EX-99.17(C) 11 dex9917c.htm TRANSFER AGENCY AND SERVICES AGREEMENT TRANSFER AGENCY AND SERVICES AGREEMENT

Exhibit 17(c)

TRANSFER AGENCY AND SERVICES AGREEMENT

AGREEMENT, dated as of March 20, 2006 by and between each of the investment companies listed on Schedule A hereto, as amended from time to time (each a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”) and each having its principal place of business at 125 Broad Street, New York, New York 10004 and American Stock Transfer, Inc. (‘Transfer Agent”), a New York corporation with principal offices at 59 Maiden Lane, New York, New York 10038.

WITNESSETH

WHEREAS, each Fund is authorized to issue Shares in one or more separate series, with each such series representing interests in a separate portfolio of securities or other assets. Each such series is identified in Schedule A, as such schedule may be amended from time to time (each a “Portfolio”).

WHEREAS, each Fund desires to appoint Transfer Agent as its transfer agent, dividend disbursing agent and shareholder servicing agent with respect to each Portfolio and Transfer Agent desires to accept such appointment;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and promises hereinafter set forth, each Fund and Transfer Agent agree as follows:

Article 1 Definitions

1.1 Whenever used in this Agreement, the following words and phrases, unless the context otherwise requires, shall have the following meanings:

(a) “Articles of Incorporation” shall mean the Articles of Incorporation, Declaration of Trust, or other similar organizational document as the case may be, of a Fund as the same may be amended from time to time.

(b) “Authorized Person” shall be deemed to include (i) any authorized officer of a Fund; (ii) or any person, whether or not such person is an officer or employee of a Fund, duly authorized to give Oral Instructions or Written Instructions on behalf of the Fund as indicated in writing to Transfer Agent from time to time.

(c) “Board Members” shall mean the Directors or Trustees of the governing body of the Fund, as the case may be.

(d) “Board of Directors” shall mean the Board of Directors or Board of Trustees of the Fund, as the case may be.

(e) “Class” shall mean a class of shares of a Fund or Portfolio.


(f) “Commission” shall mean the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(g) “Custodian” refers to any custodian or subcustodian of securities and other property which a Fund or Portfolio may from time to time deposit, or cause to be deposited or held under the name or account of such a custodian pursuant to a Custodian Agreement.

(h) “1934 Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, all as amended from time to time.

(i) “1940 Act” shall mean the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, all as amended from time to time.

(j) “Oral Instructions” shall mean instructions (including via electronic mail), other than Written Instructions, received by Transfer Agent from a person reasonably believed by Transfer Agent to be an Authorized Person, with subsequent Written Instructions confirming the instructions (as described below);

(k) “Prospectus” shall mean the most recently dated Fund or Portfolio Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, including any supplements thereto if any, which has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933 and the 1940 Act.

(I) “Shares” refers collectively to such shares of capital stock or beneficial interest, as the case may be, or class thereof, of a Fund or Portfolio as may be issued from time to time.

(m) “Shareholder” shall mean a holder of Shares of a Fund or Portfolio.

(n) “Written Instructions” shall mean (i) a written instruction signed by an Authorized Person, including manually executed originals and telefacsimile of a manually executed original or other process; and (ii) trade instructions transmitted (and received by Transfer Agent) by means of an electronic transaction reporting system access to which requires use of a password or other authorized identifier.

Article 2 Appointment of Transfer Agent

2.1 Each Fund hereby appoints and constitutes Transfer Agent as transfer agent, registrar and dividend disbursing agent for Shares of the Fund and as shareholder servicing agent for the Portfolios. Transfer Agent accepts such appointment and agrees to perform the duties hereinafter set forth.

Article 3 Duties of Transfer Agent

3.1 Transfer Agent shall be responsible for:

(a) Administering and/or performing the customary services of a transfer agent and dividend disbursing agent; acting as service agent in connection with dividend and distribution functions; and for performing shareholder account and administrative agent functions in connection with the issuance, transfer and redemption or repurchase (including coordination with the Custodian) of Shares of each Fund, as more fully described in the written schedule of Duties of Transfer Agent annexed hereto as Schedule B and incorporated herein, and in accordance with the terms of the Prospectus of each Fund, applicable law and the procedures established from time to time between the Fund and Transfer Agent.

 

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(b) Recording the issuance of Shares and maintaining pursuant to Rule 17Ad-10(e) under the 1934 Act a record of the total number of Shares of each Fund which are authorized, based upon data provided to it by the Fund, and issued and outstanding. Transfer Agent shall provide each Fund on a regular basis, at such intervals as the parties hereto shall agree to from time to time, with the total number of Shares which are authorized and issued and outstanding and shall have no obligation, when recording the issuance of Shares, 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 Fund. Transfer Agent will comply with all requirements applicable to a transfer agent for a registered investment company, under the 1934 Act, 1940 Act or other state or federal securities laws, as applicable.

(c) Upon request, Transfer Agent shall provide information or reports to a Fund or the Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer, as necessary for the Chief Compliance Officer or Fund to comply with Rule 38a-1 under the 1940 Act.

3.2 In addition, each Fund shall (i) identify to Transfer Agent in writing or by transmission those transactions and assets to be treated as exempt from blue sky reporting for each State and (ii) verify the establishment of transactions for each State on the system prior to activation and thereafter monitor the daily activity for each State. The responsibility of Transfer Agent for each Fund’s blue sky State registration status is solely limited to the initial establishment of transactions subject to blue sky compliance by the Fund and the reporting of such transactions to the Fund as provided above.

3.3 In addition to the duties set forth in Schedule B, Transfer Agent shall perform such other duties and functions, and shall be paid such amounts therefor, as may from time to time be agreed upon in writing between a Fund and the Transfer Agent. The compensation for such other duties and functions shall be reflected in a written amendment to Schedule C and the duties and functions shall be reflected in an amendment to Schedule B, both dated and signed by authorized persons of the parties hereto.

