Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to its Marketing Fee Program, 77209-77211 [E5-8047]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the BOX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BSE–2005–52 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–8043 Filed 12–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53016; File No. SR–CBOE– 2005–107] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to its Marketing Fee Program December 22, 2005. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 9, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The CBOE has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CBOE under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 77209 renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. marketing fee program as described above will be in effect until June 2, 2006. Remainder of Fees Schedule—No change. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change The CBOE proposes to amend its Fees Schedule and its marketing fee program. The Exchange states that these changes to the marketing fee program would be effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until June 2, 2006. Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in [brackets]. Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc.— Fees Schedule [December 1] December 9, 2005 1. No Change. 2. MARKETING FEE (6)(16): $[.22].65 3.–4. No Change. FOOTNOTES: (1)–(5) No Change. (6) Commencing on December 12, 2005, [T]the Marketing Fee will be assessed only on transactions of MarketMakers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs resulting from orders for less than 1,000 contracts (i) from payment accepting firms, or (ii) that have designated a ‘‘Preferred Market-Maker’’ under CBOE Rule 8.13 at the rate of [$.22] $.65 per contract on all classes of equity options, options on HOLDRs, options on SPDRs, and options on DIA. The fee will not apply to Market-Makerto-Market-Maker transactions or transactions resulting from P/A orders. This fee shall not apply to index options and options on ETFs (other than options on SPDRs and options on DIA). If less than 80% of the marketing fee funds are paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred Market-Maker in a given month, then the Exchange would refund such surplus at the end of the month on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the MarketMakers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs and LMMs. However, if 80% or more of the accumulated funds in a given month are paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred Market-Maker, there will not be a rebate for that month and the funds will carry over and will be included in the pool of funds to be used by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred MarketMaker the following month. At the end of each quarter, the Exchange would then refund any surplus, if any, on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs and LMMs. CBOE’s PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In its filing with the Commission, the CBOE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The CBOE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On November 2, 2005, the CBOE amended its marketing fee program in a number of respects in light of the recent adoption of its Preferred Market-Maker program.5 In particular, the CBOE amended its marketing fee program to provide that a Market-Maker will have access to the marketing fee funds generated by orders sent to the Exchange designating that MarketMaker as a ‘‘Preferred Market-Maker.’’ The CBOE now proposes to amend its marketing fee program, which changes would be effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until June 2, 2006 (which is the same date that the CBOE’s Preferred Market-Maker program is scheduled to expire, unless extended).6 Current Marketing Fee Program The current marketing fee is assessed upon Designated Primary MarketMakers (‘‘DPMs’’), Electronic DPMs (‘‘eDPMs’’), Remote Market-Makers (‘‘RMMs’’), Lead Market-Makers (‘‘LMMs’’), and Market-Makers at a rate 5 The Exchange states that, under its Preferred Market-Maker program, order providers can send an order to the Exchange designating any CBOE Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, RMM, and Market-Maker) as a Preferred MarketMaker. If the Preferred Market-Maker is quoting at the NBBO at the time the order is received on CBOE, the Preferred Market-Maker is entitled to a participation entitlement of 50% when there is one Market-Maker also quoting at the best bid/offer on the Exchange and 40% when there are two or more Market-Makers quoting at the best bid/offer on the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52506 (September 23, 2005), 70 FR 57340 (September 30, 2005) (SR–CBOE–2005–58). 6 See CBOE Rule 8.13. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 77210 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES of $0.22 for every contract they enter into on the Exchange other than MarketMaker-to-Market-Maker transactions (which includes all transactions between any combination of DPMs, eDPMs, RMMs, LMMs, and MarketMakers).7 The marketing fee is assessed in all equity option classes and options on HOLDRs, options on SPDRs, and options on DIA. The following is a description of the three-step process by which the entire pool of funds generated by the marketing fee is apportioned between the DPM or LMM, and Preferred Market-Makers. First, each month all funds generated by the marketing fee are collected by the Exchange and recorded according to the DPM or LMM, as applicable, station, and class where the option classes subject to the fee are traded. If a MarketMaker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, and RMM) is designated as a Preferred Market-Maker on an order from a payment accepting firm (‘‘PAF’’), the Market-Maker will be given access to the marketing fee funds generated from that order, even if the Preferred Market-Maker did not participate in the execution of the order because the Market-Maker was not quoting at the NBBO at the time the order was received on the CBOE. Second, the DPM or LMM, as applicable, are given access to the marketing fee funds generated from all other orders from PAFs in its appointed classes in a particular trading station. Third, the marketing fee funds generated by orders from non-PAFs, if any, are apportioned monthly among the DPM or LMM, and Preferred MarketMakers on a on a pro-rata basis, based on the percentage of contracts traded by each DPM or LMM, and Preferred Market-Maker against orders from PAFs during the month in the option classes located at a particular trading station. Revised Marketing Fee Program— Effective December 12, 2005 Effective December 12, 2005, the CBOE proposes to amend the fee such that it is assessed upon DPMs, LMMs, e-DPMs, RMMs, and Market-Makers at the rate of $.65 per contract on transactions of Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs resulting from orders for less than 1,000 contracts (i) from payment accepting firms (‘‘PAF’’), or (ii) that have designated a ‘‘Preferred Market-Maker’’ under CBOE Rule 8.13 (‘‘Preferred orders’’). The Exchange states that Market-Maker-toMarket-Maker transactions (which 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52818 (November 22, 2005), 70 FR 71568 (November 29, 2005) (SR–CBOE–2005–91). