American Century International Bond Funds, et al., 42381-42382 [2017-18931]

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To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE– 2017–058, and should be submitted on or before September 28, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–18939 Filed 9–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 17 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 18 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Sep 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 19 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42381 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 32805; File No. 812–14754] American Century International Bond Funds, et al. August 31, 2017. Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice of an application for an order under section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) for an exemption from sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act and under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of the Act. The requested order would permit certain registered openend investment companies to acquire shares of certain registered open-end investment companies, registered closed-end investment companies, business development companies, as defined in section 2(a)(48) of the Act (‘‘BDCs’’) and registered unit investment trusts (collectively, ‘‘Underlying Funds’’) that are within and outside the same group of investment companies as the acquiring investment companies, in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1) of the Act. Applicants: American Century International Bond Funds (‘‘ACIBF’’), a Massachusetts business trust, and American Century Strategic Asset Allocations, Inc. (‘‘ACSAA’’), a Maryland corporation, each registered under the Act as an open-end management investment company with multiple series (each series, a ‘‘Fund’’ and collectively, the ‘‘Funds’’); American Century Investment Management, Inc. (‘‘ACIM’’ or the ‘‘Advisor’’), a Delaware Corporation registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; and American Century Investment Services, Inc., a Missouri corporation, registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’). Filing Dates: The application was filed on March 7, 2017, and amended on August 4, 2017. 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 September 25, 2017 and should be accompanied by proof of E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 42382 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 172 / Thursday, September 7, 2017 / Notices service on the 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 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: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. Applicants: c/o Mr. Giles Walsh, Esq., American Century Investments, 4500 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth G. Miller, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–8707, or Holly Hunter-Ceci, Assistant Chief Counsel, at (202) 551– 6825 (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 DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Summary of the Application 1. Applicants request an order to permit (a) a Fund 1 (each a ‘‘Fund of Funds’’) to acquire shares of Underlying Funds 2 in excess of the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (C) of the Act and (b) the Underlying Funds that are registered open-end investment 1 Applicants request that the order apply not only to any existing series of ACIBF and ACSAA, but that the order also extend to any future series of ACIBF and ACSAA, and any other existing or future registered open-end management investment companies and any series thereof that are, or in the future be, advised by the Advisor or any other investment adviser controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Advisor and that are part of the same group of investment companies, as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of the Act, as ACIBF and ACSAA (together with the existing series of ACIBF and ACSAA, each series a ‘‘Fund’’). All references to the term ‘‘Advisor’’ include successors-in-interest to the Advisor. For purposes of the requested order, a successor-in-interest is limited to an entity that results from a reorganization into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. For purposes of the request for relief, the term ‘‘group of investment companies’’ means any two or more registered investment companies, including closedend investment companies, that hold themselves out to investors as related companies for purposes of investment and investor services. 2 Certain of the Underlying Funds have obtained exemptions from the Commission necessary to permit their shares to be listed and traded on a national securities exchange at negotiated prices and, accordingly, to operate as an exchange-traded fund (‘‘ETF’’). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Sep 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 companies or series thereof, their principal underwriters and any broker or dealer registered under the Exchange Act to sell shares of the Underlying Fund to the Fund of Funds in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1)(B) of the Act.3 Applicants also request an order of exemption under sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act from the prohibition on certain affiliated transactions in section 17(a) of the Act to the extent necessary to permit the Underlying Funds to sell their shares to, and redeem their shares from, the Funds of Funds.4 Applicants state that such transactions will be consistent with the policies of each Fund of Funds and each Underlying Fund and with the general purposes of the Act and will be based on the net asset values of the Underlying Funds. 2. Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application. Such terms and conditions are designed to, among other things, help prevent any potential (i) undue influence over an Underlying Fund that is not in the same ‘‘group of investment companies’’ as the Fund of Funds through control or voting power, or in connection with certain services, transactions, and underwritings, (ii) excessive layering of fees, and (iii) overly complex fund structures, which are the concerns underlying the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act. 3. 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 provision of section 12(d)(1) if the 3 Applicants do not request relief for the Funds of Funds to invest in reliance on the order in BDCs and registered closed-end investment companies that are not listed on a national securities exchange. 4 A Fund of Funds generally would purchase and sell shares of an Underlying Fund that operates as an ETF through secondary market transactions rather than through principal transactions with the Underlying Fund. Applicants nevertheless request relief from sections 17(a)(1) and (2) to permit each Fund of Funds that is an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, of an ETF to purchase or redeem shares from the ETF. Applicants are not seeking relief from section 17(a) for, and the requested relief will not apply to, transactions where an ETF could be deemed an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a Fund of Funds because an investment adviser to the ETF or an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the investment adviser to the ETF is also an investment adviser to the Fund of Funds. A Fund of Funds will purchase and sell shares of an Underlying Fund that is a closed-end fund through secondary market transactions at market prices rather than through principal transactions with the closed-end fund. Accordingly, applicants are not requesting section 17(a) relief with respect to principal transactions with closedend funds. PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exemption is consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the Commission to grant an order permitting a transaction otherwise prohibited by section 17(a) if it finds that (a) the terms of the proposed transaction are fair and reasonable and do not involve overreaching on the part of any person concerned; (b) the proposed transaction is consistent with the policies of each registered investment company involved; and (c) the proposed transaction is consistent with the general purposes of the Act. Section 6(c) of the Act permits the Commission to exempt any persons or transactions from any provision of the Act if such exemption is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, pursuant to delegated authority. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–18931 Filed 9–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81515; File No. SRBatsEDGX–2017–36] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 20.3, Trading Halts, and Rule 20.6, Nullification and Adjustment of Options Transactions Including Obvious Errors August 31, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on August 29, 2017, Bats EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,4 which renders it effective 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 2 17 E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 172 (Thursday, September 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 42381-42382]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 32805; File No. 812-14754]