Article 4 Delegation of Responsibilities

4.1 With respect to any Fund, Transfer Agent may delegate some or all of its duties under this Agreement to other parties that after reasonable inquiry Transfer Agent

 

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deems to be competent to assume such duties. In the event of any such delegation, Transfer Agent shall enter into a written agreement with the delegatee in which the delegatee will, among other things:

(a) agree to provide the services delegated to it in accordance with a written schedule of Performance Standards developed by Transfer Agent; and

(b) represent and warrant that it is duly registered as required under all federal and state securities laws.

In any such circumstance, the Transfer Agent will be responsible for the services of the delegate, as if the Transfer Agent were performing the services itself. The Transfer Agent may not delegate any services to Smith Barney Fund Management LLC, Salomon Brothers Asset Management, Inc., Citicorp Trust Bank, Citigroup Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Holdings or any of their affiliates or entities under common control with the aforementioned entities without prior written authorization from the Board of the Fund.

Article 5 Recordkeeping and Other Information

5.1 Transfer Agent shall create and maintain all records required of it pursuant to its duties hereunder and as set forth in Schedule B in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including records required by Section 31(a) of the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder. Transfer Agent shall prepare and maintain in complete and accurate form all books and records necessary for it to serve as transfer agent, registrar, dividend disbursing agent and related services agent to each Portfolio, including (a) all those records required to be prepared and maintained by a Fund under the 1934 Act, 1940 Act, by other applicable Securities Laws, rules and regulations and by state laws and (b) such books and records as are necessary for Transfer Agent to perform all of the services it agrees to provide in this Agreement and the appendices attached hereto, including but not limited to the books and records necessary to effect the conversion of classes of shares, the calculation of any contingent deferred sales charges and the calculation of front-end sales charges.

5.2 Transfer Agent agrees that all records prepared or maintained by Transfer Agent pertaining to a Fund or relating to the services to be performed by Transfer Agent hereunder are the property of the Fund and will be preserved, maintained and made available in accordance with such section, and will be surrendered promptly to the Fund on and in accordance with the Fund’s request. Each Fund and Authorized Persons shall have access to such books and records in the possession or under control of Transfer Agent at all times during Transfer Agent’s normal business hours. Upon the reasonable request of a Fund, copies of any such books and records in the possession or under the control of Transfer Agent shall be provided by Transfer Agent to the Fund or to an Authorized Person. Upon reasonable notice by a Fund, Transfer Agent shall make available during regular business hours its facilities and premises employed in connection with its performance of this Agreement for reasonable visits by the Fund, any agent or person designated by the Fund or any regulatory agency having authority over the Fund.

 

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Where applicable, such records shall be maintained by Transfer Agent for the period and in the places required by the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder or under other applicable Securities Laws.

5.3 In case of any requests or demands for the inspection of Shareholder records of a Fund, Transfer Agent will endeavor to notify the Fund of such request and secure Written Instructions as to the handling of such request. Transfer Agent reserves the right, however, to exhibit the Shareholder records to any person whenever it is advised by its counsel that it may be held liable for the failure to comply with such request.

Article 6 Fund Instructions

6.1 Transfer Agent will not be liable for its acting upon Written or Oral Instructions reasonably believed to have been executed by an Authorized Person and executed in accordance with the standard of care provided in Section 10, and Transfer Agent will not be held to have any notice of any change of authority of any person until receipt of a Written Instruction thereof from a Fund. Transfer Agent will also have no liability when processing Share certificates which it reasonably believes to bear the proper manual or facsimile signatures of the officers of a Fund and the proper countersignature of Transfer Agent.

6.2 At any time, Transfer Agent may request Written Instructions from a Fund and may seek advice from legal counsel for the Fund, or its own legal counsel, with respect to any matter arising in connection with this Agreement, and it shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken or suffered by it in good faith in accordance with such Written Instructions or in accordance with the opinion of counsel for the Fund or for Transfer Agent, provided that the Transfer Agent at its own expense communicates to the Fund such opinion of counsel to the Transfer Agent. Written Instructions requested by Transfer Agent will be provided by a Fund within a reasonable period of time.

6.3 Transfer Agent, its officers, agents or employees, shall accept Oral Instructions or Written Instructions given to them by any person representing or acting on behalf of a Fund only if said representative is an Authorized Person. Each Fund agrees that all Oral Instructions shall be followed within one business day by confirming Written Instructions.

Article 7 Compensation

7.1 Each Fund will compensate or cause Transfer Agent to be compensated for the performance of its obligations hereunder in accordance with the fees set forth in the written schedule of fees annexed hereto as Schedule C and incorporated herein. Transfer Agent will transmit an invoice to a Fund as soon as practicable after the end of each calendar month which will be detailed in accordance with Schedule C, and the Fund will pay to Transfer Agent the amount of such invoice within thirty (30) days after the Fund’s receipt of the invoice.

 

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7.2 In addition, each Fund agrees to pay, and will be billed separately for, reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by Transfer Agent in the performance of its duties hereunder. Out-of-pocket expenses shall include, but shall not be limited to, the items specified in the written schedule of out-of-pocket charges annexed hereto as Schedule D and incorporated herein. Schedule D may be modified by written agreement between the parties. Unspecified out-of-pocket expenses shall be limited to those out-of-pocket expenses reasonably incurred by Transfer Agent in the performance of its obligations hereunder.

7.3 Any compensation agreed to hereunder may be adjusted from time to time by attaching to Schedule C, a revised fee schedule executed and dated by the parties hereto.

