AMCAP Fund, et al.; Notice of Application, 18674-18679 [2016-07193]

Download as PDF 18674 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices Filing Date: The application was filed on March 1, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10112. Laudus Institutional Trust [File No. 811–08759] Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Each series of applicant has transferred its assets to a corresponding series of Laudus Trust and, on February 6, 2015, made a final distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $89,296 incurred in connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant and the acquiring fund. Filing Date: The application was filed on March 1, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 211 Main Street, San Francisco, California 94105. Meeder Premier Portfolios [File No. 811–21424] Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On October 31, 2006, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Expenses of $84,989 incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by applicant. Filing Dates: The application was filed on February 1, 2016, and amended on March 1, 2016 and March 9, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 6125 Memorial Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Tea Leaf Management Investment Trust [File No. 811–22737] Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On January 29, 2016, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Expenses of $5,850 incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by applicant’s investment adviser. Filing Dates: The application was filed on March 7, 2016 and amended on March 15, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 201, New York, New York 10017. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Cottonwood Mutual Funds [File No. 811–22602] Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. Applicant transferred its assets to a corresponding series of World Funds Trust and, on February 8, 2016, made a final distribution to its shareholders based on net asset value. Expenses of approximately $10,000 incurred in VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 connection with the reorganization were paid by applicant’s investment adviser. Filing Date: The application was filed on March 11, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 225 West Washington Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Meyers Capital Investments Trust [File No. 811–22180] Summary: Applicant seeks an order declaring that it has ceased to be an investment company. On February 29, 2016, applicant made a liquidating distribution to its shareholders, based on net asset value. Expenses of $2,750 incurred in connection with the liquidation were paid by applicant’s investment adviser. Filing Date: The application was filed on March 18, 2016. Applicant’s Address: 2695 Sandover Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority. Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07209 Filed 3–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 32049; File No. 812–14384] AMCAP Fund, et al.; Notice of Application March 24, 2016. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of an application for an order pursuant to section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) granting an exemption from sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; pursuant to section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act granting an exemption from section 12(d)(1) of the Act; pursuant to sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act granting an exemption from sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Act; and pursuant to section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act to permit certain joint arrangements. AGENCY: SUMMARY OF THE APPLICATION: Applicants request an order that would permit certain registered open-end management investment companies to participate in a joint lending and borrowing facility. APPLICANTS: AMCAP Fund; American Balanced Fund; American Funds College Target Date Series; American Funds Corporate Bond Fund; American PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Funds Developing World Growth and Income Fund; American Funds Emerging Markets Bond Fund; American Funds Fundamental Investors; American Funds Global Balanced Fund; American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities Fund; The American Funds Income Series; American Funds Inflation Linked Bond Fund; American Funds Insurance Series; American Funds Money Market Fund; American Funds Mortgage Fund; American Funds Portfolio Series; American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio Series; American Funds ShortTerm Tax-Exempt Bond Fund; American Funds Strategic Bond Fund; American Funds Target Date Retirement Series; American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York; The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series I; The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II; American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund; American High-Income Trust; American Mutual Fund; The Bond Fund of America; Capital Group Emerging Markets Total Opportunities Fund; Capital Group Private Client Services Funds; Capital Income Builder; Capital World Bond Fund; Capital World Growth and Income Fund; EuroPacific Growth Fund; The Growth Fund of America; The Income Fund of America; Intermediate Bond Fund of America; International Growth and Income Fund; The Investment Company of America; Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America; The New Economy Fund; New Perspective Fund; New World Fund, Inc.; Short-Term Bond Fund of America; SMALLCAP World Fund, Inc.; The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America; Washington Mutual Investors Fund (each, a ‘‘Fund’’ and together, the ‘‘Funds’’); Capital Research and Management Company (‘‘CRMC’’); and Capital Guardian Trust Company (‘‘CGTC’’). FILING DATES: The application was filed on October 30, 2014, and amended on March 3, 2015, August 17, 2015, February 4, 2016, and March 22, 2016. HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING: An order granting the application will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on April 18, 2016, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0–5 under the Act, hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, any facts E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, 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: Brent J. Fields, Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090; Applicants: Capital Research and Management Company, 333 South Hope Street, 33rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura J. Riegel, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–6873 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 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Applicants’ Representations 1. Each Fund is organized as a Maryland corporation, Massachusetts business trust or Delaware statutory trust and is registered with the Commission as an open-end management investment company. Each Fund consists of one or more multiple series and each such series is included in the term ‘‘Fund.’’ American Funds Money Market Fund and American Funds Insurance Series—Cash Management Fund each operate as a money market fund in reliance on rule 2a–7 under the Act (together with any future Fund that relies on rule 2a–7, the ‘‘Money Market Funds’’). CRMC is a Delaware corporation and CGTC is a California corporation and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of CRMC. CRMC and CGTC are each registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (‘‘Advisers Act’’).1 CRMC or CGTC 1 Applicants request that the relief also apply to any existing or future series of the Funds and to any other registered open-end management investment company or series thereof advised by CRMC, CGTC, or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the CRMC or GCTC (each such entity, an ‘‘Adviser’’) that currently, or in the future, is part of the same ‘‘group of investment companies’’ as the Funds, as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act (included in the term ‘‘Funds’’). All entities that currently intend to rely on the requested order have been named as applicants. Any other entity that relies on the requested order in the future will comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the application. Any other Adviser will be registered as an VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 currently serves as the investment adviser to the Funds. 2. At any particular time, while some Funds enter into repurchase agreements, or invest their cash balances in money market funds or other short-term instruments, other Funds may need to borrow money for temporary purposes to satisfy redemption requests, to cover unanticipated cash shortfalls such as a trade ‘‘fail’’ in which cash payment for a security sold by a Fund has been delayed, or for other temporary purposes. Under existing custody agreements, each Fund’s custodian bank may advance money to the Fund which will be treated as a loan payable upon demand and bear interest at a rate customarily charged by the bank. These loans are available at the custodian bank’s discretion, in the amounts the custodian bank chooses to make available at the time, because they are uncommitted. 3. If a Fund borrows from its custodian bank, the Fund generally would pay interest on the loan at a rate that is significantly higher than the rate that is earned by other (non-borrowing) Funds on investments in repurchase agreements, money market funds, and other short-term instruments of the same maturity as the bank loan. Applicants assert that this differential represents the profit earned by the lender on loans and is not attributable to any material difference in the credit quality or risk of such transactions. 4. The Funds seek to enter into master interfund lending agreements (‘‘Interfund Lending Agreements’’) with each other that would permit each Fund to lend money directly to and borrow directly from other Funds through a credit facility for temporary purposes (an ‘‘Interfund Loan’’). The Money Market Funds will not participate as borrowers in the interfund lending facility. Applicants state that the proposed credit facility is expected to both reduce the Funds’ potential borrowing costs and enhance the ability of the lending Funds to earn higher rates of interest on their short-term lendings. Although the proposed credit facility would reduce the Funds’ need to borrow from banks, the Funds would be free to establish and maintain committed lines of credit or other borrowing arrangements with unaffiliated banks. investment adviser under the Advisers Act. All references to the term ‘‘Adviser’’ include successors-in-interest to an Adviser. Successors-ininterest are limited to any entity resulting from a reorganization of the Adviser into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18675 5. Applicants anticipate that the proposed credit facility would provide a borrowing Fund with savings at times when the cash position of the borrowing Fund is insufficient to meet temporary cash requirements. This situation could arise when shareholder redemptions exceed anticipated volumes and certain Funds have insufficient cash on hand to satisfy such redemptions. When the Funds liquidate portfolio securities to meet redemption requests, they often do not receive payment in settlement for up to three days (or longer for certain foreign transactions). However, redemption requests normally are effected immediately. The proposed credit facility would provide a source of immediate, short-term liquidity pending settlement of the sale of portfolio securities. 