Section I Financial and Business Matters
A stock exchange, approved by the FSC and registered in accordance with applicable laws, shall deposit an operation bond with the National Treasury.
The amount of the operation bond in the preceding paragraph shall be 5 percent of the total amount of membership contribution or 5 percent of the company's paid-in capital.
A stock exchange shall, in accordance with the provision of Article 154 of the Act, make a one-time deposit as a compensation reserve fund in the amount of NT$50 million and shall, within 15 days after the end of each quarter, continue to deposit 20 percent of the income of securities transaction charges to that fund, provided that this requirement shall no longer apply once the amount deposited in the compensation reserve fund equals or exceeds the authorized capital amount .
The compensation reserve of the preceding article lodged by a stock exchange shall be deposited in a special account and shall not be used in a manner other than those specified below without the approval of the FSC:
- Government bonds.
- Bank savings or postal administration savings.
A stock exchange shall draft its annual business plan and submit it to the FSC for ratification 3 months before the beginning of the next fiscal year, and shall draft an annual budget and submit it to the FSC for ratification 2 months before the beginning of the next fiscal year, and shall do the same for any amendments to the business plan and budget; it shall prepare a quarterly report on the implementation of the annual business plan and budget up to that quarter and file it with the FSC for recordation within 15 days after the end of each quarter.
A stock exchange shall operate in accordance with the annual business plan and budget ratified by the FSC, and shall submit the performance evaluation and assessment methods adopted for its departments and personnel, and any subsequent amendments thereto, to the FSC for ratification.
A stock exchange shall establish a monitoring system with respect to the centralized securities exchange market, and file rules regarding the system with the FSC for approval, and execute said rules in a thorough manner.
In order to engage in the monitoring of the market as referred to in the preceding paragraph, the stock exchange may, when deemed necessary, investigate and review relevant materials with its members, securities brokers, securities dealers and listed companies or request them to provide explanations: Its members, securities brokers, securities dealers and listed companies shall not refuse any such investigations.
A stock exchange shall pay attention to the monitoring of the operations of finance and business and internal auditing for its members, securities brokers and securities dealers. In case any violation of laws or inappropriate matters is found, a stock exchange shall take proper actions immediately and notify the FSC.
In the event that a stock exchange learns, when engaging in the monitoring described in the preceding paragraph, that there are situations of losses caused by mismanagement or losses resulting in deterioration of credit or sudden events, or material defects in the internal auditing operations for its members, securities brokers or securities dealers, the stock exchange shall conduct a special investigation and give proper assistance.
A stock exchange shall conduct a special investigation in case that any of the members, securities brokers and securities dealers fail to fulfill the delivery obligation and shall guide the successor securities firm to take over its settlement affairs.
Handling procedures and rules of the preceding two paragraphs shall be jointly promulgated by the stock exchange and securities dealers association and filed with the FSC for review and recordation.
A stock exchange shall, at its business premises, provide the FSC for its inquiry with all papers, accounting books, lists, records, contracts and relevant examining and proving documents regarding the listing, transaction, monitoring, clearing, settlement and the auditing of the finance and business of a securities firm.
Except otherwise prescribed in the Commercial Accounting Act and in relevant regulations, a stock exchange shall set out the duration for preservation of the certificates, receipts, accounting books, lists, records, contracts and relevant examining and proving documents and report to the FSC for recordation.
A stock exchange shall, at designated locations, provide the public with information regarding the finance and business of each listed company, and of its members, securities brokers or securities dealers.
A stock exchange shall set out custodial rules with regard to payments and securities held in custody, and file said rules with the FSC for review and recordation.
A stock exchange shall, according to the regulations set by the FSC concerning the time limit and the method to be used, disclose information regarding the names, codes, volumes, prices of securities sold everyday and codes of securities dealers of both buyers and sellers.
A stock exchange shall establish a stock price list on a daily basis which contains the following and discloses such for public notice:
- Names of securities sold.
- The opening price, the highest price, the lowest price, the closing price; the reported price for those having reported prices but transactions not completed.
- Fluctuation by comparing the closing price with that of the preceding business day.
- The separate calculation and total summation of the transaction volume and transaction value.
- The stock price index.
A stock exchange shall establish daily, monthly and yearly reports with regard to transactions completed in the centralized securities exchange market at the end of every day, month and year.
A stock exchange shall file with the FSC for review and recordation whenever there is amendment to its articles of incorporation or other bylaws.
