Office of Thrift Supervision, Treasury.
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) is issuing a final rule specifying the recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for savings associations that effect securities transactions. Under a rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), savings associations may perform certain broker-dealer activities without registering with the SEC. Today's final rule affords savings association customers the same protections and disclosures provided to bank customers; ensures that examiners will be able to evaluate a savings association's compliance with securities laws and to assess whether savings associations effect securities transactions safely and soundly; and provides savings associations with formal guidance for effecting securities transactions. It does not modify savings associations' authority to effect these transactions.
OTS also is amending its regulations governing the fiduciary powers of Federal savings associations. The final rule codifies a series of OTS legal opinions regarding fiduciary powers. The final rule also streamlines application procedures, clarifies when a Federal savings association may act in a fiduciary capacity without obtaining fiduciary powers from OTS, clarifies the scope of Federal preemption of state law in the fiduciary area, and makes other minor or technical changes to OTS's fiduciary powers regulations.
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Judith McCormick, Trust Specialist, (202) 906-5636, Supervision Policy Division, Office of Supervision; or Timothy P. Leary, Counsel (Banking & Finance), (202) 906-7170, Regulations and Legislation Division, or Kevin Corcoran, Assistant Chief Counsel, (202) 906-6962, Business Transactions Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington DC 20552.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On June 11, 2002, OTS published a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on regulations setting out recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for savings associations that effect securities transactions and on amendments to OTS's regulations governing the fiduciary powers of Federal savings associations. 67 FR 39886 (June 11, 2002). Four commenters, two trade groups and two Federal savings associations that conduct fiduciary activities, responded to the proposal. The commenters generally supported the proposal. Unless specifically discussed below, the proposed rules are adopted without change.
A. Recordkeeping and Confirmation Requirements for Securities Transactions
Until recently, savings associations could not effect securities transactions for customers directly unless they registered with the SEC as a broker-dealer. Under an interim final rule issued by the SEC, savings associations are now treated as banks under the definitions of “broker” and “dealer” in sections 3(a)(4) and (a)(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). 66 FR 27760 (May 18, 2001). As a result, a savings association may now perform certain broker-dealer activities without registering with the SEC as broker-dealers.
The OCC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Federal Reserve Board (FRB) regulations include recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for securities transactions effected by banks. The proposed OTS rule was intended to afford savings association customers the same protections and disclosures provided to bank customers; to ensure that examiners will be able to evaluate a savings association's compliance with securities laws and to assess whether savings associations effect securities transactions safely and soundly; and to provide savings associations with formal guidance for effecting securities transactions.
Two commenters made specific suggestions regarding the proposed recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for securities transactions. We discuss those comments below.
1. Need for Regulations
Before passage of the the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the terms “broker” and “dealer” in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 did not include a bank. As a result, banks could engage in securities transactions without registering as a broker or a dealer with the SEC. In Title II of GLBA, Congress replaced this general exception with eleven functional exceptions covering specified bank securities activities. Pending issuance of a final rule implementing the Title II exceptions, the SEC has extended banks a blanket exception from the definitions of “broker” and “dealer.” The SEC has stated it will treat savings associations as banks for purposes of the eleven exceptions, and has included savings associations in the extended blanket exception.
One commenter, a Federal savings association, questioned the need for recordkeeping and confirmation requirements. Once the SEC issues a Start Printed Page 76294final rule, the commenter notes, the eleven GLBA exceptions will be much narrower in scope than the pre-GLBA blanket exception. Accordingly, the commenter predicts that the vast majority of bank and thrift securities transactions will no longer be excepted.
As a result, the commenter believes that banks and thrifts will have to register as a broker or dealer (which is not practical given the capital requirements to do so) or contract with a registered broker or dealer in order to continue to engage or participate in most current security transactions. Since these security transactions would be subject to SEC recordkeeping and confirmation requirements, rather than banking agency rules, the commenter argued that the new OTS recordkeeping and confirmation rules will have a very limited application, and urged OTS not to issue a final rule.
OTS believes that many, if not all, of the securities transactions that savings associations currently conduct will continue to fit within the Title II exceptions. For instance, savings associations already effect securities transactions as fiduciaries, effect safekeeping and custody transactions, conduct sweep activities, and enter into networking arrangements. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(4)(B)(i), (ii), (v), and (viii). Given this, OTS believes that recordkeeping and confirmation requirements are necessary to afford savings association customers the same protections and disclosures provided to bank customers, to ensure that examiners will be able to evaluate a savings association's compliance with securities laws and assess whether savings associations effect securities transactions safely and soundly, and to provide savings associations with formal guidance for effecting securities transactions.
2. Section 551.140—Securities Trading Policies and Procedures
Proposed § 551.140 required a savings association that effects securities transactions to maintain and follow written policies and procedures addressing several areas of operation. One commenter, a trade association, questioned the need for significant new policies and procedures in the absence of an SEC final rule implementing the Title II exceptions. Until the SEC acts, this commenter argued, it is unclear whether the Federal banking agencies will have to revise applicable banking and savings association regulations, including the proposed recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for savings associations. The commenter asked that OTS be mindful of requiring savings associations to put in place significant policies and procedures that shortly might have to be substantially revised.
While we appreciate the commenter's concern, the creation and implementation of written securities trading policies and procedures is critical, especially during the period until the SEC promulgates its final rules implementing all of the Title II exceptions. Absent such a requirement, a savings association, alone among financial institutions, could act as a broker-dealer without having written trading policies and procedures in place. In our view, this state of affairs is untenable. Accordingly, the final rule requires savings associations to develop and maintain written policies and procedures for securities trading.
B. Fiduciary Activities of Federal Savings Associations
OTS also proposed amendments to 12 CFR part 550, which governs the fiduciary activities of Federal savings associations. The proposal codified a series of OTS legal opinions regarding the fiduciary powers of Federal savings associations and was consistent with the Office of the Comptroller's (OCC) recent codification of a similar series of legal opinions regarding the fiduciary powers of national banks. The proposal also streamlined application procedures, clarified when a Federal savings association may act in a fiduciary capacity without obtaining fiduciary powers from OTS, and made other minor or technical changes.
1. Section 550.60—What Other Definitions Apply to This Part?
OTS proposed amending § 550.60 to include a definition of the term “activities ancillary to your fiduciary business.” The proposal codified OTS legal opinions that concluded that a Federal savings association is not “located” in a state for purposes of section 5(n) of the Home Owners' Loan Act (HOLA)  when the association conducts in that state activities that are ancillary to the association's fiduciary business.
The proposal defined “activities ancillary to your fiduciary business” to include advertising, marketing, or soliciting fiduciary business, contacting existing or potential customers, answering questions and providing information to customers related to their accounts, acting as liaison between you and your customer (for example, forwarding requests for distribution, changes in investment objectives, forms, or funds received from the customer), and inspecting or maintaining custody of fiduciary assets or holding title to real property. One commenter suggested adding the phrase “* * * or services similar in nature to those listed above” at the end of the definition to provide Federal savings associations more flexibility.