6. Applicants also anticipate that a Fund could use the proposed credit facility when a sale of securities ‘‘fails’’ due to circumstances beyond the Fund’s control, such as a delay in the delivery of cash to the Fund’s custodian or improper delivery instructions by the broker effecting the transaction. ‘‘Sales fails’’ may present a cash shortfall if the Fund has undertaken to purchase a security using the proceeds from securities sold. Alternatively, the Fund could ‘‘fail’’ on its intended purchase due to lack of funds from the previous sale, resulting in additional cost to the Fund. Use of the proposed credit facility under these circumstances would enable the Fund to have access to immediate short-term liquidity. 7. While bank borrowings generally could supply needed cash to cover unanticipated redemptions and sales fails, under the proposed credit facility, a borrowing Fund would pay lower interest rates than those that would be payable under short-term loans offered by banks. In addition, Funds making short-term cash loans directly to other Funds would earn interest at a rate higher than they otherwise could obtain from investing their cash in repurchase agreements or money market funds. Thus, applicants assert that the proposed credit facility would benefit both borrowing and lending Funds. 8. The interest rate to be charged to the Funds on any Interfund Loan (the ‘‘Interfund Loan Rate’’) would be the average of the ‘‘Repo Rate’’ and the ‘‘Bank Loan Rate,’’ both as defined below. The Repo Rate for any day would be the highest or best (after giving effect to factors such as the credit quality of the counterparty) rate available to a lending Fund from investment in overnight repurchase agreements with counterparties approved by the Fund or its Adviser. The Bank Loan Rate for any E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18676 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices day would be calculated by the Interfund Lending Committee, as defined below, each day an Interfund Loan is made according to a formula established by each Fund’s board of directors or trustees, as applicable (the ‘‘Trustees’’) intended to approximate the lowest interest rate at which bank shortterm loans would be available to the Funds. The formula would be based upon a publicly available rate (e.g., Federal funds plus 25 basis points) and would vary with this rate so as to reflect changing bank loan rates. The initial formula and any subsequent modifications to the formula would be subject to the approval of each Fund’s Trustees. In addition, each Fund’s Trustees would periodically review the continuing appropriateness of using the formula to determine the Bank Loan Rate, as well as the relationship between the Bank Loan Rate and current bank loan rates that would be available to the Funds. 9. Certain members of the relevant Adviser’s fund administration personnel and portfolio managers of the Money Market Funds (the ‘‘Money Market portfolio managers’’ and together with certain members of the Adviser’s fund administration personnel, the ‘‘Interfund Lending Committee’’) will administer the credit facility. No portfolio manager of any Fund (other than a Money Market portfolio manager) will serve as a member of the Interfund Lending Committee. On any day on which a Fund intends to borrow money, the Interfund Lending Committee would make an Interfund Loan from a lending Fund to a borrowing Fund only if the Interfund Loan Rate is: (i) More favorable to the lending Fund than the Repo Rate and, if applicable, the yield of any money market fund in which the lending Fund could otherwise invest, and (ii) more favorable to the borrowing Fund than the Bank Loan Rate. 10. Under the proposed credit facility, the principal investment officer(s) (the ‘‘PIO(s)’’) for each participating Fund could provide standing instructions to participate daily as a borrower or lender; alternatively, the PIO(s) could provide instructions from time to time as to when the Fund wishes to participate as a borrower or lender. The Interfund Lending Committee on each business day would collect data on the uninvested cash and borrowing requirements of all participating Funds. Once it had determined the aggregate amount of cash available for loans and borrowing demand, the Interfund Lending Committee would allocate loans among borrowing Funds without any further communication from the portfolio managers of the Funds (other VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 than a Money Market portfolio manager acting in his or her capacity as a member of the Interfund Lending Committee). All allocations made by the Interfund Lending Committee will require the approval of at least one member of the Interfund Lending Committee who has the title of Vice President or higher in any business unit of the relevant Adviser and is not a Money Market portfolio manager. Applicants anticipate that there typically will be far more available uninvested cash each day than borrowing demand. Therefore, after the Interfund Lending Committee has allocated cash for Interfund Loans, the Interfund Lending Committee will invest any remaining cash in accordance with the standing instructions of the portfolio managers or such remaining amounts will be invested directly by the portfolio managers of the Funds. 11. The Interfund Lending Committee would allocate borrowing demand and cash available for lending among the Funds on what the Interfund Lending Committee believes to be an equitable basis, subject to certain administrative procedures applicable to all Funds, such as the time of filing requests to participate, minimum loan lot sizes, and the need to minimize the number of transactions and associated administrative costs. To reduce transaction costs, each loan normally would be allocated in a manner intended to minimize the number of participants necessary to complete the loan transaction. The method of allocation and related administrative procedures would be approved by each Fund’s Trustees, including a majority of Trustees who are not ‘‘interested persons’’ of the Fund, as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (‘‘Independent Trustees’’), to ensure that both borrowing and lending Funds participate on an equitable basis. 12. The relevant Adviser would: (i) Monitor the Interfund Loan Rate and the other terms and conditions of the loans; (ii) limit the borrowings and loans entered into by each Fund to ensure that they comply with the Fund’s investment policies and limitations; (iii) ensure equitable treatment of each Fund; and (iv) make quarterly reports to the Trustees concerning any transactions by the Funds under the proposed credit facility and the Interfund Loan Rate charged. 13. The relevant Adviser, through the Interfund Lending Committee, would administer the proposed credit facility as a disinterested fiduciary as part of its duties under the investment management contract with each Fund and would receive no additional fee as PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 compensation for its services in connection with the administration of the proposed credit facility. The relevant Adviser may collect standard pricing, record keeping, bookkeeping and accounting fees associated with the transfer of cash and/or securities in connection with repurchase and lending transactions generally, including transactions effected through the proposed credit facility. Such fees would be no higher than those applicable for comparable bank loan transactions. 14. No Fund may participate in the proposed credit facility unless: (i) The Fund has obtained shareholder approval for its participation, if such approval is required by law; (ii) the Fund has fully disclosed all material information concerning the credit facility in its prospectus and/or statement of additional information; and (iii) the Fund’s participation in the credit facility is consistent with its investment objectives and limitations and organizational documents. 15. As part of the Trustees’ review of the continuing appropriateness of a Fund’s participation in the proposed credit facility as required by condition 14, the Trustees of the Fund, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, also will review the process in place to appropriately assess: (i) If the Fund participates as a lender, any effect its participation may have on the Fund’s liquidity risk; and (ii) if the Fund participates as a borrower, whether the Fund’s portfolio liquidity is sufficient to satisfy its obligations under the facility along with its other liquidity needs. 16. In connection with the credit facility, applicants request an order under section 6(c) of the Act exempting them from the provisions of sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; under section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act exempting them from section 12(d)(1) of the Act; under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act exempting them from sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2), and 17(a)(3) of the Act; and under section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act to permit certain joint arrangements. Applicants’ Legal Analysis 1. Section 17(a)(3) of the Act generally prohibits any affiliated person of a registered investment company, or affiliated person of an affiliated person, from borrowing money or other property from the registered investment company. Section 21(b) of the Act generally prohibits any registered management company from lending money or other property to any person, directly or indirectly, if that person controls or is under common control E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices with that company. Section 2(a)(3)(C) of the Act defines an ‘‘affiliated person’’ of another person, in part, to be any person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with, such 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,’’ but excludes circumstances in which ‘‘such power is solely the result of an official position with such company.’’ Applicants state that the Funds may be under common control by virtue of sharing a common investment adviser or by having an investment adviser that is under common control with those of the other Funds. 2. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that an exemptive order may be granted where an exemption is ‘‘necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of [the Act].’’ Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed transaction from section 17(a) provided that the terms of the transaction, including the consideration to be paid or received, are fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned, and the transaction is consistent with the policy of the investment company as recited in its registration statement and with the general purposes of the Act. Applicants believe that the proposed arrangements satisfy these standards for the reasons discussed below. 3. Applicants assert that sections 17(a)(3) and 21(b) of the Act were intended to prevent a party with strong potential adverse interests to, and some influence over the investment decisions of, a registered investment company from causing or inducing the investment company to engage in lending transactions that unfairly inure to the benefit of such party and that are detrimental to the best interests of the investment company and its shareholders. Applicants assert that the proposed credit facility transactions do not raise these concerns because: (i) The relevant Adviser, through the Interfund Lending Committee, would administer the program as a disinterested fiduciary as part of its duties under the investment management contract with the applicable Fund; (ii) all Interfund Loans would consist only of uninvested cash reserves that the lending Fund otherwise would invest in short-term repurchase agreements or other shortterm instruments either directly or through a money market fund; (iii) the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 Interfund Loans would not involve a significantly greater risk than such other investments; (iv) the lending Fund would receive interest at a rate higher than it could otherwise obtain through such other investments; and (v) the borrowing Fund would pay interest at a rate lower than otherwise available to it under its bank loan agreements and avoid some up-front commitment fees associated with committed lines of credit. Moreover, applicants assert that the other terms and conditions that applicants propose also would effectively preclude the possibility of any Fund obtaining an undue advantage over any other Fund. 4. Section 17(a)(1) of the Act generally prohibits an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or any affiliated person of such a person, from selling securities or other property to the investment company. Section 17(a)(2) of the Act generally prohibits an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or any affiliated person of such a person, from purchasing securities or other property from the investment company. Section 12(d)(1) of the Act generally prohibits a registered investment company from purchasing or otherwise acquiring any security issued by any other investment company except in accordance with the limitations set forth in that section. 5. Applicants state that the obligation of a borrowing Fund to repay an Interfund Loan could be deemed to constitute a security for the purposes of sections 17(a)(1) and 12(d)(1). Applicants also state that any pledge of assets in connection with an Interfund Loan could be construed as a purchase of the borrowing Fund’s securities or other property for purposes of section 17(a)(2) of the Act. Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt persons or transactions from any provision of section 12(d)(1) if and to the extent that such exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors. Applicants submit that the requested exemptions from sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2) and 12(d)(1) are appropriate in the public interest, and consistent with the protection of investors and policies and purposes of the Act for all the reasons set forth above in support of their request for relief from sections 17(a)(3) and 21(b). Applicants also state that the requested relief from section 17(a)(2) of the Act meets the standards of section 6(c) and 17(b) because any collateral pledged to secure an Interfund Loan would be subject to the same conditions imposed by any other lender to a Fund that imposes conditions on the quality of or access to collateral for PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18677 a borrowing (if the lender is another Fund) or the same or better conditions (in any other circumstance). 6. Applicants state that section 12(d)(1) was intended to prevent the pyramiding of investment companies in order to avoid imposing on investors additional and duplicative costs and fees attendant upon multiple layers of investments. Applicants submit that the proposed credit facility does not involve these abuses. Applicants note that there will be no duplicative costs or fees to the Funds or their shareholders, and that the Adviser will receive no additional compensation for its services in administering the credit facility. Applicants also note that the purpose of the proposed credit facility is to provide economic benefits for all the participating Funds and their shareholders. 7. Section 18(f)(1) of the Act prohibits open-end investment companies from issuing any senior security except that a company is permitted to borrow from any bank, provided, that immediately after the borrowing, there is asset coverage of at least 300 per centum for all borrowings of the company. Under section 18(g) of the Act, the term ‘‘senior security’’ generally includes any bond, debenture, note or similar obligation or instrument constituting a security and evidencing indebtedness. Applicants request exemptive relief under section 6(c) from section 18(f)(1) only to the limited extent necessary to permit a Fund to lend to or borrow directly from other Funds. The Funds would remain subject to the requirement of section 18(f)(1) that all borrowings of a Fund, including combined interfund and bank borrowings, have at least 300% asset coverage. Based on the conditions and safeguards described in the application, applicants submit that to allow the Funds to borrow directly from other Funds pursuant to the proposed credit facility is consistent with the purposes and policies of section 18(f)(1). 8. Section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act generally prohibit an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or any affiliated person of such a person, when acting as principal, from effecting any joint transaction in which the investment company participates, unless, upon application, the transaction has been approved by the Commission. Rule 17d– 1(b) under the Act provides that in passing upon an application filed under the rule, the Commission will consider whether the participation of the registered investment company in a joint enterprise on the basis proposed is consistent with the provisions, policies and purposes of the Act and the extent E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 18678 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES to which such participation is on a basis different from or less advantageous than that of the other participants. 9. Applicants assert that the purpose of section 17(d) is to avoid overreaching by and unfair advantage to insiders. Applicants assert that the proposed credit facility is consistent with the provisions, policies and purposes of the Act in that it offers both reduced borrowing costs and enhanced returns on loaned funds to all participating Funds and their shareholders. Applicants note that each Fund would have an equal opportunity to borrow and lend on equal terms consistent with its investment policies and fundamental investment limitations. Applicants assert that each Fund’s participation in the proposed credit facility would be on terms that are no different from or less advantageous than that of other participating Funds. Applicants’ Conditions Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: 1. The Interfund Loan Rate will be the average of the Repo Rate and the Bank Loan Rate. 2. On each business day, when an Interfund Loan is to be made, the Interfund Lending Committee will compare the Bank Loan Rate with the Repo Rate and will make cash available for Interfund Loans only if the Interfund Loan Rate is: (a) More favorable to the lending Fund than the Repo Rate and, if applicable, the yield of any money market fund in which the lending Fund could otherwise invest; and (b) more favorable to the borrowing Fund than the Bank Loan Rate. 3. If a Fund has outstanding bank borrowings, any Interfund Loans to the Fund: (a) Will be at an interest rate equal to or lower than the interest rate of any outstanding bank loan to the Fund; (b) will be secured at least on an equal priority basis with at least an equivalent percentage of collateral to loan value as any outstanding bank loan to the Fund that requires collateral; (c) will have a maturity no longer than any outstanding bank loan to the Fund (and in any event not over seven days); and (d) will provide that, if an event of default by the Fund occurs under any agreement evidencing an outstanding bank loan to the Fund, that event of default will automatically (without need for action or notice by the lending Fund) constitute an immediate event of default under the Interfund Lending Agreement entitling the lending Fund to call the Interfund Loan (and exercise all rights with respect to any collateral) and that such call will be made if the lending VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 bank exercises its right to call its loan under its agreement with the borrowing Fund. 4. A Fund may make an unsecured borrowing through the proposed credit facility if its outstanding borrowings from all sources immediately after the interfund borrowing total 10% or less of its total assets, provided that if the Fund has a secured loan outstanding from any other lender, including but not limited to another Fund, the Fund’s interfund borrowing will be secured on at least an equal priority basis with at least an equivalent percentage of collateral to loan value as any outstanding loan that requires collateral. If a Fund’s total outstanding borrowings immediately after an interfund borrowing would be greater than 10% of its total assets, the Fund may borrow through the proposed credit facility only on a secured basis. A Fund may not borrow through the proposed credit facility or from any other source if its total outstanding borrowings immediately after such borrowing would be more than 331⁄3% of its total assets. 