ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited; Notice of Application
Summary of Application: Applicant, ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited (``ASA''), a Bermuda closed-end management investment company registered under section 7(d) of the Act, requests an order that would permit ASA to make changes to its custodial arrangements without prior Commission approval, hold assets and conduct certain securities transactions in specified foreign countries, as well as permit ASA and certain other persons to designate CT Corporation System (``CT Corp'') in the U.S. to accept service of process.
Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity
On March 25, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') published in the Federal Register a proposed rule, Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (``Regulation SCI'') under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, for public comment. Proposed Regulation SCI would apply to certain self-regulatory organizations (including registered clearing agencies), alternative trading systems (``ATSs''), plan processors, and exempt clearing agencies subject to the Commission's Automation Review Policy (collectively, ``SCI entities''), and would require these SCI entities to comply with requirements with respect to their automated systems that support the performance of their regulated activities. The Commission is extending the time period in which to provide the Commission with comments.
Frank Russell Company, et al.; Notice of Application
Summary of the Application: Applicants, including an actively-managed open-end exchange traded fund, request an order that would permit them to enter into and materially amend subadvisory agreements without shareholder approval and would grant relief from certain disclosure requirements.
Reopening of Comment Periods for Certain Proposed Rulemaking Releases and Policy Statements Applicable to Security-Based Swaps
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is reopening the comment periods for its outstanding rulemaking releases, published in the Federal Register and listed herein, that concern security-based swaps (``SB swaps'') and SB swap market participants and were proposed pursuant to certain provisions of Title VII of the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the ``Dodd-Frank Act'') and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Exchange Act''), among other provisions (together, the ``Proposed Rules''). The Commission is also reopening the comment period for its Statement of General Policy on the Sequencing of the Compliance Dates for Final Rules Applicable to Security-Based Swaps adopted pursuant to the Exchange Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, published in the Federal Register on June 14, 2012 (the ``Policy Statement''). The reopening of these comment periods is intended to allow interested persons additional time to analyze and comment upon the Proposed Rules and the Policy Statement in light of the Commission's proposal of substantially all of the rules required to be adopted by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, its proposal of rules and interpretations addressing the application of the SB swap provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act to cross-border SB swap transactions and non-U.S. persons that act in capacities regulated under the Dodd- Frank Act (the ``Cross-Border Proposed Rules''), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (the ``CFTC'') adoption of substantially all of the rulemakings establishing the new regulatory framework for swaps. All comments received to date on the Proposed Rules and the Policy Statement will be considered and need not be resubmitted.
Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities; Re-Proposal of Regulation SBSR and Certain Rules and Forms Relating to the Registration of Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is publishing for public comment proposed rules and interpretive guidance to address the application of the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (``Exchange Act''), that were added by Subtitle B of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (``Dodd-Frank Act''), to cross-border security-based swap activities. Our proposed rules and interpretive guidance address the application of Subtitle B of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act with respect to each of the major registration categories covered by Title VII relating to market intermediaries, participants, and infrastructures for security-based swaps, and certain transaction-related requirements under Title VII in connection with reporting and dissemination, clearing, and trade execution for security-based swaps. In this connection, we are re- proposing Regulation SBSR and certain rules and forms relating to the registration of security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants. The proposal also contains a proposed rule providing an exception from the aggregation requirement, in the context of the security-based swap dealer definition, for affiliated groups with a registered security-based swap dealer. Moreover, the proposal addresses the sharing of information and preservation of confidentiality with respect to data collected and maintained by SDRs. In addition, the Commission is proposing rules and interpretive guidance addressing the policy and procedural framework under which the Commission would consider permitting compliance with comparable regulatory requirements in a foreign jurisdiction to substitute for compliance with requirements of the Exchange Act, and the rules and regulations thereunder, relating to security-based swaps (i.e., ``substituted compliance''). Finally, the Commission is setting forth our view of the scope of our authority, with respect to enforcement proceedings, under Section 929P of the Dodd-Frank Act.