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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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

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Rule 10b-10, SEC File No. 270-389, OMB Control No. 3235-0444.

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) is soliciting comments on the existing collection of information provided for in Rule 10b-10 (17 CFR 240.10b-10) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

Rule 10b-10 requires broker-dealers to convey basic trade information to customers regarding their securities transactions. This information includes: The date and time of the transaction, the identity and number of shares bought or sold, and the trading capacity of the broker-dealer. Depending on the trading capacity of the broker-dealer, Rule 10b-10 requires the disclosure of commissions as well as mark-up and mark-down information. For transactions in debt securities, Rule 10b-10 requires the disclosure of redemption and yield information. Rule 10b-10 potentially applies to all of the approximately 5,178 firms registered with the Commission that effect transactions on behalf of customers.

Based on information provided by registered broker-dealers to the Commission in FOCUS Reports, the Commission staff estimates that on average, registered broker-dealers process approximately 1.4 billion order tickets per month for transactions on behalf of customers. Each order ticket representing a transaction effected on behalf of a customer results in one confirmation. Therefore, the Commission staff estimates that approximately 16.8 billion confirmations are sent to customers annually. The confirmations required by Rule 10b-10 are generally processed through automated systems. It takes approximately 1 minute to generate and send a confirmation. Accordingly, the Commission estimates that broker-dealers spend 280 million hours per year complying with Rule 10b-10.

The amount of confirmations sent and the cost of sending each confirmation varies from firm to firm. Smaller firms generally send fewer confirmations than larger firms because they effect fewer transactions. The Commission staff estimates the costs of producing and sending a paper confirmation, including postage to be approximately 96 cents. The Commission staff also estimates that the cost of producing and sending a wholly electronic confirmation is approximately 52 cents. Based on informal discussions with industry participants as well as no-action positions taken in this area, the staff estimates that broker-dealers used electronic confirmations for approximately 25 percent of transactions. Based on these calculations, Commission staff estimates that 12,600,000,000 paper confirmations are mailed each year at a cost of $12,096,000,000. Commission staff also estimates that 4,200,000,000 wholly electronic confirmations are sent each year at a cost of $2,184,000,000. Accordingly, Commission staff estimates that total annual cost associated with generating and delivering to investors the information required under Rule 10b-10 would be $14,280,000,000.Start Printed Page 16528

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

Please direct your comments to: Charles Boucher, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.

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Dated: March 25, 2010.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2010-7359 Filed 3-31-10; 8:45 am]

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