On October 5th, the SEC published new final rules eliminating certain references to credit ratings issued by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations in certain Securities Exchange Act of 1934 rules and forms related to the regulation of self-regulatory organizations and alternative trading systems, and in rules under the Investment Company Act of 1940 that affect an investment company's ability to purchase refunded securities and securities in underwritings in which an affiliate is participating. The amendments are effective November 12, 2009. SEC Release No. 34-60789.