Article 8 Representations and Warranties

8.1 Each Fund represents and warrants to Transfer Agent that:

(a) it is duly organized, existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is organized;

(b) it is empowered under applicable laws and by its Articles of Incorporation and/or By-laws to enter into this Agreement;

(c) all corporate proceedings required by said Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and applicable laws have been taken to authorize it to enter into this Agreement;

(d) a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the 1940 Act on behalf of the Fund is currently effective and will remain effective; and

(e) all Shares hereafter shall be issued in accordance with the terms of the Fund’s organizational documents and its Prospectus, and such Shares shall be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

8.2 Transfer Agent represents and warrants to each Fund that:

(a) it is duly organized, existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of New York;

(b) it is qualified to carry on its business in jurisdictions in which it is present;

(c) it is empowered under applicable laws and by its Articles of Incorporation and By-laws to enter into and perform this Agreement;

 

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(d) all corporate proceedings required by said Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and applicable laws have been taken to authorize it to enter into this Agreement; and

(e) it is a transfer agent fully registered as a transfer agent pursuant to Section 17A(c)(2) of the 1934 Act, and such registration will remain in effect for the duration of this Agreement; and

(f) it has and will continue to have access to the necessary facilities, equipment and personnel to perform its duties and obligations under this Agreement.

Article 9 Indemnification

9.1 The Transfer Agent shall not be responsible for, and the relevant Fund shall indemnify and hold the Transfer Agent harmless from and against, any and all losses, damages, costs, charges, counsel fees, payments, expenses and liability (collectively referred to as “Losses”) arising out of or attributable to:

(a) All actions of the Transfer Agent or its agents or delegatees required to be taken pursuant to this Agreement (including the defense of any lawsuit in which the Transfer Agent or affiliate is a named party), provided that such actions are taken in good faith and without negligence or willful misconduct and are not violations of applicable law and regulation pertaining to the manner transfer agency services are performed or not otherwise a breach of this Agreement;

(b) The reasonable reliance upon, and any subsequent use of or action taken or omitted, by the Transfer Agent or its agents or delegatees on: (i) any Written Instructions of the Fund or any of its officers; or (ii) any paper or document, reasonably believed to be genuine, authentic, or signed by the proper person or persons; unless such Losses are due to the negligence of the Transfer Agent arising out of its failure to perform in accordance with procedures established with the Fund; or

(c) The offer or sale of Shares in violation of federal or state securities laws or regulations requiring that such Shares be registered or in violation of any stop order or other determination or ruling by any federal or any state agency with respect to the offer or sale of such Shares (except to the extent that such violation resulted from the provision of information from the Transfer Agent in contravention of the standard of care provided in Article 10 or the Transfer Agent received Written Instructions notifying it of the violation or determination).

9.2 A Fund shall not be responsible for, and the Transfer Agent shall indemnify and hold each Fund harmless from and against any and all Losses arising out of or attributable to:

(a) All actions of the Transfer Agent or its agents taken outside of the scope of this Agreement or caused by the Transfer Agent’s negligence, bad faith, willful misconduct or violations of applicable law or regulation pertaining to the manner in which transfer agency services are performed or otherwise are a breach of this Agreement.

 

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9.3 In any case in which a party hereto (the “Indemnifying Party’) may be asked to indemnify or hold the other party (the “Indemnified Party”) harmless, the Indemnifying Party shall be promptly advised of all pertinent facts concerning the situation in question. The Indemnified Party will notify the Indemnifying Party promptly after identifying any situation which it believes presents or appears likely to present a claim for indemnification against the Indemnifying Party although the failure to do so shall not prevent recovery by the Indemnified Party. The Indemnifying Party shall keep the Indemnified Party advised with respect to all such developments concerning any claim, demand, action or suit or other proceeding (a “Claim”), which may be the subject of this indemnification. The Indemnifying Party shall have the option to participate with the Indemnified Party in defending against any Claim which may be the subject of this indemnification, and, in the event that the Indemnifying Party so elects, such defense shall be conducted by counsel chosen by the Indemnifying Party and satisfactory to the Indemnified Party, and thereupon the Indemnifying Party shall take over complete defense of the Claim and the Indemnified Party shall sustain no further legal or other expenses in respect of such Claim. The Indemnified Party will not confess any Claim or make any compromise in any case in which the Indemnifying Party will be asked to provide indemnification, except with the Indemnifying Party’s prior written consent. The obligations of the parties hereto under this Section 9 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

9.4 Except for remedies that cannot be waived as a matter of law (and injunctive or provisional relief), the provisions of this Article 9 shall be a party’s sole and exclusive remedy for claims or other actions or proceedings to which the other party’s indemnification obligations pursuant to this Article 9 may apply.

9.5 The members of the Board of a Fund, its officers and Shareholders, or of any Portfolio thereof, shall not be liable for any obligations of the Fund, or any such Portfolio, under this Agreement, and Transfer Agent agrees that in asserting any rights or claims under this Agreement, it shall look only to the assets and property of the Fund or the particular Portfolio in settlement of such rights or claims and not to such members of the Board, its officers or Shareholders. Transfer Agent further agrees that it will look only to the assets and property of a particular Portfolio of a Fund, should the Fund have established separate series, in asserting any rights or claims under this Agreement with respect to services rendered with respect to that Portfolio and will not seek to obtain settlement of such rights or claims from the assets of any other Portfolio of the Fund.

9.6 The Transfer Agent agrees to provide each Fund with certificates of insurance for errors and omissions insurance and fidelity bonds, and agrees to provide updated certificates annually or as requested by the Fund.

 

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Article 10 Standard of Care

10.1 Transfer Agent shall provide its services as transfer agent in accordance with the applicable provisions of Section 17A under the 1934 Act. In performing the responsibilities delegated to it under this Agreement, Transfer Agent shall at all times act in good faith and agrees to exercise reasonable care, diligence and expertise of a professional transfer agent having responsibility for providing transfer agent services to investment companies registered under the 1940 Act, but shall not be liable for any damages arising out of Transfer Agent’s performance of or failure to perform its duties under this Agreement, except to the extent such damages arise out of Transfer Agent’s own negligence, bad faith, willful misconduct or that of its employees, agents or delegatees or violations of applicable law pertaining to the manner in which transfer agency services are to be performed by Transfer Agent or otherwise from a breach of this Agreement.

