SEC Announces Immediate Effectiveness of the Deletion of IM-2210-4(b) and Rule Series 3400 as Obsolete
Deletion of Obsolete Rules
Effective Date: August 10, 2004
Legal & Compliance
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the immediate effectiveness of an amendment to delete as obsolete IM-2210-4(b) (Certification of Membership) and Rule Series 3400 (Computer Systems). The rule change is immediately effective on its August 10, 2004 filing date.
The text of the amendment is set forth in Attachment A.
Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Patricia Albrecht, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8026.
NASD recently repealed IM-2210-4(b) and the Rule 3400 Series as obsolete rules. Specifically, IM-2210-4(b) provides that, upon request to NASD, a member may receive an appropriate certification of membership. However, because NASD no longer issues Membership Certifications, IM-2210-4(b) is no longer necessary.
Additionally, Rule 3420 (Mandatory Decimal Pricing Testing), the sole remaining rule in the Rule 3400 Series,1 is also unnecessary. Rule 3420 was enacted to require clearing firms and market makers that are NASD members to conduct or participate in the securities industry's decimalization pricing tests. Such testing was required by NASD in compliance with the SEC's order for certain securities industry participants to develop plans for the initial, and now completed, conversion to decimal pricing.2
On August 10, 2003, NASD filed with the SEC a rule filing that became immediately effective deleting these obsolete rules from the NASD Manual.
2Order Directing the Exchanges and NASD to Submit a Decimalization Implementation Plan, Securities Exchange Act Rel. No. 42360 (Jan. 28, 2000).
IM-2210-4. Limitations on Use of NASD's Name
Members may indicate NASD membership in conformity with Article XV, Section 2 of the NASD By-Laws in one or more of the following ways:
Upon request to NASD, a member will be entitled to receive an appropriate certification of membership, which may be displayed in the principal office or a registered branch office of the member. The certification shall remain the property of NASD and must be returned by the member upon request of the NASD Board or its Chief Executive Officer.]
[3400. COMPUTER SYSTEMS]
[3420. Mandatory Decimal Pricing Testing]