Regulatory Notice 08-75

Guaranteed Senior Unsecured Debt Is a TRACE-Eligible Security

Under a new Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) program, the “Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program” (Program), certain senior unsecured debt securities that are issued by eligible financial institutions, such as insured U.S. depository institutions and U.S. bank holding companies, which comply with the applicable regulations of the Program and the Debt Guarantee component of the Program, are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the FDIC (FDIC–Guaranteed Senior Unsecured Debt).

FDIC–Guaranteed Senior Unsecured Debt is a TRACE-eligible security if it is registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or issued pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and purchased or sold pursuant to Securities Act Rule 144A and otherwise complies with NASD Rule 6210(a).1 Firms must report transactions in such FDIC-Guaranteed Senior Unsecured Debt to TRACE, including transactions that were executed prior to this Notice.

1 FINRA is aware that on November 24, 2008, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Division of Corporate Finance, issued an interpretation that the FDIC-Guaranteed Senior Unsecured Debt would be “considered guaranteed by an instrumentality of the United States for purposes of Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933.” See Letter from Thomas J. Kim (Kim), Chief Counsel and Associate Director, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC, to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Attn: John V. Thomas (Thomas), Acting General Counsel, dated November 24, 2008 (SEC Interpretive Letter), responding to a letter from Thomas, Acting General Counsel, FDIC, to Kim, Chief Counsel and Associate Director, Division of Corporate Finance, SEC, dated November 24, 2008 (FDIC Letter).