1(c) once a year to make a capital gains distribution.10 In 5 These hourly rate estimates are derived from annual salaries reported in: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Management and Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry (2007) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Office Salaries in the Securities Industry (2007). 6 This estimate is based on the following calculations: $1298.50 (3.5 hours × $371 = $1298.5) plus $32.50 (0.5 hours × $65 = $32.50) equals $1331.00 (cost of one application); $1331 × 5 applications = $6655 total cost. 7 This understanding is based on conversations with representatives from the fund industry. 8 This estimate is based on the following calculation: $5,000 multiplied by 5 (funds) equals $25,000. 9 The Investment Company Institute, Unit Investment Trust Data, (April, 2008). 10 The number of times UITs rely on the rule to make capital gains distributions depends on a wide range of factors and, thus, can vary greatly across years. A number of UITs are organized as grantor trusts, and therefore do not generally make capital gains distributions under rule 19b–1(c), or may not VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 most cases, the trustee of the UIT is responsible for preparing and sending the notices that must accompany a capital gains distribution under rule 19b–1(c)(2). These notices require limited preparation, the cost of which accounts for only a small, indiscrete portion of the comprehensive fee charged by the trustee for its services to the UIT. The staff believes that as a matter of good business practices, and for tax preparation reasons, UITs would collect and distribute the capital gains information required to be sent to unitholders under rule 19b–1(c) even in the absence of the rule. The staff estimates that the cost of preparing a notice for a capital gains distribution under rule 19b–1(c)(2) is approximately $50. There is no separate cost to mail the notices because they are mailed with the capital gains distribution. Thus, the staff estimates that the capital gains distribution notice requirement imposes an annual cost on UITs of approximately $301,500.11 The staff therefore estimates that the total cost imposed by rule 19b–1 is $326,500 ($301,500 plus $25,000 equals $326,500). Based on these calculations, the total number of respondents for rule 19b–1 is estimated to be 6035 (6030 UIT portfolios + 5 funds filing an application under rule 19b–1(e)), the total annual hour burden is estimated to be 20 hours, and the total annual cost burden is estimated to be $326,500. These estimates of average annual burden hours and costs are made solely for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The collections of information required by 19b–1(c) and 19b–1(e) are necessary to obtain the benefits described above. Responses will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Please direct general comments regarding the above information to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or email to: Kimberly_P._Nelson@omb.eop.gov ; and (ii) Lewis W. Walker, Acting Director/ Chief Information Officer, Securities rely on rule 19b–1(c) as they do not meet the rule’s requirements. Other UITs may distribute capital gains biannually, annually, quarterly, or at other intervals. 11 This estimate is based on the following calculation: 6030 UITs multiplied by $50 equals $301,500. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: September 8, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–21535 Filed 9–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 28378; 812–13517] Global X Funds and Global X Management Company LLC; Notice of Application September 10, 2008. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d), 22(e), and 24(d) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act, under section 12(d)(1)(J) for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act, and under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and (a)(2) of the Act. AGENCY: Applicants request an order that would permit (a) certain open-end management investment companies and their series, to issue shares (‘‘Shares’’) that can be redeemed only in large aggregations (‘‘Creation Units’’); (b) secondary market transactions in Shares to occur at negotiated prices; (c) dealers to sell Shares to purchasers in the secondary market unaccompanied by a prospectus when prospectus delivery is not required by the Securities Act of 1933 (‘‘Securities Act’’); (d) certain series to pay redemption proceeds, under certain circumstances, more than seven days after the tender of Shares for redemption; (e) certain affiliated persons of the series to deposit securities into, and receive securities from, the series in connection with the purchase and redemption of Creation Units; and (f) certain registered management investment companies and unit investment trusts outside of the same group of investment companies as the series to acquire Shares. APPLICANTS: Global X Funds and Global X Management Company LLC (‘‘Adviser’’). SUMMARY OF APPLICATION: E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices The application was filed on April 14, 2008 and amended on May 23, 2008, August 8, 2008 and August 20, 2008. HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING: An order granting the application will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on October 2, 2008 and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit, or for lawyers, a certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by writing to the Commission’s Secretary. ADDRESSES: Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090; Applicants, 220 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara T. Heussler, Senior Counsel at (202) 551–6990, or Michael W. Mount, Assistant Director, at (202) 551–6820 (Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company Regulation). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1520, telephone (202) 551–5850. FILING DATES: ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Applicants’ Representations 1. Global X Funds is registered as an open-end management investment company and is organized as a Delaware statutory trust that will offer multiple series. Global X Funds will initially offer one series (‘‘Initial Fund’’), which will track a foreign equity securities index (‘‘Underlying Index’’).1 Applicants may offer additional registered open-end investment companies in the future, as well as any series of any existing or future open-end investment company registered under the Act (‘‘Future Funds’’ and together with the Initial Funds, the ‘‘Funds’’).2 1 The Initial Fund is Global X FTSE Nordic 30 ETF. 2 All existing entities that intend to rely on the requested order have been named as applicants. Any other existing or future entity that subsequently relies on the order will comply with the terms and conditions of the application. Any VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 2. The Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the ‘‘Advisers Act’’) and will serve as the investment adviser to the Initial Fund. In the future, the Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with other investment advisers to act as sub-advisers to particular Funds (‘‘SubAdvisers’’). Each Sub-Adviser will be registered under the Advisers Act. SEI Investments Distribution Company (‘‘Distributor’’) is a broker-dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’) and will act as the principal underwriter and distributor for the Creation Units of Shares. The Distributor is not affiliated with the Adviser or any Sub-Adviser. 3. Each Fund will hold certain equity securities (‘‘Portfolio Securities’’) selected to correspond, before fees and expenses, generally to the price and yield performance of an Underlying Index. Certain of the Underlying Indices may be composed of equity securities of domestic issuers and non-domestic issuers meeting the requirements for trading in U.S. markets (‘‘Domestic Indices’’). Other Underlying Indices may be composed of foreign equity securities (‘‘Foreign Indices’’). Funds which track Domestic Indices are referred to as ‘‘Domestic Funds’’ and Funds which track Foreign Indices are referred to as ‘‘Foreign Funds.’’ No entity that creates, compiles, sponsors or maintains an Underlying Index (‘‘Index Provider’’) is or will be an affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of Global X Funds or a Fund, the Adviser, any SubAdviser to or promoter of a Fund, or the Distributor. 4. The investment objective of each Fund will be to provide investment results that correspond, before fees and expenses, generally to the price and yield performance of its Underlying Index. Intra-day values of the Underlying Index will be disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day. A Fund will utilize either a replication or representative sampling strategy which will be disclosed with regard to each Fund in its prospectus.3 Future Fund will be advised by the Adviser or an entity controlled by or under common control with the Adviser. 3 Applicants represent that each Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets in the component securities that comprise its Underlying Index (‘‘Component Securities’’) or, in the case of Foreign Funds, Component Securities and depositary receipts representing such securities. ‘‘Depositary Receipts’’ will typically be American Depositary Receipts, but may include Global Depositary Receipts and Euro Depositary Receipts. Each Fund PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53461 A Fund using a replication strategy will invest in the Component Securities in its Underlying Index in approximately the same proportions as in the Underlying Index. In certain circumstances, such as when there are practical difficulties or substantial costs involved in holding every security in an Underlying Index or when a Component Security is less liquid, illiquid or unavailable, a Fund may use a representative sampling strategy pursuant to which it will invest in some, but not all of the Component Securities of its Underlying Index.4 Applicants anticipate that a Fund that utilizes a representative sampling strategy will not track the performance of its Underlying Index with the same degree of accuracy as an investment vehicle that invests in every Component Security of the Underlying Index with the same weighting as the Underlying Index. Applicants expect that each Fund will have a tracking error relative to the performance of its Underlying Index of less than 5 percent. 5. Creation Units are expected to range between 25,000 to 100,000 Shares as will be clearly stated in the relevant Fund’s prospectus (‘‘Prospectus’’). Applicants expect that the initial price of a Creation Unit will fall in the range of $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. All orders to purchase Creation Units must be placed with the Distributor, by or through a party that has entered into an agreement with the Distributor (‘‘Authorized Participant’’). The Distributor will be responsible for transmitting the orders to the Funds. An Authorized Participant must be either: (a) A broker-dealer or other participant in the continuous net settlement system of the National Securities Clearing Corporation, a clearing agency registered with the Commission, or (b) a participant in the Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’, and such participant, ‘‘DTC Participant’’). Shares of the Fund generally will be sold in Creation Units in exchange for an in-kind deposit by the purchaser of a portfolio of securities designated by the Adviser or SubAdviser to correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the relevant Underlying Index (the ‘‘Deposit also may invest up to 20% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, as well as in stocks not included in its Underlying Index, but which the Adviser or SubAdviser believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. 4 Under the representative sampling strategy, the Adviser will seek to construct a Fund’s portfolio so that its market capitalization, industry weightings, fundamental investment characteristics (such as return variability, earnings valuation and yield) and liquidity measures perform like those of the Underlying Index. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 53462 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Securities’’), together with the deposit of a specified cash payment (‘‘Balancing Amount’’). The Balancing Amount is an amount equal to the difference between (a) the net asset value (‘‘NAV’’) (per Creation Unit) of a Fund and (b) the total aggregate market value (per Creation Unit) of the Deposit Securities.5 Each Fund may permit a purchaser of Creation Units to substitute cash in lieu of depositing some or all of the Deposit Securities if the Adviser or Sub-Adviser believes such method would reduce the Fund’s transaction costs or enhance the Fund’s operating efficiency.6 6. An investor purchasing or redeeming a Creation Unit from a Fund will be charged a fee (‘‘Transaction Fee’’) to prevent the dilution of the interests of the remaining shareholders resulting from costs in connection with the purchase or redemption of Creation Units.7 The maximum Transaction Fees relevant to each Fund and the method of calculating such Transaction Fees will be fully disclosed in the Prospectus of such Fund or statement of additional information (‘‘SAI’’). The Distributor also will be responsible for delivering the Fund’s Prospectus to those persons purchasing Shares in Creation Units and for maintaining records of both the orders placed with it and the confirmations of acceptance furnished 5 Each Fund will sell and redeem Creation Units only on a ‘‘Business Day’’ which is defined as any day that the New York Stock Exchange, the Listing Exchange (defined below), and the custodian of a Fund are open for business, and includes any day that a Fund is required to be open under section 22(e) of the Act. Each Business Day, prior to the opening of trading on the Listing Exchange (defined below), the list of names and amount of each security constituting the current Deposit Securities and the Balancing Amount will be made available. Any national securities exchange (as defined in section 2(a)(26) of the Act) (‘‘Exchange’’) on which Shares are listed (‘‘Listing Exchange’’) will disseminate, every 15 seconds during its regular trading hours, through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association, an amount per individual Share representing the sum of the estimated Balancing Amount and the current value of the Deposit Securities. 