June 24, 2021

 

VIA EDGAR

 

Attention:  Filing Desk

Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

RE:                            Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund (the “Fund”) (File Number 811-22016)

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Pursuant to Rule 17g-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), enclosed for filing on behalf of the Fund please find:  (i) a copy of a Joint Financial Institutions Bond, Policy Number 46849P21 applicable to the Fund  and other named insureds (the “Bond”); (ii) a copy of the resolutions approved by the Board of Trustees of the Fund at a Board meeting on March 16, 2021, which authorize the purchase of the Bond in a form and in an amount which is consistent with Rule 17g-1(d) under the 1940 Act; and (iii) a copy of the Agreement Concerning Allocation of Fidelity Bond Premium and Recoveries between the Fund  and all of the other named insureds under the Bond.

 

Premiums have been paid for the period from May 14, 2021 to May 14, 2022. The Bond is written for a $11,100,000 limit of liability.  Had the Fund  not been named as an insured under the Bond,  it would have had to maintain a single insured bond in the amount of $900,000.

 

Sincerely,

 

 /s/Alan Goodson

 

Alan Goodson, Vice President

 

Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund

 

 

 

Enclosures

 

 

1900 Market Street, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA 19103

 


 

Resolution for Approval of Fidelity Bond

 

After discussion, upon motion duly made and seconded, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted at the March 16, 2021 Board meeting at which all of the Board members were in attendance:

 

RESOLVED, that the Fund shall be named as an insured under a joint insured bond (the “Fidelity Bond”) with the other funds in the Aberdeen Fund complex, having an aggregate coverage of not less than $11.1 million (the minimum amount required by regulation) issued by AXIS Specialty Europe SE, a reputable fidelity insurance company, against larceny and embezzlement and such other types of losses as are included in standard fidelity bonds, covering the officers and the other employees of the Fund from time to time, containing such provisions as may be required by the rules promulgated under the 1940 Act; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the proposed form and amount of the Fidelity Bond be, and the same hereby are, approved by the Board (including a majority of the independent trustees/directors), based on such factors including, but not limited to the amount of the Fidelity Bond, the expected value of the assets of the Funds to which any person covered under the Fidelity Bond may have access, the estimated amount of the premium for such Fidelity Bond, the type and terms of the arrangements made for the custody and safekeeping of the Fund’s assets, and the nature of the securities in the Fund’s portfolio; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the premium for the Fidelity Bond be and it hereby is approved; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the share of the premium to be allocated to the Fund for the period from May 14, 2021 to May 14, 2022, which is based upon its proportionate share of the sum of the premiums that would have been paid if such Fidelity Bond had been purchased separately, be, and the same hereby is, approved by the Board (including a majority of the independent directors/trustees), after having given due consideration to, among other things, the number of other parties insured under the Fidelity Bond, the nature of the business activities of those other parties, the amount of the Fidelity Bond, the amount of the premium for such Fidelity Bond, the ratable allocation of the premium among the parties named as insureds, and the extent to which the share of the premium allocated to the Fund under the Fidelity Bond is less than the premium that the Fund would have had to pay had it maintained a comparable single insured bond; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the officers of the Fund be, and each of them hereby is, authorized and empowered to obtain the Fidelity Bond and pay the premium thereof; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that an agreement among the US registered funds in the Aberdeen Fund complex (including the Fund) providing that in the event that any recovery is received under the Fidelity Bond as a result of a loss sustained by the Fund and also by any other named insured, the Fund shall receive an equitable and proportionate share of the recovery, but in no event less than the amount it would have received had it provided and maintained a single insured bond with the minimum coverage required by paragraph (d)(1) of Rule 17g-1 is approved with such changes as the officers of the Fund with the

 


 

advice of Fund counsel may determine to be necessary or desirable and proper, the execution of said joint fidelity bond agreement by such officers to be conclusive evidence of such determination; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the proper officers of the Fund are authorized and empowered to take such action with respect to obtaining additional fidelity bond coverage as they deem it necessary or appropriate pursuant to Rule 17g-1 under the 1940 Act; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Fund, or his/her designee, be, and hereby is, designated as the party responsible for making the necessary filings and giving of notices with respect to the Fidelity Bond required by paragraph (g) of Rule 17g-1 under the 1940 Act; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the officers of the Fund be, and each of them hereby is, authorized and empowered to execute and deliver all instruments, certificates, agreements, or other documents and to do and perform any and all other acts and things that any such officer shall determine to be necessary, appropriate or desirable for the implementation of the foregoing resolutions or to effect or accomplish the intent of the foregoing resolutions, any such determination to be conclusively evidenced by the execution and delivery by any officer of any such instrument, certificate or other document or the doing or performing by any officer of any such act or thing.

 


 

Part B - Crime Policy

 

Declarations

 

Policy Number:

46849P21

 

 

 

Item 1.

Named Insured:

Various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc. all as more fully set forth in Appendix B.

 

 

 

 

Principal Address:

1900 Market Street,

 

 

Suite 200,

 

 

Philadelphia,

 

 

Pennsylvania 19103,

 

 

USA.

 

 

 

Item 2.

Policy Period:

From:  May 14th, 2021                          To:  May 14th, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

both days at 12:01 a.m. local time at the relevant Principal Address stated in Item 1 above.

 

 

 

Item 3.

Limit of Liability:

USD 11,100,000 in the aggregate.

 

 

 

Item 4.

Single Loss Limit:

USD 11,100,000 each Single Loss.

 

 

 

Item 5.

Sub-Limits:

The following sub-limit applies to the stated cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Insuring Agreement 1.13 (Fraudulent Retention of Funds or Property):

 

 

 

 

 

USD 1,000,000 in the aggregate

 

 

 

 

 

The amount shown above shall be a part of, and not in addition to, the Limit of Liability.

 

 

 

Item 6.

Single Loss Deductible:

USD 100,000 each Single Loss.

 

 

 

Item 7.

Premium:

USD 27,087.

 

 

 

Item 8.

Amount of Fund Assets:

8.1

With regards to the FAX Funds:

 

 

 

USD 1,684,200,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.2

With regards to the FCO Funds:

 

 

 

USD 81,900,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.3

With regards to the IAF Funds:

 

 

 

USD 148,200,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.4

With regards to the JEQ Fund:

 

 

 

USD 146,500,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.5

With regards to the AEF Fund:

 

 

 

USD 518,500,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.6

With regards to the AOD Fund:

 

 

 

USD 1,107,617,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.7

With regards to the AWP Fund:

 

 

 

USD 570,993,258

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.8

With regards to the AGD Fund:

 

 

 

USD 154,324,990

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.9

With regards to the ACP Fund:

 

 

 

USD 284,700,000

 

Aberdeen Funds - PI, D&O and Crime Policy for 2021 (draft dated 10 02 21)

 

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8.10

With regards to the Open-Ended Funds:

 

 

 

USD 8,506,420,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.11

With regards to the ASGI Fund:

 

 

 

USD 191,800,000

 

 

 

 

Item 9.

Responsible Person:

The applicable First Named Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer (or designated alternate).

 

 

 

 

Item 10.

Prior Policy:

10.1

With regards to the FAX Funds:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080120412P15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.2

With regards to the FCO Funds:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080120417P15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.3

With regards to the IAF Funds:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080120420P15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.4

With regards to the JEQ Fund:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080122017P15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.5

With regards to the AEF Fund:

 

 

 

Policy Number B080141931P18

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.6

With regards to the AOD Fund:

 

 

 

Policy Number B080142007P18

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.7

With regards to the AWP Fund:

 

 

 

Policy Number B080142007P18

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.8

With regards to the AGD Fund:

 

 

 

Policy Number B080142007P18

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.9

With regards to the ACP Fund:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080141048P17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.10

With regards to the Open-Ended Funds and the Liquidated Open-Ended Funds:

 

 

 

Investment Company Blanket Bond - Policy Number B080120524P15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.11

With regards to the ASGI Fund:

 

 

 

Section 2 of Investment Company Insurance Policy and Financial Institutions Bond - Policy Number B080147588P20.

 

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Part B - Crime Policy

 

The Insurer hereby undertakes and agrees, in consideration of the payment, or promise to pay, to the premium specified in the Declarations to indemnify the Insured for Loss Discovered during the Policy Period or the Extended Reporting Period (if applicable), up to an amount not exceeding the Limit of Liability, to the extent and in the manner provided in this policy.

 

1.                           Insuring Agreements

 

1.1                     Fidelity

 

Loss resulting from dishonest or fraudulent acts or Theft committed by an Employee acting alone or in collusion with others.

 

However, with regards to Loans and Trading, such dishonest or fraudulent acts or Theft must be committed by the Employee with the intent to obtain financial benefit for:

 

(a)                       the Employee; or

(b)                       any person or organization in collusion with such Employee; or

(c)                        any other person or organization (who were not a counterparty) intended by such Employee to make an improper financial benefit.

 

As used in this Insuring Agreement, “financial benefit” does not include any employee benefits earned in the normal course of employment including: salaries, commissions, fees, bonuses, promotions, awards, profit sharing or pensions other than bonuses, commissions or profit sharing paid to an Employee for a specific transaction with which such Employee was involved and in respect of which that Employee had committed a dishonest or fraudulent act covered under this policy.

 

1.2                     On Premises

 

(a)                       Loss resulting from the physical loss of, destruction of, damage to, or mysterious unexplainable disappearance of Property while such Property is lodged or deposited within offices or premises located anywhere;

(b)                       Loss resulting from the loss of or damage to:

 

(i)                           furnishings, fixtures, supplies or equipment within an office of the Insured covered under this policy resulting directly from larceny or theft in or by burglary or robbery of such office, or attempt thereat, or by vandalism or malicious mischief; or

(ii)                        such office resulting from larceny or theft in, or by burglary or robbery of such office or attempt thereat, or to the interior of such office by vandalism or malicious mischief,

 

provided that:

 

1)                           the Insured is the owner of such furnishings, fixtures, supplies, equipment, or office or is liable for such loss or damage; and

2)                           the loss is not caused by fire.

 

1.3                     In Transit

 

Loss resulting from the physical loss of, destruction of, damage to, or mysterious unexplainable disappearance of Property while such Property is in transit anywhere.

 

Special Condition

 

Coverage under this Insuring Agreement begins immediately upon the receipt of such Property by the transporting person or organization and ends immediately upon delivery to the designated recipient or its agent.

 

1.4                     Forgery or Alteration

 

Loss resulting from:

 

(a)                       Forgery or alteration of, on or in any Negotiable Instrument (except an Evidence of Debt), Acceptance, Withdrawal Order, receipt for the withdrawal of funds or Property, Certificate of Deposit or Letter of Credit;

(b)                       transferring, paying, redeeming or delivering funds or Property or establishing any credit or giving any value on the faith of any written or printed instructions, advices, requests or applications directed to the Insured or any Financial Organization acting on behalf of the Insured, which instructions, advices, requests or applications purport to have been signed or endorsed by:

 

(i)                           any customer or client of the Insured;

(ii)                        any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund; or

(iii)                     any Financial Organization,

 

but which instructions, advices, requests or applications either bear a signature which is a Forgery or have been altered without the knowledge and consent of such customer, client, shareholder, subscriber or Financial Organization;

 

(c)                        any Financial Organization transferring, paying, redeeming or delivering funds or Property or establishing any credit or giving any value on the faith of any written or printed instructions, advices requests or applications which instructions, advices, requests or applications purport to have been signed by or on behalf of the Insured or by a Financial Organization acting on behalf of the Insured but which instructions, advices, requests or applications either bear a signature which is a Forgery or have been fraudulently altered.

 

Special Condition

 

For the purposes of this Insuring Agreement 1.4, a mechanically reproduced facsimile signature is treated the same as a handwritten signature.

