TRANSFER, DIVIDEND DISBURSING, SHAREHOLDER SERVICE AND PLAN AGENCY AGREEMENT
AGREEMENT dated as of _________, 1998 between UC Investment Trust, an Ohio
business trust (the "Trust"), and Countrywide Fund Services, Inc.
("Countrywide"), an Ohio corporation. WHEREAS, the Trust is an investment
TRANSFER, DIVIDEND DISBURSING, SHAREHOLDER SERVICE
AND PLAN AGENCY AGREEMENT
AGREEMENT dated as of _________, 1998 between UC Investment Trust, an
Ohio business trust (the "Trust"), and Countrywide Fund Services, Inc.
("Countrywide"), an Ohio corporation.
WHEREAS, the Trust is an investment company registered under the
Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"); and
WHEREAS, the Trust wishes to employ the services of Countrywide to
serve as its transfer, dividend disbursing, shareholder service and plan agent;
WHEREAS, Countrywide wishes to provide such services on the terms and
conditions set forth below;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants
contained in this Agreement, the Trust and Countrywide agree as follows:
The Trust hereby appoints and employs Countrywide as agent to
perform those services described in this Agreement for the Trust. Countrywide
shall act under such appointment and perform the obligations thereof upon the
terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
The Trust will furnish from time to time the following
A. Each resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Trust
authorizing the original issue of its shares;
B. Each Registration Statement filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and amendments thereof;
C. A certified copy of each amendment to the Agreement and
Declaration of Trust and the Bylaws of the Trust;
D. Certified copies of each resolution of the Board of
Trustees authorizing officers to give instructions to
E. Specimens of all new forms of share certificates
accompanied by Board of Trustees' resolutions approving
F. Such other certificates, documents or opinions which
Countrywide may, in its discretion, deem necessary or
appropriate in the proper performance of its duties;
G. Copies of all Underwriting and Dealer Agreements in
H. Copies of all Investment Advisory Agreements in effect;
I. Copies of all documents relating to special investment or
withdrawal plans which are offered or may be offered in the
future by the Trust and for which Countrywide is to act as
3. COUNTRYWIDE TO RECORD SHARES.
Countrywide shall establish and maintain facilities and
procedures reasonably acceptable to the Trust for recording of the issuance of
shares of the Trust and maintaining pursuant to applicable rules of the SEC of a
record of the total number of shares of the Trust which are authorized, issued
and outstanding, based upon data provided to it by the Trust. Countrywide shall
also provide the Trust on a regular basis or upon reasonable request the total
number of shares which are authorized, issued and outstanding, but shall have no
obligation when recording the issuance of the Trust's shares, except as
otherwise set forth herein, to monitor the issuance of such shares or to take
cognizance of any laws relating to the issue or sale of such shares, which
functions shall be the sole responsibility of the Trust.
4. COUNTRYWIDE TO VALIDATE TRANSFERS.
Upon receipt of a proper request for transfer and upon
surrender to Countrywide of certificates, if any, in proper form for transfer,
Countrywide shall approve such transfer and shall take all necessary steps to
effectuate the transfer as indicated in the transfer request. Upon approval of
the transfer, Countrywide shall notify the Trust in writing of each such
transaction and shall make appropriate entries on the shareholder records
maintained by Countrywide.
5. SHARE CERTIFICATES.
If the Trust authorizes the issuance of share certificates and
an investor requests a share certificate, Countrywide will countersign and mail,
by insured first class mail, a share certificate to the investor at his address
as set forth on the transfer books of the Trust, subject to any other
instructions for delivery of certificates representing newly purchased shares
and subject to the limitation that no
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certificates representing newly purchased shares shall be mailed to the investor
until the cash purchase price of such shares has been collected and credited to
the account of the Trust maintained by the Custodian (as defined in the
Agreement and Declaration of Trust). The Trust shall supply Countrywide with a
sufficient supply of blank share certificates and from time to time shall renew
such supply upon request of Countrywide. Such blank share certificates shall be
properly signed, manually or, if authorized by the Trust, by facsimile; and
notwithstanding the death, resignation or removal of any officers of the Trust
authorized to sign share certificates, Countrywide may continue to countersign
certificates which bear the manual or facsimile signature of such officer until
otherwise directed by the Trust. In case of the alleged loss or destruction of
any share certificate, no new certificates shall be issued in lieu thereof,
unless there shall first be furnished an appropriate bond satisfactory to
Countrywide and the Trust, and issued by a surety company satisfactory to
Countrywide and the Trust.