Article 11 Consequential Damages

Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, neither Transfer Agent nor the Fund shall be liable to the other party for any consequential, special or indirect losses or damages which the party may incur or suffer by or as a consequence of the other party’s performance of the services provided hereunder.

Article 12 Insurance

12.1 Transfer Agent shall maintain insurance of the types and in the amounts deemed by it to be appropriate. To the extent that policies of insurance may provide for coverage of claims for liability or indemnity by the parties set forth in this Agreement, the contracts of insurance shall take precedence, and no provision of this Agreement shall be construed to relieve an insurer of any obligation to pay claims to the Fund, Transfer Agent or other insured party which would otherwise be a covered claim in the absence of any provision of this Agreement.

Article 13 Security

13.1 Transfer Agent represents and warrants that, to the best of its knowledge, the various procedures and systems which Transfer Agent has implemented with regard to the safeguarding from loss or damage attributable to fire, theft or any other cause (including provision for twenty-four hours a day restricted access) of a Fund’s blank checks, records and other data and Transfer Agent’s equipment, facilities and other property used in the performance of its obligations hereunder are adequate, and that it will make such changes therein from time to time as in its judgment are required for the secure performance of its obligations hereunder. Transfer Agent shall review such systems and procedures on a periodic basis, and each Fund shall have reasonable access to review these systems and procedures.

 

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Article 14 Disaster Recovery

14.1 Transfer Agent shall enter into and shall maintain in effect with appropriate parties one or more agreements making reasonable provisions for periodic backup of computer files and data with respect to a Fund and emergency use of electronic data processing equipment. In the event of equipment failures, Transfer Agent shall, at no additional expense to a Fund, take reasonable steps to minimize service interruptions caused by equipment failure, provided such loss or interruption is not caused by Transfer Agent’s own willful misfeasance, bad faith, negligence or reckless disregard of its duties or obligations under this Agreement and provided further that Transfer Agent has complied with the provisions of this paragraph 14.

Article 15 Term and Termination

15.1 This Agreement shall be effective on the date first written above and shall continue until December 31, 2015, and thereafter shall automatically continue for successive annual periods ending on the anniversary of the date first written above, provided that it may be terminated by either party upon written notice given at least 90 days prior to termination.

15.2 In the event a termination notice is given by a Fund, it shall be accompanied by a resolution of the Board of Directors, certified by the Secretary of the Fund, designating a successor transfer agent or transfer agents. Upon such termination and at the expense of the Fund, Transfer Agent will deliver to such successor a certified list of shareholders of the Fund (with names and addresses), and all other relevant books, records, correspondence and other Fund records or data in the possession of Transfer Agent, and Transfer Agent will cooperate with the Fund and any successor transfer agent or agents in the substitution process.

Article 16 Confidentiality/Privacy

16.1 The parties agree that any non-public information obtained hereunder concerning the other party is confidential and may not be disclosed to any other person without the consent of the other party, except as may be required by applicable law or at the request of the Commission or other governmental agency. The parties further agree that a breach of this provision would irreparably damage the other party and accordingly agree that each of them is entitled, without bond or other security, to an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of this provision.

16.2 The Transfer Agent has adopted and implemented procedures to safeguard customer information and records that are reasonably designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of customer records and information in accordance with applicable state and federal standards and to ensure compliance with Regulation S-P. Information about the Fund’s customers shall not be disclosed, sold, or used in any way, except: (1) to carry out the terms of this Agreement; and (2) disclosure pursuant to law, rule, regulation or court or administrative order.

 

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Article 17 Force Majeure

17.1 No party shall be liable for any default or delay in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement if and to the extent such default or delay is caused, directly or indirectly, by (i) fire, flood, elements of nature or other acts of God; (ii) any outbreak or escalation of hostilities, war, riots or civil disorders in any country; (iii) any act or omission of the other party or any governmental authority; (iv) any labor disputes beyond the reasonable control of such party; or (v) nonperformance by a third party or any similar cause beyond the reasonable control of such party, including without limitation, failures or fluctuations in telecommunications or other equipment; except to the extent that the non-performing party shall have failed to use its reasonable best efforts to minimize the likelihood of occurrence of such circumstances or to mitigate any loss or damage to the other party caused by such circumstances, and, with respect to the Transfer Agent, the Transfer Agent has acted in accordance with the standard of care provided in Section 10 of this Agreement. In any such event, the non-performing party shall be excused from any further performance and observance of the obligations so affected only for as long as such circumstances prevail and such party continues to use commercially reasonable efforts to recommence performance or observance as soon as practicable.

Article 18 Assignment

18.1 This Agreement may not be assigned or otherwise transferred by Transfer Agent, without the prior written consent of a Fund, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld; provided, however, that Transfer Agent may, in its sole discretion, assign all its right, title and interest in this Agreement to an affiliate, parent or subsidiary of Transfer Agent who is qualified to act under the 1934 Act and 1940 Act.

Article 19 Notices

19.1 Any notice or other instrument authorized or required by this Agreement to be given in writing to a Fund or Transfer Agent, shall be sufficiently given if addressed to that party and received by it at its office set forth below or at such other place as it may from time to time designate in writing.

To the Funds:

300 First Stamford Place

Stamford, CT 09602

Attn: Robert I. Frenkel, Secretary

To Transfer Agent:

59 Maiden Lane

New York, NY 10038

Attn: Michael Karfunkel, President

 

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Article 20 Governing Law/Venue

20.1 The laws of the State of New York, excluding the laws on conflicts of laws, shall govern the interpretation, validity, and enforcement of this agreement.

Article 21 Counterparts

21.1 This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original; but such counterparts shall, together, constitute only one instrument.

Article 22 Captions

22.1 The captions of this Agreement are included for convenience of reference only and in no way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.

