Notice to Members 05-61

NASD Solicits Member Comment on Possible Realignment of the Trading Activity Fee

Comment Period Expired October 31, 2005

NASD is issuing this Notice to Members to solicit comments from members on possible changes to the Trading Activity Fee (TAF). In 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) approved revisions to NASD By-Laws, eliminating the former regulatory fee assessed upon NASD members and instituting a new transaction-based TAF.1 The TAF, along with other revenue components, funds NASD's member regulatory activities. Recently, questions have arisen regarding whether the TAF should be modified to ensure that NASD's member regulatory fees are distributed appropriately among the member firms that drive member regulatory costs. NASD seeks input from the membership on the impact of any potential realignment of the fee. Specifically, NASD is seeking feedback on the potential impact on member firms if the TAF were restructured to assess any customer transaction in a covered security, regardless of whether an NASD member firm is on the buy or sell side of the transaction, and all proprietary transactions not effected in a firm's capacity as a market maker. NASD is committed to seeking additional member input as it refines its analysis, and is committed to ensuring that any realignment be revenue neutral to NASD. Therefore, in conjunction with the proposed realignment, NASD will re-analyze the funding required for its member regulatory program in order to determine any further rate reduction as previously committed to reduce the percentage that the TAF contributes to the overall funding structure.

Questions concerning this Notice should be directed to NASD Finance at (240) 386-5397; or the Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8071.

1 Securities Exchange Act Rel. No. 47946 (May 30, 2003) , 68 FR 34021 (June 6, 2003) (approving SR-NASD-2002-148).

The views, expressions, findings and opinions expressed in the comments on this Web page are solely those of the author(s) and FINRA accepts no responsibility for the content of the comments: 
DateCommenterFormat - Size
10/24/2005Repex & Co., Inc.PDF - 34.81 KB
9/23/2005Camelot Investment Advisers, LTDPDF - 34.12 KB
10/28/2005Financial Information ForumPDF - 165.81 KB
10/28/2005Knight Capital Group, Inc.PDF - 43.77 KB
10/30/2005Ameritrade, Inc.PDF - 60.28 KB
10/30/2005The Security Traders Association of New YorkPDF - 61.88 KB
10/30/2005Goldman Sachs & Co.PDF - 37.96 KB
10/30/2005Wachovia Securities, LLCPDF - 33.92 KB
10/30/2005Automated Trading Desk, LLCPDF - 1.36 MB
11/8/2005Securities Industry AssociationPDF - 42.41 KB
11/9/2005Charles Schwab & Co.PDF - 138.01 KB