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Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amending the Fee Schedule of the Insurance Processing Service

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Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on December 20, 2004, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The proposed rule change will revise the transaction fees for NSCC's Insurance Processing Service (“IPS”).

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, NSCC 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. NSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

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

Pursuant to this rule change, fees for the Positions and Valuations (“POV”) product of IPS, which enables carriers to send annuity and life insurance contract details to their distributors, will be adjusted as follows (each fee is for 1,000 items):

  • For zero to 500,000 items per month (the previous range was zero to 49,999 items per month), there will be a price increase from $6.00 to $8.00;
  • For 500,001 to 2,000,000 items per month (the previous range was 50,000 to 249,999 items per month), there will be a price decrease from $5.00 to $4.50;
  • For 2,000,001 to 4,000,000 items per month (the previous range was 250,000 to 999,999 items per month), there will be a price decrease from $4.00 to $3.75; and
  • For 4,000,001 or more items per month (the previous range was 1,000,000 or more items per month), there will be a price increase from $2.00 to $3.50.

The effective date for these fee adjustments was January 1, 2005. NSCC represents that these proposed fee revisions are consistent with NSCC's overall pricing philosophy to align service fees and underlying cost.

NSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Section 17A of the Act [3] and the rules and regulations thereunder because it provides for a reasonable fee to cover the clearing agency's costs and as such it promotes the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

NSCC believes that the proposed rule change will not 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

NSCC has not solicited or received written comments relating to the proposed rule change. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments it receives.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change took effect upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [4] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [5] thereunder because the proposed rule change changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by NSCC. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such proposed 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-NSCC-2004-11. 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 NSCC's principal office and on NSCC's Web site at http://www.nscc.com/​legal/​index2004.html. 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-NSCC-2004-11 and should be submitted on or before March 9, 2005.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[6]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

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

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4.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. E5-640 Filed 2-15-05; 8:45 am]

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