6. RECEIPT OF FUNDS.
Upon receipt of any check or other instrument drawn or
endorsed to it as agent for, or identified as being for the account of, the
Trust, Countrywide shall stamp the check or instrument with the date of receipt
and shall forthwith process the same for collection. Upon receipt of
notification of receipt of funds eligible for share purchases in accordance with
the Trust's then current prospectus and statement of additional information,
Countrywide shall notify the Trust, at the close of each business day, in
writing of the amount of said funds credited to the Trust and deposited in its
account with the Custodian.
7. PURCHASE ORDERS.
Upon receipt of an order for the purchase of shares of the
Trust, accompanied by sufficient information to enable Countrywide to establish
a shareholder account, Countrywide shall, as of the next determination of net
asset value after receipt of such order in accordance with the Trust's then
current prospectus and statement of additional information, compute the number
of shares due to the shareholder, credit the share account of the shareholder,
subject to collection of the funds, with the number of shares so purchased,
shall notify the Trust in writing or by computer report at the close of each
business day of such transactions and shall mail to the shareholder and/or
dealer of record a notice of such credit when requested to do so by the Trust.
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8. RETURNED CHECKS.
In the event that Countrywide is notified by the Trust's
Custodian that any check or other order for the payment of money is returned
unpaid for any reason, Countrywide will:
A. Give prompt notification to the Trust of the non-payment of said
B. In the absence of other instructions from the Trust, take such
steps as may be necessary to redeem any shares purchased on the
basis of such returned check and cause the proceeds of such
redemption plus any dividends declared with respect to such
shares to be credited to the account of the Trust and to request
the Trust's Custodian to forward such returned check to the
person who originally submitted the check; and
C. Notify the Trust of such actions and correct the Trust's
records maintained by Countrywide pursuant to this Agreement.
9. DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS.
The Trust shall furnish Countrywide with appropriate evidence
of Trustee action authorizing the declaration of dividends and other
distributions. Countrywide shall establish procedures in accordance with the
Trust's then current prospectus and statement of additional information and with
other authorized actions of the Trust's Board of Trustees under which it will
have available from the Custodian or the Trust any required information for each
dividend and other distribution. After deducting any amount required to be
withheld by any applicable laws, Countrywide shall, as agent for each
shareholder who so requests, invest the dividends and other distributions in
full and fractional shares in accordance with the Trust's then current
prospectus and statement of additional information. If a shareholder has elected
to receive dividends or other distributions in cash, then Countrywide shall
disburse dividends to shareholders of record in accordance with the Trust's then
current prospectus and statement of additional information. Countrywide shall,
on or before the mailing date of such checks, notify the Trust and the Custodian
of the estimated amount of cash required to pay such dividend or distribution,
and the Trust shall instruct the Custodian to make available sufficient funds
therefor in the appropriate account of the Trust. Countrywide shall mail to the
shareholders periodic statements, as requested by the Trust, showing the number
of full and fractional shares and the net asset value per share of shares so
credited. When requested by the Trust, Countrywide shall prepare and file with
the Internal Revenue Service, and when required, shall address and mail to
shareholders, such returns and information relating
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to dividends and distributions paid by the Trust as are required to be so
prepared, filed and mailed by applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Countrywide shall prepare and file such reports of abandoned property under
applicable state escheat laws as may be required.
