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February 2, 2006

Section 31 Fees Cut

By Gregory Bresiger

Section 31 fees-which a few years ago roiled the trading world and led to the furious lobbying of Congress by the securities industry-have been reduced again. On exchanges and over-the-counter markets, the imposts were cut last month from $41.80 per one million dollars to $30.70 per million.

"It no longer seems to be a big issue. I hear few complaints these days about Section 31," said John Giesea, president of the Security Traders Association.

The fees, which are used to fund the costs of regulation, were once a profit center for the federal government. Now the revenue generated by the fees is closer to the actual costs of regulation, trading industry lobbyists say.