5. Before any Fund that has outstanding interfund borrowings may, through additional borrowings, cause its outstanding borrowings from all sources to exceed 10% of its total assets, the Fund must first secure each outstanding Interfund Loan by the pledge of segregated collateral with a market value at least equal to 102% of the outstanding principal value of the loan. If the total outstanding borrowings of a Fund with outstanding Interfund Loans exceed 10% of its total assets for any other reason (such as a decline in net asset value or because of shareholder redemptions), the Fund will within one business day thereafter: (a) Repay all of its outstanding Interfund Loans; (b) reduce its outstanding indebtedness to 10% or less of its total assets; or (c) secure each outstanding Interfund Loan by the pledge of segregated collateral with a market value at least equal to 102% of the outstanding principal value of the loan until the Fund’s total outstanding borrowings cease to exceed 10% of its total assets, at which time the collateral called for by this condition 5 shall no longer be required. Until each Interfund Loan that is outstanding at any time that a Fund’s total outstanding borrowings exceed 10% is repaid or the Fund’s total outstanding borrowings cease to exceed 10% of its total assets, the Fund will mark the value of the collateral to market each day and will pledge such additional collateral as is necessary to maintain the market value of the collateral that secures each outstanding Interfund Loan at least PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 equal to 102% of the outstanding principal value of the Interfund Loan. 6. No Fund may lend to another Fund through the proposed credit facility if the loan would cause the lending Fund’s aggregate outstanding loans through the proposed credit facility to exceed 15% of the lending Fund’s current net assets at the time of the loan. 7. A Fund’s Interfund Loans to any one Fund shall not exceed 5% of the lending Fund’s net assets. 8. The duration of Interfund Loans will be limited to the time required to obtain cash sufficient to repay such Interfund Loan, through either the sale of portfolio securities or the net sales of the Fund’s shares, but in no event more than seven days. Loans effected within seven days of each other will be treated as separate loan transactions for purposes of this condition. 9. A Fund’s borrowings through the proposed credit facility, as measured on the day when the most recent loan was made, will not exceed the greater of 125% of the Fund’s total net cash redemptions for the preceding seven calendar days or 102% of the Fund’s sales fails for the preceding seven calendar days. 10. Each Interfund Loan may be called on one business day’s notice by a lending Fund and may be repaid on any day by a borrowing Fund. 11. A Fund’s participation in the proposed credit facility must be consistent with its investment objectives and limitations and organizational documents. 12. The Interfund Lending Committee will calculate total Fund borrowing and lending demand through the proposed credit facility, and allocate loans on an equitable basis among the Funds, without the intervention of any portfolio manager of the Funds (other than a Money Market portfolio manager acting in his or her capacity as a member of the Interfund Lending Committee). All allocations made by the Interfund Lending Committee will require the approval of at least one member of the Interfund Lending Committee who has the title of Vice President or higher in any business unit of the relevant Adviser and is not a Money Market portfolio manager. The Interfund Lending Committee will not solicit cash for the proposed credit facility from any Fund or prospectively publish or disseminate loan demand data to portfolio managers (except to the extent that a Money Market portfolio manager on the Interfund Lending Committee has access to loan demand data). The Interfund Lending Committee will invest any amounts remaining after satisfaction of borrowing demand in E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Notices accordance with the standing instructions of the portfolio managers or such remaining amounts will be invested directly by the portfolio managers of the Funds. 13. The Interfund Lending Committee will monitor the Interfund Loan Rate and the other terms and conditions of the Interfund Loans and will make a quarterly report to the Trustees of each Fund concerning the participation of the Funds in the proposed credit facility and the terms and other conditions of any extensions of credit under the credit facility. 14. The Trustees of each Fund, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, will: (a) Review, no less frequently than quarterly, the Fund’s participation in the proposed credit facility during the preceding quarter for compliance with the conditions of any order permitting such transactions; (b) establish the Bank Loan Rate formula used to determine the interest rate on Interfund Loans and review, no less frequently than annually, the continuing appropriateness of the Bank Loan Rate formula; and (c) review, no less frequently than annually, the continuing appropriateness of the Fund’s participation in the proposed credit facility. 15. If an Interfund Loan is not paid according to its terms and such default is not cured within two business days from its maturity or from the time the lending Fund makes a demand for payment under the provisions of the Interfund Lending Agreement, the Adviser will promptly refer such loan for arbitration to an independent arbitrator selected by the Trustees of each Fund involved in the loan who will serve as arbitrator of disputes concerning Interfund Loans.2 The arbitrator will resolve any problem promptly, and the arbitrator’s decision will be binding on both Funds. The arbitrator will submit, at least annually, a written report to the Trustees setting forth a description of the nature of any dispute and the actions taken by the Funds to resolve the dispute. 16. Each Fund will maintain and preserve for a period of not less than six years from the end of the fiscal year in which any transaction by it under the proposed credit facility occurred, the first two years in an easily accessible place, written records of all such transactions setting forth a description 2 If the dispute involves Funds with different Trustees, the respective Trustees of each Fund will select an independent arbitrator that is satisfactory to each Fund. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 of the terms of the transactions by the Fund, including the amount, the maturity and the Interfund Loan Rate, the rate of interest available at the time each Interfund Loan is made on overnight repurchase agreements and commercial bank borrowings, the yield of any money market fund in which the lending Fund could otherwise invest, and such other information presented to the Fund Trustees in connection with the review required by conditions 13 and 14. 17. The relevant Adviser will prepare and submit to the Trustees for review an initial report describing the operations of the proposed credit facility and the procedures to be implemented to ensure that all Funds are treated fairly. After the commencement of the proposed credit facility, the relevant Adviser will report on the operations of the proposed credit facility at each of the Trustees’ quarterly meetings. Each Fund’s chief compliance officer, as defined in rule 38a–1(a)(4) under the Act, shall prepare an annual report for its Trustees each year that the Fund participates in the proposed credit facility, that evaluates the Fund’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the application and the procedures established to achieve such compliance. Each Fund’s chief compliance officer will also annually file a certification pursuant to Item 77Q3 of Form N–SAR as such Form may be revised, amended or superseded from time to time, for each year that the Fund participates in the proposed credit facility, that certifies that the Fund and its Adviser have established procedures reasonably designed to achieve compliance with the terms and conditions of the order. In particular, such certification will address procedures designed to achieve the following objectives: (a) That the Interfund Loan Rate will be higher than the Repo Rate and, if applicable, the yield of the money market funds, but lower than the Bank Loan Rate; (b) compliance with the collateral requirements as set forth in the application; (c) compliance with the percentage limitations on interfund borrowing and lending; (d) allocation of interfund borrowing and lending demand in an equitable manner and in accordance with procedures established by the Trustees; and (e) that the Interfund Loan Rate does not exceed the interest rate on any third party borrowings of a borrowing Fund at the time of the Interfund Loan. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18679 Additionally, each Fund’s independent public accountants, in connection with their audit examination of the Fund, will review the operation of the proposed credit facility for compliance with the conditions of the application and their review will form the basis, in part, of the auditor’s report on internal accounting controls in Form N–SAR. 18. No Fund will participate in the proposed credit facility upon receipt of requisite regulatory approval unless it has fully disclosed in its prospectus and/or statement of additional information all material facts about its intended participation. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–07193 Filed 3–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Interest Rates The Small Business Administration publishes an interest rate called the optional ‘‘peg’’ rate (13 CFR 120.214) on a quarterly basis. This rate is a weighted average cost of money to the government for maturities similar to the average SBA direct loan. This rate may be used as a base rate for guaranteed fluctuating interest rate SBA loans. This rate will be 2.25 percent for the April– June quarter of FY 2016. Pursuant to 13 CFR 120.921(b), the maximum legal interest rate for any third party lender’s commercial loan which funds any portion of the cost of a 504 project (see 13 CFR 120.801) shall be 6% over the New York Prime rate or, if that exceeds the maximum interest rate permitted by the constitution or laws of a given State, the maximum interest rate will be the rate permitted by the constitution or laws of the given State. Dianna L. 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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 32049; File No. 812-14384]


AMCAP Fund, et al.; Notice of Application

March 24, 2016.
AGENCY:  Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION:  Notice of an application for an order pursuant to section 6(c) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (``Act'') granting an exemption 
from sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; pursuant to section 
12(d)(1)(J) of the Act granting an exemption from section 12(d)(1) of 
the Act; pursuant to sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act granting an 
exemption from sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Act; and 
pursuant to section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d-1 under the Act to 
permit certain joint arrangements.

