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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

 

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.

Extension:

Rule 206(3)-3T, SEC File No. 270-571, OMB Control No. 3235-0630.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 350l et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) is soliciting comments on the collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these existing collections of information to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for extension and approval.

Temporary rule 206(3)-3T (17 CFR 275.206(3)-3T) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-1 et seq.) is entitled: “Temporary rule for principal trades with certain advisory clients.” The temporary rule provides investment advisers who are registered with the Commission as broker-dealers an alternative means to meet the requirements of section 206(3) of the Advisers Act (15 U.S.C. 80b-6(3)) when they act in a principal capacity in transactions with certain of their advisory clients.

Temporary rule 206(3)-3T permits investment advisers also registered as broker-dealers to satisfy the Advisers Act's principal trading restrictions by: (i) Providing written, prospective disclosure regarding the conflicts arising from principal trades; (ii) obtaining written, revocable consent from the client prospectively authorizing the adviser to enter into principal transactions; (iii) making oral or written disclosure and obtaining the client's consent before each principal transaction; (iv) sending to the client confirmation statements disclosing the capacity in which the adviser has acted; and (v) delivering to the client an annual report itemizing the principal transactions.

Providing the information required by rule 206(3)-3T is necessary for investment advisers also registered as broker-dealers to obtain the benefit of the alternative means of complying with section 206(3) of the Advisers Act. Disclosures under the rule provide important investor protections when advisers engage in principal trades. Clients of advisers will primarily use the information to monitor principal trades in their accounts.

The Commission staff estimates that approximately 380 investment advisers make use of rule 206(3)-3T, including an estimated 24 advisers (on an annual basis) also registered as broker-dealers who do not offer non-discretionary services, but whom the Commission staff estimates will choose to do so and rely on rule 206(3)-3T. The Commission staff estimates that these advisers spend, in the aggregate, approximately 378,992 hours annually in complying with the requirements of the rule, including both initial and annual burdens. The aggregate hour burden, expressed on a per-eligible-adviser basis, is therefore approximately 997 hours per eligible adviser (378,992 hours divided by the estimated 380 advisers that will rely on rule 206(3)-3T).

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burdens of the collections of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burdens of the collections of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

Please direct your written comments to Thomas Bayer, Director/CIO, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.

Dated: December 27, 2010.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2010-32941 Filed 12-29-10; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 8011-01-P

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