The OCC's corresponding definition includes language indicating that the list of ancillary activities in the definition is illustrative and not comprehensive. 12 CFR 9.2 (definition of “trust representative office”). The OCC definition further notes that “[o]ther activities may also be ‘ancillary activities’ for purposes of this definition.” To provide flexibility, we have added language similar to that found in the OCC definition.
2. Section 550.70—Must I Obtain OTS Approval or File a Notice Before I Exercise Fiduciary Powers?
Proposed § 550.70 required a Federal savings association to obtain prior approval from OTS before conducting fiduciary activities that are “materially different” from the activities that OTS has previously approved for the association. The final rule clarifies that Start Printed Page 76295a Federal savings association engages in “materially different” activities when, among other things, it acts under fiduciary powers that it has held but not exercised for five or more years.
The purpose of the “materially different” standard was to identify those situations where a complete OTS review is necessary to ensure that proposed operations are consistent with the association's experience, resources, and expertise. If a Federal savings association wishes to commence fiduciary activities under powers it has held but not exercised for more than five years, its ability to conduct fiduciary operations could have changed since that time. Accordingly, under § 550.70, the association must submit a new trust application to allow OTS to review its current expertise and resources.
We have also revised § 550.70 to make clear that OTS must approve the exercise of fiduciary powers by a Federal savings association. If, for instance, a Federal thrift without fiduciary powers merges with a state institution with fiduciary powers, a resulting Federal savings association would have to obtain OTS approval before exercising fiduciary powers.
3. Section 550.135(b)—What State Laws Apply to My Operations?
Proposed § 550.135(b) provided that, except for those state laws specifically mentioned in section 5(n) of the HOLA, “[s]tate laws that purport to regulate any other aspect of your fiduciary activities do not apply to your fiduciary operations.” One commenter has asked that we clarify what types of state laws “purport to regulate” a Federal thrift's fiduciary operations. As one example, the commenter asks whether state securities laws requiring investment adviser licensing of a Federal savings association or its employees are applicable state laws.
To clarify OTS's views on preemption of state law in the context of fiduciary activities, OTS has included language similar to that found in the lending and deposit-taking regulations that discuss preemption. See 12 CFR 557.11-.13 and 560.2. Fiduciary activities, like lending and deposit-taking, are authorized by section 5 of the HOLA. Section 5 authorizes OTS, “under such regulations as [it] may prescribe * * * to provide for the * * * operation and regulation of * * * Federal savings associations * * * giving primary consideration of the best practices of thrift institutions in the United States.” 12 U.S.C. 1464(a) (2001).
OTS intends that, except with regard to those specific state laws identified in section 5(n) of the HOLA (scope of fiduciary powers, investment in state trust companies, access to examination reports regarding trust activities, deposit of securities, oaths and affidavits, and capital), a determination whether Federal law preempts state law will follow the same analysis set out in the lending and deposit-taking regulations.
OTS has moved proposed § 550.135(b) into a separate section, § 550.136, entitled “To what extent do State laws apply to my fiduciary operations?” Proposed § 550.135(a) is now § 550.135 of the final rule, with the new title “How do I determine which State's laws apply to my fiduciary operations?'
Section 550.136 of the final rule tracks § 560.2 of the lending regulations. Section 550.136(a) includes a general statement regarding Federal preemption of state law under HOLA. Paragraph (a) makes clear that, to enhance safety and soundness and to enable Federal savings associations to conduct their fiduciary activities in accordance with the best practices of thrift institutions in the United States (by efficiently delivering fiduciary services to the public free from undue regulatory duplication and burden), OTS occupies the field of the regulation of the fiduciary activities of Federal savings associations.
In so doing, OTS intends to give Federal savings associations maximum flexibility to exercise their fiduciary powers in accordance with a uniform scheme of Federal regulation. Federal savings associations may exercise fiduciary powers as authorized under HOLA and OTS regulations, without regard to state laws that purport to regulate or otherwise affect their fiduciary activities, except to the extent provided in 12 U.S.C. 1464(n) (state laws regarding scope of fiduciary powers, investments in state trust companies, access to examination reports regarding trust activities, deposits of securities, oaths and affidavits, and capital) or as provided in paragraph (c), discussed below. Paragraph (a) also clarifies that for purposes of § 550.136, “state law” includes any state statute, regulation, ruling, order, or judicial decision.
Paragraph (b) then lists illustrative examples of the types of state laws that are preempted. That list includes state registration and licensing laws, state recordkeeping requirements, state advertising and marketing laws, state laws affecting the ability of a Federal savings association acting in a fiduciary capacity to maintain an action or proceeding in state court, and state laws regarding fiduciary-related fees. These examples are drawn from prior OTS opinion letters and inquiries that OTS has received from thrifts that conduct fiduciary activities.
Finally, paragraph (c) specifies that certain state laws generally are not preempted. The list of those laws is the same as in § 560.2(c) (contract and commercial law, real property law, tort law, and criminal law), with the addition of state probate law. Generally, Federal law will not preempt these laws to the extent the state law only incidentally affects the fiduciary operations of Federal savings associations or is otherwise consistent with the purposes of the preemption regulation. The final rule provides that OTS may decline to preempt state laws other than those listed in the above categories if the law furthers a vital state interest and either has only an incidental effect on the association's fiduciary operations or is not otherwise contrary to the purposes of the preemption regulation.
When confronted with interpretive questions under § 550.136, we anticipate that courts will, in accordance with well established principles of regulatory construction, look to the regulatory history of § 550.136 for guidance. The purpose of paragraph (c) is to preserve the traditional infrastructure of basic state laws that undergird commercial transactions, not to open the door to state regulation of a Federal savings association's fiduciary activities.
When analyzing the status of state laws under § 550.136, the first step will be to determine whether the type of law in question is listed in paragraph (b). If so, the analysis will end there; the law is preempted. If the law is not covered by paragraph (b), the next question is whether the law affects fiduciary activities. If it does, then, in accordance with paragraph (a), the presumption Start Printed Page 76296arises that the law is preempted. This presumption can by reversed only if the law can clearly be shown to fit within the confines of paragraph (c). For these purposes, paragraph (c) is intended to be interpreted narrowly. Any doubt should be resolved in favor of preemption.
For example, under this approach Federal law would not preempt a provision in a state corporation code requiring an out-of-state corporation doing business in that state to appoint a state resident or official as the corporation's agent for service of process purposes. The law is not included in the list of illustrative examples in paragraph (b). The law does, however, affect a thrift's fiduciary activities, so a presumption of preemption arises. This presumption can by reversed if the law fits within the confines of paragraph (c).
In our view, a service of process statute falls within the exception in subparagraph (c)(1) for commercial laws. Moreover, a requirement that an out-of-state thrift appoint a resident or official for purposes of service of process would only incidentally impact the fiduciary activities of a Federal savings association. Furthermore, finding such a state law applicable to a Federal savings association is consistent with the purposes of the preemption regulation. The preemption regulation is intended to allow Federal savings associations to exercise fiduciary powers in accordance with a uniform Federal scheme. Appointing a state resident or official to receive service of process is largely ministerial and should not affect a Federal savings association's ability to offer fiduciary services free of overlapping, varying state regulation. Accordingly, the state law would not be preempted.
