Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Enhance Futures Clearing Services by Providing an Alternative Method for Effecting Gross Position Adjustments and Certain Trade Management Services, 8236-8237 [E7-3071]

Download as PDF 8236 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 36 / Friday, February 23, 2007 / Notices The Commission notes that this filing does not change the trading hours of the Derivative Securities Products listed in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7.34, but codifies trading hour sessions that have been established through other rule changes or through the use of the Exchange’s generic listing standards pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act. For these reasons, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as operative immediately.12 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change the Commission may summarily abrogate 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: cprice-sewell on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSEArca–2007–13 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–NYSEArca–2007–13. 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 12 For purposes only of waiving the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Feb 22, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–NYSEArca–2007–13 and should be submitted by or before March 16, 2007. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–3067 Filed 2–22–07; 8:45 am] In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.5 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55307; No. SR–OCC–2006– 22] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Enhance Futures Clearing Services by Providing an Alternative Method for Effecting Gross Position Adjustments and Certain Trade Management Services February 15, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder 2 notice is hereby given that on December 19, 2006, The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by OCC. OCC filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 4 thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the rule change from interested parties. 13 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)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OCC proposes to amend Rule 401 to accommodate an alternative method for effecting gross position adjustments and to enable members to update certain non-critical trade information. The text of the proposed rule change is available at http://www.optionsclearing.com, at the OCC, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose OCC proposes to amend Rule 401 to accommodate an alternative method for effecting gross position adjustments and to enable members to update certain non-critical trade information. Position Adjustments Following the practice in the futures markets, OCC does not require that matched trade information submitted by a market identify each trade as opening or closing.6 If a market elects to submit trade information without opening or closing identifiers, OCC treats all transactions as opening transactions. A clearing member then submits gross position adjustment information at the end of the day to reduce its positions to reflect the actual open interest in its accounts. In order to calculate gross position adjustment information for each position in a series of futures contracts, a clearing member must: determine its net ending position in that series; calculate its gross ending position in that series on OCC’s books;7 5 The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by OCC. 6 OCC is aware that some markets may not have systems capable of making such identifications. 7 This step requires the clearing member to assume for each account that all trades defaulted to open, that OCC has received correct information on all trades, and that post-trade instructions affecting E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 36 / Friday, February 23, 2007 / Notices determine the gross position adjustment for that series by comparing the net ending position on its books with its calculation of the gross ending position on OCC’s books; and submit gross position adjustments for each series in each account to OCC to ensure that OCC’s records reflect the actual open interest. Futures commission merchant (‘‘FCM’’) clearing members find this process cumbersome and complex. These clearing members have requested OCC modify its systems to permit an alternative method of submitting gross position adjustment information. Specifically, they want to be able to advise OCC of the correct ending position for each series of futures contracts in their account(s) and have OCC compare the information to the current positions carried on OCC’s books and effect the necessary position adjustment.8 OCC understands this method of effecting gross position adjustments is commonly used by other futures clearing organizations. Only minor changes to the Interpretations and Policies to OCC’s Rule 401 are necessary to support this alternative method of determining the actual open interest for futures. OCC proposes to amend Interpretation and Policy .01 to clarify that if there is an insufficient number of contracts in the account to effect the stated position adjustment, the adjustment will be applied only up to the number of available contracts and the remainder of the adjustment will not be affected. Non-Critical Trade Information cprice-sewell on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES FCM clearing members also have asked to use OCC’s systems to update non-critical trade information, a practice that is customary within the futures industry. Non-critical trade information includes customer account or other identifying information or codes. Only minor changes to Rule 401 are required to accommodate this request. OCC is proposing to add a second interpretation to Rule 401 to provide that its systems may be used for such purposes provided that such updates are not in contravention of any rule of the exchange or market on which the trade was executed. OCC will not implement this rule change until the requisite systems are the segregated futures account were processed correctly. 8 Typically, a firm advises the clearinghouse of the correct ending long position in each series, and the clearinghouse adjusts both long and short positions in the clearing member’s segregated futures account to ensure its books reflect such position and remain in balance. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Feb 22, 2007 Jkt 211001 8237 available, which is expected to be in or about the first quarter of 2007. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 2. Statutory Basis Electronic Comments The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A of the Act,9 as amended, because it promotes the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of transactions in derivatives contracts by providing mechanisms that are designed to ensure OCC’s books and records contain accurate information regarding actual open interest in futures contracts and because OCC is able to provide its FCM clearing members with services that are standard in the futures industry. • 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–OCC–2006–22 on the subject line. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purpose 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 not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 11 thereunder because the rule 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 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 the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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. 9 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 11 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). 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–OCC–2006–22. 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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC’s Web site at http:// www.optionsclearing.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–OCC–2006–22 and should be submitted on or before March 16, 2007. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–3071 Filed 2–22–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 10 15 PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12 17 E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 23FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 36 (Friday, February 23, 2007)]
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[Release No. 34-55307; No. SR-OCC-2006-22]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Enhance Futures Clearing Services by Providing an Alternative Method 
for Effecting Gross Position Adjustments and Certain Trade Management 
Services