American Century International Bond Funds, et al.

August 31, 2017.
AGENCY:  Securities and Exchange Commission.

ACTION:  Notice.

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    Notice of an application for an order under section 12(d)(1)(J) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') for an exemption from 
sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act and under sections 6(c) 
and 17(b) of the Act for an exemption from sections 17(a)(1) and (2) of 
the Act. The requested order would permit certain registered open-end 
investment companies to acquire shares of certain registered open-end 
investment companies, registered closed-end investment companies, 
business development companies, as defined in section 2(a)(48) of the 
Act (``BDCs'') and registered unit investment trusts (collectively, 
``Underlying Funds'') that are within and outside the same group of 
investment companies as the acquiring investment companies, in excess 
of the limits in section 12(d)(1) of the Act.
    Applicants: American Century International Bond Funds (``ACIBF''), 
a Massachusetts business trust, and American Century Strategic Asset 
Allocations, Inc. (``ACSAA''), a Maryland corporation, each registered 
under the Act as an open-end management investment company with 
multiple series (each series, a ``Fund'' and collectively, the 
``Funds''); American Century Investment Management, Inc. (``ACIM'' or 
the ``Advisor''), a Delaware Corporation registered as an investment 
adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; and American Century 
Investment Services, Inc., a Missouri corporation, registered as a 
broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange 
Act'').
    Filing Dates: The application was filed on March 7, 2017, and 
amended on August 4, 2017.
    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 September 25, 2017 and should be accompanied by proof of

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service on the 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 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:  Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. Applicants: c/o Mr. Giles Walsh, 
Esq., American Century Investments, 4500 Main Street, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64111.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Elizabeth G. Miller, Senior Counsel, 
at (202) 551-8707, or Holly Hunter-Ceci, Assistant Chief Counsel, at 
(202) 551-6825 (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.