10. UNCLAIMED DIVIDENDS AND UNCLAIMED REDEMPTION PROCEEDS.
Countrywide shall, at least annually, furnish in writing to
the Trust the names and addresses, as shown in the shareholder accounts
maintained by Countrywide, of all shareholders for which there are, as of the
end of the calendar year, dividends, distributions or redemption proceeds for
which checks or share certificates mailed in payment of distributions have been
returned. Countrywide shall use its best efforts to contact the shareholders
affected and to follow any other written instructions received from the Trust
concerning the disposition of any such unclaimed dividends, distributions or
11. REDEMPTIONS AND EXCHANGES.
A. Countrywide shall process, in accordance with the Trust's
then current prospectus and statement of additional information, each order for
the redemption of shares accepted by Countrywide. Upon its approval of such
redemption transactions, Countrywide, if requested by the Trust, shall mail to
the shareholder and/or dealer of record a confirmation showing trade date,
number of full and fractional shares redeemed, the price per share and the total
redemption proceeds. For each such redemption, Countrywide shall either: (a)
prepare checks in the appropriate amounts for approval and verification by the
Trust and signature by an authorized officer of Countrywide and mail the checks
to the appropriate person, or (b) in the event redemption proceeds are to be
wired through the Federal Reserve Wire System or by bank wire, cause such
proceeds to be wired in federal funds to the bank account designated by the
shareholder, or (c) effectuate such other redemption procedures which are
authorized by the Trust's Board of Trustees or its then current prospectus and
statement of additional information. The requirements as to instruments of
transfer and other documentation, the applicable redemption price and the time
of payment shall be as provided in the then current prospectus and statement of
additional information, subject to such supplemental instructions as may be
furnished by the Trust and accepted by Countrywide. If Countrywide or the Trust
determines that a request for redemption does not comply with the requirements
for redemptions, Countrywide shall promptly notify the shareholder indicating
the reason therefor.
B. If shares of the Trust are eligible for exchange with
shares of any other investment company, Countrywide, in accordance with the then
current prospectus and statement of
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additional information and exchange rules of the Trust and such other investment
company, or such other investment company's transfer agent, shall review and
approve all exchange requests and shall, on behalf of the Trust's shareholders,
process such approved exchange requests.
C. Countrywide shall notify the Trust and the Custodian on
each business day of the amount of cash required to meet payments made pursuant
to the provisions of this Paragraph 11, and, on the basis of such notice, the
Trust shall instruct the Custodian to make available from time to time
sufficient funds therefor in the appropriate account of the Trust. Procedures
for effecting redemption orders accepted from shareholders or dealers of record
by telephone or other methods shall be established by mutual agreement between
Countrywide and the Trust consistent with the then current prospectus and
statement of additional information.
D. The authority of Countrywide to perform its
responsibilities under Paragraph 7, Paragraph 9, and this Paragraph 11 shall be
suspended with respect to any series of the Trust upon receipt of notification
by it of the suspension of the determination of such series' net asset value.
12. AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWAL PLANS.
Countrywide will process automatic withdrawal orders pursuant
to the provisions of any withdrawal plans duly executed by shareholders and the
current prospectus and statement of additional information of the Trust.
Payments upon such withdrawal order shall be made by Countrywide from the
appropriate account maintained by the Trust with the Custodian on approximately
the last business day of each month in which a payment has been requested, and
Countrywide will withdraw from a shareholder's account and present for
repurchase or redemption as many shares as shall be sufficient to make such
withdrawal payment pursuant to the provisions of the shareholder's withdrawal
plan and the current prospectus and statement of additional information of the
Trust. From time to time on new automatic withdrawal plans, a check for a
payment date already past may be issued upon request by the shareholder.
13. WIRE-ORDER PURCHASES.
Countrywide will send written confirmations to the dealers of
record containing all details of the wire-order purchases placed by each such
dealer by the close of business on the business day following receipt of such
orders by Countrywide. Upon receipt of any check drawn or endorsed to the Trust
(or Countrywide, as agent) or otherwise identified as being payment of an
outstanding wire-order, Countrywide will stamp said check with the date of its
receipt and deposit the amount represented
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by such check to Countrywide's deposit accounts maintained with the Custodian.