Within 2 months after the end of each semi-annual fiscal year and within 3 months after the end of each fiscal year, a company type stock exchange shall report to the FSC the business reports and the financial reports which are certified by a certified public accountant, approved by the board of directors and recognized by the supervisors.
A company type stock exchange shall file with the FSC the monthly accounting statement of the preceding month before the tenth day of each month.
Aside from preparing expense and income and expenditure statement in substitution for the statement of comprehensive income and the statement of changes in equity, the financial reports of a membership type stock exchange shall be governed mutatis mutandis by the preceding article.
A company-type stock exchange shall allocate a special reserve from its after tax profit.
The percentage to be set aside as a special reserve each year as referred to in the preceding paragraph shall not exceed 80 percent, and shall be designated by the FSC depending on profitability.
The special reserve as referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be used for purposes other than to cover company losses or those filed with and approved by the FSC.
A stock exchange shall set up a handling procedure for acquiring or disposing of real estate and equipment and file such with the FSC for approval. The same also applies to the amendment thereof.
In the occasion of acquiring or disposing of real estate and equipment, a stock exchange shall follow the handling procedure described in the preceding paragraph if the amount of each transaction exceeds NT$50 million. This shall also apply to the occasion that the stock exchange engages in the transactions with the same counter-party for several times in a year and the aggregate transaction amount exceeds NT$50 million.
In case of acquiring or disposing of real etate and equipment, a stock exchange shall report the following matters to the FSC with relevant documentation within 2 days after the resolution of the meeting of board of directors:
- The name and nature of the object.
- The location and area of the real estate and the appraising result conducted by a professional appraisal body.
- The counter-party of the transaction; relationship to each other if the counter-party is a related one.
- Owner in the previous transfer and price of the transfer and date of registration.
- The price or agreed price of this transaction.
- Terms and conditions of delivery or payment.
- Method of deciding this transaction (such as bidding, price comparison or price negotiation).
- The broker and the brokerages fees.
- Purpose or usage of the acquisition or disposition.
A stock exchange shall report to the FSC in the event of the following matters:
- The centralized securities exchange market has been closed for more than 1 business day as a result of the occurrence of sudden events of force majeure or the reopening after such events.
- The responsible person or associated person of a stock exchange, its members, securities dealers and securities brokers has been involved in litigation or has been sentenced as a result of performing duties or has become bankrupt, or becomes the debtor in a compulsory enforcement proceeding, or the checks issued by the preceding person have been bounced by banks, or the banks have refused to deal with such person or such person shall be sanctioned by removing from office in accordance with the Act.
- The joining or withdrawal of members .
- The establishment, modification or termination of the contract of utilizing the centralized securities exchange market between securities dealers or brokers and the stock exchange.
- The sanctions taken against members, securities dealers, and securities brokers in accordance with Article 110 or 133 of the Act except sanctions of expulsion and terminating the contract.
- The use of the settlement and clearing fund deposited by securities firms in the stock exchange.
- Resolutions of the meeting of board of directors.
- Cooperation agreement or memorandum signed with foreign stock exchange, self-disciplinary organization or other institution.
- Other matters designated by the FSC as matters which shall be reported to the FSC.
In addition to handling appropriately, a stock exchange shall report the FSC the following matters:
- The centralized securities exchange market temporarily ceases part of the transactions of the market or closes the market due to sudden events of force majeure.
- Malfunctions or interruptions of the transaction system and the transaction information transmission system.
- Members, securities brokers and securities dealers fail to settle in time or are unable to settle.
- The confirmation and public handling status of the material information for listed companies.
- The monitoring and handling status of the centralized securities exchange market.
- Where there is major impact to its financial or business situation due to matters of litigation, non-litigation, administrative sanction, administrative litigation, commercial arbitration or settlement.
- Auditing result regarding the financial report of the securities firms and listed companies.
- Reviewing condition of financial and business condition of members, securities brokers and securities dealers.
- Other matters designated by the FSC which shall be reported to the FSC.
In the event of any circumstance under subparagraphs 1 to 3 of the preceding paragraph, the stock exchange shall report to the FSC before the following day of the event. In the event of any circumstance under subparagraphs 4 to 6, the stock exchange shall report to the FSC within 5 days after the event takes place or after the handling finishes. And in the event of any circumstance under subparagraphs 7 and 8, the stock exchange shall report to the FSC the results of execution on a monthly basis.
The business permits obtained by the stock exchange in accordance with the Act and these Regulations shall not be the object of any rights in any way.
A stock exchange may request the securities dealers association to engage in any settlement proceedings before the arbitration with regard to any dispute regarding the centralized securities transaction between members or between securities firms.