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Download as PDF 35270 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 27, 2007 / Notices Formal orders of investigations; Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature; Resolution of litigation claims; Adjudicatory matters; and Other matters related to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: June 21, 2007. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–12341 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release 34–55920; File No. 600–23] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Order Approving an Extension of Temporary Registration as a Clearing Agency June 18, 2007. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES The Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is publishing this notice and order to solicit comments from interested persons and to extend the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation’s (‘‘FICC’’) temporary registration as a clearing agency through June 30, 2008.1 On February 2, 1987, pursuant to Sections 17A(b) and 19(a) of the Act 2 and Rule 17Ab2–1 promulgated thereunder,3 the Commission granted the MBS Clearing Corporation (‘‘MBSCC’’) registration as a clearing agency on a temporary basis for a period of eighteen months.4 The Commission subsequently extended MBSCC’s registration through June 30, 2003.5 1 FICC is the successor to MBS Clearing Corporation and Government Securities Clearing Corporation. 2 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b) and 78s(a). 3 17 CFR 240.17Ab2–1. 4 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 24046 (February 2, 1987), 52 FR 4218. 5 Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 25957 (August 2, 1988), 53 FR 29537; 27079 (July 31, 1989), 54 FR 34212; 28492 (September 28, 1990), 55 FR 41148; 29751 (September 27, 1991), 56 FR 50602; 31750 (January 21, 1993), 58 FR 6424; 33348 (December 15, 1993), 58 FR 68183; 35132 (December 21, 1994), 59 FR 67743; 37372 (June 26, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:50 Jun 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 On May 24, 1988, pursuant to Sections 17A(b) and 19(a) of the Act 6 and Rule 17Ab2–1 promulgated thereunder,7 the Commission granted the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (‘‘GSCC’’) registration as a clearing agency on a temporary basis for a period of three years.8 The Commission subsequently extended GSCC’s registration through June 30, 2003.9 On January 1, 2003, MBSCC was merged into GSCC, and GSCC was renamed FICC.10 The Commission subsequently extended FICC’s temporary rgistration through June 30, 2007.11 On May 17, 2007, FICC requested that the Commission grant FICC permanent registration as a clearing agency or in the alternative extend FICC’s temporary registration until such time as the Commission is prepared to grant FICC permanent registration.12 Recently FICC announced its intention to have its Mortgage-Backed Services Division (‘‘MBS Division’’) act as a central counterparty (‘‘CCP’’). Pursuant to this service, FICC would act as the CCP for MBS Division members and would become the new legal counterparty to all original parties for eligible mortgage-backed securities transactions. Currently, FICC through its Government Securities Division acts as the CCP for its members’ U.S. Government securities transactions. Therefore, the Commission is extending FICC’s temporary registration 1996), 61 FR 35281; 38784 (June 27, 1997), 62 FR 36587; 39776 (March 20, 1998), 63 FR 14740; 41211 (March 24, 1999), 64 FR 15854; 42568 (March 23, 2000), 65 FR 16980; 44089 (March 21, 2001), 66 FR 16961; 44831 (September 21, 2001), 66 FR 49728; 45607 (March 20, 2002), 67 FR 14755; 46136 (June 27, 2002), 67 FR 44655. 6 Supra note 2. 7 Supra note 3. 8 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 25740 (May 24, 1988), 53 FR 19639. 9 Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 25740 (May 24, 1988), 53 FR 19639; 29236 (May 24, 1991), 56 FR 24852; 32385 (June 3, 1993), 58 FR 32405; 35787 (May 31, 1995), 60 FR 30324; 36508 (November 27, 1995), 60 FR 61719; 37983 (November 25, 1996), 61 FR 64183; 38698 (May 30, 1997), 62 FR 30911; 39696 (February 24, 1998), 63 FR 10253; 41104 (February 24, 1999), 64 FR 10510; 41805 (August 27, 1999), 64 FR 48682; 42335 (January 12, 2000), 65 FR 3509; 43089 (July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48032; 43900 (January 29, 2001), 66 FR 8988; 44553 (July 13, 2001), 66 FR 37714; 45164 (December 18, 2001), 66 FR 66957; 46135 (June 27, 2002), 67 FR 44655. 10 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47015 (December 17, 2002), 67 FR 78531 (December 24, 2002) [File Nos. SR–GSCC–2002–07 and SR– MBSCC–2002–01]. 11 Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 48116 (July 1, 2003), 68 FR 41031; 49940 (June 29, 2004), 69 FR 40695; 51911 (June 23, 2005), 70 FR 37878; and 54056 (June 28, 2006), 71 FR 38193. 12 Letter from Nikki Poulos, Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer, FICC (May 16, 2007). PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as a clearing agency in order that FICC may continue to operate as a registered clearing agency and to provide its users clearing and settlement services. The Commission will consider permanent registration of FICC at a future date after the Commission has further evaluated FICC’s plans to have its MBS Division act as a CCP and after the Commission and FICC have had time to evaluate how FICC is functioning with its MBS Division acting as a CCP, assuming the MBS Division CCP service is implemented. 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 600–23 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 600–23. 