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Download as PDF 18098 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices should be submitted on or before April 21, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.28 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–07037 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71790; File No. SR–ICEEU– 2014–01] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Europe Limited; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Regarding New Permitted Cover March 25, 2014. I. Introduction On February 4, 2014, ICE Clear Europe Limited (‘‘ICE Clear Europe’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change SR–ICEEU–2014– 01 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder.2 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on February 18, 2014.3 The Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposed changes. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is granting approval of the proposed rule change. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Description ICE Clear Europe is proposing to permit Clearing Members of ICE Clear Europe to post certain Japanese Government Bonds (‘‘JGBs’’), Japanese Treasury Bills (‘‘JTBs’’) and Japanese Treasury Discount Bills (‘‘JTDBs’’ together with JGBs and JTBs, the ‘‘New Permitted Cover’’) to ICE Clear Europe in order to meet initial margin, original margin and certain other margin requirements, including delivery margin requirements. The New Permitted Cover will not be accepted to satisfy variation margin requirements or guaranty fund requirements. ICE Clear Europe has stated that the New Permitted Cover will provide its Clearing Members with a greater range of high-quality collateral that can be posted to ICE Clear Europe. 28 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–71518 (February 11, 2014), 79 FR 9304 (February 18, 2014) (SR–ICEEU–2014–01). 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 Furthermore, ICE Clear Europe has stated that (1) the New Permitted Cover is of minimal credit risk comparable to that of other sovereign debt currently accepted by ICE Clear Europe as permitted cover for margin obligations, and (2) the New Permitted Cover has demonstrated low volatility in stressed and normal market conditions. ICE Clear Europe has established initial valuation haircut levels and concentration limitations for the New Permitted Cover, and proposes to review and modify such haircuts and limitations from time to time in accordance with the Rules and procedures. The New Permitted Cover may only constitute up to 10% of a Clearing Member’s total initial and original margin requirement, up to a maximum amount of JPY 100 billion. The New Permitted Cover will be subject to a valuation haircut of 3%, except that JGBs with a maturity of more than eleven years will be subject to a valuation haircut of 5%. The concentration limitations apply on an aggregate basis across all product categories. Upon a Clearing Member’s use of New Permitted Cover to cover a margin requirement denominated in a different currency, ICE Clear Europe has stated than an additional haircut will apply, in accordance with existing rules, in order to cover exchange rate risk. ICE Clear Europe has also stated that it has commenced accepting the New Permitted Cover as of June 28, 2013. III. Discussion and Commission Findings Section 19(b)(2)(C) of the Act 4 directs the Commission to approve a proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if the Commission finds that such proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to such selfregulatory organization. Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 5 requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency are designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions, to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of the clearing agency and for which it is responsible and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with 4 15 5 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(C). U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the requirements of Section 17A of the Act,6 as Clearing Members of ICE Clear Europe will have access to a greater range of collateral that ICE Clear Europe has determined to be of high quality to satisfy certain margin requirements, and the New Permitted Cover will be subject to appropriate valuation haircuts and concentration limits, which will be reviewed and modified periodically by ICE Clear Europe in accordance with its Rules and procedures. The proposed rule changes will thereby (1) promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions; and (2) help to protect investors and the public interest, consistent with the requirements of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act.7 IV. Conclusion On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act 8 and the rules and regulations thereunder. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,9 that the proposed rule change (File No. SR– ICEEU–2014–01) be, and hereby is, approved.10 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–07035 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71791; File No. SR–ICEEU– 2014–02] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Europe Limited; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Regarding New Permitted Cover March 25, 2014. I. Introduction On February 4, 2014, ICE Clear Europe Limited (‘‘ICE Clear Europe’’) 6 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 8 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 10 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission considered the proposal’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 7 15 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-71790; File No. SR-ICEEU-2014-01]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Europe Limited; Order 
Approving Proposed Rule Change Regarding New Permitted Cover

March 25, 2014.

