Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating To Extension of Time Requests, 45879-45882 [E6-13007]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 154 / Thursday, August 10, 2006 / Notices general, to protect investors and the public interest. Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change clarifies certain terms in Nasdaq Rules. necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.16 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition IV. Solicitation of Comments Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others 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 Written comments were neither solicited nor received. 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 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,12 because it: (i) Does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.13 Nasdaq requests that the Commission waive the 30-day operative period under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii).14 The Commission believes that it is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest to waive the 30-day operative delay and make this proposed rule change immediately effective upon filing on July 28, 2006, because the proposal merely incorporates certain clarifying changes made in the NASD Filing into Nasdaq Rules and corrects a typographical error.15 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 As required by Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) of the Act, Nasdaq provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description of the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of the filing of the proposed rule change. 14 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 15 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). rwilkins on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 12 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:27 Aug 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an E-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASDAQ–2006–020 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASDAQ–2006–020. 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 inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of Nasdaq. 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–NASDAQ–2006–020 and should be submitted on or before August 31, 2006. 16 See section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45879 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–13024 Filed 8–9–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54265; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–064] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating To Extension of Time Requests August 2, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on May 15, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by NASD. On May 25, 2006, NASD filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 On July 25, 2006, NASD filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change NASD is proposing to adopt new Rule 3160 to require (1) all clearing firm members for which NASD is the designated examining authority (‘‘DEA’’) pursuant to Rule 17d–1 under the Act to submit to NASD requests for extensions of time under Regulation T promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board (‘‘FRB’’), or pursuant to Rule 15c3–3(n) under the Act; and (2) each clearing firm member for which NASD is the DEA to file a monthly report with NASD indicating all broker-dealers for which it clears that have overall ratios 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 In Amendment No. 1, NASD made nonsubstantive changes to the discussion of the purpose of the proposed rule change. 4 Amendment No. 2 replaces and supersedes the original proposed rule filing and Amendment No. 1 in its entirety. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 45880 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 154 / Thursday, August 10, 2006 / Notices of requested extensions of time to total transactions for the month that exceed a percentage specified by NASD. Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is in italics. * * * * * 3160. Extensions of Time Under Regulation T and SEC Rule 15c3–3 (a) When NASD is the designated examining authority pursuant to SEC Rule 17d–1 for a member that is a clearing firm, such member must submit requests for extensions of time as contemplated by Sections 220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board and SEC Rule 15c3–3(n) to NASD for approval, in such format as NASD may require. (b) Each member that is a clearing firm for which NASD is the designated examining authority is required to file a monthly report with NASD in such format as NASD may require, indicating all broker-dealers for which it clears that have overall ratios of requests for extensions of time as contemplated by Sections 220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board and SEC Rule 15c3–3(m) to total transactions for the month that exceed a percentage specified by NASD. The report is due to NASD within five (5) business days following the end of each reporting month. * * * * * II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, NASD 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. NASD has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose rwilkins on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Background Regulation T, issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (‘‘FRB’’) pursuant to the Act, among other things, governs the extension of credit to customers by broker-dealers for purchasing VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:27 Aug 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 securities.5 Rule 15c3–3 under the Act, among other things, requires brokerdealers to promptly obtain and maintain physical possession or control of customer securities and designates periods of time within which brokerdealers must cure any deficiency by buying-in