As questions arise, OTS will issue interpretive guidance consistent with the foregoing. While recognizing that no regulation can anticipate and expressly resolve all questions, we believe § 550.136 provides thrifts with substantially more guidance than was previously available. This should enable thrifts to plan and operate their fiduciary activities more efficiently. From time to time, OTS will review, update, and modify § 550.136 to ensure that it reflects new developments and promotes “best practices” and safety and soundness.
II. Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-612) requires Federal agencies to prepare a final regulatory flexibility analysis with a final rule that was subject to notice and comment unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number on small entities.
Most of the changes to part 550 merely codify existing OTS regulatory interpretations regarding the scope of fiduciary powers, multi-state operations, and the impact of Federal law. To the extent that the final rule modifies existing requirements of part 550, the final rule will reduce burden by eliminating application requirements under certain circumstances, by substituting notices for applications in other circumstances, by providing greater flexibility regarding the collateralization of deposits of fiduciary funds, and by clarifying the scope of Federal preemption of state laws in the fiduciary area. The final rule also clarifies the scope of activities that are exempt from part 550 under section 5(l) of the HOLA. While the final rule eliminates § 550.580(c), which exempts Federal savings associations that act as trustees of fiduciary accounts that involve no active fiduciary duties, OTS is not aware of any small Federal savings associations that rely on that provision. Accordingly, OTS certifies to the Chief Counsel of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration that the final changes to part 550 will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
In the proposal, OTS published an initial regulatory flexibility analysis for part 551. OTS includes here a final regulatory flexibility analysis for part 551.
Because the recordkeeping and confirmation requirements are new for savings associations, OTS cannot determine whether the addition of part 551 will have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. However, we have consulted supporting statements filed by the OCC for substantially identical requirements in connection with a 1999 submission under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Because savings associations are now considered “banks” for purposes of the broker-dealer registration requirements and because OTS has modeled the final rule on the OCC's recordkeeping and confirmation rules, OTS believes that the OCC's estimated annual paperwork cost of complying with the regulations provides a reasonable starting point for OTS's analysis of the cost to small business entities to comply with the proposed rule. These estimates are discussed under section B—Requirements of the proposed rule.
A description of the reasons why OTS is issuing this final rule, and a statement of the objectives of, and legal basis for, proposed part 551 are included in the supplementary material above. OTS did not receive any comments on its initial regulatory flexibility analysis for part 551.
A. Small Entities to Which the Proposed Rule Would Apply
Part 551 applies to savings associations that effect securities transactions for customers. OTS calculates that as of October 21, 2002, it regulates approximately 982 savings associations. Of these savings associations approximately 529 savings associations hold assets under $150 million. Small depository institutions are generally defined, for RFA purposes, as those with assets under $150 million.
In all likelihood, however, this number substantially overstates the number of small savings associations that will be effected by the final rule. No savings associations are currently registered with the SEC as broker-dealers, although some provide such services to their customers through arrangements with a third party broker-dealer. Because the new SEC rule permitting savings associations to perform broker-dealer activities without registering is so recent, OTS has no information concerning how many of its savings associations, large or small, have commenced or are contemplating commencing these operations.
B. Requirements of the Final Rule
As set out in detail in the regulatory text, the final rule requires savings associations to retain records of securities transactions, send confirmation of the transactions to customers, settle securities transactions within certain timeframes, and establish and maintain specific written policies and procedures regarding securities transactions.
Subpart A of the final rule establishes the minimum recordkeeping requirements for savings associations concerning securities transactions with their customers. This provision requires that the savings association maintain essential records necessary to track securities transactions. This type of recordkeeping is a usual and customary process for a savings association. Consequently, most savings associations should be partially or fully prepared to meet the recordkeeping requirements. While we believe that this requirement should not impose significant burdens, savings associations may incur additional personnel (managerial, computer, and support staff), data storage, and other costs to the extent that existing resources are insufficient.
Subpart B establishes requirements for confirmation notices and subpart C Start Printed Page 76297addresses the timing of settlement for securities transactions. To the extent that existing practices and available resources are insufficient, savings associations may need the assistance of legal and securities professionals and other personnel (managerial, computer, and support staff) to ensure that notices meet the content requirements and are provided within the time frames set forth in the regulation, and to ensure that securities transactions close within the times specified in the rule.
Finally, subpart D requires the savings association to establish and follow various policies and procedures to govern securities transactions. Savings associations commonly develop and implement policies and procedures in many of the areas addressed by the final rule (for example, the assignment of responsibility for the oversight of personnel). Accordingly, most savings associations should be partially prepared to meet these requirements. However, the development of policies and procedures on matters specific to securities transactions may require the assistance of legal and securities professionals. Compliance with these policies and procedures may require additional personnel, training, and other costs.
Based on OCC estimates, OTS calculates that this rule will impose at least $264 in additional costs on small savings associations that begin to effect securities transactions on behalf of customers. The development of policies and procedures, however, may require the assistance of legal or securities professionals that were not included in the OCC's estimate. Accordingly, OTS has included additional costs of $305 to $403 to reflect the efforts of these professionals. Accordingly, OTS estimates that the total cost of complying with this rule will be $569 to $667 per small institution. OTS notes that these costs will drop in subsequent years because thrifts will not be required to develop, and will only be required to update, policies and procedures on effecting securities transactions.
C. Significant Alternatives
Section 604(a)(5) requires OTS to describe the steps it has taken to minimize the significant economic impact on small entities consistent with the objectives of the statute and regulations. OTS solicited comment on other alternatives that would minimize the burden on small savings associations that effect securities transactions, including whether any modifications or exemptions from the rules for small savings associations would be appropriate. OTS received no comments.
As noted in the proposal, OTS considered recommending, rather than requiring, recordkeeping and confirmation provisions regarding securities transactions conducted by savings associations, but decided that such an approach was inappropriate. The SEC and the other Federal banking regulators have created a regulatory scheme designed to protect investors through adequate disclosure of information and to discourage and detect fraudulent securities practices through prudent recordkeeping requirements. OTS believes that similar provisions are necessary to bring the savings association industry into conformity with the standards of the securities and banking industries for effecting securities transactions.
OTS, however, has attempted to minimize the economic impact of the final rule on savings associations, including small savings associations, while still achieving the overall objectives of the regulation. OTS has included several exemptions to the rule that may be available to small savings associations. For example, § 551.20(b)(1) exempts savings associations from certain recordkeeping and policy and procedure requirements if the institution conducts fewer than 500 securities transactions for customers (excluding transactions in government securities). Similarly, § 551.20(b)(2) exempts savings associations who conduct fewer than 500 government securities transactions from certain recordkeeping requirements. OTS believes that many small associations will take advantage of these exemptions.
Moreover, OTS continues to have the ability under 12 CFR 500.30(a) to waive any recordkeeping or confirmation requirements upon a finding of good cause. This provision permits OTS to minimize any significant economic impact of a provision on a specific institution on a case-by-case basis.
