Eaton Vance Growth Trust, et al., 16291-16292 [2019-07821]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 75 / Thursday, April 18, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction The Commission gives notice that the Postal Service filed request(s) for the Commission to consider matters related to negotiated service agreement(s). The request(s) may propose the addition or removal of a negotiated service agreement from the market dominant or the competitive product list, or the modification of an existing product currently appearing on the market dominant or the competitive product list. Section II identifies the docket number(s) associated with each Postal Service request, the title of each Postal Service request, the request’s acceptance date, and the authority cited by the Postal Service for each request. For each request, the Commission appoints an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the proceeding, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505 (Public Representative). Section II also establishes comment deadline(s) pertaining to each request. The public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s) can be accessed via the Commission’s website (http:// www.prc.gov). Non-public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s), if any, can be accessed through compliance with the requirements of 39 CFR 3007.301.1 The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s request(s) in the captioned docket(s) are consistent with the policies of title 39. For request(s) that the Postal Service states concern market dominant product(s), applicable statutory and regulatory requirements include 39 U.S.C. 3622, 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR part 3010, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. For request(s) that the Postal Service states concern competitive product(s), applicable statutory and regulatory requirements include 39 U.S.C. 3632, 39 U.S.C. 3633, 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR part 3020, subpart B. Comment deadline(s) for each request appear in section II. II. Docketed Proceeding(s) 1. Docket No(s).: MC2019–123 and CP2019–132; Filing Title: USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Express Contract 74 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing Materials Under Seal; Filing Acceptance Date: April 12, 2019; Filing Authority: 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR 3020.30 et seq., and 39 CFR 3015.5; Public Representative: Gregory Stanton; Comments Due: April 22, 2019. 1 See Docket No. RM2018–3, Order Adopting Final Rules Relating to Non-Public Information, June 27, 2018, Attachment A at 19–22 (Order No. 4679). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 This Notice will be published in the Federal Register. Stacy L. Ruble, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–07787 Filed 4–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL SERVICE Product Change—Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, & First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement Postal ServiceTM. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Postal Service gives notice of filing a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to add a domestic shipping services contract to the list of Negotiated Service Agreements in the Mail Classification Schedule’s Competitive Products List. DATES: Date of required notice: April 18, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Reed, 202–268–3179. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Postal Service® hereby gives notice that, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642 and 3632(b)(3), on April 15, 2019, it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission a USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, & First-Class Package Service Contract 59 to Competitive Product List. Documents are available at www.prc.gov, Docket Nos. MC2019–124, CP2019–133. SUMMARY: Elizabeth Reed, Attorney, Corporate and Postal Business Law. [FR Doc. 2019–07836 Filed 4–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Investment Company Act Release No. 33447; File No. 812–14868] Eaton Vance Growth Trust, et al. April 15, 2019. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice of an application for an order pursuant to: (a) Section 6(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) granting an exemption from sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; (b) section 12(d)(1)(J) of the Act granting an exemption from section 12(d)(1) of the Act; (c) sections 6(c) and 17(b) of the Act granting an exemption from sections PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16291 17(a)(1), 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Act; and (d) section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act to permit certain joint arrangements and transactions. Applicants request an order that would supersede a prior order for similar relief and that would permit certain registered management investment companies to participate in a joint lending and borrowing facility.1 Applicants: The Funds (as defined below) set forth on Exhibit A to the application, each organized as either a Maryland corporation or a Massachusetts business trust and registered under the Act as an open-end or closed-end management investment company, 2 and Eaton Vance Management and Boston Management and Research, each a Massachusetts business trust that is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (collectively, the ‘‘Applicants’’). Filing Dates: The application was filed on January 17, 2018, and amended on July 13, 2018 and December 20, 2018. 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 May 10, 2019, and should be accompanied by proof of 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: Maureen Gemma, Eaton Vance Management, Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Asen Parachkevov, Senior Counsel, or Andrea Ottomanelli Magovern, Branch Chief, at (202) 551–6821 (Division of 1 Eaton Vance Income Fund of Boston, et al., Investment Company Act Release Nos. 25640 (June 26, 2002) (notice) and 25669 (July 23, 2002) (order). 2 The Funds (as defined below) that are closedend management investment companies will not participate as borrowers in the interfund lending facility. E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 16292 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 75 / Thursday, April 18, 2019 / Notices 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 website by searching for the file number, or an applicant using the Company name box, at http:// www.sec.gov/search/search.htm or by calling (202) 551–8090. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Summary of the Application 1. Applicants request an order that would permit the applicants to participate in an interfund lending facility where each Fund could lend money directly to and borrow money directly from other Funds to cover unanticipated cash shortfalls, such as unanticipated redemptions or trade fails.3 The Funds will not borrow under the facility for leverage purposes and the loans’ duration will be no more than 7 days.4 2. Applicants anticipate that the proposed facility would provide a borrowing Fund with a source of liquidity at a rate lower than the bank borrowing rate at times when the cash position of the Fund is insufficient to meet temporary cash requirements. 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 certain other short term money market instruments. Thus, applicants assert that the facility would benefit both borrowing and lending Funds. 3. Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application. Among others, each Adviser, through a designated committee, would administer the facility as a disinterested fiduciary as part of its duties under the investment advisory and administrative services agreements with the Funds and would receive no additional fee as 3 Applicants request that the order apply to the Applicants and to any registered open-end or closed-end management investment company or series thereof for which Eaton Vance Management or Boston Management and Research or any successor to either thereto, or an investment adviser controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Eaton Vance Management or Boston Management and Research or any successor to either thereto serves as investment adviser (each such investment company or series thereof, a ‘‘Fund’’ and collectively the ‘‘Funds,’’ and each such investment adviser, an ‘‘Adviser’’). For purposes of the requested order, ‘‘successor’’ is limited to any entity that results from a reorganization into another jurisdiction or a change in the type of a business organization. 4 Any Fund, however, will be able to call a loan on one business day’s notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 compensation for its services in connection with the administration of the facility. The facility would be subject to oversight and certain approvals by the Funds’ Board, including, among others, approval of the interest rate formula and of the method for allocating loans across Funds, as well as review of the process in place to evaluate the liquidity implications for the Funds. A Fund’s aggregate outstanding interfund loans will not exceed 15% of its net assets, and the Fund’s loans to any one Fund will not exceed 5% of the lending Fund’s net assets.5 4. Applicants assert that the facility does not raise the concerns underlying section 12(d)(1) of the Act given that the Funds are part of the same group of investment companies and there will be no duplicative costs or fees to the Funds.6 Applicants also assert that the proposed transactions do not raise the concerns underlying sections 17(a)(1), 17(a)(3), 17(d) and 21(b) of the Act as the Funds would not engage in lending transactions that unfairly benefit insiders or are detrimental to the Funds. Applicants state that the facility will offer both reduced borrowing costs and enhanced returns on loaned funds to all participating Funds and each Fund would have an equal opportunity to borrow and lend on equal terms based on an interest rate formula that is objective and verifiable. With respect to the relief from section 17(a)(2) of the Act, applicants note that 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).7 5. Applicants also believe that the limited relief from section 18(f)(1) of the Act that is necessary to implement the facility (because the lending Funds are not banks) is appropriate in light of the conditions and safeguards described in the application and because the openend Funds would remain subject to the requirement of section 18(f)(1) that all borrowings of the open-end Fund, including combined interfund loans and 5 Under certain circumstances, a borrowing Fund will be required to pledge collateral to secure the loan. 6 Applicants state that the obligation to repay an interfund loan could be deemed to constitute a security for the purposes of sections 17(a)(1) and 12(d)(1) of the Act. 7 Applicants state that any pledge of securities to secure an interfund loan could constitute a purchase of securities for purposes of section 17(a)(2) of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 bank borrowings, have at least 300% asset coverage. 6. 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. 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. 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, joint arrangement or profit sharing plan on the basis proposed is consistent with the provisions, policies and purposes of the Act and the extent to which such participation is on a basis different from or less advantageous than that of the other participants. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–07821 Filed 4–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–85643; File No. SR– CboeEDGX–2019–021] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Chapter 22 of the Exchange’s Rulebook April 15, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 75 (Thursday, April 18, 2019)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Investment Company Act Release No. 33447; File No. 812-14868]


