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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Providing a Credit to Specialists

 

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May 25, 2000.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), [1] notice is hereby given that on May 8, 2000, the Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia (“SCCP”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by SCCP. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Back to Top

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to provide a credit of $.20 per trade to specialists trading equities through the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Automated Communication and Execution (“PACE”) System. [2] This credit will be effective on June 1, 2000.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Back to Top

In its filing with the Commission, SCCP included statements concerning the purpose of and statutory basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. SCCP has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. [3]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

SCCP has exceeded its budgetary volume projects this year and has thus generated revenue far in excess of its budget. SCCP anticipates that this trend will continue. Thus, in order to address this situation, the proposed credit would apply to specialists, who have generated much of this revenue, that trade through the PACE System. Specifically, specialists that clear through SCCP are the principal client base upon which SCCP relies to cover its expenses. For instance, PACE trades represent approximately 90 percent of the volume SCCP processes. Therefore, SCCP proposes to credit $.20 per trade to specialists using the PACE System. This credit will be applied to the fees of specialists trading through the PACE System and will be effective on June 1, 2000.

SCCP believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act [4] which requires that the rules of a registered clearing agency provide for equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges for services which it provides to its participants.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

SCCP does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.

(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

No written comments have been solicited or received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Back to Top

Because the foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by SCCP, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(e)(2) thereunder. [6] At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments Back to Top

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at SCCP. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-SCCP-00-03 and should be submitted by June 23, 2000.

For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. [7]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

[FR Doc. 00-13780 Filed 6-1-00; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 8010-01-M

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2. PACE is a real time order routing and execution system.

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3. The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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5. U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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