Arrow Investment Advisors, LLC, et al.; Notice of Application, 72720-72729 [2013-28849]

Download as PDF 72720 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices Board Agenda Room, No. 11820, 1099 14th St. NW., Washington, DC 20570 STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Pursuant to § 102.139(a) of the Board’s Rules and Regulations, the Board or a panel thereof will consider ‘‘the issuance of a subpoena, the Board’s participation in a civil action or proceeding or an arbitration, or the initiation, conduct, or disposition . . . of particular representation or unfair labor practice proceedings under section 8, 9, or 10 of the [National Labor Relations] Act, or any court proceedings collateral or ancillary thereto.’’ See also 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(10). CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Henry Breiteneicher, Associate Executive Secretary, (202) 273–2917. PLACE: Dated: November 27, 2013. William B. Cowen, Solicitor. 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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 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. AGENCY: Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that would permit (a) series of certain open-end SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management investment companies that track the performance of an index provided by an affiliated person 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: Arrow Investment Advisors, LLC (‘‘Current Adviser’’) and Arrow Investments Trust (‘‘Trust’’). DATES: Filing Dates: The application was filed on May 21, 2013 and amended on August 23, 2013 and November 22, 2013. Applicants have agreed to file an amendment during the notice period, the substance of which is reflected in this notice. 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 23, 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, 2943 Olney Sandy Springs Road, Olney, MD 20832. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaea F. Hahn, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551– 6870, or Mary Kay Frech, Branch Chief, at (202) 551–6821 (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 E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Applicants’ Representations 1. The Trust, a Delaware statutory trust, is registered under the Act as an open-end management investment company with multiple series. 2. The Current Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Advisers Act’’) and will be the investment adviser to the Self-Indexing Funds (defined below). Any other Adviser (defined below) will also be registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser may enter into sub-advisory agreements with one or more investment advisers to act as sub-advisers to particular SelfIndexing Funds (each, a ‘‘SubAdviser’’). Any Sub-Adviser will either be registered under the Advisers Act or will not be subject to registration thereunder. 3. The Trust will enter into a distribution agreement with one or more distributors, each a broker-dealer (‘‘Broker’’) registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’), who will act as distributor and principal underwriter of one or more of the Self-Indexing Funds (each, a ‘‘Distributor’’). The Distributor of any Self-Indexing Fund may be an affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act (‘‘Affiliated Person’’), or an affiliated person of an Affiliated Person (‘‘Second-Tier Affiliate’’), of that Self-Indexing Fund’s Adviser and/or Sub-Advisers. No Distributor will be affiliated with any Exchange (defined below). 4. Applicants request that the order apply to the initial series of the Trust described in the application (‘‘Initial Self-Indexing Fund’’), as well as any additional series of the Trust and other open-end management investment companies, or series thereof, that may be created in the future (‘‘Future SelfIndexing Funds’’), each of which will operate as an exchange-traded fund (‘‘ETF’’) and will track a specified index comprised solely of domestic or foreign securities (each, an ‘‘Underlying Index’’). Any Future Self-Indexing Fund will (a) be advised by the Current Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Current Adviser (each, an ‘‘Adviser’’) and (b) comply with the terms and conditions of the application. The Initial Self-Indexing Fund and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 Future Self-Indexing Funds, together, are the ‘‘Self-Indexing Funds.’’ 1 5. Each Self-Indexing Fund will hold certain securities (‘‘Portfolio Securities’’) selected to correspond generally to the performance of its Underlying Index. Each Underlying Index will be comprised solely of domestic and/or foreign equity and/or fixed income securities. Each SelfIndexing Fund will track one of the following types of Underlying Indexes: (i) an index made up of domestic equity securities and/or domestic fixed income securities, (ii) an index made up of foreign equity securities and/or foreign fixed income securities (such Funds, ‘‘International Funds’’), or (iii) an index made up of foreign and domestic equity securities and/or foreign and domestic fixed income securities (such Funds, ‘‘Global Funds’’). 6. Applicants represent that each SelfIndexing Fund will invest at least 80% of its assets (excluding securities lending collateral) in the component securities of its respective Underlying Index (‘‘Component Securities’’) and TBA Transactions 2, and in the case of International and Global Funds, Component Securities and Depositary Receipts 3 representing Component Securities. Each Self-Indexing Fund may also invest up to 20% of its assets in securities and other instruments not included in its Underlying Index but which the Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser believes will help the Self-Indexing Fund track its Underlying Index, including but not limited to certain index futures, options, options on 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 the terms and conditions of the order. A Fund of Funds (as defined below) may rely on the order only to invest in Self-Indexing Funds and not in any other registered investment company. 2 A ‘‘to-be-announced transaction’’ or ‘‘TBA Transaction’’ is a method of trading mortgagebacked securities. In a TBA Transaction, the buyer and seller agree upon general trade parameters such as agency, settlement date, par amount and price. The actual pools delivered generally are determined two days prior to settlement date. 3 Depositary receipts representing foreign securities (‘‘Depositary Receipts’’) include American Depositary Receipts and Global Depositary Receipts. The Self-Indexing Funds may invest in Depositary Receipts representing foreign securities in which they seek to invest. Depositary Receipts are typically issued by a financial institution (a ‘‘depositary bank’’) and evidence ownership interests in a security or a pool of securities that have been deposited with the depositary bank. A Self-Indexing Fund will not invest in any Depositary Receipts that the Adviser or any Sub-Adviser deems to be illiquid or for which pricing information is not readily available. No affiliated person of a Self-Indexing Fund, the Adviser or any Sub-Adviser will serve as the depositary bank for any Depositary Receipts held by a Self-Indexing Fund. PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72721 futures, options on index futures, swap contracts or other derivatives, cash and cash equivalents, and other investment companies. A Self-Indexing Fund may also engage in short sales in accordance with its investment objective. 7. The Trust may offer Self-Indexing Funds that seek to track Underlying Indexes constructed using 130/30 investment strategies (‘‘130/30 Funds’’) or other long/short investment strategies (‘‘Long/Short Funds’’). Each 130/30 Fund will include strategies that: (i) establish long positions in securities so that total long exposure represents approximately 130% of the SelfIndexing Fund’s net assets; and (ii) simultaneously establish short positions in other securities so that total short exposure represents approximately 30% of such Self-Indexing Fund’s net assets. Each Long/Short Fund will obtain exposures equal to the long and short positions specified by the Long/Short Index.4 8. A Self-Indexing Fund will utilize either a replication or representative sampling strategy to track its Underlying Index. A Self-Indexing Fund using a replication strategy will invest in the Component Securities of its Underlying Index in the same approximate proportions as in such Underlying Index. A Self-Indexing Fund using a representative sampling strategy will hold some, but not necessarily all of the Component Securities of its Underlying Index. Applicants state that a SelfIndexing Fund using a representative sampling strategy will not be expected to track the performance of its Underlying Index with the same degree of accuracy as would an investment vehicle that invested in every Component Security of the Underlying Index with the same weighting as the Underlying Index. Applicants expect that each Self-Indexing Fund will have an annual tracking error relative to the performance of its Underlying Index of less than 5%. 9. An Affiliated Person, or a SecondTier Affiliate, of the Trust or a SelfIndexing Fund, of the Adviser, of any Sub-Adviser to or promoter of a SelfIndexing Fund, or of the Distributor (each, an ‘‘Affiliated Index Provider’’) 5 4 Underlying Indexes that include both long and short positions in securities are referred to as ‘‘Long/Short Indexes.’’ 5 The applicants currently expect that the Adviser will serve as the Affiliated Index Provider for the Self-Indexing Funds. In the event that the Adviser serves as the Affiliated Index Provider for a SelfIndexing Fund, the term ‘‘Affiliated Index Provider,’’ with respect to that Self-Indexing Fund, will refer to the employees of the Adviser that are responsible for creating, compiling and maintaining the relevant Underlying Index. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 72722 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES will create a proprietary, rules-based methodology to create Underlying Indexes.6 The Affiliated Index Provider will create, compile, sponsor or maintain the Underlying Indexes. Each Self-Indexing Fund will be entitled to use its Underlying Index pursuant to a licensing agreement with the Affiliated Index Provider.7 10. Applicants recognize that SelfIndexing Funds could raise concerns regarding the ability of the Affiliated Index Provider to manipulate the Underlying Index to the benefit or detriment of the Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants further recognize the potential for conflicts that may arise with respect to the personal trading activity of personnel of the Affiliated Index Provider who have knowledge of changes to an Underlying Index prior to the time that information is publicly disseminated. Prior orders granted to self-indexing ETFs (‘‘Prior Self-Indexing Orders’’) addressed these concerns by creating a framework that required: (i) transparency of the Underlying Indexes; (ii) the adoption of policies and procedures not otherwise required by the Act designed to mitigate such conflicts of interest; (iii) limitations on the ability to change the rules for index compilation and the component securities of the index; (iv) that the index provider enter into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party to act as ‘‘Calculation Agent’’; and (v) certain limitations designed to separate employees of the index provider, adviser and Calculation Agent (clauses (ii) through (v) are hereinafter referred to as ‘‘Policies and Procedures’’).8 6 The Underlying Indexes may be made available to registered investment companies, as well as separately managed accounts of institutional investors and privately offered funds that are not deemed to be ‘‘investment companies’’ in reliance on section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act for which the Adviser acts as adviser or sub-adviser (‘‘Affiliated Accounts’’) as well as other such registered investment companies, separately managed accounts and privately offered funds for which it does not act either as adviser or sub-adviser (‘‘Unaffiliated Accounts’’). The Affiliated Accounts and the Unaffiliated Accounts, like the SelfIndexing Funds, would seek to track the performance of one or more Underlying Index(es) by investing in the constituents of such Underlying Indexes or a representative sample of such constituents of the Underlying Index. Consistent with the relief requested from section 17(a), the Affiliated Accounts will not engage in Creation Unit transactions with a Self-Indexing Fund. 7 The licenses for the Self-Indexing Funds will specifically state that the Affiliated Index Provider must provide the use of the Underlying Indexes and related intellectual property at no cost to the Trust and the Self-Indexing Funds. 8 See, e.g., In the Matter of WisdomTree Investments Inc., et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 27324 (May 18, 2006) (notice) and 27391 (June 12, 2006) (order); In the Matter of IndexIQ ETF Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 28638 (Feb. 27, 2009) (notice) and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 11. Instead of adopting the same or similar Policies and Procedures, applicants propose that each day that a Self-Indexing Fund, the NYSE and the national securities exchange (as defined in section 2(a)(26) of the Act) (an ‘‘Exchange’’)) on which the SelfIndexing Fund’s Shares are primarily listed (‘‘Listing Exchange’’) are open for business, including any day that a SelfIndexing Fund is required to be open under section 22(e) of the Act (a ‘‘Business Day’’), each Self-Indexing Fund will post on its publicly available Web site (‘‘Web site’’),9 before commencement of trading of Shares on the Listing Exchange, the identities and quantities of the portfolio securities, assets, and other positions held by the Self-Indexing Fund (‘‘Portfolio Holdings’’) that will form the basis for the Self-Indexing Fund’s calculation of its NAV at the end of the Business Day.10 Applicants believe that requiring Self-Indexing Funds to maintain full portfolio transparency will provide an effective alternative mechanism for addressing any such potential conflicts of interest. 12. Applicants represent that each Self-Indexing Fund’s Portfolio Holdings will be as transparent as the portfolio holdings of existing actively managed ETFs. Applicants observe that the framework set forth in the Prior SelfIndexing Orders was established before the Commission began issuing exemptive relief to allow the offering of actively-managed ETFs.11 Unlike passively-managed ETFs, activelymanaged ETFs do not seek to replicate the performance of a specified index but rather seek to achieve their investment objectives by using an ‘‘active’’ management strategy. Applicants 28653 (March 20, 2009) (order); and Van Eck Associates Corporation, et al., et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29455 (Oct. 1, 2010) (notice) and 29490 (Oct. 26, 2010) (order). 9 The information provided on the Web site will be formatted to be reader-friendly. 