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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Revising GSCC's Schedule of Money Tolerances

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Start Preamble October 11, 2002.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on September 11, 2002, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (“GSCC”) 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 GSCC. 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 amends GSCC's schedule of money tolerances.

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

In its filing with the Commission, GSCC 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. GSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

GSCC's rules contain a Schedule of Money Tolerances (“Schedule”) that permits GSCC to compare a trade with a discrepancy in its settlement amount or start amount if the discrepancy falls within a specified money tolerance. Specifically, the Schedule provides for: (i) a money tolerance of $1 per million on the settlement amount of a trade, which is applied to buy-sell transactions and to the close leg of repo transactions in real time; (ii) a money tolerance of $40 per million on the settlement amount of a trade, which is applied to buy-sell transactions and the close leg of repo transactions at the end-of-day phased comparison process; and (iii) a money tolerance of $1 per repo transaction on the start amount of a repo transaction.

GSCC understands, based on member input, that one of the tolerances in the Schedule is inappropriate and creates risk. Specifically, the real-time money tolerance of $1 per million on the settlement amount is causing repo transactions with differences of as much as nearly four basis points in the rate to compare immediately during the day. (The data on repo transactions is submitted to GSCC interactively, which now is how the large majority of data is submitted to GSCC.) In the past, these differences normally were discovered and corrected by members on a unilateral basis during the day, but because trades submitted in real time typically are compared shortly after execution, there is not sufficient time for them to be unilaterally corrected on GSCC's system. In order to remedy this problem, the proposed rule change amends the money tolerance on settlement money that is applied in real time to ten cents per million.

The proposed rule change also amends this section of the Schedule to indicate that a settlement money difference of less than $1.00 will not prevent a trade from being matched by GSCC. For example, assume that two members submit a $9 million trade with a $0.98 difference in the settlement amount. Applying the $0.10 per million money tolerance, which in this case is $0.90, without the $1.00 minimum would lead to the trade not being matched because the discrepancy of $0.98 is greater than the tolerance of $0.90. The minimum tolerance of $1.00, however, would permit this trade to match. GSCC believes that a money difference of less than $1.00 is de minimis and should not result in trades not being compared.

GSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it lessens the risk of members' trades with significant money differences being compared before such differences can be corrected.

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

GSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. Start Printed Page 64944

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

Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. GSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by GSCC.

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 [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [4] promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of GSCC that (A) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of GSCC or for which it is responsible and (B) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of GSCC 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 GSCC. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-GSCC-2002-08 and should be submitted by November 12, 2002.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[5]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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3.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. 02-26784 Filed 10-21-02; 8:45 am]

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