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Funds: You Can Avoid Receiving Duplicate Copies of Prospectuses and Fund Reports (Householding Rules)

Investors often invest in funds through a variety of individual and family accounts and, as a result, sometimes receive multiple copies of the same documents from those funds. To avoid duplication, the SEC allows funds to deliver a single copy of the same document to investors who share the same address.

The SECís so-called "householding rulesĒ cover prospectuses, annual and semi-annual reports, and proxy and information statements. Investors at the same address who prefer to receive multiple printed copies of the same document or documents may obtain them upon request to the fund.

Additional details about the householding rules may be found here:

Delivery of Disclosure Documents to Households

Delivery of Proxy Statements and Information Statements to Households


We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

Modified: 07/28/2010