Countrywide will cause the Custodian to transfer federal funds in an amount
equal to the net asset value of the shares so purchased to the Trust's account
with the Custodian, and will notify the Trust before noon of each business day
of the total amount deposited in the Trust's deposit accounts, and in the event
that payment for a purchase order is not received by Countrywide or the
Custodian on the tenth business day following receipt of the order, prepare an
NASD "notice of failure of dealer to make payment."
14. OTHER PLANS.
Countrywide will process such accumulation plans, group
programs and other plans or programs for investing in shares of the Trust as are
now provided for in the Trust's current prospectus and statement of additional
information and will act as plan agent for shareholders pursuant to the terms of
such plans and programs duly executed by such shareholders.
15. RECORDKEEPING AND OTHER INFORMATION.
Countrywide shall create and maintain all records required by
applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to records
required by Section 31(a) of the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder, as the same
may be amended from time to time, pertaining to the various functions performed
by it and not otherwise created and maintained by another party pursuant to
contract with the Trust. All such records shall be the property of the Trust at
all times and shall be available for inspection and use by the Trust. Where
applicable, such records shall be maintained by Countrywide for the periods and
in the places required by Rule 31a-2 under the 1940 Act. The retention of such
records shall be at the expense of the Trust. Countrywide shall make available
during regular business hours all records and other data created and maintained
pursuant to this Agreement for reasonable audit and inspection by the Trust, any
person retained by the Trust, or any regulatory agency having authority over the
16. SHAREHOLDER RECORDS.
Countrywide shall maintain records for each shareholder
account showing the following:
A. Names, addresses and tax identifying numbers;
B. Name of the dealer of record, if any;
C. Number of shares held of each series;
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D. Historical information regarding the account of each
shareholder, including dividends and distributions in
cash or invested in shares;
E. Information with respect to the source of all dividends and
distributions allocated among income, realized short-term
gains and realized long-term gains;
F. Any instructions from a shareholder including all forms
furnished by the Trust and executed by a shareholder with
respect to (i) dividend or distribution elections and (ii)
elections with respect to payment options in connection with
the redemption of shares;
G. Any correspondence relating to the current maintenance
of a shareholder's account;
H. Certificate numbers and denominations for any
shareholder holding certificates;
I. Any stop or restraining order placed against a
J. Information with respect to withholding in the case of
a foreign account or any other account for which
withholding is required by the Internal Revenue Code of
1986, as amended; and
K. Any information required in order for Countrywide to
perform the calculations contemplated under this
17. TAX RETURNS AND REPORTS.
Countrywide will prepare in the appropriate form, file with
the Internal Revenue Service and appropriate state agencies and, if required,
mail to shareholders of the Trust such returns for reporting dividends and
distributions paid by the Trust as are required to be so prepared, filed and
mailed and shall withhold such sums as are required to be withheld under
applicable federal and state income tax laws, rules and regulations. Countrywide
shall provide such information as the Trust may need in order to prepare and
file federal, state and local tax returns.
18. OTHER INFORMATION TO THE TRUST.
Subject to such instructions, verification and approval of the
Custodian and the Trust as shall be required by any agreement or applicable law,
Countrywide will also maintain such records as shall be necessary to furnish to
the Trust the following: annual shareholder meeting lists, proxy lists and
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mailing materials, shareholder reports and confirmations and checks for
disbursing redemption proceeds, dividends and other distributions or expense
19. ACCESS TO SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION.
Upon request, Countrywide shall arrange for the Trust's
investment adviser to have direct access to shareholder information contained in
Countrywide's computer system, including account balances, performance
information and such other information which is available to Countrywide with
respect to shareholder accounts.
