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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Notify Participants That the Mortgage Backed Securities Division Intends To Move the Time at Which It Runs Its Daily Morning Pass

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Start Preamble March 8, 2011.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on March 2, 2011, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) 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 FICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments 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 notify participants that the Mortgage Backed Securities Division (“MBSD”) intends to move the time at which it runs its daily morning pass (also referred to as the “AM Pass”) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST).

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, FICC 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. FICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of this filing is to notify participants that MBSD intends to move the time at which it runs its daily morning pass from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST).[3] The proposed change to 2 p.m. for the morning pass will allow more trades to be included into the TBA Net and therefore will assist in reducing the amount of fails in the market in addition to reducing the related operational risk. The above change is being made at the request of The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) MBS Operations Committee. In addition, MBSD reviewed the potential change with member firms not represented on the SIFMA Committee, and no objections were raised.

The effective date of this change will be announced to MBSD participants by Important Notice.

FICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [4] and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to FICC because it should provide for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions by including a greater proportion of transactions in the TBA netting cycle. Additionally, the proposed rule change should result in fewer fails, and reduced operational risk.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact on 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

No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. FICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by FICC.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4) [6] thereunder because the proposed rule effects a change in an existing service that (i) does not adversely affect the safeguarding of securities or funds in the custody or control of FICC or for which it is responsible and (ii) does not significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of FICC or persons using the service. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily 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.

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

Paper Comments

  • 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-FICC-2011-01. 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 Start Printed Page 13684post 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 changes 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 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 FICC and on FICC's Web site at http://www.ficc.com. 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-FICC-2011-01 and should be submitted on or before April 4, 2011.

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For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Cathy H. Ahn,

Deputy Secretary.

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2.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by FICC.

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3.  MBSD also executes an evening pass (also referred to as the “PM Pass”) at 8 p.m. (EST) that will remain unchanged. On days where MBSD executes its TBA Netting cycle, it immediately follows the completion of the morning pass.

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5.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).

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[FR Doc. 2011-5773 Filed 3-11-11; 8:45 am]

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