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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Permit Members to Satisfy Clearing Fund Obligations With Either Immediately Available Funds or Eligible Treasury Securities

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Start Preamble January 4, 2001.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on November 3, 2000, the Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation (“EMCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the Start Printed Page 2464proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by EMCC. 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 EMCC members to satisfy their obligations to make additional clearing fund deposits with either immediately available funds, as currently required, or eligible treasury securities.

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

In its filing with the Commission, EMCC included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it receive on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. EMCC 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

EMCC's Rule 4, section 5(iii) currently requires that members satisfy their obligation to make additional required deposits (“margin”) to the clearing fund in immediately available funds. EMCC Rule 4, section 8 permits the substitution of eligible collateral for clearing fund cash. On the same day a cash deposit is made, members may substitute eligible treasury securities [3] or an eligible letter of credit [4] for all or a portion of any such margin cash deposited provided the member maintains the requisite minimum ratios of cash to securities and/or letters of credit.[5]

To accommodate member requests, EMCC proposes changing Rule 4, section 5(iii) to allow members the option of meeting clearing fund margin calls with either cash or eligible treasury securities. The proposed rule change increases operating efficiencies by transforming what is currently a two-step process into a single step process. Eligible treasury securities so deposited would be valued at 96% of their current market value as provided in Section 8 of EMCC Rule 4. Notwithstanding the change, EMCC would retain the right, in its discretion, to require additional deposits to be made in cash.

EMCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to EMCC because it will promote operating efficiencies and will facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of emerging market securities transactions.

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

EMCC 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. EMCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by EMCC.

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 consent, 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 EMCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-EMCC-00-08 and should be submitted by February 1, 2001.

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

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3.  As defined in EMCC Rule 1, the term “eligible treasury security” means an unmatured, marketable debt security in book-entry form that is a direct obligation of the United States Government.

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4.  As defined in EMCC Rule 1, the term “eligible letter of credit” means a letter of credit that:

(a) Is issued by an approved letter of credit issuer;

(b) Contains the unqualified commitment of such issuer to pay a specified sum of money upon demand (properly drawn under the letter of credit) at any time prior to the expiration of the letter of credit;

(c) Is irrevocable and may be neither revoked nor amended to reduce its amount except upon the issuer's written notice to EMCC of its intent to revoke or amend, which must be given not less than five full business days prior to the date fixed for such revocation or amendment, and EMCC's consent to the revocation or amendment, which shall be given promptly upon EMCC's determination that the member either has substituted other collateral of at least equal value prior to such revocation or amendment or otherwise will have sufficient remaining value in its clearing fund deposit at the time of such revocation or amendment to satisfy its anticipated required fund deposit;

(d) States that (1) it will be duly honored upon presentment of it to the issuing bank and (2) partial drawings are permitted; and

(e) Is in a form and contains such other terms and conditions as may be required by EMCC.

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5.  EMCC Rule 4, Sections 2 and 8(c).

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[FR Doc. 01-896 Filed 1-10-01; 8:45 am]