or otherwise obtaining possession or control of the securities.6 Under SEC Rule 15c3–3(n), a selfregulatory organization (SRO) may extend certain specified periods to buyin a security, for one or more limited periods commensurate with the circumstances, where the SRO: (1) Is satisfied that the broker-dealer is acting in good faith in making the request; and (2) exceptional circumstances warrant such action.7 Regulation T has a similar standard to allow an extension of time for payment for purchases of securities.8 The SROs that process extension requests, including NASD, have developed standards and procedures for evaluating, granting, denying, and controlling extension requests. The standards include acceptable reasons for requesting an extension, number of extensions permitted per reason, and special limitations and restrictions on customers.9 Required Submissions of Requests for Extensions of Time Proposed NASD Rule 3160(a) would require all clearing firm members for which NASD is the designated examining authority (‘‘DEA’’) to submit to NASD requests for extensions of time under Regulation T and SEC Rule 15c3– 3(n). While Regulation T currently requires that extension of time requests be directed to a broker-dealer’s DEA, Rule 15c3–3(n) provides that a brokerdealer may request an extension of time from any registered national securities exchange or a registered national securities association. The SEC previously approved NYSE Rule 434 requiring each firm for which the NYSE is the DEA to submit extensions requests to the NYSE.10 The 5 12 CFR 220.4(c) and 220.8(d). Regulation T provides that a customer has one payment period (currently five business days) to submit payment for purchases of securities in a cash account or in a margin account. 6 17 CFR 240.15c3–3. 7 See Rule 15c3–3(n), authorizing SROs to extend the periods of time to buy-in a security specified in Rule 15c3–3(d)(2), (d)(3), (h), and (m). 8 Under Regulation T, a firm’s examining authority may grant an extension unless the examining authority believes that the broker-dealer is not acting in good faith or that the broker-dealer has not sufficiently determined that exceptional circumstances warrant such action. 9 See NASD Notice to Members 00–45. 10 See Exchange Act Release No. 34073 (May 17, 1994), 59 FR 26826 (May 24, 1994) (SR–NYSE–88– 35) (SEC Order Approving Proposed Rule Change PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SRO designated as a member’s DEA has responsibility for examining its members that are also members of another SRO for compliance with applicable financial responsibility rules such as Regulation T and Rule 15c3–3. Requiring a member to submit extension requests to its DEA helps to ensure that the DEA receives complete extension information to assist it in performing this function. Such information, among other things, can serve as an early indicator of operational or other difficulties. Approval of the proposed rule change also would ensure uniform application of standards to all customers of firms for which NASD is the DEA. For these reasons, NASD believes that this proposed rule change would create a more effective review of extension requests. Monthly Reporting Requirement Proposed NASD Rule 3160(b) would require each clearing firm member for which NASD is the DEA to file a monthly report with NASD, in such format as NASD may require, indicating all broker-dealers for which it clears that have overall ratios of requests for extensions of time as contemplated by Sections 220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board and SEC Rule 15c3–3(m) to total transactions for the month that exceed a percentage specified by NASD.11 The monthly report will require clearing firms subject to proposed Rule 3160(b) to identify, among other things: (1) The broker-dealer’s name; (2) the number of transactions by the broker-dealer for the month; (3) the number of extension requests for the month; and (4) the ratio of the number of extensions requested to total transactions. Under the proposal, NASD would require that the reports be submitted no later than five business days following the end of each reporting month. For months when no brokerdealer exceeds the criteria, the clearing firm would submit a report indicating such. Consistent with the NYSE’s program,12 NASD anticipates restricting by the NYSE Relating to Extensions of Time for Payment of Delivery of Securities). See also NYSE Information Memo 94–22 (June 10, 1994). 11 Rule 15c3–3(m) (Completion of Sell Orders on Behalf of Customers) requires that if a security sold long by a customer has not been delivered within 10 business days after the settlement date, the broker-dealer must either buy the customer in or apply for and receive an extension from the SRO. 12 See Exchange Act Release No. 28726 (December 28, 1990), 56 FR 540 (January 7, 1991) (SR–NYSE–89–24) (SEC Order Approving NYSE Proposed Rule Change Relating to Reporting of Extensions of Time for Payment/Delivery of Securities by Correspondent Broker-Dealers); NYSE Information Memoranda 98–09 (March 5, 1998) and 94–22 (June 10, 1994); see also NYSE Information E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 154 / Thursday, August 10, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES the number of Regulation T and Rule 15c3–3(m) extension requests to 1% of total transactions for the month for clearing firms and 3% of total transactions for the month for introducing firms.13 NASD currently is able to compute the ratio of extensions requested to transactions for clearing firms based on information provided in the extension requests and FOCUS report data; however, NASD would use the information submitted by the clearing firms in the new monthly report to monitor introducing firms’ compliance with the anticipated 3% threshold. NASD is creating a new template within its existing electronic filing platform to permit clearing firms to submit the required electronic reports regarding their introducing firms’ extension requests. To the extent that firms exceed the proposed threshold limits, NASD will inform them that their ability to receive extensions for their customers will be stopped for a 90-day period if such firm does not reduce the number of subsequent requests below the applicable limit by the next reporting period.14 NASD also intends to direct clearing firm members to impose limits on introducing firms only where the introducing firm engages in 25 or more transactions per month. NASD believes that these limits are appropriate in light of the standard set forth in Regulation T and Rule 15c3–3 that extensions of time may only be granted under ‘‘exceptional circumstances.’’ 