May 29, 2013.
Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that, on May 15, 2013, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) 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 FICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change would amend the Rulebook of the Government Securities Division (“GSD”) to include trueEX LLC (“trueEX”) as one of the GSD's designated locked-in trade sources.
II. Clearing Agency'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 these statements.
(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
(i) The GSD Rulebook (“Rules”) provides for the submission of “locked-in trades” (i.e., trades that are deemed compared when the data on the trade is received from a single source) 
by a locked-in trade source 
on behalf of a GSD Member. Currently, the GSD's designated locked-in trade sources are the following entities: (i) Federal Reserve Banks (as fiscal agents of the United States); (ii) the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”); (iii) GCF-Authorized Inter-Dealer Brokers; 
(iv) the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and (v) New York Portfolio Clearing, LLC. FICC is proposing to add trueEX as a designated locked-in trade source.
trueEX is an exchange for interest rate swaps, and has been designated a contract market by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. trueEX will offer electronic execution of interest-rate swaps, which will be cleared by a clearing house other than FICC. For the delivery vs. payment (“DVP”) 
leg of these transactions, trueEX will offer its members, who are also members of GSD, the ability to have such transactions submitted to the GSD as netting-eligible transactions (e.g., as Treasury DVP transactions). In its capacity as a designated locked-in trade source, trueEX will transmit transactions to the GSD throughout the day by submitting single tickets in a batch format. Once trueEX transmits a locked-in trade to the GSD, the GSD will process the trade normally from the point of guarantee through settlement with the respective GSD member's current DVP trades. Because the single ticket submitted by trueEX lists trueEX as the submitter on behalf of two FICC counterparties, the single-ticket format guarantees that the parties to the trade will not know each other's identity, and ensures that trueEX will not have a resulting settlement obligation.
Subject to the Commission's approval of this rule filing, trueEX will be the first designated contract market (“DCM”) 
to act as a locked-in trade source for the GSD.
As is the case with other locked-in trade submissions accepted by FICC, GSD members will be required to execute appropriate documentation evidencing to FICC their authorization of trueEX to submit trades on their behalf. FICC will notify members of the availability of this documentation via Important Notice.
(ii) FICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A of the Act 
and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder Start Printed Page 33457because it will provide operational efficiencies in the marketplace, and will therefore support the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions.
(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition
FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any negative impact, or impose any burden, on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
(C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Participants, Members, or Others
Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet 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
Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed change, or
(B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed change should be disapproved.
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 the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- 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 No. SR-FICC-2013-05. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method of submission. 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 Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 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://dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2013/ficc/SR_FICC_2013_05.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 No. SR-FICC-2013-05 and should be submitted on or before June 25, 2013.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2013-13108 Filed 6-3-13; 8:45 am]
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