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Summary of the Application: Applicants request an order that would 
permit certain registered open-end management investment companies to 
participate in a joint lending and borrowing facility.

Applicants:  AMCAP Fund; American Balanced Fund; American Funds College 
Target Date Series; American Funds Corporate Bond Fund; American Funds 
Developing World Growth and Income Fund; American Funds Emerging 
Markets Bond Fund; American Funds Fundamental Investors; American Funds 
Global Balanced Fund; American Funds Global High-Income Opportunities 
Fund; The American Funds Income Series; American Funds Inflation Linked 
Bond Fund; American Funds Insurance Series; American Funds Money Market 
Fund; American Funds Mortgage Fund; American Funds Portfolio Series; 
American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio Series; American Funds 
Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund; American Funds Strategic Bond Fund; 
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series; American Funds Tax-Exempt 
Fund of New York; The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series I; The American 
Funds Tax-Exempt Series II; American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund; 
American High-Income Trust; American Mutual Fund; The Bond Fund of 
America; Capital Group Emerging Markets Total Opportunities Fund; 
Capital Group Private Client Services Funds; Capital Income Builder; 
Capital World Bond Fund; Capital World Growth and Income Fund; 
EuroPacific Growth Fund; The Growth Fund of America; The Income Fund of 
America; Intermediate Bond Fund of America; International Growth and 
Income Fund; The Investment Company of America; Limited Term Tax-Exempt 
Bond Fund of America; The New Economy Fund; New Perspective Fund; New 
World Fund, Inc.; Short-Term Bond Fund of America; SMALLCAP World Fund, 
Inc.; The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America; Washington Mutual Investors 
Fund (each, a ``Fund'' and together, the ``Funds''); Capital Research 
and Management Company (``CRMC''); and Capital Guardian Trust Company 
(``CGTC'').

Filing Dates:  The application was filed on October 30, 2014, and 
amended on March 3, 2015, August 17, 2015, February 4, 2016, and March 
22, 2016.

Hearing or Notification of Hearing:  An order granting the application 
will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested 
persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission's Secretary 
and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by 
mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 
p.m. on April 18, 2016, and should be accompanied by proof of service 
on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a 
certificate of service. Pursuant to rule 0-5 under the Act, hearing 
requests should state the nature of the writer's interest, any facts

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bearing upon the desirability of a hearing on the matter, 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:  Brent J. Fields, Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange 
Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090; Applicants: 
Capital Research and Management Company, 333 South Hope Street, 33rd 
Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Laura J. Riegel, Senior Counsel, at 
(202) 551-6873 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 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. Each Fund is organized as a Maryland corporation, Massachusetts 
business trust or Delaware statutory trust and is registered with the 
Commission as an open-end management investment company. Each Fund 
consists of one or more multiple series and each such series is 
included in the term ``Fund.'' American Funds Money Market Fund and 
American Funds Insurance Series--Cash Management Fund each operate as a 
money market fund in reliance on rule 2a-7 under the Act (together with 
any future Fund that relies on rule 2a-7, the ``Money Market Funds''). 
CRMC is a Delaware corporation and CGTC is a California corporation and 
an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of CRMC. CRMC and CGTC are each 
registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act 
of 1940 (``Advisers Act'').\1\ CRMC or CGTC currently serves as the 
investment adviser to the Funds.
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    \1\ Applicants request that the relief also apply to any 
existing or future series of the Funds and to any other registered 
open-end management investment company or series thereof advised by 
CRMC, CGTC, or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under 
common control with the CRMC or GCTC (each such entity, an 
``Adviser'') that currently, or in the future, is part of the same 
``group of investment companies'' as the Funds, as defined in 
section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act (included in the term ``Funds''). 
All entities that currently intend to rely on the requested order 
have been named as applicants. Any other entity that relies on the 
requested order in the future will comply with the terms and 
conditions set forth in the application. Any other Adviser will be 
registered as an investment adviser under the Advisers Act. All 
references to the term ``Adviser'' include successors-in-interest to 
an Adviser. Successors-in-interest are limited to any entity 
resulting from a reorganization of the Adviser into another 
jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization.
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    2. At any particular time, while some Funds enter into repurchase 
agreements, or invest their cash balances in money market funds or 
other short-term instruments, other Funds may need to borrow money for 
temporary purposes to satisfy redemption requests, to cover 
unanticipated cash shortfalls such as a trade ``fail'' in which cash 
payment for a security sold by a Fund has been delayed, or for other 
temporary purposes. Under existing custody agreements, each Fund's 
custodian bank may advance money to the Fund which will be treated as a 
loan payable upon demand and bear interest at a rate customarily 
charged by the bank. These loans are available at the custodian bank's 
discretion, in the amounts the custodian bank chooses to make available 
at the time, because they are uncommitted.
    3. If a Fund borrows from its custodian bank, the Fund generally 
would pay interest on the loan at a rate that is significantly higher 
than the rate that is earned by other (non-borrowing) Funds on 
investments in repurchase agreements, money market funds, and other 
short-term instruments of the same maturity as the bank loan. 
Applicants assert that this differential represents the profit earned 
by the lender on loans and is not attributable to any material 
difference in the credit quality or risk of such transactions.
    4. The Funds seek to enter into master interfund lending agreements 
(``Interfund Lending Agreements'') with each other that would permit 
each Fund to lend money directly to and borrow directly from other 
Funds through a credit facility for temporary purposes (an ``Interfund 
Loan''). The Money Market Funds will not participate as borrowers in 
the interfund lending facility. Applicants state that the proposed 
credit facility is expected to both reduce the Funds' potential 
borrowing costs and enhance the ability of the lending Funds to earn 
higher rates of interest on their short-term lendings. Although the 
proposed credit facility would reduce the Funds' need to borrow from 
banks, the Funds would be free to establish and maintain committed 
lines of credit or other borrowing arrangements with unaffiliated 
banks.
    5. Applicants anticipate that the proposed credit facility would 
provide a borrowing Fund with savings at times when the cash position 
of the borrowing Fund is insufficient to meet temporary cash 
requirements. This situation could arise when shareholder redemptions 
exceed anticipated volumes and certain Funds have insufficient cash on 
hand to satisfy such redemptions. When the Funds liquidate portfolio 
securities to meet redemption requests, they often do not receive 
payment in settlement for up to three days (or longer for certain 
foreign transactions). However, redemption requests normally are 
effected immediately. The proposed credit facility would provide a 
source of immediate, short-term liquidity pending settlement of the 
sale of portfolio securities.
    6. Applicants also anticipate that a Fund could use the proposed 
credit facility when a sale of securities ``fails'' due to 
circumstances beyond the Fund's control, such as a delay in the 
delivery of cash to the Fund's custodian or improper delivery 
instructions by the broker effecting the transaction. ``Sales fails'' 
may present a cash shortfall if the Fund has undertaken to purchase a 
security using the proceeds from securities sold. Alternatively, the 
Fund could ``fail'' on its intended purchase due to lack of funds from 
the previous sale, resulting in additional cost to the Fund. Use of the 
proposed credit facility under these circumstances would enable the 
Fund to have access to immediate short-term liquidity.
    7. While bank borrowings generally could supply needed cash to 
cover unanticipated redemptions and sales fails, under the proposed 
credit facility, a borrowing Fund would pay lower interest rates than 
those that would be payable under short-term loans offered by banks. In 
addition, Funds making short-term cash loans directly to other Funds 
would earn interest at a rate higher than they otherwise could obtain 
from investing their cash in repurchase agreements or money market 
funds. Thus, applicants assert that the proposed credit facility would 
benefit both borrowing and lending Funds.