15 NASD will announce the effective date of the proposed rule change in a Notice to Members to be published no Memorandum 05–78 (October 12, 2005) (establishing pilot for reporting additional fields for extension requests). 13 NASD anticipates requiring clearing firms to identify in the monthly report those introducing firms that have overall ratios exceeding 2% consistent with NYSE requirements, notwithstanding that the proposed limitations for introducing firms would not be triggered until the ratio exceeds 3%. The 2% threshold would provide NASD with an ‘‘early warning’’ notice as to the concentrations of extensions for these introducing firms. In the event NASD adjusts the 1% or 3% thresholds for imposing limitations, or the 2% filing threshold, in the future, it would advise members of the new parameters in a Notice to Members. 14 For example, if an introducing firm exceeds the applicable threshold for the month of January, its clearing firm would report that fact to NASD by February 5. NASD would advise the introducing firm that it had exceeded its threshold and that it must reduce the number of subsequent requests below the limit by the end of February. If the introducing firm exceeds the applicable threshold for the month of February, its clearing firm would report that fact to NASD by March 5 and the 90day suspension would start at that time. 15 In the event NASD adjusts these parameters in the future, it will advise its members by means of a Notice to Members. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:27 Aug 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 later than 60 days following Commission approval. To give members sufficient time to make necessary changes to their systems that may be required to comply with proposed Rule 3160, the effective date will be at least 60 days following publication of the Notice to Members announcing Commission approval.16 2. Statutory Basis NASD believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,17 which requires, among other things, that NASD’s rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. NASD believes that the proposed rule change will further ensure that firms are complying with financial responsibility rules and preventing the excessive use of credit for the purchase or carrying of securities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition NASD does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date 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 such proposed rule change, as amended, or 16 NASD also filed for immediate effectiveness a proposed rule change to amend Section 8 of Schedule A to NASD’s By-Laws to increase the service charge for processing extension requests to $4.00 per request. The effective date of the service charge increase was July 1, 2006. See Exchange Act Release No. 53982 (June 14, 2006), 71 FR 35720 (June 21, 2006) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of SR–NASD–2006–063). 17 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45881 (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an E-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASD–2006–064 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASD–2006–064. 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 inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NASD. 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–NASD–2006–064 and should be submitted on or before August 31, 2006. E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 45882 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 154 / Thursday, August 10, 2006 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.18 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–13007 Filed 8–9–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54268; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–078] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Regarding the Pricing Schedule for NASD Members Using the Nasdaq Market Center and Nasdaq’s Brut and Inet Facilities August 3, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 30, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’), through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (‘‘Nasdaq’’), 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 Nasdaq. On July 25, 2006, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. On July 26, 2006, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change. Nasdaq filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq Market Center and Nasdaq’s Brut and Inet Facilities (‘‘Nasdaq Facilities’’).5 Nasdaq states that it will implement the proposed rule change on July 3, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is set forth below. Proposed new language is in italic; proposed deletions are in [brackets].6 7010. System Services (a)–(h) No change. (i) Nasdaq Market Center, Brut, and Inet Order Execution and Routing (1)–(5) No change. (6) Except as provided in paragraph (7), the following charges shall apply to the use of the order execution and routing services of the Nasdaq Facilities by members for securities subject to the Consolidated Quotations Service and Consolidated Tape Association plans other than Exchange-Traded Funds (‘‘Covered Securities’’): Nasdaq proposes to modify the pricing for NASD