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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Clearing Fund Requirements for Special Members

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Start Preamble February 11, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on December 22, 2003, the Emerging Markets Clearing Corporation (“EMCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by EMCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The proposed rule change revises Addendum I (Clearing Fund Requirement for Special Member) of EMCC's Rules to establish a capped clearing fund requirement of $50 million for “special members.”

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

In its filing with the Commission, EMCC 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. EMCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

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

In rule filing SR-EMCC-2003-02, EMCC created the membership category “special member.” [3] A special member is either an inter-dealer broker (“IDB”) or another entity that clears for entities that are IDB's. The function of an IDB is to bring principals together in transactions on a matched and anonymous basis while taking no principal risk themselves, so if every dealer who interacted with an IDB were a member of EMCC, the IDB or its clearing firm would have to deposit only a minimal clearing fund amount. To the extent that one side of an IDB trade is not an EMCC member, the clearing fund requirement for the IDB or its clearing firm are based only on one side of the matched transaction. This one-sided calculation creates a clearing Start Printed Page 7833fund obligation of a significant financial amount for the IDB or its clearing firm.

This proposed rule change modifies the rule language adoption in SR-EMCC-2003-02 to establish a capped, as opposed to a fixed clearing fund obligation of $50 million to be deposited by special members. Under the proposed rule change, if the calculated clearing fund requirement were less than $50 million, the special member would only deposit the calculated required amount. If the calculated amount exceeds the $50 million cap for any day, the other EMCC members are required to deposit the difference between the calculated amount and the capped amount on a pro-rata basis based on their average clearing fund requirements over the previous thirty calendar day period. To have a capped clearing fund obligation of $50 million for special members was EMCC's intent in File No. SR-EMCC-2003-02.

EMCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it will permit a more equitable allocation of charges among participants since it will not require a participant to deposit funds greater than the calculated required amount.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

EMCC 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

Written comments from EMCC members have not been solicited or received on the proposed rule change.

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

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) [5] thereunder because it constitutes an interpretation with respect to the meaning of an existing rule. 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 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20549-0069. Comments may also be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-EMCC-2003-08. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review comments your 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 rule filing that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the rule filing between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at EMCC's principal office and on EMCC's Web site at​legal/​index.html. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-EMCC-2003-08 and should be submitted within March 11, 2004.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[6]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  The commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by EMCC.

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3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48366 (Aug. 19, 2003), 68 FR 51311 (Aug. 26, 2003) (EMCC-2003-02).

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78S(b)(3)(a)(i).

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[FR Doc. 04-3541 Filed 2-18-04; 8:45 am]