Exemptions To Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings
We are adopting amendments to modernize Rule 147 under the Securities Act of 1933, which provides a safe harbor for compliance with the Section 3(a)(11) exemption from registration for intrastate securities offerings. We are also establishing a new intrastate offering exemption under the Securities Act, designated Rule 147A, which will be similar to amended Rule 147, but will have no restriction on offers and will allow issuers to be incorporated or organized outside of the state in which the intrastate offering is conducted provided certain conditions are met. The amendments to Rule 147 and new Rule 147A are designed to facilitate capital formation, including through offerings relying upon intrastate crowdfunding provisions under state securities laws, while maintaining appropriate investor protections and providing state securities regulators with the flexibility to add additional investor protections they deem appropriate for offerings within their state. We also are adopting amendments to Rule 504 of Regulation D under the Securities Act to facilitate issuers' capital raising efforts and provide additional investor protections. The amendments to Rule 504 will increase the aggregate amount of securities that may be offered and sold in any twelve-month period from $1 million to $5 million and disqualify certain bad actors from participation in Rule 504 offerings. In light of these amendments to Rule 504, we are also repealing Rule 505.
Investment Company Reporting Modernization
The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting new rules and forms as well as amendments to its rules and forms to modernize the reporting and disclosure of information by registered investment companies. The Commission is adopting new Form N-PORT, which will require certain registered investment companies to report information about their monthly portfolio holdings to the Commission in a structured data format. In addition, the Commission is adopting amendments to Regulation S-X, which will require standardized, enhanced disclosure about derivatives in investment company financial statements, as well as other amendments. The Commission is adopting new Form N-CEN, which will require registered investment companies, other than face-amount certificate companies, to annually report certain census-type information to the Commission in a structured data format. The Commission is adopting amendments to Forms N-1A, N-3, and N-CSR to require certain disclosures regarding securities lending activities. Finally, the Commission is rescinding current Forms N-Q and N-SAR and amending certain other rules and forms. Collectively, these amendments will, among other things, improve the information that the Commission receives from investment companies and assist the Commission, in its role as primary regulator of investment companies, to better fulfill its mission of protecting investors, maintaining fair, orderly and efficient markets, and facilitating capital formation. Investors and other potential users can also utilize this information to help investors make more informed investment decisions.
Investment Company Liquidity Risk Management Programs
The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting new rules, a new form and amendments to a rule and forms designed to promote effective liquidity risk management throughout the open-end investment company industry, thereby reducing the risk that funds will be unable to meet their redemption obligations and mitigating dilution of the interests of fund shareholders. The amendments also seek to enhance disclosure regarding fund liquidity and redemption practices. The Commission is adopting new rule 22e-4, which requires each registered open-end management investment company, including open-end exchange- traded funds (``ETFs'') but not including money market funds, to establish a liquidity risk management program. Rule 22e-4 also requires principal underwriters and depositors of unit investment trusts (``UITs'') to engage in a limited liquidity review. The Commission is also adopting amendments to Form N-1A regarding the disclosure of fund policies concerning the redemption of fund shares. The Commission also is adopting new rule 30b1-10 and Form N-LIQUID that generally will require a fund to confidentially notify the Commission when the fund's level of illiquid investments that are assets exceeds 15% of its net assets or when its highly liquid investments that are assets fall below its minimum for more than a specified period of time. The Commission also is adopting certain sections of Forms N-PORT and N-CEN that will require disclosure of certain information regarding the liquidity of a fund's holdings and the fund's liquidity risk management practices.
Investment Company Swing Pricing
The Securities and Exchange Commission is adopting amendments to rule 22c-1 under the Investment Company Act to permit a registered open-end management investment company (``open-end fund'' or ``fund'') (except a money market fund or exchange-traded fund), under certain circumstances, to use ``swing pricing,'' the process of adjusting the fund's net asset value (``NAV'') per share to effectively pass on the costs stemming from shareholder purchase or redemption activity to the shareholders associated with that activity, and amendments to rule 31a- 2 to require funds to preserve certain records related to swing pricing. The Commission is also adopting amendments to Form N-1A and Regulation S-X and a new item in Form N-CEN, all of which address a fund's use of swing pricing.