members using the ORDER EXECUTION Order that accesses the Quote/Order of a Nasdaq Facility market participant: Charge to member entering order ....................................................................................................................... Credit to member providing liquidity: Members with an average daily volume through the Nasdaq Facilities in Covered Securities during the month of more than 5 million shares of liquidity accessed, provided, or routed but less than 10 million shares of liquidity provided. Members with an average daily volume through the Nasdaq Facilities in Covered Securities during the month of 10 million or more shares of liquidity provided. Other members .................................................................................................................................................... $0.0007 per share executed. $0.0005 per share executed. $0.0006 per share executed. No credit. ORDER ROUTING Order routed to Amex ............................................................................... Order routed through the ITS ................................................................... Order routed to NYSE .............................................................................. Order for NYSE-listed Covered Security routed to venue other than the NYSE. Order for Covered Security listed on venue other than the NYSE and routed to venue other than Amex. $0.003 per share executed. In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, as amended, and rwilkins on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES (7)–(9) No change. (j)–(y) No change. * * * * * $0.003 per share executed (plus, in the case of orders charged a fee by the Amex specialist, $0.01 per share executed). $0.0007 per share executed. See DOT fee schedule in Rule 7010(i)(7). $0.001 per share executed. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 The Commission notes that Nasdaq filed a proposed rule change to apply the same pricing 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:27 Aug 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change, as amended. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. change to non-members. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54269 (August 3, 2006) (File No. SR–NASD–2006–079). 6 Changes are marked to the rule text that appears in the electronic NASD Manual found at www.nasd.com, as further amended on an immediately effective basis by SR–NASD–2006–057 (May 1, 2006). Prior to the date when The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘NASDAQ LLC’’) commences operations, NASDAQ LLC will file a conforming change to the rules of NASDAQ LLC approved in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53128 (January 13, 2006), 71 FR 3550 (January 23, 2006) (File No. 10–131). PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1

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[Release No. 34-54265; File No. SR-NASD-2006-064]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities 
Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment 
Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating To Extension of Time Requests

August 2, 2006.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on May 15, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. 
(``NASD'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' 
or ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, 
II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by NASD. On May 25, 
2006, NASD filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ On 
July 25, 2006, NASD filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule 
change.\4\ The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments 
on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ In Amendment No. 1, NASD made non-substantive changes to the 
discussion of the purpose of the proposed rule change.
    \4\ Amendment No. 2 replaces and supersedes the original 
proposed rule filing and Amendment No. 1 in its entirety.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    NASD is proposing to adopt new Rule 3160 to require (1) all 
clearing firm members for which NASD is the designated examining 
authority (``DEA'') pursuant to Rule 17d-1 under the Act to submit to 
NASD requests for extensions of time under Regulation T promulgated by 
the Federal Reserve Board (``FRB''), or pursuant to Rule 15c3-3(n) 
under the Act; and (2) each clearing firm member for which NASD is the 
DEA to file a monthly report with NASD indicating all broker-dealers 
for which it clears that have overall ratios

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of requested extensions of time to total transactions for the month 
that exceed a percentage specified by NASD. Below is the text of the 
proposed rule change. Proposed new language is in italics.
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3160. Extensions of Time Under Regulation T and SEC Rule 15c3-3

    (a) When NASD is the designated examining authority pursuant to SEC 
Rule 17d-1 for a member that is a clearing firm, such member must 
submit requests for extensions of time as contemplated by Sections 
220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board and 
SEC Rule 15c3-3(n) to NASD for approval, in such format as NASD may 
require.
    (b) Each member that is a clearing firm for which NASD is the 
designated examining authority is required to file a monthly report 
with NASD in such format as NASD may require, indicating all broker-
dealers for which it clears that have overall ratios of requests for 
extensions of time as contemplated by Sections 220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of 
Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board and SEC Rule 15c3-3(m) to 
total transactions for the month that exceed a percentage specified by 
NASD. The report is due to NASD within five (5) business days following 
the end of each reporting month.
