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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The National Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Use of the National Settlement Service

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Start Preamble July 24, 2007.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on May 1, 2007, The National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the 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 permits NSCC to use the Federal Reserve Bank's National Settlement Service (“NSS”) for the settlement of net-net credit balances.

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

In 2003, as part of a larger initiative to create a centralized settlement system with its affiliate, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), NSCC required the use of NSS as the vehicle for all Settling Banks to satisfy their end of day net-net debits.[3] In an effort to increase the efficiencies afforded by NSS, NSCC in conjunction with DTC is now modifying its rules to permit NSCC's use of NSS to distribute net-net credits.[4] Utilizing NSS as the payment mechanism for net-net credits will eliminate the need for NSCC to initiate wire payments for settlement monies owed by NSCC. However, should NSS not be available for any reason, NSCC will retain the capability to satisfy its settlement obligations using wire transfer.

The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it will not affect the safeguarding of funds or securities in NSCC's custody and control or for which it is responsible.

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

NSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would have any 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 not yet been solicited or received. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC.

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

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [6] promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of NSCC that (A) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of NSCC or for which it is responsible and (B) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of NSCC or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission could have summarily abrogated such rule change if it appeared to the Commission that such action was 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 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NSCC-2007-09. 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, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC. 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-2007-09 and should be submitted on or before August 22, 2007.

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For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48744 (November 10, 2003), 68 FR 63831 (November 4, 2003) (File Nos. SR-NSCC-2003-19 and SR-DTC-2003-11).

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4.  DTC has submitted a similar proposed rule change (File No. SR-DTC-2007-08) providing for the use of NSS for the distribution of net credits.

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5.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. E7-14835 Filed 7-31-07; 8:45 am]

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