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 Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing 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 E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 27, 2007 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION proposes to amend Rule 353 to require member applicants to provide two, as opposed to five, letters of reference from responsible persons.5 According to the Exchange, requiring five letters of reference has proven burdensome and time-consuming for member applicants and often delays the application process. Furthermore, Amex states that the content of such references is of little consequence in an applicant’s ultimate approval. Finally, with the availability of more objective background information provided through other resources, such as WEBCRD, FBI fingerprints, and credit reports, Amex believes that the need for these letters of reference has largely been diminished. [Release No. 34–55923; File No. SR–Amex– 2007–42] III. Discussion and Commission Findings Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendment No. 1 To Lower the Required Number of Letters of Reference an Applicant Must Provide The Commission has carefully reviewed the proposed rule change and finds that it is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.6 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 which, among other things, requires that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that amending Amex’s rules to require two, instead of five, letters of reference is reasonable and consistent with the Act. This amendment should help expedite the application process without significantly diminishing Amex’s standards of review with respect to the applicants. Applicants will still need to provide two references, and as Amex noted, there is now more objective background information available through other sources. you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number 600–23 and should be submitted on or before July 18, 2007. It is therefore ordered that FICC’s temporary registration as a clearing agency (File No. 600–23) be and hereby is extended throughJune 30, 2008. For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–12331 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P June 19, 2007. I. Introduction On April 26, 2007, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend the required number of letters of reference an applicant must provide. On May 3, 2007, Amex submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 18, 2007.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended. II. Description of the Proposal Amex Rule 353 currently requires a member applicant to provide five letters of reference from any person seeking status as a regular, options principal member or LTP holder.4 The Exchange 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(16). U.S.C. 78s(b)(l). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55756 (May 14, 2007), 72 FR 28089. 4 Article IV, Section 1(d) of the Amex Constitution provides that applications for associate membership shall be in a form and manner prescribed by the Exchange. Pursuant to this section, the Exchange currently requires associate member applicants to provide five letters of reference. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:50 Jun 26, 2007 Jkt 211001 5 The Exchange represented that it intends to reduce the requirement for associate membership applicants from five to two letters of reference to correspond with the proposed change affecting regular, options principal members and LTP holders. 6 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35271 IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,8 that the proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2007– 42), be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–12340 Filed 6–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55925; File No. SR–Amex– 2007–44] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto, to Amend Section 107D of the Company Guide June 20, 2007. 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 1, 2007, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Amex’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. On May 21, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. On June 14, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Section 107D(g) of the Amex Company Guide to expand the eligibility of foreign securities and American Depository Receipts (‘‘ADRs’’) that may be components of an underlying index in connection with index-linked securities (‘‘Index-Linked Securities’’).3 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Section 107D of the Amex Company Guide (defining Index-Linked Securities as securities that provide for the payment at maturity of a cash 9 17 E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM Continued 27JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 123 (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release 34-55920; File No. 600-23]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; 
Notice of Filing and Order Approving an Extension of Temporary 
Registration as a Clearing Agency

June 18, 2007.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is 
publishing this notice and order to solicit comments from interested 
persons and to extend the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation's 
(``FICC'') temporary registration as a clearing agency through June 30, 
2008.\1\
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    \1\ FICC is the successor to MBS Clearing Corporation and 
Government Securities Clearing Corporation.
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    On February 2, 1987, pursuant to Sections 17A(b) and 19(a) of the 
Act \2\ and Rule 17Ab2-1 promulgated thereunder,\3\ the Commission 
granted the MBS Clearing Corporation (``MBSCC'') registration as a 
clearing agency on a temporary basis for a period of eighteen 
months.\4\ The Commission subsequently extended MBSCC's registration 
through June 30, 2003.\5\
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    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b) and 78s(a).
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.17Ab2-1.
    \4\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 24046 (February 2, 
1987), 52 FR 4218.
