Frequently Asked Questions

652. Is it permissible for mutual funds and exchange traded funds (collectively, “funds”) that are U.S. persons to buy, sell, or otherwise engage in transactions related to debt, equity, or other holdings in an entity that appears on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List), or of an entity owned 50 percent or more, individually or in the aggregate, by an individual or entity on the SDN List?

Answer

No. A fund that is a U.S. person may not buy, sell, or otherwise engage in transactions related to debt, equity, or other holdings in blocked persons and must block such holdings, unless authorized by OFAC via general or specific license. A U.S. fund that contains such blocked holdings generally is not itself considered a blocked entity, and U.S. persons may continue to invest in the fund and the fund may continue to operate. The fund may divest itself of blocked holdings only with OFAC authorization.

Date Released
January 31, 2019