Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  , notice is hereby given that on May 3, 2004, the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) 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 DTC. 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
DTC is seeking to amend its rules to establish a Valued Delivery Order Interface (“VDO Interface”) with the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”). The VDO Interface will allow NSCC at the request of a common DTC/NSCC member to create delivery versus payment delivery orders for the member's NSCC balance orders and special trades to be transmitted automatically to DTC for processing.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC 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
NSCC currently creates receive and deliver instructions for Balance Order Securities “Balance Orders” and for “Special Trades” (trade-for-trade transactions) which NSCC Members then have to manually enter into DTC as “Valued Delivery Orders” (“VDOs”). In connection with NSCC's update of its Continuous Net Settlement System (“CNS Rewrite”), NSCC requested DTC to establish an interface to automate and facilitate the processing and book-entry settlement of Balance Orders and Special Trades.
DTC and NSCC currently have an automated VDO municipal bond interface known as the PDQ Automated Municipal Bond Settlement Facility (“PDQ Facility”). Pursuant to the PDQ Facility, NSCC Members and NSCC Municipal Comparison Only Members (“MCOMs”) that are also DTC Participants (“common participants”) or that clear through DTC Participants may authorize NSCC to send to DTC their compared municipal bond transaction data in an automated file, and may authorize DTC to accept and input such data as VDOs.
As a result of requests from common participants and based upon DTC's and NSCC's positive experience with the PDQ Facility, DTC and NSCC are seeking to expand the PDQ Facility to include all NSCC Balance Orders and Special Trades for automatic processing at DTC as VDOs using the VDO Interface. The VDO Interface would convey VDO instructions for each common participant's Balance Orders and Special Trades pursuant to standing instructions from the common participant to NSCC. These standing instructions would be automatically transmitted to DTC for processing. For NSCC MCOMs that are not common participants, NSCC will create delivery versus payment VDO instructions for a MCOM's Special Trades if both the MCOM and its DTC clearing brokers each provide standing instructions to DTC to process such trades through the VDO Interface. The VDO Interface will incorporate the PDQ Facility's functionality and will replace the PDQ Facility. Subject to Commission approval, DTC intends to implement the proposed rule change in conjunction with the implementation of NSCC's CNS Rewrite on or about July 9, 2004.
DTC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to DTC because it will promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions by increasing efficiency in processing member transactions.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
(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. DTC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by DTC.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 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 90 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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml) or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-DTC-2004-04 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Start Printed Page 31150Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-DTC-2004-04. 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, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 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 DTC and on DTC's Web site at http://www.dtc.org. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-DTC-2004-04 and should be submitted on or before June 23, 2004.
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.Start Signature
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by DTC.Back to Citation
3. The terms Balance Order Securities and Special Trades are defined in Rule 1 of NSCC's Rules. The term Valued Delivery Order is a delivery versus payment as opposed to a Free Delivery where delivery is made free of any payment by the receiver.Back to Citation
4. The Commission has published notice seeking comment on NSCC's CNS Rewrite. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49717 (May 17, 2004), 69 FR 29605 (File No. SR-NSCC-2004-01).Back to Citation
5. Telephone conversation between Diane L. Brennan, Director of Risk Management, DTC, and staff of the Division of Market Regulation, Commission (May 21, 2004).Back to Citation
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