Notice to Members 04-51

SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rule 6230 to Reduce the Reporting Period to 30 Minutes on October 1, 2004, and to 15 Minutes on July 1, 2005

On June 14, 2004, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) approved amendments to Rule 6230(a) of the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) rules, the Rule 6200 Series, reducing the reporting period.1 The reductions to the reporting period will occur in two stages. In the first stage (Stage One), the period to report a transaction in a TRACE-eligible security will be reduced from 45 minutes to 30 minutes. In the second stage (Stage Two), that period will be reduced to 15 minutes.

Stage One amendments to Rule 6230(a), requiring 30-minute reporting, will become effective on October 1, 2004. Stage Two amendments to Rule 6230(a), reducing the reporting period to 15 minutes, will become effective on July 1, 2005. Rule 6230, as amended by Stage One rule changes only, is set forth in Attachment A. (In 2005, NASD will issue a second Notice to Members (NtM) reminding firms of the effective date of Stage Two and incorporating the Stage Two amendments to Rule 6230(a) that will require 15-minute reporting.)

Questions concerning this Notice should be directed to Trace Feedback; Sharon K. Zackula, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at 202-728-8985; or Elliot Levine, Chief Counsel, Markets, Services, and Information, at 202-728-8405.