6 Applicants state that in some circumstances or in certain countries, it may not be practicable or convenient, or permissible under the laws of certain countries or the regulations of certain foreign stock exchanges, for a Foreign Fund to operate exclusively on an ‘‘in-kind’’ basis. Applicants also note that when a substantial rebalancing of a Fund’s portfolio is required, the Adviser or Sub-Adviser might prefer to receive cash rather than stocks so that the Fund may avoid transaction costs involved in liquidating part of its portfolio to achieve the rebalancing. 7 Where a Fund permits a purchaser to substitute cash in lieu of depositing a portion of the requisite Deposit Securities, the purchaser may be assessed a higher Transaction Fee to cover the cost of purchasing such Deposit Securities, including operational processing and brokerage costs, and part or all of the spread between the expected bid and the offer side of the market relating to such Deposit Securities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 by it. In addition, the Distributor will maintain a record of the instructions given to the applicable Fund to implement the delivery of its Shares. 7. Purchasers of Shares in Creation Units may hold such Shares or may sell such Shares into the secondary market. Shares will be listed and traded on an Exchange. It is expected that one or more member firms of a Listing Exchange will be designated to act as a specialist (‘‘Specialist’’) or a market maker (‘‘Market Maker’’) and maintain a market for Shares trading on the Listing Exchange. Prices of Shares trading on an Exchange will be based on the current bid/ask market. Shares sold in the secondary market will be subject to customary brokerage commissions and charges. 8. Applicants expect that purchasers of Creation Units will include institutional investors and arbitrageurs (which could include institutional investors). A Specialist or Market Maker, in providing a fair and orderly secondary market for the Shares, also may purchase Creation Units for use in its market-making activities. Applicants expect that secondary market purchasers of Shares will include both institutional investors and retail investors.8 Applicants expect that the price at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage opportunities created by the option to continually purchase or redeem Creation Units at their NAV, which should ensure that Shares will not trade at a material discount or premium in relation to their NAV. 9. Shares will not be individually redeemable, and owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from the Fund, or tender such Shares for redemption to the Fund, in Creation Units only. To redeem, an investor will have to accumulate enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit. Redemption orders must be placed by or through an Authorized Participant. An investor redeeming a Creation Unit generally will receive (a) Portfolio Securities designated to be delivered for Creation Unit redemptions (‘‘Fund Securities’’) on the date that the request for redemption is submitted 9 and (b) a 8 Shares will be registered in book-entry form only. DTC or its nominee will be the registered owner of all outstanding Shares. DTC or DTC Participants will maintain records reflecting beneficial owners of Shares. 9 As a general matter, the Deposit Securities and Fund Securities will correspond pro rata to the Portfolio Securities held by each Fund, but Fund Securities received on redemption may not always be identical to Deposit Securities deposited in connection with the purchase of Creation Units for the same day. The Funds will comply with the federal securities laws in accepting Deposit PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘Cash Redemption Payment,’’ consisting of an amount calculated in the same manner as the Balancing Amount, although the actual amount of the Cash Redemption Payment may differ if the Fund Securities are not identical to the Deposit Securities on that day. An investor may receive the cash equivalent of a Fund Security in certain circumstances, such as if the investor is constrained from effecting transactions in the security by regulation or policy. 10. No Fund will be marketed or otherwise held out as a traditional openend investment company or a mutual fund. Instead, each Fund will be marketed as an ‘‘ETF,’’ an ‘‘investment company,’’ a ‘‘fund,’’ or a ‘‘trust.’’ All marketing materials that describe the features or method of obtaining, buying or selling Creation Units or Shares traded on an Exchange, or refer to redeemability, will prominently disclose that Shares are not individually redeemable and that the owners of Shares may purchase or redeem Shares from the Fund in Creation Units only. The same approach will be followed in the SAI, shareholder reports and investor educational materials issued or circulated in connection with the Shares. The Funds will provide copies of their annual and semi-annual shareholder reports to DTC Participants for distribution to shareholders. Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Applicants request an order under section 6(c) of the Act for an exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d), 22(e), and 24(d) of the Act and rule 22c– 1 under the Act, under section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act, and under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act. 2. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any person, security or transaction, or any class of persons, securities or transactions, from any provision of the Act, if and to the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed transaction from section 17(a) of the Act if evidence establishes that the terms of the transaction, including the consideration Securities and satisfying redemptions with Fund Securities, including that the Deposit Securities and Fund Securities are sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices to be paid or received, are reasonable and fair and do not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned, and the proposed transaction is consistent with the policies of the registered investment company and the general provisions of the Act. Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any person, security, or transaction, or any class or classes of persons, securities or transactions, from any provisions of section 12(d)(1) if the exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors. Sections 5(a)(1) and 2(a)(32) of the Act 3. Section 5(a)(1) of the Act defines an ‘‘open-end company’’ as a management investment company that is offering for sale or has outstanding any redeemable security of which it is the issuer. Section 2(a)(32) of the Act defines a redeemable security as any security, other than short-term paper, under the terms of which the owner, upon its presentation to the issuer, is entitled to receive approximately his proportionate share of the issuer’s current net assets, or the cash equivalent. Because Shares will not be individually redeemable, applicants request an order that would permit the Funds to register as open-end management investment companies and issue Shares that are redeemable in Creation Units only. Applicants state that investors may purchase Shares in Creation Units and redeem Creation Units from each Fund. Applicants state that because Creation Units may always be purchased and redeemed at NAV, the market price of the Shares should not vary substantially from their NAV. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Section 22(d) of the Act and Rule 22c– 1 under the Act 4. Section 22(d) of the Act, among other things, prohibits a dealer from selling a redeemable security, which is currently being offered to the public by or through a principal underwriter, except at a current public offering price described in the prospectus. Rule 22c– 1 under the Act generally requires that a dealer selling, redeeming or repurchasing a redeemable security do so only at a price based on its NAV. Applicants state that secondary market trading in Shares will take place at negotiated prices, not at a current offering price described in a Fund’s Prospectus, and not at a price based on NAV. Thus, purchases and sales of Shares in the secondary market will not comply with section 22(d) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act. Applicants request an exemption under section 6(c) from these provisions. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 5. Applicants assert that the concerns sought to be addressed by section 22(d) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act with respect to pricing are equally satisfied by the proposed method of pricing Shares. Applicants maintain that while there is little legislative history regarding section 22(d), its provisions, as well as those of rule 22c–1, appear to have been designed to (a) prevent dilution caused by certain risklesstrading schemes by principal underwriters and contract dealers, (b) prevent unjust discrimination or preferential treatment among buyers, and (c) ensure an orderly distribution of investment company shares by eliminating price competition from dealers offering shares at less than the published sales price and repurchasing shares at more than the published redemption price. 6. Applicants believe that none of these purposes will be thwarted by permitting Shares to trade in the secondary market at negotiated prices. Applicants state that (a) secondary market trading in Shares does not involve a Fund as a party and will not result in dilution of an investment in Shares, and (b) to the extent different prices exist during a given trading day, or from day to day, such variances occur as a result of third-party market forces, such as supply and demand. Therefore, applicants assert that secondary market transactions in Shares will not lead to discrimination or preferential treatment among purchasers. Finally, applicants contend that the proposed distribution system will be orderly because competitive forces will ensure that the difference between the market price of Shares and their NAV remains narrow. Section 24(d) of the Act 7. Section 24(d) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that the prospectus delivery exemption provided to dealer transactions by section 4(3) of the Securities Act does not apply to any transaction in a redeemable security issued by an open-end investment company. Applicants seek relief from section 24(d) to permit dealers selling Shares in the secondary markets to rely on the prospectus delivery exemption provided by section 4(3) of the Securities Act.10 10 Applicants state that they are not seeking relief from the prospectus delivery requirement for nonsecondary market transactions, such as transactions in which an investor purchases Shares from the Fucghnds or an underwriter. Applicants further state that each Fund’s Prospectus will caution broker-dealers and others that some activities on their part, depending on the circumstances, may result in their being deemed statutory underwriters and subject them to the prospectus delivery and liability provisions of the Securities Act. For PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53463 8. Applicants state that Shares are bought and sold in the secondary market in the same manner as closedend fund shares. Applicants note that transactions in closed-end fund shares are not subject to section 24(d), and thus closed-end fund shares are sold in the secondary market without a prospectus. Applicants contend that Shares likewise merit a reduction in the unnecessary compliance costs and regulatory burdens resulting from the imposition of the prospectus delivery obligations in the secondary market. Because Shares will be listed on an Exchange, prospective investors will have access to information about the product over and above what is normally available about an open-end security. Applicants state that information regarding market price and volume will be continually available on a real time basis throughout the day on brokers’ computer screens and other electronic services. The previous day’s closing price and volume information for Shares will be published daily in the financial section of newspapers. In addition, a Web site will be maintained that will include each Fund’s Prospectus and SAI, the Portfolio Securities and relevant Underlying Index for each Fund, and additional quantitative information that is updated on a daily basis, including the mid-point of the bid-ask spread at the time of the calculation of NAV (‘‘Bid/Ask Price’’),11 the NAV for each Fund, and information about the premiums and discounts at which the Shares have traded. 9. Applicants will arrange for brokerdealers selling Shares in the secondary market to provide purchasers with a product description (‘‘Product Description’’) that describes, in plain English, the relevant Fund and the Shares it issues. Applicants state that a Product Description is not intended to substitute for a full Prospectus. example, a broker-dealer firm and/or its client may be deemed a statutory underwriter if it purchases Creation Units from a Fund, breaks them down into the constituent individual Shares, and sells those Shares directly to customers, or if it chooses to couple the creation of a supply of new Shares with an active selling effort involving solicitation of secondary market demand for Shares. Each Fund’s Prospectus will state that whether a person is an underwriter depends upon all of the facts and circumstances pertaining to that person’s activities. Each Fund’s Prospectus will caution dealers who are not ‘‘underwriters’’ but are participating in a distribution (as contrasted to ordinary secondary market trading transactions), and thus dealing with Shares that are part of an ‘‘unsold allotment’’ within the meaning of section 4(3)(C) of the Securities Act, that they would be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by section 4(3) of the Securities Act. 11 The Bid-Ask Price per individual Share of a Fund is determined using the highest bid and the lowest offer on the Listing Exchange. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 53464 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices Applicants state that the Product Description will be tailored to meet the information needs of investors purchasing Shares in the secondary market. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Section 22(e) 10. Section 22(e) of the Act generally prohibits a registered investment company from suspending the right of redemption or postponing the date of payment of redemption proceeds for more than seven days after the tender of a security for redemption. Applicants state that settlement of redemptions for the Foreign Fund is contingent not only on the settlement cycle of the United States market, but also on current delivery cycles in local markets for underlying foreign securities held by the Foreign Fund. Applicants state that delivery cycles for transferring Fund Securities to redeeming investors, coupled with local market holiday schedules, will require a delivery process longer than seven calendar days for the Foreign Fund. Applicants request relief under section 6(c) of the Act from section 22(e) to allow the Foreign Fund to pay redemption proceeds up to 14 calendar days after the tender of any Creation Units for redemption. Except as disclosed in the relevant Foreign Fund’s Prospectus and/ or SAI, applicants expect that each Foreign Fund will be able to deliver redemption proceeds within seven days.12 With respect to future Foreign Funds, applicants seek the same relief from section 22(e) only to the extent that circumstances similar to those described in the application exist. 11. Applicants state that section 22(e) was designed to prevent unreasonable, undisclosed and unforeseen delays in the payment of redemption proceeds. Applicants assert that the requested relief will not lead to the problems that section 22(e) was designed to prevent. Applicants state that the SAI will disclose those local holidays (over the period of at least one year following the date of the SAI), if any, that are expected to prevent the delivery of redemption proceeds in seven calendar days, and the maximum number of days needed to deliver the proceeds for the relevant Foreign Fund. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 22(e) with respect to Foreign Funds that do not effect creations and redemptions of Creation Units in-kind. 12 Rule 15c6–1 under the Exchange Act requires that most securities transactions be settled within three business days of the trade. Applicants acknowledge that no relief obtained from the requirements of section 22(e) will affect any obligations applicants may have under rule 15c6–1. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 Section 12(d)(1) 12. Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act, in relevant part, prohibits a registered investment company from acquiring securities of an investment company if such securities represent more than 3% of the total outstanding voting stock of the acquired company, more than 5% of the total assets of the acquiring company, or, together with the securities of any other investment companies, more than 10% of the total assets of the acquiring company. Section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act prohibits a registered open-end investment company, its principal underwriter and any other broker-dealer from selling the investment company’s shares to another investment company if the sale will cause the acquiring company to own more than 3% of the acquired company’s voting stock, or if the sale will cause more than 10% of the acquired company’s voting stock to be owned by investment companies generally. 13. Applicants request an exemption to permit management investment companies (‘‘Purchasing Management Companies’’) and unit investment trusts (‘‘Purchasing Trusts’’) registered under the Act that are not sponsored or advised by the Adviser or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser and are not part of the same ‘‘group of investment companies,’’ as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as Global X Funds (collectively, ‘‘Purchasing Funds’’) to acquire shares of a Fund beyond the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A). Purchasing Funds do not include the Funds. In addition, applicants seek relief to permit a Fund or broker-dealer (‘‘Broker’’) that is registered under the Exchange Act to sell Shares to a Purchasing Fund in excess of the limits of section 12(d)(1)(B). 14. Each Purchasing Management Company will be advised by an investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act (the ‘‘Purchasing Fund Adviser’’) and may be sub-advised by one or more investment advisers within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(B) of the Act (each a ‘‘Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser’’). Any investment adviser to a Purchasing Fund will be registered under the Advisers Act. Each Purchasing Trust will be sponsored by a sponsor (‘‘Sponsor’’). 15. Applicants submit that the proposed conditions to the requested relief adequately address the concerns underlying the limits in section 12(d)(1)(A) and (B), which include PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 concerns about undue influence by a fund of funds over underlying funds, excessive layering of fees and overly complex fund structures. Applicants believe that the requested exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors. 16. Applicants believe that neither the Purchasing Funds nor a Purchasing Fund Affiliate would be able to exert undue influence over the Funds.13 To limit the control that a Purchasing Fund may have over a Fund, applicants propose a condition prohibiting a Purchasing Fund Adviser or a Sponsor, any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Purchasing Fund Adviser or Sponsor, and any investment company and any issuer that would be an investment company but for sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act that is advised or sponsored by a Purchasing Fund Adviser or Sponsor, or any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Purchasing Fund Adviser or Sponsor (‘‘Purchasing Fund Advisory Group’’) from controlling (individually or in the aggregate) a Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The same prohibition would apply to any Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, and any investment company or issuer that would be an investment company but for sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act (or portion of such investment company or issuer) advised or sponsored by the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser or any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser (‘‘Purchasing Fund Sub-Advisory Group’’). Applicants propose other conditions to limit the potential for undue influence over the Funds, including that no Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Fund) will cause a Fund to purchase a security in any offering of securities during the existence of any underwriting or selling syndicate of which a principal underwriter is an Underwriting Affiliate (‘‘Affiliated Underwriting’’). An 13 A ‘‘Purchasing Fund Affiliate’’ is a Purchasing Fund Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, Sponsor, promoter, and principal underwriter of a Purchasing Fund, and any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with any of those entities. A ‘‘Fund Affiliate’’ is an investment adviser, promoter, or principal underwriter of a Fund and any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with any of these entities. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices ‘‘Underwriting Affiliate’’ is a principal underwriter in any underwriting or selling syndicate that is an officer, director, member of an advisory board, Purchasing Fund Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, employee or Sponsor of a Purchasing Fund, or a person of which any such officer, director, member of an advisory board, Purchasing Fund Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, employee, or Sponsor is an affiliated person (except that any person whose relationship to the Fund is covered by section 10(f) of the Act is not an Underwriting Affiliate). 17. Applicants assert that the proposed conditions address any concerns regarding excessive layering of fees. The board of directors or trustees of any Purchasing Management Company, including a majority of the directors or trustees who are not ‘‘interested persons’’ within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (‘‘disinterested directors or trustees’’), will find that the advisory fees charged to the Purchasing Management Company are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, services provided under the advisory contract(s) of any Fund in which the Purchasing Management Company may invest. In addition, except as provided in condition 13, a Purchasing Fund Adviser or a trustee (‘‘Trustee’’) or Sponsor of a Purchasing Trust will, as applicable, waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Purchasing Fund in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by a Fund under rule 12b–1 under the Act) received by the Purchasing Fund Adviser or Trustee or Sponsor or an affiliated person of the Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, from the Funds in connection with the investment by the Purchasing Fund in the Fund. Applicants state that any sales loads or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Purchasing Fund will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830. 18. Applicants submit that the proposed arrangement will not create an overly complex fund structure. Applicants note that no Fund may acquire securities of any investment company or company relying on sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act. To ensure that Purchasing Funds comply with the terms and conditions of the requested relief from section 12(d)(1), any Purchasing Fund that intends to invest VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 in a Fund in reliance on the requested order will enter into an agreement (‘‘Purchasing Fund Agreement’’) between the Fund and the Purchasing Fund requiring the Purchasing Fund to adhere to the terms and conditions of the requested order. The Purchasing Fund Agreement also will include an acknowledgment from the Purchasing Fund that it may rely on the requested order only to invest in the Funds and not in any other investment company. The Purchasing Fund Agreement will further require any Purchasing Fund that exceeds the 5% or 10% limitations in section 12(d)(1)(A)(ii) and (iii) to disclose in its prospectus that it may invest in the Funds, and to disclose, in ‘‘plain English,’’ in its prospectus the unique characteristics of the Purchasing Funds investing in the Funds, including but not limited to the expense structure and any additional expenses of investing in the Funds. 19. Applicants also note that a Fund may choose to reject a direct purchase of Shares in Creation Units by a Purchasing Fund. To the extent that a Purchasing Fund purchases Shares in the secondary market, a Fund would still retain its ability to reject initial purchases of Shares made in reliance on the requested order by declining to enter into the Purchasing Fund Agreement prior to any investment by a Purchasing Fund in excess of the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A). Sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act 20. Section 17(a) of the Act generally prohibits an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or an affiliated person of such a person (‘‘Second-Tier Affiliate’’), from selling any security to or purchasing any security from the company. Section 2(a)(3) of the Act defines ‘‘affiliated person’’ to include (a) any person directly or indirectly owning, controlling or holding with power to vote 5% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the other person, (b) any person 5% or more of whose outstanding voting securities are directly or indirectly owned, controlled or held with the power to vote by the other person, and (c) any person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with the other person. Section 2(a)(9) of the Act provides that a control relationship will be presumed where one person owns more than 25% of another person’s voting securities. 21. Applicants request an exemption from section 17(a) of the Act pursuant to sections 17(b) and 6(c) of the Act to permit persons to effectuate in-kind purchases and redemptions with a Fund PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53465 when they are affiliated persons of the Fund or Second-Tier Affiliates solely by virtue of one or more of the following: (a) Holding 5% or more, or in excess of 25%, of the outstanding Shares of one or more Funds; (b) having an affiliation with a person with an ownership interest described in (a); or (c) holding 5% or more, or more than 25%, of the shares of one or more other registered investment companies (or series thereof) advised by the Adviser. 22. Applicants assert that no useful purpose would be served by prohibiting these types of affiliated persons from purchasing or redeeming Creation Units through ‘‘in-kind’’ transactions. The deposit procedures for both in-kind purchases and in-kind redemptions of Creation Units will be the same for all purchases and redemptions. Deposit Securities and Fund Securities will be valued in the same manner as Portfolio Securities. Therefore, applicants state that in-kind purchases and redemptions will afford no opportunity for the specified affiliated persons, or SecondTier Affiliates, of a Fund to effect a transaction detrimental to other holders of Shares. Applicants also believe that in-kind purchases and redemptions will not result in self-dealing or overreaching of the Fund. 23. Applicants also seek relief from section 17(a) to permit a Fund that is an affiliated person of a Purchasing Fund because the Purchasing Fund holds 5% or more of the Shares of the Fund to sell its Shares to and redeem its Shares from a Purchasing Fund, and to engage in the accompanying in-kind transactions with the Purchasing Fund.14 Applicants state that the terms of the transactions are fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching. Applicants note that any consideration paid by a Purchasing Fund for the purchase or redemption of Shares directly from a Fund will be based on the NAV of the Fund.15 Applicants believe that any proposed transactions directly between the Funds and Purchasing Funds will be consistent with the policies of each Purchasing Fund. The purchase of Creation Units 14 Applicants acknowledge that receipt of compensation by (a) an affiliated person of a Purchasing Fund, or an affiliated person of such person, for the purchase by the Purchasing Fund of Shares of a Fund or (b) an affiliated person of a Fund, or an affiliated person of such person, for the sale by the Fund of its Shares to a Purchasing Fund may be prohibited by section 17(e)(1) of the Act. The Purchasing Fund Agreement also will include this acknowledgment. 