Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on May 29, 2001, the Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia (“SCCP”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on August 6, 2001, amended the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by SCCP. 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 amends SCCP's fee schedule to waive trade recording fees for orders that are electronically routed to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx”) through Phlx's automated communication and execution system (“PACE”). The waiver includes the Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking StockSM (“QQQ”) PACE user fees applicable to QQQ orders delivered through PACE. In addition, the proposal amends SCCP's fee schedule to codify the current fee schedule and to make minor technical amendments to clarify certain charges that appear on the schedule. The proposed waiver of fees was implemented on June 1, 2001.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule
In its filing with the Commission, SCCP included statements concerning the purpose of and statutory basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. SCCP 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
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to waive SCCP trade recording fees for orders that are electronically routed to Phlx through PACE. Presently, orders routed through PACE, including QQQ orders, are charged a PACE trade recording fee of $0.30 per side (except for certain orders executed on the opening).
SCCP states that the proposed amendment is designed to promote SCCP's reputation as a cost effective clearing organization, which should, in turn, encourage additional order flow to Phlx. In addition, SCCP proposes to amend its fee schedule to make minor, technical amendments to the schedule. Among other things, reference to VTS trades will be changed to “eVWAP” trades.
For these reasons, SCCP believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act  which requires that the rules of a registered clearing agency provide for equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges for services which it provides to its participants.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
SCCP does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate 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 were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by SCCP, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder. At any time within sixty days of the filing of the 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at SCCP. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-SCCP-2001-07 and should be submitted by September 13, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jonathan G. Katz,
2. PACE is Phlx's order routing, delivery, execution, and reporting system for its equity trading floor.Back to Citation
3. The Commission has modified parts of these statements.Back to Citation
4. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44381 (June 1, 2001), 66 FR 31264 (June 11, 2001) (SR-Phlx-2001-57) provides for a waiver of Phlx equity transaction value charges for orders that are electronically routed to Phlx through PACE.Back to Citation
5. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44278 (May 8, 2001), 66 FR 27193 (May 16, 2001) (SR-SCCP-2001-05), which eliminated certain specialist fees for transactions with PACE orders entered before the opening.Back to Citation
6. Although SCCP intended to implement SR-SCCP-2001-05 (the waiver of certain specialist fees for transactions with PACE orders entered before the opening) effective May 1, 2001, it has not done so because the fee schedule attached to that filing erroneously included asterisks indicating a waiver of two other fees. Specifically, SCCP did not intend to waive the trade recording fee for regular trades or PACE trades because (1) trade recording fees for PACE trades are paid by PACE users rather than specialists, who were the targets of SCCP's fee waivers in that rule change, and (2) trade recording fees for regular trades do not apply to PACE trades at all. Therefore, SCCP amended this filing to correct the errors in SR-SCCP-2001-05. Letters from Diana Tenenbaum, SCCP, dated August 3, 2001, to Jerry Carpenter Assistant Director, Commission.Back to Citation
7. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42702 (April 19, 2000), 65 FR 24528 (April 26, 2000) (SR-Phlx-00-19). “eVWAP”, formerly known as “VWAP” and “VTS”, is the Volume Weighted Average Price trading system (“VTS” stands for VWAP Trading System).Back to Citation
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