As previously announced by CDS Clearing and Depository Services (CDS), effective November 1, 2009, CDS sponsored participants of the New York Link service will be subject to expanded collateral requirements. On August 14, CDS proposed amendments that would require New York Link service participants to pledge additional collateral to CDS and require both New York Link and DTC Direct Link participants to post collateral to support newly created participant funds for each of these services. CDS has now published additional changes to the proposed amendments published on August 14.

The additional changes include: (i) the removal of U.S. dollar cash as an acceptable form of collateral for the participant funds for New York Link and DTC Direct Link; (ii) an adjustment of the collateral requirement deadlines for the National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC) participant fund for New York Link participants; (iii) the adjustment of the deadline for participants to request the withdrawal of excess cash collateral from the NSCC participant fund held by the NSCC for New York Link; (iv) changes to holiday processing for the NSCC participant fund for New York Link; (v) information on how participants can pledge collateral to the New York Link and DTC Direct Link participant funds managed by CDS; and (vi) service suspension.

Comments on the proposed amendments are being accepted by CDS for 30 days following the publication of the above notice in the OSC Bulletin.