20. COOPERATION WITH ACCOUNTANTS.
Countrywide shall cooperate with the Trust's independent
public accountants and shall take all reasonable action in the performance of
its obligations under this Agreement to assure that the necessary information is
made available to such accountants for the expression of their unqualified
opinion where required for any document for the Trust.
21. SHAREHOLDER SERVICE AND CORRESPONDENCE.
Countrywide will provide and maintain adequate personnel,
records and equipment to receive and answer all shareholder and dealer inquiries
relating to account status, share purchases, redemptions and exchanges and other
investment plans available to Trust shareholders. Countrywide will answer
written correspondence from shareholders relating to their share accounts and
such other written or oral inquiries as may from time to time be mutually agreed
upon, and Countrywide will notify the Trust of any correspondence or inquiries
which may require an answer from the Trust.
22. FURTHER ACTIONS.
Each party agrees to perform such further acts and execute
such further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.
For the performance of Countrywide's obligations under this
Agreement, each series of the Trust shall pay Countrywide, on the first business
day following the end of each month, a monthly fee in accordance with the
schedule attached hereto as Schedule A. The Trust shall promptly reimburse
Countrywide for any out-of-pocket expenses and advances which are to be paid by
the Trust in accordance with Paragraph 24.
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Countrywide shall furnish, at its expense and without cost to
the Trust (i) the services of its personnel to the extent that such services are
required to carry out its obligations under this Agreement and (ii) the use of
data processing equipment and its office facilities. All costs and expenses not
expressly assumed by Countrywide under this Paragraph 24 shall be paid by the
Trust, including, but not limited to, costs and expenses of officers and
employees of Countrywide in attending meetings of the Board of Trustees and
shareholders of the Trust, as well as costs and expenses for postage, envelopes,
checks, drafts, continuous forms, reports, communications, statements and other
materials, telephone, telegraph and remote transmission lines, use of outside
pricing services, use of outside mailing firms, necessary outside record
storage, media for storage of records (e.g., microfilm, microfiche, computer
tapes), printing, confirmations and any other shareholder correspondence and any
and all assessments, taxes or levies assessed on Countrywide for services
provided under this Agreement. Except as provided otherwise in this Agreement,
the Trust agrees to pay such reimbursable expenses promptly following the
receipt of the respective billing notice. Postage for mailings of dividends,
proxies, reports and other mailings to all shareholders shall be advanced to
Countrywide three business days prior to the mailing date of such materials.
25. COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNMENTAL RULES AND REGULATIONS.
The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that nothing
contained herein shall be construed to require Countrywide to perform any
services for the Trust which services could cause Countrywide to be deemed an
"investment adviser" of the Trust within the meaning of Section 2(a)(20) of the
1940 Act or to supersede or contravene the Trust's prospectus or statement of
additional information or any provisions of the 1940 Act and the rules
thereunder. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement and except for the
accuracy of information furnished to it by Countrywide, the Trust assumes full
responsibility for complying with all applicable requirements of the 1940 Act,
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any other laws, rules and
regulations of governmental authorities having jurisdiction.
26. REFERENCES TO COUNTRYWIDE.
The Trust shall not circulate any printed matter which
contains any reference to Countrywide without the prior written approval of
Countrywide, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, excepting solely
such printed matter as merely identifies Countrywide as Administrative Services
Agent, Transfer, Shareholder Servicing and Dividend Disbursing Agent, and
Accounting Services Agent. The Trust will submit printed matter requiring
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approval to Countrywide in draft form, allowing sufficient time for review by
Countrywide and its counsel prior to any deadline for printing.
27. EQUIPMENT FAILURES.
Countrywide shall take all steps necessary to minimize or
avoid service interruptions, and has entered into one or more agreements making
provision for emergency use of electronic data processing equipment. Countrywide
shall have no liability with respect to equipment failures beyond its control.