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, NASD 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. NASD has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, 
and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose

Background

    Regulation T, issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System (``FRB'') pursuant to the Act, among other things, 
governs the extension of credit to customers by broker-dealers for 
purchasing securities.\5\ Rule 15c3-3 under the Act, among other 
things, requires broker-dealers to promptly obtain and maintain 
physical possession or control of customer securities and designates 
periods of time within which broker-dealers must cure any deficiency by 
buying-in or otherwise obtaining possession or control of the 
securities.\6\ Under SEC Rule 15c3-3(n), a self-regulatory organization 
(SRO) may extend certain specified periods to buy-in a security, for 
one or more limited periods commensurate with the circumstances, where 
the SRO: (1) Is satisfied that the broker-dealer is acting in good 
faith in making the request; and (2) exceptional circumstances warrant 
such action.\7\ Regulation T has a similar standard to allow an 
extension of time for payment for purchases of securities.\8\ The SROs 
that process extension requests, including NASD, have developed 
standards and procedures for evaluating, granting, denying, and 
controlling extension requests. The standards include acceptable 
reasons for requesting an extension, number of extensions permitted per 
reason, and special limitations and restrictions on customers.\9\
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    \5\ 12 CFR 220.4(c) and 220.8(d). Regulation T provides that a 
customer has one payment period (currently five business days) to 
submit payment for purchases of securities in a cash account or in a 
margin account.
    \6\ 17 CFR 240.15c3-3.
    \7\ See Rule 15c3-3(n), authorizing SROs to extend the periods 
of time to buy-in a security specified in Rule 15c3-3(d)(2), (d)(3), 
(h), and (m).
    \8\ Under Regulation T, a firm's examining authority may grant 
an extension unless the examining authority believes that the 
broker-dealer is not acting in good faith or that the broker-dealer 
has not sufficiently determined that exceptional circumstances 
warrant such action.
    \9\ See NASD Notice to Members 00-45.
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Required Submissions of Requests for Extensions of Time

    Proposed NASD Rule 3160(a) would require all clearing firm members 
for which NASD is the designated examining authority (``DEA'') to 
submit to NASD requests for extensions of time under Regulation T and 
SEC Rule 15c3-3(n). While Regulation T currently requires that 
extension of time requests be directed to a broker-dealer's DEA, Rule 
15c3-3(n) provides that a broker-dealer may request an extension of 
time from any registered national securities exchange or a registered 
national securities association.
    The SEC previously approved NYSE Rule 434 requiring each firm for 
which the NYSE is the DEA to submit extensions requests to the 
NYSE.\10\ The SRO designated as a member's DEA has responsibility for 
examining its members that are also members of another SRO for 
compliance with applicable financial responsibility rules such as 
Regulation T and Rule 15c3-3. Requiring a member to submit extension 
requests to its DEA helps to ensure that the DEA receives complete 
extension information to assist it in performing this function. Such 
information, among other things, can serve as an early indicator of 
operational or other difficulties. Approval of the proposed rule change 
also would ensure uniform application of standards to all customers of 
firms for which NASD is the DEA. For these reasons, NASD believes that 
this proposed rule change would create a more effective review of 
extension requests.
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    \10\ See Exchange Act Release No. 34073 (May 17, 1994), 59 FR 
26826 (May 24, 1994) (SR-NYSE-88-35) (SEC Order Approving Proposed 
Rule Change by the NYSE Relating to Extensions of Time for Payment 
of Delivery of Securities). See also NYSE Information Memo 94-22 
(June 10, 1994).
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Monthly Reporting Requirement

    Proposed NASD Rule 3160(b) would require each clearing firm member 
for which NASD is the DEA to file a monthly report with NASD, in such 
format as NASD may require, indicating all broker-dealers for which it 
clears that have overall ratios of requests for extensions of time as 
contemplated by Sections 220.4(c) and 220.8(d) of Regulation T of the 
Federal Reserve Board and SEC Rule 15c3-3(m) to total transactions for 
the month that exceed a percentage specified by NASD.\11\ The monthly 
report will require clearing firms subject to proposed Rule 3160(b) to 
identify, among other things: (1) The broker-dealer's name; (2) the 
number of transactions by the broker-dealer for the month; (3) the 
number of extension requests for the month; and (4) the ratio of the 
number of extensions requested to total transactions. Under the 
proposal, NASD would require that the reports be submitted no later 
than five business days following the end of each reporting month. For 
months when no broker-dealer exceeds the criteria, the clearing firm 
would submit a report indicating such.
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    \11\ Rule 15c3-3(m) (Completion of Sell Orders on Behalf of 
Customers) requires that if a security sold long by a customer has 
not been delivered within 10 business days after the settlement 
date, the broker-dealer must either buy the customer in or apply for 
and receive an extension from the SRO.
