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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.

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Rule 17i-5; SEC File No. 270-531; OMB Control No. 3235-0590.

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [1] the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collections of information discussed below. The Code of Federal Regulations citation to this collection of information is the following rule: 17 CFR 240.17i-5.

Section 231 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 [2] (the “GLBA”) amended Section 17 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78q) (the “Exchange Act”) to create a regulatory framework under which a holding company of a broker-dealer (“investment bank holding company” or “IBHC”) may voluntarily be supervised by the Commission as a supervised investment bank holding company (or “SIBHC”).[3] In 2004, the Commission promulgated rules, including Rule 17i-5, to create a framework for the Commission to supervise SIBHCs.[4] This framework includes qualification criteria for SIBHCs, as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Among other things, this regulatory framework for SIBHCs is intended to provide a basis for non-U.S. financial regulators to treat the Commission as the principal U.S. consolidated, home-country supervisor for SIBHCs and their affiliated broker-dealers.[5]

Pursuant to Section 17(i)(3)(A) of the Exchange Act, an SIBHC would be required to make and keep records, Start Printed Page 1664furnish copies thereof, and make such reports as the Commission may require by rule.[6] Rule 17i-5 requires that an SIBHC make and keep current certain records relating to its business. In addition, it requires that an SIBHC preserve those and other records for at least three years.

The collections of information required pursuant to Rule 17i-5 are necessary so that the Commission can adequately supervise the activities of these SIBHCs. In addition, these collections of information are needed to allow the Commission to effectively determine whether supervision of an IBHC as an SIBHC is necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of Section the Act. Rule 17i-5 also enhances the Commission's supervision of the SIBHCs' subsidiary broker-dealers through collection of additional information and inspections of affiliates of those broker-dealers. Without this information and documentation, the Commission would be unable to adequately supervise an SIBHC, nor would it be able to determine whether continued supervision of an IBHC as an SIBHC were necessary and appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of Section 17 of the Act.

In addition to the one firm currently supervised by the Commission as a SIBHC, we estimate that 2 IBHCs will file Notices of Intention with the Commission to be supervised by the Commission as SIBHCs; for a total of three firms. An SIBHC will generally require about 40 hours to create and document a contingency plan regarding funding and liquidity of the affiliate group at a cost of $9,200 per SIBHC.[7] An SIBHC will require, on average, approximately 64 hours each quarter to create a record regarding stress tests, or approximately 256 hours each year and a cost of $49,920.[8] Further, an SIBHC will establish approximately 20 new counterparty arrangements each year, and will take, on average, about 30 minutes to create a record regarding the basis for credit risk weights for each such counterparty for a cost of $1,410.[9] Finally, an SIBHC will generally require about 24 hours per year to maintain the specified records for a cost of $4,632.[10]

We believe that an IBHC likely will upgrade its information technology (“IT”) systems in order to more efficiently comply with certain of the SIBHC framework rules (including Rules 17i-4, 17i-5, 17i-6 and 17i-7), and that this would be a one-time cost. Depending on the state of development of the IBHC's IT systems, it would cost an IBHC between $1 million and $10 million to upgrade its IT systems to comply with the SIBHC framework of rules. Thus, on average, it would cost each of the three IBHCs about $5.5 million to upgrade their IT systems, or approximately $16.5 million in total. It is impossible to determine what percentage of the IT systems costs would be attributable to each Rule, so we allocated the total estimated upgrade costs equally (at 25% for each of the above-mentioned Rules), with $4,125,000 attributable to Rule 17i-5.

The collection of information is mandatory and the information required to be provided to the Commission pursuant to this Rule is deemed confidential pursuant to Section 17(j) of the Exchange Act and Section 552(b)(3)(B) of the Freedom of Information Act,[11] notwithstanding any other provision of law.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.

Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or by sending an e-mail to: Shagufta_Ahmed@comb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Boucher, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send an e-mail to PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: January 6, 2010.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  Pub. L. 106-102, 113 Stat. 1338 (1999).

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4.  See Exchange Act Release No. 49831 (Jun. 8, 2004), 69 FR 34472 (Jun. 21, 2004).

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5.  See H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 106-434, 165 (1999). See also Exchange Act Release No. 49831, at 6 (Jun. 8, 2004), 69 FR 34472, at 34473 (Jun. 21, 2004).

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7.  We believe that an SIBHC would have a Senior Treasury Manager create this record. According to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), the hourly cost of a Senior Treasury Manager is $230, as reflected in the SIFMA's Report on Management and Professional Earnings for 2008 (“SIFMA's Report on Professional Earnings), and modified to account for an 1,800-hour work-year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits and overhead. ($230 × 40 hours) = $9,200.

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8.  We believe that an SIBHC would have a Floor Supervisor, or equivalent, create this record with an hourly cost of $195, as reflected in SIFMA's Report on Professional Earnings”). ($195 × 256) = $49,920.

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9.  On average, each firm presently maintains relationships with approximately 1,000 counterparties. Further, firms generally already maintain documentation regarding their credit decisions, including their determination of credit risk weights, for those counterparties. We believe that an SIBHC would have an Intermediate Accountant create this record, which according to SIFMA's Report on Professional Earnings receives an hourly rate of $141. ($141 × ((30 minutes × 20 counterparties)/60 minutes) = $1,410.

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10.  We believe that an SIBHC would have a Programmer Analyst perform this task and according to SIFMA's Report on Professional Earnings, a Programmer Analyst receives an hourly rate of $193. ($193 × 24) = $4,632.

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