Finally, OTS has included a substantial amount of flexibility in the final rule. For example, a savings association may maintain required records in any manner, form, or format that it deems appropriate. Further, the rules would specifically permit the use of electronic storage media and the provision of notices through electronic means. See §§ 551.60 and 551.110. In addition, several provisions permit a savings association, through the agreement with the customer, to modify the requirements of the part.
D. Other Matters
There are no Federal rules or statutes that duplicate, overlap, or conflict with the proposed rule. However, as noted above, the SEC and the other banking regulators have adopted substantially similar recordkeeping and confirmation requirements for broker-dealers and other depository institutions.
III. Paperwork Reduction Act
OTS in the proposal solicited specific comment on the paperwork collection requirements in the proposed rule. No commenters included any comments or suggestions regarding paperwork.
The information collection requirements contained in the final rule are virtually identical to those included in the proposed rule on theses subjects published in June 2002. The burden on respondents remains unchanged from those in the proposal, which OMB approved in July 2002. See OMB Nos. 1550-0109 (July 15, 2002; expires July 31, 2005) and 1550-0037 (July 22, 2002; expires July 31, 2005). Respondents/recordkeepers are not required to respond to any collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
IV. Unfunded Mandates Act
OTS has determined that the final rule will not result in expenditures by state, local, or tribal governments or by the private sector of $100 million or more. Accordingly, a budgetary impact statement is not required under section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Act.
V. Effective Date
Under the Administrative Procedure Act, an agency must publish a rule at least 30 days before its effective date. 5 U.S.C. 553(d). The agency may, however, waive this 30-day delayed publication requirement if the rule relieves a restriction (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1)) or for good cause (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)).
OTS waives the 30-day requirement for the amendments to its fiduciary powers regulations because the rule imposes no new burden and relieves a Start Printed Page 76298restriction, specifically the restriction against a Federal savings association exercising fiduciary powers in a new state without OTS's approval.
With regard to the recordkeeping and confirmation rules, OTS waives the 30-day delayed effective provision for good cause. OTS finds good cause for making the recordkeeping and confirmation rules effective at the beginning of the next quarter because the new rules will fill a current gap in the rules applicable to securities transactions of securities transactions.
Moreover, as noted in section I(A)(1), n. 2, above, at the request of OTS trust examiners, many Federal savings associations with trust departments have been keeping records similar to those required by the final recordkeeping and confirmation rules. For those securities transactions conducted by a savings association outside the trust department, keeping records and sending confirmations are standard industry practice in the securities business, so a savings association should already be following these, or similar, requirements simply as a matter of sound business practices. Accordingly, savings associations should not need the benefit of the full 30-day delayed effective date in order to have enough time to comply with the rule. As a result, the final rule will be effective January 1, 2003.
VI. Executive Order 12866
OTS has determined that the final rule does not constitute a “significant regulatory action” for purposes of Executive Order 12866.
Executive Order 13132 imposes certain requirements on an agency when formulating and implementing policies that may have federalism implications or taking action that preempts state law. In accordance with those requirements, OTS has consulted with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the National Association of Attorneys General, and the American Council of State Savings Supervisors.Start List of Subjects
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Accordingly, OTS amends chapter V, title 12, Code of Federal Regulations as set forth below:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 506—INFORMATION COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACTEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 506 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Amend § 506.1(b) by adding in numerical order, the following entry to read as follows:End Amendment Part
|12 CFR part or section where identified and described||Current OMB control No.|
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PART 550—[AMENDED]End Part Start Amendment Part
3. The authority citation for part 550 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
4. Section 550.20 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Fiduciary powers are the authority that OTS permits you to exercise under 12 U.S.C. 1464(n).
5. Section 550.60 is amended by adding definitions of the phrases “activities ancillary to your fiduciary business” and “fiduciary activities” in alphabetical order, to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Activities ancillary to your fiduciary business include advertising, marketing, or soliciting fiduciary business, contacting existing or potential customers, answering questions and providing information to customers related to their accounts, acting as liaison between you and your customer (for example, forwarding requests for distribution, changes in investment objectives, forms, or funds received from the customer), and inspecting or maintaining custody of fiduciary assets or holding title to real property. This list is illustrative and not comprehensive. Other activities may also be “ancillary activities” for purposes of this definition.
Fiduciary activities include accepting a fiduciary appointment, executing fiduciary-related documents, providing investment advice for a fee regarding fiduciary assets, or making discretionary decisions regarding investment or distribution of assets.
6. Section 550.70 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
You should refer to the following chart to determine if you must obtain OTS approval or file a notice with OTS before you exercise fiduciary powers. This chart does not apply to activities that are exempt under subpart E of this part.
|If you will conduct . . .||Then . . .|
|(a) Fiduciary activities for the first time and OTS has not previously approved an application that you submitted under this part||You must obtain prior approval from OTS under §§ 550.80 through 550.120 before you conduct the activities|
|(b) Fiduciary activities that are materially different from the activities that OTS has previously approved for you, including fiduciary activities that OTS has previously approved for you have not exercised for at least five years||You must obtain prior approval from OTS under §§ 550.80 through 550.120 before you conduct the activities.|
|(c) Fiduciary activities that are not materially different from the activities that OTS has previously approved for you||You must file a written notice described at § 550.125 if you commence the activities in a new State. You do not need to file a written notice if you commence the activities at a new location in a State where you already conduct these activities.|
|(d) Activities that are ancillary to your fiduciary business||You do not have to obtain prior OTS approval or file a that are notice with OTS.|
7. Section 550.125 is added to subpart A to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) If you are required to file a notice under § 550.70(c), within ten days after you commence the fiduciary activities in a new State, you must file a written notice that identifies each new State in which you conduct or will conduct fiduciary activities, describe the fiduciary activities that you conduct or will conduct in each new State, and provide sufficient information supporting a conclusion that the activities are permissible in the State.
(b) You must file the notice with the appropriate OTS Regional Office at the address in § 516.40(a) of this chapter.
8. Section 550.130 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Conducting fiduciary activities in more than one State. You may conduct fiduciary activities in any State, subject to the application and notice requirements in subpart A of this part.
(b) Serving customers in more than one State. When you conduct fiduciary activities in a State:
(1) You may market your fiduciary services to, and act as a fiduciary for, customers located in any State, may act as a fiduciary for relationships that include property located in other States, and may act as a testamentary trustee for a testator located in other States.
(2) You may establish or utilize an office in any State to perform activities that are ancillary to your fiduciary business.
9. Section 550.135 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) The State laws that apply to you by virtue of 12 U.S.C. 1464(n) are the laws of the States in which you conduct fiduciary activities. For each individual State, you may conduct fiduciary activities in the capacity of trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, or in any other fiduciary capacity the State permits for its State banks, trust companies, or other corporations that compete with Federal savings associations in the State.
(b) For each fiduciary relationship, the State referred to in 12 U.S.C. 1464(n) is the State in which you conduct fiduciary activities for that relationship.