15 Applicants believe that a Purchasing Fund will purchase Shares in the secondary market and will not purchase or redeem Creation Units directly from a Fund. Nonetheless, a Purchasing Fund that owns 5% or more of a Fund could seek to transact in Creation Units directly with a Fund pursuant to the section 17(a) relief requested. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 53466 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices by a Purchasing Fund directly from a Fund will be accomplished in accordance with the investment restrictions of any such Purchasing Fund and will be consistent with the investment policies set forth in the Purchasing Fund’s registration statement. The Purchasing Fund Agreement will require any Purchasing Fund that purchases Creation Units directly from a Fund to represent that the purchase of Creation Units from a Fund by a Purchasing Fund will be accomplished in compliance with the investment restrictions of the Purchasing Fund and will be consistent with the investment policies set forth in the Purchasing Fund’s registration statement. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order of granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES ETF Relief 1. As long as the Funds operate in reliance on the requested order, the Shares will be listed on an Exchange. 2. Neither Global X Funds nor any Fund will be advertised or marketed as an open-end investment company or a mutual fund. Each Fund’s Prospectus will prominently disclose that Shares are not individually redeemable shares and will disclose that the owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from the Fund and tender those Shares for redemption to the Fund in Creation Units only. Any advertising material that describes the purchase or sale of Creation Units or refers to redeemability will prominently disclose that Shares are not individually redeemable, and that owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from the Fund and tender those Shares for redemption to the Fund in Creation Units only. 3. The Web site maintained for each Fund, which will be publicly accessible at no charge, will contain the following information, on a per individual Share basis, for each Fund: (a) The prior Business Day’s NAV and the Bid/Ask Price, and a calculation of the premium or discount of the Bid/Ask Price at the time of calculation of the NAV against such NAV; and (b) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the daily Bid/Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar quarters. In addition, the Product Description for each Fund will state that the Web site for the Fund has information about the premiums and discounts at which the Shares have traded. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 4. The Prospectus and annual report for each Fund also will include: (a) The information listed in condition 3(b), (i) in the case of the Fund’s Prospectus, for the most recently completed year (and the most recently completed quarter or quarters, as applicable) and (ii) in the case of the annual report, for the immediately preceding five years, as applicable; and (b) the following data, calculated on a per individual Share basis for one, five and ten year periods (or life of the Fund): (i) The cumulative total return and the average annual total return based on NAV and Bid/Ask Price, and (ii) the cumulative total return of the relevant Underlying Index. 5. Before a Fund may rely on the order, the Commission will have approved, pursuant to rule 19b–4 under the Exchange Act, an Exchange rule requiring Exchange members and member organizations effecting transactions in Shares to deliver a Product Description to purchasers of Shares. 6. Each Fund’s Prospectus and Product Description will clearly disclose that, for purposes of the Act, Shares are issued by the Fund, which is a registered investment company, and that the acquisition of Shares by investment companies is subject to the restrictions of section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order that permits registered investment companies to invest in a Fund beyond the limits in section 12(d)(1), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company enter into a Purchasing Fund Agreement with the Fund regarding the terms of the investment. 7. The requested relief to permit ETF operations will expire on the effective date of any Commission rule under the Act that provides relief permitting the operation of index-based exchangetraded funds. Section 12(d)(1) Relief 8. The members of a Purchasing Fund’s Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) a Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The members of a Purchasing Fund’s Sub-Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) a Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. If as a result of a decrease in the outstanding Shares of a Fund, a Purchasing Fund’s Advisory Group or a Purchasing Fund’s SubAdvisory Group, each in the aggregate, becomes a holder of more than 25% of the outstanding Shares of a Fund, it will vote its Shares in the same proportion as the vote of all other holders of the PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Shares. This condition does not apply to the Purchasing Fund’s Sub-Advisory Group with respect to a Fund for which the Purchasing Fund’s Sub-Adviser or a person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser acts as the investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act. 9. No Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate will cause any existing or potential investment by the Purchasing Fund in a Fund to influence the terms of any services or transactions between the Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate and the Fund or a Fund Affiliate. 10. The board of directors or trustees of a Purchasing Management Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the Purchasing Fund Adviser and Purchasing Fund SubAdviser are conducting the investment program of the Purchasing Management Company without taking into account any consideration received by the Purchasing Management Company or a Purchasing Fund Affiliate from a Fund or a Fund Affiliate in connection with any services or transactions. 11. No Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Fund) will cause a Fund to purchase a security in any Affiliated Underwriting. 12. Before investing in the Shares of a Fund in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1)(A), each Purchasing Fund and the Fund will execute a Purchasing Fund Agreement stating, without limitation, that their boards of directors or trustees and their investment advisers or Sponsors or Trustees, as applicable, understand the terms and conditions of the order, and agree to fulfill their responsibilities under the order. At the time of its investment in Shares of a Fund in excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i), a Purchasing Fund will notify such Fund of the investment. At such time, the Purchasing Fund will also transmit to the Fund a list of names of each Purchasing Fund Affiliate and Underwriting Affiliate. The Purchasing Fund will notify the Fund of any changes to the list of names as soon as reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The relevant Fund and the Purchasing Fund will maintain and preserve a copy of the order, the Purchasing Fund Agreement, and the list with any updated information for the duration of the investment and for a period of not less than six years E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 180 / Tuesday, September 16, 2008 / Notices thereafter, the first two years in an easily accessible place. 13. The Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, as applicable, will waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Purchasing Fund in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received under any plan adopted by a Fund under rule 12b–1 under the Act) received from a Fund by the Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, or an affiliated person of the Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, other than any advisory fees paid to the Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, or its affiliated person by a Fund, in connection with the investment by the Purchasing Fund in the Fund. Any Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser will waive fees otherwise payable to the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, by the Purchasing Management Company in an amount at least equal to any compensation received from a Fund by the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, or an affiliated person of the Purchasing Fund SubAdviser, other than any advisory fees paid to the Purchasing Fund SubAdviser or its affiliated person by the Fund, in connection with any investment by the Purchasing Management Company in a Fund made at the direction of the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser. In the event that the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser waives fees, the benefit of the waiver will be passed through to the Purchasing Management Company. 14. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Purchasing Fund will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830. 15. Once an investment by a Purchasing Fund in the securities of a Fund exceeds the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the board of directors or trustees of a Fund (‘‘Board’’), including a majority of the directors or trustees that are not ‘‘interested persons’’ within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (‘‘disinterested Board members’’), will determine that any consideration paid by the Fund to a Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate in connection with any services or transactions: (a) Is fair and reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of the services and benefits received by the Fund; (b) is within the range of consideration that the Fund would be required to pay to another unaffiliated entity in connection with the same services or transactions; and (c) does not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned. This condition does not apply with respect to any services or transactions VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 between a Fund and its investment adviser(s), or any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such investment adviser(s). 16. The Board, including a majority of the disinterested Board members, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to monitor any purchases of securities by a Fund in an Affiliated Underwriting once an investment by the Purchasing Fund in the securities of the Fund exceeds the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, including any purchases made directly from an Underwriting Affiliate. The Board will review these purchases periodically, but no less frequently than annually, to determine whether the purchases were influenced by the investment by the Purchasing Fund in a Fund. The Board will consider, among other things: (a) Whether the purchases were consistent with the investment objectives and policies of the Fund; (b) how the performance of securities purchased in an Affiliated Underwriting compares to the performance of comparable securities purchased during a comparable period of time in underwritings other than Affiliated Underwritings or to a benchmark such as a comparable market index; and (c) whether the amount of securities purchased by a Fund in Affiliated Underwritings and the amount purchased directly from an Underwriting Affiliate have changed significantly from prior years. The Board will take any appropriate actions based on its review, including, if appropriate, the institution of procedures designed to assure that purchases of securities in Affiliated Underwritings are in the best interest of shareholders of the Fund. 17. Each Fund will maintain and preserve permanently in an easily accessible place a written copy of the procedures described in the preceding condition, and any modifications to such procedures, and will maintain and preserve for a period not less than six years from the end of the fiscal year in which any purchase in an Affiliated Underwriting occurred, the first two years in an easily accessible place, a written record of each purchase of securities in Affiliated Underwritings, once an investment by a Purchasing Fund in the Shares of the Fund exceeds the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, setting forth from whom the securities were acquired, the identity of the underwriting syndicate’s members, the terms of the purchase, and the information or materials upon which the Board’s determinations were made. 18. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the Act, the PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53467 board of directors or trustees of each Purchasing Management Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or trustees, will find that the advisory fees charged under such contract are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, the services provided under the advisory contract(s) of any Fund in which the Purchasing Management Company may invest. These findings and their basis will be recorded fully in the minute books of the appropriate Purchasing Management Company. 19. No Fund will acquire securities of any investment company or companies relying on sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–21545 Filed 9–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at 5 p.m. Commissioners and certain staff members who have an interest in the matter will attend the Closed Meeting. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion as set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(8) and (9) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(8) and (9), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Aguilar as duty officer, voted to consider the item listed for the closed meeting in closed session, and determined that no earlier notice thereof was possible. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2008, will be: A matter related to a financial institution. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 28378; 812-13517]


