NASD Notice to Members 07-11 - February 2007

Amendment to Margin Rules to Establish a Portfolio Margin Pilot Program; Effective Date: April 2, 2007

Executive Summary

On February 12, 2007, NASD filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for immediate effectiveness a rule change to amend Rule 2520 to permit members to margin certain products according to a prescribed portfolio margin methodology on a pilot basis. NASD also amended Rule 2860 to require that a disclosure statement and written acknowledgement for use with the proposed portfolio margin program be furnished to customers using a portfolio margin account.1

Rules 2520 and 2860, as amended, are set forth in Attachment A of this Notice. The portfolio margin program will operate on a pilot basis starting on April 2, 2007, and ending July 31, 2007, unless the SEC approves an extension of the pilot or adoption of the program on a permanent basis.

Questions/Further Information Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Susan M. DeMando, Associate Vice President, Financial Operations, at (202) 728-8411, or Kathryn M. Moore, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 974-2974.

 

1 See SR-NASD-2007-013 filed on February 12, 2007. Under Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the SEC has the authority to summarily abrogate this type of rule change within 60 days of filing.