 

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1.5                     Securities

 

Loss resulting from the Insured, or any Financial Organization acting on behalf of the Insured, having in good faith for its own account or for the account of others:

 

(a)                       acquired, sold or delivered, or given value, extended credit or assumed liability on the faith of any original:

 

(i)                           Certificated Security;

(ii)                        deed, mortgage or other instrument conveying title to or creating or discharging a lien upon real property;

(iii)                     Evidence of Debt;

(iv)                    Instruction to an Issuer; or

(v)                       Statement of Uncertificated Security,

 

which

 

(1)                       bears a signature of any maker, drawer, issuer, endorser, assignor, lessee, transfer agent, registrar, acceptor, surety, guarantor, or of any person signing in any other capacity which is a forgery; or

(2)                       is altered; or

(3)                       is lost or stolen;

 

(b)                       guaranteed in writing or witnessed any signature upon any transfer, assignment, bill of sale, power of attorney, Guarantee or any items listed in (i) through (v) above;

(c)                        acquired, sold or delivered, or given value, extended credit or assumed liability on the faith of any item listed in (a) (i) through (v) above which is counterfeit.

 

Special Condition

 

For the purposes of this Insuring Agreement 1.5, a mechanically reproduced facsimile signature is treated the same as a handwritten signature.

 

1.6                     Counterfeit Currency

 

Loss resulting from the receipt or acceptance by the Insured, in good faith, of:

 

(a)                       any money orders which prove to be Counterfeit or to contain an alteration; or

(b)                       any Counterfeit Money of any country.

 

1.7                     Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware

 

Loss resulting from:

 

(a)                       Computer or Telephonic Fraud; and/or

(b)                       the modification or deletion of any Electronic Data or Computer Program due to Malware.

 

Special Condition

 

It is agreed that:

 

1)                           those Electronic Communications which are transmitted through touch tone telephone communication systems or by telex, TWX or telefacsimile; and

2)                           all Telephonic Communications,

 

must be Tested.

 

1.8                     Stop Payment Order Liability

 

Loss resulting from any and all sums which the Insured shall become obligated to pay by reason of liability imposed upon the Insured by law for damages:

 

(a)                       for having either complied with or failed to comply with any written notice of any customer or client of the Insured, any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund or any authorized representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber to stop payment of any check or draft made or drawn by such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber or any authorized representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber; or

(b)                       for having refused to pay any check or draft made or drawn by any customer or client of the Insured, any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund or any authorized representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber.

 

1.9                     Uncollectable Items of Deposit

 

Loss resulting from:

 

(a)                       payments of dividends or fund shares, or withdrawals permitted from an account of a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund based upon uncollectible items of deposit of a customer, client, shareholder or subscriber credited by the Insured or the Insured’s agent to the Mutual Fund Account of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber; or

(b)                       any item of deposit processed through an automated clearing house which is reversed by a customer or client of the Insured or a shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund and deemed uncollectible by the Insured.

 

Loss includes dividends and interest accrued not to exceed fifteen per cent (15%) of the uncollectible items which are deposited.

 

This Insuring Agreement applies to all Mutual Funds with “exchange privileges” if all Fund(s) in the exchange program are insured by the Insurer for uncollectible items of deposit.  Regardless of the number of transactions between Fund(s), the minimum number of days of deposit within the Fund(s) before withdrawal as declared in the Fund(s) prospectus shall begin from the date a deposit was first credited to any Fund(s) in the exchange program.

 

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1.10              Audit Expense

 

Loss resulting from expense incurred by the Insured for that part of audits or examinations required by any governmental regulatory authority or Self-Regulatory Organization to be conducted by such governmental regulatory authority or Self-Regulatory Organization or by an independent accountant or other person, by reason of the discovery of Loss sustained by the Insured and covered by this policy.

 

1.11              Unauthorized Signatures

 

Loss resulting from the Insured having accepted, paid or cashed any check or withdrawal order made or drawn on an account of a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund which bears the signature or endorsement of one other than a person whose name and signature is on file with the Insured as a signatory on such account.

 

Special Condition

 

The Insured shall have on file signature of all persons who are signatories on such account.

 

1.12              Larceny and Embezzlement

 

Loss and costs directly arising from larceny and embezzlement, covering each officer and employee of the Insured, who may singly, or jointly with others, have access to securities or funds of the Insured, either directly or through authority to draw upon such funds or to direct generally the disposition of such securities.

 

1.13              Fraudulent Retention of Funds or Property

 

Loss resulting from the Fraudulent Retention by a third party recipient of any funds or Property, as a direct result of:

 

(a)                       the misdirection or erroneous transfer of such funds or Property by the Insured or by a Financial Organization acting upon instructions from the Insured, to a third party recipient account other than that actually intended; or

(b)                       the transfer of such funds or Property by the Insured or by a Financial Organization acting upon instructions from the Insured, to a third party recipient account in an amount greater than that actually intended.

 

Special Condition

 

The Insured shall make reasonable efforts to secure the recovery of such funds or Property.

 

Sub-Limit of Liability

 

The Insurer’s maximum aggregate limit of liability under this Insuring Agreement shall be sub-limited to the amount stated under Item 5 of the Declarations.

 

1.14              Extortion

 

Loss resulting from the loss of Property surrendered away from an office of the Insured or the transfer of funds as a result of a threat communicated to the Insured:

 

(a)                       to do bodily harm to a director, officer, trustee or Employee of the Insured, or a relative or an invitee of such director, officer, trustee, Employee, who is, or allegedly is, being held captive or under threat;

(b)                       to damage the premises, property (including Property) or other assets of the Insured or for which the Insured are legally liable;

(c)                        to delete or modify the Insured’s Computer Programs or the Insured’s Electronic Data;

(d)                       to sell or disclose confidential information to another person or party by reason of having gained unauthorized access to the Insured’s Computer System;

(e)                        to compromise the security, confidentiality or integrity of confidential information stored within the Insured’s Computer System;

(f)                         to cause the Insured to transfer, pay or deliver any funds or property (including Property) by means of a Computer System used or operated by the Insured;

(g)                        to spread Malware from the Insured’s Computer System to the Computer Systems of others;

(h)                       to interrupt the Insured’s normal operations by means of a denial of service attack on the Insured’s Computer System.

 

Special Conditions

 

It is agreed that prior to the surrender of such Property or transfer of funds:

 

(i)                           in relation to the threats set out in sub-clauses (a) through (h) above inclusive - the person receiving the threat has made a reasonable effort to report the extortionist’s threat to a director of the Insured;

(ii)                        in relation to the threats set out in sub-clauses (a) and (b) above - a reasonable effort has been made to report the extortionist’s threat to local law enforcement authorities; and

(iii)                     in relation to the threats set out in sub-clauses (c) through (h) above inclusive - the aforementioned director is satisfied that the person making the threat is both capable of carrying it out and reasonably likely to do so and that the threatened action is technologically feasible.

 

1.15              Fraudulently Induced Instructions (Social Engineering Fraud)

 

Loss resulting from a Fraudulently Induced Instruction.

 

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Special Exclusion

 

This Insuring Agreement does not cover Loss which is covered by any other Insuring Agreement within this policy.

 

2.                           Extensions

 

2.1                     Interpretation

 

This policy shall be interpreted with due regard to the purpose of fidelity bonding under Rule 17g-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (i.e., to protect innocent third parties from harm) and to the structure of the investment management industry (in which a loss of Property resulting from a cause described in any Insuring Agreement ordinarily gives rise to a potential legal liability on the part of the Insured), such that the definition of Loss herein shall include an Insured’s legal liability for direct compensatory damages resulting directly from a misappropriation, or measurable diminution in value, of Property.

 

2.2                     Difference in Conditions

 

If the Insurer is not liable for Loss under this policy, but cover for the same Loss would (but for the time at which such Loss was Discovered) have been available to any Insured based upon the terms, conditions and exclusions of the Prior Policy, then this policy shall provide cover in accordance with the terms, conditions and exclusions of the Prior Policy.

 

If the amount of any sub-limit or any single loss limit under the Prior Policy for any Loss is greater than any sub-limit or any single loss limit provided by this policy for the same Loss, then the sub-limit or any single loss limit under this policy for such Loss shall be increased to the same amount as that provided under the Prior Policy.

 

The Declarations shall be deemed to be amended accordingly in accordance with this provision with respect to the relevant Loss.

 

In no way shall this extension serve to increase the Limit of Liability, and all sub-limits and single loss limits payable under this policy shall be part of, and not in addition to, the Limit of Liability.

 

3.                           General Conditions

 

3.1                     Nominees

 

Loss sustained by any nominee organized by the Insured for the purpose of handling certain of its business transactions and composed exclusively of its Employees shall, for all the purposes of this policy and whether or not any partner of such nominee is implicated in such Loss, be deemed to be Loss sustained by the Insured.

 

3.2                     Additional Exposures

 

(a)                       Additional Offices

 

Except as provided in sub-clause (b) below, this policy shall apply to any additional office(s) established by the Insured during the Policy Period and to all Employees during the Policy Period, without the need to give notice thereof or pay additional premiums to the Insurer for the Policy Period.

 

(b)                       Merger or Consolidation

 

If during the Policy Period, an Insured shall merge or consolidate with an institution in which such Insured is the surviving entity, or purchase substantially all the assets or capital stock of another institution, or acquires or creates a separate investment portfolio, and shall within sixty (60) days notify the Insurer thereof, then coverage for such institution, assets, capital stock or investment portfolio under this policy shall automatically apply from the date of such merger, consolidation, acquisition or creation; provided, that the Insurer may make such coverage contingent upon the payment of an additional premium.

 

(c)                        Acquisition or Creation of Funds

 

(i)                           If during the Policy Period, an Insured creates or acquires a fund, other than by reason of the events described in sub-clause (b) above; and if the total consolidated assets of such fund are less than or equal to the amount set forth in Item 8 of the Declarations then, subject to all the other provisions of this policy, coverage shall automatically apply to any Loss sustained by that fund.

 

(ii)                        If during the Policy Period, an Insured creates or acquires a fund, other than by reason of the events described in sub-clause (b) above; and if the total consolidated assets of such fund are greater than the amount set forth in Item 8 of the Declarations, no coverage shall apply to any Loss sustained by that fund unless the Insured provides the Insurer with full particulars of such acquisition or creation, agrees to any additional premium and/or amendment of the provisions of this policy the Insurer requires and pays any premium required.

 

(iii)                     There shall be no coverage for:

 

1)                           any Loss sustained by any such fund resulting from an act committed or an event occurring prior to the consummation of a transaction described in (i) or (ii) above; or

2)                           any Loss sustained by any such fund resulting from an act whenever committed or an event whenever occurring, which together with an act committed or an event occurring prior to the consummation of such transaction, would constitute a Single Loss.

 

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In no event shall any transaction among Insureds constitute an acquisition or creation of funds.

 

(d)                       Fund Name Changes

 

If during the Policy Period, a fund changes its legal name in accordance with the organizational documents of such fund and, if applicable, in accordance with state law, and such name change does not occur in connection with a transaction described in sub-clauses (b) or (c) above, then such fund shall automatically qualify as an insured fund under its new name, in addition to its prior name.

 

3.3                     Representation of Insured

 

The Insured represents that the information furnished in the Application is complete, true and correct, to the best of the knowledge of the person who completed such Application.

 

Any misrepresentation, omission, concealment or incorrect statement of a material fact, in the Application or otherwise, which was deliberately made with the intent to deceive, shall be grounds for the rescission of this policy as to the applicable Insured.

 

3.4                     Joint Insured

 

The applicable First Named Fund shall act for all of its Insureds.  Payment by the Insurer to the applicable First Named Fund of Loss sustained by any Insured shall fully release the Insurer on account of such Loss.  If a First Named Fund ceases to be covered under this policy, the remaining Named Insured as regards that First Named Fund shall agree with the Insurer as to which one of them shall act on behalf of the all of the remaining Insureds (including but not limited to the receipt of any Loss payments). The liability of the Insurer for Loss which the Insurer would have been liable had all such Loss or Losses been sustained by one Insured will not exceed the Limit of Liability.

 

3.5                     Legal Proceedings Against the Insured

 

The Insurer will indemnify the Insured against court costs and reasonable legal costs, charges, fees, disbursements and expenses incurred and paid by the Insured in defense of any Legal Proceeding.

