Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on August 28, 2000, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on October 16, 2000, amended the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and II below, which items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. 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 will modify NSCC's rules to allow Fund Members and Mutual Fund Processors to submit extended (post settlement) corrections in NSCC's Fund/Serv.
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
Pursuant to NSCC's Rule 52A, Section 12, only a Settling Member or TPA Member may currently submit extended (post settlement) correction instructions. These types of instructions are submitted when a Settling Member or TPA Member determines that data previously transmitted to a Fund Member or Mutual Fund Processor with respect to a settled order is in need of correction.
Under the proposed rule change, Section 12 will be amended to also permit Fund Members and Mutual Fund Processors to submit extended (post settlement) corrections to Settling Members or TPA Members. No action will be required by a Settling Member or TPA Member if it determines to accept the extended correction of a Fund Member or Mutual Fund Processor. A Settling Member or TPA Member will be able to reject the extended correction instruction within the time frame established by NSCC. In addition, Section 12 will be revised to permit extended corrections for exchange orders.
The rule change also proposes to make two additional changes to Rule 52A. Sections 4 and 8 of Rule 52A will be amended to allow NSCC to delete certain orders, corrections, and extended corrections that have not been confirmed or rejected, respectively, within a time frame established by NSCC. Section 21 will permit NSCC to reduce the maximum time frame within which a Delivering Fund Member must confirm the value of Fund/Serv eligible mutual fund shares, investment funds, or UIT units from sixty days to ten days.
NSCC intends to implement these changes, subject to SEC approval, on November 20, 2000.
NSCC believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act and the rules thereunder because it will facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions.Start Printed Page 63663
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC 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
The Investment Company Institute's Enhancement Subcommittee of its Broker/Dealer Committee was advised of and concurs in the modifications to NSCC's rules. 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
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 or
(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 filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-00-12 and should be submitted by November 14, 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 NSCC.Back to Citation
3. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 31937 (March 1, 1993), 58 FR 12609 [SR-NSCC-92-14] (order approving post settlement correction initiated by Settling Members and TPA Members).Back to Citation
4. NSCC will issue an “Important Notice” at least 30 days prior to implementing changes in the time frames required for rejections of extended corrections. Telephone conversation with Richard J. Paley, Associate Counsel, NSCC (October 16, 2000).Back to Citation
5. Pursuant to Section 21 of Rule 52A, a Fund Member or Mutual Fund Processor (“Receiving Fund Member”) may initiate a request for the transfer of a customer's mutual fund shares, investment fund, or UIT units from another Fund Member or Mutual Fund Processor (“Delivering Fund Member”). The Delivering Fund Member must acknowledge or reject the transfer request within two business days. Once the transfer is acknowledged, the Delivering Fund Member must also confirm the value of the shares to be transferred within the time frame specified under Section 21. Under the proposed rule change, a Delivering Fund Member must submit the confirmation no earlier than one business day and no later than ten business days after acknowledging the transfer.Back to Citation
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