Eaton Vance Growth Trust, et al.

April 15, 2019.
AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'').

ACTION: Notice.

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    Notice of an application for an order pursuant to: (a) Section 6(c) 
of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (``Act'') granting an exemption 
from sections 18(f) and 21(b) of the Act; (b) section 12(d)(1)(J) of 
the Act granting an exemption from section 12(d)(1) of the Act; (c) 
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 (d) section 17(d) of 
the Act and rule 17d-1 under the Act to permit certain joint 
arrangements and transactions. Applicants request an order that would 
supersede a prior order for similar relief and that would permit 
certain registered management investment companies to participate in a 
joint lending and borrowing facility.\1\
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    \1\ Eaton Vance Income Fund of Boston, et al., Investment 
Company Act Release Nos. 25640 (June 26, 2002) (notice) and 25669 
(July 23, 2002) (order).
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    Applicants: The Funds (as defined below) set forth on Exhibit A to 
the application, each organized as either a Maryland corporation or a 
Massachusetts business trust and registered under the Act as an open-
end or closed-end management investment company, \2\ and Eaton Vance 
Management and Boston Management and Research, each a Massachusetts 
business trust that is registered as an investment adviser under the 
Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (collectively, the ``Applicants'').
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    \2\ The Funds (as defined below) that are closed-end management 
investment companies will not participate as borrowers in the 
interfund lending facility.
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    Filing Dates: The application was filed on January 17, 2018, and 
amended on July 13, 2018 and December 20, 2018.
    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 May 10, 2019, and should be accompanied by proof of 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: Maureen Gemma, Eaton 
Vance Management, Two International Place, Boston, MA 02110.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Asen Parachkevov, Senior Counsel, or 
Andrea Ottomanelli Magovern, Branch Chief, at (202) 551-6821 (Division 
of

