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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change to Reduce the Permitted Use of Letters of Credit to Twenty-Five Percent of a Member's Required Clearing Fund Deposit

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Start Preamble June 11, 2003.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on October 10, 2002, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (“GSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on April 1, 2003, amended 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 parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

GSCC is seeking to reduce the permitted use of letters of credit (“LCs”) to twenty-five percent of a member's required clearing fund deposit.

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 these statements.[2]

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

One of GSCC's most important risk management tools is its maintenance of clearing fund collateral. Clearing fund is comprised of cash, certain netting-eligible securities, and eligible LCs. The purposes served by the clearing fund are (1) to have on deposit from each netting member assets sufficient to satisfy any losses that may be incurred by GSCC as the result of the default by the member and the resultant close-out of that member's settlement positions and (2) to ensure that GSCC has sufficient liquidity at all times to meet its payment and delivery obligations.

The subject of the proposed rule change is the LC component of the clearing fund. Currently, GSCC's rules permit up to 70 percent of a member's required clearing fund deposit to be in the form of LCs. Although GSCC believes that it will always receive funds from the presentment of an LC for payment, GSCC has recognized that in a period of market crisis there is the potential that GSCC might not receive the funds on a timely basis. To ensure that GSCC can always meet its liquidity needs on a timely basis in the unlikely event of a member default and in a period of market crisis, GSCC is proposing to reduce the permitted use of LCs to 25 percent of a member's required clearing fund deposit. Thus, the minimum level of cash and securities required to be maintained on deposit would increase from 30 percent to 75 percent of a member's required clearing fund deposit.[3]

GSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act [4] and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to GSCC because it will protect GSCC and its members by ensuring that GSCC has adequate liquidity resources.

(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.

(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. Start Printed Page 35926

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Within thirty-five days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to ninety days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

(A) by order approve such proposed rule change or

(B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

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 also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of GSCC.

All submissions should refer to File No. SR-GSCC-2002-11 and should be submitted by July 8, 2003.

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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 the text of the summaries prepared by GSCC.

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3.  The proposed LC requirement will not affect the requirement that certain non-US GSCC members post additional collateral in the form of LCs to protect GSCC against legal risk presented by the insolvency laws in their home countries. These members will not be required to increase the amount of their deposit that is in the form of cash and securities from 30 percent to 75 percent of their required clearing fund deposit.

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[FR Doc. 03-15264 Filed 6-16-03; 8:45 am]

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