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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Investment of Excess Funds and to Procedures Applicable to the Safeguarding of Such Investments

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Start Preamble November 29, 2000.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] , notice is hereby given that on October 5, 2000, the Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) 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 OCC. 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 OCC to amend its By-Laws to expand the types of investments that OCC may make its funds in excess of those needed for working capital and to update the procedures applicable to the safeguarding of such investments.[2]

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

In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[3]

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

The purpose of this rule change is to expand the types of investments that OCC is permitted to make its funds in excess of those needed for working capital and to update the procedures applicable to the safeguarding of such investments.

Article IX, section 1(a) currently provides that the board of directors may invest OCC's excess funds in Government securities. The By-Laws are amended to allow the board or a committee thereof to approve the investment of OCC's funds in other securities or financial instruments. This change permits portfolio diversification and allows OCC to hedge its obligation under stock-based compensation plans. The By-Laws are further amended to explicitly allow OCC to hold securities in accounts at registered broker-dealers. Section 1(a) currently provides that one director (other than the Management Director) must act jointly with an officer of OCC to access or withdraw securities that are the property of OCC. Section 1(a) is being amended to allow withdrawals by joint action of an officer of the rank of vice president or above and the treasurer or an assistant treasurer.

The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act because it provides reasonable procedures governing the investment of OCC funds in excess of those needed for working capital and for the safeguarding of such investments.

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

OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition.

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

Written comments were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received.

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 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder as it is concerned solely with the administration of a self-regulatory organization. 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, 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, Start Printed Page 77059450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-OCC-00-11 and should be submitted by December 29, 2000.

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

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  A copy of the text of OCC's proposed rule change and the attached exhibit are available at the Commission's Public Reference Section or through OCC.

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3.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by OCC.

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[FR Doc. 00-31276 Filed 12-7-00; 8:45 am]

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