X. XXXX PRICE GLOBAL REAL ESTATE FUND, INC.
X. XXXX PRICE ASSOCIATES, INC.
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT, made as of the 22nd day of July, 2008, by and between X. XXXX PRICE GLOBAL REAL ESTATE FUND, INC., a Maryland corporation (the "Fund"), and X. XXXX PRICE ASSOCIATES, INC., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Maryland (hereinafter called the "Manager").
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Fund is engaged in business as an open-end management investment company and is registered as such under the federal Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Act"); and
WHEREAS, the Manager is engaged principally in the business of rendering investment supervisory services and is registered as an investment adviser under the federal Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended; and
WHEREAS, the Fund desires the Manager to render investment supervisory services to the Fund in the manner and on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual promises hereinafter set forth, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1.Duties and Responsibilities of Manager.
A.Investment Management Services. The Manager shall act as investment manager and shall supervise and direct the investments of the Fund in accordance with the Fund`s investment objective, program and restrictions as provided in the Fund`s prospectus, as amended from time to time, and such other limitations as the Fund may impose by notice in writing to the Manager. The Manager shall obtain and evaluate such information relating to the economy, industries, businesses, securities markets and securities as it may deem necessary or useful in the discharge of its obligations hereunder and shall formulate and implement a continuing program for the management of the assets and resources of the Fund in a manner consistent with its investment objective. In furtherance of this duty, the Manager, as agent and attorney-in-fact with
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respect to the Fund, is authorized, in its discretion and without prior consultation with the Fund, to:
(1)buy, sell, exchange, convert, lend, and otherwise trade in any stocks, bonds, and other securities or assets; and
(2)place orders and negotiate the commissions (if any) for the execution of transactions in securities with or through such brokers, dealers, underwriters or issuers as the Manager may select.
X.Xxxxxxxxx, Accounting, and Administrative Services. The Manager shall maintain the existence and records of the Fund; maintain the registrations and qualifications of Fund shares under federal and state law; monitor the financial, accounting, and administrative functions of the Fund; maintain liaison with the various agents employed by the Fund (including the Fund`s transfer agent, custodian, independent accountants and legal counsel) and assist in the coordination of their activities on behalf of the Fund.
C.Reports to Fund. The Manager shall furnish to or place at the disposal of the Fund such information, reports, evaluations, analyses and opinions as they may, at any time or from time to time, reasonably request or as the Manager may deem helpful to the Fund.
D.Reports and Other Communications to Fund Shareholders. The Manager shall assist in developing all general shareholder communications, including regular shareholder reports.
X.Xxxx Personnel. The Manager agrees to permit individuals who are officers or employees of the Manager to serve (if duly elected or appointed) as officers, directors, members of any committee of directors, members of any advisory board, or members of any other committee of the Fund, without remuneration or other cost to the Fund.
F.Personnel, Office Space, and Facilities of Manager. The Manager at its own expense shall furnish or provide and pay the cost of such office space, office equipment, office personnel, and office services as the Manager requires in the performance of its investment advisory and other obligations under this Agreement.
2.Allocation of Expenses.
A.Expenses Paid by Manager.
(1)Salaries and Fees of Officers. The Manager shall pay all salaries, expenses, and fees of the officers and directors of the Fund who are affiliated with the Manager.
(2)Assumption of Fund Expenses by Manager. The payment or assumption by the Manager of any expense of the Fund that the Manager is not required by this
Agreement to pay or assume shall not obligate the Manager to pay or assume the same or any similar expense of the Fund on any subsequent occasion.