 

The Insureds, and not the Insurer, shall have the duty to defend any Legal Proceeding. The Insurer shall be entitled to effectively associate with the Insured in the defense and the negotiation of any settlement of such Legal Proceeding if it appears reasonable likely that such Legal Proceeding will involve the Insurer making payment under this policy. The Insured shall provide all reasonable information and assistance required by the Insurer in connection with such Legal Proceeding.

 

4.                           Exclusions

 

This policy does not cover:

 

4.1                     Forgery or Alteration (Sign-Post)

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from forgery or alteration, except when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.4 (Forgery or Alteration), 1.5 (Securities) or 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware).

 

4.2                     War

 

Loss due to military, naval or usurped power, war or insurrection unless such Loss occurs in transit in the circumstances recited in Insuring Agreement 1.3 (In Transit), and unless, when such transit was initiated there was no knowledge of such riot, civil commotion, military, naval or usurped power, war or insurrection on the part of any person acting for the Insured in initiating such transit.

 

4.3                     Radioactivity

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from the effects of nuclear fission or fusion or radioactivity.

 

This exclusion shall not apply to Loss resulting from industrial uses of nuclear energy.

 

4.4                     Director or Trustee

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from any director or trustee of the Insured (other than one employed as a salaried, pensioned or elected official or an Employee of the Insured), except:

 

(a)                       when performing acts coming within the scope of the usual duties of an Employee; or

(b)                       while acting as a member of any committee duly elected or appointed by resolution of the board of directors or trustees of the Insured to perform specific, as distinguished from general, directorial acts on behalf of the Insured.

 

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4.5                     Loan Default

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from the complete or partial non-payment of, or default upon, any loan or transaction involving the Insured as a lender or borrower, or extension of credit, including the purchase, discounting or other acquisition of false or genuine accounts, invoices, notes, agreements or Evidences of Debt, whether such loan, transaction or extension was procured in good faith or through trick, artifice, fraud or false pretences; except when covered under Insuring Agreements 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.4 (Forgery or Alteration), 1.5 (Securities), 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware) or 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

4.6                     Violation of Securities Laws

 

Loss resulting from any violation by the Insured or by any Employee:

 

(a)                       of any law regulating:

 

(i)                           the issuance, purchase or sale of securities;

(ii)                        securities transactions upon security exchanges or over the counter market;

(iii)                     investment companies; or

 

(b)                       of any rule or regulation made pursuant to any such law, unless it is established by the Insured that the act or acts which caused the said loss involved fraudulent or dishonest conduct which would have caused a loss to the Insured in a similar amount in the absence of such laws, rules or regulations,

 

unless such loss, in the absence of such law, rule or regulation, would be covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.4 (Forgery or Alteration) or 1.5 (Securities).

 

4.7                     Failure of a Financial or Depository Institution to pay Funds or Property

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from the failure of a financial or depository institution, or its receiver or liquidator, to pay or deliver, on demand of the Insured, funds or Property of the Insured held by it in any capacity, except when covered under Insuring Agreements 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.2 (On Premises) or 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware).

 

4.8                     Employee Dishonesty (Sign-Post)

 

Loss caused by a dishonest, fraudulent, malicious or criminal act of an Employee, except when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity) or when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.2 (On Premises) or 1.3 (In Transit) and resulting directly from misplacement, mysterious unexplainable disappearance or destruction of or damage to the Property.

 

4.9                     Transactions in a Customer, Client or Shareholder’s Account

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from transactions in an account of a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund, whether authorized or unauthorized.

 

This exclusion does not apply:

 

(a)                       when such Loss results directly or indirectly from unlawful withdrawal and conversion of Money, securities or precious metals, directly from an account of a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund by an Employee, provided such unlawful withdrawal and conversion is covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity);

(b)                       when such Loss is covered by Insuring Agreement 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware).

 

4.10              Racketeering Activity

 

damages resulting from any civil, criminal or other legal proceeding in which the Insured is adjudicated to have engaged in racketeering activity, except when the Insured establishes that the act or acts giving rise to such damages were committed by an Employee under circumstances which result directly in a loss to the Insured covered by Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity). For the purposes of this exclusion “racketeering activity” is defined in 18 United States Code 1961 et seq., as amended.

 

4.11              Extortion Threats

 

Loss through the surrender of property away from an office of the Insured as a result of a threat:

 

(a)                       to do bodily harm to any person, except loss of property in transit in the custody of any person acting as messenger provided that when such transit was initiated there was no knowledge by the Insured of any such threat; or

(b)                       to do damage in the premises of property of the Insured,

 

except when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware) or 1.14 (Extortion).

 

4.12              Erroneous Credits

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from payments made or withdrawals from an account of a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund involving erroneous credits to such account.

 

This exclusion does not apply:

 

(a)                       when such payments or withdrawals are physically received by such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber or a representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber who is within the office of the Insured at the time of such payment or withdrawal;

(b)                       when such Loss is covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware) or 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

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4.13              Unpaid Items of Deposit

 

Loss involving items of deposit, which are not finally paid for any reason, including but not limited to Forgery or any other fraud, except when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware), 1.9 or 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

4.14              Counterfeiting (Sign-Post)

 

Loss resulting directly or indirectly from counterfeiting, except when covered under Insuring Agreements 1.1 (Fidelity), 1.5 (Securities), 1.6 (Counterfeit Currency) or 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware).

 

4.15              Loss of Personal Property

 

loss of any tangible item of personal property which is not specifically enumerated in the definition of Property if such property is specifically covered by other insurance of any kind and in any amount obtained by the Insured.

 

4.16              Property in the Mail

 

loss of property while in the mail.

 

4.17              Potential Income

 

loss of potential income, including but not limited to interest and dividends, not received by the Insured because of a loss covered under this policy, except when covered under Insuring Agreement 1.9 (Uncollected Items of Deposit).

 

4.18              Damages

 

damages of any type for which the Insured is legally liable, except compensatory damages, but not multiples thereof, arising directly from a Loss covered under this policy.

 

4.19              Non Covered Costs, Charges, Fees, Disbursements and Expenses

 

all costs, charges, fees, disbursements and expenses incurred by the Insured:

 

(a)                       in establishing the existence of or amount of Loss covered under this policy, other than Preparation Costs or except to the extent covered under Insuring Agreement 1.10 (Audit Expense); or

(b)                       as a party to any legal proceeding whether or not such legal proceeding exposes the Insured to Loss covered by this policy, except to the extent covered under General Condition 3.5 (Legal Proceedings Against the Insured).

 

4.20              Indirect or Consequential Loss

 

indirect or consequential loss of any nature, other than Preparation Costs or Verification and Reconstitution Costs or except to the extent covered under Insuring Agreement 1.10 (Audit Expense).

 

4.21              Non-Public Material Information

 

loss due to liability imposed upon the Insured as a result of the unlawful disclosure of non-public material information by the Insured or any Employee, or as a result of any Employee acting upon such information, whether authorized or unauthorized, except to the extent covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

Insuring Agreement 1.7 (Computer or Telephonic Fraud and Malware) of this policy does not cover any Loss:

 

4.22              Identifiable Employee

 

caused by an identifiable Employee or a person or persons in collusion with an identifiable Employee, except to the extent covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

Prior knowledge by any Employee that a fraudulent or malicious act by any other person or persons, has been or will be perpetrated, shall for the intent and purpose of this policy be deemed to be collusion if such Employee willfully or deliberately withholds knowledge from the Insured of any such act.  Such withholding of knowledge from the Insured because of a threat to do bodily harm to any person or damage to the Insured’s premises or property shall not be deemed to be or to constitute collusion.

 

4.23              Confidential Information

 

resulting from the accessing of any confidential information.

 

This exclusion shall not apply:

 

(a)                       to the extent that such confidential information is used to support or facilitate the commission of an act covered under this policy;

(b)                       to the extent that such Loss covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

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4.24              Failure in the Infrastructure

 

resulting from mechanical failure, faulty construction, error in design, latent defect, wear or tear, gradual deterioration, electrical disturbance, Recording Media failure or breakdown or any malfunction or error in programming or errors or omissions in processing.

 

This exclusion shall not apply:

 

(a)                       to the extent that the occurrence of any of the events listed in the above enables the commission of an act covered under this policy;

(b)                       to the extent that such Loss covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

4.25              Authorized Access

 

by reason of the input of Electronic Data by a third party who had authorized access to an authentication mechanism.

 

This exclusion shall not apply:

 

(a)                       where the third party referred to above obtained access beyond the level for which that third party was authorized;

(b)                       theft of funds or Property transferred to any third party recipient as a result of any such input, provided there is no collusion between such third party recipient and the person effecting such transfer and that it is a condition of coverage hereunder that the Insured takes all reasonable steps to secure the recovery of such funds;

(c)                        to the extent that such Loss covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

4.26              “Off-the-Shelf” Software

 

resulting from Computer Programs which were corrupted or which contained fraudulent or malicious features at the time of their acquisition from a vendor or consultant, where those Computer Programs were developed for sale to or are sold to multiple consumers.

 

This exclusion shall not apply:

 

(a)                       where no other purchaser of said Computer Programs has notified the same vendor or consultant of the same fraudulent features during a period of sixty (60) days from the date of Discovery;

(b)                       if, at the time of Discovery, such fraudulent features were contained solely on the Computer Programs sold to the Insured;

(c)                        if such fraudulent features were inserted subsequent to the date of acquisition by the Insured;

(d)                       to the extent that such Loss covered under Insuring Agreement 1.15 (Fraudulently Induced Instructions).

 

5.                           Loss Discovered

 

This policy applies to Loss Discovered by the Insured during the Policy Period or the Extended Reporting Period (if applicable).

 

6.                           Aggregate and Single Loss Limits of Liability

 

6.1                     Aggregate Limit of Liability

 

The Insurer’s total liability for all Losses discovered during the Policy Period shall not exceed the Limit of Liability. The Limit of Liability shall be reduced by the amount of any payment made under the terms of this policy.

 

Upon exhaustion of the Limit of Liability by such payments:

 

(a)                       the Insurer shall have no further liability for Loss or Losses regardless of when discovered and whether or not previously reported to the Insurer; and

(b)                       the Insurer shall have no obligation under General Condition 3.5 (Legal Proceedings Against the Insured) to continue the defense of the Insured, and upon notice by the Insurer to the Insured that the Limit of Liability has been exhausted; the Insured shall assume all responsibility for its defense at its own cost.

 

The Limit of Liability shall not be increased or reinstated by any recovery made and applied in accordance with Section 9.3. In the event that a loss of Property is settled by the Insurer through the use of a lost instrument bond, such loss shall not reduce the Limit of Liability.

 

6.2                     Single Loss Limit of Liability

 

Subject to the Limit of Liability, the Insurer’s liability for each Single Loss shall not exceed the applicable Single Loss Limit shown in Item 4 of the Declarations.  If a Single Loss is covered under more than one Insuring Agreement or Coverage, the maximum payable shall not exceed the largest applicable Single Loss Limit.

 

7.                           Notice/Proof - Legal Proceedings against Insurer

 

7.1                     The Insured shall give written notice to the Insurer of any Loss as soon as reasonably practicable after it has been Discovered and in any event within sixty (60) days after the end of the Policy Period. Such notice may be given via the broker in the following manner:

 

By e-mail:                  ficlaims@willistowerswatson.com

 

The date that the e-mail was sent shall constitute the date that such notice was given and proof that the e-mail was sent shall be sufficient proof of notice.

 

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7.2                     The requirement contained in sub-clause 7.1 above to give notice of a Loss shall be suspended and of no effect and/or modified (as the case may be) if such notice is in respect of a Restricted Notification.

 

The suspension and/or modification of the requirement to notify the Insurer of any Loss under sub-clause 7.1 above in respect of a Restricted Notification shall end when and to the extent that the relevant legal or regulatory prohibition is lifted. Such notification, if permitted to do so by the relevant regulatory, police or prosecuting authority, shall be accompanied by evidence as to why the Insured was initially prevented from disclosing the existence of or details of any Loss to the Insurer. On notification of the Loss (in accordance with the foregoing), such Loss shall be deemed to have been Discovered and the Insurer notified at the time the Responsible Person first became aware of the Loss.