10. Section 550.136 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Occupation of field. To enhance safety and soundness and to enable Federal savings associations to conduct their fiduciary activities in accordance with the best practices of thrift institutions in the United States (by efficiently delivering fiduciary services to the public free from undue regulatory duplication and burden), OTS occupies the field of the regulation of the fiduciary activities of Federal savings associations. In so doing, OTS intends to give Federal savings associations maximum flexibility to exercise their fiduciary powers in accordance with a uniform scheme of Federal regulation. Accordingly, Federal savings associations may exercise fiduciary powers as authorized under Federal law, including this part, without regard to State laws that purport to regulate or otherwise affect their fiduciary activities, except to the extent provided in 12 U.S.C. 1464(n) (State laws regarding scope of fiduciary powers, investments in state trust companies, access to examination reports regarding trust activities, deposits of securities, oaths and affidavits, and capital) or in paragraph (c) of this section. For purposes of this section, “State law” includes any State statute, regulation, ruling, order, or judicial decision.
(b) Illustrative examples. Examples of State laws that are preempted by the HOLA and this section include those regarding:
(1) Registration and licensing;
(3) Advertising and marketing;
(4) The ability of a federal savings association conducting fiduciary activities to maintain an action or proceeding in State court; and
(5) Fiduciary-related fees.
(c) State laws that are not preempted. State laws of the following types are not preempted to the extent that they only incidentally affect the fiduciary operations of Federal savings associations or are otherwise consistent with the purposes of paragraph (a) of this section:
(1) Contract and commercial law;
(2) Real property law;
(3) Tort law;
(4) Criminal law;
(5) Probate law; and
(6) Any other law that OTS, upon review, finds:
(i) Furthers a vital State interest; and
(ii) Either has only an incidental effect on fiduciary operations or is not otherwise contrary to the purposes expressed in paragraph (a) of this section.
11. Section 550.310 is amended by removng the first sentence and adding two new sentences in its place to read as follows:End Amendment Part
If the FDIC does not insure the entire amount of a self deposit, you must set aside collateral as security. If the FDIC does not insure the entire amount of an affiliate deposit, you or your affiliate must set aside collateral as security. * * *
12. Section 550.580is amended by revising the section heading and the introductory text and by removing paragraph (c) to read as follows:
Subject to the requirements of this subpart E, you do not need OTS approval under subpart B if you conduct fiduciary activities in the following fiduciary capacities:
13. The section heading and introductory text of § 550.600 are revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
If you act in an exempt fiduciary capacity under § 550.580, the funds of the fiduciary account may be invested only in the following:
14. A new part 551 is added as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 551—RECORDKEEPING AND CONFIRMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS
- What does this part do?
- Must I comply with this part?
- What requirements apply to all transactions?
- What definitions apply to this part?
- What records must I maintain for securities transactions?
- How must I maintain my records?
- What type of notice must I provide when I effect a securities transaction for a customer?
- How do I provide a registered broker-dealer confirmation?
- How do I provide a written notice?
- What are the alternate notice requirements?
- May I provide a notice electronically?
- May I charge a fee for a notice? Start Printed Page 76300
- When must I settle a securities transaction?
- What policies and procedures must I maintain and follow for securities transactions?
- How do my officers and employees file reports of personal securities trading transactions?
This part establishes recordkeeping and confirmation requirements that apply when a savings association (“you”) effects certain securities transactions for customers.
(a) General. Except as provided under paragraph (b) of this section, you must comply with this part when:
(1) You effect a securities transaction for a customer.
(2) You effect a transaction in government securities.
(3) You effect a transaction in municipal securities and are not registered as a municipal securities dealer with the SEC.
(4) You effect a securities transaction as fiduciary. If you are a Federal savings association, you also must comply with 12 CFR part 550 when you effect such a transaction. If you are a State savings association, you must comply with applicable law when you effect such a transaction.
(b) Exceptions—(1) Small number of transactions. You are not required to comply with § 551.50(b) through (d) (recordkeeping) and § 551.140(a) through (c) (policies and procedures), if you effected an average of fewer than 500 securities transactions per year for customers over the three prior calendar years. You may exclude transactions in government securities when you calculate this average.
(2) Government securities. If you effect fewer than 500 government securities brokerage transactions per year, you are not required to comply with § 551.50 (recordkeeping) for those transactions. This exception does not apply to government securities dealer transactions. See 17 CFR 404.4(a).
(3) Municipal securities. If you are registered with the SEC as a “municipal securities dealer,” as defined in 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(30) (see 15 U.S.C. 78o-4), you are not required to comply with this part when you conduct municipal securities transactions.
(4) Foreign branches. You are not required to comply with this part when you conduct a transaction at your foreign branch.
(5) Transactions by registered broker-dealers. You are not required to comply with this part for securities transactions effected by a registered broker-dealer, if the registered broker-dealer directly provides the customer with a confirmation. These transactions include a transaction effected by your employee who also acts as an employee of a registered broker-dealer (“dual employee”).
You must effect all transactions, including transactions excepted under § 551.20, in a safe and sound manner. You must maintain effective systems of records and controls regarding your customers' securities transactions. These systems must clearly and accurately reflect all appropriate information and provide an adequate basis for an audit.
Asset-backed security means a security that is primarily serviced by the cash flows of a discrete pool of receivables or other financial assets, either fixed or revolving, that by their terms convert into cash within a finite time period. Asset-backed security includes any rights or other assets designed to ensure the servicing or timely distribution of proceeds to the security holders.
Completion of the transaction means:
(1) If the customer purchases a security through or from you, except as provided in paragraph (2) of this definition, the time the customer pays you any part of the purchase price. If payment is made by a bookkeeping entry, the time you make the bookkeeping entry for any part of the purchase price.
(2) If the customer purchases a security through or from you and pays for the security before you request payment or notify the customer that payment is due, the time you deliver the security to or into the account of the customer.
(3) If the customer sells a security through or to you, except as provided in paragraph (4) of this definition, the time the customer delivers the security to you. If you have custody of the security at the time of sale, the time you transfer the security from the customer's account.
(4) If the customer sells a security through or to you and delivers the security to you before you request delivery or notify the customer that delivery is due, the time you pay the customer or pay into the customer's account.
Customer means a person or account, including an agency, trust, estate, guardianship, or other fiduciary account for which you effect a securities transaction. Customer does not include a broker or dealer, or you when you: act as a broker or dealer; act as a fiduciary with investment discretion over an account; are a trustee that acts as the shareholder of record for the purchase or sale of securities; or are the issuer of securities that are the subject of the transaction.
Debt security means any security, such as a bond, debenture, note, or any other similar instrument that evidences a liability of the issuer (including any security of this type that is convertible into stock or a similar security). Debt security also includes a fractional or participation interest in these debt securities. Debt security does not include securities issued by an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-1, et seq.
Government security means:
(1) A security that is a direct obligation of, or an obligation that is guaranteed as to principal and interest by, the United States;
(2) A security that is issued or guaranteed by a corporation in which the United States has a direct or indirect interest if the Secretary of the Treasury has designated the security for exemption as necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors;
(3) A security issued or guaranteed as to principal and interest by a corporation if a statute specifically designates, by name, the corporation's securities as exempt securities within the meaning of the laws administered by the SEC; or
(4) Any put, call, straddle, option, or privilege on a government security described in this definition, other than a put, call, straddle, option, or privilege:
(i) That is traded on one or more national securities exchanges; or
(ii) For which quotations are disseminated through an automated quotation system operated by a registered securities association.
