Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 70975-70976 [2013-28429]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 27, 2013 / Notices clients with information about how their proxies were voted. Rule 206(4)–6 contains ‘‘collection of information’’ requirements within the meaning of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The respondents are investment advisers registered with the Commission that vote proxies with respect to clients’ securities. Advisory clients of these investment advisers use the information required by the rule to assess investment advisers’ proxy voting policies and procedures and to monitor the advisers’ performance of their proxy voting activities. The information also is used by the Commission staff in its examination and oversight program. Without the information collected under the rules, advisory clients would not have information they need to assess the adviser’s services and monitor the adviser’s handling of their accounts, and the Commission would be less efficient and effective in its programs. The estimated number of investment advisers subject to the collection of information requirements under the rule is 9,650. It is estimated that each of these advisers is required to spend on average 10 hours annually documenting its proxy voting procedures under the requirements of the rule, for a total burden of 96,500 hours. We further estimate that on average, approximately 139 clients of each adviser would request copies of the underlying policies and procedures. We estimate that it would take these advisers 0.1 hours per client to deliver copies of the policies and procedures, for a total burden of 134,135 hours. Accordingly, we estimate that rule 206(4)–6 results in an annual aggregate burden of collection for SEC-registered investment advisers of a total of 230,635 hours. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burdens of the collections of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burdens of the collections of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:02 Nov 26, 2013 Jkt 232001 collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid OMB control number. Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549; or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: November 21, 2013. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–28428 Filed 11–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549–0213. Extension: Form N–17D–1; OMB Control No. 3235– 0229, SEC File No. 270–231. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these existing collections of information to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for extension and approval. Section 17(d) (15 U.S.C. 80a–17(d)) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) authorizes the Commission to adopt rules that protect funds and their security holders from overreaching by affiliated persons when the fund and the affiliated person participate in any joint enterprise or other joint arrangement or profit-sharing plan. Rule 17d–1 under the Act (17 CFR 270.17d–1) prohibits funds and their affiliated persons from participating in a joint enterprise, unless an application regarding the transaction has been filed with and approved by the Commission. Paragraph (d)(3) of the rule provides an exemption from this requirement for any loan or advance of credit to, or acquisition of securities or other property of, a small business concern, or any agreement to do any of the foregoing (‘‘investments’’) made by a small business investment company (‘‘SBIC’’) and an affiliated bank, provided that reports about the investments are made on forms the Commission may prescribe. Rule 17d–2 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70975 (17 CFR 270.17d–2) designates Form N– 17D–1 (17 CFR 274.00) (‘‘form’’) as the form for reports required by rule 17d– 1. SBICs and their affiliated banks use form N–17D–1 to report any contemporaneous investments in a small business concern. The form provides shareholders and persons seeking to make an informed decision about investing in an SBIC an opportunity to learn about transactions of the SBIC that have the potential for self dealing and other forms of overreaching by affiliated persons at the expense of shareholders. Form N–17D–1 requires SBICs and their affiliated banks to report identifying information about the small business concern and the affiliated bank. The report must include, among other things, the SBIC’s and affiliated bank’s outstanding investments in the small business concern, the use of the proceeds of the investments made during the reporting period, any changes in the nature and amount of the affiliated bank’s investment, the name of any affiliated person of the SBIC or the affiliated bank (or any affiliated person of the affiliated person of the SBIC or the affiliated bank) who has any interest in the transactions, the basis of the affiliation, the nature of the interest, and the consideration the affiliated person has received or will receive. Up to three SBICs may file the form in any year.1 The Commission estimates the burden of filling out the form is approximately one hour per response and would likely be completed by an accountant or other professional. Based on past filings, the Commission estimates that no more than one SBIC is likely to use the form each year. Most of the information requested on the form should be readily available to the SBIC or the affiliated bank in records kept in the ordinary course of business, or with respect to the SBIC, pursuant to the recordkeeping requirements under the Act. Commission staff estimates that it should take approximately one hour for an accountant or other professional to complete the form.2 The estimated total annual burden of filling out the form is 1 hour, at an estimated total annual cost of $193.3 The Commission will not keep 1 As of September 23, 2013, three SBICs were registered with the Commission. 2 This estimate of hours is based on past conversations with representatives of SBICs and accountants that have filed the form. 3 Commission staff estimates that the annual burden would be incurred by a senior accountant with an average hourly wage rate of $193 per hour. See Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Report on Management and Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM Continued 27NON1 70976 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 27, 2013 / Notices responses on Form N–17D–1 confidential. The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules. 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 OMB control number. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549; or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: November 21, 2013. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–28429 Filed 11–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 30803; 812–14179] Horizons ETFs Management (USA) LLC and Horizons ETF Trust; Notice of Application November 21, 2013. 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), and 22(e) of the Act and rule 22c–1 under the Act, under emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 2012, modified to account for an 1800-hour work year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits and overhead. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:02 Nov 26, 2013 Jkt 232001 sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act, and under section 12(d)(1)(J) for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that would permit (a) Series of certain open-end management investment companies to issue shares (‘‘Shares’’) redeemable in large aggregations only (‘‘Creation Units’’); (b) secondary market transactions in Shares to occur at negotiated market prices rather than at net asset value (‘‘NAV’’); (c) certain series to pay redemption proceeds, under certain circumstances, more than seven days after the tender of Shares for redemption; (d) 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 (e) certain registered management investment companies and unit investment trusts outside of the same group of investment companies as the series to acquire Shares. Applicants: Horizons ETFs Management (USA) LLC (‘‘Horizons’’) and Horizons ETF Trust (‘‘Trust’’). DATES: Filing Dates: The application was filed on July 17, 2013, and amended on October 22, 2013 and November 20, 2013. Hearing or Notification of Hearing: An order granting the requested relief 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 December 16, 2013, 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: Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090; Applicants: Horizons ETFs Management (USA) LLC, One Bryant Park, 39th Floor, New York, NY 10036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Courtney S. Thornton, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–6812, or David P. Bartels, Branch Chief, at (202) 551–6821 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (Division of Investment Management, Chief Counsel’s Office). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained via the Commission’s Web site by searching for the file number, or for an applicant using the Company name box, at http:// www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. Applicants’ Representations 1. The Trust is a Delaware statutory trust will register under the Act as an open-end management investment company with multiple series. Each series will operate as an exchange traded fund (‘‘ETF’’). 2. Horizons will be the investment adviser to the initial series of the Trust (‘‘Initial Fund’’). Horizons is, and any other Adviser (as defined below) will be, registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (‘‘Advisers Act’’). The Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with one or more investment advisers to act as sub-advisers to particular Funds (each, a ‘‘Sub-Adviser’’). Any SubAdviser will either be registered under the Advisers Act or will not be required to register thereunder. 3. The Trust will enter into a distribution agreement with one or more distributors. Each distributor for a Fund will be a broker-dealer (‘‘Broker’’) registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) and will act as distributor and principal underwriter (‘‘Distributor’’) for one or more of the Funds. No Distributor will be affiliated with any Exchange (defined below). The Distributor for each Fund will comply with the terms and conditions of the requested order. 4. Applicants request that the order apply to the Initial Fund and any additional series of the Trust, and any other open-end management investment company or series thereof, that may be created in the future (‘‘Future Funds’’ and together with the Initial Fund, ‘‘Funds’’), each of which will operate as an ETF and will track a specified index comprised of domestic or foreign equity and/or fixed income securities (each, an ‘‘Underlying Index’’). Any Future Fund will (a) be advised by Horizons or an entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Horizons (each, an ‘‘Adviser’’) and (b) comply with the terms and conditions of the application.1 1 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 E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 27, 2013)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 
20549-0213.

