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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Relating to Arbitrator Training Fees

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Start Preamble June 16, 2004.

I. Introduction

On January 7, 2004, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NASD Dispute Resolution, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to revise the fees that are charged to its panel member arbitrators. On April 2, 2004, NASD filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.[3] Notice of the proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 14, 2004.[4] No comments were received on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change.

II. Description of Proposed Rule Change

The proposed rule change would amend the fees that are charged to its panel member arbitrators. Specifically, the proposal would raise the fee for panel member training from $100 to $125 for all applicants who register for the training after the proposed rule change becomes effective.

III. Discussion

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities association.[5] Specifically, the Commission believes that the increased fee that NASD proposes to charge for arbitrator training is consistent with Sections 15A(b)(5) and 15A(b)(6) of the Act. Section 15A(b)(5) requires that the rules of a registered national securities association provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the association operates or controls. Section 15A(b)(6) requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities association be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

IV. Conclusion

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[6] that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2004-001) be, and hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See letter from Mignon McLemore, NASD, to Katherine England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated April 2, 2004.

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 49674 (May 10, 2004), 69 FR 26909.

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5.  In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 04-14146 Filed 6-22-04; 8:45 am]