10 Under accounting procedures followed by each Self-Indexing Fund, trades made on the prior Business Day (‘‘T’’) will be booked and reflected in NAV on the current Business Day (‘‘T+1’’). Accordingly, the Self-Indexing Funds will be able to disclose at the beginning of each Business Day the portfolio that will form the basis for the NAV calculation at the end of that Business Day. 11 See, e.g., In the Matter of Huntington Asset Advisors, Inc., et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 30032 (April 10, 2012) (notice) and 30061 (May 8, 2012) (order); In the Matter of Russell Investment Management Co., et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29655 (April 20, 2011) (notice) and 29671 (May 16, 2011) (order); In the Matter of Eaton Vance Management, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29591 (March 11, 2011) (notice) and 29620 (March 30, 2011) (order) and; In the Matter of iShares Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29543 (Dec. 27, 2010) (notice) and 29571 (Jan. 24, 2011) (order). PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contend that the structure of actively managed ETFs presents potential conflicts of interest that are the same as those presented by Self-Indexing Funds because the portfolio managers of an actively managed ETF by definition have advance knowledge of pending portfolio changes. However, rather than requiring Policies and Procedures similar to those required under the Prior Self-Indexing Orders, applicants believe that actively managed ETFs address these potential conflicts of interest appropriately through full portfolio transparency, as the conditions to their relevant exemptive relief require. 13. In addition, applicants do not believe the potential for conflicts of interest raised by the Adviser’s use of the Underlying Indexes in connection with the management of the SelfIndexing Funds and the Affiliated Accounts will be substantially different from the potential conflicts presented by an adviser managing two or more registered funds. Both the Act and the Advisers Act contain various protections to address conflicts of interest where an adviser is managing two or more registered funds and these protections will also help address these conflicts with respect to the SelfIndexing Funds.12 14. The Adviser and any Sub-Adviser has adopted or will adopt, pursuant to Rule 206(4)–7 under the Advisers Act, written policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act and the rules thereunder. These include policies and procedures designed to minimize potential conflicts of interest among the Self-Indexing Funds and the Affiliated Accounts, such as cross trading policies, as well as those designed to ensure the equitable allocation of portfolio transactions and brokerage commissions. In addition, the Adviser has adopted policies and procedures as required under section 204A of the Advisers Act, which are reasonably designed in light of the nature of its business to prevent the misuse, in violation of the Advisers Act or the Exchange Act or the rules thereunder, of material non-public information by the Adviser or an associated person (‘‘Inside Information Policy’’). Any Sub-Adviser will be required to adopt and maintain a similar Inside Information Policy and Code of Ethics.13 In accordance with the Code of 12 See, e.g., rule 17j–1 under the Act and section 204A under the Advisers Act and rules 204A–1 and 206(4)–7 under the Advisers Act. 13 The Adviser has also adopted or will adopt a code of ethics pursuant to rule 17j–1 under the Act and rule 204A–1 under the Advisers Act, which contains provisions reasonably necessary to prevent Access Persons (as defined in rule 17j–1) from E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices Ethics and Inside Information Policy of the Adviser and Sub-Advisers, personnel of those entities with knowledge about the composition of the Portfolio Deposit 14 will be prohibited from disclosing such information to any other person, except as authorized in the course of their employment, until such information is made public. In addition, no Affiliated Index Provider will provide any information relating to changes to an Underlying Index’s methodology for the inclusion or exclusion of component securities, or methodology for the calculation or the return of component securities, in advance of a public announcement of such changes by such Affiliated Index Provider. The Adviser will also include under Item 10.C. of Part 2 of its Form ADV a discussion of its relationship to any Affiliated Index Provider and any material conflicts of interest resulting therefrom, regardless of whether the Affiliated Index Provider is a type of affiliate specified in Item 10. 15. To the extent the Self-Indexing Funds transact with an Affiliated Person of the Adviser or Sub-Adviser, such transactions will comply with the Act, the rules thereunder and the terms and conditions of the requested order. In this regard, each Self-Indexing Fund’s board of directors or trustees (‘‘Board’’) will periodically review the SelfIndexing Fund’s use of an Affiliated Index Provider. Subject to the approval of the Self-Indexing Fund’s Board, the Adviser, Affiliated Persons of the Adviser (‘‘Adviser Affiliates’’) and Affiliated Persons of any Sub-Adviser (‘‘Sub-Adviser Affiliates’’) may be authorized to provide custody, fund accounting and administration and transfer agency services to the SelfIndexing Funds. Any services provided by the Adviser, Adviser Affiliates, SubAdviser and Sub-Adviser Affiliates will be performed in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the rules under the Act and any relevant guidelines from the staff of the Commission. 16. In light of the foregoing, applicants believe it is appropriate to allow the Self-Indexing Funds to be fully transparent in lieu of Policies and Procedures from the Prior Self-Indexing Orders discussed above. 17. The Shares of each Self-Indexing Fund will be purchased and redeemed in Creation Units and generally on an in-kind basis. Except where the purchase or redemption will include engaging in any conduct prohibited in rule 17j–1 (‘‘Code of Ethics’’). 14 The instruments and cash that the purchaser is required to deliver in exchange for the Creation Units it is purchasing is referred to as the ‘‘Portfolio Deposit.’’ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 cash under the limited circumstances specified below, purchasers will be required to purchase Creation Units by making an in-kind deposit of specified instruments (‘‘Deposit Instruments’’), and shareholders redeeming their Shares will receive an in-kind transfer of specified instruments (‘‘Redemption Instruments’’).15 On any given Business Day, the names and quantities of the instruments that constitute the Deposit Instruments and the names and quantities of the instruments that constitute the Redemption Instruments will be identical, unless the SelfIndexing Fund is Rebalancing (as defined below). In addition, the Deposit Instruments and the Redemption Instruments will each correspond pro rata to the positions in the Self-Indexing Fund’s portfolio (including cash positions) 16 except: (a) in the case of bonds, for minor differences when it is impossible to break up bonds beyond certain minimum sizes needed for transfer and settlement; (b) for minor differences when rounding is necessary to eliminate fractional shares or lots that are not tradeable round lots; 17 (c) TBA Transactions, short positions, derivatives and other positions that cannot be transferred in kind 18 will be excluded from the Deposit Instruments and the Redemption Instruments; 19(d) to the extent the Self-Indexing Fund determines, on a given Business Day, to use a representative sampling of the Self-Indexing Fund’s portfolio; 20 or (e) for temporary periods, to effect changes 15 The Self-Indexing Funds must comply with the federal securities laws in accepting Deposit Instruments and satisfying redemptions with Redemption Instruments, including that the Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments are sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (‘‘Securities Act’’). In accepting Deposit Instruments and satisfying redemptions with Redemption Instruments that are restricted securities eligible for resale pursuant to rule 144A under the Securities Act, the Self-Indexing Funds will comply with the conditions of rule 144A. 16 The portfolio used for this purpose will be the same portfolio used to calculate the Self-Indexing Fund’s NAV for the Business Day. 17 A tradeable round lot for a security will be the standard unit of trading in that particular type of security in its primary market. 18 This includes instruments that can be transferred in kind only with the consent of the original counterparty to the extent the Self-Indexing Fund does not intend to seek such consents. 19 Because these instruments will be excluded from the Deposit Instruments and the Redemption Instruments, their value will be reflected in the determination of the Cash Amount (defined below). 20 A Self-Indexing Fund may only use sampling for this purpose if the sample: (i) is designed to generate performance that is highly correlated to the performance of the Self-Indexing Fund’s portfolio; (ii) consists entirely of instruments that are already included in the Self-Indexing Fund’s portfolio; and (iii) is the same for all Authorized Participants (defined below) on a given Business Day. PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72723 in the Self-Indexing Fund’s portfolio as a result of the rebalancing of its Underlying Index (any such change, a ‘‘Rebalancing’’). If there is a difference between the NAV attributable to a Creation Unit and the aggregate market value of the Deposit Instruments or Redemption Instruments exchanged for the Creation Unit, the party conveying instruments with the lower value will also pay to the other an amount in cash equal to that difference (the ‘‘Cash Amount’’). 18. Purchases and redemptions of Creation Units may be made in whole or in part on a cash basis, rather than in kind, solely under the following circumstances: (a) to the extent there is a Cash Amount; (b) if, on a given Business Day, the Self-Indexing Fund announces before the open of trading that all purchases, all redemptions or all purchases and redemptions on that day will be made entirely in cash; (c) if, upon receiving a purchase or redemption order from an Authorized Participant, the Self-Indexing Fund determines to require the purchase or redemption, as applicable, to be made entirely in cash; 21 (d) if, on a given Business Day, the Self-Indexing Fund requires all Authorized Participants purchasing or redeeming Shares on that day to deposit or receive (as applicable) cash in lieu of some or all of the Deposit Instruments or Redemption Instruments, respectively, solely because: (i) such instruments are not eligible for transfer through either the NSCC or DTC (defined below); or (ii) in the case of International and Global Funds holding non-U.S. investments, such instruments are not eligible for trading due to local trading restrictions, local restrictions on securities transfers or other similar circumstances; or (e) if the Self-Indexing Fund permits an Authorized Participant to deposit or receive (as applicable) cash in lieu of some or all of the Deposit Instruments or Redemption Instruments, respectively, solely because: (i) such instruments are, in the case of the 21 In determining whether a particular SelfIndexing Fund will sell or redeem Creation Units entirely on a cash or in-kind basis (whether for a given day or a given order), the key consideration will be the benefit that would accrue to the SelfIndexing Fund and its investors. For instance, in bond transactions, the Adviser may be able to obtain better execution than Share purchasers because of the Adviser’s size, experience and potentially stronger relationships in the fixed income markets. Purchases of Creation Units either on an all cash basis or in-kind are expected to be neutral to the Self-Indexing Funds from a tax perspective. In contrast, cash redemptions typically require selling portfolio holdings, which may result in adverse tax consequences for the remaining SelfIndexing Fund shareholders that would not occur with an in-kind redemption. As a result, tax consideration may warrant in-kind redemptions. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 72724 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices purchase of a Creation Unit, not available in sufficient quantity; (ii) such instruments are not eligible for trading by an Authorized Participant or the investor on whose behalf the Authorized Participant is acting; or (iii) a holder of Shares of an International Fund or Global Fund holding non-U.S. investments would be subject to unfavorable income tax treatment if the holder receives redemption proceeds in kind.22 19. Creation Units will consist of specified large aggregations of Shares, e.g., at least 25,000 Shares, and it is expected that the initial price of a Creation Unit will range from $1 million to $15 million. All orders to purchase Creation Units must be placed with the Distributor by or through an ‘‘Authorized Participant’’ which is either (1) a ‘‘Participating Party,’’ i.e., a broker-dealer or other participant in the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC, a clearing agency registered with the Commission, or (2) a participant in The Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’) (‘‘DTC Participant’’), which, in either case, has signed a participant agreement with the Distributor. The Distributor will be responsible for transmitting the orders to the Self-Indexing Funds and will furnish to those placing such orders confirmation that the orders have been accepted, but applicants state that the Distributor may reject any order which is not submitted in proper form. 20. Each Business Day, before the open of trading on the Listing Exchange, each Self-Indexing Fund will cause to be published through the NSCC the names and quantities of the instruments comprising the Deposit Instruments and the Redemption Instruments, as well as the estimated Cash Amount (if any), for that day. The list of Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments will apply until a new list is announced on the following Business Day, and there will be no intra-day changes to the list except to correct errors in the published list. Each Listing Exchange will disseminate, every 15 seconds during regular Exchange trading hours, through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association, an amount for each SelfIndexing Fund stated on a per individual Share basis representing the sum of (i) the estimated Cash Amount and (ii) the current value of the Portfolio Securities and other assets of the SelfIndexing Fund. 21. Transaction expenses, including operational processing and brokerage 22 A ‘‘custom order’’ is any purchase or redemption of Shares made in whole or in part on a cash basis in reliance on clause (e)(i) or (e)(ii). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 costs, will be incurred by a SelfIndexing Fund when investors purchase or redeem Creation Units in-kind and such costs have the potential to dilute the interests of the Self-Indexing Fund’s existing shareholders. Each SelfIndexing Fund may (but is not required to) impose purchase or redemption transaction fees (‘‘Transaction Fees’’) in connection with effecting such purchases or redemptions of Creation Units. In all cases, such Transaction Fees will be limited in accordance with requirements of the Commission applicable to management investment companies offering redeemable securities. Since the Transaction Fees are intended to defray the transaction expenses as well as to prevent possible shareholder dilution resulting from the purchase or redemption of Creation Units, the Transaction Fees will be borne only by such purchasers or redeemers.23 The Distributor will be responsible for delivering the SelfIndexing Fund’s prospectus to those persons acquiring 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. 22. Shares of each Self-Indexing Fund will be listed and traded individually on an Exchange. It is expected that one or more member firms of an Exchange will be designated to act as a market maker (each, a ‘‘Market Maker’’) and maintain a market for Shares trading on the Exchange. Prices of Shares trading on an Exchange will be based on the current bid/offer market. Transactions involving the sale of Shares on an Exchange will be subject to customary brokerage commissions and charges. 