 

7.3                     Within six (6) months after such Discovery (or, where a Restricted Notification applies, within six (6) months of the Responsible Person first becoming aware that the relevant legal or regulatory prohibition has been lifted), the Insured shall furnish to the Insurer proof of loss, duly sworn, with full known particulars. At the Insured’s request, and upon agreement of the Insurer, such period of time shall be extended to permit the Insured more time to determine the amount and/or particulars of its loss.

 

7.4                     Lost Certificated Securities listed in a proof of loss shall be identified by certificate or bond numbers if such securities were issued therewith.

 

7.5                     Legal proceedings for the recovery of any Loss hereunder shall not be brought prior to the expiration of sixty (60) days after the original proof of Loss is filed with the Insurer.

 

7.6                     This policy affords coverage only in favour of the Insured. No suit, action or legal proceedings shall be brought hereunder by anyone other than the named Insured.

 

7.7                     If the Insured is an institution under the supervision of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, it is understood and agreed that in case of any Loss hereunder discovered either by the Insured or by the Federal Home Loan Bank of which the Insured is a member, the said Federal Home Loan Bank is empowered to give notice of the Loss to the Insurer within the period limited therefore.

 

8.                           Valuation

 

8.1                     Deductions

 

In determining the amount collectible under this policy for any Loss, all funds received and able to be lawfully retained by the Insured from any source whatsoever in connection with any matter from which a claimed Loss has arisen, including payments and receipts of principal, interest, dividends, commissions and the like, whenever received, shall be deducted from the amount actually paid out, advanced, taken or otherwise lost. The value of all property (including Property) received and able to be lawfully retained by the Insured from any source whatsoever in connection with any matter from which a claimed Loss has arisen, whenever received, shall likewise be deducted from the Insured’s claimed Loss. It is understood, however, that nothing in this policy shall be construed to mean that a claim is not recoverable hereunder until the amount of such deductions have been ascertained.

 

8.2                     Securities

 

(i)                           If Certificated Securities are able to be reissued then the Insured may reissue them, or arrange for them to be reissued, with the prior approval of the Insurer (such approval shall not be unreasonably delayed or withheld) and the value of those Certificated Securities shall be the actual cost of their reissue plus any interest charges incurred in doing so.

 

(ii)                        To the extent that the Limit of Liability is not exhausted by the Insured in the reissuing of Certificated Securities in accordance with sub-clause 8.2 (i) above, the amount of Loss shall also include any premium required to be paid by the Insured to purchase lost instrument bonds for the reissuing of duplicate Certificated Securities without reference to their total face value.

 

(iii)                     The amount of Loss shall also include any sums which the Insured may be required to pay either during the Policy Period or any time thereafter by reason of any lost instrument bonds issued or purchased by the Insured as referred to in sub-clause clause 8.2 (ii) above.

 

(iv)                    The Insured shall pay the cost of obtaining such lost instrument bond referred to in sub-clause clause 8.2 (iii) above for that portion of the Loss which falls within the applicable deductible amount or which is in excess of the Limit of Liability remaining available for the payment of Loss.

 

(v)                       The Insurer shall reimburse the Insured for the cost of obtaining such lost instrument bond referred to in sub-clause clause 8.2 (iii) above for the amount of Loss which exceeds the applicable deductible amount and is within the Limit of Liability.

 

(vi)                    If for any reason it is not possible to re-issue Certificated Securities the value of such Certificated Securities shall be determined by the closing London market value of such Certificated Securities on the day of Discovery of the Loss (or if Discovered during a weekend or national holiday, on the next business day thereafter). The basis of valuation shall include any accrued interest (including coupons), dividends and privileges up to the date of Discovery of the Loss.

 

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(vii)                 The valuation of Certificated Securities shall include external interest or interest charges up to the date of Discovery of the Loss necessarily incurred by the Insured, or for which the Insured is legally liable, as the direct result of a loss of Certificated Securities covered under this policy.

 

(viii)              In case of a loss of subscription, conversion, redemption or other similar privileges the value of such privileges shall be the closing London market value of such privileges immediately preceding the expiration thereof.

 

8.3                     Precious Metals

 

The value of precious metals shall be determined by their average London market value on the day of Discovery of the Loss (or if Discovered during a weekend or national holiday, on the next business day thereafter).

 

8.4                     Electronic Data, Electronic Communications and Computer Programs

 

(i)                           To the extent that a Loss comprises solely the cost of reconstituting Electronic Data, Electronic Communications or Computer Programs following the Impairment of such Electronic Data, Electronic Communications or Computer Programs, the valuation of such Electronic Data, Electronic Communications or Computer Programs shall be the cost of labor for the actual transcription or copying in order to reproduce such Electronic Data, Electronic Communications or Computer Programs, including the cost of purchasing a software licence necessary to reproduce such Electronic Data, Electronic Communications or Computer Programs.

 

If Electronic Data or Computer Programs were purchased from a third party, the valuation of such Electronic Data or Computer Programs shall include the purchase price of that Electronic Data or Computer Programs from that third party if that price is less than the cost of transcription or copying.

 

(ii)                        If Electronic Data cannot be reproduced and that Electronic Data represents:

 

1)                           securities, or other instruments having a value, then the valuation shall be as indicated in sub-clause 8.2 (Securities) above; or

2)                           Evidences of Debt, then the valuation of such items shall be as indicated in sub-clause 8.2 (Securities) above; if such Evidences of Debt cannot be valued as indicated in sub-clause 8.2 (Securities) above, then the Evidences of Debt shall be valued in accordance with sub-clause 8.8 (Lending) below. In the event that it is not possible to value the Evidences of Debt as indicated in sub-clause 8.2 (Securities) above or in accordance with in sub-clause 8.8 (Lending) below, then the valuation of such Evidences of Debt shall be the actual monetary value of the debt on the day of Discovery of the Loss (or if Discovered during a weekend or national holiday, on the next business day);

3)                           Money, then the valuation of such Electronic Data shall be its actual monetary value at the time of the Loss. However, in the event that such Loss is suffered in a currency other than the currency stated in the Declarations, then the valuation of such Electronic Data shall be as indicated in sub-clause 8.9 (Currency Valuation) below.

 

8.5                     Recording Media

 

The value of Recording Media shall be the replacement cost of Recording Media of the equivalent kind or quality plus the value of any Electronic Data or Computer Programs stored on such Recording Media, as described in sub-clause 8.4 (Electronic Data, Electronic Communications and Computer Programs) above.

 

8.6                     Books of Accounts and Records

 

The value of books of accounts or other records used by the Insured in the conduct of their business, shall be the cost of blank books, blank pages or other materials plus the cost of labor and computer time for the actual transcription or copying of data which shall have been furnished by the Insured in order to reproduce such books and other records.

 

8.7                     Other Property

 

In the case of the loss of, damage to, or destruction of any property (including Property) other than as described in sub-clauses 8.2 to 8.6 above, the value of such property (including Property) shall be the actual cash value of such property (including Property) on the day of Discovery (or if Discovered during a weekend or national holiday, on the next business day thereafter).

 

8.8                     Lending

 

The value of Lending shall be the amount of monies paid out, advanced or withdrawn by the Insured in relation to such Lending (subject always to sub-clause 8.1 (Deductions) above).

 

8.9                     Currency Valuation

 

In the event that a Loss is suffered in a currency other than the currency stated in Item 3 of the Declarations, the rate of exchange applicable thereto for the purposes of determining the valuation of Loss shall be the closing mid-spot rate on the London market on the day of Discovery of its Loss (or if Discovered during a weekend or national holiday, on the next business day thereafter).

 

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9.                           Assignment-Subrogation-Recoveries-Cooperation

 

9.1                     In the event of payment under this policy, the Insured shall deliver, if so requested by the Insurer, an assignment of such of the Insured’s rights, title and interest and causes of action as it has against any person or entity to the extent of the Loss payment.

 

9.2                     In the event of payment under this policy, the Insurer shall be subrogated to all of the Insured’s rights of recovery therefore against any person or entity to the extent of such payment, provided, however, that the Insurer shall not be subrogated to any such rights or claims one named Insured under this policy may have against another named Insured under this policy.

 

9.3                     Any recoveries (whether effected by the Insurer or by the Insured) shall be applied net of the expense of such recovery in the following order:

 

(a)                       firstly, to the satisfaction of the Insured’s Loss which would otherwise have been paid but for the fact that it is in excess of either the Limit of Liability or the Single Loss Limit;

(b)                       secondly, to the Insurer as reimbursement of amounts paid in settlement of the Insured’s claim, and

(c)                        thirdly, to the Insured in satisfaction of any deductible amount.

 

Recovery on account of Loss of securities as set forth in Section 8.2 or recovery from reinsurance and/or indemnity of the Insurer shall not be deemed a recovery as used herein.

 

9.4                     Upon the Insurer’s request and at reasonable times and places designated by the Insurer the Insured shall:

 

(a)                       submit to examination by the Insurer and subscribe to the same under oath; and

(b)                       produce for the Insurer’s examination all pertinent records; and

(c)                        cooperate with the Insurer in all matters pertaining to the Loss.

 

9.5                     The Insured shall execute all papers and render assistance to secure the Insurer the rights and causes of action provided for herein. The Insured shall do nothing after discovery of Loss to prejudice such rights or causes of action.

 

10.                    Limit of Liability under this Policy and Prior Insurance

 

10.1              With respect to any Loss set forth in Section 6 (Aggregate and Single Loss Limits of Indemnity) of this policy which is recoverable or recovered in whole or in part under any other bonds or policies issued by the Insurer to the Insured or to any predecessor in interest of the Insured and terminated or canceled or allowed to expire and in which the period for discovery has not expired at the time any such Loss thereunder is Discovered, the total liability of the Insurer under this policy and under such bonds or policies shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the amount carried hereunder on such Loss or the amount owed to the Insured under such other bonds or policies, as limited by terms and conditions thereof, for any such Loss if the latter amount be the larger.

 

10.2              If the coverage of this policy supersedes in whole or in part the coverage of any other bond or policy of insurance issued by an insurer other than the Insurer and terminated, canceled or allowed to expire, the Insurer, with respect to any loss sustained prior to such termination, cancelation or expiration and discovered within the period permitted under such other bond or policy for the discovery or loss there under, shall be liable under this policy only for that part of such Loss covered by this policy as is in excess of the amount recoverable or recovered on account of such Loss under such other bond or policy, anything to the contrary in such other bond or policy notwithstanding.

 

11.                    Other Insurance

 

11.1              The insurance provided by this policy shall apply as excess over any more specific valid and collectible insurance (except in respect of any insurance specifically written as excess layer insurance to this policy).

 

11.2              In the event that the amount recoverable from any more specific valid and collectible insurance by the Insured exceeds the amount of the retention under this policy, such retention shall not be applied in calculating the indemnity due from the Insurer under this policy.

 

12.                    Ownership

 

12.1              This policy shall apply to loss of Property:

 

(a)                       owned by the Insured;

(b)                       held by the Insured in any capacity; or

(c)                        for which the Insured is legally liable.

 

12.2              This policy shall be for the sole use and benefit of the Insured named in the Declarations.

 

13.                    Deductible Amount

 

The Insurer shall be liable hereunder only for the amount by which any Single Loss exceeds the Single Loss deductible amount for the Insuring Agreement or Coverage applicable to such Loss, subject to the Limit of Liability and the applicable Single Loss Limit.

 

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14.                    Termination, Cancelation or Modification of this Policy

 

14.1              This policy terminates as an entirety upon occurrence of any of the following:

 

(a)                       sixty (60) days after the receipt by the First Named Fund of a written notice from the Insurer of its desire to cancel this policy; or

(b)                       immediately upon the receipt by the Insurer of a written notice from the First Named Fund of its desire to cancel this policy; or

(c)                        immediately upon the taking over of the Insured by a receiver or other liquidator or by State or Federal officials; or

(d)                       immediately upon the taking over of the Insured by another institution; or

(e)                        immediately upon exhaustion of the Limit of Liability; or

(f)                         immediately upon expiration of the Policy Period.