Article 23 Publicity

23.1 Neither a Fund nor Transfer Agent shall release or publish news releases, public announcements, advertising or other publicity relating to this Agreement or to the transactions contemplated by it without the prior review and written approval of the other party; provided, however, that either party may make such disclosures as are required by legal, accounting or regulatory requirements after making reasonable efforts in the circumstances to consult in advance with the other party.

Article 24 Relationship of Parties

24.1 The parties agree that they are independent contractors and not partners or co-venturers and nothing contained herein shall be interpreted or construed otherwise.

Article 25 Entire Agreement; Severability

25.1 This Agreement, including Schedules and Exhibits hereto, constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous proposals, agreements, contracts, representations, and understandings, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. No change, termination, modification, or waiver of any term or condition of the Agreement shall be valid unless in writing signed by the party affected. A party’s waiver of a breach of any term or condition in the Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or another term or condition.

 

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25.2 The parties intend every provision of this Agreement to be severable. If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any term or provision is illegal or invalid for any reason, the illegality or invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Agreement. In such case, the parties shall in good faith modify or substitute such provision consistent with the original intent of the parties. Without limiting the generality of this paragraph, if a court determines that any remedy stated in this Agreement has failed of its essential purpose, then all other provisions of this Agreement, including the limitations on liability and exclusion of damages, shall remain fully effective.

Article 26 Customer Identification Program Notice

26.1 To help the U.S. government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, U.S. Federal law requires each financial institution to obtain, verify, and record certain information that identifies each person who initially opens an account with that financial institution on or after October 1, 2003. Certain of Transfer Agent’s affiliates are financial institutions, and Transfer Agent may, as a matter of policy, request (or may have already requested) the Fund’s name, address and taxpayer identification number or other government-issued identification number. Transfer Agent may also ask (and may have already asked) for additional identifying information, and Transfer Agent may take steps (and may have already taken steps) to verify the authenticity and accuracy of these data elements.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly authorized officers, as of the day and year first above written.

Each of the Investment Companies Listed On Schedule A Hereto,

Each of Which Is Acting On Its Own Behalf And

Not On Behalf Of Any Other Investment Company

 

By:  

/s/ R. Jay Gerken

 

R. Jay Gerken

President and

Chief Executive Officer

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
By:  

/s/ Michael Karfunkel

  Michael Karfunkel
  President

 

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SCHEDULE A

 

High Income Opportunity Fund Inc.

Intermediate Muni Fund, Inc.

Managed High Income Portfolio Inc.

Managed Municipals Portfolio Inc.

Municipal High Income Fund Inc.

Real Estate Income Fund Inc.

Citigroup Investments Corporate Loan Fund Inc.

Zenix Income Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Emerging Markets Debt Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Emerging Markets Income Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Emerging Markets Income Fund II

Salomon Brothers Emerging Markets Floating Rate Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Capital & Income Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Global Partners Income Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Global High Income Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers High Income Fund Inc

Salomon Brothers High Income Fund II Inc

Salomon Brothers Inflation Management Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Worldwide Income Fund Inc

Salomon Brothers 2008 Worldwide Dollar Government Term Trust Inc

Salomon Brothers Municipal Partners Fund Inc.

Salomon Brothers Municipal Partners Fund II Inc.

Salomon Brothers Variable Rate Strategic Fund Inc.

 

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SCHEDULE B

DUTIES OF TRANSFER AGENT

1. Shareholder Information. Transfer Agent or its agent shall maintain a record of the number of Shares held by each holder of record which shall include name, address, taxpayer identification and which shall indicate whether such Shares are held in certificates or uncertificated form.

2. Shareholder Services. Transfer Agent or its agent will investigate all inquiries from Shareholders of a Fund relating to Shareholder accounts and will respond to all communications from Shareholders and others relating to its duties hereunder and such other correspondence as may from time to time be mutually agreed upon between Transfer Agent and each Fund. Transfer Agent shall provide the Fund with reports concerning Shareholder inquires and the responses thereto by Transfer Agent, in such form and at such times as are agreed to by the Fund and Transfer Agent.

3. Share Certificates.

(a) At the expense of each Fund, Transfer Agent or its agent shall be supplied with an adequate supply of blank share certificates to meet Transfer Agent or its agent’s requirements therefor. Such Share certificates shall be properly signed by facsimile. Each Fund agrees that, notwithstanding the death, resignation, or removal of any officer of the Fund whose signature appears on such certificates, Transfer Agent or its agent may continue to countersign certificates which bear such signatures until otherwise directed by Written Instructions.

(b) With respect to each Fund, Transfer Agent or its agent shall issue replacement Share certificates in lieu of certificates which have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon receipt by Transfer Agent or its agent of properly executed affidavits and lost certificate bonds, in form satisfactory to Transfer Agent or its agent, with the Fund and Transfer Agent or its agent as obligees under the bond.

(c) With respect to each Fund, Transfer Agent or its agent shall also maintain a record of each certificate issued, the number of Shares represented thereby and the holder of record. With respect to Shares held in open accounts or uncertificated form, i.e., no certificate being issued with respect thereto, Transfer Agent or its agent shall maintain comparable records of the record holders thereof, including their names, addresses and taxpayer identification. Transfer Agent or its agent shall further maintain a stop transfer record on lost and/or replaced certificates.

(d) Withdrawal of Shares and Cancellation of Certificates. Upon receipt of Written Instructions, Transfer Agent shall cancel outstanding certificates surrendered by a Fund to reduce the total amount of outstanding shares by the number of shares surrendered by the Fund.

4. Mailing Communications to Shareholders; Proxy Materials. Transfer Agent or its agent will address and mail to Shareholders of the Fund, as disclosed on Transfer Agent’s books and records for a Fund, all reports to Shareholders, dividend and distribution notices and proxy

 

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material for the Fund’s meetings of Shareholders. In connection with meetings of Shareholders, Transfer Agent or its agent will prepare Shareholder lists (of Shareholders disclosed on Transfer Agent’s books and records for the Fund), mail and certify as to the mailing of proxy materials, solicit proxies, process and tabulate returned proxy cards, report on proxies voted prior to meetings, act as inspector of election at meetings and certify Shares voted at meetings.