23. Applicants expect that purchasers of Creation Units will include institutional investors and arbitrageurs. Market Makers, acting in their roles to provide a fair and orderly secondary market for the Shares, may from time to time find it appropriate to purchase or redeem Creation Units. Applicants expect that secondary market purchasers of Shares will include both institutional and retail investors.24 The 23 Where a Self-Indexing Fund permits an in-kind purchaser (or redeeming investor) to substitute (or receive) cash-in-lieu of depositing one or more of the requisite Deposit Instruments (or receiving one or more Portfolio Securities), the purchaser (or redeeming investor) may be assessed a higher Transaction Fee to cover the cost of purchasing such Deposit Instruments (or selling such Portfolio Securities). 24 Shares will be registered in book-entry form only. DTC or its nominee will be the record or registered owner of all outstanding Shares. PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 price at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage opportunities created by the option continually to purchase or redeem Shares in Creation Units, which should help prevent Shares from trading at a material discount or premium in relation to their NAV. 24. Shares will not be individually redeemable, and owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from the SelfIndexing Fund, or tender such Shares for redemption to the Self-Indexing Fund, in Creation Units only. To redeem, an investor must accumulate enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit. Redemption requests must be placed through an Authorized Participant. A redeeming investor may pay a Transaction Fee, calculated in the same manner as a Transaction Fee payable in connection with purchases of Creation Units. 25. Neither the Trust nor any SelfIndexing Fund will be advertised or marketed or otherwise held out as a traditional open-end investment company or a ‘‘mutual fund.’’ Instead, each such Self-Indexing Fund will be marketed as an ‘‘ETF.’’ 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 will disclose that the owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from the SelfIndexing Fund or tender such Shares for redemption to the Self-Indexing Fund in Creation Units only. The Self-Indexing Funds will provide copies of their annual and semi-annual shareholder reports to DTC Participants for distribution to beneficial owners of Shares. 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), and 22(e) 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 Beneficial ownership of Shares will be shown on the records of DTC or the DTC Participants. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices 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 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 a 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 Self-Indexing 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 Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants further state that because Creation Units may always be purchased and redeemed at NAV, the price of Shares on the secondary market should not vary materially from 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 that is currently being offered to the public by or through an 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 at a current offering price described in a Self-Indexing 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 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 Self-Indexing 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 thirdparty 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 price at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage opportunities created by the option continually to purchase or redeem Shares in Creation Units, which should help prevent Shares from trading at a material discount or premium in relation to their NAV. Section 22(e) 7. 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 International and Global Funds will be contingent not only on the settlement PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72725 cycle of the United States market, but also on current delivery cycles in local markets for underlying foreign Portfolio Securities held by an International Fund or Global Fund. Applicants state that the delivery cycles currently practicable for transferring Redemption Instruments to redeeming investors, coupled with local market holiday schedules, may require a delivery process of up to fourteen (14) calendar days. Accordingly, with respect to International and Global Funds only, applicants hereby request relief under section 6(c) from the requirement imposed by section 22(e) to allow International and Global Funds to pay redemption proceeds within fourteen calendar days following the tender of Creation Units for redemption.25 8. Applicants believe that Congress adopted section 22(e) to prevent unreasonable, undisclosed or unforeseen delays in the actual payment of redemption proceeds. Applicants propose that allowing redemption payments for Creation Units of an International Fund or Global Fund to be made within fourteen calendar days would not be inconsistent with the spirit and intent of section 22(e). Applicants suggest that a redemption payment occurring within fourteen calendar days following a redemption request would adequately afford investor protection. 9. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 22(e) with respect to International and Global Funds that do not effect creations and redemptions of Creation Units in-kind. Section 12(d)(1) 10. Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act 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 knowingly 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 25 Applicants acknowledge that no relief obtained from the requirements of section 22(e) will affect any obligations applicants may otherwise have under rule 15c6–1 under the Exchange Act requiring that most securities transactions be settled within three business days of the trade date. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 72726 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES stock, or if the sale will cause more than 10% of the acquired company’s voting stock to be owned by investment companies generally. 11. Applicants request an exemption to permit registered management investment companies and unit investment trusts (‘‘UITs’’) that are not advised or sponsored by the Adviser, and not part of the same ‘‘group of investment companies,’’ as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act as the Self-Indexing Funds (such management investment companies are referred to as ‘‘Investing Management Companies,’’ such UITs are referred to as ‘‘Investing Trusts,’’ and Investing Management Companies and Investing Trusts are collectively referred to as ‘‘Funds of Funds’’), to acquire Shares beyond the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act; and the Self-Indexing Funds, and any principal underwriter for the SelfIndexing Funds, and/or any Broker registered under the Exchange Act, to sell Shares to Funds of Funds beyond the limits of section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act. 12. Each Investing Management Company will be advised by an investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act (the ‘‘Fund of Funds Adviser’’) and may be sub-advised by investment advisers within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(B) of the Act (each a ‘‘Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser’’). Any investment adviser to an Investing Management Company will be registered under the Advisers Act. Each Investing Trust will be sponsored by a sponsor (‘‘Sponsor’’). 13. Applicants submit that the proposed conditions to the requested relief adequately address the concerns underlying the limits in sections 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. 14. Applicants believe that neither a Fund of Funds nor a Fund of Funds Affiliate would be able to exert undue influence over a Self-Indexing Fund.26 To limit the control that a Fund of Funds may have over a Self-Indexing Fund, applicants propose a condition 26 A ‘‘Fund of Funds Affiliate’’ is a Fund of Funds Adviser, Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, Sponsor, promoter, and principal underwriter of a Fund of Funds, and any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with any of those entities. A ‘‘Self-Indexing Fund Affiliate’’ is an investment adviser, promoter, or principal underwriter of a Self-Indexing Fund and any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with any of these entities. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 prohibiting a Fund of Funds Adviser or Sponsor, any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Fund of Funds 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 Fund of Funds Adviser or Sponsor, or any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Fund of Funds Adviser or Sponsor (‘‘Fund of Funds Advisory Group’’) from controlling (individually or in the aggregate) a Self-Indexing Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The same prohibition would apply to any Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Fund of Funds 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 Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser or any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser (‘‘Fund of Funds Sub-Advisory Group’’). 15. Applicants propose other conditions to limit the potential for undue influence over the Self-Indexing Funds, including that no Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Self-Indexing Fund) will cause a Self-Indexing Fund to purchase a security in an offering of securities during the existence of an underwriting or selling syndicate of which a principal underwriter is an Underwriting Affiliate (‘‘Affiliated Underwriting’’). An ‘‘Underwriting Affiliate’’ is a principal underwriter in any underwriting or selling syndicate that is an officer, director, member of an advisory board, Fund of Funds Adviser, Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, employee or Sponsor of the Fund of Funds, or a person of which any such officer, director, member of an advisory board, Fund of Funds Adviser or Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, employee or Sponsor is an affiliated person (except that any person whose relationship to the Self-Indexing Fund is covered by section 10(f) of the Act is not an Underwriting Affiliate). 16. Applicants do not believe that the proposed arrangement will involve excessive layering of fees. The board of directors or trustees of any Investing 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 PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (‘‘disinterested directors or trustees’’), will find that the advisory fees charged under the contract are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, services provided under the advisory contract of any Self-Indexing Fund in which the Investing Management Company may invest. In addition, under condition B.5., a Fund of Funds Adviser, or a Fund of Funds’ trustee or Sponsor, as applicable, will waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Fund of Funds in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by a SelfIndexing Fund under rule 12b–1 under the Act) received from a Self-Indexing Fund by the Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor, other than any advisory fees paid to the Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor or its affiliated person by a Self-Indexing Fund, in connection with the investment by the Fund of Funds in the Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants state that any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Fund of Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.27 17. Applicants submit that the proposed arrangement will not create an overly complex fund structure. Applicants note that no Self-Indexing Fund will acquire securities of any investment company or company relying on section 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, except to the extent permitted by exemptive relief from the Commission permitting the Self-Indexing Fund to purchase shares of other investment companies for short-term cash management purposes. To ensure a Fund of Funds is aware of the terms and conditions of the requested order, the Fund of Funds will enter into an agreement with the SelfIndexing Fund (‘‘FOF Participation Agreement’’). The FOF Participation Agreement will include an acknowledgement from the Fund of Funds that it may rely on the order only to invest in the Self-Indexing Funds and not in any other investment company. 18. Applicants also note that a SelfIndexing Fund may choose to reject a direct purchase of Shares in Creation Units by a Fund of Funds. To the extent that a Fund of Funds purchases Shares in the secondary market, a Self-Indexing Fund would still retain its ability to 27 Any references to NASD Conduct Rule 2830 include any successor or replacement FINRA rule to NASD Conduct Rule 2830. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES reject any initial investment by a Fund of Funds in excess of the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A) by declining to enter into a FOF Participation Agreement with the Fund of Funds. Sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act 19. Sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act generally prohibit an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or an affiliated person of such a person, from selling any security to or purchasing any security from the company. Section 2(a)(3) of the Act defines ‘‘affiliated person’’ of another 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 defines ‘‘control’’ as the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or policies of a company, and provides that a control relationship will be presumed where one person owns more than 25% of a company’s voting securities. The SelfIndexing Funds may be deemed to be controlled by the Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Adviser and hence affiliated persons of each other. In addition, the Self-Indexing Funds may be deemed to be under common control with any other registered investment company (or series thereof) advised by an Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with an Adviser (an ‘‘Affiliated Fund’’). Any investor, including Market Makers, owning 5% or holding in excess of 25% of the Trust or such Self-Indexing Funds, may be deemed affiliated persons of the Trust or such SelfIndexing Funds. In addition, an investor could own 5% or more, or in excess of 25% of the outstanding shares of one or more Affiliated Funds making that investor a Second-Tier Affiliate of the Self-Indexing Funds. 20. Applicants request an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 17(a)(2) of the Act pursuant to sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act to permit persons that are Affiliated Persons of the Self-Indexing Funds, or Second-Tier Affiliates of the Self-Indexing Funds, 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 SelfIndexing Funds; (b) an affiliation with a person with an ownership interest VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 described in (a); or (c) holding 5% or more, or more than 25%, of the shares of one or more Affiliated Funds, to effectuate purchases and redemptions ‘‘in-kind.’’ 21. Applicants assert that no useful purpose would be served by prohibiting such affiliated persons from making ‘‘inkind’’ purchases or ‘‘in-kind’’ redemptions of Shares of a Self-Indexing Fund in Creation Units. Both the deposit procedures for ‘‘in-kind’’ purchases of Creation Units and the redemption procedures for ‘‘in-kind’’ redemptions of Creation Units will be effected in exactly the same manner for all purchases and redemptions, regardless of size or number. There will be no discrimination between purchasers or redeemers. Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments for each Self-Indexing Fund will be valued in the identical manner as those Portfolio Securities currently held by such Self-Indexing Fund and the valuation of the Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments will be made in an identical manner regardless of the identity of the purchaser or redeemer. Applicants do not believe that ‘‘in-kind’’ purchases and redemptions will result in abusive selfdealing or overreaching, but rather assert that such procedures will be implemented consistently with each Self-Indexing Fund’s objectives and with the general purposes of the Act. Applicants believe that ‘‘in-kind’’ purchases and redemptions will be made on terms reasonable to applicants and any Affiliated Persons because they will be valued pursuant to verifiable objective standards. The method of valuing Portfolio Securities held by a Self-Indexing Fund is identical to that used for calculating ‘‘in-kind’’ purchase or redemption values and therefore creates no opportunity for Affiliated Persons or Second-Tier Affiliates of applicants to effect a transaction detrimental to the other holders of Shares of that Self-Indexing Fund. Similarly, applicants submit that, by using the same standards for valuing Portfolio Securities held by a SelfIndexing Fund as are used for calculating ‘‘in-kind’’ redemptions or purchases, the Self-Indexing Fund will ensure that its NAV will not be adversely affected by such securities transactions. Applicants also note that the ability to take deposits and make redemptions ‘‘in-kind’’ will help each Self-Indexing Fund to track closely its Underlying Index and therefore aid in achieving the Self-Indexing Fund’s objectives. 22. Applicants also seek relief under sections 6(c) and 17(b) from section PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72727 17(a) to permit a Self-Indexing Fund that is an Affiliated Person, or a SecondTier Affiliate, of a Fund of Funds to sell its Shares to and redeem its Shares from a Fund of Funds, and to engage in any accompanying in-kind transactions with the Fund of Funds.28 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 Fund of Funds for the purchase or redemption of Shares directly from a Self-Indexing Fund will be based on the NAV of the Self-Indexing Fund.29 Applicants believe that any proposed transactions directly between the Self-Indexing Funds and Funds of Funds will be consistent with the policies of each Fund of Funds. The purchase of Creation Units by a Fund of Funds directly from a Self-Indexing Fund will be accomplished in accordance with the investment restrictions of any such Fund of Funds and will be consistent with the investment policies set forth in the Fund of Funds’ registration statement. Applicants also state that the proposed transactions are consistent with the general purposes of the Act and are appropriate in the public interest. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order of the Commission granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: A. ETF Relief 1. The requested relief to permit ETF operations will expire on the effective 28 Although applicants believe that most Funds of Funds will purchase Shares in the secondary market and will not purchase Creation Units directly from a Self-Indexing Fund, a Fund of Funds might seek to transact in Creation Units directly with a Self-Indexing Fund that is an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds. To the extent that purchases and sales of Shares occur in the secondary market and not through principal transactions directly between a Fund of Funds and a Self-Indexing Fund, relief from section 17(a) would not be necessary. However, the requested relief would apply to direct sales of Shares in Creation Units by a Self-Indexing Fund to a Fund of Funds and redemptions of those Shares. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 17(a) for, and the requested relief will not apply to, transactions where a Self-Indexing Fund could be deemed an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds because an Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with an Adviser provides investment advisory services to that Fund of Funds. 29 Applicants acknowledge that the receipt of compensation by (a) an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds, or an affiliated person of such person, for the purchase by the Fund of Funds of Shares of a Self-Indexing Fund or (b) an affiliated person of a Self-Indexing Fund, or an affiliated person of such person, for the sale by the Self-Indexing Fund of its Shares to a Fund of Funds, may be prohibited by section 17(e)(1) of the Act. The FOF Participation Agreement also will include this acknowledgment. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 72728 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES date of any Commission rule under the Act that provides relief permitting the operation of index-based ETFs. 2. As long as a Self-Indexing Fund operates in reliance on the requested order, the Shares of such Self-Indexing Fund will be listed on an Exchange. 3. Neither a Trust nor any SelfIndexing Fund will be advertised or marketed as an open-end investment company or a mutual fund. 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 SelfIndexing Fund and tender those Shares for redemption to a Self-Indexing Fund in Creation Units only. 4. The Web site, which is and will be publicly accessible at no charge, will contain, on a per Share basis for each Self-Indexing Fund, the prior Business Day’s NAV and the market closing price or the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at the time of the calculation of such NAV (‘‘Bid/Ask Price’’), and a calculation of the premium or discount of the market closing price or Bid/Ask Price against such NAV. 5. Each Self-Indexing Fund will post on the Web site on each Business Day, before commencement of trading of Shares on the Exchange, the identities and quantities of the Self-Indexing Fund’s Portfolio Holdings. 6. No Adviser or any Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, will cause any Authorized Participant (or any investor on whose behalf an Authorized Participant may transact with the SelfIndexing Fund) to acquire any Deposit Instrument for a Self-Indexing Fund through a transaction in which the SelfIndexing Fund could not engage directly. B. Section 12(d)(1) Relief 1. The members of a Fund of Funds’ Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) a SelfIndexing Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The members of a Fund of Funds’ Sub-Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) a Self-Indexing Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. If, as a result of a decrease in the outstanding voting securities of a Self-Indexing Fund, the Fund of Funds’ Advisory Group or the Fund of Funds’ Sub-Advisory Group, each in the aggregate, becomes a holder of more than 25 percent of the outstanding voting securities of a Self-Indexing Fund, it will vote its Shares of the SelfIndexing Fund in the same proportion as the vote of all other holders of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 Self-Indexing Fund’s Shares. This condition does not apply to the Fund of Funds’ Sub-Advisory Group with respect to a Self-Indexing Fund for which the Fund of Funds’ Sub-Adviser or a person controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Fund of Funds’ Sub-Adviser acts as the investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act. 2. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate will cause any existing or potential investment by the Fund of Funds in a Self-Indexing Fund to influence the terms of any services or transactions between the Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate and the SelfIndexing Fund or a Self-Indexing Fund Affiliate. 3. The board of directors or trustees of an Investing Management Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the Fund of Funds Adviser and Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser are conducting the investment program of the Investing Management Company without taking into account any consideration received by the Investing Management Company or a Fund of Funds Affiliate from a Self-Indexing Fund or Self-Indexing Fund Affiliate in connection with any services or transactions. 4. Once an investment by a Fund of Funds in the securities of a SelfIndexing Fund exceeds the limits in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the Board of the Self-Indexing Fund, including a majority of the directors or trustees who are not ‘‘interested persons’’ within the meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (‘‘non-interested Board members’’), will determine that any consideration paid by the SelfIndexing Fund to the Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds Affiliate in connection with any services or transactions: (i) is fair and reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of the services and benefits received by the Self-Indexing Fund; (ii) is within the range of consideration that the Self-Indexing Fund would be required to pay to another unaffiliated entity in connection with the same services or transactions; and (iii) 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 Self-Indexing Fund and its investment adviser(s), or any person controlling, controlled by or under common control with such investment adviser(s). 5. The Fund of Funds Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of an Investing Trust, as applicable, will waive fees otherwise PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 payable to it by the Fund of Funds in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by a SelfIndexing Fund under rule 12b-l under the Act) received from a Self-Indexing Fund by the Fund of Funds Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of the Investing Trust, or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of the Investing Trust, other than any advisory fees paid to the Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor of an Investing Trust, or its affiliated person by the Self-Indexing Fund, in connection with the investment by the Fund of Funds in the Self-Indexing Fund. Any Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser will waive fees otherwise payable to the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, by the Investing Management Company in an amount at least equal to any compensation received from a SelfIndexing Fund by the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, other than any advisory fees paid to the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser or its affiliated person by the Self-Indexing Fund, in connection with the investment by the Investing Management Company in the Self-Indexing Fund made at the direction of the Fund of Funds SubAdviser. In the event that the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser waives fees, the benefit of the waiver will be passed through to the Investing Management Company. 6. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Self-Indexing Fund) will cause a Self-Indexing Fund to purchase a security in any Affiliated Underwriting. 7. The Board of a Self-Indexing Fund, including a majority of the noninterested Board members, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to monitor any purchases of securities by the Self-Indexing Fund in an Affiliated Underwriting, once an investment by a Fund of Funds in the securities of the Self-Indexing 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 Fund of Funds in the Self-Indexing Fund. The Board will consider, among other things: (i) whether the purchases were consistent with the investment objectives and policies of the Self-Indexing Fund; (ii) how the performance of securities purchased in an Affiliated Underwriting E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / Notices 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 (iii) whether the amount of securities purchased by the Self-Indexing 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 ensure that purchases of securities in Affiliated Underwritings are in the best interest of shareholders of the Self-Indexing Fund. 8. Each Self-Indexing 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 of 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 Fund of Funds in the securities of the Self-Indexing 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. 9. Before investing in a Self-Indexing Fund in excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A), a Fund of Funds and the applicable Trust will execute a FOF Participation Agreement stating without limitation that their respective boards of directors or trustees and their investment advisers, or trustee and Sponsor, 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 Self-Indexing Fund in excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i), a Fund of Funds will notify the Self-Indexing Fund of the investment. At such time, the Fund of Funds will also transmit to the SelfIndexing Fund a list of the names of each Fund of Funds Affiliate and Underwriting Affiliate. The Fund of Funds will notify the Self-Indexing Fund of any changes to the list of the names as soon as reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The Self-Indexing Fund and the Fund of Funds will maintain and preserve a copy of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Dec 02, 2013 Jkt 232001 order, the FOF Participation Agreement, and the list with any updated information for the duration of the investment and for a period of not less than six years thereafter, the first two years in an easily accessible place. 10. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the Act, the board of directors or trustees of each Investing 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 Self-Indexing Fund in which the Investing Management Company may invest. These findings and their basis will be fully recorded in the minute books of the appropriate Investing Management Company. 11. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Fund of Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830. 12. No Self-Indexing Fund will acquire securities of an investment company or company relying on section 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, except to the extent the Self-Indexing Fund acquires securities of another investment company pursuant to exemptive relief from the Commission permitting the Self-Indexing Fund to acquire securities of one or more investment companies for short-term cash management purposes. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–28849 Filed 12–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P PO 00000 72729 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–70947; File No. SR–OCC– 2013–21] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Make Technical Changes to OCC’s By-Laws and Rules in Connection with the Modification of the Individual Registration Categories of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada November 26, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on November 20, 2013, The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared primarily by OCC. OCC has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 under the Act,3 which renders the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the rule change from interested parties. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change This proposed rule change by The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) would make technical changes to OCC’s By-Laws and Rules in connection with the modification of the individual registration categories of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (‘‘IIROC’’) under which every Canadian clearing member or applicant seeking to become a Canadian clearing member would be required to employ at least one associated person registered as a Chief Financial Officer (‘‘CFO’’) with IIROC. II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, OCC included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4)(ii). 2 17 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 30813; File No. 812-14157]