 

Termination upon the occurrence of the events described in (c) and (d) above shall only apply to the Insured that is the subject of such event.

 

14.2              This policy terminates as to the subsequent acts of any Employee or any partner, officer or employee of any processor — (a) as soon as any Responsible Person not in collusion with such person, learns of any dishonest or fraudulent act or Theft committed by such person at any time, whether in the employment of the Insured or otherwise, whether or not of the type covered under Insuring Agreement 1.1 (Fidelity), against the Insured or any other person or entity, without prejudice to the loss of any Property then in transit in the custody of such person, or (b) fifteen (15) days after the receipt by the Insured of a written notice from the Insurer of its desire to cancel this policy as to such person.

 

14.3              Termination of the policy as to any Insured terminates liability for any Loss sustained by such Insured which is Discovered after the effective date of such termination.

 

14.4              Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 14, this policy shall not be canceled, terminated or modified except after written notice shall have been given by the acting party to the affected party and the Securities and Exchange Commission not less than sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of cancelation, termination or modification.

 

14.5              If the Insured is an institution insured by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, termination or cancelation of this policy in its entirety, whether by the Insured or the Insurer, as provided in parts (a) and (b) in the first paragraph of this Section 14, shall not take effect prior to the expiration of ten (10) days from the receipt by the Federal Home Loan Bank of which the Insured is a member of written notice of such termination or cancelation unless an earlier date of termination or cancelation is approved by said Federal Home Loan Bank.

 

15.                    Notice Provisions

 

This policy shall not be canceled or terminated as provided in Section 14, or modified by rider, except after written notice shall have been given by the acting party to the affected party, and to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., not less than sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of such cancelation, termination or modification.

 

15.                    Extended Reporting Period

 

15.1              If the Insurer or the Insured cancel or decline to renew this policy, the Insured shall have the right, upon payment of an additional premium of sixty per cent (60%) of the Full Annual Premium, to an extended reporting period of one hundred and eighty (180) days or upon payment of an additional premium of one hundred per cent (100%) of the Full Annual Premium, to an extended reporting period of three hundred and sixty five (365) days following the effective date of such cancelation or non-renewal in which to give written notice to the Insurer of any Loss Discovered during such extended reporting period arising out of acts committed or events occurring prior to the end of the Policy Period and otherwise covered by this policy.

 

15.2              The rights contained in this Section 16 shall terminate, however, unless written notice of such election together with the additional premium due is received by the Insurer within thirty (30) days of the effective date of cancelation or non-renewal. The additional premium for the extended reporting period shall be fully earned at the inception of the extended reporting period. The extended reporting period is not cancelable. The rights contained within this Section 15 shall not apply to any cancelation of this policy resulting from non-payment of premium.

 

16.                    Definitions

 

·                               Acceptance means a draft, which the drawee has, by signature written thereon, engaged to honor as presented.

 

·                               Account Code means a confidential and protected string of characters that identifies or authenticates a person and permits said person to gain access to a Telephone System for the purpose of making long distance toll calls or utilizing voice mail box messaging capabilities or other similar functional features of a Telephone System.

 

·                               Application means:

 

(a)                       the application for this policy, any attachment to any such application, any other materials submitted with or incorporated into any such application and any documents submitted to the Insurer specifically in connection with the underwriting of this policy; and

 

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(b)                       to the extent made by or required of the Insureds:

 

any public documents filed during the twelve (12) month period immediately prior to the inception date of this policy by the applicable First Named Fund with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any similar federal, state, local or foreign regulatory body, and any other written public statement or certification required by law to be made by the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or other Executive Officer of the applicable First Named Fund regarding the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such Insured’s financial statements, SEC filings, or internal controls; whether or not such public documents, statements or certifications are furnished to the Insurer.

 

·                               Certificate of Deposit means an acknowledgment in writing by a Financial Organization of receipt of Money with an engagement to repay it.

 

·                               Certificated Security means a share, participation or other interest in property or an enterprise of the issuer or an obligation of the issuer, which is:

 

(a)                       represented by an instrument issued in bearer or registered form;

(b)                       of a type commonly dealt in on securities exchanges or markets or commonly recognized in any area in which it is issued or dealt in as a medium for investment; and

(c)                        either one of a class or series or by its terms divisible into a class or series of shares, participations, interests or obligations.

 

·                               Computer or Telephonic Fraud means:

 

(a)                       the Impairment of:

 

(i)                           any Electronic Data (including but not limited to any Electronic Data contained in any Electronic Communication); and/or

(ii)                        any Computer Programs; and/or

(iii)                     any Uncertificated Security; and/or

(iv)                    any Electronic Communications on which the Insured, or any Financial Organization or Service Bureau acting on behalf of the Insured, have acted or relied; and/or

 

(b)                       the Insured, or any Financial Organization or Service Bureau acting on behalf of the Insured, having acted or relied upon any Electronic Communications or Telephonic Communications, purporting to have been, but were not, sent or made by:

 

(i)                           any office or department of the Insured; and/or

(ii)                        a customer or client of the Insured, any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund or an authorized representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber when acting in that capacity; and/or

(iii)                     another Financial Organization; and/or

(iv)                    a Service Bureau;

 

(c)                        a Financial Organization, a customer or client of the Insured, any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund or an authorized representative of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber when acting in that capacity or a Service Bureau having acted or relied upon any Electronic Communications or Telephonic Communications, purporting to have been, but were not, sent or made by:

 

(i)                           the Insured; or

(ii)                        another Financial Organization or Service Bureau acting on behalf of the Insured; and/or

 

(d)                       the unauthorized use of an Account Code or System Password contained in a Telephone System owned or leased by the Insured, with the intention of directing telephone toll charges onto the Insured.

 

·                               Computer Programs means a collection of instructions that describes a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a Computer System, including but not limited to application software, operating systems, firmware and compilers.

 

·                               Computer System means a computer and all input, output, processing, storage (including but not limited to cloud computing and off-line media libraries), intranets and communication facilities including related communication or open systems networks and extranets which are connected directly or indirectly to such a device and any internet or media enabled smartphones, televisions and handheld tablet computers or similar devices with similar capabilities, whether data or WiFi enabled.

 

·                               Counterfeit means an imitation of an actual valid original, which is intended to deceive and to be taken as the original.

 

·                               Custodian means:

 

(a)                       any party with which the Insured has a written or electronic agreement for the provision of purchasing services, safekeeping, registration and entitlement records for the Insured;

(b)                       any regulated central securities depository.

 

Custodian shall also include a sub-custodian, being any regulated person or organization which:

 

(i)                           is involved in the provision of custodial services; and

(ii)                        has a written or electronic agreement with the custodian detailed in sub-clause (a) or (b) above for the provision of such services.

 

·                               Deductible means the amount stated in Item 6 of the Declarations.

 

·                               Depository means any “securities depository” (other than any foreign securities depository) in which a Fund may deposit its securities in accordance with Rule 17f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

 

·                               Discovered or Discovery means when any Responsible Person first becomes aware of, or has any knowledge of, any act, omission or event which could reasonably be foreseen to give rise to a Loss covered by this policy, even though the exact amount or details of such Loss, act, omission or event are not known at the time of such discovery.

 

Discovery also occurs when any Responsible Person first receives notice of an actual or potential claim in which it is alleged that the Insured is liable to a third party under circumstances which, if true would constitute a loss under this policy.

 

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·                               Electronic Communications means instructions, messages, information or payments that have been, or appear to have been:

 

(a)                       transmitted electronically:

 

(i)                           through an Electronic Communication System; or

(ii)                        over the Internet; or

 

(b)                       communicated through the delivery of Recording Media.

 

·                               Electronic Communication System means any system which permits the electronic transmission of instructions, messages, information or payments, including but not limited to:

 

(a)                       any touch tone telephone communication system;

(b)                       telex, TWX or telefacsimile; and

(c)                        any Computer System which operates automated teller machines or point of sale terminals.

 

·                               Electronic Data means facts or information converted to a form usable in a Computer System or an Electronic Communications System and which is stored on or capable of being stored on Recording Media.

 

·                               Employee means:

 

(a)                       any of the Insured’s officers or employees while performing services for the Insured’s offices; and

(b)                       any of the officers or employees of any predecessor of the Insured whose principal assets are acquired by the Insured by consolidation or merger with, or purchase of assets or capital stock of, such predecessor; and

(c)                        attorneys retained by the Insured to perform legal services for the Insured and the employees of such attorneys while such attorneys or the employees of such attorneys are performing such services for the Insured; and

(d)                       guest students pursuing their studies or duties in any of the Insured’s offices; and

(e)                        directors or trustees of the Insured but only while performing acts coming within the scope of the usual duties of an officer or employee or while acting as a member of any committee duly elected or appointed to examine or audit or have custody of or access to the property of the Insured; and

(f)                         any individual or individuals assigned to perform the usual duties of an employee within the premises for the Insured, by any agency furnishing temporary personnel on a contingent or part-time basis; and

(g)                        each natural person, partnership or corporation authorized by written or electronic agreement with the Insured to perform services as electronic data processor of checks or other accounting records of the Insured; and

(h)                       any employee or any partner of any named Insured; and

(i)                           any consultant whilst performing services or duties on behalf of the Insured; and

(j)                          each officer, partner or employee of:

 

(i)                           any Depository or Exchange;

(ii)                        any nominee in whose name is registered any security included in the systems for the central handling of securities established and maintained by any Depository; and

(iii)                     any recognized service company which provides clerks or other personnel to any Depository or Exchange on a contract basis,

 

while such officer, partner or employee is performing services for any Depository in the operation of systems for the central handling of securities; and

 

(k)                       each officer, director, trustee, partner or employee of:

 

(i)                           an investment adviser;

(ii)                        an underwriter (distributor);

(iii)                     a transfer agent or shareholder accounting record-keeper; or

(iv)                    an administrator authorized by written or electronic agreement to keep financial and/or other required records,

 

for a Fund, but only while:

 

(1)                       such officer, partner or employee is performing acts coming within the scope of the usual duties of an officer or employee of an Insured; or

(2)                       such officer, director, trustee, partner or employee is acting as a member of any committee duly elected or appointed to examine or audit or have custody of or access to the Property of the Insured; or

(3)                       such director or trustee (or anyone acting in a similar capacity) is acting outside the scope of the usual duties of a director or trustee.

 

Employee does not include any officer, director, trustee, partner or employee of a transfer agent, shareholder accounting record-keeper or administrator:

 

(a)                       which is not an “affiliated person” (as defined in section 2(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940) of a Fund or of the adviser or underwriter of such Fund; or

(b)                       which is a “Bank” (as defined in section 2(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940).

 

·                               Evidence of Debt means an instrument, including a Negotiable Instrument, executed by a customer or client of the Insured and held by the Insured which in the regular course of business is treated as evidencing the customer’s or client’s debt to the Insured.

 

·                               Exchange means any national securities exchange registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

·                               Extended Reporting Period means the extended reporting period set forth under Section 16 (Extended Reporting Period) of this policy.

 

·                               Financial Organization means:

 

(a)                       any bank, credit institution, financial institution, undertaking for collective investment in securities, investment firm, stockbroker, asset management company, building society, friendly society, or similar organization;

(b)                       a regulated investment exchange or automated clearing house;

(c)                        any Custodian.

 

·                               First Named Fund means the fund first named in each respective paragraph (1 through 10) of Appendix B.

 

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·                               Forgery means the signing of the name of another person or organization with intent to deceive; it does not mean a signature, which consists in whole, or in part of one’s own name signed with or without authority, in any capacity, for any purpose.

 

·                               Fraudulent Retention means:

 

(a)                       the wrongful retention of funds or Property by a third party recipient without contractual or other legal right to such retention;

(b)                       the inability to recover any funds or Property erroneously transferred into the account of a third party recipient, despite all reasonable efforts to secure such recovery, solely because:

 

(i)                           the third party recipient is unknown; or

(ii)                        such funds or Property have been misappropriated.

