On September 16, 2004, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB” or “Board”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to offer a new transparency product containing historical trade data obtained through the MSRB's Transaction Reporting System (the “Historical Data Product”). The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 18, 2004. The Commission received no comments on the proposal.
The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the MSRB  and, in particular, the requirements of Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. Section 15B(b)(2)(C) of the Act requires, among other things, that the MSRB's rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of Start Printed Page 68432trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in municipal securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market in municipal securities, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change will increase transparency and facilitate the fair pricing of municipal securities transactions. The Commission believes that the Historical Data Product will provide more information on infrequently traded issues and will help achieve a wider dissemination of transaction information that will help ensure the fairest and most accurate pricing of municipal securities transactions.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-MSRB-2004-05) be, and hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
J. Lynn Taylor,
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50491 (October 5, 2004), 69 FR 61422 (October 18, 2004) (“Notice”).Back to Citation
4. In approving this rule the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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