Registered investment management companies use Form N-SAR to disclose information about fund operations and portfolio holdings. Filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a semi-annual basis, the form protects investors by providing basic information to help them choose a company to trust with their investments.
In compliance with Section 30 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, Form N-SAR provides some detail on an investment management company's leadership, advisors, underwriters and affiliations. In addition, it gives financial information also included in a company’s annual or semi-annual shareholder reports, such as sales of shares, portfolio turnover rate, income and expenses, and total assets and income distributions per security type. The Act eliminated the requirement that a registered investment company’s principal executive and financial officers certify Form N-SAR.
Form N-SAR is filed using the SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) system, where it can be viewed freely by the public.
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