Arrow Investment Advisors, LLC, et al.; Notice of Application

November 26, 2013.
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), and 22(e) of the Act and rule 22c-1 
under the Act, 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, and under 
section 12(d)(1)(J) for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 
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SUMMARY:  Summary of Application: Applicants request an order that 
would permit (a) series of certain open-end management investment 
companies that track the performance of an index provided by an 
affiliated person 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: Arrow Investment Advisors, LLC (``Current Adviser'') and 
Arrow Investments Trust (``Trust'').

DATES:  Filing Dates: The application was filed on May 21, 2013 and 
amended on August 23, 2013 and November 22, 2013. Applicants have 
agreed to file an amendment during the notice period, the substance of 
which is reflected in this notice.

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 23, 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, 
2943 Olney Sandy Springs Road, Olney, MD 20832.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaea F. Hahn, Senior Counsel, at (202) 
551-6870, or Mary Kay Frech, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6821 (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 
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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, a Delaware statutory trust, is registered under the 
Act as an open-end management investment company with multiple series.
    2. The Current Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under 
the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ``Advisers Act'') and will be 
the investment adviser to the Self-Indexing Funds (defined below). Any 
other Adviser (defined below) will also be registered as an investment 
adviser under the Advisers Act. The Adviser may enter into sub-advisory 
agreements with one or more investment advisers to act as sub-advisers 
to particular Self-Indexing Funds (each, a ``Sub-Adviser''). Any Sub-
Adviser will either be registered under the Advisers Act or will not be 
subject to registration thereunder.
    3. The Trust will enter into a distribution agreement with one or 
more distributors, each a broker-dealer (``Broker'') registered under 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Exchange Act''), who will 
act as distributor and principal underwriter of one or more of the 
Self-Indexing Funds (each, a ``Distributor''). The Distributor of any 
Self-Indexing Fund may be an affiliated person, as defined in section 
2(a)(3) of the Act (``Affiliated Person''), or an affiliated person of 
an Affiliated Person (``Second-Tier Affiliate''), of that Self-Indexing 
Fund's Adviser and/or Sub-Advisers. No Distributor will be affiliated 
with any Exchange (defined below).
    4. Applicants request that the order apply to the initial series of 
the Trust described in the application (``Initial Self-Indexing 
Fund''), as well as any additional series of the Trust and other open-
end management investment companies, or series thereof, that may be 
created in the future (``Future Self-Indexing Funds''), each of which 
will operate as an exchange-traded fund (``ETF'') and will track a 
specified index comprised solely of domestic or foreign securities 
(each, an ``Underlying Index''). Any Future Self-Indexing Fund will (a) 
be advised by the Current Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled 
by, or under common control with the Current Adviser (each, an 
``Adviser'') and (b) comply with the terms and conditions of the 
application. The Initial Self-Indexing Fund and Future Self-Indexing 
Funds, together, are the ``Self-Indexing Funds.'' \1\
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    \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 the 
terms and conditions of the order. A Fund of Funds (as defined 
below) may rely on the order only to invest in Self-Indexing Funds 
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    5. Each Self-Indexing Fund will hold certain securities 
(``Portfolio Securities'') selected to correspond generally to the 
performance of its Underlying Index. Each Underlying Index will be 
comprised solely of domestic and/or foreign equity and/or fixed income 
securities. Each Self-Indexing Fund will track one of the following 
types of Underlying Indexes: (i) an index made up of domestic equity 
securities and/or domestic fixed income securities, (ii) an index made 
up of foreign equity securities and/or foreign fixed income securities 
(such Funds, ``International Funds''), or (iii) an index made up of 
foreign and domestic equity securities and/or foreign and domestic 
fixed income securities (such Funds, ``Global Funds'').
    6. Applicants represent that each Self-Indexing Fund will invest at 
least 80% of its assets (excluding securities lending collateral) in 
the component securities of its respective Underlying Index 
(``Component Securities'') and TBA Transactions \2\, and in the case of 
International and Global Funds, Component Securities and Depositary 
Receipts \3\ representing Component Securities. Each Self-Indexing Fund 
may also invest up to 20% of its assets in securities and other 
instruments not included in its Underlying Index but which the Adviser 
and/or Sub-Adviser believes will help the Self-Indexing Fund track its 
Underlying Index, including but not limited to certain index futures, 
options, options on futures, options on index futures, swap contracts 
or other derivatives, cash and cash equivalents, and other investment 
companies. A Self-Indexing Fund may also engage in short sales in 
accordance with its investment objective.
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    \2\ A ``to-be-announced transaction'' or ``TBA Transaction'' is 
a method of trading mortgage-backed securities. In a TBA 
Transaction, the buyer and seller agree upon general trade 
parameters such as agency, settlement date, par amount and price. 
The actual pools delivered generally are determined two days prior 
to settlement date.
    \3\ Depositary receipts representing foreign securities 
(``Depositary Receipts'') include American Depositary Receipts and 
Global Depositary Receipts. The Self-Indexing Funds may invest in 
Depositary Receipts representing foreign securities in which they 
seek to invest. Depositary Receipts are typically issued by a 
financial institution (a ``depositary bank'') and evidence ownership 
interests in a security or a pool of securities that have been 
deposited with the depositary bank. A Self-Indexing Fund will not 
invest in any Depositary Receipts that the Adviser or any Sub-
Adviser deems to be illiquid or for which pricing information is not 
readily available. No affiliated person of a Self-Indexing Fund, the 
Adviser or any Sub-Adviser will serve as the depositary bank for any 
Depositary Receipts held by a Self-Indexing Fund.
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    7. The Trust may offer Self-Indexing Funds that seek to track 
Underlying Indexes constructed using 130/30 investment strategies 
(``130/30 Funds'') or other long/short investment strategies (``Long/
Short Funds''). Each 130/30 Fund will include strategies that: (i) 
establish long positions in securities so that total long exposure 
represents approximately 130% of the Self-Indexing Fund's net assets; 
and (ii) simultaneously establish short positions in other securities 
so that total short exposure represents approximately 30% of such Self-
Indexing Fund's net assets. Each Long/Short Fund will obtain exposures 
equal to the long and short positions specified by the Long/Short 
Index.\4\
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    \4\ Underlying Indexes that include both long and short 
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    8. A Self-Indexing Fund will utilize either a replication or 
representative sampling strategy to track its Underlying Index. A Self-
Indexing Fund using a replication strategy will invest in the Component 
Securities of its Underlying Index in the same approximate proportions 
as in such Underlying Index. A Self-Indexing Fund using a 
representative sampling strategy will hold some, but not necessarily 
all of the Component Securities of its Underlying Index. Applicants 
state that a Self-Indexing Fund using a representative sampling 
strategy will not be expected to track the performance of its 
Underlying Index with the same degree of accuracy as would an 
investment vehicle that invested in every Component Security of the 
Underlying Index with the same weighting as the Underlying Index. 
Applicants expect that each Self-Indexing Fund will have an annual 
tracking error relative to the performance of its Underlying Index of 
less than 5%.
    9. An Affiliated Person, or a Second-Tier Affiliate, of the Trust 
or a Self-Indexing Fund, of the Adviser, of any Sub-Adviser to or 
promoter of a Self-Indexing Fund, or of the Distributor (each, an 
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will create a proprietary, rules-based methodology to create Underlying 
Indexes.\6\ The Affiliated Index Provider will create, compile, sponsor 
or maintain the Underlying Indexes. Each Self-Indexing Fund will be 
entitled to use its Underlying Index pursuant to a licensing agreement 
with the Affiliated Index Provider.\7\
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    \5\ The applicants currently expect that the Adviser will serve 
as the Affiliated Index Provider for the Self-Indexing Funds. In the 
event that the Adviser serves as the Affiliated Index Provider for a 
Self-Indexing Fund, the term ``Affiliated Index Provider,'' with 
respect to that Self-Indexing Fund, will refer to the employees of 
the Adviser that are responsible for creating, compiling and 
maintaining the relevant Underlying Index.
    \6\ The Underlying Indexes may be made available to registered 
investment companies, as well as separately managed accounts of 
institutional investors and privately offered funds that are not 
deemed to be ``investment companies'' in reliance on section 3(c)(1) 
or 3(c)(7) of the Act for which the Adviser acts as adviser or sub-
adviser (``Affiliated Accounts'') as well as other such registered 
investment companies, separately managed accounts and privately 
offered funds for which it does not act either as adviser or sub-
adviser (``Unaffiliated Accounts''). The Affiliated Accounts and the 
Unaffiliated Accounts, like the Self-Indexing Funds, would seek to 
track the performance of one or more Underlying Index(es) by 
investing in the constituents of such Underlying Indexes or a 
representative sample of such constituents of the Underlying Index. 
Consistent with the relief requested from section 17(a), the 
Affiliated Accounts will not engage in Creation Unit transactions 
with a Self-Indexing Fund.
    \7\ The licenses for the Self-Indexing Funds will specifically 
state that the Affiliated Index Provider must provide the use of the 
Underlying Indexes and related intellectual property at no cost to 
the Trust and the Self-Indexing Funds.
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    10. Applicants recognize that Self-Indexing Funds could raise 
concerns regarding the ability of the Affiliated Index Provider to 
manipulate the Underlying Index to the benefit or detriment of the 
Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants further recognize the potential for 
conflicts that may arise with respect to the personal trading activity 
of personnel of the Affiliated Index Provider who have knowledge of 
changes to an Underlying Index prior to the time that information is 
publicly disseminated. Prior orders granted to self-indexing ETFs 
(``Prior Self-Indexing Orders'') addressed these concerns by creating a 
framework that required: (i) transparency of the Underlying Indexes; 
(ii) the adoption of policies and procedures not otherwise required by 
the Act designed to mitigate such conflicts of interest; (iii) 
limitations on the ability to change the rules for index compilation 
and the component securities of the index; (iv) that the index provider 
enter into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party to act as 
``Calculation Agent''; and (v) certain limitations designed to separate 
employees of the index provider, adviser and Calculation Agent (clauses 
(ii) through (v) are hereinafter referred to as ``Policies and 
Procedures'').\8\
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    \8\ See, e.g., In the Matter of WisdomTree Investments Inc., et 
al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 27324 (May 18, 2006) 
(notice) and 27391 (June 12, 2006) (order); In the Matter of IndexIQ 
ETF Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 28638 (Feb. 
27, 2009) (notice) and 28653 (March 20, 2009) (order); and Van Eck 
Associates Corporation, et al., et al., Investment Company Act 
Release Nos. 29455 (Oct. 1, 2010) (notice) and 29490 (Oct. 26, 2010) 
(order).
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    11. Instead of adopting the same or similar Policies and 
Procedures, applicants propose that each day that a Self-Indexing Fund, 
the NYSE and the national securities exchange (as defined in section 
2(a)(26) of the Act) (an ``Exchange'')) on which the Self-Indexing 
Fund's Shares are primarily listed (``Listing Exchange'') are open for 
business, including any day that a Self-Indexing Fund is required to be 
open under section 22(e) of the Act (a ``Business Day''), each Self-
Indexing Fund will post on its publicly available Web site (``Web 
site''),\9\ before commencement of trading of Shares on the Listing 
Exchange, the identities and quantities of the portfolio securities, 
assets, and other positions held by the Self-Indexing Fund (``Portfolio 
Holdings'') that will form the basis for the Self-Indexing Fund's 
calculation of its NAV at the end of the Business Day.\10\ Applicants 
believe that requiring Self-Indexing Funds to maintain full portfolio 
transparency will provide an effective alternative mechanism for 
addressing any such potential conflicts of interest.
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    \9\ The information provided on the Web site will be formatted 
to be reader-friendly.
    \10\ Under accounting procedures followed by each Self-Indexing 
Fund, trades made on the prior Business Day (``T'') will be booked 
and reflected in NAV on the current Business Day (``T+1''). 
Accordingly, the Self-Indexing Funds will be able to disclose at the 
beginning of each Business Day the portfolio that will form the 
basis for the NAV calculation at the end of that Business Day.
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    12. Applicants represent that each Self-Indexing Fund's Portfolio 
Holdings will be as transparent as the portfolio holdings of existing 
actively managed ETFs. Applicants observe that the framework set forth 
in the Prior Self-Indexing Orders was established before the Commission 
began issuing exemptive relief to allow the offering of actively-
managed ETFs.\11\ Unlike passively-managed ETFs, actively-managed ETFs 
do not seek to replicate the performance of a specified index but 
rather seek to achieve their investment objectives by using an 
``active'' management strategy. Applicants contend that the structure 
of actively managed ETFs presents potential conflicts of interest that 
are the same as those presented by Self-Indexing Funds because the 
portfolio managers of an actively managed ETF by definition have 
advance knowledge of pending portfolio changes. However, rather than 
requiring Policies and Procedures similar to those required under the 
Prior Self-Indexing Orders, applicants believe that actively managed 
ETFs address these potential conflicts of interest appropriately 
through full portfolio transparency, as the conditions to their 
relevant exemptive relief require.
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    \11\ See, e.g., In the Matter of Huntington Asset Advisors, 
Inc., et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 30032 (April 10, 
2012) (notice) and 30061 (May 8, 2012) (order); In the Matter of 
Russell Investment Management Co., et al., Investment Company Act 
Release Nos. 29655 (April 20, 2011) (notice) and 29671 (May 16, 
2011) (order); In the Matter of Eaton Vance Management, et al., 
Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29591 (March 11, 2011) (notice) 
and 29620 (March 30, 2011) (order) and; In the Matter of iShares 
Trust, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 29543 (Dec. 27, 
2010) (notice) and 29571 (Jan. 24, 2011) (order).
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    13. In addition, applicants do not believe the potential for 
conflicts of interest raised by the Adviser's use of the Underlying 
Indexes in connection with the management of the Self-Indexing Funds 
and the Affiliated Accounts will be substantially different from the 
potential conflicts presented by an adviser managing two or more 
registered funds. Both the Act and the Advisers Act contain various 
protections to address conflicts of interest where an adviser is 
managing two or more registered funds and these protections will also 
help address these conflicts with respect to the Self-Indexing 
Funds.\12\
