Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on April 18, 2008, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on April 21, 2008, amended the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by FICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to modify FICC's Mortgage-Backed Securities Division (“MBSD”) participant fund calculation as set forth in Article IV, Rule 1 (Total Required Fund Deposit) by eliminating the Coverage Component and the Margin Requirement Differential from the calculation.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, FICC 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. FICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), Start Printed Page 29798and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
On August 31, 2007, FICC filed with the Commission and on September 27, 2007, amended proposed rule change SR-FICC-2007-10 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Act. On March 31, 2008, the Commission approved the proposed rule change.
The rule change modified FICC's MBSD rules, replacing the current participants fund methodology (which used haircuts and offsets) with a Value-at-Risk (“VaR”) model, which was expected to better account for market volatility and more thoroughly distinguish levels of risk presented by individual securities.
As approved by the Commission, the revised participants fund calculation included: (1) An end-of-day charge (which is the greater of the VaR-based charge and a defined minimum charge), (2) a Coverage Component (which is an additional charge to bring the participant's coverage to a targeted confidence level), (3) an additional payment (which is called a “Special Charge”) as determined by FICC from time to time, and (4) a Margin Requirement Differential (which takes into account intra-day portfolio variations and the potential for a late margin deficit satisfaction).
FICC has determined not to implement the Coverage Component and the Margin Requirement Differential, while it continues to study the methodology. Accordingly, FICC is modifying MBSD Article I (Definitions and General Provisions) and Article IV (Participants Fund) to remove references to these components.
FICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to FICC because the proposed rule change should better enable FICC to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds in its custody or control or for which it is responsible by enabling FICC to more effectively manage the risks presented by participants' activities.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact on 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
No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. FICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by FICC.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)  thereunder because the proposed rule change effects a change in an existing service of FICC that (i) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of FICC or for which it is responsible and (ii) does not significantly affect the respective rights of the clearing agency or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such 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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-FICC-2008-03 on the subject line.
- 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-FICC-2008-03. 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 changes 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, 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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FICC and on FICC's Web site at http://www.dtcc.com/legal/rule_filings/ficc/2008.php. 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-FICC-2008-03 and should be submitted on or before June 12, 2008.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
2. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by FICC.Back to Citation
3. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57586 (March 31, 2008), 73 FR 19537 (SR-FICC-2007-10).Back to Citation
4. VaR is defined to be the maximum amount of money that may be lost on a portfolio over a given period of time, within a given level of confidence.Back to Citation
8. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on April 21, 2008, the date on which the last amendment to the proposed rule change was filed with the Commission. 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).Back to Citation
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