 

·                               Fraudulently Induced Instruction means any instruction for the purpose of directing or transferring funds or property (including Property) and/or updating Vendor account information communicated to the Insured or an employee of the Insured by:

 

(a)                       a natural person purporting to be a director, officer, partner, member, sole proprietor or other employee of the Insured or by an individual acting in collusion with such person to instruct other employees of the Insured to transfer, pay or deliver funds or property (including Property) and/or update Vendor account information, but which instruction was in fact fraudulently transmitted by someone else without the authority and knowledge of such director, officer, partner, member, sole proprietor or other employee of the Insured;

(b)                       a natural person purporting to be a director, officer, partner, member, sole proprietor or employee of a Vendor or a customer or client of the Insured or a shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund (including but not limited to any director, officer, partner, member, sole proprietor or employee of such customer, client, shareholder or subscriber) or by an individual acting in collusion with such person, but which instruction was in fact fraudulently transmitted by someone else without the authority and knowledge of such director, officer, partner, member, sole proprietor or employee of a Vendor or a customer or client of the Insured or a shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund; or

(c)                        a natural person purporting to be an authorized representative of any Financial Organization acting on behalf of a Vendor or a customer or client of the Insured or a shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund with authorisation to make such instructions, but which instruction was in fact fraudulently transmitted by someone else without the authority and knowledge of such authorized representative.

 

·                               Full Annual Premium means the premium level in effect for this Part A of the policy immediately prior to the end of the Policy Period.

 

·                               Fund means any investment company which is specifically listed in this policy or created or acquired during the Policy Period in accordance with sub-clause (c) of General Condition 3.2 (Additional Exposures) of this policy.

 

Fund shall also include any private entity whose sole purpose is holding or acquiring on behalf of one or more investment companies (as described above) debt or equity investments and/or interests in financial derivatives, either directly or indirectly, including any blocker, feeder or other entity that facilitates the transfer, collection or distribution of funds between or among any Insured Entities and/or investor in an investment company (as described above), including but not limited to controlled foreign corporations. For the avoidance of doubt, Operating Entities are not covered.

 

·                               Guarantee means a written undertaking obligating the signer to pay the debt of another to the Insured or its assignee or to a financial institution from which the Insured has purchased participation in the debt, if the debt is not paid in accordance with its terms.

 

·                               Impairment means fraudulent, dishonest, malicious or criminal:

 

(a)                       preparation; and/or

(b)                       input; and/or

(c)                        modification; and/or

(d)                       deletion,

 

whether actual or attempted by or at the behest of any person or persons.

 

·                               Instruction to an Issuer means a written order to the issuer of an Uncertificated Security requesting that the transfer, pledge or release from pledge of the Uncertificated Security specified be registered.

 

·                               Insured means:

 

(a)                       the Named Insured; and

(b)                       any other entity designated as an “Additional Named Insured” under this policy.

 

·                               Insurer means AXIS Specialty Europe SE.

 

·                               Legal Proceeding means any legal proceeding brought to determine the Insured’s liability for any Loss, claim or damage which, if established, would constitute a collectible Loss under this policy.

 

·                               Lending or Loan means any of the following:

 

(a)                       all extensions of credit by the Insured and all transactions creating a creditor or lessor relationship in favour of the Insured, including but not limited to transactions by which the Insured assumes an existing creditor or lessor relationship and includes any such extensions of credit, whether authorized or unauthorized; and/or

(b)                       any note, account, agreement or other Evidence of Debt assigned or sold to, or discounted or otherwise acquired by the Insured, including but not limited to the purchase, discounting or other acquisition of false or genuine accounts or invoices.

 

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·                               Letter of Credit means an engagement in writing by a Financial Organization or other person made at the request of a customer that the Financial Organization or other person will honor drafts or other demands for payment upon compliance with the conditions specified in the Letter of Credit.

 

·                               Limit of Liability means the amount stated in Item 3 of the Declarations.

 

·                               Loss means:

 

(a)                                direct financial loss sustained by the Insured and as set out in the policy;

(b)                                Preparation Costs; and/or

(c)                                 Verification and Reconstitution Costs.

 

·                               Malware means any unauthorized, corrupting or harmful software code, including but not limited to computer viruses, ransomware, Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware, worms and logic bombs.

 

·                               Money means a medium of exchange in current use authorized or adopted by a domestic or foreign government as a part of its currency.

 

·                               Named Insured means the entity(ies) specified in Item 1 of the Declarations.

 

·                               Negotiable Instrument means any writing:

 

(a)                       signed by the maker or drawer; and

(b)                       containing any unconditional promise or order to pay a sum certain in Money and no other promise, order, obligation or power given by the maker or drawer; and

(c)                        is payable on demand or at a definite time; and

(d)                       is payable to order or bearer.

 

·                               Operating Entity means an entity whose primary purpose is to carry on a commercial or industrial enterprise rather than the making, holding, management, realization or disposal of investments or reinvestments of any kind.

 

·                               Policy Period means the period of time from the inception date shown in Item 2 of the Declarations to the earlier of the expiration date shown in Item 2 of the Declarations or the effective date of cancelation of this policy.

 

·                               Preparation Costs means costs, charges, fees, disbursements and expenses incurred and/or paid by the Insured, with the prior written approval by the Insurer (such approval not to be unreasonably delayed or withheld), for independent outside accountants, solicitors or other specialists or professional persons to determine, or attempt to determine the amount and/or extent of any direct financial loss covered under this policy.

 

·                               Prior Policy means the policy identified in Item 10 of the Declarations.

 

·                               Property means Money, Certificated Securities, Uncertificated Securities, Negotiable Instruments, Certificates of Deposit, documents of title, Acceptances, Evidences of Debt, security agreements, Withdrawal Orders, certificates of origin or title, Letters of Credit, insurance policies, abstracts of title, deeds and mortgages on real estate, revenue and other stamps, tokens, unsold state lottery tickets, books of account and other records whether recorded in writing or electronically, gems, jewelry, precious metals of all kinds and in any form, and tangible items of personal property which are not hereinbefore enumerated.

 

Property shall include Recording Media.

 

·                               Recording Media means the physical components or materials on which Electronic Data or Computer Programs can be recorded.

 

·                               Responsible Person means the person(s) stated under Item 9 of the Declarations.

 

·                               Restricted Notification means when the Insured is prevented from disclosing the existence of or details of any Loss to the Insurer after it has been Discovered due to any legal or regulatory prohibition imposed by or on behalf of any regulatory, police or prosecuting authority anywhere in the world.

 

·                               Self-Regulatory Organization means any association of investment advisers or securities dealers registered under the federal securities laws, or any Exchange.

 

·                               Service Bureau means a natural person, partnership or corporation authorized by written or electronic agreement with the Insured to perform data processing services using Computer Systems.

 

·                               Single Loss means all covered Loss, including court costs and legal costs, charges, fees, disbursements and expenses incurred by the Insurer under General Condition 3.5 (Legal Proceedings Against the Insured), resulting from:

 

(a)                       any one act or series of related acts of burglary, robbery or attempt thereat, in which no Employee is implicated; or

(b)                       any one act or series of related unintentional or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any person (whether an Employee or not) resulting in damage to or destruction or misplacement of property; or

(c)                        all acts or omissions other than those specified in (a) and (b) preceding, caused by any person (whether an Employee or not) or in which such person is implicated; or

(d)                       any one casualty or event not specified in (a), (b) or (c) preceding.

 

·                               Single Loss Limit means the amount(s) stated in Item 4 of the Declarations.

 

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·                               Statement of Uncertificated Security means a written statement of the issuer of an Uncertificated Security containing:

 

(a)                       a description of the issue of which the Uncertificated Security is a part;

(b)                       the number of shares or units: transferred to the registered owner; pledged by the registered owner to the registered pledgee; released from pledge by the registered pledgee; registered in the name of the registered owner on the date of the statements; or subject to pledge on the date of the statement;

(c)                        the name and address of the registered owner and registered pledge;

(d)                       a notation of any liens and restrictions of the issuer and any adverse claims to which the Uncertificated Security is or may be subject or a statement that there are none of those liens, restrictions or adverse claims; and

(e)                        the date the transfer of the shares or units to the new registered owner of the shares or units was registered, the pledge of the registered pledgee was registered or of the statement, if it is a periodic or annual statement.

 

·                               System Password means a confidential and protected string of characters that identifies or authenticates a person and permits said person to gain access to the Telephone System or any portion thereof in order to perform security functions, system administration or maintenance functions.

 

·                               Telephonic Communications means instructions, messages, information or payments made over the telephone or by Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), or other forms of IP or broadband telephony.

 

·                               Telephone System means a private branch exchange, a third party hosted telephony service, voice mail processor, automated call-back attendant or a Computer System with a similar capacity.

 

·                               Tested means a method of authenticating the contents of a communication by utilizing:

 

(a)                       a valid test key, including but not limited to a digital signature, public key cryptography, asymmetric cryptography or other similar technologies or encryption methods, for the purpose of protecting the integrity of that communication; or

(b)                       a Personal Identification Number (PIN); or

(c)                        a “call back” procedure to an authorized person, other than the individual initiating the communication.

 

·                               Theft means robbery, burglary or hold-up, occurring with or without violence or the threat of violence.

 

·                               Uncertificated Security means a share, participation or other interest in property of or an enterprise of the issuer or an obligation of the issuer, which is:

 

(a)                       not represented by an instrument and the transfer of which is registered upon books maintained for that purpose by or on behalf of the issuer;

(b)                       of a type commonly dealt in on securities exchanges or markets; and

(c)                        each one of a class or series or by its terms divisible into a class or series of shares, participations, interests or obligations.

 

·                               Vendor means any entity with which the Insured has a legitimate pre-existing arrangement or written or electronic agreement to provide goods, services or other activities to the Insured.

 

·                               Verification and Reconstitution Costs means costs, charges, fees, disbursements and expenses incurred and/or paid by the Insured, with the prior written approval by the Insurer (such approval not to be unreasonably delayed or withheld), for the verification or reconstitution or removal of:

 

(a)                       Computer Programs or Electronic Data which have been the subject of Impairment; or

(b)                       Malware.

 

·                               Withdrawal Order means a non-negotiable instrument, other than an Instruction to an Issuer, signed by a customer or client of the Insured or any shareholder of or subscriber to shares issued by any Fund authorizing the Insured to debit the customer’s, client’s, shareholder’s or subscriber’s account in the amount of funds stated therein.

 

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Appendix B — List of Funds covered under Part B (Crime Policy)

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

1.                                      Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund Inc.

First Australia Prime Income Fund Inc.

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the FAX Funds”)

 

2.                                      Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited

The First Australia Prime Income Investment Company Limited

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the FAP Funds”)

 

3.                                      Aberdeen Global Income Fund Inc.

Aberdeen Commonwealth Income Fund Inc.

The First Commonwealth Fund Inc.

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the FCO Funds”)

 

4.                                      Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund Inc.

First Australia Fund Inc.

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the IAF Funds”)

 

5.                                      Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund Inc.