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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 website by searching for the file number, or 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 that would permit the applicants to 
participate in an interfund lending facility where each Fund could lend 
money directly to and borrow money directly from other Funds to cover 
unanticipated cash shortfalls, such as unanticipated redemptions or 
trade fails.\3\ The Funds will not borrow under the facility for 
leverage purposes and the loans' duration will be no more than 7 
days.\4\
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    \3\ Applicants request that the order apply to the Applicants 
and to any registered open-end or closed-end management investment 
company or series thereof for which Eaton Vance Management or Boston 
Management and Research or any successor to either thereto, or an 
investment adviser controlling, controlled by, or under common 
control with Eaton Vance Management or Boston Management and 
Research or any successor to either thereto serves as investment 
adviser (each such investment company or series thereof, a ``Fund'' 
and collectively the ``Funds,'' and each such investment adviser, an 
``Adviser''). For purposes of the requested order, ``successor'' is 
limited to any entity that results from a reorganization into 
another jurisdiction or a change in the type of a business 
organization.
    \4\ Any Fund, however, will be able to call a loan on one 
business day's notice.
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    2. Applicants anticipate that the proposed facility would provide a 
borrowing Fund with a source of liquidity at a rate lower than the bank 
borrowing rate at times when the cash position of the Fund is 
insufficient to meet temporary cash requirements. 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 certain other short 
term money market instruments. Thus, applicants assert that the 
facility would benefit both borrowing and lending Funds.
    3. Applicants agree that any order granting the requested relief 
will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application. 
Among others, each Adviser, through a designated committee, would 
administer the facility as a disinterested fiduciary as part of its 
duties under the investment advisory and administrative services 
agreements with the Funds and would receive no additional fee as 
compensation for its services in connection with the administration of 
the facility. The facility would be subject to oversight and certain 
approvals by the Funds' Board, including, among others, approval of the 
interest rate formula and of the method for allocating loans across 
Funds, as well as review of the process in place to evaluate the 
liquidity implications for the Funds. A Fund's aggregate outstanding 
interfund loans will not exceed 15% of its net assets, and the Fund's 
loans to any one Fund will not exceed 5% of the lending Fund's net 
assets.\5\
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    \5\ Under certain circumstances, a borrowing Fund will be 
required to pledge collateral to secure the loan.
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    4. Applicants assert that the facility does not raise the concerns 
underlying section 12(d)(1) of the Act given that the Funds are part of 
the same group of investment companies and there will be no duplicative 
costs or fees to the Funds.\6\ Applicants also assert that the proposed 
transactions do not raise the concerns underlying sections 17(a)(1), 
17(a)(3), 17(d) and 21(b) of the Act as the Funds would not engage in 
lending transactions that unfairly benefit insiders or are detrimental 
to the Funds. Applicants state that the facility will offer both 
reduced borrowing costs and enhanced returns on loaned funds to all 
participating Funds and each Fund would have an equal opportunity to 
borrow and lend on equal terms based on an interest rate formula that 
is objective and verifiable. With respect to the relief from section 
17(a)(2) of the Act, applicants note that 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).\7\
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    \6\ Applicants state that the obligation to repay an interfund 
loan could be deemed to constitute a security for the purposes of 
sections 17(a)(1) and 12(d)(1) of the Act.
    \7\ Applicants state that any pledge of securities to secure an 
interfund loan could constitute a purchase of securities for 
purposes of section 17(a)(2) of the Act.
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    5. Applicants also believe that the limited relief from section 
18(f)(1) of the Act that is necessary to implement the facility 
(because the lending Funds are not banks) is appropriate in light of 
the conditions and safeguards described in the application and because 
the open-end Funds would remain subject to the requirement of section 
18(f)(1) that all borrowings of the open-end Fund, including combined 
interfund loans and bank borrowings, have at least 300% asset coverage.
    6. 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. 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. 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, joint arrangement or profit sharing plan on the basis 
proposed is consistent with the provisions, policies and purposes of 
the Act and the extent to which such participation is on a basis 
different from or less advantageous than that of the other 
participants.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, 
under delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-07821 Filed 4-17-19; 8:45 am]
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