Extension:
    Form N-17D-1; OMB Control No. 3235-0229, SEC File No. 270-231.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') is soliciting comments on the collections 
of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these 
existing collections of information to the Office of Management and 
Budget (``OMB'') for extension and approval.
    Section 17(d) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(d)) of the Investment Company Act 
of 1940 (``Act'') authorizes the Commission to adopt rules that protect 
funds and their security holders from overreaching by affiliated 
persons when the fund and the affiliated person participate in any 
joint enterprise or other joint arrangement or profit-sharing plan. 
Rule 17d-1 under the Act (17 CFR 270.17d-1) prohibits funds and their 
affiliated persons from participating in a joint enterprise, unless an 
application regarding the transaction has been filed with and approved 
by the Commission. Paragraph (d)(3) of the rule provides an exemption 
from this requirement for any loan or advance of credit to, or 
acquisition of securities or other property of, a small business 
concern, or any agreement to do any of the foregoing (``investments'') 
made by a small business investment company (``SBIC'') and an 
affiliated bank, provided that reports about the investments are made 
on forms the Commission may prescribe. Rule 17d-2 (17 CFR 270.17d-2) 
designates Form N-17D-1 (17 CFR 274.00) (``form'') as the form for 
reports required by rule 17d-1.
    SBICs and their affiliated banks use form N-17D-1 to report any 
contemporaneous investments in a small business concern. The form 
provides shareholders and persons seeking to make an informed decision 
about investing in an SBIC an opportunity to learn about transactions 
of the SBIC that have the potential for self dealing and other forms of 
overreaching by affiliated persons at the expense of shareholders.
    Form N-17D-1 requires SBICs and their affiliated banks to report 
identifying information about the small business concern and the 
affiliated bank. The report must include, among other things, the 
SBIC's and affiliated bank's outstanding investments in the small 
business concern, the use of the proceeds of the investments made 
during the reporting period, any changes in the nature and amount of 
the affiliated bank's investment, the name of any affiliated person of 
the SBIC or the affiliated bank (or any affiliated person of the 
affiliated person of the SBIC or the affiliated bank) who has any 
interest in the transactions, the basis of the affiliation, the nature 
of the interest, and the consideration the affiliated person has 
received or will receive.
    Up to three SBICs may file the form in any year.\1\ The Commission 
estimates the burden of filling out the form is approximately one hour 
per response and would likely be completed by an accountant or other 
professional. Based on past filings, the Commission estimates that no 
more than one SBIC is likely to use the form each year. Most of the 
information requested on the form should be readily available to the 
SBIC or the affiliated bank in records kept in the ordinary course of 
business, or with respect to the SBIC, pursuant to the recordkeeping 
requirements under the Act. Commission staff estimates that it should 
take approximately one hour for an accountant or other professional to 
complete the form.\2\ The estimated total annual burden of filling out 
the form is 1 hour, at an estimated total annual cost of $193.\3\ The 
Commission will not keep

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responses on Form N-17D-1 confidential.
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    \1\ As of September 23, 2013, three SBICs were registered with 
the Commission.
    \2\ This estimate of hours is based on past conversations with 
representatives of SBICs and accountants that have filed the form.
    \3\ Commission staff estimates that the annual burden would be 
incurred by a senior accountant with an average hourly wage rate of 
$193 per hour. See Securities Industry and Financial Markets 
Association, Report on Management and Professional Earnings in the 
Securities Industry 2012, modified to account for an 1800-hour work 
year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm size, 
employee benefits and overhead.
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    The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the 
purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a 
comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of 
Commission rules. 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 OMB control number.
    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Commission, including whether the information has practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of 
the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to 
comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this 
publication.
    Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi 
Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549; or send an email 
to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.

    Dated: November 21, 2013.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-28429 Filed 11-26-13; 8:45 am]
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