Global X Funds and Global X Management Company LLC; Notice of 
Application

September 10, 2008.

AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice of an application for an order under section 6(c) of the 
Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') for an exemption from 
sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d), 22(e), and 24(d) of the Act and rule 
22c-1 under the Act, under section 12(d)(1)(J) for an exemption from 
sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act, and under sections 6(c) and 
17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and (a)(2) of 
the Act.

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Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that would permit 
(a) certain open-end management investment companies and their series, 
to issue shares (``Shares'') that can be redeemed only in large 
aggregations (``Creation Units''); (b) secondary market transactions in 
Shares to occur at negotiated prices; (c) dealers to sell Shares to 
purchasers in the secondary market unaccompanied by a prospectus when 
prospectus delivery is not required by the Securities Act of 1933 
(``Securities Act''); (d) certain series to pay redemption proceeds, 
under certain circumstances, more than seven days after the tender of 
Shares for redemption; (e) certain affiliated persons of the series to 
deposit securities into, and receive securities from, the series in 
connection with the purchase and redemption of Creation Units; and (f) 
certain registered management investment companies and unit investment 
trusts outside of the same group of investment companies as the series 
to acquire Shares.

Applicants: Global X Funds and Global X Management Company LLC 
(``Adviser'').

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Filing Dates: The application was filed on April 14, 2008 and amended 
on May 23, 2008, August 8, 2008 and August 20, 2008.

Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the application 
will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested 
persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission's Secretary 
and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by 
mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 
p.m. on October 2, 2008 and should be accompanied by proof of service 
on applicants, in the form of an affidavit, or for lawyers, a 
certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the 
writer's interest, the reason for the request, and the issues 
contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request 
notification by writing to the Commission's Secretary.

ADDRESSES: Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090; Applicants, 220 Fifth Avenue, 20th 
Floor, New York, NY 10001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara T. Heussler, Senior Counsel at 
(202) 551-6990, or Michael W. Mount, Assistant Director, at (202) 551-
6820 (Division of Investment Management, Office of Investment Company 
Regulation).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the 
application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the 
Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1520, telephone (202) 551-5850.

Applicants' Representations

    1. Global X Funds is registered as an open-end management 
investment company and is organized as a Delaware statutory trust that 
will offer multiple series. Global X Funds will initially offer one 
series (``Initial Fund''), which will track a foreign equity securities 
index (``Underlying Index'').\1\ Applicants may offer additional 
registered open-end investment companies in the future, as well as any 
series of any existing or future open-end investment company registered 
under the Act (``Future Funds'' and together with the Initial Funds, 
the ``Funds'').\2\
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    \1\ The Initial Fund is Global X FTSE Nordic 30 ETF.
    \2\ All existing entities that intend to rely on the requested 
order have been named as applicants. Any other existing or future 
entity that subsequently relies on the order will comply with the 
terms and conditions of the application. Any Future Fund will be 
advised by the Adviser or an entity controlled by or under common 
control with the Adviser.
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    2. The Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under the 
Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the ``Advisers Act'') and 
will serve as the investment adviser to the Initial Fund. In the 
future, the Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with other 
investment advisers to act as sub-advisers to particular Funds (``Sub-
Advisers''). Each Sub-Adviser will be registered under the Advisers 
Act. SEI Investments Distribution Company (``Distributor'') is a 
broker-dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 
``Exchange Act'') and will act as the principal underwriter and 
distributor for the Creation Units of Shares. The Distributor is not 
affiliated with the Adviser or any Sub-Adviser.
    3. Each Fund will hold certain equity securities (``Portfolio 
Securities'') selected to correspond, before fees and expenses, 
generally to the price and yield performance of an Underlying Index. 
Certain of the Underlying Indices may be composed of equity securities 
of domestic issuers and non-domestic issuers meeting the requirements 
for trading in U.S. markets (``Domestic Indices''). Other Underlying 
Indices may be composed of foreign equity securities (``Foreign 
Indices''). Funds which track Domestic Indices are referred to as 
``Domestic Funds'' and Funds which track Foreign Indices are referred 
to as ``Foreign Funds.'' No entity that creates, compiles, sponsors or 
maintains an Underlying Index (``Index Provider'') is or will be an 
affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, or an 
affiliated person of an affiliated person, of Global X Funds or a Fund, 
the Adviser, any Sub-Adviser to or promoter of a Fund, or the 
Distributor.
    4. The investment objective of each Fund will be to provide 
investment results that correspond, before fees and expenses, generally 
to the price and yield performance of its Underlying Index. Intra-day 
values of the Underlying Index will be disseminated every 15 seconds 
throughout the trading day. A Fund will utilize either a replication or 
representative sampling strategy which will be disclosed with regard to 
each Fund in its prospectus.\3\ A Fund using a replication strategy 
will invest in the Component Securities in its Underlying Index in 
approximately the same proportions as in the Underlying Index. In 
certain circumstances, such as when there are practical difficulties or 
substantial costs involved in holding every security in an Underlying 
Index or when a Component Security is less liquid, illiquid or 
unavailable, a Fund may use a representative sampling strategy pursuant 
to which it will invest in some, but not all of the Component 
Securities of its Underlying Index.\4\ Applicants anticipate that a 
Fund that utilizes a representative sampling strategy will not track 
the performance of its Underlying Index with the same degree of 
accuracy as an investment vehicle that invests in every Component 
Security of the Underlying Index with the same weighting as the 
Underlying Index. Applicants expect that each Fund will have a tracking 
error relative to the performance of its Underlying Index of less than 
5 percent.
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    \3\ Applicants represent that each Fund will invest at least 80% 
of its total assets in the component securities that comprise its 
Underlying Index (``Component Securities'') or, in the case of 
Foreign Funds, Component Securities and depositary receipts 
representing such securities. ``Depositary Receipts'' will typically 
be American Depositary Receipts, but may include Global Depositary 
Receipts and Euro Depositary Receipts. Each Fund also may invest up 
to 20% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, 
cash and cash equivalents, as well as in stocks not included in its 
Underlying Index, but which the Adviser or Sub-Adviser believes will 
help the Fund track its Underlying Index.
    \4\ Under the representative sampling strategy, the Adviser will 
seek to construct a Fund's portfolio so that its market 
capitalization, industry weightings, fundamental investment 
characteristics (such as return variability, earnings valuation and 
yield) and liquidity measures perform like those of the Underlying 
Index.
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    5. Creation Units are expected to range between 25,000 to 100,000 
Shares as will be clearly stated in the relevant Fund's prospectus 
(``Prospectus''). Applicants expect that the initial price of a 
Creation Unit will fall in the range of $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. All 
orders to purchase Creation Units must be placed with the Distributor, 
by or through a party that has entered into an agreement with the 
Distributor (``Authorized Participant''). The Distributor will be 
responsible for transmitting the orders to the Funds. An Authorized 
Participant must be either: (a) A broker-dealer or other participant in 
the continuous net settlement system of the National Securities 
Clearing Corporation, a clearing agency registered with the Commission, 
or (b) a participant in the Depository Trust Company (``DTC'', and such 
participant, ``DTC Participant''). Shares of the Fund generally will be 
sold in Creation Units in exchange for an in-kind deposit by the 
purchaser of a portfolio of securities designated by the Adviser or 
Sub-Adviser to correspond generally to the price and yield performance 
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Securities''), together with the deposit of a specified cash payment 
(``Balancing Amount''). The Balancing Amount is an amount equal to the 
difference between (a) the net asset value (``NAV'') (per Creation 
Unit) of a Fund and (b) the total aggregate market value (per Creation 
Unit) of the Deposit Securities.\5\ Each Fund may permit a purchaser of 
Creation Units to substitute cash in lieu of depositing some or all of 
the Deposit Securities if the Adviser or Sub-Adviser believes such 
method would reduce the Fund's transaction costs or enhance the Fund's 
operating efficiency.\6\
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    \5\ Each Fund will sell and redeem Creation Units only on a 
``Business Day'' which is defined as any day that the New York Stock 
Exchange, the Listing Exchange (defined below), and the custodian of 
a Fund are open for business, and includes any day that a Fund is 
required to be open under section 22(e) of the Act. Each Business 
Day, prior to the opening of trading on the Listing Exchange 
(defined below), the list of names and amount of each security 
constituting the current Deposit Securities and the Balancing Amount 
will be made available. Any national securities exchange (as defined 
in section 2(a)(26) of the Act) (``Exchange'') on which Shares are 
listed (``Listing Exchange'') will disseminate, every 15 seconds 
during its regular trading hours, through the facilities of the 
Consolidated Tape Association, an amount per individual Share 
representing the sum of the estimated Balancing Amount and the 
current value of the Deposit Securities.
    \6\ Applicants state that in some circumstances or in certain 
countries, it may not be practicable or convenient, or permissible 
under the laws of certain countries or the regulations of certain 
foreign stock exchanges, for a Foreign Fund to operate exclusively 
on an ``in-kind'' basis. Applicants also note that when a 
substantial rebalancing of a Fund's portfolio is required, the 
Adviser or Sub-Adviser might prefer to receive cash rather than 
stocks so that the Fund may avoid transaction costs involved in 
liquidating part of its portfolio to achieve the rebalancing.
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    6. An investor purchasing or redeeming a Creation Unit from a Fund 
will be charged a fee (``Transaction Fee'') to prevent the dilution of 
the interests of the remaining shareholders resulting from costs in 
connection with the purchase or redemption of Creation Units.\7\ The 
maximum Transaction Fees relevant to each Fund and the method of 
calculating such Transaction Fees will be fully disclosed in the 
Prospectus of such Fund or statement of additional information 
(``SAI''). The Distributor also will be responsible for delivering the 
Fund's Prospectus to those persons purchasing Shares in Creation Units 
and for maintaining records of both the orders placed with it and the 
confirmations of acceptance furnished by it. In addition, the 
Distributor will maintain a record of the instructions given to the 
applicable Fund to implement the delivery of its Shares.
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    \7\ Where a Fund permits a purchaser to substitute cash in lieu 
of depositing a portion of the requisite Deposit Securities, the 
purchaser may be assessed a higher Transaction Fee to cover the cost 
of purchasing such Deposit Securities, including operational 
processing and brokerage costs, and part or all of the spread 
between the expected bid and the offer side of the market relating 
to such Deposit Securities.
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    7. Purchasers of Shares in Creation Units may hold such Shares or 
may sell such Shares into the secondary market. Shares will be listed 
and traded on an Exchange. It is expected that one or more member firms 
of a Listing Exchange will be designated to act as a specialist 
(``Specialist'') or a market maker (``Market Maker'') and maintain a 
market for Shares trading on the Listing Exchange. Prices of Shares 
trading on an Exchange will be based on the current bid/ask market. 
Shares sold in the secondary market will be subject to customary 
brokerage commissions and charges.
    8. Applicants expect that purchasers of Creation Units will include 
institutional investors and arbitrageurs (which could include 
institutional investors). A Specialist or Market Maker, in providing a 
fair and orderly secondary market for the Shares, also may purchase 
Creation Units for use in its market-making activities. Applicants 
expect that secondary market purchasers of Shares will include both 
institutional investors and retail investors.\8\ Applicants expect that 
the price at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage 
opportunities created by the option to continually purchase or redeem 
Creation Units at their NAV, which should ensure that Shares will not 
trade at a material discount or premium in relation to their NAV.
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    \8\ Shares will be registered in book-entry form only. DTC or 
its nominee will be the registered owner of all outstanding Shares. 
DTC or DTC Participants will maintain records reflecting beneficial 
owners of Shares.
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    9. Shares will not be individually redeemable, and owners of Shares 
may acquire those Shares from the Fund, or tender such Shares for 
redemption to the Fund, in Creation Units only. To redeem, an investor 
will have to accumulate enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit. 
Redemption orders must be placed by or through an Authorized 
Participant. An investor redeeming a Creation Unit generally will 
receive (a) Portfolio Securities designated to be delivered for 
Creation Unit redemptions (``Fund Securities'') on the date that the 
request for redemption is submitted \9\ and (b) a ``Cash Redemption 
Payment,'' consisting of an amount calculated in the same manner as the 
Balancing Amount, although the actual amount of the Cash Redemption 
Payment may differ if the Fund Securities are not identical to the 
Deposit Securities on that day. An investor may receive the cash 
equivalent of a Fund Security in certain circumstances, such as if the 
investor is constrained from effecting transactions in the security by 
regulation or policy.
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    \9\ As a general matter, the Deposit Securities and Fund 
Securities will correspond pro rata to the Portfolio Securities held 
by each Fund, but Fund Securities received on redemption may not 
always be identical to Deposit Securities deposited in connection 
with the purchase of Creation Units for the same day. The Funds will 
comply with the federal securities laws in accepting Deposit 
Securities and satisfying redemptions with Fund Securities, 
including that the Deposit Securities and Fund Securities are sold 
in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the 
Securities Act.
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    10. No Fund will be marketed or otherwise held out as a traditional 
open-end investment company or a mutual fund. Instead, each Fund will 
be marketed as an ``ETF,'' an ``investment company,'' a ``fund,'' or a 
``trust.'' All marketing materials that describe the features or method 
of obtaining, buying or selling Creation Units or Shares traded on an 
Exchange, or refer to redeemability, will prominently disclose that 
Shares are not individually redeemable and that the owners of Shares 
may purchase or redeem Shares from the Fund in Creation Units only. The 
same approach will be followed in the SAI, shareholder reports and 
investor educational materials issued or circulated in connection with 
the Shares. The Funds will provide copies of their annual and semi-
annual shareholder reports to DTC Participants for distribution to 
shareholders.

