Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing of Amended Proposed Rule Change To Implement the New Issue Information Dissemination Service for Municipal Securities, 15548-15550 [E8-5796]

Download as PDF 15548 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices 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–CBOE– 2008–19 and should be submitted on or before April 14, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–5795 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 6 because the rules it would establish regarding stop and stop-limit orders are similar to requirements set forth in the rules of other self-regulatory organizations.7 It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,8 that the proposed rule change (SR–CHX–2007– 09), be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–5794 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57509; File No. SR–CHX– 2007–09] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval to a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Exchange’s Institutional Broker Rules To Add Provisions Relating to the Handling of Stop and Stop-Limit Orders March 17, 2008. On March 21, 2007, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ 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 its rules to add new provisions relating to the handling of stop and stop-limit orders by institutional brokers. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 19, 2007.3 The Commission received no comment letters on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change. After careful review of the proposal, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,4 and the rules and regulations thereunder.5 The Commission finds specifically that the proposal is consistent with CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56657 (October 12, 2007), 72 FR 59316. 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 5 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). SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57513; File No. SR–DTC– 2007–10] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing of Amended Proposed Rule Change To Implement the New Issue Information Dissemination Service for Municipal Securities March 17, 2008. 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 August 16, 2007, The Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) and on September 12, 2007, and March 3, 2008, amended the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by DTC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested parties. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The proposed rule change seeks approval to implement the New Issue Information Dissemination System (‘‘NIIDS’’) for municipal securities. NIIDS is an automated system developed by DTC at the request of the Securities Industry and Financial 15 17 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Rules of New York Stock Exchange LLC, Rule 13; and Rules of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.), Rule 5120(h). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 7 See PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Markets Association (‘‘SIFMA’’) 3 in order to improve the mechanism for disseminating new issue information regarding municipal securities. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.4 (A) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Currently, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (‘‘MSRB’’) Rule G–14 generally requires municipal securities dealers to report municipal securities transactions to the MSRB within 15 minutes of the time of the trade.5 Interdealer trades eligible for comparison by a clearing agency are required to be submitted through NSCC’s Real Time Trade Matching System (‘‘RTTM’’) within the time frame in Rule G–14. These trades are subsequently reported to the MSRB by NSCC. NSCC requires certain securities information in order to process and report transactions involving those securities. Therefore, it is necessary that dealers trading newly issued municipal securities have the securities information needed for trade submission by the time the trade reporting is required. Pursuant to current practice in the municipal securities market, each information vendor works separately to obtain information from offering documents and underwriters. Each information vendor’s success depends in large part upon the voluntary cooperation of the underwriters. It is not unusual for information vendors to have inconsistent information or for some information vendors to receive information before others. Consequently, critical new issue information may be missing or inaccurate in the automated trade processing systems used by dealers to report the initial trades in new issues. 3 The request originated from The Bond Market Association (‘‘BMA’’), which has since merged with the Securities Industry Association to form SIFMA. 4 The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by DTC. 5 MSRB Rule G–14 RTRS Procedures (a)(ii). E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices This can result in late trade reports or trade reports that must be canceled and resubmitted or amended because they contain inaccurate data. NIIDS is designed to improve the process by which new issue information is provided by underwriters to information vendors by collecting information about a new issue from underwriters in an electronic format and making that data available immediately to information vendors. NIIDS is designed to ensure that information is disseminated as quickly and efficiently as possible after the information is made available by the underwriters.6 To address concerns that dealers often lack timely access to electronically formatted securities information necessary to process and to report municipal securities transactions in real-time, MSRB Rule G–14 includes a three-hour exemption available to a dealer transacting ‘‘when, as, and if issued’’ municipal securities if the dealer is not a syndicate manager or member for this issue, has not traded the issue in the previous year, and the CUSIP number and indicative data of the issue are not in the dealer’s securities master file (‘‘Reporting Exemption’’).7 The Reporting Exemption will expire on or about June 30, 2008. In order to prepare for the Reporting Exemption’s expiration, SIFMA asked DTC to incorporate a centralized automated mechanism for the collection and dissemination on a real-time basis of the required information as part of the planned reengineering of DTC’s underwriting system. DTC built NIIDS to help make the collection and dissemination of new issue information with respect to municipal securities more efficient for the industry. An industry working group of municipal securities dealers, SIFMA members, the MSRB, and DTC have identified key data elements required for the reporting, comparison, confirmation, and settlement of trades in municipal securities (‘‘NIIDS Data Elements’’). Initially, DTC is proposing to make NIIDS available to the municipal securities industry on an optional basis to allow dealers to have some experience with NIIDS before the MSRB mandates its use. DTC proposes to make NIIDS for municipal securities available to participants on an optional basis in April 2008. DTC will mandate the use of NIIDS for municipal 6 NIIDS is being incorporated into the update of DTC’s underwriting system (‘‘UW Source’’). All applicable NIIDS Data Elements must be input into UW Source for a municipal issue to close at DTC. 7 MSRB Rule G–14 RTRS Procedures (a)(ii)(C). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 securities in June 2008, prior to the expiration of the MSRB Reporting Exemption. DTC periodically has been informing participants of the upcoming implementation of NIIDS and the NIIDS Data Elements through periodically issued Important Notices. Only DTC participants or those entities specifically authorized by a participant (‘‘Correspondent’’) will be able to input information into NIIDS.8 To commence the process, the dissemination agent (‘‘Dissemination Agent’’) for a new issue must input the NIIDS Data Elements thereby requesting that DTC make the information available to the industry through NIIDS. DTC will not confirm the NIIDS Data Elements but rather will act as a conduit to pass along such information to data vendors. DTC anticipates the data vendors will then disseminate the information to the industry thereby allowing dealers to make timely reporting of their municipal trades. DTC will record the name of the Dissemination Agent that inputs the Data Elements and the time such information is submitted. DTC will begin disseminating the data when it has received authorization from the Dissemination Agent through NIIDS. The Dissemination Agent, by triggering the dissemination decision flag in the NIIDS Data Elements, indicates the information is being sent by it and is in compliance with the terms and conditions of NIIDS. In addition, NIIDS will contain the contact information for the Dissemination Agent that populated the NIIDS Data Elements for a particular issue to enable users of the data to contact it with questions or comments. DTC is proposing to provide NIIDS to the industry in order to facilitate the collection and dissemination of new issue information in relation to municipal securities. Because DTC does not confirm the accuracy of NIIDS Data Elements and only acts as a conduit of the information, use of NIIDS 9 by any party, including but not limited to participants, correspondents, and vendors (‘‘NIIDS Users’’) 10 will constitute a waiver of any and all claims direct or indirect against DTC and its affiliates and an agreement that DTC and its affiliates shall not be liable for any loss in relation to the dissemination or use of NIIDS Data Elements, which are provided ‘‘as is.’’ Each NIIDS User 8 Participants will be required to identify an authorized party at the Correspondent with whom DTC may interact. 9 Use of NIIDS shall include but not be limited to the population, dissemination, or processing of NIIDS Data Elements. 10 Data vendors or others that wish to receive NIIDS Data Elements must register in advance with DTC. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15549 will agree to indemnify and hold harmless DTC and its affiliates from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, costs, judgments, charges, and expenses arising out of or relating to the use of NIIDS. The MSRB would like dealers to be able to use NIIDS before requiring them to so by rule.11 The MSRB has filed with the Commission a rule change that would require underwriters to use NIIDS beginning June 30, 2008, to coincide with the expiration of the Reporting Exemption.12 DTC will provide the municipal securities industry the opportunity to use NIIDS commencing April 2008. DTC intends to mandate the use of NIIDS for municipal securities in June 2008. DTC believes that members of the municipal securities industry will be using NIIDS during the period NIIDS is optional (‘‘Optional Period’’) to become accustomed to using it. This may result in Dissemination Agents inputting incomplete NIIDS Data Elements while getting acquainted with NIIDS. Therefore, no one should rely on the accuracy of the NIIDS Data Elements during the Optional Period but rather should continue to use existing authorized sources of such information. DTC will not charge a service fee to underwriters that input or receive information through NIIDS. Additionally, DTC will not charge a service fee to information vendors that will receive information for further dissemination through NIIDS. DTC will charge a connectivity fee to underwriters, service providers, and information vendors that use NIIDS. DTC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act 13 and the rules and regulations thereunder because the proposed changes promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions by streamlining the collection and dissemination of new issue information for municipal securities throughout the industry. (B) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact or impose any burden on competition. 11 The MSRB received comment on proposed rules that would require underwriters of municipal securities to participate in NIIDS. See MSRB Notice 2007–10 (March 5, 2007) at http://www.msrb.org. 12 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57002 (December 20, 2007), 72 FR 73939 (December 28, 2007) [File No. SR–MSRB–2007–07]. 13 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 15550 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. DTC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by DTC. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within thirty-five 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 ninety 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 or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 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, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of DTC and on DTC’s Web site at http://www.dtcc.com/ downloads/legal/rule_filings/2007/dtc/ 2007-10.pdf, http://www.dtcc.com/ downloads/legal/rule_filings/2007/dtc/ 2007-10-amendment.pdf, and http:// dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/ 2007/dtc/2007-10-amendment2.pdf. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–DTC–2007–10 and should be submitted on or before April 8, 2008. For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–5796 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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–DTC–2007–10 on the subject line. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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–DTC–2007–10. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57505; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–20] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto To Adopt Listing Rules Relating to Fixed Income Index-Linked Securities, Futures-Linked Securities, and Multifactor Index-Linked Securities March 14, 2008. 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 February 14, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. On March 14, 2008, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. 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 The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6), which sets forth the Exchange’s listing standards for Equity Index-Linked Securities, Commodity-Linked Securities, and Currency-Linked Securities,3 to permit the listing and trading of Fixed Income Index-Linked Securities, Futures-Linked Securities, and Multifactor Index-Linked Securities thereunder. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 3 Equity Index-Linked Securities are securities that provide for the payment at maturity of a cash amount based on the performance of an underlying index or indexes of equity securities (‘‘Equity Reference Asset’’). Commodity-Linked Securities are securities that provide for the payment at maturity of a cash amount based on the performance of one or more physical commodities or commodity futures, options or other commodity derivatives or Commodity-Based Trust Shares (as defined in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.201), or a basket or index of any of the foregoing (‘‘Commodity Reference Asset’’). Currency-Linked Securities are securities that provide for the payment at maturity of a cash amount based on the performance of one or more currencies, or options or currency futures or other currency derivatives or Currency Trust Shares (as defined in NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.202), or a basket or index of any of the foregoing (‘‘Currency Reference Asset’’). See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6). As a result of the proposed rule change, ‘‘Index-Linked Securities,’’ which currently include Equity Index-Linked Securities, Commodity-Linked Securities, and Currency-Linked Securities, will also include, by definition, Fixed Income Index-Linked Securities, Futures-Linked Securities, and Multifactor IndexLinked Securities. E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-57513; File No. SR-DTC-2007-10]


 Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; 
Notice of Filing of Amended Proposed Rule Change To Implement the New 
Issue Information Dissemination Service for Municipal Securities

March 17, 2008.
    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 August 16, 2007, The Depository Trust Company (``DTC'') filed with 
the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') and on 
September 12, 2007, and March 3, 2008, amended the proposed rule change 
described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared 
primarily by DTC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested 
parties.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The proposed rule change seeks approval to implement the New Issue 
Information Dissemination System (``NIIDS'') for municipal securities. 
NIIDS is an automated system developed by DTC at the request of the 
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (``SIFMA'') \3\ 
in order to improve the mechanism for disseminating new issue 
information regarding municipal securities.
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    \3\ The request originated from The Bond Market Association 
(``BMA''), which has since merged with the Securities Industry 
Association to form SIFMA.
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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, DTC 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. DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.\4\
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    \4\ The Commission has modified the text of the summaries 
prepared by DTC.
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(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    Currently, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (``MSRB'') Rule G-
14 generally requires municipal securities dealers to report municipal 
securities transactions to the MSRB within 15 minutes of the time of 
the trade.\5\ Inter-dealer trades eligible for comparison by a clearing 
agency are required to be submitted through NSCC's Real Time Trade 
Matching System (``RTTM'') within the time frame in Rule G-14. These 
trades are subsequently reported to the MSRB by NSCC. NSCC requires 
certain securities information in order to process and report 
transactions involving those securities. Therefore, it is necessary 
that dealers trading newly issued municipal securities have the 
securities information needed for trade submission by the time the 
trade reporting is required.
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    \5\ MSRB Rule G-14 RTRS Procedures (a)(ii).
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    Pursuant to current practice in the municipal securities market, 
each information vendor works separately to obtain information from 
offering documents and underwriters. Each information vendor's success 
depends in large part upon the voluntary cooperation of the 
underwriters. It is not unusual for information vendors to have 
inconsistent information or for some information vendors to receive 
information before others. Consequently, critical new issue information 
may be missing or inaccurate in the automated trade processing systems 
used by dealers to report the initial trades in new issues.

