On November 18, 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 amend its Rule G-34, on CUSIP numbers and new issue requirements, to facilitate real-time transaction reporting of trades in new issue municipal securities. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 7, 2004. The Commission received no comment letters regarding 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 trade, 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 facilitate the processing of transactions in new issue municipal securities so that such transactions can be reported to the MSRB in real-time and prices of such transactions can be disseminated on a contemporaneous basis.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-MSRB-2004-08) be, and hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8
Jill M. Peterson,
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50773 (December 1, 2004), 69 FR 70731 (December 7, 2004).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
6. Id.Back to Citation
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