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Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Trading of Beneficial Certificates  CH

Amended Date: 2021.10.08 (Articles 4-1, 10, 10-2 amended,English version coming soon)
Current English version amended on 2021.04.29 
Categories: Securities Exchange Market > Trading > Beneficial Certificates

Title: Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Trading of Beneficial Certificates(2009.06.09)
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Article 1 These Rules are adopted pursuant to Article 55 of the Operating Rules of Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE).
Article 2 The term "beneficial certificate" as used in these Rules includes:
1. Any beneficial certificate for an offering of a closed-end securities investment trust fund issued by a securities investment trust enterprise (SITE) pursuant to the Regulations Governing Securities Investment Trust Funds.
2. Any beneficial certificate for an offering of an exchange-traded securities investment trust fund ("ETF beneficial certificates") offered by aSITE pursuant to the Regulations Governing Securities Investment Trust Funds. If the component securities of the underlying index of such fund are all domestic securities, the fund is referred to as a domestic component securities ETF; if one or more component securities of the underlying index are foreign securities, the fund is referred to as an ETF with foreign component securities.
3. Any beneficial certificate, fund share or investment unit issued for an offering of offshore ETFs issued by an offshore fund manager, or its designated institution (“offshore fund entity”) pursuant to the Regulations Governing Offshore Funds (“offshore ETF beneficial certificates”).
4. Any beneficial certificate issued by a trustee institution for the establishment of a real estate investment trust (REIT) fund pursuant to the Real Estate Securitization Act.
Article 3 Book-entry settlement of ETF beneficial certificates and offshore ETF beneficial certificates listed for trading on the TWSE's centralized securities exchange market shall be conducted by a central securities depository, and the trustor may not apply to withdraw those beneficial certificates.
Article 4 The trading of beneficial certificates shall be conducted in accordance with these Rules. For matters not specified herein, relevant rules and regulations of TWSE shall apply.
Article 4-1 When the original market on which the offshore ETF beneficial certificates circulate is closed, the beneficial certificates will continue to be traded on the TWSE central market.
Article 5 The quantity of beneficial certificates traded shall be one trading unit or its integer multiples, where one trading unit equals 1,000 beneficial units, provided that the trading units for offshore ETF beneficial certificates may be designated by the offshore fund institution.
Where the volume of an order is less than one trading unit, trading shall be handled under the mutatis mutandis application of the TWSE Regulations Governing Odd-Lot Trading of Listed Shares.
Article 6 The trading price asked or offered shall be based on per beneficial unit.
The up/down tick of ETF beneficial certificates, offshore ETF beneficial certificates, and real estate investment trust beneficial securities shall be one cent for beneficial unit quoted less than NT$50, and five cents for beneficial unit quoted more than NT$50.
The provisions for up/down tick of listed stock prices shall apply mutatis mutandis to the up/down tick of beneficial certificates other than those described in the preceding paragraph.
Article 7 The relevant daily price fluctuation limit provisions for listed stocks shall apply mutatis mutandis to beneficial certificates after they are listed, provided that no price fluctuation limits are imposed on ETF beneficial certificates with foreign component securities and offshore ETF beneficial certificates.
Article 8 The auction reference price at market opening for trades of an initial listing of beneficial certificates conducted by competitive bidding shall take the net asset value per unit of beneficial interest on the day before listing of the securities investment trust enterprise (SITE) as calculated pursuant to Article 72 of the Regulations Governing Securities Investment Trust Funds, or as recorded in the REIT contract of the real estate investment trust fund (REIT) fund established by the trustee institution.
The auction reference price at market opening for trading of offshore ETF beneficial certificates conducted by competitive bidding on the first day of listing shall be based on the latest net asset value per unit of the offshore fund during TWSE business hours on the day before listing as published by the representing master agent of the offshore fund pursuant to Article 14 of the Regulations Governing Offshore Funds.
Article 9 Any beneficial certificate trade for which gains are distributed by the securities investment trust enterprise (SITE) pursuant to Article 77 of the Regulations Governing Securities Investment Trust Funds or by the real estate investment trust (REIT) established by the trustee institution pursuant to the REIT contract, and for which settlement is conducted after the date of suspension of changes to entries in the register of beneficial owners, shall be an ex-dividend transaction. On the commencement date of ex-dividend trading, the price fluctuation for those trades shall be calculated based on the previous day's closing price minus the dollar amount of distributed gains.