I. Introduction

    On February 4, 2014, ICE Clear Europe Limited (``ICE Clear 
Europe'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change SR-ICEEU-2014-01 pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\2\ The proposed rule change was published 
for comment in the Federal Register on February 18, 2014.\3\ The 
Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposed changes. 
For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is granting approval of 
the proposed rule change.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-71518 (February 11, 
2014), 79 FR 9304 (February 18, 2014) (SR-ICEEU-2014-01).
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II. Description

    ICE Clear Europe is proposing to permit Clearing Members of ICE 
Clear Europe to post certain Japanese Government Bonds (``JGBs''), 
Japanese Treasury Bills (``JTBs'') and Japanese Treasury Discount Bills 
(``JTDBs'' together with JGBs and JTBs, the ``New Permitted Cover'') to 
ICE Clear Europe in order to meet initial margin, original margin and 
certain other margin requirements, including delivery margin 
requirements. The New Permitted Cover will not be accepted to satisfy 
variation margin requirements or guaranty fund requirements.
    ICE Clear Europe has stated that the New Permitted Cover will 
provide its Clearing Members with a greater range of high-quality 
collateral that can be posted to ICE Clear Europe. Furthermore, ICE 
Clear Europe has stated that (1) the New Permitted Cover is of minimal 
credit risk comparable to that of other sovereign debt currently 
accepted by ICE Clear Europe as permitted cover for margin obligations, 
and (2) the New Permitted Cover has demonstrated low volatility in 
stressed and normal market conditions.
    ICE Clear Europe has established initial valuation haircut levels 
and concentration limitations for the New Permitted Cover, and proposes 
to review and modify such haircuts and limitations from time to time in 
accordance with the Rules and procedures.
    The New Permitted Cover may only constitute up to 10% of a Clearing 
Member's total initial and original margin requirement, up to a maximum 
amount of JPY 100 billion. The New Permitted Cover will be subject to a 
valuation haircut of 3%, except that JGBs with a maturity of more than 
eleven years will be subject to a valuation haircut of 5%. The 
concentration limitations apply on an aggregate basis across all 
product categories. Upon a Clearing Member's use of New Permitted Cover 
to cover a margin requirement denominated in a different currency, ICE 
Clear Europe has stated than an additional haircut will apply, in 
accordance with existing rules, in order to cover exchange rate risk.
    ICE Clear Europe has also stated that it has commenced accepting 
the New Permitted Cover as of June 28, 2013.

III. Discussion and Commission Findings

    Section 19(b)(2)(C) of the Act \4\ directs the Commission to 
approve a proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if the 
Commission finds that such proposed rule change is consistent with the 
requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder 
applicable to such self-regulatory organization. Section 17A(b)(3)(F) 
of the Act \5\ requires, among other things, that the rules of a 
clearing agency are designed to promote the prompt and accurate 
clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent 
applicable, derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions, to 
assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the 
custody or control of the clearing agency and for which it is 
responsible and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
interest.
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(C).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
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    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act,\6\ as Clearing Members 
of ICE Clear Europe will have access to a greater range of collateral 
that ICE Clear Europe has determined to be of high quality to satisfy 
certain margin requirements, and the New Permitted Cover will be 
subject to appropriate valuation haircuts and concentration limits, 
which will be reviewed and modified periodically by ICE Clear Europe in 
accordance with its Rules and procedures. The proposed rule changes 
will thereby (1) promote the prompt and accurate clearance and 
settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, 
derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions; and (2) help to 
protect investors and the public interest, consistent with the 
requirements of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act.\7\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1.
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
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IV. Conclusion

    On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the 
proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in 
particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act \8\ and the 
rules and regulations thereunder.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1.
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    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\9\ that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-ICEEU-2014-01) be, 
and hereby is, approved.\10\
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \10\ In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission 
considered the proposal's impact on efficiency, competition and 
capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-07035 Filed 3-28-14; 8:45 am]
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