28. INDEMNIFICATION OF COUNTRYWIDE.
A. Countrywide may rely on information reasonably believed by
it to be accurate and reliable. Except as may otherwise be required by the 1940
Act and the rules thereunder, neither Countrywide nor its shareholders,
officers, directors, employees, agents, control persons or affiliates of any
thereof shall be subject to any liability for, or any damages, expenses or
losses incurred by the Trust in connection with, any error of judgment, mistake
of law, any act or omission connected with or arising out of any services
rendered under or payments made pursuant to this Agreement or any other matter
to which this Agreement relates, except by reason of willful misfeasance, bad
faith or negligence on the part of any such persons in the performance of the
duties of Countrywide under this Agreement or by reason of reckless disregard by
any of such persons of the obligations and duties of Countrywide under this
B. Any person, even though also a director, officer, employee,
shareholder or agent of Countrywide, or any of its affiliates, who may be or
become an officer, trustee, employee or agent of the Trust, shall be deemed,
when rendering services to the Trust or acting on any business of the Trust, to
be rendering such services to or acting solely as an officer, trustee, employee
or agent of the Trust and not as a director, officer, employee, shareholder or
agent of or one under the control or direction of Countrywide or any of its
affiliates, even though paid by one of these entities.
C. The Trust shall indemnify and hold harmless Countrywide,
its directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents, control persons and
affiliates from and against any and all claims, demands, expenses and
liabilities (whether with or without basis in fact or law) of any and every
nature which Countrywide may sustain or incur or which may be asserted against
Countrywide by any person by reason of, or as a result of: (i) any action taken
or omitted to be taken by Countrywide in good faith in reliance upon any
certificate, instrument, order or share certificate reasonably believed by it to
be genuine and to be signed, countersigned or executed by any duly authorized
person, upon the oral instructions or written instructions of an authorized
person of the Trust or upon the opinion of legal
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counsel for the Trust or its own counsel; or (ii) any action taken or omitted to
be taken by Countrywide in connection with its appointment in good faith in
reliance upon any law, act, regulation or interpretation of the same even though
the same may thereafter have been altered, changed, amended or repealed.
However, indemnification under this subparagraph shall not apply to actions or
omissions of Countrywide or its directors, officers, employees, shareholders or
agents in cases of its or their own negligence, willful misconduct, bad faith,
or reckless disregard of its or their own duties hereunder.
D. In order for the indemnification provisions contained in
this Section 28 to apply, upon the assertion of a claim for which
indemnification is sought, the party seeking indemnification shall promptly
notify the Trust of such assertion, and shall keep the Trust advised with
respect to all developments concerning such claim. The Trust shall have the
option to participate with the party seeking indemnification in the defense of
such claim. The party seeking indemnification shall in no case confess any claim
or make any compromise in any case in which the Trust may be required to
indemnify it except with the Trust's prior written consent.
A. The provisions of this Agreement shall be effective on the
date first above written, shall continue in effect for two years from that date
and shall continue in force from year to year thereafter, but only so long as
such continuance is approved (1) by Countrywide, (2) by vote, cast in person at
a meeting called for the purpose, of a majority of the Trust's Trustees who are
not parties to this Agreement or interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act)
of any such party, and (3) by vote of a majority of the Trust's Board of
Trustees or a majority of the Trust's outstanding voting securities.
B. Either party may terminate this Agreement on any date by
giving the other party at least sixty (60) days' prior written notice of such
termination specifying the date fixed therefor. Upon termination of this
Agreement, the Trust shall pay to Countrywide such compensation as may be due as
of the date of such termination, and shall likewise reimburse Countrywide for
any out-of-pocket expenses and disbursements reasonably incurred by Countrywide
to such date.
