This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 8-K filed Feb 20, 2008.
Note HClearing items
The clearing items represent cash, receivables and payables for open securities transactions cleared for participants through SCCPs clearing system. A summary of the balances at December 31, 2006 and 2005, follows:
SCCP participants are required to contribute to the Participants Fund (the Fund). Amounts are dependent upon the nature and volume of services utilized by the participant. The Fund is designed to provide security for participants obligations to SCCP, and is available to protect against the possibility of certain losses and as necessary to meet participant fund requirements of NSCC and/or DTC. SCCP determined that each participants contribution was in accordance with the formulas approved by the SCCP Board of Directors. All formulas were applied to all SCCP participants on a uniform non-discriminatory basis.
All required contributions to the Fund must be made in cash and SCCP may allocate any portion of the Fund to satisfy DTCCs participant fund requirements with respect to SCCPs Omnibus Clearance and Settlement account. Accordingly, at December 31, 2006, SCCP had $334,000 deposited with DTCC, and at December 31, 2005, SCCP had $877,000 deposited with DTCC. SCCPs excess participant fund cash not used to fund its DTCC participants fund requirements is segregated and invested by SCCP in accordance with its rules.
SCCP rebates interest monthly to participants with deposits greater than $50,000 at the average federal funds rate, less one half of a percent. During 2006 and 2005, SCCP rebated $36,000 and $23,000, respectively, in interest, to the participants in accordance with the formulas. The participants fund consisted of $3,242,150 and $3,392,000 in cash deposits and securities at December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.