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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 21, 2014, 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 by the clearing agency. FICC filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) 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. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change consists of amendments to the Fee Schedule in the Mortgage-Backed Securities Division (“MBSD”) Clearing Rules (the “MBSD Clearing Rules”), the MBSD EPN Rules (the “EPN Rules”, together with the MBSD Clearing Rules, the “MBSD Rules”) and the Government Securities Division (“GSD”) Rulebook (the “GSD Rules”), as applicable.
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 such statements.
(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
(i) The purpose of this filing is to modify the GSD Fee Schedule, the MBSD Fee Schedule for dealers, and the MBSD EPN Fee Schedule. The fee changes are effective as of July 1, 2014.
To guard against fluctuations in trading volume and size, FICC is proposing a revised GSD fee structure which reduces its fees associated with comparison and netting and increases the fee for obligation par, a revenue category deemed to be more stable. The proposed changes in their totality are revenue neutral.
With respect to MBSD, over the last 18 months, FICC has experienced a significant decrease in the volume of transactions that MBSD processes. FICC believes that this decrease represents a fundamental shift in the MBS market. FICC's discussions with member firms indicate that the change in the mortgage-backed securities market will be more long term than originally anticipated. As a result, FICC is proposing to increase the MBSD fees.
FICC has discussed the proposed fee changes with the majority of the GSD, MBSD and MBSD EPN members. FICC will discuss the proposed changes with Start Printed Page 33245the remainder of its members over the next several weeks.
The proposed changes to the GSD Fee Schedule, the MBSD Fee Schedule for dealers, and the MBSD EPN Fee Schedule are outlined below.
|Current tiers||Current charge per submission||New breakpoint schedule||New charge per submission|
|TRADE SUBMISSION SCHEDULE|
|(Charge is applied to all submissions if breakpoint is reached)|
|Per submission for up to 50,000 per month||$0.27||Per submission for total monthly submissions up to 49,999||$0.250|
|Per submission for 50,001 to 100,000 per month||0.15||Per submission for total monthly submissions between 50,000 to 99,999||0.200|
|Per submission for 100,001 or greater per month||0.01||Per submission for total monthly submissions between 100,000 to 249,999||0.150|
|Per submission for total monthly submissions between 250,000 to 399,999||0.125|
|Per submission for total monthly submissions between 400,000 to 499,999||0.100|
|Per submission for total monthly submissions 500,000 and greater||0.085|
|Current charge||Current charge per side||New breakpoint schedule||New charge per side|
|(Charge is applied to all sides if breakpoint is reached)|
|Per side that is netted||0.18||Per side for total monthly sides up to 49,999||0.150|
|Per side for total monthly sides between 50,000 to 99,999||0.125|
|Per side for total monthly sides between 100,000 to 249,999||0.125|
|Per side for total monthly sides between 250,000 to 399,999||0.100|
|Per side for total monthly sides between 400,000 to 999,999||0.050|
|Per side for total monthly sides that are 1MM and greater||0.035|
|Current charge per 1 MM of par value that is Netted||0.018 per MM||New charge per 1 MM of par value that is Netted||0.015 per MM|
|Current charge per 1 MM of Obligation par value||0.15 per MM||New charge per 1 MM of Obligation par value||0.17 per MM|
|Fee description||Current charge||Measurement||New charge||Measurement|
|Account Maintenance Fee (dealer) Primary/Secondary Account|
|Account Maintenance Fee (dealer) Investment Manager Accounts|
|120.00||Greater than 10 accounts||0.00||N/A.|
|SBO Destined Processing—Trade Creates (dealer)|
|0.99/MM||12,501 and over||1.14/MM||12,501 and over.|
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|TBA Netting Balance Orders (SBON and SBOO) (dealer)|
|0.00||N/A||0.75||Per MM Par value.|
|Trade-for-Trade (including TBA and SPT)—Trade Creates (dealer)|
|0.50||Per side||1.00||Per MM par value.|
|Option Trade Creates (dealer)|
|2.25||Per side||1.00||Per MM par value.|
|POOL NETTING FEES|
|Matched Pool Instructs (dealer)|
|0.20||Per side||0.60||Per side.|
|Pool Obligations (dealer)|
|Clearance Pool vs. FICC (dealer)|
|MBSD Bank Allocation|
|0.00||N/A||Calculated monthly||Calculated monthly based on MBSD bank clearance fees.|
|Fee Description||Current charge||Measurement||New charge||Measurement|
|Account Maintenance Fee Direct Account|
|$250.00||Month (per account)||$1,000.00||Month (per account).|
|Account Maintenance Fee Investment Manager Accounts|
|0.00||N/A||340.00||Greater than 10 accounts/mo./each.|
|Message Processing Fee ON Send|
|0.15||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 1:00 PM||0.17||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 1:00 PM.|
|0.75||Per MM current face 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM||0.86||Per MM current face 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.|
|1.50||Per MM current face 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM||1.73||Per MM current face 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.|
|1.25||Per MM current face 3:00 PM to Close of Business||1.44||Per MM current face 3:00 PM to Close of Business.|
|Message Processing Fee ON Receive|
|0.40||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 1:00 PM||0.46||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 1:00 PM.|
|0.20||Per MM current face 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM||0.23||Per MM current face 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.|
|0.20||Per MM current face 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM||0.23||Per MM current face 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.|
|0.00||Per MM current face 3:00 PM to Close of Business||0.00||3:00 PM to Close of Business.|
|0.15||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 11:00 AM||0.17||Per MM current face Opening of Business to 11:00 AM.|
|0.75||Per MM current face 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM||0.86||Per MM current face 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.|
|1.50||Per MM current face 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM||1.73||Per MM current face 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM.|
|0.15||Per MM current face 12:15 PM to End of Day||0.17||Per MM current face 12:15 PM to End of Day.|
(ii) The proposed rule change will align the GSD fees and the MBSD fees with the costs of delivering services. Therefore, FICC believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Act”) and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to FICC, in particular Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act  , which requires that the GSD Rules and the MBSD Rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, respectively.
(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition
FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. As stated above, the proposed changes will align the fees in the GSD Rules and the MBSD Rules with the costs of delivering services to its members.
(C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
FICC has discussed the proposed fee changes with the majority of the GSD, MBSD and MBSD EPN members. FICC will discuss the proposed changes with the remainder of its members over the next several weeks. 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
The forgoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed 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:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an email to email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-FICC-2014-03 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FICC-2014-03. 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. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FICC. 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-2014-03 and should be submitted on or before July 1, 2014.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2014-13450 Filed 6-9-14; 8:45 am]
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