Form 13F is a quarterly holdings report filed to the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Every institutional investment manager with control of over US$100 million in assets should check whether they are required to file a 13F each quarter.
If at any month-end during the year you manage US$100m of 13F securities, you are required to file a 13F report at year-end, and for each of the following three quarters. This is regardless of whether your value in 13F securities falls below US$100 million during the year.
The SEC publishes the 13F list of relevant securities each quarter. The list contains stocks, options, ETFs, warrants, convertible bonds and ADRs; all of which should be disclosed on Form 13F if held. Read our blog "13F: More than Meets Excel" for more information on how to determine if a security is reportable under section 13F.
The Form 13F report requires you to disclose:
and, with respect to each section 13(f) security over which it exercises investment discretion:
The SEC typically publishes the list of 13F relevant securities 8-10 days after the quarter end. It is important to remember that the positions required to be disclosed are the ones held on the day of the quarter end, and not when the list is published.
Form 13F is required to be filed within 45 days of the end of a calendar quarter. If that day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday then the deadline is the next business day.
The SEC do not provide any filing extensions. A late or missed 13F Filing report will most likely lead to administrative sanctions and can also damage a firm's reputation. It is important to note that many sanctions are served privately and are therefore not disclosed to the public.
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