Any beneficial certificate without price fluctuation limits, for which gains are duly distributed, and for which settlement is conducted after the date of suspension of changes to entries in the register of beneficial owners, shall be an ex-dividend transaction. The auction reference price at market opening on the commencement date of ex-dividend trading shall be calculated based on the previous day’s closing price minus the dollar amount of distributed gains.
Article 10 The relevant portions of the provisions regarding stocks of the TWSE Operating Rules shall apply mutatis mutandis to the clearing and settlement of beneficial certificates.
Article 11 A securities firm shall sign the relevant agreements with the SITE before it may begin to conduct creation or redemption of ETF beneficial certificates, whether in kind or through delivery by a method specified in the securities investment trust contract, for its own account or on behalf of its customers.
A securities firm shall sign the relevant agreements with the offshore fund institution before it may begin to conduct creation or redemption of offshore ETF beneficial certificates for its own account or on behalf of its customers.
Except for offshore ETF beneficial certificates, a securities firm shall report any creation or redemption operations as specified in the preceding paragraph to the TWSE. The guidelines will be separately prescribed by TWSE.
A securities firm that signs relevant agreements under paragraph 1 or 2 with the SITE or the offshore fund institution is referred to as a participating dealer. The criteria for a participating dealer are separately prescribed by the TWSE.
Article 12 If on a same day the amount of underlying portfolio securities of an ETF beneficial certificate purchased by a securities firm for its own account or on behalf of a single account, or the total amount of the aforementioned purchased securities plus that securities firm's original holdings and borrowings thereof and the amount of portfolio securities it purchased or acquired through in-kind redemption on the preceding day, meets the requirements for in-kind creation of that ETF beneficial certificate, and on that same day it sells the same quantity of that beneficial certificate; or if on a same day the amount of ETF beneficial certificates that a securities firm purchases for its own account or on behalf of a single account, or the total amount of the aforementioned purchased certificates plus that securities firm's original holdings and borrowings thereof and beneficial certificates it purchased or acquired through in-kind creation on the preceding day, meets the requirements for in-kind redemption of the underlying portfolio securities of that ETF beneficial certificate, and on that same day it sells the same quantity of those underlying portfolio securities; then that securities firm's settlement, and subsequent related matters, shall be conducted according to the following provisions:
1. On the transaction date, the securities firm, via computer link, shall report to the TWSE and submit an application to postpone settlement.
2. If the securities firm reports the sale of ETF beneficial certificates or an ETF's underlying portfolio of stocks and applies to postpone settlement pursuant to the preceding subparagraph, after the TWSE has reviewed and approved the application it shall prepare a statement and transmit an electronic file thereof to the central securities depository to conduct the relevant operations accordingly. The provisions of Article 109 of the TWSE Operating Rules do not apply to the aforementioned operations.
3. After the securities firm has completed settlement on the second business day after the transaction date for underlying securities portfolios of ETF beneficial certificates, or for beneficial certificates, that it has purchased, and for any price payable for other purchases, the portfolio securities or beneficial certificates receivable by it shall be transferred to serve as collateral for the postponed settlement, and the TWSE will notify the central securities depository to thereupon apply to the SITE for the in-kind creation of that beneficial certificate, or in-kind redemption of that beneficial certificate's underlying portfolio securities to unwind the position.
4. If the securities portfolio underlying an ETF beneficial certificate listed for trading on the GreTai Securities Market ("GreTai") includes exchange-listed securities, after the TWSE receives notification from the GreTai regarding the portion of listed securities sold by the securities firm, the TWSE shall prepare a statement for that portion and transmit an electronic file thereof to the central securities depository pursuant to subparagraph 2.
The provisions of the preceding paragraph do not apply to ETF beneficial certificates with foreign component securities.
Article 13 The SITE that issues ETF beneficial interest certificates, or the offshore fund institution that issues offshore ETF beneficial certificates, may designate a liquidity provider to provide liquidity when the certificate is traded on the centralized market of the TWSE. The relevant operational guidelines shall be adopted separately by the TWSE.
Article 14 After the execution of a beneficial certificate trade, the fee rate provisions for stock transactions apply mutatis mutandis to any commission or transaction charge collected by the securities broker that accepted the order and the TWSE.
Article 15 These Rules, and any subsequent amendment thereto, shall be implemented after being submitted to and approved by the Competent Authority.