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This can result in late trade reports or trade reports that must be 
canceled and resubmitted or amended because they contain inaccurate 
data.
    NIIDS is designed to improve the process by which new issue 
information is provided by underwriters to information vendors by 
collecting information about a new issue from underwriters in an 
electronic format and making that data available immediately to 
information vendors. NIIDS is designed to ensure that information is 
disseminated as quickly and efficiently as possible after the 
information is made available by the underwriters.\6\
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    \6\ NIIDS is being incorporated into the update of DTC's 
underwriting system (``UW Source''). All applicable NIIDS Data 
Elements must be input into UW Source for a municipal issue to close 
at DTC.
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    To address concerns that dealers often lack timely access to 
electronically formatted securities information necessary to process 
and to report municipal securities transactions in real-time, MSRB Rule 
G-14 includes a three-hour exemption available to a dealer transacting 
``when, as, and if issued'' municipal securities if the dealer is not a 
syndicate manager or member for this issue, has not traded the issue in 
the previous year, and the CUSIP number and indicative data of the 
issue are not in the dealer's securities master file (``Reporting 
Exemption'').\7\ The Reporting Exemption will expire on or about June 
30, 2008. In order to prepare for the Reporting Exemption's expiration, 
SIFMA asked DTC to incorporate a centralized automated mechanism for 
the collection and dissemination on a real-time basis of the required 
information as part of the planned reengineering of DTC's underwriting 
system. DTC built NIIDS to help make the collection and dissemination 
of new issue information with respect to municipal securities more 
efficient for the industry.
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    \7\ MSRB Rule G-14 RTRS Procedures (a)(ii)(C).
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    An industry working group of municipal securities dealers, SIFMA 
members, the MSRB, and DTC have identified key data elements required 
for the reporting, comparison, confirmation, and settlement of trades 
in municipal securities (``NIIDS Data Elements''). Initially, DTC is 
proposing to make NIIDS available to the municipal securities industry 
on an optional basis to allow dealers to have some experience with 
NIIDS before the MSRB mandates its use. DTC proposes to make NIIDS for 
municipal securities available to participants on an optional basis in 
April 2008. DTC will mandate the use of NIIDS for municipal securities 
in June 2008, prior to the expiration of the MSRB Reporting Exemption. 
DTC periodically has been informing participants of the upcoming 
implementation of NIIDS and the NIIDS Data Elements through 
periodically issued Important Notices. Only DTC participants or those 
entities specifically authorized by a participant (``Correspondent'') 
will be able to input information into NIIDS.\8\
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party at the Correspondent with whom DTC may interact.
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    To commence the process, the dissemination agent (``Dissemination 
Agent'') for a new issue must input the NIIDS Data Elements thereby 
requesting that DTC make the information available to the industry 
through NIIDS. DTC will not confirm the NIIDS Data Elements but rather 
will act as a conduit to pass along such information to data vendors. 
DTC anticipates the data vendors will then disseminate the information 
to the industry thereby allowing dealers to make timely reporting of 
their municipal trades. DTC will record the name of the Dissemination 
Agent that inputs the Data Elements and the time such information is 
submitted. DTC will begin disseminating the data when it has received 
authorization from the Dissemination Agent through NIIDS. The 
Dissemination Agent, by triggering the dissemination decision flag in 
the NIIDS Data Elements, indicates the information is being sent by it 
and is in compliance with the terms and conditions of NIIDS. In 
addition, NIIDS will contain the contact information for the 
Dissemination Agent that populated the NIIDS Data Elements for a 
particular issue to enable users of the data to contact it with 
questions or comments.
    DTC is proposing to provide NIIDS to the industry in order to 
facilitate the collection and dissemination of new issue information in 
relation to municipal securities. Because DTC does not confirm the 
accuracy of NIIDS Data Elements and only acts as a conduit of the 
