Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on January 2, 2004, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. 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
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to (i) adjust the fees NSCC charges for trade recording, (ii) establish fees for the Cost Basis Reporting Service, and (iii) eliminate Archival Microfiche fees. Start Printed Page 5231
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NSCC 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. NSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to (i) adjust the fees NSCC charges for trade recording, (ii) establish fees for the Cost Basis Reporting Service, and (iii) eliminate Archival Microfiche fees.
Pursuant to the proposed rule change, the fee for trade recording for each side of each stock, warrant, or other right entered for settlement has been reduced from $0.003 to $0.0025 per 100 shares with a minimum fee of $0.0075 and a maximum fee of $0.15 (reduced from $0.009 and $0.18, respectively). In addition, the fee for use of the Cost Basis Reporting Service, which had been operating on a pilot basis during which no fee was charged, will be $0.09 per asset. The Archival Microfiche fees have been eliminated because this format is no longer provided due to more preferred alternative means for providing archival reports. Members were notified of the proposed elimination and the alternative means of receiving archival reports in an Important Notice (A #5671, P&S #524) dated August 29, 2003. These proposed fee revisions are consistent with NSCC's overall pricing philosophy to align service fees and underlying cost.
The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder because it allows for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among NSCC's members.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact on or impose a burden on competition.
(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder because the proposed rule establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such 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. Comments may also be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-2003-23. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, comments should be sent in hardcopy or by e-mail but not by both methods. 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 20549-0609. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC and on NSCC's Web site at www.NSCC.com/legal/. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-2003-23 and should be submitted by February 24, 2004.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jill M. Peterson,
2. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by NSCC.Back to Citation
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