5. Sales of Shares

(a) Suspension of Sale of Shares. Transfer Agent or its agent shall not be required to issue any Shares of a Fund where it has received a Written Instruction from the Fund or official notice from any appropriate authority that the sale of the Shares of the Fund has been suspended or discontinued. The existence of such Written Instructions or such official notice shall be conclusive evidence of the right of Transfer Agent or its agent to rely on such Written Instructions or official notice.

(b) Returned Checks. In the event that any check or other order for the payment of money is returned unpaid for any reason, Transfer Agent or its agent will: (i) give prompt notice of such return to the relevant Fund or its designee; (ii) place a stop transfer order against all Shares issued as a result of such check or order; and (iii) take such actions as Transfer Agent may from time to time deem appropriate.

(c) Purchase of Shares. Transfer Agent shall issue and credit an account of an investor, in the manner described in a Fund’s prospectus, once it receives:

(i) A purchase order;

(ii) Proper information to establish a Shareholder account; and

(iii) Confirmation of receipt or crediting of funds for such order to the Fund’s Custodian.

6. Exchange, Transfer and Redemption

(a) Transfer Agent or its agent shall process all requests to transfer or redeem Shares in accordance with the transfer or redemption procedures set forth in each Fund’s Prospectus.

(i) Broker-Dealer Accounts.

When a broker-dealer notifies Transfer Agent of a redemption desired by a customer, and the Fund’s or Portfolio’s Custodian has provided Transfer Agent with funds, Transfer Agent shall (a) transfer by Fedwire or other agreed upon electronic means such redemption payment to the broker-dealer for the credit to, and for the benefit of, the customer’s account or (b) shall prepare and send a redemption check to the broker-dealer, made payable to the broker-dealer on behalf of its customer.

 

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(ii) Fund-Only Accounts.

If Shares (or appropriate instructions) are received in proper form, at a Fund’s request Shares may be redeemed before the funds are provided to Transfer Agent from the Custodian. If the recordholder has not directed that redemption proceeds be wired, when the Custodian provides Transfer Agent with funds, the redemption check shall be sent to and made payable to the recordholder, unless:

(a) the surrendered certificate is drawn to the order of an assignee or holder and transfer authorization is signed by the recordholder; or

(b) transfer authorizations are signed by the recordholder when Shares are held in book-entry form.

(b) Transfer Agent or its agent will transfer or repurchase Shares upon receipt of Oral or Written Instructions or otherwise pursuant to the Prospectus and Share certificates, if any, properly endorsed for transfer or redemption, accompanied by such documents as Transfer Agent or its agent reasonably may deem necessary.

(c) Transfer Agent or its agent reserves the right to refuse to transfer or repurchase Shares until it is satisfied that the endorsement on the instructions is valid and genuine. Transfer Agent or its agent also reserves the right to refuse to transfer or repurchase Shares until it is satisfied that the requested transfer or repurchase is legally authorized, and it shall incur no liability for the refusal, in good faith, to make transfers or repurchases which Transfer Agent or its agent, in its good judgment, deems improper or unauthorized, or until it is reasonably satisfied that there is no basis to any claims adverse to such transfer or repurchase.

(d) When Shares are redeemed, Transfer Agent or its agent shall, upon receipt of the instructions and documents in proper form, deliver to the Custodian and each Fund or its designee a notification setting forth the number of Shares to be repurchased. Such repurchased shares shall be reflected on appropriate accounts maintained by Transfer Agent or its agent reflecting outstanding Shares of each Fund and Shares attributed to individual accounts.

(e) Transfer Agent or its agent shall, upon receipt of the moneys paid to it by the Custodian for the repurchase of Shares, pay such moneys as are received from the Custodian, all in accordance with the procedures described in the written instruction received by Transfer Agent or its agent from the Fund.

(f) Transfer Agent or its agent shall not process or effect any repurchase with respect to Shares of a Fund after receipt by Transfer Agent or its agent of notification of the suspension of the determination of the net asset value of the Fund.

7. Dividends

(a) Upon the declaration of each dividend and each capital gains or other distribution by the Board of Directors of a Fund with respect to Shares of the Fund, the Fund shall

 

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furnish or cause to be furnished to Transfer Agent or its agent a copy of a resolution of the Fund’s Board of Directors certified by the Secretary of the Fund setting forth the date of the declaration of such dividend or distribution, the ex-dividend date, the date of payment thereof, the record date as of which Shareholders entitled to payment shall be determined, the amount payable per Share to the shareholders of record as of that date, the total amount payable to Transfer Agent or its agent on the payment date and whether such dividend or distribution is to be paid in Shares of such class at net asset value. Such payment will be made in cash or additional Shares, at the election of each Shareholder, in accordance with the Portfolio’s Prospectus.

(b) On or before the payment date specified in such resolution of the Board of Directors, a Fund will provide Transfer Agent with sufficient cash to make payment to the Shareholders of record as of such payment date.

(c) If Transfer Agent or its agent does not receive sufficient cash from a Fund to make total dividend and/or distribution payments to all Shareholders of the Fund as of the record date, Transfer Agent or its agent will, upon notifying the Fund, withhold payment to all Shareholders of record as of the record date until sufficient cash is provided to Transfer Agent or its agent.

(d) Such issuance or payment, as well as payments upon redemption as described above, shall be made after deduction and payment of the required amount of funds to be withheld in accordance with any applicable tax law or other laws, rules or regulations. Transfer Agent shall mail to a Fund’s shareholders and the IRS and other appropriate taxing authorities such tax forms, or permissible substitute forms, and other information relating to dividends and distributions paid by the Fund as are required to be filed and mailed by applicable law, rule or regulation within the time required thereby. Transfer Agent shall prepare, maintain and file with the IRS and other appropriate taxing authorities reports relating to all dividends and distributions above a stipulated amount paid by the Fund to its Shareholders as required by tax or other law, rule or regulation.