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Applicants request an order under section 6(c) of the Act for an 
exemption from sections 2(a)(32), 5(a)(1), 22(d), 22(e), and 24(d) of 
the Act and rule 22c-1 under the Act, under section 12(d)(1)(J) of the 
Act for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (B) of the Act, and 
under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 
17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act.
    2. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt 
any person, security or transaction, or any class of persons, 
securities or transactions, from any provision of the Act, if and to 
the extent that such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the 
public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the 
purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. 
Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed 
transaction from section 17(a) of the Act if evidence establishes that 
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to be paid or received, are reasonable and fair and do not involve 
overreaching on the part of any person concerned, and the proposed 
transaction is consistent with the policies of the registered 
investment company and the general provisions of the Act. Section 
12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt any 
person, security, or transaction, or any class or classes of persons, 
securities or transactions, from any provisions of section 12(d)(1) if 
the exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection 
of investors.

Sections 5(a)(1) and 2(a)(32) of the Act

    3. Section 5(a)(1) of the Act defines an ``open-end company'' as a 
management investment company that is offering for sale or has 
outstanding any redeemable security of which it is the issuer. Section 
2(a)(32) of the Act defines a redeemable security as any security, 
other than short-term paper, under the terms of which the owner, upon 
its presentation to the issuer, is entitled to receive approximately 
his proportionate share of the issuer's current net assets, or the cash 
equivalent. Because Shares will not be individually redeemable, 
applicants request an order that would permit the Funds to register as 
open-end management investment companies and issue Shares that are 
redeemable in Creation Units only. Applicants state that investors may 
purchase Shares in Creation Units and redeem Creation Units from each 
Fund. Applicants state that because Creation Units may always be 
purchased and redeemed at NAV, the market price of the Shares should 
not vary substantially from their NAV.

Section 22(d) of the Act and Rule 22c-1 under the Act

    4. Section 22(d) of the Act, among other things, prohibits a dealer 
from selling a redeemable security, which is currently being offered to 
the public by or through a principal underwriter, except at a current 
public offering price described in the prospectus. Rule 22c-1 under the 
Act generally requires that a dealer selling, redeeming or repurchasing 
a redeemable security do so only at a price based on its NAV. 
Applicants state that secondary market trading in Shares will take 
place at negotiated prices, not at a current offering price described 
in a Fund's Prospectus, and not at a price based on NAV. Thus, 
purchases and sales of Shares in the secondary market will not comply 
with section 22(d) of the Act and rule 22c-1 under the Act. Applicants 
request an exemption under section 6(c) from these provisions.
    5. Applicants assert that the concerns sought to be addressed by 
section 22(d) of the Act and rule 22c-1 under the Act with respect to 
pricing are equally satisfied by the proposed method of pricing Shares. 
Applicants maintain that while there is little legislative history 
regarding section 22(d), its provisions, as well as those of rule 22c-
1, appear to have been designed to (a) prevent dilution caused by 
certain riskless-trading schemes by principal underwriters and contract 
dealers, (b) prevent unjust discrimination or preferential treatment 
among buyers, and (c) ensure an orderly distribution of investment 
company shares by eliminating price competition from dealers offering 
shares at less than the published sales price and repurchasing shares 
at more than the published redemption price.
    6. Applicants believe that none of these purposes will be thwarted 
by permitting Shares to trade in the secondary market at negotiated 
prices. Applicants state that (a) secondary market trading in Shares 
does not involve a Fund as a party and will not result in dilution of 
an investment in Shares, and (b) to the extent different prices exist 
during a given trading day, or from day to day, such variances occur as 
a result of third-party market forces, such as supply and demand. 
Therefore, applicants assert that secondary market transactions in 
Shares will not lead to discrimination or preferential treatment among 
purchasers. Finally, applicants contend that the proposed distribution 
system will be orderly because competitive forces will ensure that the 
difference between the market price of Shares and their NAV remains 
narrow.

Section 24(d) of the Act

    7. Section 24(d) of the Act provides, in relevant part, that the 
prospectus delivery exemption provided to dealer transactions by 
section 4(3) of the Securities Act does not apply to any transaction in 
a redeemable security issued by an open-end investment company. 
Applicants seek relief from section 24(d) to permit dealers selling 
Shares in the secondary markets to rely on the prospectus delivery 
exemption provided by section 4(3) of the Securities Act.\10\
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    \10\ Applicants state that they are not seeking relief from the 
prospectus delivery requirement for non-secondary market 
transactions, such as transactions in which an investor purchases 
Shares from the Fucghnds or an underwriter. Applicants further state 
that each Fund's Prospectus will caution broker-dealers and others 
that some activities on their part, depending on the circumstances, 
may result in their being deemed statutory underwriters and subject 
them to the prospectus delivery and liability provisions of the 
Securities Act. For example, a broker-dealer firm and/or its client 
may be deemed a statutory underwriter if it purchases Creation Units 
from a Fund, breaks them down into the constituent individual 
Shares, and sells those Shares directly to customers, or if it 
chooses to couple the creation of a supply of new Shares with an 
active selling effort involving solicitation of secondary market 
demand for Shares. Each Fund's Prospectus will state that whether a 
person is an underwriter depends upon all of the facts and 
circumstances pertaining to that person's activities. Each Fund's 
Prospectus will caution dealers who are not ``underwriters'' but are 
participating in a distribution (as contrasted to ordinary secondary 
market trading transactions), and thus dealing with Shares that are 
part of an ``unsold allotment'' within the meaning of section 
4(3)(C) of the Securities Act, that they would be unable to take 
advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by section 
4(3) of the Securities Act.
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    8. Applicants state that Shares are bought and sold in the 
secondary market in the same manner as closed-end fund shares. 
Applicants note that transactions in closed-end fund shares are not 
subject to section 24(d), and thus closed-end fund shares are sold in 
the secondary market without a prospectus. Applicants contend that 
Shares likewise merit a reduction in the unnecessary compliance costs 
and regulatory burdens resulting from the imposition of the prospectus 
delivery obligations in the secondary market. Because Shares will be 
listed on an Exchange, prospective investors will have access to 
information about the product over and above what is normally available 
about an open-end security. Applicants state that information regarding 
market price and volume will be continually available on a real time 
basis throughout the day on brokers' computer screens and other 
electronic services. The previous day's closing price and volume 
information for Shares will be published daily in the financial section 
of newspapers. In addition, a Web site will be maintained that will 
include each Fund's Prospectus and SAI, the Portfolio Securities and 
relevant Underlying Index for each Fund, and additional quantitative 
information that is updated on a daily basis, including the mid-point 
of the bid-ask spread at the time of the calculation of NAV (``Bid/Ask 
Price''),\11\ the NAV for each Fund, and information about the premiums 
and discounts at which the Shares have traded.
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    \11\ The Bid-Ask Price per individual Share of a Fund is 
determined using the highest bid and the lowest offer on the Listing 
Exchange.
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    9. Applicants will arrange for broker-dealers selling Shares in the 
secondary market to provide purchasers with a product description 
(``Product Description'') that describes, in plain English, the 
relevant Fund and the Shares it issues. Applicants state that a Product 
Description is not intended to substitute for a full Prospectus.

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Applicants state that the Product Description will be tailored to meet 
the information needs of investors purchasing Shares in the secondary 
market.

Section 22(e)

    10. Section 22(e) of the Act generally prohibits a registered 
investment company from suspending the right of redemption or 
postponing the date of payment of redemption proceeds for more than 
seven days after the tender of a security for redemption. Applicants 
state that settlement of redemptions for the Foreign Fund is contingent 
not only on the settlement cycle of the United States market, but also 
on current delivery cycles in local markets for underlying foreign 
securities held by the Foreign Fund. Applicants state that delivery 
cycles for transferring Fund Securities to redeeming investors, coupled 
with local market holiday schedules, will require a delivery process 
longer than seven calendar days for the Foreign Fund. Applicants 
request relief under section 6(c) of the Act from section 22(e) to 
allow the Foreign Fund to pay redemption proceeds up to 14 calendar 
days after the tender of any Creation Units for redemption. Except as 
disclosed in the relevant Foreign Fund's Prospectus and/or SAI, 
applicants expect that each Foreign Fund will be able to deliver 
redemption proceeds within seven days.\12\ With respect to future 
Foreign Funds, applicants seek the same relief from section 22(e) only 
to the extent that circumstances similar to those described in the 
application exist.
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    \12\ Rule 15c6-1 under the Exchange Act requires that most 
securities transactions be settled within three business days of the 
trade. Applicants acknowledge that no relief obtained from the 
requirements of section 22(e) will affect any obligations applicants 
may have under rule 15c6-1.
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    11. Applicants state that section 22(e) was designed to prevent 
unreasonable, undisclosed and unforeseen delays in the payment of 
redemption proceeds. Applicants assert that the requested relief will 
not lead to the problems that section 22(e) was designed to prevent. 
Applicants state that the SAI will disclose those local holidays (over 
the period of at least one year following the date of the SAI), if any, 
that are expected to prevent the delivery of redemption proceeds in 
seven calendar days, and the maximum number of days needed to deliver 
the proceeds for the relevant Foreign Fund. Applicants are not seeking 
relief from section 22(e) with respect to Foreign Funds that do not 
effect creations and redemptions of Creation Units in-kind.