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    \12\ See, e.g., rule 17j-1 under the Act and section 204A under 
the Advisers Act and rules 204A-1 and 206(4)-7 under the Advisers 
Act.
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    14. The Adviser and any Sub-Adviser has adopted or will adopt, 
pursuant to Rule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act, written policies and 
procedures designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act and the 
rules thereunder. These include policies and procedures designed to 
minimize potential conflicts of interest among the Self-Indexing Funds 
and the Affiliated Accounts, such as cross trading policies, as well as 
those designed to ensure the equitable allocation of portfolio 
transactions and brokerage commissions. In addition, the Adviser has 
adopted policies and procedures as required under section 204A of the 
Advisers Act, which are reasonably designed in light of the nature of 
its business to prevent the misuse, in violation of the Advisers Act or 
the Exchange Act or the rules thereunder, of material non-public 
information by the Adviser or an associated person (``Inside 
Information Policy''). Any Sub-Adviser will be required to adopt and 
maintain a similar Inside Information Policy and Code of Ethics.\13\ In 
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Ethics and Inside Information Policy of the Adviser and Sub-Advisers, 
personnel of those entities with knowledge about the composition of the 
Portfolio Deposit \14\ will be prohibited from disclosing such 
information to any other person, except as authorized in the course of 
their employment, until such information is made public. In addition, 
no Affiliated Index Provider will provide any information relating to 
changes to an Underlying Index's methodology for the inclusion or 
exclusion of component securities, or methodology for the calculation 
or the return of component securities, in advance of a public 
announcement of such changes by such Affiliated Index Provider. The 
Adviser will also include under Item 10.C. of Part 2 of its Form ADV a 
discussion of its relationship to any Affiliated Index Provider and any 
material conflicts of interest resulting therefrom, regardless of 
whether the Affiliated Index Provider is a type of affiliate specified 
in Item 10.
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    \13\ The Adviser has also adopted or will adopt a code of ethics 
pursuant to rule 17j-1 under the Act and rule 204A-1 under the 
Advisers Act, which contains provisions reasonably necessary to 
prevent Access Persons (as defined in rule 17j-1) from engaging in 
any conduct prohibited in rule 17j-1 (``Code of Ethics'').
    \14\ The instruments and cash that the purchaser is required to 
deliver in exchange for the Creation Units it is purchasing is 
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    15. To the extent the Self-Indexing Funds transact with an 
Affiliated Person of the Adviser or Sub-Adviser, such transactions will 
comply with the Act, the rules thereunder and the terms and conditions 
of the requested order. In this regard, each Self-Indexing Fund's board 
of directors or trustees (``Board'') will periodically review the Self-
Indexing Fund's use of an Affiliated Index Provider. Subject to the 
approval of the Self-Indexing Fund's Board, the Adviser, Affiliated 
Persons of the Adviser (``Adviser Affiliates'') and Affiliated Persons 
of any Sub-Adviser (``Sub-Adviser Affiliates'') may be authorized to 
provide custody, fund accounting and administration and transfer agency 
services to the Self-Indexing Funds. Any services provided by the 
Adviser, Adviser Affiliates, Sub-Adviser and Sub-Adviser Affiliates 
will be performed in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the 
rules under the Act and any relevant guidelines from the staff of the 
Commission.
    16. In light of the foregoing, applicants believe it is appropriate 
to allow the Self-Indexing Funds to be fully transparent in lieu of 
Policies and Procedures from the Prior Self-Indexing Orders discussed 
above.
    17. The Shares of each Self-Indexing Fund will be purchased and 
redeemed in Creation Units and generally on an in-kind basis. Except 
where the purchase or redemption will include cash under the limited 
circumstances specified below, purchasers will be required to purchase 
Creation Units by making an in-kind deposit of specified instruments 
(``Deposit Instruments''), and shareholders redeeming their Shares will 
receive an in-kind transfer of specified instruments (``Redemption 
Instruments'').\15\ On any given Business Day, the names and quantities 
of the instruments that constitute the Deposit Instruments and the 
names and quantities of the instruments that constitute the Redemption 
Instruments will be identical, unless the Self-Indexing Fund is 
Rebalancing (as defined below). In addition, the Deposit Instruments 
and the Redemption Instruments will each correspond pro rata to the 
positions in the Self-Indexing Fund's portfolio (including cash 
positions) \16\ except: (a) in the case of bonds, for minor differences 
when it is impossible to break up bonds beyond certain minimum sizes 
needed for transfer and settlement; (b) for minor differences when 
rounding is necessary to eliminate fractional shares or lots that are 
not tradeable round lots; \17\ (c) TBA Transactions, short positions, 
derivatives and other positions that cannot be transferred in kind \18\ 
will be excluded from the Deposit Instruments and the Redemption 
Instruments; \19\(d) to the extent the Self-Indexing Fund determines, 
on a given Business Day, to use a representative sampling of the Self-
Indexing Fund's portfolio; \20\ or (e) for temporary periods, to effect 
changes in the Self-Indexing Fund's portfolio as a result of the 
rebalancing of its Underlying Index (any such change, a 
``Rebalancing''). If there is a difference between the NAV attributable 
to a Creation Unit and the aggregate market value of the Deposit 
Instruments or Redemption Instruments exchanged for the Creation Unit, 
the party conveying instruments with the lower value will also pay to 
the other an amount in cash equal to that difference (the ``Cash 
Amount'').
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    \15\ The Self-Indexing Funds must comply with the federal 
securities laws in accepting Deposit Instruments and satisfying 
redemptions with Redemption Instruments, including that the Deposit 
Instruments and Redemption Instruments are sold in transactions that 
would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 
(``Securities Act''). In accepting Deposit Instruments and 
satisfying redemptions with Redemption Instruments that are 
restricted securities eligible for resale pursuant to rule 144A 
under the Securities Act, the Self-Indexing Funds will comply with 
the conditions of rule 144A.
    \16\ The portfolio used for this purpose will be the same 
portfolio used to calculate the Self-Indexing Fund's NAV for the 
Business Day.
    \17\ A tradeable round lot for a security will be the standard 
unit of trading in that particular type of security in its primary 
market.
    \18\ This includes instruments that can be transferred in kind 
only with the consent of the original counterparty to the extent the 
Self-Indexing Fund does not intend to seek such consents.
    \19\ Because these instruments will be excluded from the Deposit 
Instruments and the Redemption Instruments, their value will be 
reflected in the determination of the Cash Amount (defined below).
    \20\ A Self-Indexing Fund may only use sampling for this purpose 
if the sample: (i) is designed to generate performance that is 
highly correlated to the performance of the Self-Indexing Fund's 
portfolio; (ii) consists entirely of instruments that are already 
included in the Self-Indexing Fund's portfolio; and (iii) is the 
same for all Authorized Participants (defined below) on a given 
Business Day.
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    18. Purchases and redemptions of Creation Units may be made in 
whole or in part on a cash basis, rather than in kind, solely under the 
following circumstances: (a) to the extent there is a Cash Amount; (b) 
if, on a given Business Day, the Self-Indexing Fund announces before 
the open of trading that all purchases, all redemptions or all 
purchases and redemptions on that day will be made entirely in cash; 
(c) if, upon receiving a purchase or redemption order from an 
Authorized Participant, the Self-Indexing Fund determines to require 
the purchase or redemption, as applicable, to be made entirely in cash; 
\21\ (d) if, on a given Business Day, the Self-Indexing Fund requires 
all Authorized Participants purchasing or redeeming Shares on that day 
to deposit or receive (as applicable) cash in lieu of some or all of 
the Deposit Instruments or Redemption Instruments, respectively, solely 
because: (i) such instruments are not eligible for transfer through 
either the NSCC or DTC (defined below); or (ii) in the case of 
International and Global Funds holding non-U.S. investments, such 
instruments are not eligible for trading due to local trading 
restrictions, local restrictions on securities transfers or other 
similar circumstances; or (e) if the Self-Indexing Fund permits an 
Authorized Participant to deposit or receive (as applicable) cash in 
lieu of some or all of the Deposit Instruments or Redemption 
Instruments, respectively, solely because: (i) such instruments are, in 
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purchase of a Creation Unit, not available in sufficient quantity; (ii) 
such instruments are not eligible for trading by an Authorized 
Participant or the investor on whose behalf the Authorized Participant 
is acting; or (iii) a holder of Shares of an International Fund or 
Global Fund holding non-U.S. investments would be subject to 
unfavorable income tax treatment if the holder receives redemption 
proceeds in kind.\22\
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    \21\ In determining whether a particular Self-Indexing Fund will 
sell or redeem Creation Units entirely on a cash or in-kind basis 
(whether for a given day or a given order), the key consideration 
will be the benefit that would accrue to the Self-Indexing Fund and 
its investors. For instance, in bond transactions, the Adviser may 
be able to obtain better execution than Share purchasers because of 
the Adviser's size, experience and potentially stronger 
relationships in the fixed income markets. Purchases of Creation 
Units either on an all cash basis or in-kind are expected to be 
neutral to the Self-Indexing Funds from a tax perspective. In 
contrast, cash redemptions typically require selling portfolio 
holdings, which may result in adverse tax consequences for the 
remaining Self-Indexing Fund shareholders that would not occur with 
an in-kind redemption. As a result, tax consideration may warrant 
in-kind redemptions.
    \22\ A ``custom order'' is any purchase or redemption of Shares 
made in whole or in part on a cash basis in reliance on clause 
(e)(i) or (e)(ii).
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    19. Creation Units will consist of specified large aggregations of 
Shares, e.g., at least 25,000 Shares, and it is expected that the 
initial price of a Creation Unit will range from $1 million to $15 
million. All orders to purchase Creation Units must be placed with the 
Distributor by or through an ``Authorized Participant'' which is either 
(1) a ``Participating Party,'' i.e., a broker-dealer or other 
participant in the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC, a 
clearing agency registered with the Commission, or (2) a participant in 
The Depository Trust Company (``DTC'') (``DTC Participant''), which, in 
either case, has signed a participant agreement with the Distributor. 
The Distributor will be responsible for transmitting the orders to the 
Self-Indexing Funds and will furnish to those placing such orders 
confirmation that the orders have been accepted, but applicants state 
that the Distributor may reject any order which is not submitted in 
proper form.
    20. Each Business Day, before the open of trading on the Listing 
Exchange, each Self-Indexing Fund will cause to be published through 
the NSCC the names and quantities of the instruments comprising the 
Deposit Instruments and the Redemption Instruments, as well as the 
estimated Cash Amount (if any), for that day. The list of Deposit 
Instruments and Redemption Instruments will apply until a new list is 
announced on the following Business Day, and there will be no intra-day 
changes to the list except to correct errors in the published list. 
Each Listing Exchange will disseminate, every 15 seconds during regular 
Exchange trading hours, through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape 
Association, an amount for each Self-Indexing Fund stated on a per 
individual Share basis representing the sum of (i) the estimated Cash 
Amount and (ii) the current value of the Portfolio Securities and other 
assets of the Self-Indexing Fund.
    21. Transaction expenses, including operational processing and 
brokerage costs, will be incurred by a Self-Indexing Fund when 
investors purchase or redeem Creation Units in-kind and such costs have 
the potential to dilute the interests of the Self-Indexing Fund's 
existing shareholders. Each Self-Indexing Fund may (but is not required 
to) impose purchase or redemption transaction fees (``Transaction 
Fees'') in connection with effecting such purchases or redemptions of 
Creation Units. In all cases, such Transaction Fees will be limited in 
accordance with requirements of the Commission applicable to management 
investment companies offering redeemable securities. Since the 
Transaction Fees are intended to defray the transaction expenses as 
well as to prevent possible shareholder dilution resulting from the 
purchase or redemption of Creation Units, the Transaction Fees will be 
borne only by such purchasers or redeemers.\23\ The Distributor will be 
responsible for delivering the Self-Indexing Fund's prospectus to those 
persons acquiring 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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    \23\ Where a Self-Indexing Fund permits an in-kind purchaser (or 
redeeming investor) to substitute (or receive) cash-in-lieu of 
depositing one or more of the requisite Deposit Instruments (or 
receiving one or more Portfolio Securities), the purchaser (or 
redeeming investor) may be assessed a higher Transaction Fee to 
cover the cost of purchasing such Deposit Instruments (or selling 
such Portfolio Securities).
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    22. Shares of each Self-Indexing Fund will be listed and traded 
individually on an Exchange. It is expected that one or more member 
firms of an Exchange will be designated to act as a market maker (each, 
a ``Market Maker'') and maintain a market for Shares trading on the 
Exchange. Prices of Shares trading on an Exchange will be based on the 
current bid/offer market. Transactions involving the sale of Shares on 
an Exchange will be subject to customary brokerage commissions and 
charges.
    23. Applicants expect that purchasers of Creation Units will 
include institutional investors and arbitrageurs. Market Makers, acting 
in their roles to provide a fair and orderly secondary market for the 
Shares, may from time to time find it appropriate to purchase or redeem 
Creation Units. Applicants expect that secondary market purchasers of 
Shares will include both institutional and retail investors.\24\ The 
price at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage 
opportunities created by the option continually to purchase or redeem 
Shares in Creation Units, which should help prevent Shares from trading 
at a material discount or premium in relation to their NAV.
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    \24\ Shares will be registered in book-entry form only. DTC or 
its nominee will be the record or registered owner of all 
outstanding Shares. Beneficial ownership of Shares will be shown on 
the records of DTC or the DTC Participants.
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    24. Shares will not be individually redeemable, and owners of 
Shares may acquire those Shares from the Self-Indexing Fund, or tender 
such Shares for redemption to the Self-Indexing Fund, in Creation Units 
only. To redeem, an investor must accumulate enough Shares to 
constitute a Creation Unit. Redemption requests must be placed through 
an Authorized Participant. A redeeming investor may pay a Transaction 
Fee, calculated in the same manner as a Transaction Fee payable in 
connection with purchases of Creation Units.
    25. Neither the Trust nor any Self-Indexing Fund will be advertised 
or marketed or otherwise held out as a traditional open-end investment 
company or a ``mutual fund.'' Instead, each such Self-Indexing Fund 
will be marketed as an ``ETF.'' 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 
will disclose that the owners of Shares may acquire those Shares from 
the Self-Indexing Fund or tender such Shares for redemption to the 
Self-Indexing Fund in Creation Units only. The Self-Indexing Funds will 
provide copies of their annual and semi-annual shareholder reports to 
DTC Participants for distribution to beneficial owners of Shares.

