Subject: File No. 4-500
From: Abraham Tal
May 20, 2005
I came across R. Cromwell Coulson's letter to the public (hereby adjoined) and I certainly would like to express my anger of the impossible devastating situation. I am a foreign investor in the American markets, and until I personally came by this outrageous phenomenon I could swear it can never be in the USA.... Well, fellow Americans, You got to fix it ! I call upon you to take immediate action. It is your responsibility and duty to protect the investors! Well do it! do not let those Law breaking criminal MMs get rich by 'stealing the poor man's sheep'...
I also would like you to know I am a part of a legal effort taken by a large group of investors by legal means and I would do anything I can to make this thing stop.
Israeli private investor
Dear OTC Investor:
I am writing to alert you of a very important rule change that is needed to improve the OTC marketplace. I need your help to make regulators turn on the lights and protect investors from the menace of hidden short selling in the OTC market.
I think you'll agree that this issue deserves the small amount of your time it will take for you to tell the SEC what you think about this issue.
As Chairman & CEO of the Pink Sheets, I know perhaps better than anyone the importance of improving the Pink Sheets and OTCBB trading. And I know the devastating impact that small companies face when their market is tarnished by the threat of manipulation.
There is a crisis facing the OTC market today in the lack of short sale position reporting and disclosure for OTC issues. This lack of transparency regarding short selling in the OTC market allows fraudulent acts to go undiscovered and manipulative short sellers to hide.
I believe regulators should fix the problem. Small issuers traded on the Pink Sheets and the OTCBB deserve the same transparency and regulatory oversight of short selling as those listed on Exchanges or NASDAQ.
Therefore, Pink Sheets has petitioned the SEC to cause the amendment of NASD Rule 3360 and require NASD broker dealers to maintain a record of total "short" positions in all customer and proprietary firm accounts in all publicly traded equity securities as well as report this information to the NASD for public dissemination of the short positions by security. The SEC's action is urgently needed to prevent fraudulent acts, expose market manipulation, promote fair principles of trade and protect investors.
Our full rule change request is available for you to read at: http://sec.gov/rules/petitions/petn4-500.pdf and comments by other concerned OTC market participants are available at: http://sec.gov/rules/petitions/4-500.shtml
But I cannot make this important rule change happen without your help. Thus I'm asking you to write a letter today, and voice your support to the SEC for the Pink Sheets' Request for Rulemaking Regarding Member Records of "Short" Positions and Reporting and Public Dissemination.
So please send your comments via Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a Cc: copy to: email@example.com
Or, if it's more convenient, you can mail your comments to:
Jonathan G. Katz
Secretary, Securities Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20549
With a copy to:
Barbara Z. Sweeney
Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, NASD
1735 K Street, NW
Washington DC 20006-1500;
Either way, your Email or letter should refer to SEC File No. 4-500. Request for Rulemaking Regarding Member Records of "Short" Positions and Reporting and Public Dissemination of Aggregate Positions by Security.
I know I'm asking you to do a lot. But it's important that we make the OTC market transparent and fairly regulated. I think you'll agree that this issue deserves the small amount of your time to tell the SEC what you think about this issue.
Remember, the only way to succeed in achieving this rule change is through the public outcry of investors demanding the SEC make this needed improvement to the OTC markets, and there is no substitute for your personal voice in this debate. This important rule change is not going to happen if you remain silent.
So please, don't rely on others to get the job done. Write your Emails or letters today. Together, we must win this battle and convince the SEC not to treat the OTC secondary markets for small companies as second class citizens.
Without this rule change investors and securities regulators will be blind to any short selling activity in Pink Sheets and OTCBB stocks. The SEC needs to know that the lack of short sale information in your securities is unacceptable and demand they change NASD Rule 3360 immediately.
I'm asking for your help to improve this critical part of the securities market, so that companies like yours will be traded in transparent, efficient and well regulated OTC markets. Please do your part by writing your Email or letter today. Every voice counts in the debate, and yours could be the one that puts us over the top.
Thank you for your time and help in this fight.
R. Cromwell Coulson
Chairman & CEO
P.S. We can only succeed in making these rule changes with your help. So please, take action today. And once again, thank you very much for your help.
Note: To comment to the SEC via Internet, use firstname.lastname@example.org with a Cc: copy to: email@example.com
File No. 4-500. Request for rulemaking regarding member records of "short" positions and reporting and public dissemination of aggregate positions by security.
SEC Public Petition page: http://sec.gov/rules/petitions.shtml
Pink Sheets request is available at: http://sec.gov/rules/petitions/petn4-500.pdf
Comments by other concerned OTC market participants are available at: http://sec.gov/rules/petitions/4-500.shtml