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the JEQ Fund”)

 

6.                                      Aberdeen Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund

(hereinafter referred to as “the AEF Fund”)

 

7.                                      Aberdeen Total Dynamic Dividend Fund

(hereinafter referred to as “the AOD Fund”)

 

8.                                      Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund

(hereinafter referred to as “the AWP Fund”)

 

9.                                      Aberdeen Global Dynamic Dividend Fund

(hereinafter referred to as “the AGD Fund”)

 

10.                               Aberdeen Income Credit Strategies Fund

(hereinafter referred to as “the ACP Fund”)

 

11.                               Aberdeen U.S. Small Cap Equity Fund

Aberdeen China A Share Equity Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen China Opportunities Fund)

Aberdeen Intermediate Municipal Income Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Tax Free Income Fund)

Aberdeen U.S. Sustainable Leaders Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen U.S. Multi-Cap Equity Fund)

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Sustainable Leaders Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen International Equity Fund)

Aberdeen U.S. Sustainable Leaders Smaller Companies Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Focused U.S. Equity Fund)

Aberdeen Diversified Income Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Optimal Allocations Fund: Moderate)

Aberdeen Dynamic Allocation Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Optimal Allocations Fund: Moderate Growth)

Aberdeen Diversified Alternatives Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Optimal Allocations Fund: Specialty)

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Emerging Markets Institutional Fund)

Aberdeen Global Equity Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Select Worldwide Fund)

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) Equity Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) Equity Institutional Fund)

Aberdeen Global Unconstrained Fixed Income Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Global Fixed Income Fund)

Aberdeen International Small Cap Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen Global Small Cap Fund)

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Debt Fund

Aberdeen U.S. Mid Cap Equity Fund

Aberdeen Dynamic Dividend Fund

Aberdeen Global Infrastructure Fund

Aberdeen Short Duration High Yield Municipal Fund (f/k/a Aberdeen High Yield Municipal Fund)

Aberdeen International Real Estate Equity Fund

Aberdeen Realty Income and Growth Fund

Aberdeen Ultra Short Municipal Income Fund

Aberdeen Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund

(hereinafter collectively referred to as “the Open-Ended Funds”)

 

12.                               ASGI (Global Infrastructure Income Fund (hereinafter referred to as “the ASGI Fund”)

 

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Appendix C — Supplemental Retroactive Dates

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

The following retroactive dates shall apply to the respective fund specified. These retroactive dates apply in lieu of the retroactive date shown in Item 7.3 of the Schedule to Part A of the attached policy.

 

Fund

 

Supplemental Retroactive Date

Aberdeen Asia Bond Institutional Fund

 

July 18th, 2009

Aberdeen Global Fixed Income Fund

 

July 18th, 2009

Aberdeen Global Small Cap Fund

 

July 18th, 2009

Aberdeen Asia Pacific (Ex Japan) Equity Institutional Fund

 

November 16th, 2009

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Fund

 

November 23rd, 2009

Aberdeen Global High Yield Bond Fund

 

October 4th, 2010

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Debt Local Currency Fund

 

October 4th, 2010

Aberdeen Ultra-Short Duration Bond Fund

 

October 4th, 2010

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Smaller Companies Fund

 

April 5th, 2011

Aberdeen U.S. Equity II Fund

 

October 10th, 2011

Aberdeen U.S. High Yield Bond Fund

 

February 27th, 2012

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Debt Fund

 

November 1st, 2012

Aberdeen European Equity Fund

 

February 25th, 2013

Aberdeen Latin American Equity Fund

 

March 7th, 2013

Aberdeen Multi-Manager Alternative Strategies Fund II

 

February 26th, 2016

AAS II Offshore Fund, Ltd.

 

February 26th, 2016

Aberdeen Japanese Equities Fund

 

November 30th, 2015

Aberdeen U.S. Mid Cap Equity Fund

 

February 29th, 2016

 

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Appendix D — Pre-Approved Legal Counsel

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

[insert list of pre-approved legal counsel]

 

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Endorsement No. 1 - Canada Amendatory Endorsement

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

This endorsement applies to the FAP Funds only

 

In consideration of the payment of the premium for this policy, it is hereby understood and agreed that Part A (Professional Liability and Directors and Officers Liability Policy) of said policy is amended as follows:

 

1)                                     by deleting sub-clause 1) of exclusion 5.1 (Conduct) in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

1)                                     with respect to exclusion (b) above, for acts which are treated as a criminal violation in a Foreign Jurisdiction that are not treated as a criminal violation in Canada, the imposition of a criminal fine or other criminal sanction in such Foreign Jurisdiction will not, by itself, be conclusive proof that a deliberately criminal or deliberately fraudulent act occurred;

 

2)                                     by deleting exclusion 5.2 (e) (ERISA) in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

(e)                                  to any Claim for violation(s) of any of the responsibilities, obligations or duties imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or amendments thereto or any similar provisions of state statutory law or Canadian federal, provincial or territorial statutory law or common law in any applicable jurisdiction in connection with any pension or employee benefit plan or trust sponsored or established by any Insured Entity for the benefit of its employees.

 

3)                                     by deleting exclusion 5.2 (j) (Underwriter, Broker or Dealer Activities) in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

(j)                                    to any Claim arising out of any Insured’s activities as an Underwriter or Securities Dealer or Dealer. As used in this exclusion: 1) “Underwriter” and “Dealer” means an underwriter and dealer as those terms are defined in section 1(1) of the Securities Act (Ontario); 2) “Securities Dealer” means a Securities Dealer as defined in the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada-Dealer Member Rules.

 

4)                                     by deleting the Policy Interpretation and Disputes Clause in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

Policy Interpretation and Disputes

 

Policy Interpretation

 

Any interpretation of this policy relating to its construction, validity or operation shall be made in accordance with the laws of the Selected US state and in accordance with the English text as it appears in this policy.

 

This policy, its declarations and any endorsements are one contract in which, unless the context otherwise requires:

 

(a)                                 the descriptions in the headings and any sub-headings of this policy (including any titles given to any endorsement attached hereto) are inserted solely for convenience and do not constitute any part of the terms or conditions of this policy;

(b)                                 words or expressions in the singular include the plural, and vice versa;

(c)                                  words in bold typeface have special meaning and are defined.

 

Nothing in this policy shall be a condition precedent or a warranty.

 

Disputes

 

(a)                                 If any dispute, claim, question or difference arises out of or in connection with this policy (a “Dispute”), the parties shall attempt to settle the Dispute by negotiation.  If the Dispute has not been resolved, for any reason, within fourteen (14) days following delivery of a notice of Dispute, the Dispute will be resolved by arbitration as provided in this Policy Interpretation and Disputes Clause.  Although the arbitrator(s) also have the power to grant injunctive or other equitable relief, nothing in this Policy Interpretation and Disputes Clause prevents a party from seeking or obtaining an injunction, specific performance or any other equitable remedy from a court of competent jurisdiction.

 

(b)                                 International Chamber of Commerce: A party may commence arbitration in respect of a Dispute by delivering to the other party and to the International Chamber of Commerce a written notice of arbitration.  The Dispute will be arbitrated and resolved under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with the said Rules.

 

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(c)                                  The place of arbitration will be New York, U.S.A., the language of the arbitration will be English and there will be 3 arbitrators.  The arbitration will be kept confidential and the existence of the proceeding and any element of it (including any pleadings, briefs or other documents submitted or exchanged, any testimony or other oral submissions and any awards) will not be disclosed beyond the arbitrator, the parties, their counsel and any person necessary to the conduct of the proceeding, except as may lawfully be required in judicial proceedings relating to the arbitration or otherwise or as may be required by law.  A party to a Dispute may, at any time, make an offer to the other party to the Dispute to settle all or any part of the Dispute. Any offer to settle is deemed to be an offer of compromise made in confidence and without prejudice. The fact that an offer to settle has been made will not be communicated to the arbitrator until the arbitrator has made a final determination of all aspects of the Dispute other than costs. If an offer to settle is not accepted and the arbitration award is no more favourable to the party to which the offer was made, the party making the offer is entitled to all of its costs in connection with the arbitration in respect of the period from the date the offer to settle was made to the making of the arbitration award.

 

(d)                                 This arbitration provision will be governed by and interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of New York.

 

Special Definition

 

Selected US state means the US state selected by the Insured (at their sole discretion), provided that such US state is one of the following:

 

1)                                     the US state where the Fund is incorporated;

2)                                     the US state where the Fund has its head office; or

3)                                     the US state where the Fund’s securities are traded.

 

5)                                     by deleting sub-clause (a) of the definition of “Enforcement Body” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

(a)                                 any federal, provincial, territorial, state, local or foreign law enforcement authority or other governmental investigative authority (including, but not limited to, any securities regulator or securities regulatory authority in any jurisdiction of Canada, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and any attorney general); or

 

6)                                     by deleting the definition of “Foreign Jurisdiction” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

·                                        Foreign Jurisdiction” means any jurisdiction, other than Canada or any of its provinces or territories.

 

7)                                     by deleting the definition of “Independent Director” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

·                                        Independent Director” means any director of the Fund who would be independent within the meaning of section 1.4 of National Instrument 52-110-Audit Committees.

 

8)                                     by deleting the definition of “Insured” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

·                                        Insured” means the Named Insured and any past, present or future partner, officer, director, trustee or employee of the Named Insured against whom Claim is made in their capacity as such partner, officer, director, trustee or employee. “Insured” shall also mean any member, officer or employee of the Independent Review Committee of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Ltd. as defined by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA).

 

9)                                     by deleting sub-clause (a) of the definition of “Loss” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

(a)                                 fines or penalties, other than any fines and penalties assessed against any Executive Insured pursuant to Section 78ff (c) or Section 1 78dd-2(g) (2) of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or Section 11(1)(a) of the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act of 2010, Chapter 23 or any similar federal, provincial or territorial laws applicable in Canada;

 

10)                              by deleting the final paragraph of the definition of “Loss” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

Notwithstanding sub-clause (e) above, the Insurer shall not assert that, in any Claim alleging violations of any applicable Canadian securities laws relating to civil liability for disclosure in an offering document or other written communication or oral statement, or Section 11, 12 or 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the portion of any amounts incurred by the Insureds which is attributable to such violations constitutes uninsurable loss, and shall treat that portion of all such settlements, judgments and Defense Costs as constituting loss under this policy.

 

11)                              by deleting the definition of “Named Insured” in its entirety and replacing the following respectively therefore:

 

·                                         Named Insured” means the individual, partnership, trust, corporation, Fund(s) or firm named in Item 1 of the Declarations. “Named Insured” shall also mean any member, officer or employee of the Independent Review Committee of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Ltd. as defined by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA).

 

All other terms, conditions and exclusions remain unchanged.

 

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Endorsement No. 2 - FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT (“FATCA”)

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

This endorsement applies to the FAX Funds, FCO Funds, IAF Funds, JEQ Funds, AEF Funds, AOD Funds, AWP Funds, AGD Funds and Open Ended Funds only

 

Each (Re)Insurer hereby acknowledges the requirements of Sections 1471-1474 US Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the Treasury regulations and other guidance issued from time to time thereunder (“FATCA”) and the obligation of each of them to provide to the Broker Willis Limited a valid Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form W8-BEN-E, W-9 or other documentation meeting the requirements of the FATCA regulations to establish they are not subject to any withholding requirement pursuant to FATCA (the “Required Documentation”).

 

Furthermore:

 

a)                         If a (Re)Insurer becomes non-compliant with FATCA during the contract period or has not provided the Broker with the Required Documentation 14 days prior to any premium due date, the Withholding Agent (as defined in U.S. Treasury Regulation Section 1.1471-1(b)(147)) shall withhold 30% of the premium (to the extent all or a portion of that premium is subject to withholding pursuant to FATCA) due to that (Re)Insurer under this contract on that premium due date and shall promptly notify that (Re)Insurer via the Broker.

 

b)                         The withholding of premium by virtue of (a) above shall not be, and shall not be treated by the (Re)Insurer as a breach of any premium payment condition, warranty or other clause whether or not entitling the (Re)Insurer to cancel, terminate or restrict this contract, refuse, restrict or delay payment of any claim or invoke any interest, penalty or other late payment provision. The (Re)Insurer shall be liable under this contract as if no such withholding had been made.

 

c)                          The (Re)Insurer shall not recoup sums withheld under (a) above by deducting equivalent sums from any payments due to the (Re)Insured or by set off against any other sums owed by the (Re)Insurer and any general or contractual right of set-off enjoyed by the (Re)Insurer is hereby varied and qualified to that extent.

 

d)                         Where premium is withheld in error, has not yet been paid to the IRS and the underwriter has been paid only the net premium following such withholding, the broker will cooperate with the (re)insurer to process the requisite refund.

 

IUA 09-054

 

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Endorsement No. 3 - U.S. Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 as amended Not Purchased Clause

 

Attaching to and forming part of Policy Number 46849P21 issued to various funds managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc.

 

This endorsement applies to the FAX Funds, FCO Funds, IAF Funds, JEQ Funds, AEF Funds, AOD Funds, AWP Funds, AGD Funds and Open Ended Funds only

 

This Clause is issued in accordance with the terms and conditions of the “U.S. Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002” as amended as summarized in the disclosure notice.

