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1     These Guidelines are specially promulgated to govern cases in which a futures commission merchant with insufficient adjusted net capital and a resultant failure to meet the ratio set forth in Paragraph 2 of Article 22 of the Rules Governing Futures Commission Merchants may apply to the Taiwan Futures Exchange Corporation (hereinafter, "the TAIFEX") for use of a TAIFEX-approved method as an emergency measure against its insufficient adjusted net capital.
2     A futures commission merchant whose adjusted net capital ratio (the ratio of adjusted net capital to the total margin amount required for non-offset positions of futures customers) is lower than the ratio set forth in Paragraph 2 of Article 22 of the Rules Governing Futures Commission Merchants may adopt any of the following TAIFEX-approved methods as a measure against the insufficient adjusted net capital:
  1. An irrevocable standby letter of credit drawn on a financial institution.
  2. The overdraft limit of a financial institution.
    The financial institutions of the preceding paragraph shall be limited to those approved by the competent authority to open customer margin accounts.
3     An irrevocable standby letter of credit drawn on a financial institution by a futures commission merchant shall state the following particulars:
  1. The beneficiary shall be the TAIFEX.
  2. Upon receiving a payment demand notice from the TAIFEX, the financial institution shall promptly and unconditionally remit the funds by the means set forth in the letter of credit.
    When a futures commission merchant uses the overdraft limit of a financial institution as a measure against insufficient adjusted net capital, it may not recognize that amount until such time as the line of credit is actually used. Recognition shall be as follows:
  1. If the line of credit obtained from the financial institution is fully secured with real estate registered in the name of the company, the recognized amount may not exceed 100 percent of the allocated operating capital or minimum paid-in capital.
  2. If the line of credit is obtained from the financial institution other than by being fully secured with real estate registered in the name of the company, the recognized amount may not exceed 50 percent of the allocated operating capital or minimum paid-in capital.
4     Amounts of lines of credit under TAIFEX-approved methods used by futures commission merchants as a measure against insufficient adjusted net capital shall be governed by the following provisions:
  1. The line of credit shall not be counted as an addition to the adjusted net capital, nor shall additional orders be accepted to increase financial leverage. New positions may be added, however, when the total of the amount of credit provided along with the adjusted net capital amount account for more than 15% of the total customer margins required for its open positions.
  2. The ratio of the aggregate of the line of credit and the adjusted net capital amount to the total amount of margins required for non-offset positions of futures customers shall comply with the ratio set forth in Paragraph 2 of Article 22 of the Rules Governing Futures Commission Merchants.
5     A futures commission merchant shall apply by completing a "Futures Commission Merchant Application Form for an Emergency Measure Against Insufficient Adjusted Net Capital" and submitting it to the TAIFEX, annexing the Financial Condition Improvement Plan.
6     The period for which a futures commission merchant applies for the use of a TAIFEX-approved method as a measure against insufficient adjusted net capital is subject to approval by the TAIFEX, but shall not exceed a maximum of ten business days.
7     The number of times a futures commission merchant applies for the use of a TAIFEX-approved method as a measure against insufficient adjusted net capital shall be limited to two times per fiscal year.
8     If, during the emergency measures period, the futures commission merchant fails to faithfully implement the improvement plan or fails to make the improvements by the deadline, then depending on the circumstances or at the instruction of the Competent Authority, the TAIFEX shall suspend or cancel at any time such futures commission merchant's eligibility to use a TAIFEX-approved method as a measure against insufficient adjusted net capital. The futures commission merchant shall immediately cease to accept orders from futures traders; moreover, depending on the severity of the circumstances, the TAIFEX will report to the Competent Authority requesting partial restriction of its operations or cancellation of its business permit.
9     These Guidelines shall take effect after recordation by the Competent Authority; the same shall apply to any amendments hereto.