Investment discretion means the same as under 12 CFR 550.40(a).
Investment company plan means any plan under which:
(1) A customer purchases securities issued by an open-end investment company or unit investment trust registered under the Investment Start Printed Page 76301Company Act of 1940, making the payments directly to, or made payable to, the registered investment company, or the principal underwriter, custodian, trustee, or other designated agent of the registered investment company; or
(2) A customer sells securities issued by an open-end investment company or unit investment trust registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 under:
(i) An individual retirement or individual pension plan qualified under the Internal Revenue Code; or
(ii) A contractual or systematic agreement under which the customer purchases at the applicable public offering price, or redeems at the applicable redemption price, securities in specified amounts (calculated in security units or dollars) at specified time intervals, and stating the commissions or charges (or the means of calculating them) that the customer will pay in connection with the purchase.
Municipal security means:
(1) A security that is a direct obligation of, or an obligation guaranteed as to principal or interest by, a State or any political subdivision, or any agency or instrumentality of a State or any political subdivision.
(2) A security that is a direct obligation of, or an obligation guaranteed as to principal or interest by, any municipal corporate instrumentality of one or more States; or
(3) A security that is an industrial development bond, the interest on which is excludable from gross income under section 103(a) of the Code (26 U.S.C. 103(a)).
Periodic plan means a written document that authorizes you to act as agent to purchase or sell for a customer a specific security or securities (other than securities issued by an open end investment company or unit investment trust registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940). The written document must authorize you to purchase or sell in specific amounts (calculated in security units or dollars) or to the extent of dividends and funds available, at specific time intervals, and must set forth the commission or charges to be paid by the customer or the manner of calculating them.
SEC means the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Security means any note, stock, treasury stock, bond, debenture, certificate of interest or participation in any profit-sharing agreement or in any oil, gas, or other mineral royalty or lease, any collateral-trust certificate, preorganization certificate or subscription, transferable share, investment contract, voting-trust certificate, and any put, call, straddle, option, or privilege on any security or group or index of securities (including any interest therein or based on the value thereof), or, in general, any instrument commonly known as a “security'; or any certificate of interest or participation in, temporary or interim certificate for, receipt for, or warrant or right to subscribe to or purchase, any of the foregoing. Security does not include currency; any note, draft, bill of exchange, or banker's acceptance which has a maturity at the time of issuance of less than nine months, exclusive of days of grace, or any renewal thereof, the maturity of which is likewise limited; a deposit or share account in a Federal or State chartered depository institution; a loan participation; a letter of credit or other form of bank indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business; units of a collective investment fund; interests in a variable amount (master) note of a borrower of prime credit; U.S. Savings Bonds; or any other instrument OTS determines does not constitute a security for purposes of this part.
Sweep account means any prearranged, automatic transfer or sweep of funds above a certain dollar level from a deposit account to purchase a security or securities, or any prearranged, automatic redemption or sale of a security or securities when a deposit account drops below a certain level with the proceeds being transferred into a deposit account.
Subpart A—Recordkeeping Requirements
If you effect securities transactions for customers, you must maintain all of the following records for at least three years:
(a) Chronological records. You must maintain an itemized daily record of each purchase and sale of securities in chronological order, including:
(1) The account or customer name for which you effected each transaction;
(2) The name and amount of the securities;
(3) The unit and aggregate purchase or sale price;
(4) The trade date; and
(5) The name or other designation of the registered broker-dealer or other person from whom you purchased the securities or to whom you sold the securities.
(b) Account records. You must maintain account records for each customer reflecting:
(1) Purchases and sales of securities;
(2) Receipts and deliveries of securities;
(3) Receipts and disbursements of cash; and
(4) Other debits and credits pertaining to transactions in securities.
(c) Memorandum (order ticket). You must make and keep current a memorandum (order ticket) of each order or any other instruction given or received for the purchase or sale of securities (whether executed or not), including:
(1) The account or customer name for which you effected each transaction;
(2) Whether the transaction was a market order, limit order, or subject to special instructions;
(3) The time the trader received the order;
(4) The time the trader placed the order with the registered broker-dealer, or if there was no registered broker-dealer, the time the trader executed or cancelled the order;
(5) The price at which the trader executed the order;
(6) The name of the registered broker-dealer you used.
(d) Record of registered broker-dealers. You must maintain a record of all registered broker-dealers that you selected to effect securities transactions and the amount of commissions that you paid or allocated to each registered broker-dealer during each calendar year.
(e) Notices. You must maintain a copy of the written notice required under subpart B of this part.
(a) You may maintain the records required under § 551.50 in any manner, form, or format that you deem appropriate. However, your records must clearly and accurately reflect the required information and provide an adequate basis for an audit of the information.
(b) You, or the person that maintains and preserves records on your behalf, must:
(1) Arrange and index the records in a way that permits easy location, access, and retrieval of a particular record;
(2) Separately store, for the time required for preservation of the original record, a duplicate copy of the record on any medium allowed by this section;
(3) Provide promptly any of the following that OTS examiners or your directors may request:
(i) A legible, true, and complete copy of the record in the medium and format in which it is stored;
(ii) A legible, true, and complete printout of the record; and
(iii) Means to access, view, and print the records.
(4) In the case of records on electronic storage media, you, or the person that Start Printed Page 76302maintains and preserves records for you, must establish procedures:
(i) To maintain, preserve, and reasonably safeguard the records from loss, alteration, or destruction;
(ii) To limit access to the records to properly authorized personnel, your directors, and OTS examiners; and
(iii) To reasonably ensure that any reproduction of a non-electronic original record on electronic storage media is complete, true, and legible when retrieved.
(c) You may contract with third party service providers to maintain the records.
Subpart B-Content and Timing of Notice
If you effect a securities transaction for a customer, you must give or send the customer the registered broker-dealer confirmation described at § 551.80, or the written notice described at § 551.90. For certain types of transactions, you may elect to provide the alternate notices described in § 551.100.
(a) If you elect to satisfy § 551.70 by providing the customer with a registered broker-dealer confirmation, you must provide the confirmation by having the registered broker-dealer send the confirmation directly to the customer or by sending a copy of the registered broker-dealer's confirmation to the customer within one business day after you receive it.
(b) If you have received or will receive remuneration from any source, including the customer, in connection with the transaction, you must provide a statement of the source and amount of the remuneration in addition to the registered broker-dealer confirmation described in paragraph (a) of this section.
If you elect to satisfy § 551.70 by providing the customer a written notice, you must give or send the written notice at or before the completion of the securities transaction. You must include all of the following information in a written notice:
(a)Your name and the customer's name.
(b)The capacity in which you acted (for example, as agent).
(c) The date and time of execution of the securities transaction (or a statement that you will furnish this information within a reasonable time after the customer's written request), and the identity, price, and number of shares or units (or principal amount in the case of debt securities) of the security the customer purchased or sold.
(d) The name of the person from whom you purchased or to whom you sold the security, or a statement that you will furnish this information within a reasonable time after the customer's written request.
