Pursuant to section 19(b)(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on July 16, 1999, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on May 12, 2000, amended the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. The Commission is publishing this notice and order to solicit comments from interested persons and to grant accelerated approval of the proposed rule change through May 31, 2001.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change extends the temporary approval of additional procedures that govern the placement of NSCC members on Class A surveillance and the clearing fund deposit and other collateral requirements for such members.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NSCC included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. NSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
NSCC seeks to extend the temporary approval of Addendum O, which governs the application of Class A surveillance procedures to and the additional collateralization requirements for settling members that engage in certain over-the-counter (“OTC”) market making activities. Addendum O is designed to decrease the risks associated with OTC market makers by use of Class A surveillance and special collateralization procedures. The Commission originally granted temporary approval on May 10, 1996, and has subsequently extended its approval through May 31, 2000.Start Printed Page 36205
NSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder because the surveillance and additional collateralization procedures will facilitate the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in its custody or control or for which it is responsible, and in general will protect investors and the public interest.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact on or impose a 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 relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act requires that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of the clearing agency and generally to protect investors and the public interest. As the Commission previously stated, it finds that NSCC's proposed rule change is consistent with these obligations under the Act because it should help NSCC protect itself, its members, and investors from members that pose an increased risk because of their involvement in OTC market making.
Under the proposal, NSCC will continue to have the authority with respect to members which participate in OTC market making activities or clear for correspondents that engage in such activity (1) to place such members on Class A surveillance, (2) to require such members to post additional collateral with NSCC, and (3) to calculate an alternative clearing fund requirement for such members when additional risk factors are present. Collectively, the higher level of surveillance, the additional level of collateralization, and the alternative clearing fund requirements should help ameliorate NSCC's exposure, which in turn should assist NSCC in fulfilling its obligations under the Act to safeguard securities and funds for which it has control of or is responsible for and to protect investors and the public interest.
NSCC has requested that the Commission find good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the thirtieth day after publication of the notice of filing because accelerated approval will allow NSCC to continue to utilize its Class A surveillance procedures, the interim collateralization policy, and the alternative clearing fund formula without interruption until it makes a filing requesting permanent approval of the rule change. The Commission finds good cause for granting approval prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of the notice because this should allow NSCC to continue to protect itself and its participants from the potential risks of OTC market making activities without interruption when the current approval of Addendum O expires on May 31, 2000.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
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, NW., Washington, DC 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, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-99-09 and should be submitted by June 28, 2000.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-NSCC-99-09) be, and hereby is approved on an accelerated basis through May 31, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. In its amendment, NSCC withdrew any proposed changes to Addendum O to NSCC Rules and requested that the Commission extend the temporary approval of Addendum O in its current form. Letter from Richard Paley, Associate Counsel, NSCC (May 11, 2000).Back to Citation
3. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by NSCC.Back to Citation
4. For a complete discussion of NSCC's Class A Surveillance procedures and collateralization requirements, refer to Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 37202 (May 10, 1996), 61 FR 24993 [File No. SR-NSCC-95-17]; 38622 (May 19, 1997), 62 FR 27285 [File No. SR-NSCC-97-04]; 40034 (May 27, 1998), 63 FR 30277 [File No. SR-NSCC-98-03]; (June 4, 1999), 64 FR 31664 [File No. SR-NSCC-99-06].Back to Citation
6. Supra note 4.Back to Citation
7. As noted in each of the previous approval orders, prior to filing a proposed rule change seeking permanent approval of the procedures set forth in this temporary approval order, NSCC shall present to the Commission a more detailed report of its findings regarding the adequacy of the controls and discussing any changes to be made to the procedures.Back to Citation
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