Pursuant to Section 19(b)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on October 15, 2010, The National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared primarily by NSCC. NSCC filed the proposal 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 purpose of the proposed rule change is to modify NSCC's Rules so that in certain circumstances shares delivered to a Member through NSCC's Continuous Net Settlement System (“CNS”) would be allocated to a Member's buy-in delivery obligation in a security before being allocated to satisfy an Automated Customer Account Transfer Service (“ACATS”) delivery obligation in the same security.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NSCC 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. NSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B) and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.Start Printed Page 67797
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change.
NSCC's ACATS enables Members to effect automated transfers of customers' accounts among themselves. For ACATS transfers processed through CNS, long and short positions are passed against Members' positions at The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) and available securities are delivered by book-entry movements from short Members' accounts at DTC and to long Members' accounts at DTC. On August 16, 2010, the Commission approved enhancements to ACATS. Pursuant to Procedure VII of NSCC's Rules, except with respect to securities that are subject to certain corporate action events, Members with failing long positions in a particular security may issue a Notice of Intention to Buy-In (“Buy-In Notice”) that specifies a quantity of securities not exceeding such long positions that it intends to buy-in. Generally, deliveries of securities to fulfill CNS long positions, which represent securities NSCC owes Members, are processed in an order determined by an algorithm and are allocated to Members' long positions as they are received by NSCC. A Buy-In Notice affects the priority in which securities are allocated, and Members with long CNS positions that have issued Buy-In Notices have high priority to receive shares of the security. Members with short CNS positions, which represent securities those Members owe NSCC, are passed the liability for the shares subject to the Buy-In Notice and have the opportunity to deliver the shares to CNS to avoid being subject to a buy-in execution.
Upon implementation of the enhancements to ACATS, deliveries or receives in a particular security processed through CNS will be deemed by NSCC to satisfy a Member's ACATS receive or deliver obligation before satisfying other CNS-related obligations for that Member in the same security. However, in the limited situation where a Member is receiving securities being delivered pursuant to a Buy-In Notice it has issued and that Member also has an ACATS receive obligation in that same security on that same day, deliveries of the security to the Member will first satisfy its ACATS receive obligation. Any remaining shares in the security being delivered to the Member will then be applied to satisfy the delivery obligation under the Buy-In Notice. If the number of remaining shares delivered in the security are insufficient to cover the obligation under the Buy-In Notice but do satisfy the delivering Member's CNS short position, then the delivering Member will be deemed to have satisfied its buy-in obligation. Consequently, if the receiving Member elects to execute the buy-in for the security as permitted in the Rules, NSCC as the central counterparty will have a market exposure in that security equal to the amount of shares that were first allocated to satisfy the ACATS delivery obligation.
To address this scenario, NSCC is amending Procedure VII to make clear that for either (a) long positions against which a Buy-In Notice is due to expire that day but for which positions were not satisfied the previous day and (b) long positions against which a buy-in notice is due to expire the following day, deliveries of securities through CNS will be applied first to satisfy the buy-in delivery obligation for the security. Only after the buy-in delivery obligation is satisfied will shares in the security be deemed to satisfy any ACATS delivery obligation. Any additional shares delivered in the security will then be applied to remaining delivery obligations.
NSCC intends to implement enhancement to ACATS as approved in Exchange Act Release 34-62726  and as modified by this proposed rule change on or about October 29, 2010. The date of implementation would be announced by Important Notice.
NSCC 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 NSCC because the proposed rule change would promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in its possession or control or for which it is responsible and, in general, protect investors and the public interest by modifying NSCC's Rules so that in certain circumstances shares delivered to a Member through CNS would be allocated to a Member's buy-in delivery obligation in a security before being allocated to satisfy an ACATS delivery obligation in the same security.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC 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. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by NSCC.
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)  thereunder because the proposed rule change 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 such rule change, the Commission summarily may suspend 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.Start Printed Page 67798
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:
- Electronic comments may be submitted by using 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 No. SR-NSCC-2010-12 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-NSCC-2010-12. 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NSCC and on NSCC's Web site at http://www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2010/nscc/2010-12.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-NSCC-2010-12 and should be submitted on or before November 24, 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 the text of the summaries prepared by NSCC.Back to Citation
5. ACATS complements a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rule requiring FINRA members to use automated clearing agency customer account transfer services and to effect customer account transfers within specified time frames.Back to Citation
6. CNS is an ongoing accounting system which nets today's settling trades with yesterday's closing positions to produce a net short or long position for a particular security for a particular Member. NSCC is the counter party in all transactions. The positions are then passed against the Member's designated depository positions and available securities are allocated by book-entry movement. This allocation of securities is accomplished through an evening cycle followed by a day cycle. Positions which remain open after the evening cycle may be changed as a result of trades accepted for settlement that day. CNS allocates deliveries in both the night and day cycles using an algorithm based on such things as priority groups, age of position within a priority group, and random numbers within age groups.Back to Citation
7. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-62726 (August 16, 2010), 75 FR 162 (August 23, 2010) (SR-NSCC-2010-05).Back to Citation
8. The proposed changes to NSCC's Rules can be found in Exhibit 5 to proposed rule change SR-NSCC-2010-12 at http://www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2010/nscc/2010-12.pdf.Back to Citation
9. Supra note 7.Back to Citation
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