(e) The amount of any remuneration that you have received or will receive from the customer in connection with the transaction unless the remuneration paid by the customer is determined under a written agreement, other than on a transaction basis.
(f) The source and amount of any other remuneration you have received or will receive in connection with the transaction. If, in the case of a purchase, you were not participating in a distribution, or in the case of a sale, were not participating in a tender offer, the written notice may state whether you have or will receive any other remuneration and state that you will furnish the source and amount of the other remuneration within a reasonable time after the customer's written request.
(g) That you are not a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, if that is the case. This does not apply to a transaction in shares of a registered open-end investment company or unit investment trust if the customer sends funds or securities directly to, or receives funds or securities directly from, the registered open-end investment company or unit investment trust, its transfer agent, its custodian, or a designated broker or dealer who sends the customer either a confirmation or the written notice in this section.
(h) Additional disclosures. You must provide all of the additional disclosures described in the following chart for transactions involving certain debt securities:
|If you effect a transaction involving . . .||You must provide the following additional information in your written notice . . .|
|(1) A debt security subject to redemption before maturity||A statement that the issuer may redeem the debt security in whole or in part before maturity, that the redemption could affect the represented yield, and that additional redemption information is available upon request.|
|(2) A debt security that you effected exclusively on the basis of a dollar price||(i) The dollar price at which you effected the transaction; and (ii) The yield to maturity calculated from the dollar price. You do not have to disclose the yield to maturity if:|
|(A) The issuer may extend the maturity date of the security with a variable interest rate; or|
|(B) The security is an asset-backed security that represents an interest in, or is secured by, a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are subject continuously to prepayment.|
|(3) A debt security that you effected on basis of yield||(i) The yield at which the transaction, including the percentage amount and its characterization (e.g., current yield, yield to maturity, or yield to call). If you effected the transaction at yield to call, you must indicate the type of call, the call date, and the call price;|
|(ii) The dollar price calculated from that yield; and|
|(iii) The yield to maturity and the represented yield, if you effected the transaction on a basis other than yield to maturity and the yield to maturity is lower than the represented yield. You are not required to disclose this information if:|
|(A) The issuer may extend the maturity date of the security with a variable interest rate; or|
|(B) The security is an asset-backed security that represents an interest in, or is secured by, a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are subject continuously to prepayment.|
|(4) A debt security that is an asset-backed security that represents an interest in, or is secured by, a pool of receivables or other financial assets that are subject continuously to prepayment||(i) A statement that the actual yield of the asset-backed security may vary according to the rate at which the underlying receivables or other financial assets are prepaid; and (ii) A statement that you will furnish information concerning the factors that affect yield (including at a minimum estimated yield, weighted average life, and the prepayment assumptions underlying yield) upon the customer's written request.|
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|(5) A debt security, other than a government security||A statement that the security is unrated by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization, if that is the case.|
You may elect to satisfy § 551.70 by providing the alternate notices described in the following chart for certain types of transactions.
|If you effect a securities transaction . . .||Then you may elect to . . .|
|(a) For or with the account of a customer under a periodic plan, sweep account, or investment company plan||Give or send to the customer within five business days after the end of each quarterly period a written statement disclosing: (1) Each purchase and redemption that you effected for or with, and each dividend or distribution that you credited to or reinvested for, the customer's account during the period;|
|(2) The date of each transaction;|
|(3) The identity, number, and price of any securities that the customer purchased or redeemed in each transaction;|
|(4) The total number of shares of the securities in the customer's account;|
|(5) Any remuneration that you received or will receive in connection with the transaction; and|
|(6) That you will give or send the registered broker-dealer confirmation described in § 551.80 or the written notice described in § 551.90 within a reasonable time after the customer's written request.|
|(b) For or with the account of a customer in shares of an open-ended management company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 that holds itself out as a money market fund and attempts to maintain a stable net asset value per share||Give or send to the customer the written statement described at paragraph (a) of this section on a monthly basis. You may not use the alternate notice, however, if you deduct sales loads upon the purchase or redemption of shares in the money market fund.|
|(c) For an account for which you do not exercise investment discretion, and for which you and the customer have agreed in writing to an arrangement concerning the time and content of the written notice||Give or send to the customer a written notice at the agreed-upon time and with the agreed-upon content, and include a statement that you will furnish the registered broker-dealer confirmation described in § 551.80 or the written notice described in § 551.90 within a reasonable time after the customer's written request.|
|(d) For an account for which you exercise investment discretion other than in an agency capacity, excluding common or collective investment funds||Give or send the registered broker-dealer confirmation described in § 551.80 or the written notice described in § 551.90 within a reasonable time after a written request by the person with the power to terminate the account or, if there is no such person, any person holding a vested beneficial interest in the account.|
|(e) For an account in which you exercise investment discretion in an agency capacity||Give or send each customer a written itemized statement specifying the funds and securities in your custody or possession and all debits, credits, and transactions in the customer's account. You must provide this information to the customer not less than once every three months. You must give or send the registered broker-dealer confirmation described in § 551.80 or the written notice described in § 551.90 within a reasonable time after a customer's written request.|
|(f) For a common or collective investment fund||(1) Give or send to a customer who invests in the fund a copy of the annual financial report of the fund, or (2) Notify the customer that a copy of the report is available and that you will furnish the report within a reasonable time after a written request by a person to whom a regular periodic accounting would ordinarily be rendered with respect to each participating account.|
You may provide any written notice required under this subpart B electronically. If a customer has a facsimile machine, you may send the notice by facsimile transmission. You may use other electronic communications if:
(a) The parties agree to use electronic instead of hard copy notices;
(b) The parties are able to print or download the notice;
(c) Your electronic communications system cannot automatically delete the electronic notice; and
(d) Both parties are able to receive electronic messages.
You may not charge a fee for providing a notice required under this subpart B, except that you may charge a reasonable fee for the notices provided under §§ 551.100(a), (d), and (e).
Subpart C—Settlement of Securities Transactions
(a) You may not effect or enter into a contract for the purchase or sale of a security that provides for payment of funds and delivery of securities later than the latest of:
(1) The third business day after the date of the contract. This deadline is no later than the fourth business day after Start Printed Page 76304the contract for contracts involving the sale for cash of securities that are priced after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the date the securities are priced and are sold by an issuer to an underwriter under a firm commitment underwritten offering registered under the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. 77a, et seq., or are sold by you to an initial purchaser participating in the offering;
(2) Such other time as the SEC specifies by rule (see SEC Rule 15c6-1, 17 CFR 240.15c6-1); or
(3) Such time as the parties expressly agree at the time of the transaction. The parties to a contract are deemed to have expressly agreed to an alternate date for payment of funds and delivery of securities at the time of the transaction for a contract for the sale for cash of securities under a firm commitment offering, if the managing underwriter and the issuer have agreed to the date for all securities sold under the offering and the parties to the contract have not expressly agreed to another date for payment of funds and delivery of securities at the time of the transaction.
(b) The deadlines in paragraph (a) of this section do not apply to the purchase or sale of limited partnership interests that are not listed on an exchange or for which quotations are not disseminated through an automated quotation system of a registered securities association.
