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 and related rules. The EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded on July 9, 2018.
Proposed Revisions to Prohibitions and Restrictions on Proprietary Trading and Certain Interests in, and Relationships With, Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds
The OCC, Board, FDIC, SEC, and CFTC (individually, an ``Agency,'' and collectively, the ``Agencies'') are requesting comment on a proposal that would amend the regulations implementing section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act). Section 13 contains certain restrictions on the ability of a banking entity and nonbank financial company supervised by the Board to engage in proprietary trading and have certain interests in, or relationships with, a hedge fund or private equity fund. The proposed amendments are intended to provide banking entities with clarity about what activities are prohibited and to improve supervision and implementation of section 13.
Investment Company Liquidity Disclosure
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is adopting amendments to its forms designed to improve the reporting and disclosure of liquidity information by registered open-end investment companies. The Commission is adopting a new requirement that funds disclose information about the operation and effectiveness of their liquidity risk management program in their reports to shareholders. The Commission in turn is rescinding the requirement in Form N-PORT under the Investment Company Act of 1940 that funds publicly disclose aggregate liquidity classification information about their portfolios. In addition, the Commission is adopting amendments to Form N-PORT that will allow funds classifying the liquidity of their investments pursuant to their liquidity risk management programs to report multiple liquidity classification categories for a single position under specified circumstances. The Commission also is adding a new requirement to Form N-PORT that funds and other registrants report their holdings of cash and cash equivalents.
Smaller Reporting Company Definition
We are adopting amendments to the definition of ``smaller reporting company'' as used in our rules and regulations. The amendments expand the number of registrants that qualify as smaller reporting companies and are intended to reduce compliance costs for these registrants and promote capital formation, while maintaining appropriate investor protections. We are amending the definition of ``smaller reporting company'' to include registrants with a public float of less than $250 million, as well as registrants with annual revenues of less than $100 million for the previous year and either no public float or a public float of less than $700 million. We also are amending other rules and forms in light of the new definition of ``smaller reporting company,'' including amendments to the definitions of ``accelerated filer'' and ``large accelerated filer'' to preserve the existing thresholds in those definitions. Qualifying as a ``smaller reporting company'' will no longer automatically make a registrant a non-accelerated filer. The Chairman, however, has directed the staff to formulate recommendations to the Commission for possible additional changes to the ``accelerated filer'' definition that, if adopted, would have the effect of reducing the number of registrants that qualify as accelerated filers.