C. In the event that in connection with the termination of
this Agreement a successor to any of Countrywide's duties or responsibilities
under this Agreement is designated by the Trust by written notice to
Countrywide, Countrywide shall, promptly upon such termination and at the
expense of the Trust, transfer all records maintained by Countrywide under this
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Agreement and shall cooperate in the transfer of such duties and
responsibilities, including provision for assistance from Countrywide's
cognizant personnel in the establishment of books, records and other data by
30. SERVICES FOR OTHERS.
Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent Countrywide or any
affiliated person (as defined in the 1940 Act) of Countrywide from providing
services for any other person, firm or corporation (including other investment
companies); provided, however, that Countrywide expressly represents that it
will undertake no activities which, in its judgment, will adversely affect the
performance of its obligations to the Trust under this Agreement.
31. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
It is expressly agreed that the obligations of the Trust
hereunder shall not be binding upon any of the Trustees, shareholders, nominees,
officers, agents or employees of the Trust, personally, but bind only the trust
property of the Trust. The execution and delivery of this Agreement have been
authorized by the Trustees of the Trust and signed by an officer of the Trust,
acting as such, and neither such authorization by such Trustees nor such
execution and delivery by such officer shall be deemed to have been made by any
of them individually or to impose any liability on any of them personally, but
shall bind only the trust property of the Trust.
In the event any provision of this Agreement is determined to
be void or unenforceable, such determination shall not affect the remainder of
this Agreement, which shall continue to be in force.
33. QUESTIONS OF INTERPRETATION.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of
Ohio. 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
1940 Act shall be resolved by reference to such term or provision of the 1940
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 SEC issued pursuant to said 1940 Act. In addition, where the
effect of a requirement of the 1940 Act, reflected in any provision of this
Agreement, is revised by rule, regulation or order of the SEC, such provision
shall be deemed to incorporate the effect of such rule, regulation or order.
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All notices, requests, consents and other communications
required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing (including telex
and telegraphic communication) and shall be (as elected by the person giving
such notice) hand delivered by messenger or courier service, telecommunicated,
or mailed (airmail if international) by registered or certified mail (postage
prepaid), return receipt requested, addressed to:
To the Trust: UC Investment Trust
1005 Glenway Avenue
Bristol, Virginia 24203-1280
Attention: Steven G. Layfield
To Countrywide: Countrywide Fund Services, Inc.
312 Walnut Street, 21st Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Attention: Robert G. Dorsey
or to such other address as any party may designate by notice complying with the
terms of this Paragraph 34. Each such notice shall be deemed delivered (a) on
the date delivered if by personal delivery; (b) on the date telecommunicated if
by telegraph; (c) on the date of transmission with confirmed answer back if by
telex, telefax or other telegraphic method; and (d) on the date upon which the
return receipt is signed or delivery is refused or the notice is designated by
the postal authorities as not deliverable, as the case may be, if mailed.
This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by a
written agreement executed by both parties.
36. BINDING EFFECT.
Each of the undersigned expressly warrants and represents that
he has the full power and authority to sign this Agreement on behalf of the
party indicated, and that his signature will operate to bind the party indicated
to the foregoing terms.
This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts,
each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall
constitute one and the same instrument.
38. FORCE MAJEURE.
If Countrywide shall be delayed in its performance of services
or prevented entirely or in part from performing services due to causes or
events beyond its control, including
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and without limitation, acts of God, interruption of power or other utility,
transportation or communication services, acts of civil or military authority,
sabotages, national emergencies, explosion, flood, accident, earthquake or other
catastrophe, fire, strike or other labor problems, legal action, present or
future law, governmental order, rule or regulation, or shortages of suitable
parts, materials, labor or transportation, such delay or non-performance shall
be excused and a reasonable time for performance in connection with this
Agreement shall be extended to include the period of such delay or
The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience of
reference only and in no way define or limit any of the provisions hereof or
otherwise affect their construction or effect.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
executed as of the day and year first above written.
UC INVESTMENT TRUST
COUNTRYWIDE FUND SERVICES, INC.
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As Transfer Agent,
Dividend Disbursing Agent
and Shareholder Servicing Agent: (Per Account)
UC Investment Fund Payable monthly at
rate of $20.00/
account; subject to
a minimum of $1,500
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