Notice to Members 98-75

SEC Approves Rule Change Relating to Non-Cash Compensation for Mutual Funds and Variable Products

On July 15, 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD(r)) Rules 2820 (Variable Contracts Rule) and 2830 (Investment Company Rule) that regulate non-cash compensation arrangements for the sale and distribution of variable contracts and investment company securities. Generally, the amendments adopt new definitions, impose recordkeeping requirements, and limit the manner in which members can pay or accept non-cash compensation. The amendments are effective January 1, 1999, under the implementation plan described below.