On June 12, 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved SR-NASD-2006-055 relating to automated reporting of transactions subject to the regulatory transaction fee under Section 3 of Schedule A to the NASD By-Laws (NASD Section 3).1 Specifically, effective December 1, 2006, members will be required to report to NASD in an automated manner all transactions that must be reported to NASD and that are subject to a regulatory transaction fee pursuant to NASD Section 3. Members can use NASD systems, including the Trade Reporting Facility (TRF), OTC Reporting Facility (OTCRF) and/or the Alternative Display Facility Trade Reporting and Comparison Service (TRACS) to report such transactions to NASD in an automated manner.
NASD also has amended certain rules governing trade reporting that currently prohibit member firms from reporting odd-lot transactions, sales where the buyer and seller have agreed to a price substantially unrelated to the current market for the security (also referred to as" away from the market sales"), and purchases or sales of securities effected upon the exercise of an over-the-counter (OTC) option, as well as other transactions, to clarify that the prohibition found in the transaction reporting rules is limited to the submission of a transaction for publication purposes. Lastly, NASD has amended Rules 6130 and 6130A to require members to report odd-lot transactions, away from the markets sales, and OTC option exercises with a special indicator denoting that such transactions are reported in accordance with NASD Section 3. The amended rule text is set forth in Attachment A. As noted above, the effective date is December 1, 2006.
Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to NASD Finance at (240) 386-5397, or the Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8071.
1 See Exchange Act Release No. 53977 (June 12, 2006), 71 FR 34976 (June 16, 2006) (Approval Order of File No. SR-NASD-2006-055).
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