Subpart D—Securities Trading Policies and Procedures
If you effect securities transactions for customers, you must maintain and follow policies and procedures that meet all of the following requirements:
(a) Your policies and procedures must assign responsibility for the supervision of all officers or employees who:
(1) Transmit orders to, or place orders with, registered broker-dealers;
(2) Execute transactions in securities for customers; or
(3) Process orders for notice or settlement purposes, or perform other back office functions for securities transactions that you effect for customers. Policies and procedures for personnel described in this paragraph (a)(3) must provide supervision and reporting lines that are separate from supervision and reporting lines for personnel described in paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section.
(b) Your policies and procedures must provide for the fair and equitable allocation of securities and prices to accounts when you receive orders for the same security at approximately the same time and you place the orders for execution either individually or in combination.
(c) Your policies and procedures must provide for securities transactions in which you act as agent for the buyer and seller (crossing of buy and sell orders) on a fair and equitable basis to the parties to the transaction, where permissible under applicable law.
(d) Your policies and procedures must require your officers and employees to file the personal securities trading reports described at § 551.150, if the officer or employee:
(1) Makes investment recommendations or decisions for the accounts of customers;
(2) Participates in the determination of these recommendations or decisions; or
(3) In connection with their duties, obtains information concerning which securities you intend to purchase, sell, or recommend for purchase or sale.
An officer or employee described in § 551.140(d) must report all personal transactions in securities made by or on behalf of the officer or employee if he or she has a beneficial interest in the security.
(a) Contents and filing of report. The officer or employee must file the report with you within ten business days after the end of each calendar quarter. The report must include the following information:
(1) The date of each transaction, the title and number of shares, the interest rate and maturity date (if applicable), and the principal amount of each security involved.
(2) The nature of each transaction (i.e., purchase, sale, or other type of acquisition or disposition).
(3) The price at which each transaction was effected.
(4) The name of the broker, dealer, or other intermediary effecting the transaction.
(5) The date the officer or employee submitted the report.
(b) Report not required for certain transactions. Your officer or employee is not required to report a transaction if:
(1) He or she has no direct or indirect influence or control over the account for which the transaction was effected or over the securities held in that account;
(2) The transaction was in shares issued by an open-end investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940;
(3) The transaction was in direct obligations of the government of the United States;
(4) The transaction was in bankers' acceptances, bank certificates of deposit, commercial paper or high quality short term debt instruments, including repurchase agreements; or
(5) The officer or employee had an aggregate amount of purchases and sales of $10,000 or less during the calendar quarter.
(c) Alternate report. When you act as an investment adviser to an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, an officer or employee that is an “access person” may fulfill his or her reporting requirements under this section by filing with you the “access person” personal securities trading report required by SEC Rule 17j-1(d), 17 CFR 270.17j-1(d).
Dated: December 2, 2002.
By the Office of Thrift Supervision.
James E. Gilleran,
1. The SEC extended until May 12, 2003 the savings association exception from the definition of “broker” under the Exchange Act, and extended until February 10, 2003 the savings association exception from the definition of “dealer” under the Exchange Act. SEC Release Nos. 34-46751 (October 30, 2002) and 34-45897 (May 8, 2002); see also SEC Release No. 34-44570 (July 18, 2001). On October 31, 2002, the SEC issued a proposed rule exempting banks from the definition of “dealer” when performing certain de minimis riskless principal transactions, defining certain terms used in the bank exceptions to dealer registration, and exempting banks from the definitions of “broker” and “dealer” when engaging in securities lending transactions with a qualified investor. 67 FR 64495 (November 5, 2002). Because savings associations are treated as banks they are covered by this proposed rule as well.Back to Citation
2. At the request of OTS trust examiners, many Federal savings associations with trust departments have been keeping records similar to those required by the final recordkeeping and confirmation rules.Back to Citation
3. Under the proposed rule, the association's policies and procedures must assign responsibility for the supervision of officers and employees engaged in various aspects of the trading process; provide for the fair and equitable allocation of securities and prices to accounts when the savings association receives orders for the same security at approximately the same time and it places orders individually or in combination; provide for the crossing of buy and sell orders on a fair and equitable basis; and require certain officers and employees to make quarterly reports containing specific information on personal securities transactions.Back to Citation
4. As noted, the SEC has just issued a proposed rule implementing certain limited bank exceptions from the definition of “dealer.” 67 FR 64495 (November 5, 2002).Back to Citation
6. 12 U.S.C. 1464(n) (2001). Under that section, OTS may authorize a Federal savings association:
[T]o act as trustee, executor, administrator, guardian, or in any other fiduciary capacity in which State banks, trust companies, or other corporations that compete with Federal savings associations are permitted to act under the laws of the State in which the Federal savings association is located. (emphasis added). Thus, under HOLA, the scope of a Federal savings association's fiduciary powers is expressly tied to the laws of the state in which the Federal savings association is “located.”Back to Citation
7. Distinguishing between key fiduciary activities and ancillary activities in § 550.60 assists in determining where the Federal savings association is acting in a fiduciary capacity for purposes of section 5(n) of the HOLA. The classification as ancillary does not affect the importance of those activities or change in any way an association's fiduciary duty with respect to those activities. See 66 FR 34792, 34793, n.2.Back to Citation
8. See, e.g., OTS Op. Chief Counsel (January 3, 2001) (preempting state restriction on out-of-state Federal savings association conducting fiduciary activities in an agency office); OTS Op. Chief Counsel (July 1, 1998) (preempting state restrictions on who may act as trustee of a pre-need funeral trust); OTS Op. Chief Counsel (August 8, 1996) (preempting state marketing restrictions); OTS Op. Chief Counsel (June 21, 1996) (preempting state marketing restrictions); OTS Op. Chief Counsel (March 28, 1996) (preempting state licensing requirement); OTS Op. Acting Chief Counsel (June 13, 1994) (preempting state licensing requirement).Back to Citation
9. In clarifying the scope of Federal preemption of state law in the fiduciary area, OTS does not intend to supplant areas in which state law has long governed the duties of a fiduciary, such as state principal and income laws and state “prudent man” or “prudent investor” laws.Back to Citation
10. Acting as an executor is a classic fiduciary activity. 12 CFR 550.30(b). Moreover, institutions acting as executors have always been subject to state laws governing the administration of estates. OTS has no intention of changing this in the final rule.Back to Citation
11. OCC estimated that banks would incur 11 hours of additional burden in their first year and an additional 4 hours thereafter. It further estimated that 80 percent of the burden would be clerical at a cost of $20 per hour and that 20 percent of the burden would be managerial at $40 per hour. Thus, the average annual cost of each hour is $24.Back to Citation
12. The average billing rate for a partner in a United States law firm with less than nine lawyers is $183 per hour. The average billing rate for an associate in such a firm is $139 per hour. 1999 Survey of Law Firm Economics, Altman Weil Pensa Publications, Inc., reported at www.lawyers.com. Using OCC's estimate that the rule imposes a maximum of 2.2 managerial burden hours, OTS estimates that these costs will be between $305 and $403.Back to Citation
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