February 15, 2007.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder \2\ notice is hereby given 
that on December 19, 2006, The Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which 
items have been prepared primarily by OCC. OCC filed the proposed rule 
change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 
19b-4(f)(4) \4\ thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon 
filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the rule change from interested parties.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    OCC proposes to amend Rule 401 to accommodate an alternative method 
for effecting gross position adjustments and to enable members to 
update certain non-critical trade information. The text of the proposed 
rule change is available at http://www.optionsclearing.com, at the OCC, 
and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.\5\
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    \5\ The Commission has modified the text of the summaries 
prepared by OCC.
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A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    OCC proposes to amend Rule 401 to accommodate an alternative method 
for effecting gross position adjustments and to enable members to 
update certain non-critical trade information.
Position Adjustments
    Following the practice in the futures markets, OCC does not require 
that matched trade information submitted by a market identify each 
trade as opening or closing.\6\ If a market elects to submit trade 
information without opening or closing identifiers, OCC treats all 
transactions as opening transactions. A clearing member then submits 
gross position adjustment information at the end of the day to reduce 
its positions to reflect the actual open interest in its accounts. In 
order to calculate gross position adjustment information for each 
position in a series of futures contracts, a clearing member must: 
determine its net ending position in that series; calculate its gross 
ending position in that series on OCC's books;\7\

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determine the gross position adjustment for that series by comparing 
the net ending position on its books with its calculation of the gross 
ending position on OCC's books; and submit gross position adjustments 
for each series in each account to OCC to ensure that OCC's records 
reflect the actual open interest.
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    \6\ OCC is aware that some markets may not have systems capable 
of making such identifications.
    \7\ This step requires the clearing member to assume for each 
account that all trades defaulted to open, that OCC has received 
correct information on all trades, and that post-trade instructions 
affecting the segregated futures account were processed correctly.
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    Futures commission merchant (``FCM'') clearing members find this 
process cumbersome and complex. These clearing members have requested 
OCC modify its systems to permit an alternative method of submitting 
gross position adjustment information. Specifically, they want to be 
able to advise OCC of the correct ending position for each series of 
futures contracts in their account(s) and have OCC compare the 
information to the current positions carried on OCC's books and effect 
the necessary position adjustment.\8\ OCC understands this method of 
effecting gross position adjustments is commonly used by other futures 
clearing organizations.
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    \8\ Typically, a firm advises the clearinghouse of the correct 
ending long position in each series, and the clearinghouse adjusts 
both long and short positions in the clearing member's segregated 
futures account to ensure its books reflect such position and remain 
in balance.
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    Only minor changes to the Interpretations and Policies to OCC's 
Rule 401 are necessary to support this alternative method of 
determining the actual open interest for futures. OCC proposes to amend 
Interpretation and Policy .01 to clarify that if there is an 
insufficient number of contracts in the account to effect the stated 
position adjustment, the adjustment will be applied only up to the 
number of available contracts and the remainder of the adjustment will 
not be affected.
Non-Critical Trade Information
    FCM clearing members also have asked to use OCC's systems to update 
non-critical trade information, a practice that is customary within the 
futures industry. Non-critical trade information includes customer 
account or other identifying information or codes. Only minor changes 
to Rule 401 are required to accommodate this request. OCC is proposing 
to add a second interpretation to Rule 401 to provide that its systems 
may be used for such purposes provided that such updates are not in 
contravention of any rule of the exchange or market on which the trade 
was executed.
    OCC will not implement this rule change until the requisite systems 
are available, which is expected to be in or about the first quarter of 
2007.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A of the 
Act,\9\ as amended, because it promotes the prompt and accurate 
clearance and settlement of transactions in derivatives contracts by 
providing mechanisms that are designed to ensure OCC's books and 
records contain accurate information regarding actual open interest in 
futures contracts and because OCC is able to provide its FCM clearing 
members with services that are standard in the futures industry.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition 
that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purpose 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 not and are not intended to be solicited with 
respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received.

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

    The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \10\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(4) \11\ thereunder because the rule 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 does not 
significantly affect the respective rights or obligations of the 
clearing agency or persons using the service.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(4).
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    At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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

     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-OCC-2006-22 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-OCC-2006-22. 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 
filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of OCC and on OCC's Web site at http://
www.optionsclearing.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-OCC-2006-22 and should be submitted on or before March 16, 2007.

    For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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