Summary of the Application

    1. Applicants request an order to permit (a) a Fund \1\ (each a 
``Fund of Funds'') to acquire shares of Underlying Funds \2\ in excess 
of the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A) and (C) of the Act and (b) the 
Underlying Funds that are registered open-end investment companies or 
series thereof, their principal underwriters and any broker or dealer 
registered under the Exchange Act to sell shares of the Underlying Fund 
to the Fund of Funds in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1)(B) of 
the Act.\3\ Applicants also request an order of exemption under 
sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act from the prohibition on certain 
affiliated transactions in section 17(a) of the Act to the extent 
necessary to permit the Underlying Funds to sell their shares to, and 
redeem their shares from, the Funds of Funds.\4\ Applicants state that 
such transactions will be consistent with the policies of each Fund of 
Funds and each Underlying Fund and with the general purposes of the Act 
and will be based on the net asset values of the Underlying Funds.
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    \1\ Applicants request that the order apply not only to any 
existing series of ACIBF and ACSAA, but that the order also extend 
to any future series of ACIBF and ACSAA, and any other existing or 
future registered open-end management investment companies and any 
series thereof that are, or in the future be, advised by the Advisor 
or any other investment adviser controlling, controlled by or under 
common control with the Advisor and that are part of the same group 
of investment companies, as defined in section 12(d)(1)(G)(ii) of 
the Act, as ACIBF and ACSAA (together with the existing series of 
ACIBF and ACSAA, each series a ``Fund''). All references to the term 
``Advisor'' include successors-in-interest to the Advisor. For 
purposes of the requested order, a successor-in-interest is limited 
to an entity that results from a reorganization into another 
jurisdiction or a change in the type of business organization. For 
purposes of the request for relief, the term ``group of investment 
companies'' means any two or more registered investment companies, 
including closed-end investment companies, that hold themselves out 
to investors as related companies for purposes of investment and 
investor services.
    \2\ Certain of the Underlying Funds have obtained exemptions 
from the Commission necessary to permit their shares to be listed 
and traded on a national securities exchange at negotiated prices 
and, accordingly, to operate as an exchange-traded fund (``ETF'').
    \3\ Applicants do not request relief for the Funds of Funds to 
invest in reliance on the order in BDCs and registered closed-end 
investment companies that are not listed on a national securities 
exchange.
    \4\ A Fund of Funds generally would purchase and sell shares of 
an Underlying Fund that operates as an ETF through secondary market 
transactions rather than through principal transactions with the 
Underlying Fund. Applicants nevertheless request relief from 
sections 17(a)(1) and (2) to permit each Fund of Funds that is an 
affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, 
as defined in section 2(a)(3) of the Act, of an ETF to purchase or 
redeem shares from the ETF. Applicants are not seeking relief from 
section 17(a) for, and the requested relief will not apply to, 
transactions where an ETF could be deemed an affiliated person, or 
an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a Fund of Funds 
because an investment adviser to the ETF or an entity controlling, 
controlled by or under common control with the investment adviser to 
the ETF is also an investment adviser to the Fund of Funds. A Fund 
of Funds will purchase and sell shares of an Underlying Fund that is 
a closed-end fund through secondary market transactions at market 
prices rather than through principal transactions with the closed-
end fund. Accordingly, applicants are not requesting section 17(a) 
relief with respect to principal transactions with closed-end funds.
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    2. Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief 
will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application. 
Such terms and conditions are designed to, among other things, help 
prevent any potential (i) undue influence over an Underlying Fund that 
is not in the same ``group of investment companies'' as the Fund of 
Funds through control or voting power, or in connection with certain 
services, transactions, and underwritings, (ii) excessive layering of 
fees, and (iii) overly complex fund structures, which are the concerns 
underlying the limits in sections 12(d)(1)(A), (B), and (C) of the Act.
    3. 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 provision of section 
12(d)(1) if the exemption is consistent with the public interest and 
the protection of investors. Section 17(b) of the Act authorizes the 
Commission to grant an order permitting a transaction otherwise 
prohibited by section 17(a) if it finds that (a) the terms of the 
proposed transaction are fair and reasonable and do not involve 
overreaching on the part of any person concerned; (b) the proposed 
transaction is consistent with the policies of each registered 
investment company involved; and (c) the proposed transaction is 
consistent with the general purposes of the Act. Section 6(c) of the 
Act permits the Commission to exempt any persons or transactions from 
any provision of the Act if such exemption is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest and consistent with the protection of investors 
and the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the 
Act.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
pursuant to delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
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