 

It is hereby noted that the Underwriters have made available coverage for “insured losses” directly resulting from an “act of terrorism” as defined in the “U.S. Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002”, as amended (“TRIA”) and the Insured has declined or not confirmed to purchase this coverage.

 

This Insurance therefore affords no coverage for losses directly resulting from any “act of terrorism” as defined in TRIA except to the extent, if any, otherwise provided by this policy.

 

All other terms, conditions, insured coverage and exclusions of this Insurance including applicable limits and deductibles remain unchanged and apply in full force and effect to the coverage provided by this Insurance.

 

LMA5219

12 January 2015

 

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JOINT INSURED AGREEMENT
DIRECTORS/TRUSTEES & OFFICERS/ERRORS & OMISSIONS POLICY AND
INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS LIABILITY POLICY

 

This AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is dated as of May 14, 2021, among the funds set forth in Schedule A to this Agreement (the “Funds”).  In this Agreement, the Funds are sometimes referred to collectively as the “Parties” and individually as a “Party.”

 

WHEREAS, each of the Parties is either a management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”) (a “Registered Fund”), or in the case of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited (“FAP”), a Canadian listed fund and an investment fund governed under National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds in Canada (a “Canadian Fund”);

 

WHEREAS, Rule 17d-1(d)(7) under the Act permits arrangements regarding liability insurance policies among U.S. registered investment companies and their affiliates provided certain conditions are met;

 

WHEREAS, FAP has the corporate power and authority to participate in this Agreement; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board members on behalf the Funds (including, for the Registered Funds, a majority of the Board members who are not “interested persons” of the relevant Registered Fund, as defined by Section 2(a)(19) of the Act) have given due consideration to the amount and ratable allocation of premiums for a joint insured directors/trustees and officers and errors and omissions liability policy (the “Joint D&O/E&O Policy”) and joint Independent Directors/Trustees Liability Policy (the “Joint IDL Policy” and with the Joint D&O/E&O Policy, the “Policy”) and (i) have approved each particular Fund’s participation in such policy as being in the best interests of that Fund, and (ii) have determined that the allocation of the premium for the joint insurance policy to be allocated to each particular Fund as set forth herein is fair and reasonable to that Fund; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the requirements of 17d-1(d)(7)(iii) of the Act, the Policy does not exclude coverage for bona fide claims made against any Board member who is not an interested person of the Registered Funds, or against a Registered Fund if it is a co-defendant in the claim with the disinterested Board member, by another person insured under the Policy.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties hereto, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained herein, hereby agree as follows:

 

1.                                      Joint Policy.  To insure the Parties to this Agreement, and their respective Board members and officers, against their errors or omissions, the Parties shall purchase, as applicable, a Joint D&O/E&O Policy and a Joint IDL Policy from reputable insurance companies (collectively, the “Insurer”).

 

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2.                                      Limits of Liability.  The limit of the Insurer’s liability under the Policy shall not be less than the amount approved by the Board of each of the Parties.

 

3.                                      Allocation of Premium.  Each Fund agrees to pay its proportionate share of the total premium due under the Policy, which shall be determined based upon each Fund’s share of the sum of the premiums that would have been paid if such insurance coverage were purchased separately by the insured parties and shall be determined by the Boards of the Funds to be a fair and reasonable allocation of the premiums. At the inception of this Agreement, the allocation of the premium is based on the premium spend of each Fund as a proportion of the total combined premium for each Fund’s previous separate insurance programs.

 

4.                                      Allocation of Recovery.

 

(a)                                 The term “Fund Loss” for a Fund as used in this Section 4 shall mean any Loss or Losses (as such term or similar term is defined in the Policy) sustained by that Fund or by or on behalf of an officer, Board member or (if applicable) employee of the Fund in his or her capacity as such (collectively, the “Fund Insureds”) for which (i) the Insurer has acknowledged a partial or complete exhaustion of any applicable Retention or Retentions (as such term or similar term is defined in the Policy), (ii) actual payment is made under the Policy by the Insurer to one or more Fund Insureds of the Fund (whether on the Fund’s behalf or on behalf of another Fund Insured), or (iii) the Insurer would have acknowledged or paid under the Policy if the limits of the Insurer’s liability under the Policy had not been exhausted.  The term “Related Fund Loss” shall mean any related or interrelated (as such term or similar term is defined and addressed in the Policy) Fund Losses sustained by a Fund Insured in connection with one or more of a number of claims that are treated as a single claim under the Policy for a particular policy period.  The term “Recovery” shall mean the aggregate amount acknowledged or paid by the Insurer to a Fund Insured (or would have been acknowledged or paid by the Insurer but for the exhaustion of the Insurer’s limits of liability), with respect to any Fund Losses or Related Fund Losses.  For purposes of the allocation of proceeds under this Section 4, any Losses sustained by any insured officer, Board member or (if applicable) employee of any Fund shall be deemed to be Fund Losses of such Fund.

 

(b)                                 If more than one of the Fund Insureds of one or more Funds sustain any Fund Loss for which Recovery is actually acknowledged or received under the Policy during a single policy period, then the Fund Insureds of each such Fund shall receive that portion of the Recovery that is sufficient in amount to reimburse or indemnify the Fund Insureds of each such Fund in full for the Fund Loss sustained by them or on behalf of another Fund Insured, unless the Recovery is less than the amount needed to fully reimburse or indemnify all such Fund Insureds sustaining such Fund Loss.

 

(c)                                  If the Recovery is less than the amount required to fully reimburse or indemnify all Fund Insureds sustaining any Fund Losses covered under a single policy period because the Insurer’s limits of liability under the Joint D&O/E&O Policy have been exhausted, then the Recovery shall be allocated fairly and reasonably among the Funds whose Fund Insureds sustained such Fund Losses in proportion to the Joint D&O/E&O Policy premium paid by each such Fund.

 

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(d)                                 If the Recovery is less than the amount required to fully reimburse or indemnify all Fund Insureds of a Fund sustaining any Fund Losses covered under a single policy period because the Insurer’s limits of liability under the Joint IDL Policy have been exhausted, or would have been covered but for the exhaustion of the Insurer’s limits of liability, then the Recovery shall be allocated fairly and reasonably among the Funds whose Fund Insureds sustained those Fund Losses in proportion to the Joint IDL Policy premium paid by each such Fund.

 

(e)                                  If the Fund Insureds of any Fund are unable to fully recover the amount required to fully reimburse or indemnify any and all Fund Losses sustained by such Fund Insureds under a Policy in a given policy period up to that Fund’s proportional allocated amount pursuant to paragraphs 4(c) or (d) hereof because the Insurer has fully paid its limit of liability under such policy period, and the Fund Insureds of any other Fund have recovered under that Policy in the same policy period above the proportional amount that would have been allocated to them had all Fund Losses sustained by all Fund Insureds been allocated pursuant to paragraphs 4(c) or (d) hereof (a “Full Allocation”), then the Fund or Funds whose Fund Insureds receiving such payment above their proportional allocated amount shall reimburse those Funds whose Fund Insureds that were unable to recover what would have been their full proportional allocated amounts from the Insurer had there been a Full Allocation and any Fund Insureds receiving any payment above their proportional allocated amount either from the Insurer or another Fund Insured(s) shall continue to reimburse any such Fund Insureds that have not been paid their proportional allocated amount until all Fund Losses incurred by all Fund Insured in any single policy period are proportionally allocated pursuant to paragraphs 4(c) or (d) hereof.

 

(f)                                   In the event it is finally adjudicated that any payment of any Fund Losses, or any portion of any Fund Losses, are not insurable or covered under the Policy and subject to repayment to the Insurer and the replenishment of the limits of liability pursuant to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the Policy, such repayments demanded by and actually paid to the Insurer and deemed a replenishment of the limit of liability in the applicable policy period shall then be applied and paid to any Fund Insured on the proportional allocated basis otherwise required pursuant to paragraphs 4(c), (d) or (e) hereof.

 

5.                                      Term.  Subject to paragraph 7 hereof, this Agreement shall remain in effect as long as (a) the Board members of the Registered Funds (including a majority of the Board members of the relevant Registered Funds who are not “interested persons,” as defined by Section 2(a)(19) of the Act, of such Party) makes the annual determinations respecting the Policy required under Rule 17d-1(d)(7), and (b) the Board of each Fund annually approves the renewal of the Policy.

 

6.                                      Withdrawal and Amendments.  Any Party may withdraw from this Agreement at any time and cease to be Party hereto (except with respect to Fund Losses actually incurred prior to such withdrawal) by giving written notice to the other Parties of such withdrawal.  Upon withdrawal, a withdrawing Party shall be entitled to receive any premium rebated by the Insurer with respect to such withdrawal as is determined by the Parties to be equitable.  This Agreement may be amended by the Parties hereto in a written agreement signed by all such Parties.

 

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7.                                      Governing Law.  This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Delaware.

 

8.                                      No Assignment.  This Agreement is not assignable.

 

9.                                      Notices.  All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing or electronic and shall be addressed to the Parties by mail at Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc., 1900 Market Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Attn: Legal Department and electronically at legal.us@aberdeenstandard.com.

 

10.                               Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which, when executed and delivered shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the Parties hereto has duly executed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.

 

 

ABERDEEN FUNDS, on behalf of its series portfolios, individually and not jointly

 

ABERDEEN ASIA-PACIFIC INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN AUSTRALIA EQUITY FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN JAPAN EQUITY FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL PREMIER PROPERTIES FUND

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL DYNAMIC DIVIDEND FUND

 

ABERDEEN TOTAL DYNAMIC DIVIDEND FUND

 

ABERDEEN INCOME CREDIT STRATEGIES FUND

 

ABERDEEN EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN STANDARD GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE INCOME FUND

 

ABERDEEN ASIA-PACIFIC INCOME INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

Title:

 

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SCHEDULE A

 

TO JOINT INSURED AGREEMENT

 

Dated May 14, 2021

 

Funds participating in the Agreement as of May 14, 2021

 

Aberdeen Funds on behalf of each of its series, individually and not jointly

Aberdeen China A Share Equity Fund

Aberdeen Dynamic Dividend Fund

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Debt Fund

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Fund

Aberdeen U.S. Sustainable Leaders Smaller Companies Fund

Aberdeen Global Equity Fund

Aberdeen Global Infrastructure Fund

Aberdeen Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund

Aberdeen Intermediate Municipal Income Fund

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Sustainable Leaders Fund

Aberdeen International Real Estate Equity Fund

Aberdeen International Small Cap Fund

Aberdeen Realty Income & Growth Fund

Aberdeen Short Duration High Yield Municipal Fund

Aberdeen Ultra Short Municipal Income Fund

Aberdeen U.S. Sustainable Leaders Fund

Aberdeen U.S. Small Cap Equity Fund

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc.

Aberdeen Global Income Fund, Inc.

Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund, Inc.

Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund, Inc.

Aberdeen Global Premier Properties Fund

Aberdeen Global Dynamic Dividend Fund

Aberdeen Total Dynamic Dividend Fund

Aberdeen Income Credit Strategies Fund

Aberdeen Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund, Inc.

Aberdeen Standard Global Infrastructure Income Fund

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited

 


 

 

Acknowledged:

 

 

 

ABERDEEN FUNDS, on behalf of its series portfolios, individually and not jointly

 

ABERDEEN ASIA-PACIFIC INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN AUSTRALIA EQUITY FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN JAPAN EQUITY FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL PREMIER PROPERTIES FUND

 

ABERDEEN GLOBAL DYNAMIC DIVIDEND FUND

 

ABERDEEN TOTAL DYNAMIC DIVIDEND FUND

 

ABERDEEN INCOME CREDIT STRATEGIES FUND

 

ABERDEEN EMERGING MARKETS EQUITY INCOME FUND, INC.

 

ABERDEEN STANDARD GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE INCOME FUND

 

ABERDEEN ASIA-PACIFIC INCOME INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

Title:

 


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