    8. The interest rate to be charged to the Funds on any Interfund 
Loan (the ``Interfund Loan Rate'') would be the average of the ``Repo 
Rate'' and the ``Bank Loan Rate,'' both as defined below. The Repo Rate 
for any day would be the highest or best (after giving effect to 
factors such as the credit quality of the counterparty) rate available 
to a lending Fund from investment in overnight repurchase agreements 
with counterparties approved by the Fund or its Adviser. The Bank Loan 
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day would be calculated by the Interfund Lending Committee, as defined 
below, each day an Interfund Loan is made according to a formula 
established by each Fund's board of directors or trustees, as 
applicable (the ``Trustees'') intended to approximate the lowest 
interest rate at which bank short-term loans would be available to the 
Funds. The formula would be based upon a publicly available rate (e.g., 
Federal funds plus 25 basis points) and would vary with this rate so as 
to reflect changing bank loan rates. The initial formula and any 
subsequent modifications to the formula would be subject to the 
approval of each Fund's Trustees. In addition, each Fund's Trustees 
would periodically review the continuing appropriateness of using the 
formula to determine the Bank Loan Rate, as well as the relationship 
between the Bank Loan Rate and current bank loan rates that would be 
available to the Funds.
    9. Certain members of the relevant Adviser's fund administration 
personnel and portfolio managers of the Money Market Funds (the ``Money 
Market portfolio managers'' and together with certain members of the 
Adviser's fund administration personnel, the ``Interfund Lending 
Committee'') will administer the credit facility. No portfolio manager 
of any Fund (other than a Money Market portfolio manager) will serve as 
a member of the Interfund Lending Committee. On any day on which a Fund 
intends to borrow money, the Interfund Lending Committee would make an 
Interfund Loan from a lending Fund to a borrowing Fund only if the 
Interfund Loan Rate is: (i) More favorable to the lending Fund than the 
Repo Rate and, if applicable, the yield of any money market fund in 
which the lending Fund could otherwise invest, and (ii) more favorable 
to the borrowing Fund than the Bank Loan Rate.
    10. Under the proposed credit facility, the principal investment 
officer(s) (the ``PIO(s)'') for each participating Fund could provide 
standing instructions to participate daily as a borrower or lender; 
alternatively, the PIO(s) could provide instructions from time to time 
as to when the Fund wishes to participate as a borrower or lender. The 
Interfund Lending Committee on each business day would collect data on 
the uninvested cash and borrowing requirements of all participating 
Funds. Once it had determined the aggregate amount of cash available 
for loans and borrowing demand, the Interfund Lending Committee would 
allocate loans among borrowing Funds without any further communication 
from the portfolio managers of the Funds (other than a Money Market 
portfolio manager acting in his or her capacity as a member of the 
Interfund Lending Committee). All allocations made by the Interfund 
Lending Committee will require the approval of at least one member of 
the Interfund Lending Committee who has the title of Vice President or 
higher in any business unit of the relevant Adviser and is not a Money 
Market portfolio manager. Applicants anticipate that there typically 
will be far more available uninvested cash each day than borrowing 
demand. Therefore, after the Interfund Lending Committee has allocated 
cash for Interfund Loans, the Interfund Lending Committee will invest 
any remaining cash in accordance with the standing instructions of the 
portfolio managers or such remaining amounts will be invested directly 
by the portfolio managers of the Funds.
    11. The Interfund Lending Committee would allocate borrowing demand 
and cash available for lending among the Funds on what the Interfund 
Lending Committee believes to be an equitable basis, subject to certain 
administrative procedures applicable to all Funds, such as the time of 
filing requests to participate, minimum loan lot sizes, and the need to 
minimize the number of transactions and associated administrative 
costs. To reduce transaction costs, each loan normally would be 
allocated in a manner intended to minimize the number of participants 
necessary to complete the loan transaction. The method of allocation 
and related administrative procedures would be approved by each Fund's 
Trustees, including a majority of Trustees who are not ``interested 
persons'' of the Fund, as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of 
the Act (``Independent Trustees''), to ensure that both borrowing and 
lending Funds participate on an equitable basis.
    12. The relevant Adviser would: (i) Monitor the Interfund Loan Rate 
and the other terms and conditions of the loans; (ii) limit the 
borrowings and loans entered into by each Fund to ensure that they 
comply with the Fund's investment policies and limitations; (iii) 
ensure equitable treatment of each Fund; and (iv) make quarterly 
reports to the Trustees concerning any transactions by the Funds under 
the proposed credit facility and the Interfund Loan Rate charged.
    13. The relevant Adviser, through the Interfund Lending Committee, 
would administer the proposed credit facility as a disinterested 
fiduciary as part of its duties under the investment management 
contract with each Fund and would receive no additional fee as 
compensation for its services in connection with the administration of 
the proposed credit facility. The relevant Adviser may collect standard 
pricing, record keeping, bookkeeping and accounting fees associated 
with the transfer of cash and/or securities in connection with 
repurchase and lending transactions generally, including transactions 
effected through the proposed credit facility. Such fees would be no 
higher than those applicable for comparable bank loan transactions.
    14. No Fund may participate in the proposed credit facility unless: 
(i) The Fund has obtained shareholder approval for its participation, 
if such approval is required by law; (ii) the Fund has fully disclosed 
all material information concerning the credit facility in its 
prospectus and/or statement of additional information; and (iii) the 
Fund's participation in the credit facility is consistent with its 
investment objectives and limitations and organizational documents.
    15. As part of the Trustees' review of the continuing 
appropriateness of a Fund's participation in the proposed credit 
facility as required by condition 14, the Trustees of the Fund, 
including a majority of the Independent Trustees, also will review the 
process in place to appropriately assess: (i) If the Fund participates 
as a lender, any effect its participation may have on the Fund's 
liquidity risk; and (ii) if the Fund participates as a borrower, 
whether the Fund's portfolio liquidity is sufficient to satisfy its 
obligations under the facility along with its other liquidity needs.
    16. In connection with the credit facility, applicants request an 
order under section 6(c) of the Act exempting them from the provisions 
of sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; under section 12(d)(1)(J) of 
the Act exempting them from section 12(d)(1) of the Act; under sections 
6(c) and 17(b) of the Act exempting them from sections 17(a)(1), 
17(a)(2), and 17(a)(3) of the Act; and under section 17(d) of the Act 
and rule 17d-1 under the Act to permit certain joint arrangements.

Applicants' Legal Analysis

    1. Section 17(a)(3) of the Act generally prohibits any affiliated 
person of a registered investment company, or affiliated person of an 
affiliated person, from borrowing money or other property from the 
registered investment company. Section 21(b) of the Act generally 
prohibits any registered management company from lending money or other 
property to any person, directly or indirectly, if that person controls 
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with that company. Section 2(a)(3)(C) of the Act defines an 
``affiliated person'' of another person, in part, to be any person 
directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with, such 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,'' but excludes circumstances in 
which ``such power is solely the result of an official position with 
such company.'' Applicants state that the Funds may be under common 
control by virtue of sharing a common investment adviser or by having 
an investment adviser that is under common control with those of the 
other Funds.
    2. Section 6(c) of the Act provides that an exemptive order may be 
granted where an exemption is ``necessary or appropriate in the public 
interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the 
purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of [the Act].'' 
Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to exempt a proposed 
transaction from section 17(a) provided that the terms of the 
transaction, including the consideration to be paid or received, are 
fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching on the part of any 
person concerned, and the transaction is consistent with the policy of 
the investment company as recited in its registration statement and 
with the general purposes of the Act. Applicants believe that the 
proposed arrangements satisfy these standards for the reasons discussed 
below.