B.Expenses Paid by Fund. The Fund shall bear all expenses of its organization, operations, and business not specifically assumed or agreed to be paid by the Manager as provided in this Agreement. In particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Fund shall pay:
(1)Custody and Accounting Services. All expenses of the transfer, receipt, safekeeping, servicing and accounting for the cash, securities, and other property of the Fund, including all charges of depositories, custodians, and other agents, if any;
(2)Shareholder Servicing. All expenses of maintaining and servicing shareholder accounts, including all charges for transfer, shareholder recordkeeping, dividend disbursing, redemption, and other agents for the benefit of the Fund, if any;
(3)Shareholder Communications. All expenses of preparing, setting in type, printing, and distributing reports and other communications to shareholders;
(4)Shareholder Meetings. All expenses incidental to holding meetings of Fund shareholders, including the printing of notices and proxy material, and proxy solicitation therefor;
(5)Prospectuses. All expenses of preparing, setting in type, and printing of annual or more frequent revisions of the Fund`s prospectus and of mailing them to shareholders;
(6)Pricing. All expenses of computing the Fund`s net asset value per share, including the cost of any equipment or services used for obtaining price quotations;
(7)Communication Equipment. All charges for equipment or services used for communication between the Manager or the Fund and the custodian, transfer agent or any other agent selected by the Fund;
(8)Legal and Accounting Fees and Expenses. All charges for services and expenses of the Fund`s legal counsel and independent auditors for the benefit of the Fund;
(9)Directors` Fees and Expenses. All compensation of directors, other than those affiliated with the Manager, and all expenses incurred in connection with their service;
(10)Federal Registration Fees. All fees and expenses of registering and maintaining the registration of the Fund under the Act and the registration of the Fund`s shares under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "xd4 33 Act"), including all fees and
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expenses incurred in connection with the preparation, setting in type, printing, and filing of any registration statement and prospectus under the xd4 33 Act or the Act, and any amendments or supplements that may be made from time to time;
(11)State Filing Fees. All fees and expenses imposed on the Fund with respect to the sale of the Fund shares under securities laws of various states or jurisdictions, and, under all other laws applicable to the Fund, or its business activities (including registering the Fund as a broker-dealer, or any officer of the Fund or any person as agent or salesman of the Fund in any state);
(12)Issue and Redemption of Fund Shares. All expenses incurred in connection with the issue, redemption, and transfer of the Fund`s shares, including the expense of confirming all share transactions;
(13)Bonding and Insurance. All expenses of bond, liability, and other insurance coverage required by law or deemed advisable by the Fund`s Board of Directors;
(14)Brokerage Commissions. All brokers` commissions and other charges incident to the purchase, sale, or lending of the Fund`s portfolio securities;
(15)Taxes. All taxes or governmental fees payable by or with respect of the Fund to federal, state, or other governmental agencies, domestic or foreign, including stamp or other transfer taxes;
(16)Trade Association Fees. All fees, dues, and other expenses incurred in connection with the Fund`s membership in any trade association or other investment organization; and
(17)Nonrecurring and Extraordinary Expenses. Such nonrecurring expenses as may arise, including the costs of actions, suits, or proceedings to which the Fund is a party and the expenses the Fund may incur as a result of its legal obligation to provide indemnification to its officers, directors, and agents.
0.Xxxxxxxxxx Fee. The Fund shall pay the Manager a fee ("Fee") which will consist of two components: a Group Management Fee ("Group Fee") and an Individual Fund Fee ("Fund Fee"). The Fee shall be paid monthly to the Manager on the first business day of the next succeeding calendar month and shall be calculated as follows:
X.Xxxxx Fee. The monthly Group Fee ("Monthly Group Fee") shall be the sum of the daily Group Fee accruals ("Daily Group Fee Accruals") for each month. The Daily Group Fee Accrual for any particular day will be computed by multiplying the Price Funds` group fee accrual as determined below ("Daily Price Funds` Group Fee Accrual") by the ratio of the Fund`s net assets for that day to the sum of the aggregate net assets of the Price Funds for that day. The Daily Price Funds` Group Fee Accrual for any particular day shall be calculated by multiplying the fraction of one (1) over the number of calendar days in the year by the annualized
Daily Price Funds` Group Fee Accrual for that day as determined in accordance with the following schedule:
Price Funds Annual Group
Base Fee Rate for Each Level of Assets
0.480%First $1 billion
0.450%Next $1 billion
0.420%Next $1 billion
0.390%Next $1 billion
0.370%Next $1 billion
0.360%Next $2 billion
0.350%Next $2 billion
0.340%Next $5 billion
0.330%Next $10 billion
0.320%Next $10 billion
0.310%Next $16 billion
0.305%Next $30 billion
0.300%Next $40 billion
0.295%Next $40 billion
0.290%Next $60 billion
The Price Funds shall include all the mutual funds distributed by X. Xxxx Price Investment Services, Inc., (except the Spectrum Funds, Retirement Funds, TRP Reserve Investment Funds, and any index or private label mutual funds). For the purposes of calculating the Daily Price Funds` Group Fee Accrual for any particular day, the net assets of each Price Fund shall be determined in accordance with the Fund`s prospectus, as of the close of business on the previous business day on which the Fund was open for business.
X.Xxxx Fee. The monthly Fund Fee ("Monthly Fund Fee") shall be the sum of the daily Fund Fee accruals ("Daily Fund Fee Accruals") for each month. The Daily Fund Fee Accrual for any particular day will be computed by multiplying the fraction of one (1) over the number of calendar days in the year by the Fund Fee Rate of 0.40% and multiplying this product by the net assets of the Fund for that day, as determined in accordance with the Fund`s prospectus as of the close of business on the previous business day on which the Fund was open for business.
