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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 140 / Monday, July 21, 2008 / Notices (2) The Exchange’s surveillance procedures are adequate to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules relating to the trading of the Shares. Specifically, the surveillance procedures will be similar to those used for other commodity-based TIRs, Commodity-Based Trust Shares, Currency Trust Shares, and exchangetraded funds. In addition, the Exchange will incorporate and rely upon existing Amex surveillance procedures governing options and equities. (3) The Exchange will distribute an Information Circular, the contents of which are more fully described herein, to its members in connection with the trading of the Shares. (4) The Exchange represents that the Trust is required to comply with Section 803 of the Amex Company Guide and Rule 10A–3 under the Act 28 for the initial and continued listing of the Shares. This approval order is based on the Exchange’s representations. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,29 that the proposed rule change (SR–Amex–2008– 39), as modified by Amendment No. 1 thereto, be, and it hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.30 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–16614 Filed 7–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58149; File No. SR–FINRA– 2008–034] National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’)) 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 substantially prepared by FINRA. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change FINRA is proposing to amend Incorporated NYSE Rules 311, 342, 345, 346, and 416 to delete references to legacy New York Stock Exchange (‘‘NYSE’’) fees that are not charged by FINRA pursuant to those rules. The text of the proposed rule change is available at FINRA, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and at http:// www.finra.org/RulesRegulation/ RuleFilings/index.htm. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Elimination of Certain Fee References in the Incorporated NYSE Rules PWALKER on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES July 11, 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 June 26, 2008, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) (f/k/a 28 17 CFR 240.10A–3. U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 30 See 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 29 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Jul 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 On July 30, 2007, NASD and NYSE consolidated their member firm regulation operations into a combined organization, FINRA. As part of the consolidation, NYSE committed to transfer to FINRA certain regulatory revenues for the remainder of 2007. NYSE fees subject to the transfer agreement included a gross FOCUS (Financial and Operational Combined Uniform Single Report) fee 3 (comparable to NASD’s Gross Income Assessment) 4 and registration fees for 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56181 (August 1, 2007), 72 FR 44206 (August 7, 2007) (SR–NYSE–2007–70). 4 See Section 1(c) of Schedule A to FINRA’s ByLaws (‘‘Schedule A’’). The Commission recently approved a new fee structure for the Gross Income Assessment that combines the two legacy fee structures of NASD and NYSE. See Securities PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42385 branch offices 5 (comparable to NASD’s Branch Office System Processing Fee) 6 and registered representatives 7 (comparable to NASD’s registration fees for the registration of representatives or principals).8 As part of the consolidation, FINRA evaluated whether to consolidate or eliminate any duplicative fees, as well as whether to maintain or increase any non-duplicative fees. As a result of that process, FINRA determined that a number of fees previously charged by NYSE could be eliminated because they are duplicative of other FINRA fees. On December 31, 2007, NYSE filed a proposed rule change with the Commission to eliminate certain NYSE registration and regulatory fees effective as of January 1, 2008.9 The current proposed rule change deletes references in the Incorporated NYSE Rules to NYSE fees that were eliminated by NYSE effective as of January 1, 2008, and that are not charged by FINRA pursuant to those rules. Specifically, the proposed rule change would delete from the Incorporated NYSE Rules references to the following fees: • The NYSE membership application fee referenced in NYSE Rule 311; 10 • The NYSE Branch Office Fees referenced in NYSE Rule 342.11; 11 • The NYSE Registered Persons Fees referenced in NYSE Rule 345.14; 12 • The Statutory Disqualification Filing Fee and the Statutory Disqualification Review Fee referenced in NYSE Rule 346(f); 13 and • The late filing fee referenced in NYSE Rule 416(b).14 FINRA proposes that the effective date of this proposed change be retroactive to January 1, 2008, to coincide with the NYSE’s elimination of these fees as of January 1, 2008. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions Exchange Act Release No. 57474 (March 11, 2008), 73 FR 14517 (March 18, 2008). 5 See NYSE Rule 342.11. 6 See Section 4(a) of Schedule A. 7 See NYSE Rule 345.14. 8 See Section 4(b) of Schedule A. 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57093 (January 3, 2008), 73 FR 1654 (January 9, 2008) (SR– NYSE–2007–127) (‘‘Release No. 34–57093’’). 10 FINRA charges its own application fees pursuant to Sections 4(b) and 4(e) of Schedule A. 11 FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(a) of Schedule A. 12 FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(b) of Schedule A. 13 FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 12 of Schedule A. 14 FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(g) of Schedule A. E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 42386 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 140 / Monday, July 21, 2008 / Notices of Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,15 which require, among other things, that FINRA rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system that FINRA operates or controls. FINRA believes that deleting the references in the Incorporated NYSE Rules to fees that FINRA does not impose pursuant to those rules will reduce confusion and conform the Incorporated NYSE Rules to FINRA’s practice. