Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on January 13, 2009, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) and on February 13, 2009, amended the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by DTC. The Commission is publishing this notice and order to solicit comments on the rule change from interested parties and to grant accelerated approval of the proposal.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the rule change is to revise fees for certain DTC services.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (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
DTC is proposing to revise fees for certain services. The revisions include: (i) Decreases of Settlement Services fees to realign fees with costs incurred in providing the services; (ii) decreases of Custody and Dividend service fees to realign fees with costs scaled to reflect processing complexity creating fee simplification and transparency; (iii) increases of Reorganization services fees to realign fees with costs incurred due to low volume tender offers which are subject to extensive monitoring; and (iv) increases of Custody and Deposits fees to realign fees with costs associated with intensive photocopy and research requests.
In addition, DTC will increase certain disincentive fees to discourage activities that increase industry inefficiencies. These revisions include: fee increases for underwriters who have incomplete, inaccurate, or untimely submission of information in connection with DTC's Underwriting services and fee increases for Withdrawals by Transfer and Deposits (in connection with DTC's continuing efforts to discourage continued traffic in physical securities and to discourage erroneous requests).
The proposed fee revisions are consistent with DTC's overall pricing philosophy to align service fees with underlying costs, discourage manual and exception processing, and encourage immobilization and dematerialization of securities. Except as otherwise noted above, the effective date for these fee adjustments is January 2, 2009.
The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A of the Act, as amended, because it clarifies and updates DTC's fee schedule. As such, it provides for the equitable allocation of fees among its participants.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will 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. DTC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by DTC.Start Printed Page 7943
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act requires that the rules of a clearing agency provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its participants. The Commission finds that DTC's proposed rule change is consistent with DTC's obligation under the Act because it clarifies and updates DTC's fee schedule.
The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of notice of filing in the Federal Register because the proposed rule change originally was filed previously but had to be refiled due to a technical issue.
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-DTC-2009-03 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-DTC-2009-03. 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 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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of DTC and on DTC's Web site at http://www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2009/dtc/2009-03.pdf . 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-DTC-2009-03 and should be submitted on or before March 13, 2009.
On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder.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 DTC.Back to Citation
6. In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission considered the proposal's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
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