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), and 22(e) 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 
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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 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 a 
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 Self-Indexing 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 Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants further state 
that because Creation Units may always be purchased and redeemed at 
NAV, the price of Shares on the secondary market should not vary 
materially from 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 that is currently being offered to 
the public by or through an 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 Self-
Indexing 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 Self-Indexing 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 price 
at which Shares trade will be disciplined by arbitrage opportunities 
created by the option continually to purchase or redeem Shares in 
Creation Units, which should help prevent Shares from trading at a 
material discount or premium in relation to their NAV.

Section 22(e)

    7. 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 International and Global Funds 
will be contingent not only on the settlement cycle of the United 
States market, but also on current delivery cycles in local markets for 
underlying foreign Portfolio Securities held by an International Fund 
or Global Fund. Applicants state that the delivery cycles currently 
practicable for transferring Redemption Instruments to redeeming 
investors, coupled with local market holiday schedules, may require a 
delivery process of up to fourteen (14) calendar days. Accordingly, 
with respect to International and Global Funds only, applicants hereby 
request relief under section 6(c) from the requirement imposed by 
section 22(e) to allow International and Global Funds to pay redemption 
proceeds within fourteen calendar days following the tender of Creation 
Units for redemption.\25\
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    \25\ Applicants acknowledge that no relief obtained from the 
requirements of section 22(e) will affect any obligations applicants 
may otherwise have under rule 15c6-1 under the Exchange Act 
requiring that most securities transactions be settled within three 
business days of the trade date.
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    8. Applicants believe that Congress adopted section 22(e) to 
prevent unreasonable, undisclosed or unforeseen delays in the actual 
payment of redemption proceeds. Applicants propose that allowing 
redemption payments for Creation Units of an International Fund or 
Global Fund to be made within fourteen calendar days would not be 
inconsistent with the spirit and intent of section 22(e). Applicants 
suggest that a redemption payment occurring within fourteen calendar 
days following a redemption request would adequately afford investor 
protection.
    9. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 22(e) with 
respect to International and Global Funds that do not effect creations 
and redemptions of Creation Units in-kind.

Section 12(d)(1)

    10. Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act 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 knowingly selling the investment company's 
shares to another investment company if the sale will cause the 
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stock, or if the sale will cause more than 10% of the acquired 
company's voting stock to be owned by investment companies generally.
    11. Applicants request an exemption to permit registered management 
investment companies and unit investment trusts (``UITs'') that are not 
advised or sponsored by the Adviser, and not part of the same ``group 
of investment companies,'' as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the 
Act as the Self-Indexing Funds (such management investment companies 
are referred to as ``Investing Management Companies,'' such UITs are 
referred to as ``Investing Trusts,'' and Investing Management Companies 
and Investing Trusts are collectively referred to as ``Funds of 
Funds''), to acquire Shares beyond the limits of section 12(d)(1)(A) of 
the Act; and the Self-Indexing Funds, and any principal underwriter for 
the Self-Indexing Funds, and/or any Broker registered under the 
Exchange Act, to sell Shares to Funds of Funds beyond the limits of 
section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.
    12. Each Investing Management Company will be advised by an 
investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the Act 
(the ``Fund of Funds Adviser'') and may be sub-advised by investment 
advisers within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(B) of the Act (each a 
``Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser''). Any investment adviser to an Investing 
Management Company will be registered under the Advisers Act. Each 
Investing Trust will be sponsored by a sponsor (``Sponsor'').
    13. Applicants submit that the proposed conditions to the requested 
relief adequately address the concerns underlying the limits in 
sections 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.
    14. Applicants believe that neither a Fund of Funds nor a Fund of 
Funds Affiliate would be able to exert undue influence over a Self-
Indexing Fund.\26\ To limit the control that a Fund of Funds may have 
over a Self-Indexing Fund, applicants propose a condition prohibiting a 
Fund of Funds Adviser or Sponsor, any person controlling, controlled 
by, or under common control with a Fund of Funds 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 Fund of Funds Adviser or Sponsor, or any person 
controlling, controlled by, or under common control with a Fund of 
Funds Adviser or Sponsor (``Fund of Funds Advisory Group'') from 
controlling (individually or in the aggregate) a Self-Indexing Fund 
within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The same prohibition 
would apply to any Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, any person controlling, 
controlled by or under common control with the Fund of Funds 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 Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser or any person controlling, controlled by 
or under common control with the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser (``Fund of 
Funds Sub-Advisory Group'').
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    \26\ A ``Fund of Funds Affiliate'' is a Fund of Funds Adviser, 
Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, Sponsor, promoter, and principal 
underwriter of a Fund of Funds, and any person controlling, 
controlled by, or under common control with any of those entities. A 
``Self-Indexing Fund Affiliate'' is an investment adviser, promoter, 
or principal underwriter of a Self-Indexing Fund and any person 
controlling, controlled by or under common control with any of these 
entities.
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    15. Applicants propose other conditions to limit the potential for 
undue influence over the Self-Indexing Funds, including that no Fund of 
Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate (except to the extent it is acting in 
its capacity as an investment adviser to a Self-Indexing Fund) will 
cause a Self-Indexing Fund to purchase a security in an offering of 
securities during the existence of an underwriting or selling syndicate 
of which a principal underwriter is an Underwriting Affiliate 
(``Affiliated Underwriting''). An ``Underwriting Affiliate'' is a 
principal underwriter in any underwriting or selling syndicate that is 
an officer, director, member of an advisory board, Fund of Funds 
Adviser, Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, employee or Sponsor of the Fund of 
Funds, or a person of which any such officer, director, member of an 
advisory board, Fund of Funds Adviser or Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, 
employee or Sponsor is an affiliated person (except that any person 
whose relationship to the Self-Indexing Fund is covered by section 
10(f) of the Act is not an Underwriting Affiliate).
    16. Applicants do not believe that the proposed arrangement will 
involve excessive layering of fees. The board of directors or trustees 
of any Investing 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 under the 
contract are based on services provided that will be in addition to, 
rather than duplicative of, services provided under the advisory 
contract of any Self-Indexing Fund in which the Investing Management 
Company may invest. In addition, under condition B.5., a Fund of Funds 
Adviser, or a Fund of Funds' trustee or Sponsor, as applicable, will 
waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Fund of Funds in an amount at 
least equal to any compensation (including fees received pursuant to 
any plan adopted by a Self-Indexing Fund under rule 12b-1 under the 
Act) received from a Self-Indexing Fund by the Fund of Funds Adviser, 
trustee or Sponsor or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds 
Adviser, trustee or Sponsor, other than any advisory fees paid to the 
Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor or its affiliated person by a 
Self-Indexing Fund, in connection with the investment by the Fund of 
Funds in the Self-Indexing Fund. Applicants state that any sales 
charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Fund of 
Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set 
forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.\27\
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    17. Applicants submit that the proposed arrangement will not create 
an overly complex fund structure. Applicants note that no Self-Indexing 
Fund will acquire securities of any investment company or company 
relying on section 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, except to the 
extent permitted by exemptive relief from the Commission permitting the 
Self-Indexing Fund to purchase shares of other investment companies for 
short-term cash management purposes. To ensure a Fund of Funds is aware 
of the terms and conditions of the requested order, the Fund of Funds 
will enter into an agreement with the Self-Indexing Fund (``FOF 
Participation Agreement''). The FOF Participation Agreement will 
include an acknowledgement from the Fund of Funds that it may rely on 
the order only to invest in the Self-Indexing Funds and not in any 
other investment company.
    18. Applicants also note that a Self-Indexing Fund may choose to 
reject a direct purchase of Shares in Creation Units by a Fund of 
Funds. To the extent that a Fund of Funds purchases Shares in the 
secondary market, a Self-Indexing Fund would still retain its ability 
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reject any initial investment by a Fund of Funds in excess of the 
limits of section 12(d)(1)(A) by declining to enter into a FOF 
Participation Agreement with the Fund of Funds.