information, use of NIIDS \9\ by any party, including but not limited 
to participants, correspondents, and vendors (``NIIDS Users'') \10\ 
will constitute a waiver of any and all claims direct or indirect 
against DTC and its affiliates and an agreement that DTC and its 
affiliates shall not be liable for any loss in relation to the 
dissemination or use of NIIDS Data Elements, which are provided ``as 
is.'' Each NIIDS User will agree to indemnify and hold harmless DTC and 
its affiliates from and against any and all losses, damages, 
liabilities, costs, judgments, charges, and expenses arising out of or 
relating to the use of NIIDS.
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    \9\ Use of NIIDS shall include but not be limited to the 
population, dissemination, or processing of NIIDS Data Elements.
    \10\ Data vendors or others that wish to receive NIIDS Data 
Elements must register in advance with DTC.
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    The MSRB would like dealers to be able to use NIIDS before 
requiring them to so by rule.\11\ The MSRB has filed with the 
Commission a rule change that would require underwriters to use NIIDS 
beginning June 30, 2008, to coincide with the expiration of the 
Reporting Exemption.\12\ DTC will provide the municipal securities 
industry the opportunity to use NIIDS commencing April 2008. DTC 
intends to mandate the use of NIIDS for municipal securities in June 
2008. DTC believes that members of the municipal securities industry 
will be using NIIDS during the period NIIDS is optional (``Optional 
Period'') to become accustomed to using it. This may result in 
Dissemination Agents inputting incomplete NIIDS Data Elements while 
getting acquainted with NIIDS. Therefore, no one should rely on the 
accuracy of the NIIDS Data Elements during the Optional Period but 
rather should continue to use existing authorized sources of such 
information.
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    \11\ The MSRB received comment on proposed rules that would 
require underwriters of municipal securities to participate in 
NIIDS. See MSRB Notice 2007-10 (March 5, 2007) at http://
www.msrb.org.
    \12\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57002 (December 20, 
2007), 72 FR 73939 (December 28, 2007) [File No. SR-MSRB-2007-07].
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    DTC will not charge a service fee to underwriters that input or 
receive information through NIIDS. Additionally, DTC will not charge a 
service fee to information vendors that will receive information for 
further dissemination through NIIDS. DTC will charge a connectivity fee 
to underwriters, service providers, and information vendors that use 
NIIDS.
    DTC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
requirements of Section 17A of the Act \13\ and the rules and 
regulations thereunder because the proposed changes promote the prompt 
and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions by 
streamlining the collection and dissemination of new issue information 
for municipal securities throughout the industry.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1.
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(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any 
impact or impose any burden on competition.

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

    Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been 
solicited or received. DTC will notify the Commission of any written 
comments received by DTC.

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

    Within thirty-five 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 ninety 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 or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is 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-DTC-2007-10 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-DTC-2007-10. 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, on official business days between the hours 
of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filings also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of DTC and on DTC's Web 
site at http://www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2007/dtc/
2007-10.pdf, http://www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_filings/2007/
dtc/2007-10-amendment.pdf, and http://dtcc.com/downloads/legal/rule_
filings/2007/dtc/2007-10-amendment2.pdf. All comments received will be 
posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal 
identifying information from submissions. You should submit only 
information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions 
should refer to File Number SR-DTC-2007-10 and should be submitted on 
or before April 8, 2008.

    For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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