On February 10, 2003, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to establish CBOE Rule 4.21 which would prohibit, with certain exceptions, member firms that clear and carry the accounts of options market makers (“Clearing Firms”) from accepting deposits to such accounts if the check, funds transfer or securities is drawn from a third party's account. The proposed rule change also would establish record retention requirements for the Clearing Firm to follow if it accepts deposits from third parties pursuant to the permitted exceptions. The CBOE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposal on March 5, 2003. The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 28, 2003. The Commission received no comments on the proposal.
The Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange  and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds that the rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires, among other things, that the rules of the Exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The rule change establishes a practice that should help to protect Clearing Firms from risks associated with improper transfers of funds and securities.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change, as amended, (File No. SR-CBOE-2003-05) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. In approving this proposed rule change, as amended, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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