    3. Applicants assert that sections 17(a)(3) and 21(b) of the Act 
were intended to prevent a party with strong potential adverse 
interests to, and some influence over the investment decisions of, a 
registered investment company from causing or inducing the investment 
company to engage in lending transactions that unfairly inure to the 
benefit of such party and that are detrimental to the best interests of 
the investment company and its shareholders. Applicants assert that the 
proposed credit facility transactions do not raise these concerns 
because: (i) The relevant Adviser, through the Interfund Lending 
Committee, would administer the program as a disinterested fiduciary as 
part of its duties under the investment management contract with the 
applicable Fund; (ii) all Interfund Loans would consist only of 
uninvested cash reserves that the lending Fund otherwise would invest 
in short-term repurchase agreements or other short-term instruments 
either directly or through a money market fund; (iii) the Interfund 
Loans would not involve a significantly greater risk than such other 
investments; (iv) the lending Fund would receive interest at a rate 
higher than it could otherwise obtain through such other investments; 
and (v) the borrowing Fund would pay interest at a rate lower than 
otherwise available to it under its bank loan agreements and avoid some 
up-front commitment fees associated with committed lines of credit. 
Moreover, applicants assert that the other terms and conditions that 
applicants propose also would effectively preclude the possibility of 
any Fund obtaining an undue advantage over any other Fund.
    4. Section 17(a)(1) of the Act generally prohibits an affiliated 
person of a registered investment company, or any affiliated person of 
such a person, from selling securities or other property to the 
investment company. Section 17(a)(2) of the Act generally prohibits an 
affiliated person of a registered investment company, or any affiliated 
person of such a person, from purchasing securities or other property 
from the investment company. Section 12(d)(1) of the Act generally 
prohibits a registered investment company from purchasing or otherwise 
acquiring any security issued by any other investment company except in 
accordance with the limitations set forth in that section.
    5. Applicants state that the obligation of a borrowing Fund to 
repay an Interfund Loan could be deemed to constitute a security for 
the purposes of sections 17(a)(1) and 12(d)(1). Applicants also state 
that any pledge of assets in connection with an Interfund Loan could be 
construed as a purchase of the borrowing Fund's securities or other 
property for purposes of section 17(a)(2) of the Act. Section 
12(d)(1)(J) of the Act provides that the Commission may exempt persons 
or transactions from any provision of section 12(d)(1) if and to the 
extent that such exemption is consistent with the public interest and 
the protection of investors. Applicants submit that the requested 
exemptions from sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2) and 12(d)(1) are 
appropriate in the public interest, and consistent with the protection 
of investors and policies and purposes of the Act for all the reasons 
set forth above in support of their request for relief from sections 
17(a)(3) and 21(b). Applicants also state that the requested relief 
from section 17(a)(2) of the Act meets the standards of section 6(c) 
and 17(b) because any collateral pledged to secure an Interfund Loan 
would be subject to the same conditions imposed by any other lender to 
a Fund that imposes conditions on the quality of or access to 
collateral for a borrowing (if the lender is another Fund) or the same 
or better conditions (in any other circumstance).
    6. Applicants state that section 12(d)(1) was intended to prevent 
the pyramiding of investment companies in order to avoid imposing on 
investors additional and duplicative costs and fees attendant upon 
multiple layers of investments. Applicants submit that the proposed 
credit facility does not involve these abuses. Applicants note that 
there will be no duplicative costs or fees to the Funds or their 
shareholders, and that the Adviser will receive no additional 
compensation for its services in administering the credit facility. 
Applicants also note that the purpose of the proposed credit facility 
is to provide economic benefits for all the participating Funds and 
their shareholders.
    7. Section 18(f)(1) of the Act prohibits open-end investment 
companies from issuing any senior security except that a company is 
permitted to borrow from any bank, provided, that immediately after the 
borrowing, there is asset coverage of at least 300 per centum for all 
borrowings of the company. Under section 18(g) of the Act, the term 
``senior security'' generally includes any bond, debenture, note or 
similar obligation or instrument constituting a security and evidencing 
indebtedness. Applicants request exemptive relief under section 6(c) 
from section 18(f)(1) only to the limited extent necessary to permit a 
Fund to lend to or borrow directly from other Funds. The Funds would 
remain subject to the requirement of section 18(f)(1) that all 
borrowings of a Fund, including combined interfund and bank borrowings, 
have at least 300% asset coverage. Based on the conditions and 
safeguards described in the application, applicants submit that to 
allow the Funds to borrow directly from other Funds pursuant to the 
proposed credit facility is consistent with the purposes and policies 
of section 18(f)(1).
    8. Section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d-1 under the Act generally 
prohibit an affiliated person of a registered investment company, or 
any affiliated person of such a person, when acting as principal, from 
effecting any joint transaction in which the investment company 
participates, unless, upon application, the transaction has been 
approved by the Commission. Rule 17d-1(b) under the Act provides that 
in passing upon an application filed under the rule, the Commission 
will consider whether the participation of the registered investment 
company in a joint enterprise on the basis proposed is consistent with 
the provisions, policies and purposes of the Act and the extent

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to which such participation is on a basis different from or less 
advantageous than that of the other participants.
    9. Applicants assert that the purpose of section 17(d) is to avoid 
overreaching by and unfair advantage to insiders. Applicants assert 
that the proposed credit facility is consistent with the provisions, 
policies and purposes of the Act in that it offers both reduced 
borrowing costs and enhanced returns on loaned funds to all 
participating Funds and their shareholders. Applicants note that each 
Fund would have an equal opportunity to borrow and lend on equal terms 
consistent with its investment policies and fundamental investment 
limitations. Applicants assert that each Fund's participation in the 
proposed credit facility would be on terms that are no different from 
or less advantageous than that of other participating Funds.

Applicants' Conditions

    Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will 
be subject to the following conditions:
    1. The Interfund Loan Rate will be the average of the Repo Rate and 
the Bank Loan Rate.
    2. On each business day, when an Interfund Loan is to be made, the 
Interfund Lending Committee will compare the Bank Loan Rate with the 
Repo Rate and will make cash available for Interfund Loans only if the 
Interfund Loan Rate is: (a) More favorable to the lending Fund than the 
Repo Rate and, if applicable, the yield of any money market fund in 
which the lending Fund could otherwise invest; and (b) more favorable 
to the borrowing Fund than the Bank Loan Rate.
    3. If a Fund has outstanding bank borrowings, any Interfund Loans 
to the Fund: (a) Will be at an interest rate equal to or lower than the 
interest rate of any outstanding bank loan to the Fund; (b) will be 
secured at least on an equal priority basis with at least an equivalent 
percentage of collateral to loan value as any outstanding bank loan to 
the Fund that requires collateral; (c) will have a maturity no longer 
than any outstanding bank loan to the Fund (and in any event not over 
seven days); and (d) will provide that, if an event of default by the 
Fund occurs under any agreement evidencing an outstanding bank loan to 
the Fund, that event of default will automatically (without need for 
action or notice by the lending Fund) constitute an immediate event of 
default under the Interfund Lending Agreement entitling the lending 
Fund to call the Interfund Loan (and exercise all rights with respect 
to any collateral) and that such call will be made if the lending bank 
exercises its right to call its loan under its agreement with the 
borrowing Fund.
    4. A Fund may make an unsecured borrowing through the proposed 
credit facility if its outstanding borrowings from all sources 
immediately after the interfund borrowing total 10% or less of its 
total assets, provided that if the Fund has a secured loan outstanding 
from any other lender, including but not limited to another Fund, the 
Fund's interfund borrowing will be secured on at least an equal 
priority basis with at least an equivalent percentage of collateral to 
loan value as any outstanding loan that requires collateral. If a 
Fund's total outstanding borrowings immediately after an interfund 
borrowing would be greater than 10% of its total assets, the Fund may 
borrow through the proposed credit facility only on a secured basis. A 
Fund may not borrow through the proposed credit facility or from any 
other source if its total outstanding borrowings immediately after such 
borrowing would be more than 33\1/3\% of its total assets.
