Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on May 3, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE” or “Exchange”), 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 by the NYSE. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change seeks to increase the fee charged by the NYSE for the Compliance Official Qualification Examination (“Series 14 Examination”) from $200 to $300.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
Exchange Rule 342 (“Offices—Approval, Supervision and Control”) requires each member and member organization to designate a person to direct-to-day compliance activity. Such persons, as well as those compliance supervisors who direct ten or more persons engaged in compliance activity, must have overall knowledge of securities laws and Exchange rules and must pass the Series 14 Examination that was initially implemented in September 1989.
The fee for the Series 14 Examination has been $200 since its inception in 1989. The Exchange now seeks to increase the fee to $300. The fee increase will defray expenses incurred in developing, updating, and administering the Series 14 Examination.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in that the proposed rule change is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among the Exchange members, issuers and other persons using its facilities.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as a fee change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder. Accordingly, the proposed rule change has become effective upon filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed Start Printed Page 27715rule 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 Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NYSE. All submissions should refer to the File Number SR-NYSE-2001-09 and should be submitted by June 8, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to the delegated authority.
Jonathan G. Katz,
[FR Doc. 01-12544 Filed 5-17-01; 8:45 am]
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