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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Financing Necessary for the Provision of Securities Settlement Services

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Start Preamble June 30, 2000.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on March 7, 2000, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (“GSCC”) 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 GSCC. 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

GSCC proposes to amend its rules to allow it to obtain financing in connection with its securities settlement process by entering into repurchase transactions with GSCC netting members and/or clearing agent bank 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, GSCC 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. GSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[2]

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

According to GSCC, it is occasionally required to obtain financing in connection with its securities settlement process. For example, a member with a net short position may deliver securities so near the close of the securities Fedwire that GSCC is unable to redeliver the securities to member(s) with the net long position(s). GSCC's rules contemplate that GSCC will obtain financing under these circumstances in the form of loans, because the rules expressly permit GSCC to grant security interests in the securities in question. The costs or expenses that GSCC incurs in obtaining such financing are generally allocated pro rata among all netting members based upon usage of GSCC's services.[3]

Another example of a situation where GSCC might need to obtain financing is when a GCF inter-dealer broker has a GCF net settlement position as the result of for example, a data submission error. As a result, GSCC is required to finance the settlement of the other-side of the transaction. Again, GSCC's rules currently contemplate that GSCC will obtain the requisite cash or securities through loans or securities borrowing/lending transactions.

GSCC is proposing to amend its rules to give it the option to obtain the requisite financing in the circumstances described above by entering into repurchase transactions with GSCC netting members and/or clearing agent bank members.[4] The ability to enter into repurchase transactions will enable GSCC to obtain more favorable financing terms and thus will result in lower financing costs being allocated to members. Repurchase transactions are a safe, widely accepted financing mechanism. GSCC will engage in such transactions only with highly creditworthy counterparties who are GSCC netting members or GSCC's clearing agent banks.

The proposed rule change also addresses the situation where an inter-dealer broker netting member obtains financing of a net settlement position. For example, an inter-dealer broker may have a net settlement position as the result of an uncompared trade. Under the proposed rule change, the inter-dealer broker-netting member would be required to obtain financing by entering into overnight repurchase transactions with GSCC netting members or clearing agent bank members, and GSCC may reimburse the inter-dealer broker for the costs of such finances if the net settlement position was incurred through no fault of the inter-dealer broker.[5]

GSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder because the proposal will provide GSCC with an additional financing alternative and will result in lower financing costs for GSCC's members.

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

GSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact, 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

Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. Members will be notified of the rule change filing and comments will be solicited by an Important Notice. GSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by GSCC.

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

Within thirty-five days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to ninety days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

(A) By order approve such proposed rule change, orStart Printed Page 42740

(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of GSCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-GSCC-00-01 and should be submitted by August 1, 2000.

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

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by GSCC.

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3.  GSCC's rules also provide that if the GSCC Board determines in its sole discretion that a netting member has on a frequent basis and without good cause caused GSCC to incur financing costs, the member can become obligated to pay for or reimburse GSCC for the entire amount of the financing costs.

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4.  GSCC already has the authority to enter into repurchase agreements in connection with clearing fund deposits and proprietary funds.

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5.  GSCC may also reimburse certain dealer netting members in a similar situation. This additional possibility for remibursement would apply to a division or other separate operating unit within a dealer netting member that GSCC has determined: (a) operates in the same manner as a broker and (b) has agreed to, and does, participate in the repo netting service pursuant to the same requirements imposed under GSCC's rules on inter-dealer broker netting members that participate in that service.

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[FR Doc. 00-17421 Filed 7-10-00; 8:45 am]

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