    5. Before any Fund that has outstanding interfund borrowings may, 
through additional borrowings, cause its outstanding borrowings from 
all sources to exceed 10% of its total assets, the Fund must first 
secure each outstanding Interfund Loan by the pledge of segregated 
collateral with a market value at least equal to 102% of the 
outstanding principal value of the loan. If the total outstanding 
borrowings of a Fund with outstanding Interfund Loans exceed 10% of its 
total assets for any other reason (such as a decline in net asset value 
or because of shareholder redemptions), the Fund will within one 
business day thereafter: (a) Repay all of its outstanding Interfund 
Loans; (b) reduce its outstanding indebtedness to 10% or less of its 
total assets; or (c) secure each outstanding Interfund Loan by the 
pledge of segregated collateral with a market value at least equal to 
102% of the outstanding principal value of the loan until the Fund's 
total outstanding borrowings cease to exceed 10% of its total assets, 
at which time the collateral called for by this condition 5 shall no 
longer be required. Until each Interfund Loan that is outstanding at 
any time that a Fund's total outstanding borrowings exceed 10% is 
repaid or the Fund's total outstanding borrowings cease to exceed 10% 
of its total assets, the Fund will mark the value of the collateral to 
market each day and will pledge such additional collateral as is 
necessary to maintain the market value of the collateral that secures 
each outstanding Interfund Loan at least equal to 102% of the 
outstanding principal value of the Interfund Loan.
    6. No Fund may lend to another Fund through the proposed credit 
facility if the loan would cause the lending Fund's aggregate 
outstanding loans through the proposed credit facility to exceed 15% of 
the lending Fund's current net assets at the time of the loan.
    7. A Fund's Interfund Loans to any one Fund shall not exceed 5% of 
the lending Fund's net assets.
    8. The duration of Interfund Loans will be limited to the time 
required to obtain cash sufficient to repay such Interfund Loan, 
through either the sale of portfolio securities or the net sales of the 
Fund's shares, but in no event more than seven days. Loans effected 
within seven days of each other will be treated as separate loan 
transactions for purposes of this condition.
    9. A Fund's borrowings through the proposed credit facility, as 
measured on the day when the most recent loan was made, will not exceed 
the greater of 125% of the Fund's total net cash redemptions for the 
preceding seven calendar days or 102% of the Fund's sales fails for the 
preceding seven calendar days.
    10. Each Interfund Loan may be called on one business day's notice 
by a lending Fund and may be repaid on any day by a borrowing Fund.
    11. A Fund's participation in the proposed credit facility must be 
consistent with its investment objectives and limitations and 
organizational documents.
    12. The Interfund Lending Committee will calculate total Fund 
borrowing and lending demand through the proposed credit facility, and 
allocate loans on an equitable basis among the Funds, without the 
intervention of any portfolio manager of the Funds (other than a Money 
Market portfolio manager acting in his or her capacity as a member of 
the Interfund Lending Committee). All allocations made by the Interfund 
Lending Committee will require the approval of at least one member of 
the Interfund Lending Committee who has the title of Vice President or 
higher in any business unit of the relevant Adviser and is not a Money 
Market portfolio manager. The Interfund Lending Committee will not 
solicit cash for the proposed credit facility from any Fund or 
prospectively publish or disseminate loan demand data to portfolio 
managers (except to the extent that a Money Market portfolio manager on 
the Interfund Lending Committee has access to loan demand data). The 
Interfund Lending Committee will invest any amounts remaining after 
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accordance with the standing instructions of the portfolio managers or 
such remaining amounts will be invested directly by the portfolio 
managers of the Funds.
    13. The Interfund Lending Committee will monitor the Interfund Loan 
Rate and the other terms and conditions of the Interfund Loans and will 
make a quarterly report to the Trustees of each Fund concerning the 
participation of the Funds in the proposed credit facility and the 
terms and other conditions of any extensions of credit under the credit 
facility.
    14. The Trustees of each Fund, including a majority of the 
Independent Trustees, will:
    (a) Review, no less frequently than quarterly, the Fund's 
participation in the proposed credit facility during the preceding 
quarter for compliance with the conditions of any order permitting such 
transactions;
    (b) establish the Bank Loan Rate formula used to determine the 
interest rate on Interfund Loans and review, no less frequently than 
annually, the continuing appropriateness of the Bank Loan Rate formula; 
and
    (c) review, no less frequently than annually, the continuing 
appropriateness of the Fund's participation in the proposed credit 
facility.
    15. If an Interfund Loan is not paid according to its terms and 
such default is not cured within two business days from its maturity or 
from the time the lending Fund makes a demand for payment under the 
provisions of the Interfund Lending Agreement, the Adviser will 
promptly refer such loan for arbitration to an independent arbitrator 
selected by the Trustees of each Fund involved in the loan who will 
serve as arbitrator of disputes concerning Interfund Loans.\2\ The 
arbitrator will resolve any problem promptly, and the arbitrator's 
decision will be binding on both Funds. The arbitrator will submit, at 
least annually, a written report to the Trustees setting forth a 
description of the nature of any dispute and the actions taken by the 
Funds to resolve the dispute.
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    \2\ If the dispute involves Funds with different Trustees, the 
respective Trustees of each Fund will select an independent 
arbitrator that is satisfactory to each Fund.
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    16. Each Fund will maintain and preserve for a period of not less 
than six years from the end of the fiscal year in which any transaction 
by it under the proposed credit facility occurred, the first two years 
in an easily accessible place, written records of all such transactions 
setting forth a description of the terms of the transactions by the 
Fund, including the amount, the maturity and the Interfund Loan Rate, 
the rate of interest available at the time each Interfund Loan is made 
on overnight repurchase agreements and commercial bank borrowings, the 
yield of any money market fund in which the lending Fund could 
otherwise invest, and such other information presented to the Fund 
Trustees in connection with the review required by conditions 13 and 
14.
    17. The relevant Adviser will prepare and submit to the Trustees 
for review an initial report describing the operations of the proposed 
credit facility and the procedures to be implemented to ensure that all 
Funds are treated fairly. After the commencement of the proposed credit 
facility, the relevant Adviser will report on the operations of the 
proposed credit facility at each of the Trustees' quarterly meetings.
    Each Fund's chief compliance officer, as defined in rule 38a-
1(a)(4) under the Act, shall prepare an annual report for its Trustees 
each year that the Fund participates in the proposed credit facility, 
that evaluates the Fund's compliance with the terms and conditions of 
the application and the procedures established to achieve such 
compliance. Each Fund's chief compliance officer will also annually 
file a certification pursuant to Item 77Q3 of Form N-SAR as such Form 
may be revised, amended or superseded from time to time, for each year 
that the Fund participates in the proposed credit facility, that 
certifies that the Fund and its Adviser have established procedures 
reasonably designed to achieve compliance with the terms and conditions 
of the order. In particular, such certification will address procedures 
designed to achieve the following objectives:
    (a) That the Interfund Loan Rate will be higher than the Repo Rate 
and, if applicable, the yield of the money market funds, but lower than 
the Bank Loan Rate;
    (b) compliance with the collateral requirements as set forth in the 
application;
    (c) compliance with the percentage limitations on interfund 
borrowing and lending;
    (d) allocation of interfund borrowing and lending demand in an 
equitable manner and in accordance with procedures established by the 
Trustees; and
    (e) that the Interfund Loan Rate does not exceed the interest rate 
on any third party borrowings of a borrowing Fund at the time of the 
Interfund Loan.
    Additionally, each Fund's independent public accountants, in 
connection with their audit examination of the Fund, will review the 
operation of the proposed credit facility for compliance with the 
conditions of the application and their review will form the basis, in 
part, of the auditor's report on internal accounting controls in Form 
N-SAR.
    18. No Fund will participate in the proposed credit facility upon 
receipt of requisite regulatory approval unless it has fully disclosed 
in its prospectus and/or statement of additional information all 
material facts about its intended participation.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.
Brent J. Fields,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-07193 Filed 3-30-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 8011-01-P