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

    19. Sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act generally prohibit an 
affiliated person of a registered investment company, or an affiliated 
person of such a person, from selling any security to or purchasing any 
security from the company. Section 2(a)(3) of the Act defines 
``affiliated person'' of another 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 defines ``control'' as the 
power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or 
policies of a company, and provides that a control relationship will be 
presumed where one person owns more than 25% of a company's voting 
securities. The Self-Indexing Funds may be deemed to be controlled by 
the Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common 
control with the Adviser and hence affiliated persons of each other. In 
addition, the Self-Indexing Funds may be deemed to be under common 
control with any other registered investment company (or series 
thereof) advised by an Adviser or an entity controlling, controlled by 
or under common control with an Adviser (an ``Affiliated Fund''). Any 
investor, including Market Makers, owning 5% or holding in excess of 
25% of the Trust or such Self-Indexing Funds, may be deemed affiliated 
persons of the Trust or such Self-Indexing Funds. In addition, an 
investor could own 5% or more, or in excess of 25% of the outstanding 
shares of one or more Affiliated Funds making that investor a Second-
Tier Affiliate of the Self-Indexing Funds.
    20. Applicants request an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and 
17(a)(2) of the Act pursuant to sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act to 
permit persons that are Affiliated Persons of the Self-Indexing Funds, 
or Second-Tier Affiliates of the Self-Indexing Funds, 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 Self-Indexing Funds; 
(b) 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 Affiliated Funds, to effectuate purchases and redemptions 
``in-kind.''
    21. Applicants assert that no useful purpose would be served by 
prohibiting such affiliated persons from making ``in-kind'' purchases 
or ``in-kind'' redemptions of Shares of a Self-Indexing Fund in 
Creation Units. Both the deposit procedures for ``in-kind'' purchases 
of Creation Units and the redemption procedures for ``in-kind'' 
redemptions of Creation Units will be effected in exactly the same 
manner for all purchases and redemptions, regardless of size or number. 
There will be no discrimination between purchasers or redeemers. 
Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments for each Self-Indexing 
Fund will be valued in the identical manner as those Portfolio 
Securities currently held by such Self-Indexing Fund and the valuation 
of the Deposit Instruments and Redemption Instruments will be made in 
an identical manner regardless of the identity of the purchaser or 
redeemer. Applicants do not believe that ``in-kind'' purchases and 
redemptions will result in abusive self-dealing or overreaching, but 
rather assert that such procedures will be implemented consistently 
with each Self-Indexing Fund's objectives and with the general purposes 
of the Act. Applicants believe that ``in-kind'' purchases and 
redemptions will be made on terms reasonable to applicants and any 
Affiliated Persons because they will be valued pursuant to verifiable 
objective standards. The method of valuing Portfolio Securities held by 
a Self-Indexing Fund is identical to that used for calculating ``in-
kind'' purchase or redemption values and therefore creates no 
opportunity for Affiliated Persons or Second-Tier Affiliates of 
applicants to effect a transaction detrimental to the other holders of 
Shares of that Self-Indexing Fund. Similarly, applicants submit that, 
by using the same standards for valuing Portfolio Securities held by a 
Self-Indexing Fund as are used for calculating ``in-kind'' redemptions 
or purchases, the Self-Indexing Fund will ensure that its NAV will not 
be adversely affected by such securities transactions. Applicants also 
note that the ability to take deposits and make redemptions ``in-kind'' 
will help each Self-Indexing Fund to track closely its Underlying Index 
and therefore aid in achieving the Self-Indexing Fund's objectives.
    22. Applicants also seek relief under sections 6(c) and 17(b) from 
section 17(a) to permit a Self-Indexing Fund that is an Affiliated 
Person, or a Second-Tier Affiliate, of a Fund of Funds to sell its 
Shares to and redeem its Shares from a Fund of Funds, and to engage in 
any accompanying in-kind transactions with the Fund of Funds.\28\ 
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 Fund of Funds for the purchase or redemption of 
Shares directly from a Self-Indexing Fund will be based on the NAV of 
the Self-Indexing Fund.\29\ Applicants believe that any proposed 
transactions directly between the Self-Indexing Funds and Funds of 
Funds will be consistent with the policies of each Fund of Funds. The 
purchase of Creation Units by a Fund of Funds directly from a Self-
Indexing Fund will be accomplished in accordance with the investment 
restrictions of any such Fund of Funds and will be consistent with the 
investment policies set forth in the Fund of Funds' registration 
statement. Applicants also state that the proposed transactions are 
consistent with the general purposes of the Act and are appropriate in 
the public interest.
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    \28\ Although applicants believe that most Funds of Funds will 
purchase Shares in the secondary market and will not purchase 
Creation Units directly from a Self-Indexing Fund, a Fund of Funds 
might seek to transact in Creation Units directly with a Self-
Indexing Fund that is an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds. To 
the extent that purchases and sales of Shares occur in the secondary 
market and not through principal transactions directly between a 
Fund of Funds and a Self-Indexing Fund, relief from section 17(a) 
would not be necessary. However, the requested relief would apply to 
direct sales of Shares in Creation Units by a Self-Indexing Fund to 
a Fund of Funds and redemptions of those Shares. Applicants are not 
seeking relief from section 17(a) for, and the requested relief will 
not apply to, transactions where a Self-Indexing Fund could be 
deemed an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an 
affiliated person of a Fund of Funds because an Adviser or an entity 
controlling, controlled by or under common control with an Adviser 
provides investment advisory services to that Fund of Funds.
    \29\ Applicants acknowledge that the receipt of compensation by 
(a) an affiliated person of a Fund of Funds, or an affiliated person 
of such person, for the purchase by the Fund of Funds of Shares of a 
Self-Indexing Fund or (b) an affiliated person of a Self-Indexing 
Fund, or an affiliated person of such person, for the sale by the 
Self-Indexing Fund of its Shares to a Fund of Funds, may be 
prohibited by section 17(e)(1) of the Act. The FOF Participation 
Agreement also will include this acknowledgment.
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Applicants' Conditions

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

A. ETF Relief

    1. The requested relief to permit ETF operations will expire on the 
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date of any Commission rule under the Act that provides relief 
permitting the operation of index-based ETFs.
    2. As long as a Self-Indexing Fund operates in reliance on the 
requested order, the Shares of such Self-Indexing Fund will be listed 
on an Exchange.
    3. Neither a Trust nor any Self-Indexing Fund will be advertised or 
marketed as an open-end investment company or a mutual fund. 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 Self-Indexing Fund and tender those Shares for 
redemption to a Self-Indexing Fund in Creation Units only.
    4. The Web site, which is and will be publicly accessible at no 
charge, will contain, on a per Share basis for each Self-Indexing Fund, 
the prior Business Day's NAV and the market closing price or the 
midpoint of the bid/ask spread at the time of the calculation of such 
NAV (``Bid/Ask Price''), and a calculation of the premium or discount 
of the market closing price or Bid/Ask Price against such NAV.
    5. Each Self-Indexing Fund will post on the Web site on each 
Business Day, before commencement of trading of Shares on the Exchange, 
the identities and quantities of the Self-Indexing Fund's Portfolio 
Holdings.
    6. No Adviser or any Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, will 
cause any Authorized Participant (or any investor on whose behalf an 
Authorized Participant may transact with the Self-Indexing Fund) to 
acquire any Deposit Instrument for a Self-Indexing Fund through a 
transaction in which the Self-Indexing Fund could not engage directly.

B. Section 12(d)(1) Relief

    1. The members of a Fund of Funds' Advisory Group will not control 
(individually or in the aggregate) a Self-Indexing Fund within the 
meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. The members of a Fund of Funds' 
Sub-Advisory Group will not control (individually or in the aggregate) 
a Self-Indexing Fund within the meaning of section 2(a)(9) of the Act. 
If, as a result of a decrease in the outstanding voting securities of a 
Self-Indexing Fund, the Fund of Funds' Advisory Group or the Fund of 
Funds' Sub-Advisory Group, each in the aggregate, becomes a holder of 
more than 25 percent of the outstanding voting securities of a Self-
Indexing Fund, it will vote its Shares of the Self-Indexing Fund in the 
same proportion as the vote of all other holders of the Self-Indexing 
Fund's Shares. This condition does not apply to the Fund of Funds' Sub-
Advisory Group with respect to a Self-Indexing Fund for which the Fund 
of Funds' Sub-Adviser or a person controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with the Fund of Funds' Sub-Adviser acts as the 
investment adviser within the meaning of section 2(a)(20)(A) of the 
Act.
    2. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate will cause any 
existing or potential investment by the Fund of Funds in a Self-
Indexing Fund to influence the terms of any services or transactions 
between the Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate and the Self-
Indexing Fund or a Self-Indexing Fund Affiliate.
    3. The board of directors or trustees of an Investing Management 
Company, including a majority of the disinterested directors or 
trustees, will adopt procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the 
Fund of Funds Adviser and Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser are conducting the 
investment program of the Investing Management Company without taking 
into account any consideration received by the Investing Management 
Company or a Fund of Funds Affiliate from a Self-Indexing Fund or Self-
Indexing Fund Affiliate in connection with any services or 
transactions.
    4. Once an investment by a Fund of Funds in the securities of a 
Self-Indexing Fund exceeds the limits in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the 
Act, the Board of the Self-Indexing Fund, including a majority of the 
directors or trustees who are not ``interested persons'' within the 
meaning of section 2(a)(19) of the Act (``non-interested Board 
members''), will determine that any consideration paid by the Self-
Indexing Fund to the Fund of Funds or a Fund of Funds Affiliate in 
connection with any services or transactions: (i) is fair and 
reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of the services and 
benefits received by the Self-Indexing Fund; (ii) is within the range 
of consideration that the Self-Indexing Fund would be required to pay 
to another unaffiliated entity in connection with the same services or 
transactions; and (iii) 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 Self-Indexing Fund and its 
investment adviser(s), or any person controlling, controlled by or 
under common control with such investment adviser(s).
    5. The Fund of Funds Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of an Investing 
Trust, as applicable, will waive fees otherwise payable to it by the 
Fund of Funds in an amount at least equal to any compensation 
(including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted by a Self-
Indexing Fund under rule 12b-l under the Act) received from a Self-
Indexing Fund by the Fund of Funds Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of 
the Investing Trust, or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds 
Adviser, or trustee or Sponsor of the Investing Trust, other than any 
advisory fees paid to the Fund of Funds Adviser, trustee or Sponsor of 
an Investing Trust, or its affiliated person by the Self-Indexing Fund, 
in connection with the investment by the Fund of Funds in the Self-
Indexing Fund. Any Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser will waive fees otherwise 
payable to the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, directly or indirectly, by 
the Investing Management Company in an amount at least equal to any 
compensation received from a Self-Indexing Fund by the Fund of Funds 
Sub-Adviser, or an affiliated person of the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser, 
other than any advisory fees paid to the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser or 
its affiliated person by the Self-Indexing Fund, in connection with the 
investment by the Investing Management Company in the Self-Indexing 
Fund made at the direction of the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser. In the 
event that the Fund of Funds Sub-Adviser waives fees, the benefit of 
the waiver will be passed through to the Investing Management Company.
    6. No Fund of Funds or Fund of Funds Affiliate (except to the 
extent it is acting in its capacity as an investment adviser to a Self-
Indexing Fund) will cause a Self-Indexing Fund to purchase a security 
in any Affiliated Underwriting.
    7. The Board of a Self-Indexing Fund, including a majority of the 
non-interested Board members, will adopt procedures reasonably designed 
to monitor any purchases of securities by the Self-Indexing Fund in an 
Affiliated Underwriting, once an investment by a Fund of Funds in the 
securities of the Self-Indexing 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 Fund of 
Funds in the Self-Indexing Fund. The Board will consider, among other 
things: (i) whether the purchases were consistent with the investment 
objectives and policies of the Self-Indexing Fund; (ii) how the 
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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 
(iii) whether the amount of securities purchased by the Self-Indexing 
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 
ensure that purchases of securities in Affiliated Underwritings are in 
the best interest of shareholders of the Self-Indexing Fund.
    8. Each Self-Indexing 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 of 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 Fund of Funds in the 
securities of the Self-Indexing 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.
    9. Before investing in a Self-Indexing Fund in excess of the limit 
in section 12(d)(1)(A), a Fund of Funds and the applicable Trust will 
execute a FOF Participation Agreement stating without limitation that 
their respective boards of directors or trustees and their investment 
advisers, or trustee and Sponsor, 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 Self-Indexing Fund in excess of the limit in section 
12(d)(1)(A)(i), a Fund of Funds will notify the Self-Indexing Fund of 
the investment. At such time, the Fund of Funds will also transmit to 
the Self-Indexing Fund a list of the names of each Fund of Funds 
Affiliate and Underwriting Affiliate. The Fund of Funds will notify the 
Self-Indexing Fund of any changes to the list of the names as soon as 
reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The Self-Indexing Fund 
and the Fund of Funds will maintain and preserve a copy of the order, 
the FOF Participation Agreement, and the list with any updated 
information for the duration of the investment and for a period of not 
less than six years thereafter, the first two years in an easily 
accessible place.
    10. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the 
Act, the board of directors or trustees of each Investing 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 Self-Indexing Fund in which the Investing Management Company may 
invest. These findings and their basis will be fully recorded in the 
minute books of the appropriate Investing Management Company.
    11. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to 
shares of a Fund of Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to a 
fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830.
    12. No Self-Indexing Fund will acquire securities of an investment 
company or company relying on section 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, 
except to the extent the Self-Indexing Fund acquires securities of 
another investment company pursuant to exemptive relief from the 
Commission permitting the Self-Indexing Fund to acquire securities of 
one or more investment companies for short-term cash management 
purposes.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-28849 Filed 12-2-13; 8:45 am]
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