C.Expense Limitation. As part of the consideration for the Fund entering into this Agreement, the Manager hereby agrees to limit the aggregate expenses of every character incurred by the Fund, including but not limited to Fees of the Manager computed as hereinabove set forth, but excluding interest, taxes, brokerage, and other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and extraordinary expenses, ("Manager Limitation"). Under the Manager Limitation, the Manager agrees that through April 30, 2011, such expenses shall not exceed 1.05% of the average daily net assets of the Fund
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("1.05% Expense Limitation"). To determine the Manager`s liability for the Fund`s expenses over the 1.05% Expense Limitation, the amount of allowable year-to-date expenses shall be computed daily by prorating the 1.05% Expense Limitation based on the number of days elapsed within the fiscal year of the Fund, or limitation period, if shorter ("Pro-Rated Limitation"). The Pro-Rated Limitation shall be compared to the expenses of the Fund recorded through the prior day in order to produce the allowable expenses to be recorded for the current day ("Allowable Expenses"). If the Fund`s Management Fee and other expenses for the current day exceed the Allowable Expenses, the Management Fee for the current day shall be reduced by such excess ("Unaccrued Fees"). In the event the excess exceeds the amount due as the Management Fee, the Manager shall be responsible to the Fund for the additional excess ("Other Expenses Exceeding Limit"). If at any time up through and including April 30, 2011, the Fund`s Management Fee and other expenses for the current day are less than the Allowable Expenses, the differential shall be due to the Manager as payment of cumulative Unaccrued Fees (if any) or as payment for cumulative Other Expenses Exceeding Limit (if any). If cumulative Unaccrued Fees or cumulative Other Expenses Exceeding Limit remain at April 30, 2011, these amounts shall be paid to the Manager in the future provided that: (1) no such payment shall be made to the Manager more than three years after the occurrence of any Unaccrued Fees or Other Expenses Exceeding Limit; and (2) such payment shall only be made to the extent that it does not result in the Fund`s aggregate expenses exceeding an expense limit of 1.05% of average daily net assets. The Manager may voluntarily agree to an additional expense limitation (any such additional expense limitation hereinafter referred to as an "Additional Expense Limitation"), at the same or a different level and for the same or a different period of time beyond April 30, 2011 (any such additional period being hereinafter referred to an as "Additional Period") provided, however, that: (1) the calculations and methods of payment shall be as described above; (2) no payment for cumulative Unaccrued Fees or cumulative Other Expenses Exceeding Limit shall be made to the Manager more than three years after the occurrence of any Unaccrued Fees or Other Expenses Exceeding Limit; and (3) payment for cumulative Unaccrued Fees or cumulative Other Expenses Exceeding Limit after the expiration of the Additional Period shall only be made to the extent it does not result in the Fund`s aggregate expenses exceeding the Additional Expense Limitation to which the unpaid amounts relate.
D.Proration of Fee. If this Agreement becomes effective or terminates before the end of any month, the Fee for the period from the effective date to the end of such month or from the beginning of such month to the date of termination, as the case may be, shall be prorated according to the proportion which such period bears to the full month in which such effectiveness or termination occurs.
4.Brokerage. Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, the Manager, in carrying out its duties under Paragraph 1.A., may cause the Fund to pay a broker-dealer which furnishes brokerage or research services [as such services are defined under Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "xd4 34 Act")], a higher commission than that which might be charged by another broker-dealer which does not furnish brokerage or research services or which furnishes brokerage or research services deemed to be of lesser value, if such commission is deemed reasonable in relation to the brokerage and research services provided by the broker-dealer, viewed in terms of either that particular transaction or the overall
responsibilities of the Manager with respect to the accounts as to which it exercises investment discretion (as such term is defined under Section 3(a)(35) of the xd4 34 Act).
5.Manager`s Use of the Services of Others. The Manager may (at its cost except as contemplated by Paragraph 4 of this Agreement) employ, retain or otherwise avail itself of the services or facilities of other persons or organizations for the purpose of providing the Manager or the Fund with such statistical and other factual information, such advice regarding economic factors and trends, such advice as to occasional transactions in specific securities or such other information, advice or assistance as the Manager may deem necessary, appropriate or convenient for the discharge of its obligations hereunder or otherwise helpful to the Fund or in the discharge of Manager`s overall responsibilities with respect to the other accounts which it serves as investment manager.
6.Ownership of Records. All records required to be maintained and preserved by the Fund pursuant to the provisions of rules or regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 31(a) of the Act and maintained and preserved by the Manager on behalf of the Fund are the property of the Fund and will be surrendered by the Manager promptly on request by the Fund.
7.Reports to Manager. The Fund shall furnish or otherwise make available to the Manager such prospectuses, financial statements, proxy statements, reports, and other information relating to the business and affairs of the Fund as the Manager may, at any time or from time to time, reasonably require in order to discharge its obligations under this Agreement.