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    Consistent with the NYSE's program,\12\ NASD anticipates 
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the number of Regulation T and Rule 15c3-3(m) extension requests to 1% 
of total transactions for the month for clearing firms and 3% of total 
transactions for the month for introducing firms.\13\ NASD currently is 
able to compute the ratio of extensions requested to transactions for 
clearing firms based on information provided in the extension requests 
and FOCUS report data; however, NASD would use the information 
submitted by the clearing firms in the new monthly report to monitor 
introducing firms' compliance with the anticipated 3% threshold. NASD 
is creating a new template within its existing electronic filing 
platform to permit clearing firms to submit the required electronic 
reports regarding their introducing firms' extension requests.
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    \12\ See Exchange Act Release No. 28726 (December 28, 1990), 56 
FR 540 (January 7, 1991) (SR-NYSE-89-24) (SEC Order Approving NYSE 
Proposed Rule Change Relating to Reporting of Extensions of Time for 
Payment/Delivery of Securities by Correspondent Broker-Dealers); 
NYSE Information Memoranda 98-09 (March 5, 1998) and 94-22 (June 10, 
1994); see also NYSE Information Memorandum 05-78 (October 12, 2005) 
(establishing pilot for reporting additional fields for extension 
requests).
    \13\ NASD anticipates requiring clearing firms to identify in 
the monthly report those introducing firms that have overall ratios 
exceeding 2% consistent with NYSE requirements, notwithstanding that 
the proposed limitations for introducing firms would not be 
triggered until the ratio exceeds 3%. The 2% threshold would provide 
NASD with an ``early warning'' notice as to the concentrations of 
extensions for these introducing firms. In the event NASD adjusts 
the 1% or 3% thresholds for imposing limitations, or the 2% filing 
threshold, in the future, it would advise members of the new 
parameters in a Notice to Members.
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    To the extent that firms exceed the proposed threshold limits, NASD 
will inform them that their ability to receive extensions for their 
customers will be stopped for a 90-day period if such firm does not 
reduce the number of subsequent requests below the applicable limit by 
the next reporting period.\14\ NASD also intends to direct clearing 
firm members to impose limits on introducing firms only where the 
introducing firm engages in 25 or more transactions per month. NASD 
believes that these limits are appropriate in light of the standard set 
forth in Regulation T and Rule 15c3-3 that extensions of time may only 
be granted under ``exceptional circumstances.'' \15\
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    \14\ For example, if an introducing firm exceeds the applicable 
threshold for the month of January, its clearing firm would report 
that fact to NASD by February 5. NASD would advise the introducing 
firm that it had exceeded its threshold and that it must reduce the 
number of subsequent requests below the limit by the end of 
February. If the introducing firm exceeds the applicable threshold 
for the month of February, its clearing firm would report that fact 
to NASD by March 5 and the 90-day suspension would start at that 
time.
    \15\ In the event NASD adjusts these parameters in the future, 
it will advise its members by means of a Notice to Members.
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    NASD will announce the effective date of the proposed rule change 
in a Notice to Members to be published no later than 60 days following 
Commission approval. To give members sufficient time to make necessary 
changes to their systems that may be required to comply with proposed 
Rule 3160, the effective date will be at least 60 days following 
publication of the Notice to Members announcing Commission 
approval.\16\
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    \16\ NASD also filed for immediate effectiveness a proposed rule 
change to amend Section 8 of Schedule A to NASD's By-Laws to 
increase the service charge for processing extension requests to 
$4.00 per request. The effective date of the service charge increase 
was July 1, 2006. See Exchange Act Release No. 53982 (June 14, 
2006), 71 FR 35720 (June 21, 2006) (Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of SR-NASD-2006-063).
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2. Statutory Basis
    NASD believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\17\ which requires, among 
other things, that NASD's rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent 
and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. NASD believes that the proposed rule change will 
further ensure that firms are complying with financial responsibility 
rules and preventing the excessive use of credit for the purchase or 
carrying of securities.
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    NASD does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date 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 such proposed rule change, as amended, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, 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 consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an E-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NASD-2006-064 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASD-2006-064. 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 inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of NASD. 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-NASD-2006-064 and should be submitted on or before August 31, 2006.


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    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\18\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Lynn Taylor,
Assistant Secretary.
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