8. Cash Management Services. Funds received by Transfer Agent in the course of performing its services hereunder will be held in demand deposit bank accounts or money market fund accounts in the name of Transfer Agent (or its nominee) as agent for the Funds.

9. Lost Shareholders. Transfer Agent shall perform such services as are required in order to comply with Rules 17a-24 and 17Ad-17 of the 1934 Act (the “Lost Shareholder Rules), including, but not limited to those set forth below. Transfer Agent may, in its sole discretion, use the services of a third party to perform some or all of such services.

(a) documentation of electronic search policies and procedures;

(b) execution of required searches;

(c) creation and mailing of confirmation letters;

(d) taking receipt of returned verification forms;

(e) providing confirmed address corrections in batch via electronic media;

(f) tracking results and maintaining data sufficient to comply with the Lost Shareholder Rules; and

(g) preparation and submission of data required under the Lost Shareholder Rules.

 

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10. Anti-Money Laundering/OFAC/FINCEN/Customer Identification Procedures.

(a) Transfer Agent shall implement mutually agreed upon procedures in accordance with a Fund’s Anti-Money Laundering and Customer Identification Programs, and cash and cash equivalent procedures and shall check account names and addresses against those provided by the Treasury Department’s OFAC and FINCEN Departments.

(b) Transfer Agent shall perform the following key functions:

 

   

Validating Transfer Agent’s database of Fund investor names and personal information against OFAC and FINCEN list; new accounts and accounts changes are scanned daily by a Transfer Agent compliance specialist and the entire database is scanned each time the OFAC or FINCEN list is updated.

 

   

Verifying customer identification based on particular identifying data elements.

 

   

Review of outgoing wire activity to detect suspicious movement of monies.

 

   

Restrictions on payment methods accepted for purchase of fund shares (no cash or cash equivalents, third-party check restrictions, etc.).

 

   

Review of account opening documentation and check payments for various “red flags” that are indicators of fraudulent activity.

 

   

Review accounts for suspicious activity and provide suspicious activity reports to be filed by the Funds.

 

   

A yearly AML training is mandatory for all Transfer Agent employees.

11. Market-Timing/Late Trading.

(a) Transfer Agent shall monitor accounts for market-timing and late trading, in violation of each Fund’s or portfolio’s prospectus.

(b) Transfer Agent shall provide each Fund and its officers with assistance in monitoring, coordinating and reporting market-timing and late trading of shares.

12. Additional Services.

(a) Services provided on an ongoing basis, if applicable.

(i) Calculate 12b-l payments to financial intermediaries, including brokers, and financial intermediary trail commissions;

(ii) Develop, monitor and maintain, in consultation with the Fund, all systems necessary to implement and operate the four-tier distribution system, including Class B conversion feature or similar

 

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conversion feature for other Classes, as described in the registration statement and related documents of the Fund, as they may be amended from time to time;

(iii) Calculate contingent deferred sales charge amounts and redemption fees upon redemption of Fund shares and deduct such amounts from redemption proceeds;

(iv) Calculate front-end sales load amounts at time of purchase of shares;

(v) Determine dates of Class B or similar conversion and effect the same;

(vi) Establish and maintain proper Shareholder registrations;

(vii) Review new applications and correspond with Shareholders to complete or correct information;

(viii) Issue dividend checks in accordance with agreed-upon procedures;

(ix) Direct payment processing of checks or wires in accordance with agreed-upon procedures;

(x) Provide toll-free lines for direct Shareholder use, plus customer liaison staff for on-line inquiry response;

(xi) Send duplicate confirmations to broker-dealers of their clients’ activity, whether executed through the broker-dealer or directly with Transfer Agent;

(xii) Provide periodic Shareholder lists, outstanding Share and Class calculations and related statistics to the Fund;

(xiii) Provide detailed data for underwriter/broker confirmations;

(xiv) Prepare and mail required calendar and taxable year-end tax and statement information (including forms 1099-DIV and 1099-B and accompanying statements) to Shareholder accounts disclosed on its books and records;

(xv) Notify on a daily basis the investment adviser, accounting agent, and Custodian of fund activity;

(xvi) Withholding taxes for U.S. resident and non-resident aliens, where applicable;

 

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(xvii) Maintain and process letters of accumulation and automatic investment plans;

(xviii) Serve as custodian and/or trustee to retirement plans, individual retirement accounts and similar accounts;

(xix) Receive information from third-party administrators to record either plan level or individual participant level information, as required, and

(xx) Perform other participating broker-dealer or Shareholder services as may be agreed upon from time to time.

(b) Services provided by Transfer Agent under Oral Instructions or Written Instructions.

(i) Accept and post daily Fund and Class purchases and redemptions; and

(ii) Accept, post and perform Shareholder transfers and exchanges.

(c) Shareholder Account Services.

(i) Transfer Agent will arrange, in accordance with the appropriate Fund’s or Portfolio’s prospectus, for issuance of Shares obtained through:

- The transfer of funds from Shareholders’ accounts at financial institutions, provided Transfer Agent received advance Oral or Written Instruction of such transfer,

- Any pre-authorized check plan; and

- Direct purchases through broker wire orders, checks and applications in accordance with agreed-upon procedures.

(ii) Transfer Agent will arrange, in accordance with the appropriate Fund’s or Portfolio’s Prospectus, for a Shareholder’s:

- Exchange of Shares for shares of another fund with which the Fund has exchange privileges;

- Automatic redemption from an account where that Shareholder participates in a systematic withdrawal plan; and/or

- Redemption of Shares from an account with a checkwriting privilege in accordance with agreed-upon procedures.

