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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Remove From FICC's Rules the Cross-Margining Agreement With BrokerTec Clearing Company and the Cross-Margining Agreement With The Clearing Corporation

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Start Preamble January 28, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on January 12, 2004, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) 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 FICC. 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 remove from FICC's Rules the cross-margining agreement with BrokerTec Clearing Company (“BCC”) [2] and to remove from FICC's Rules the cross-margining agreement with The Clearing Corporation (“TCC”).[3]

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

In its filing with the Commission, FICC 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. FICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[4]

(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 remove from FICC's Rules the cross-margining agreement with BCC and the cross-margining agreement with TCC. Termination of the cross-margining agreement with BCC was necessitated by the fact that BCC ceased clearing operations on November 26, 2003, as a result of the suspension of business by the exchange for which BCC was the clearing corporation, BrokerTec Futures Exchange. Termination of the cross-margining agreement with TCC was necessitated by the fact that on January 2, 2004, TCC ceased clearing the Chicago Board of Trade products that were the subject of the cross-margining arrangement.[5]

The proposed rule change is consistent with section 17A(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder because it facilitates the establishment of linked or coordinated facilities for clearance and settlement of transactions in securities.

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

FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact on 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

No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been Start Printed Page 5624solicited or received. FICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by FICC.

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)(iii) of the Act [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [8] thereunder because the proposed rule does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using the service and does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible. 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: rule-comments@sec.gov. All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-FICC-2004-02. 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 FICC and on FICC's Web site at www.ficc.com.

All submissions should refer to File No. SR-FICC-2004-02 and should be submitted by February 26, 2004.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[9]

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45656 (March 27, 2002), 67 FR 15646 (April 2, 2002) [File No. SR-GSCC-2002-01].

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3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45335 (January 25, 2002), 67 FR 4768 (January 31, 2001) [File No. SR-GSCC-2001-03]. FICC entered into the cross-margining agreement with the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, predecessor to The Clearing Corporation.

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4.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by FICC.

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5.  TCC recently announced that it will become the clearing corporation for another exchange and has approached FICC regarding establishing a new cross-margining arrangement. Upon the parties' agreement on the details of the new arrangement, FICC will submit a proposed rule change to the Commission covering the proposed arrangement.

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6.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(a)(2)(A)(ii).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. 04-2360 Filed 2-4-04; 8:45 am]

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