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Notice to Members 96-15

SEC Approves NASD Proposals to Add Two New Options Position-Limit Tiers and Extend and Expand the NASD's Equity Option Position-Limit Hedge Exemption Pilot Program

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Executive Summary

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved two NASD proposals to amend the NASD's options position-limit rule, Article III, Section 33(b)(3) of the NASD Rules of Fair Practice. On January 22, 1996, the SEC approved an NASD proposal to add two new position-limit tiers for option classes overlying equity securities that meet certain criteria for high liquidity. On December 29, 1995, the SEC approved an NASD proposal to expand the NASD's hedge exemption pilot program to permit the establishment of hedged positions up to three times the applicable basic position limit. The SEC also approved an extension of the pilot program until December 31, 1997.

Questions about this Notice should be directed to Joseph Alotto, NASD Market Surveillance, at (301) 590-6845, or Thomas R. Gira, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 728-8957.