    \5\ Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 25957 (August 2, 1988), 
53 FR 29537; 27079 (July 31, 1989), 54 FR 34212; 28492 (September 
28, 1990), 55 FR 41148; 29751 (September 27, 1991), 56 FR 50602; 
31750 (January 21, 1993), 58 FR 6424; 33348 (December 15, 1993), 58 
FR 68183; 35132 (December 21, 1994), 59 FR 67743; 37372 (June 26, 
1996), 61 FR 35281; 38784 (June 27, 1997), 62 FR 36587; 39776 (March 
20, 1998), 63 FR 14740; 41211 (March 24, 1999), 64 FR 15854; 42568 
(March 23, 2000), 65 FR 16980; 44089 (March 21, 2001), 66 FR 16961; 
44831 (September 21, 2001), 66 FR 49728; 45607 (March 20, 2002), 67 
FR 14755; 46136 (June 27, 2002), 67 FR 44655.
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    On May 24, 1988, pursuant to Sections 17A(b) and 19(a) of the Act 
\6\ and Rule 17Ab2-1 promulgated thereunder,\7\ the Commission granted 
the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (``GSCC'') registration 
as a clearing agency on a temporary basis for a period of three 
years.\8\ The Commission subsequently extended GSCC's registration 
through June 30, 2003.\9\
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    \6\ Supra note 2.
    \7\ Supra note 3.
    \8\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 25740 (May 24, 1988), 53 
FR 19639.
    \9\ Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 25740 (May 24, 1988), 
53 FR 19639; 29236 (May 24, 1991), 56 FR 24852; 32385 (June 3, 
1993), 58 FR 32405; 35787 (May 31, 1995), 60 FR 30324; 36508 
(November 27, 1995), 60 FR 61719; 37983 (November 25, 1996), 61 FR 
64183; 38698 (May 30, 1997), 62 FR 30911; 39696 (February 24, 1998), 
63 FR 10253; 41104 (February 24, 1999), 64 FR 10510; 41805 (August 
27, 1999), 64 FR 48682; 42335 (January 12, 2000), 65 FR 3509; 43089 
(July 28, 2000), 65 FR 48032; 43900 (January 29, 2001), 66 FR 8988; 
44553 (July 13, 2001), 66 FR 37714; 45164 (December 18, 2001), 66 FR 
66957; 46135 (June 27, 2002), 67 FR 44655.
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    On January 1, 2003, MBSCC was merged into GSCC, and GSCC was 
renamed FICC.\10\ The Commission subsequently extended FICC's temporary 
rgistration through June 30, 2007.\11\
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    \10\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47015 (December 17, 
2002), 67 FR 78531 (December 24, 2002) [File Nos. SR-GSCC-2002-07 
and SR-MBSCC-2002-01].
    \11\ Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 48116 (July 1, 2003), 
68 FR 41031; 49940 (June 29, 2004), 69 FR 40695; 51911 (June 23, 
2005), 70 FR 37878; and 54056 (June 28, 2006), 71 FR 38193.
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    On May 17, 2007, FICC requested that the Commission grant FICC 
permanent registration as a clearing agency or in the alternative 
extend FICC's temporary registration until such time as the Commission 
is prepared to grant FICC permanent registration.\12\
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    \12\ Letter from Nikki Poulos, Managing Director, General 
Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer, FICC (May 16, 2007).
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    Recently FICC announced its intention to have its Mortgage-Backed 
Services Division (``MBS Division'') act as a central counterparty 
(``CCP''). Pursuant to this service, FICC would act as the CCP for MBS 
Division members and would become the new legal counterparty to all 
original parties for eligible mortgage-backed securities transactions. 
Currently, FICC through its Government Securities Division acts as the 
CCP for its members' U.S. Government securities transactions.
    Therefore, the Commission is extending FICC's temporary 
registration as a clearing agency in order that FICC may continue to 
operate as a registered clearing agency and to provide its users 
clearing and settlement services. The Commission will consider 
permanent registration of FICC at a future date after the Commission 
has further evaluated FICC's plans to have its MBS Division act as a 
CCP and after the Commission and FICC have had time to evaluate how 
FICC is functioning with its MBS Division acting as a CCP, assuming the 
MBS Division CCP service is implemented.
    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 600-23 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 600-23. 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 Section, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing 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

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you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File Number 600-23 and should be submitted on or before July 18, 2007.
    It is therefore ordered that FICC's temporary registration as a 
clearing agency (File No. 600-23) be and hereby is extended through 
June 30, 2008.

    For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(16).
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