On August 31st, the SEC requested information about companies that are engaged in the business of acquiring mortgages and mortgage-related instruments and that rely on the exclusion from the definition of investment company in Section 3(c)(5)(C) of the Investment Company Act, and how Section 3(c)(5)(C) of the Act is interpreted by, and affects investors in, these companies. The SEC solicits commenters' views about the application of the Investment Company Act to mortgage-related pools, including suggestions on the steps that the SEC should take to provide greater clarity, consistency or regulatory certainty. Comments should be submitted within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected during the week of September 12. SEC Release No. IC-29778.