SEC Form N-30B-2

SEC Form N-30B-2: A form notifying the SEC that an investment company is up-to-date with mailing out its reports to investors and shareholders.

Investopedia / Paige McLaughlin

What Is SEC Form N-30B-2?

SEC Form N-30B-2 is a required filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for mutual fund companies.

The form notifies the SEC that the investment company named is up-to-date with mailing out its reports to investors and shareholders, in accordance with the Investment Company Act of 1940.

The form is filed online using the agency's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system.

Key Takeaways

  • SEC Form N-30B-2 is a routine filing with the SEC for some investment companies.
  • Filers use the form to confirm that they are up to date with mailing periodic and interim reports to shareholders.
  • The form is required pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1949, which aims to protect the interests of small investors.

Understanding SEC Form N-30B-2

SEC Form N-30B-2 is a required filing under the Investment Company Act of 1940. This law regulates investment companies, such as mutual fund companies, that market their investments to individual investors.

It was one of the major laws passed in the years following the Great Depression that aimed to protect small investors. The part relevant to Form N-30B-2 details the responsibilities of investment companies to report their performance regularly to their shareholders.

The form must be filed by investment companies no more than 10 days after mailings to shareholders are sent. The filing confirms that these companies are compliant with the requirements set forth as per Rule 30b-2 of the Act, which states that they must keep up with mailing out periodic and interim reports to active shareholders on a regular basis.

SEC Form N-30B-2 is designed in the form of a letter addressed to the commissioners of the SEC. It is normally submitted by the company's general counsel and includes the following information:

  • The company's name and contact information
  • The type of reports sent to shareholders
  • The specific funds for which the reports were filed

The filing signals to the SEC that shareholders have been provided with accurate data and critical information that can allow them to make educated investment decisions.

Special Considerations

Filings to the SEC must be submitted electronically using the agency's EDGAR online system. Individuals and organizations can access the system and download the required forms and materials via the website for free.

Organizations that are unable to submit documents electronically must establish a case for why they should be granted a temporary or permanent hardship classification.

Benefits of SEC Form N-30B-2

Quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports contain critical information for mutual fund shareholders. Shareholders can see exactly where their money is being invested, how the investments have performed in the past period, and what fees and management costs the fund company is charging.

Providing shareholders with mandated reports at required intervals is important so that investment companies can prove they are operating under a strategy of full disclosure, and are not withholding or concealing any significant financial information from investors who might experience financial harm as a result.

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  2. Cornell Law Institute. "17 CFR § 270.30b2-1 - Filing of reports to stockholders." Accessed March 25, 2021.

  3. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "INDEX TO FORMS," Pages 3-20. Accessed March 25, 2021.

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