0.Xxxxxxxx to Other Clients. Nothing herein contained shall limit the freedom of the Manager or any affiliated person of the Manager to render investment supervisory and corporate administrative services to other investment companies, to act as investment manager or investment counselor to other persons, firms or corporations, or to engage in other business activities; but so long as this Agreement or any extension, renewal or amendment hereof shall remain in effect or until the Manager shall otherwise consent, the Manager shall be the only investment manager to the Fund.
9.Limitation of Liability of Manager. Neither the Manager nor any of its officers, directors, or employees, nor any person performing executive, administrative, trading, or other functions for the Fund (at the direction or request of the Manager) or the Manager in connection with the Manager`s discharge of its obligations undertaken or reasonably assumed with respect to this Agreement, shall be liable for any error of judgment or mistake of law or for any loss suffered by the Fund in connection with the matters to which this Agreement relates, except for loss resulting from willful misfeasance, bad faith, or gross negligence in the performance of its or his duties on behalf of the Fund or from reckless disregard by the Manager or any such person of the duties of the Manager under this Agreement.
10.Use of Manager`s Name. The Fund may use the name "X. Xxxx Price Global Real Estate Fund, Inc." or any other name derived from the name "X. Xxxx Price" only for so long as this Agreement or any extension, renewal or amendment hereof remains in effect,
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including any similar agreement with any organization which shall have succeeded to the business of the Manager as investment manager. At such time as this Agreement or any extension, renewal or amendment hereof, or such other similar agreement shall no longer be in effect, the Fund will (by corporate action, if necessary) cease to use any name derived from the name "X. Xxxx Price," any name similar thereto or any other name indicating that it is advised by or otherwise connected with the Manager, or with any organization which shall have succeeded to the Manager`s business as investment manager.
11.Term of Agreement. The term of this Agreement shall begin on the date first above written, and unless sooner terminated as hereinafter provided, this Agreement shall remain in effect through April 30, 2010. Thereafter, this Agreement shall continue in effect from year to year, with respect to the Fund, subject to the termination provisions and all other terms and conditions hereof, so long as such continuation shall be specifically approved at least annually (a) by either the Board of Directors of the Fund, or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund; (b) in either event by the vote, cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval, of a majority of the directors of the Fund who are not parties to this Agreement or interested persons of any such party; and (c) the Manager shall not have notified the Fund, in writing, at least 60 days prior to April 30, 2010 or prior to April 30th of any year thereafter, that it does not desire such continuation. The Manager shall furnish to the Fund, promptly upon its request, such information as may reasonably be necessary to evaluate the terms of this Agreement or any extension, renewal or amendment hereof.
12.Amendment and Assignment of Agreement. This Agreement may not be amended or assigned without the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund, and this Agreement shall automatically and immediately terminate in the event of its assignment.
13.Termination of Agreement. This Agreement may be terminated by either party hereto, without the payment of any penalty, upon 60 days` prior notice in writing to the other party; provided, that in the case of termination by the Fund such action shall have been authorized by resolution of a majority of the directors of the Fund who are not parties to this Agreement or interested persons of any such party, or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund.
A.Captions. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience of reference only and in no way define or delineate any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.
B.Interpretation. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to require the Fund to take any action contrary to its Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws, or any applicable statutory or regulatory requirement to which it is subject or by which it is bound, or to relieve or deprive the Board of Directors of the Fund of its responsibility for and control of the conduct of the affairs of the Fund.
C.Definitions. Any question of interpretation of any term or provision of this Agreement having a counterpart in or otherwise derived from a term or provision of the Act shall be resolved by reference to such term or provision of the Act and to interpretations thereof, if any, by the United States courts or, in the absence of any controlling decision of any such court, by rules, regulations or orders of the Securities and Exchange Commission validly issued pursuant to the Act. Specifically, the terms "vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities," "interested person," "assignment," and "affiliated person," as used in Paragraphs 2, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13 hereof, shall have the meanings assigned to them by Section 2(a) of the Act. In addition, where the effect of a requirement of the Act reflected in any provision of this Agreement is relaxed by a rule, regulation or order of the Securities and Exchange Commission, whether of special or of general application, such provision shall be deemed to incorporate the effect of such rule, regulation or order.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective officers thereunto duly authorized and their respective seals to be hereunto affixed, as of the day and year first above written.
X. XXXX PRICE GLOBAL REAL ESTATE FUND, INC.
/s/Xxxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx
Xxxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx, Secretary
/s/Xxxxx X. Xxx
Xxxxx X. Xxx, President
X. XXXX PRICE ASSOCIATES, INC.
/s/Xxxxxxx X. Xxx Xxxx
Xxxxxxx X. Xxx Xxxx, Secretary
Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxxxx, Vice President
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