On July 14, 2004, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted accelerated approval of amendments to Rule 11870 making the procedures for transferring specifically designated customer account assets through the ACATS system consistent with the procedures for transferring securities account assets in their entirety through the ACATS system unless the customer authorizes a partial transfer of assets to be facilitated outside of ACATS. The amendments also permit customers to authorize an account transfer, in whole or in part, via electronic signature in a format recognized as valid under federal law to conduct interstate commerce. These changes conform to recent amendments to New York Stock Exchange Rule 412 and the Interpretation of Rule 412. The amendments become effective on September 13, 2004, to allow firms sufficient time to develop and implement any necessary systems changes. The text of the amendments is provided in Attachment A.
Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to the Financial Operations Department at (202) 928-8211.
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