Section 12(d)(1)

    12. Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act, in relevant part, prohibits a 
registered investment company from acquiring securities of an 
investment company if such securities represent more than 3% of the 
total outstanding voting stock of the acquired company, more than 5% of 
the total assets of the acquiring company, or, together with the 
securities of any other investment companies, more than 10% of the 
total assets of the acquiring company. Section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act 
prohibits a registered open-end investment company, its principal 
underwriter and any other broker-dealer from selling the investment 
company's shares to another investment company if the sale will cause 
the acquiring company to own more than 3% of the acquired company's 
voting stock, or if the sale will cause more than 10% of the acquired 
company's voting stock to be owned by investment companies generally.
    13. Applicants request an exemption to permit management investment 
companies (``Purchasing Management Companies'') and unit investment 
trusts (``Purchasing Trusts'') registered under the Act that are not 
sponsored or advised by the Adviser or any entity controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser and are not 
part of the same ``group of investment companies,'' as defined in 
section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as Global X Funds (collectively, 
``Purchasing Funds'') to acquire shares of a Fund beyond the limits of 
section 12(d)(1)(A). Purchasing Funds do not include the Funds. In 
addition, applicants seek relief to permit a Fund or broker-dealer 
(``Broker'') that is registered under the Exchange Act to sell Shares 
to a Purchasing Fund in excess of the limits of section 12(d)(1)(B).
    14. Each Purchasing Management Company will be advised by an 
investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act 
(the ``Purchasing Fund Adviser'') and may be sub-advised by one or more 
investment advisers within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(B) of the 
Act (each a ``Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser''). Any investment adviser to 
a Purchasing Fund will be registered under the Advisers Act. Each 
Purchasing Trust will be sponsored by a sponsor (``Sponsor'').
    15. Applicants submit that the proposed conditions to the requested 
relief adequately address the concerns underlying the limits in section 
12(d)(1)(A) and (B), which include concerns about undue influence by a 
fund of funds over underlying funds, excessive layering of fees and 
overly complex fund structures. Applicants believe that the requested 
exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of 
investors.
    16. Applicants believe that neither the Purchasing Funds nor a 
Purchasing Fund Affiliate would be able to exert undue influence over 
the Funds.\13\ To limit the control that a Purchasing Fund may have 
over a Fund, applicants propose a condition prohibiting a Purchasing 
Fund Adviser or a Sponsor, any person controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with a Purchasing Fund Adviser or Sponsor, and any 
investment company and any issuer that would be an investment company 
but for sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act that is advised or 
sponsored by a Purchasing Fund Adviser or Sponsor, or any person 
controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Purchasing 
Fund Adviser or Sponsor (``Purchasing Fund Advisory Group'') from 
controlling (individually or in the aggregate) a Fund within the 
meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The same prohibition would apply 
to any Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, any person controlling, controlled 
by or under common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, and 
any investment company or issuer that would be an investment company 
but for sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act (or portion of such 
investment company or issuer) advised or sponsored by the Purchasing 
Fund Sub-Adviser or any person controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser (``Purchasing Fund 
Sub-Advisory Group''). Applicants propose other conditions to limit the 
potential for undue influence over the Funds, including that no 
Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate (except to the extent it 
is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Fund) will 
cause a Fund to purchase a security in any offering of securities 
during the existence of any underwriting or selling syndicate of which 
a principal underwriter is an Underwriting Affiliate (``Affiliated 
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``Underwriting Affiliate'' is a principal underwriter in any 
underwriting or selling syndicate that is an officer, director, member 
of an advisory board, Purchasing Fund Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-
Adviser, employee or Sponsor of a Purchasing Fund, or a person of which 
any such officer, director, member of an advisory board, Purchasing 
Fund Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, employee, or Sponsor is an 
affiliated person (except that any person whose relationship to the 
Fund is covered by section 10(f) of the Act is not an Underwriting 
Affiliate).
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    \13\ A ``Purchasing Fund Affiliate'' is a Purchasing Fund 
Adviser, Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, Sponsor, promoter, and 
principal underwriter of a Purchasing Fund, and any person 
controlling, controlled by, or under common control with any of 
those entities. A ``Fund Affiliate'' is an investment adviser, 
promoter, or principal underwriter of a Fund and any person 
controlling, controlled by or under common control with any of these 
entities.
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    17. Applicants assert that the proposed conditions address any 
concerns regarding excessive layering of fees. The board of directors 
or trustees of any Purchasing Management Company, including a majority 
of the directors or trustees who are not ``interested persons'' within 
the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (``disinterested directors 
or trustees''), will find that the advisory fees charged to the 
Purchasing Management Company are based on services provided that will 
be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, services provided under 
the advisory contract(s) of any Fund in which the Purchasing Management 
Company may invest. In addition, except as provided in condition 13, a 
Purchasing Fund Adviser or a trustee (``Trustee'') or Sponsor of a 
Purchasing Trust will, as applicable, waive fees otherwise payable to 
it by the Purchasing Fund in an amount at least equal to any 
compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by a 
Fund under rule 12b-1 under the Act) received by the Purchasing Fund 
Adviser or Trustee or Sponsor or an affiliated person of the Purchasing 
Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, from the Funds in connection with the 
investment by the Purchasing Fund in the Fund. Applicants state that 
any sales loads or service fees charged with respect to shares of a 
Purchasing Fund will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of 
funds set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.
    18. Applicants submit that the proposed arrangement will not create 
an overly complex fund structure. Applicants note that no Fund may 
acquire securities of any investment company or company relying on 
sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess of the limits 
contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act. To ensure that Purchasing 
Funds comply with the terms and conditions of the requested relief from 
section 12(d)(1), any Purchasing Fund that intends to invest in a Fund 
in reliance on the requested order will enter into an agreement 
(``Purchasing Fund Agreement'') between the Fund and the Purchasing 
Fund requiring the Purchasing Fund to adhere to the terms and 
conditions of the requested order. The Purchasing Fund Agreement also 
will include an acknowledgment from the Purchasing Fund that it may 
rely on the requested order only to invest in the Funds and not in any 
other investment company. The Purchasing Fund Agreement will further 
require any Purchasing Fund that exceeds the 5% or 10% limitations in 
section 12(d)(1)(A)(ii) and (iii) to disclose in its prospectus that it 
may invest in the Funds, and to disclose, in ``plain English,'' in its 
prospectus the unique characteristics of the Purchasing Funds investing 
in the Funds, including but not limited to the expense structure and 
any additional expenses of investing in the Funds.
    19. Applicants also note that a Fund may choose to reject a direct 
purchase of Shares in Creation Units by a Purchasing Fund. To the 
extent that a Purchasing Fund purchases Shares in the secondary market, 
a Fund would still retain its ability to reject initial purchases of 
Shares made in reliance on the requested order by declining to enter 
into the Purchasing Fund Agreement prior to any investment by a 
Purchasing Fund in excess of the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A).

Sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act

    20. Section 17(a) of the Act generally prohibits an affiliated 
person of a registered investment company, or an affiliated person of 
such a person (``Second-Tier Affiliate''), from selling any security to 
or purchasing any security from the company. Section 2(a)(3) of the Act 
defines ``affiliated person'' to include (a) any person directly or 
indirectly owning, controlling or holding with power to vote 5% or more 
of the outstanding voting securities of the other person, (b) any 
person 5% or more of whose outstanding voting securities are directly 
or indirectly owned, controlled or held with the power to vote by the 
other person, and (c) any person directly or indirectly controlling, 
controlled by or under common control with the other person. Section 
2(a)(9) of the Act provides that a control relationship will be 
presumed where one person owns more than 25% of another person's voting 
securities.
    21. Applicants request an exemption from section 17(a) of the Act 
pursuant to sections 17(b) and 6(c) of the Act to permit persons to 
effectuate in-kind purchases and redemptions with a Fund when they are 
affiliated persons of the Fund or Second-Tier Affiliates solely by 
virtue of one or more of the following: (a) Holding 5% or more, or in 
excess of 25%, of the outstanding Shares of one or more Funds; (b) 
having an affiliation with a person with an ownership interest 
described in (a); or (c) holding 5% or more, or more than 25%, of the 
shares of one or more other registered investment companies (or series 
thereof) advised by the Adviser.
    22. Applicants assert that no useful purpose would be served by 
prohibiting these types of affiliated persons from purchasing or 
redeeming Creation Units through ``in-kind'' transactions. The deposit 
procedures for both in-kind purchases and in-kind redemptions of 
Creation Units will be the same for all purchases and redemptions. 
Deposit Securities and Fund Securities will be valued in the same 
manner as Portfolio Securities. Therefore, applicants state that in-
kind purchases and redemptions will afford no opportunity for the 
specified affiliated persons, or Second-Tier Affiliates, of a Fund to 
effect a transaction detrimental to other holders of Shares. Applicants 
also believe that in-kind purchases and redemptions will not result in 
self-dealing or overreaching of the Fund.
    23. Applicants also seek relief from section 17(a) to permit a Fund 
that is an affiliated person of a Purchasing Fund because the 
Purchasing Fund holds 5% or more of the Shares of the Fund to sell its 
Shares to and redeem its Shares from a Purchasing Fund, and to engage 
in the accompanying in-kind transactions with the Purchasing Fund.\14\ 
Applicants state that the terms of the transactions are fair and 
reasonable and do not involve overreaching. Applicants note that any 
consideration paid by a Purchasing Fund for the purchase or redemption 
of Shares directly from a Fund will be based on the NAV of the 
Fund.\15\ Applicants believe that any proposed transactions directly 
between the Funds and Purchasing Funds will be consistent with the 
policies of each Purchasing Fund. The purchase of Creation Units