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA 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. PWALKER on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 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. 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, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. 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–FINRA– 2008–034 and should be submitted on or before August 11, 2008. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder III. Solicitation of Comments applicable to a national securities Interested persons are invited to association and, in particular, the submit written data, views and requirements of Section 15A(b)(5) of the arguments concerning the foregoing, Act 16 and the rules and regulations including whether the proposed rule thereunder.17 The Commission notes that FINRA’s change is consistent with the Act. proposed rule change to eliminate Comments may be submitted by any of references to the NYSE legacy fees in the following methods: FINRA’s Incorporated NYSE Rules is Electronic Comments consistent with NYSE’s elimination of • Use the Commission’s Internet these fees that took effect on January 1, comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ 2008.18 Because these legacy NYSE fees rules/sro.shtml); or are not charged by FINRA, the • Send an e-mail to ruleCommission believes that it is comments@sec.gov. Please include File appropriate for FINRA to remove Number SR–FINRA–2008–034 on the references to these fees from the subject line. Incorporated NYSE Rules.19 The Commission also believes that Paper Comments approving these changes on a retroactive • Send paper comments in triplicate basis to January 1, 2008, is appropriate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange because that is the effective date of Commission, 100 F Street, NE., NYSE’s elimination of these fees.20 Washington, DC 20549–1090. The Commission finds good cause to All submissions should refer to File approve the proposed rule change prior Number SR–FINRA–2008–034. This file to the thirtieth day after the date of number should be included on the publication of notice of filing in the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Federal Register. Granting accelerated Commission process and review your approval of the proposed rule change comments more efficiently, please use would help reduce any confusion only one method. The Commission will FINRA members may have, because post all comments on the Commission’s these legacy NYSE fees no longer are Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ 16 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(5). rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the 17 In approving this rule change, the Commission submission, all subsequent notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s amendments, all written statements impact on efficiency, competition, and capital with respect to the proposed rule formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 18 See Release No. 34–57093, supra note 9. change that are filed with the 19 15 15 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(5). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Jul 18, 2008 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(5). Release No. 34–57093, supra note 9. 20 See Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 being charged, and would conform these Incorporated NYSE Rules to FINRA’s current practice. Accordingly, the Commission believes there is good cause, consistent with Sections 15A(b)(5) and 19(b) of the Act,21 to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,22 that the proposed rule change (File No. SR– FINRA–2008–034) be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.23 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–16599 Filed 7–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58156; File No. SR–FICC– 2007–05] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Fixed Income Clearing Corporation; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change as Amended To Restructure the Rules of the Government Securities Division and the Mortgage-Backed Securities Division Relating to Fines and To Harmonize Them With Similar Rules of Its Affiliates and To Restructure the Watch List July 15, 2008. I. Introduction On April 30, 2007, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (‘‘FICC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) and on May 18, 2007, December 10, 2007, and January 31, 2008, amended proposed rule change SR–FICC–2007–05 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’).1 On April 22, 2008, the Commission published notice of the proposed rule change to solicit comments from interested parties.2 The Commission received no comment letters in response to the proposed rule change. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is approving the proposed rule change, as amended. 21 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(5) and 78s(b). U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 23 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57666 (April 15, 2008), 73 FR 21675. 22 15 E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58149; File No. SR-FINRA-2008-034]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated 
Approval of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Elimination of Certain 
Fee References in the Incorporated NYSE Rules

