Regulatory Notice 07-45

Amendments to NASD Rule 3210 to Conform with Amendments to the SEC's Regulation SHO Delivery Requirements; Effective Date: October 15, 2007

FINRA is issuing this Notice to advise firms and other interested parties of changes to NASD Rule 3210 (Short Sale Delivery Requirements) to conform with amendments to the SEC's Regulation SHO delivery requirements.

Beginning on October 15, 2007, firms are required to close out within 35 consecutive settlement days any previously "grandfathered" fail-to-deliver positions in a non-reporting threshold security1 that is on the Rule 3210 threshold list on that date. Any new fails in a non-reporting threshold security after October 15, 2007 will be subject to Rule 3210's 13 consecutive settlement day close-out requirements. There is, however, one exception; as of October 15, 2007, firms will have 35, rather than 13, consecutive settlement days to close out fails to deliver resulting from sales of non-reporting threshold securities pursuant to SEC Rule 144.

The text of NASD Rule 3210, as amended, is set forth in Attachment A of this Notice. The compliance date of the amendments is October 15, 2007, to coincide with the compliance date of the amendments to the Regulation SHO delivery requirements.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to the Legal Section, Market Regulation, at (240) 386-5126, or the Office of General Counsel at (202) 728-8071. For questions regarding the NASD Rule 3210 Threshold Securities List, contact FINRA Operations at (866) 776-0800.

 

1 The term "non-reporting threshold security" means any equity security of an issuer that is not registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act and for which the issuer is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act and, for five consecutive settlement days, has: (1) aggregate fails to deliver at a registered clearing agency of 10,000 shares or more; and (2) a reported last sale during normal market hours (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time (ET)) for the security on that settlement day that would value the aggregate fail to deliver position at $50,000 or more. In the event there is no reported last sale on any settlement day during such five-day period, the value of the aggregate fail position would be based on the previously reported last sale.