 

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(d) Communications to Shareholders. Upon timely Written Instructions, Transfer Agent shall mail all communications by the Fund to its Shareholders disclosed on its books and records, including:

(i) Reports to Shareholders (including annual and semi-annual reports);

(ii) Confirmations of purchases and sales of Fund shares;

(iii) Monthly or quarterly statements;

(iv) Dividend and distribution notices;

(v) Proxy material;

(vi) Tax forms (including substitute forms), accompanying information containing the information required by paragraph 7(d), and notices under Section 19 of 1940 Act;

(vii) New account information;

(viii) Change of allocation;

(ix) Prospectus fulfillment;

(x) Shareholder/information letters; and

(xi) Retirement and IRA information (including tax information).

(e) Records. Transfer Agent shall maintain those records required by the Securities Laws and any laws, rules and regulations of governmental authorities having jurisdiction with respect to the duties to be performed by Transfer Agent hereunder with respect to Shareholder accounts or by transfer agents generally, including records of the accounts for each Shareholder showing the following information:

(i) Name, address and United States Taxpayer Identification or Social Security number;

(ii) Number and class of Shares held and number and class of Shares for which certificates, if any, have been issued, including certificate numbers and denominations;

(iii) Historical information regarding the account of each Shareholder, including dividends and distributions paid, their character (e.g., ordinary income, net capital gain, exempt-interest, foreign tax-credit and dividends received deduction eligible) for federal income tax purposes and the date and price for all transactions on a Shareholder’s account;

 

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(iv) Any stop or restraining order placed against a Shareholder’s account;

(v) Any correspondence relating to the current maintenance of a Shareholder’s account;

(vi) Information with respect to withholdings; and

(vii) Any information required in order for the transfer agent to perform any calculations contemplated or required by this Agreement.

(f) Shareholder Inspection of Stock Records. Upon a request from any Shareholder to inspect stock records, Transfer Agent will notify the Fund, and the Fund will issue instructions granting or denying each such request. Unless Transfer Agent has acted contrary to the Fund’s instructions, the Fund agrees and does hereby release Transfer Agent from any liability for refusal of permission for a particular Shareholder to inspect the Fund’s Shareholder records.

13. Miscellaneous.

In addition to and neither in lieu nor in contravention of the services set forth above, Transfer Agent shall: (I) perform all the customary services of a transfer agent, registrar, dividend disbursing agent and agent of the dividend reinvestment and cash purchase plan as described herein consistent with those requirements set forth as at the date of this Agreement; (ii) require proper forms of instructions, signatures and signature guarantees and any necessary documents supporting the opening of Shareholder accounts, transfers and redemptions and other Shareholder account transactions, all in conformance with Transfer Agent’s present procedures with such changes or deviations therefrom as may be from time to time required or approved by a Fund, or the Fund’s counsel or Transfer Agent’s counsel and the rejection of orders or instructions not in good order in accordance with the applicable Fund prospectus; (iii) provide to the person designated by the Funds daily Blue Sky reports generated by Transfer Agent; (iv) provide to the Funds escheatment reports as reasonably requested by the Funds with respect to the status of the Funds’ accounts and outstanding checks; and (v) maintain a current, duplicate set of the Funds’ essential records at a secure separate location in a form available and usable forthwith in the event of any breakdown or disaster disruption of Transfer Agent’s main operation.

 

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SCHEDULE C

FEE SCHEDULE:

AS PER ATTACHED PROPOSAL DATED AUGUST 16, 2005 PLUS REIMBURSEMENT OF OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES

STANDARD FEES:

 

Fund Name

   Flat Monthly Fee

2008 Term Trust

   $ 1,250.00

Citigroup Investments Corporate Loan Fund Inc.

   $ 1,250.00

Emerging Markets Floating Rate

   $ 1,250.00

Emerging Markets Income

   $ 1,250.00

Emerging Markets Income II

   $ 1,250.00

Global Partners Income Fund

   $ 1,250.00

High Income Opportunity

   $ 1,250.00

Intermediate Municipal

   $ 1,250.00

Managed High Income

   $ 1,250.00

Managed Muni I (one)

   $ 1,250.00

Muni High Income

   $ 1,250.00

Municipal Partners Fund Inc. II

   $ 1,250.00

Municipal Partners Fund Inc.

   $ 1,250.00

Real Estate Income Fund Inc.

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros Capital and Income Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros Emerging Markets Debt Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros Global High Income Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros High Income Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros High Income II

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros Inflation Management Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Salomon Bros Variable Rate Strategic Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Worldwide Income Fund

   $ 1,250.00

Zenix Income

   $ 1,250.00

 

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SCHEDULE D

OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES:

1. Out-of-Pockets. Each Fund shall reimburse Transfer Agent monthly for applicable out-of-pocket expenses, including, but not limited to the following items:

- Microfiche/microfilm production

- Magnetic media tapes and freight

- Postage - [direct pass through to the Fund]

- Telephone and telecommunication costs, including all lease, maintenance and line costs

- Proxy solicitations, mailings, tabulations and reports relating thereto

- Shipping, Certified and Overnight mail and insurance

- Terminals, communication lines, printers and other equipment and any expenses incurred in connection with such terminals and lines

- Duplicating services

- Courier services

- Federal Reserve charges for check clearance

- Overtime

- Travel, as approved in advance by the Fund

- Record retention, retrieval and destruction costs, including, but not limited to exit fees charged by third party record keeping vendors

- Such other miscellaneous expenses reasonably incurred by Transfer Agent in performing its duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.

Each Fund shall pay postage and mailing expenses on the day of or prior to mailing as agreed with Transfer Agent. In addition, each Fund will promptly reimburse Transfer Agent for any other unscheduled expenses incurred by Transfer Agent whenever the Fund and Transfer Agent mutually agree that such expenses are not otherwise properly borne by Transfer Agent as part of its duties and obligations under the Agreement.

2. Other Charges

- Pre-Printed Stock, including business forms, certificates, envelopes, checks and stationery.

- Cold Storage

- Digital Recording

- Incoming and outgoing wire charges

 

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