July 11, 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 June 26, 2008, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. 
(``FINRA'') (f/k/a National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. 
(``NASD'')) 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 substantially prepared by FINRA. 
This order provides notice of the proposed rule change and approves the 
proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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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

    FINRA is proposing to amend Incorporated NYSE Rules 311, 342, 345, 
346, and 416 to delete references to legacy New York Stock Exchange 
(``NYSE'') fees that are not charged by FINRA pursuant to those rules.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available at FINRA, the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, and at http://www.finra.org/
RulesRegulation/RuleFilings/index.htm.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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
    On July 30, 2007, NASD and NYSE consolidated their member firm 
regulation operations into a combined organization, FINRA. As part of 
the consolidation, NYSE committed to transfer to FINRA certain 
regulatory revenues for the remainder of 2007. NYSE fees subject to the 
transfer agreement included a gross FOCUS (Financial and Operational 
Combined Uniform Single Report) fee \3\ (comparable to NASD's Gross 
Income Assessment) \4\ and registration fees for branch offices \5\ 
(comparable to NASD's Branch Office System Processing Fee) \6\ and 
registered representatives \7\ (comparable to NASD's registration fees 
for the registration of representatives or principals).\8\
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56181 (August 1, 
2007), 72 FR 44206 (August 7, 2007) (SR-NYSE-2007-70).
    \4\ See Section 1(c) of Schedule A to FINRA's By-Laws 
(``Schedule A''). The Commission recently approved a new fee 
structure for the Gross Income Assessment that combines the two 
legacy fee structures of NASD and NYSE. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 57474 (March 11, 2008), 73 FR 14517 (March 18, 2008).
    \5\ See NYSE Rule 342.11.
    \6\ See Section 4(a) of Schedule A.
    \7\ See NYSE Rule 345.14.
    \8\ See Section 4(b) of Schedule A.
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    As part of the consolidation, FINRA evaluated whether to 
consolidate or eliminate any duplicative fees, as well as whether to 
maintain or increase any non-duplicative fees. As a result of that 
process, FINRA determined that a number of fees previously charged by 
NYSE could be eliminated because they are duplicative of other FINRA 
fees. On December 31, 2007, NYSE filed a proposed rule change with the 
Commission to eliminate certain NYSE registration and regulatory fees 
effective as of January 1, 2008.\9\ The current proposed rule change 
deletes references in the Incorporated NYSE Rules to NYSE fees that 
were eliminated by NYSE effective as of January 1, 2008, and that are 
not charged by FINRA pursuant to those rules.
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    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57093 (January 3, 
2008), 73 FR 1654 (January 9, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2007-127) (``Release 
No. 34-57093'').
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    Specifically, the proposed rule change would delete from the 
Incorporated NYSE Rules references to the following fees:
     The NYSE membership application fee referenced in NYSE 
Rule 311; \10\
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    \10\ FINRA charges its own application fees pursuant to Sections 
4(b) and 4(e) of Schedule A.
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     The NYSE Branch Office Fees referenced in NYSE Rule 
342.11; \11\
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    \11\ FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(a) of 
Schedule A.
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     The NYSE Registered Persons Fees referenced in NYSE Rule 
345.14; \12\
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    \12\ FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(b) of 
Schedule A.
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     The Statutory Disqualification Filing Fee and the 
Statutory Disqualification Review Fee referenced in NYSE Rule 346(f); 
\13\ and
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    \13\ FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 12 of 
Schedule A.
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     The late filing fee referenced in NYSE Rule 416(b).\14\
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    \14\ FINRA charges a similar fee pursuant to Section 4(g) of 
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    FINRA proposes that the effective date of this proposed change be 
retroactive to January 1, 2008, to coincide with the NYSE's elimination 
of these fees as of January 1, 2008.
2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions

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of Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,\15\ which require, among other things, 
that FINRA rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other 
persons using any facility or system that FINRA operates or controls. 
FINRA believes that deleting the references in the Incorporated NYSE 
Rules to fees that FINRA does not impose pursuant to those rules will 
reduce confusion and conform the Incorporated NYSE Rules to FINRA's 
practice.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA 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. 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-FINRA-2008-034 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2008-034. 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, on official 
business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of FINRA. 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-FINRA-2008-034 and should be submitted on or before August 11, 2008.

IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval

    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 association and, in 
particular, the requirements of Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act \16\ and 
the rules and regulations thereunder.\17\
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(5).
    \17\ In approving this rule change, the Commission notes that it 
has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    The Commission notes that FINRA's proposed rule change to eliminate 
references to the NYSE legacy fees in FINRA's Incorporated NYSE Rules 
is consistent with NYSE's elimination of these fees that took effect on 
January 1, 2008.\18\ Because these legacy NYSE fees are not charged by 
FINRA, the Commission believes that it is appropriate for FINRA to 
remove references to these fees from the Incorporated NYSE Rules.\19\ 
The Commission also believes that approving these changes on a 
retroactive basis to January 1, 2008, is appropriate because that is 
the effective date of NYSE's elimination of these fees.\20\
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    \18\ See Release No. 34-57093, supra note 9.
    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(5).
    \20\ See Release No. 34-57093, supra note 9.
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    The Commission finds good cause to approve the proposed rule change 
prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of notice of 
filing in the Federal Register. Granting accelerated approval of the 
proposed rule change would help reduce any confusion FINRA members may 
have, because these legacy NYSE fees no longer are being charged, and 
would conform these Incorporated NYSE Rules to FINRA's current 
practice. Accordingly, the Commission believes there is good cause, 
consistent with Sections 15A(b)(5) and 19(b) of the Act,\21\ to approve 
the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis.
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    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(5) and 78s(b).
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\22\ that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-FINRA-2008-034) be, 
and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \22\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\23\
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    \23\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
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