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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Implementation of a Fee for Financing Debits Associated With Certain Obligations of Repo Brokers

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Start Preamble December 2, 2004.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on October 25, 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 proposed rule change consists of implementing a fee where FICC finances debits associated with certain obligations of repo brokers.

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.[2]

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

The Commission recently approved FICC rule filing SR-FICC-2003-06 [3] that amended the rules of the Government Securities Division (“GSD”) of FICC with respect to forward margin obligations of repo brokers. Pursuant to FICC-2003-06, forward margin debits and credits up to a predetermined dollar amount “cap” will become automatically collected or paid (as applicable) by the repo brokers, as is the case for all other netting members. Debits and credits in excess of the cap will become subject to hybrid processing whereby the dollar amount up to the cap would always be collected or paid in its entirety by the broker and amounts over the cap would be financed by GSD at the discretion of FICC.

Specifically with respect to forward margin debits in excess of the cap, if a repo broker is unable to pay its “excess debit,” the FICC Operations Department, in consultation with the Credit Risk Department will determine whether it would be appropriate for FICC to finance such an amount. If FICC finances an excess debit, the broker will be charged two fees: (1) A financing fee representing the interest amount that FICC would be charged by the clearing bank and (2) an administrative fee designed to cover FICC's associated costs of obtaining the financing.

Pursuant to the Commission's order approving FICC-2003-06, the administrative fee must be the subject of a rule filing. Due to the close interrelation between the administrative fee and the other provisions of FICC-2003-06, FICC has delayed the implementation of the approved provisions in their entirety until it established the fee. Accordingly, FICC is hereby proposing for immediate effectiveness an administrative fee of $50 per financing to be charged to affected brokers. This administrative fee, along with the previously approved provisions of FICC-2003-06, will be implemented by year-end with the implementation date being announced to members through an important notice.

FICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [4] and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to FICC because it establishes a reasonable fee to cover administrative costs.

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

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

Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited 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)(ii) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [6] thereunder because the proposed rule establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge. 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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FICC-2004-20. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Start Printed Page 71087Commission 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 FICC and on FICC's Web site at http://www.FICC.com/​legal. 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-FICC-2004-20 and should be submitted on or before December 29, 2004.

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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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Footnotes

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

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3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50389 (September 15, 2004), 69 FR 56810.

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5.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. E4-3533 Filed 12-7-04; 8:45 am]

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