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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to an Enhancement to the New York Window Service Allowing Participants To Custody Promissory Notes at DTC

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Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on July 16, 2002, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) 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 DTC. 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 provides an enhancement to the New York Window service [2] of DTC, which is part of DTC's Custody service.[3] The enhancement allows DTC participants to custody promissory notes at DTC.

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

In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[4]

(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 enhance DTC's New York Window service, which is part of DTC's Custody service. Earlier this year, DTC filed a rule change that permitted the deposit of certain instruments with DTC's Custody service in sealed envelopes (“Sealed Envelope Service”).[5]

DTC has been informed by some of its participants that it is customary in the industry to safekeep promissory notes outside of sealed envelopes and that there is a high volume of promissory notes kept in participants' vaults. These participants would like to have the option of depositing promissory notes either in sealed envelopes or outside of sealed envelopes in the New York Window service. This will expand participants' use of the Custody service, which supports the industry's goal of immobilization of instruments. DTC will apply the liability and indemnity standard applicable to the Sealed Envelope Service to promissory notes deposited outside of sealed envelopes.

DTC will apply its current Custody fees to deposits of promissory notes. Those fees are a long position fee of $.56 per month per item, a deposit fee of $4.86 per item, and a withdrawal fee of $16.91 per item.

The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it supports the securities industry goal of immobilization. The proposed rule change will be implemented consistently with the safeguarding of securities and funds in DTC's custody or control or for which it is responsible because the operation of the New York Window service, which is part of the Custody service as modified by the proposed rule change, will be similar to the current operation of the New York Window and Custody services.

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

DTC perceives no adverse impact on competition by reason of the proposed rule change.

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

Written comments from DTC's participants have not been solicited nor received on the proposed rule change.

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 [6] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)[7] promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of DTC that (A) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of DTC or for which it is responsible and (B) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of DTC or persons using the service. 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 the principal office of the DTC. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-DTC-2002-10 and should be submitted by September 9, 2002.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  For additional information on DTC's New York Window service, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 40179 (July 8, 1998), 63 FR 30543 [File No. SR-DTC-98-9].

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3.  For additional information on DTC's Custody service, see Securities Exchange Act Release No. 37314 (June 14, 1996), 61 FR 29158 [File No. SR-DTC-96-8].

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4.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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5.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-46018 (June 3, 2002), 67 FR 39454 [File No. DTC-2002-03]

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6.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. 02-20978 Filed 8-16-02; 8:45 am]

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