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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to Yield-Based Treasury Securities

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Start Preamble December 7, 2007.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on May 24, 2007, The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) 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 OCC. OCC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act[2] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [3] thereunder so that the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The proposed rule change would make minor technical changes to Sections 3 and 4 of Article XVI of OCC's By-Laws pertaining to yield-based Treasury options.

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

In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. [4]

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

The purpose of this rule change is to make minor technical changes to Sections 3 and 4 of Article XVI of OCC's By-Laws, pertaining to yield-based Treasury options. In 2004, OCC amended Sections 3 and 4 of Article XVI to conform those sections to the corresponding By-Law provisions governing index options. [5] However, OCC delayed implementing these changes until they were disclosed in a supplement to the options disclosure document, Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. [6] Distribution of such a supplement recently began. In connection with preparing the supplement, OCC determined that minor technical changes to Sections 3 and 4 of Article XVI were warranted in order to more precisely conform these Sections to the disclosures made in the supplement. OCC also determined to correct an erroneous cross-reference to another By-Laws provision.

The proposed change is consistent with Section 17A of the Act because it more precisely conforms the terms of Sections 3 and 4 of Article XVI to disclosures made in a supplement to the options disclosure document, thereby increasing the protection of investors and promoting the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of yield-based Treasury options. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the existing rules of OCC, including any other rules proposed to be amended.

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

OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would 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 were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received.

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 [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [8] promulgated thereunder because the proposal effects a change in an existing service of OCC that (A) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of OCC or for which it is responsible and (B) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of OCC 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-OCC-2007-07. 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 OCC. 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-OCC-2007-07 and should be submitted on or before January 7, 2008.

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For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority. [9]

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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4.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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5.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50895 (December 20, 2004), 69 FR 78085 (December 29, 2004) (File No. SR-OCC-2004-11).

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6.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55702 (May 3, 2007), 72 FR 26671 (May 10, 2007) (File No. SR-ODD-2007-02).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. E7-24308 Filed 12-14-07; 8:45 am]

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