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by a Purchasing Fund directly from a Fund will be accomplished in 
accordance with the investment restrictions of any such Purchasing Fund 
and will be consistent with the investment policies set forth in the 
Purchasing Fund's registration statement. The Purchasing Fund Agreement 
will require any Purchasing Fund that purchases Creation Units directly 
from a Fund to represent that the purchase of Creation Units from a 
Fund by a Purchasing Fund will be accomplished in compliance with the 
investment restrictions of the Purchasing Fund and will be consistent 
with the investment policies set forth in the Purchasing Fund's 
registration statement.
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    \14\ Applicants acknowledge that receipt of compensation by (a) 
an affiliated person of a Purchasing Fund, or an affiliated person 
of such person, for the purchase by the Purchasing Fund of Shares of 
a Fund or (b) an affiliated person of a Fund, or an affiliated 
person of such person, for the sale by the Fund of its Shares to a 
Purchasing Fund may be prohibited by section 17(e)(1) of the Act. 
The Purchasing Fund Agreement also will include this acknowledgment.
    \15\ Applicants believe that a Purchasing Fund will purchase 
Shares in the secondary market and will not purchase or redeem 
Creation Units directly from a Fund. Nonetheless, a Purchasing Fund 
that owns 5% or more of a Fund could seek to transact in Creation 
Units directly with a Fund pursuant to the section 17(a) relief 
requested.
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Applicants' Conditions

    Applicants agree that any order of granting the requested relief 
will be subject to the following conditions:

ETF Relief

    1. As long as the Funds operate in reliance on the requested order, 
the Shares will be listed on an Exchange.
    2. Neither Global X Funds nor any Fund will be advertised or 
marketed as an open-end investment company or a mutual fund. Each 
Fund's Prospectus will prominently disclose that Shares are not 
individually redeemable shares and will disclose that the owners of 
Shares may acquire those Shares from the Fund and tender those Shares 
for redemption to the Fund in Creation Units only. Any advertising 
material that describes the purchase or sale of Creation Units or 
refers to redeemability will prominently disclose that Shares are not 
individually redeemable, and that owners of Shares may acquire those 
Shares from the Fund and tender those Shares for redemption to the Fund 
in Creation Units only.
    3. The Web site maintained for each Fund, which will be publicly 
accessible at no charge, will contain the following information, on a 
per individual Share basis, for each Fund: (a) The prior Business Day's 
NAV and the Bid/Ask Price, and a calculation of the premium or discount 
of the Bid/Ask Price at the time of calculation of the NAV against such 
NAV; and (b) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution 
of discounts and premiums of the daily Bid/Ask Price against the NAV, 
within appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar 
quarters. In addition, the Product Description for each Fund will state 
that the Web site for the Fund has information about the premiums and 
discounts at which the Shares have traded.
    4. The Prospectus and annual report for each Fund also will 
include: (a) The information listed in condition 3(b), (i) in the case 
of the Fund's Prospectus, for the most recently completed year (and the 
most recently completed quarter or quarters, as applicable) and (ii) in 
the case of the annual report, for the immediately preceding five 
years, as applicable; and (b) the following data, calculated on a per 
individual Share basis for one, five and ten year periods (or life of 
the Fund): (i) The cumulative total return and the average annual total 
return based on NAV and Bid/Ask Price, and (ii) the cumulative total 
return of the relevant Underlying Index.
    5. Before a Fund may rely on the order, the Commission will have 
approved, pursuant to rule 19b-4 under the Exchange Act, an Exchange 
rule requiring Exchange members and member organizations effecting 
transactions in Shares to deliver a Product Description to purchasers 
of Shares.
    6. Each Fund's Prospectus and Product Description will clearly 
disclose that, for purposes of the Act, Shares are issued by the Fund, 
which is a registered investment company, and that the acquisition of 
Shares by investment companies is subject to the restrictions of 
section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order 
that permits registered investment companies to invest in a Fund beyond 
the limits in section 12(d)(1), subject to certain terms and 
conditions, including that the registered investment company enter into 
a Purchasing Fund Agreement with the Fund regarding the terms of the 
investment.
    7. The requested relief to permit ETF operations will expire on the 
effective date of any Commission rule under the Act that provides 
relief permitting the operation of index-based exchange-traded funds.

Section 12(d)(1) Relief

    8. The members of a Purchasing Fund's Advisory Group will not 
control (individually or in the aggregate) a Fund within the meaning of 
section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The members of a Purchasing Fund's Sub-
Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) a 
Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. If as a result 
of a decrease in the outstanding Shares of a Fund, a Purchasing Fund's 
Advisory Group or a Purchasing Fund's Sub-Advisory Group, each in the 
aggregate, becomes a holder of more than 25% of the outstanding Shares 
of a Fund, it will vote its Shares in the same proportion as the vote 
of all other holders of the Shares. This condition does not apply to 
the Purchasing Fund's Sub-Advisory Group with respect to a Fund for 
which the Purchasing Fund's Sub-Adviser or a person controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with the Purchasing Fund Sub-
Adviser acts as the investment adviser within the meaning of section 
2(a)(20)(A) of the Act.
    9. No Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate will cause any 
existing or potential investment by the Purchasing Fund in a Fund to 
influence the terms of any services or transactions between the 
Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate and the Fund or a Fund 
Affiliate.
    10. The board of directors or trustees of a Purchasing Management 
Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or 
trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the 
Purchasing Fund Adviser and Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser are conducting 
the investment program of the Purchasing Management Company without 
taking into account any consideration received by the Purchasing 
Management Company or a Purchasing Fund Affiliate from a Fund or a Fund 
Affiliate in connection with any services or transactions.
    11. No Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate (except to the 
extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Fund) 
will cause a Fund to purchase a security in any Affiliated 
Underwriting.
    12. Before investing in the Shares of a Fund in excess of the 
limits in section 12(d)(1)(A), each Purchasing Fund and the Fund will 
execute a Purchasing Fund Agreement stating, without limitation, that 
their boards of directors or trustees and their investment advisers or 
Sponsors or Trustees, as applicable, understand the terms and 
conditions of the order, and agree to fulfill their responsibilities 
under the order. At the time of its investment in Shares of a Fund in 
excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i), a Purchasing Fund will 
notify such Fund of the investment. At such time, the Purchasing Fund 
will also transmit to the Fund a list of names of each Purchasing Fund 
Affiliate and Underwriting Affiliate. The Purchasing Fund will notify 
the Fund of any changes to the list of names as soon as reasonably 
practicable after a change occurs. The relevant Fund and the Purchasing 
Fund will maintain and preserve a copy of the order, the Purchasing 
Fund Agreement, and the list with any updated information for the 
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thereafter, the first two years in an easily accessible place.
    13. The Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, as applicable, 
will waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Purchasing Fund in an 
amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received 
under any plan adopted by a Fund under rule 12b-1 under the Act) 
received from a Fund by the Purchasing Fund Adviser, Trustee or 
Sponsor, or an affiliated person of the Purchasing Fund Adviser, 
Trustee or Sponsor, other than any advisory fees paid to the Purchasing 
Fund Adviser, Trustee or Sponsor, or its affiliated person by a Fund, 
in connection with the investment by the Purchasing Fund in the Fund. 
Any Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser will waive fees otherwise payable to 
the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, by the 
Purchasing Management Company in an amount at least equal to any 
compensation received from a Fund by the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, 
or an affiliated person of the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser, other than 
any advisory fees paid to the Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser or its 
affiliated person by the Fund, in connection with any investment by the 
Purchasing Management Company in a Fund made at the direction of the 
Purchasing Fund Sub-Adviser. In the event that the Purchasing Fund Sub-
Adviser waives fees, the benefit of the waiver will be passed through 
to the Purchasing Management Company.
    14. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to 
shares of a Purchasing Fund will not exceed the limits applicable to a 
fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.
    15. Once an investment by a Purchasing Fund in the securities of a 
Fund exceeds the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the board 
of directors or trustees of a Fund (``Board''), including a majority of 
the directors or trustees that are not ``interested persons'' within 
the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (``disinterested Board 
members''), will determine that any consideration paid by the Fund to a 
Purchasing Fund or Purchasing Fund Affiliate in connection with any 
services or transactions: (a) Is fair and reasonable in relation to the 
nature and quality of the services and benefits received by the Fund; 
(b) is within the range of consideration that the Fund would be 
required to pay to another unaffiliated entity in connection with the 
same services or transactions; and (c) does not involve overreaching on 
the part of any person concerned. This condition does not apply with 
respect to any services or transactions between a Fund and its 
investment adviser(s), or any person controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with such investment adviser(s).
    16. The Board, including a majority of the disinterested Board 
members, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to monitor any 
purchases of securities by a Fund in an Affiliated Underwriting once an 
investment by the Purchasing Fund in the securities of the Fund exceeds 
the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, including any purchases 
made directly from an Underwriting Affiliate. The Board will review 
these purchases periodically, but no less frequently than annually, to 
determine whether the purchases were influenced by the investment by 
the Purchasing Fund in a Fund. The Board will consider, among other 
things: (a) Whether the purchases were consistent with the investment 
objectives and policies of the Fund; (b) how the performance of 
securities purchased in an Affiliated Underwriting compares to the 
performance of comparable securities purchased during a comparable 
period of time in underwritings other than Affiliated Underwritings or 
to a benchmark such as a comparable market index; and (c) whether the 
amount of securities purchased by a Fund in Affiliated Underwritings 
and the amount purchased directly from an Underwriting Affiliate have 
changed significantly from prior years. The Board will take any 
appropriate actions based on its review, including, if appropriate, the 
institution of procedures designed to assure that purchases of 
securities in Affiliated Underwritings are in the best interest of 
shareholders of the Fund.
    17. Each Fund will maintain and preserve permanently in an easily 
accessible place a written copy of the procedures described in the 
preceding condition, and any modifications to such procedures, and will 
maintain and preserve for a period not less than six years from the end 
of the fiscal year in which any purchase in an Affiliated Underwriting 
occurred, the first two years in an easily accessible place, a written 
record of each purchase of securities in Affiliated Underwritings, once 
an investment by a Purchasing Fund in the Shares of the Fund exceeds 
the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, setting forth from whom 
the securities were acquired, the identity of the underwriting 
syndicate's members, the terms of the purchase, and the information or 
materials upon which the Board's determinations were made.
    18. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the 
Act, the board of directors or trustees of each Purchasing Management 
Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or 
trustees, will find that the advisory fees charged under such contract 
are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than 
duplicative of, the services provided under the advisory contract(s) of 
any Fund in which the Purchasing Management Company may invest. These 
findings and their basis will be recorded fully in the minute books of 
the appropriate Purchasing Management Company.
    19. No Fund will acquire securities of any investment company or 
companies relying on sections 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess 
of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.
 Florence E. Harmon,
 Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-21545 Filed 9-15-08; 8:45 am]
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