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Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on June 1, 2000, 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
The proposed rule change would allow GSCC to accept non-Fedwire eligible mortgage-backed securities for processing in GSCC's GCF Repo Service.
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.
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
GSCC introduced its GCF Repo Service in November 1998. The GCF Repo Service allows GSCC's non-inter-dealer broker netting members (“dealers”) to trade general collateral repos involving U.S. Government securities throughout the day without requiring trade for trade settlement on a delivery versus payment basis.
GSCC has been activating the generic CUSIP numbers representing the securities that are eligible for GCF Repo processing in stages. U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of ten years or less and U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of thirty years or less were the first products to be made eligible for GCF Repo processing. At the beginning of this year, GSCC also began accepting non-mortgage-backed agency securities for GCF Repo processing and then more recently began accepting mortgage-backed securities “MBS”) for GCF Repo processing.
GSCC members active in the MBS markets have expressed an interest, both directly and through The Bond Market Association, in having GSCC process all types of MBS, especially those issued by the Government National Mortgage Association (Commonly referred to as “GNMAs”). Because these members engage in transactions involving all types of MBS, not just Fedwire-eligible MBS, they desire to have the risk reducing benefits associated with GSCC processing extend to GCF Repo transactions involving non-Fedwire-eligible MBS.
When GSCC submitted its original GCF Repo rule filing to the Commission, it only contemplated Fedwire-eligible securities (treasuries, agencies, and certain MBS) as eligible products. In response to the industry demand, GSCC desires to expand the acceptable types of underlying securities processed in the GCF Repo Service to include all types of MBS, not just Fedwire-eligible MGS.
The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it will enhance the GCF Repo Service by making it more responsive to the needs of 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. 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
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii)  of the Act and Rule Start Printed Page 4274119b-4(f)(4)  promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of a registered clearing agency that does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible and it does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such 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
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 GSCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-GSCC-00-04 and should be submitted by August 1, 2000.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by GSCC.Back to Citation
3. On November 5, 1998, the Commission approved a rule change (Release No. 34-40623, File No. SR-GSCC-98-02) that allowed GSCC to implement the GCF Repo Service on an intrabank basis. On April 16, 1999, the Commission approved a rule change (Release No. 34-41303, File No. SR-GSCC-99-01) that allowed GSCC to implement an enhancement to the GCF Repo Service to enable participating dealers to engage in GCF Repo trading with participating dealers that use a different clearing bank.Back to Citation
4. On March 20, 2000, GSCC activated the generic CUSIP number representing Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and Federal National Mortgage Association fixed-rate MBS.Back to Citation
5. The Government National Mortgage Association recently announced that it has decided to move its NBS clearance and settlement activities to the Federal Reserve System. No specific timetable has been specified for this move which will make GNMAs Fedwire-eligible.Back to Citation
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