Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on November 20, 2009, 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  and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)  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.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change would revise OCC's By-Laws and Rules to accommodate a proposed alternate settlement procedure for physically-settled Treasury Futures traded by ELX Futures L.P., an electronic futures market that is designated as a contract market by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”).Start Printed Page 68433
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.
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of this proposed rule change is to revise OCC's By-Laws and Rules to accommodate a proposed alternate settlement procedure for physically-settled Treasury Futures traded by ELX Futures L.P., an electronic futures market that is designated as a contract market by the CFTC. Under the proposed alternate settlement procedure, Clearing Members that have been matched for delivery purposes would be allowed to agree between themselves on alternate procedures for completing settlement. Among other changes, OCC is proposing amendments to Chapter 13 of its Rules to specify the manner in which Clearing Members can elect to use such alternate settlement procedures for physically-settled Treasury Futures and to provide for the Clearing Members' indemnification of OCC against any losses resulting from the Clearing Members' use of the alternate settlement procedures. OCC is also proposing to amend its margin rules to provide that once OCC accepts notification from the Clearing Members of the use of alternate settlement procedures for physically-settled Treasury Futures pursuant to proposed Rule 1302B(k), the contracts to be settled under the alternate procedures would no longer be included in the margin calculations for the relevant accounts of these Clearing Members.
The proposed changes to OCC's By-Laws and Rules are consistent with the purposes and requirements of Section 17A of the Act of 1934 because they are designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of transactions in options and other derivatives cleared by OCC, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of such transactions, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. They accomplish this purpose by providing Clearing Members with an alternate method by which to fulfill their settlement obligations for Treasury Futures. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with any rules of OCC, including any 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  and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)  promulgated thereunder because the proposal changes effects a change in an existing service of a registered clearing agency that (i) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible and (ii) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of the 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-OCC-2009-19 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-OCC-2009-19. 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-2009-19 and should be submitted on or before January 14, 2010.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
4. The Commission has modified parts of these statements.Back to Citation
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