Adoption of Updated EDGAR Filer Manual
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (``EDGAR'') Filer Manual (``EDGAR Filer Manual'' or ``Filer Manual'') and related rules. The EDGAR system was upgraded on September 30, 2019.
Commission Statement on Market Structure Innovation for Thinly Traded Securities
This Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') statement (``Statement'') is intended to facilitate the development of proposals that will improve secondary market trading for equity securities that trade in lower volume (``thinly traded securities''). The Commission's interest in considering proposals for improvement in this segment of the secondary market extends to proposals that could include the suspension or termination of unlisted trading privileges (``UTP'') and/or exemptive relief from Regulation NMS and other rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'').
Order Granting a Conditional Exemption From Exchange Act Section 11(D)(1) and Exchange Act Rules 10B-10, 15C1-5, 15C1-6, and 14E-5 for Certain Exchange Traded Funds
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'' or ``SEC'') is issuing an order granting an exemption from compliance with certain provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') and the rules thereunder to broker-dealers and certain other persons engaging in certain transactions in securities of exchange- traded funds (``ETFs'') relying on rule 6c-11 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (``Investment Company Act'').
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting a new rule under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Investment Company Act'' or the ``Act'') that will permit exchange- traded funds (``ETFs'') that satisfy certain conditions to operate without the expense and delay of obtaining an exemptive order. In connection with the final rule, the Commission will rescind certain exemptive relief that has been granted to ETFs and their sponsors. The Commission also is adopting certain disclosure amendments to Form N-1A and Form N-8B-2 to provide investors who purchase and sell ETF shares on the secondary market with additional information regarding ETF trading and associated costs, regardless of whether such ETFs are structured as registered open-end management investment companies (``open-end funds'') or unit investment trusts (``UITs''). Finally, the Commission is adopting related amendments to Form N-CEN. The final rule and form amendments are designed to create a consistent, transparent, and efficient regulatory framework for ETFs that are organized as open- end funds and to facilitate greater competition and innovation among ETFs. The Commission also is adopting technical amendments to Form N- CSR, Form N-1A, Form N-8B-2, Form N-PORT, and Regulation S-X.