Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on February 18, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” or “Exchange”), through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. (“PCXE”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by PCXE. PCXE filed this proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)  of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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
PCXE proposes to amend PCXE Rule 4.5 to extend the compliance deadline for financial/operations principals of PCXE ETP firms to successfully complete the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.'s (“NASD”) Financial and Operations Principal Examination (“Series 27 Examination”) until September 30, 2005. PCXE also proposes to amend PCXE Rule 6.18(d) to extend the deadline for compliance supervisors of PCXE ETP firms to successfully complete the NASD's General Securities Principal Examination (“Series 24 Examination”) until September 30, 2005. The text of the proposed rule change is available on PCX's web site (http://www.pacificex.com/legal/legal_pending.html), at the PCX's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, PCXE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for its proposal and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. PCXE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Commission recently approved a rule proposal by the Exchange to amend PCXE Rule 4.5 and add PCXE Rule 6.18(d) to require all financial/operations principals of PCXE Equity Trading Permit Holders (“ETP”) Firms to successfully complete the Series 27 Examination and to require all compliance supervisors of PCXE ETP Firms to successfully complete the Series 24 Examination. Both rules contained compliance deadlines of March 31, 2005. The purpose of this filing is to extend the compliance deadline until September 30, 2005. For ETP Holders to become compliant with the approved rules they either need to study for and pass the Series 24 and 27 Examinations or hire individuals who have already passed these examinations. The Commission approved these rules on January 14, 2005 and the notice approving these rules appeared in the Federal Register on January 24, 2005. The Exchange believes that providing ETP Holders with only two months time to become compliant with the recently approved rules is neither sufficient nor practical. In addition, the Exchange underestimated the number of ETP Holders who would be affected by this rule change as well as the impact it would have on all ETP Holders, especially the smaller ETP Holders. Therefore, extending the compliance Start Printed Page 11722deadline until September 30, 2005 is necessary to give ETP Holders a reasonable amount of time come into compliance with the new rules.
2. Statutory Basis
PCXE believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act  in general, and further the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act  in particular, because it is 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 facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
PCXE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
Written comments were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(3)  thereunder because it constitutes a stated policy with respect to the enforcement of an existing rule of the self-regulatory organization. At any time within 60 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:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-PCX-2005-24 on the subject line.
- 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-PCX-2005-24. 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 Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the PCX. 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-PCX-2005-24 and should be submitted on or before March 30, 2005.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
5. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51038 (January 14, 2005), 70 FR 03417 (January 24, 2005) (SR-PCX-2004-96).Back to Citation
6. See supra note 5.Back to Citation
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