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 include all transactions between any combination of DPMs, e-DPMs, RMMs, LMMs, and Market-Makers) would continue to be excluded from the fee, and the CBOE would also now exclude transactions of Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs resulting from inbound P/A orders. The marketing fee would also continue to be assessed in all equity option classes and options on HOLDRs, options on SPDRs, and options on DIA. The following is a description of the manner in which funds generated by the marketing fee would be allocated between the DPM or LMM, and Preferred Market-Makers. First, if a Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, and RMM) is designated as a Preferred Market-Maker on an order for less than 1,000 contracts, the Market-Maker would be given access to the marketing fee funds generated from the Preferred order, even if the Preferred Market-Maker did not participate in the execution of the Preferred order because the MarketMaker was not quoting at the NBBO at the time the Preferred order was received on the CBOE.8 Second, the DPM or LMM, as applicable, would be given access to the marketing fee funds generated from all other orders for less than 1,000 contracts from PAFs in its appointed classes in a particular trading station. The Exchange states that, as in the current program, the money collected would be disbursed by the Exchange according to the instructions of the DPM, LMM, or Preferred Market-Maker. These funds could only be used to attract order flow to CBOE, and the funds made available to the DPM or LMM could only be used to attract orders in the option classes located at the trading station where the fee was assessed. Thus, a member organization appointed as the DPM at a particular trading station on the trading floor could not use the funds from that trading station to attract order flow to another trading station on the trading floor where that member organization serves as the DPM. With respect to the rebate provisions of its marketing fee program, the Exchange states that currently, if a Preferred Market-Maker does not disburse all of the funds generated by the marketing fee in a given month, then the funds the Preferred Market-Maker 8 For example, assume a Market-Maker is designated as a Preferred Market-Maker on an order for 50 contracts which is executed on CBOE. Under this first step, the Preferred Market-Maker would be given access to a total of $32.50 (50 contracts × $.65), whether or not the Preferred Market-Maker traded with the order or not. PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 does not disburse are made available to the DPM or LMM, as applicable, for the following month to attract orders in the classes of options where the DPM or LMM is appointed. Going forward, the CBOE proposes to allow the Preferred Market-Maker to carry-over any funds it does not disburse in a given month to the same extent a DPM or LMM is permitted to do so. Thus, the Exchanges states that its marketing fee program as amended would provide that if less than 80% of the marketing fee funds are paid out by the DPM/LMM or Preferred MarketMaker in a given month, then the Exchange would refund such surplus at the end of the month on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs. However, if 80% or more of the accumulated funds in a given month are paid out by the DPM/LMM or Preferred Market-Maker, there would not be a rebate for that month and the funds will carry over and would be included in the pool of funds to be used by the DPM/LMM or Preferred MarketMaker the following month. At the end of each quarter, the Exchange states that it would then refund any surplus, if any, on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the MarketMakers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs, and LMMs. The Exchange states that it would not be involved in the determination of the terms governing the orders that qualify for payment or the amount of any such payment. The Exchange states that it would provide administrative support for the program in such matters as maintaining the funds, keeping track of the number of qualified orders each firm directs to the Exchange, and making the necessary debits and credits to reflect the payments that are made. The CBOE states that its Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs, and LMMs would have no way of identifying prior to execution whether a particular order is from a PAF or is an order designating a Preferred Market-Maker. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,9 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,10 in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 10 15 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 12 thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. Accordingly, the proposal will take effect upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2005–107 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2005–107. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the CBOE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2005–107 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–8047 Filed 12–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53008; File No. SR–CBOE– 2005–95] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Complex Orders on the Hybrid System December 22, 2005. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 19, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 1 15 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77211 by the Exchange. The CBOE has filed this proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission.5 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The CBOE proposes to amend CBOE Rule 6.53C, ‘‘Complex Orders on the Hybrid System,’’ to better describe the routing of complex orders and to include orders from Market-Makers and specialists on an options exchange as additional order categories eligible to be routed to the Hybrid System complex order book (‘‘COB’’) from PAR workstations or directly to the COB. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Commission recently approved CBOE Rule 6.53C, which sets forth the procedures used to trade complex orders on the CBOE’s COB system.6 Currently, CBOE Rule 6.53C provides that the appropriate Exchange committee may determine whether to allow complex orders to route to PAR or to the COB and whether to allow 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 5 The CBOE has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay, as specified in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51271 (February 28, 2005), 70 FR 10712 (March 4, 2005) (order approving File No. SR–CBOE–2004–45). 4 17 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53016; File No. SR-CBOE-2005-107]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change Relating to its Marketing Fee Program

December 22, 2005.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on December 9, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(``CBOE'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in 
Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the 
Exchange. The CBOE has designated this proposal as one establishing or 
changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CBOE under Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,\4\ 
which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 
The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The CBOE proposes to amend its Fees Schedule and its marketing fee 
program. The Exchange states that these changes to the marketing fee 
program would be effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until 
June 2, 2006.
    Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new 
language is in italics; proposed deletions are in [brackets].
Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc.--Fees Schedule
[December 1] December 9, 2005
    1. No Change.
    2. MARKETING FEE (6)(16): $[.22].65
    3.-4. No Change.
    FOOTNOTES:
    (1)-(5) No Change.
    (6) Commencing on December 12, 2005, [T]the Marketing Fee will be 
assessed only on transactions of Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and 
LMMs resulting from orders for less than 1,000 contracts (i) from 
payment accepting firms, or (ii) that have designated a ``Preferred 
Market-Maker'' under CBOE Rule 8.13 at the rate of [$.22] $.65 per 
contract on all classes of equity options, options on HOLDRs, options 
on SPDRs, and options on DIA. The fee will not apply to Market-Maker-
to-Market-Maker transactions or transactions resulting from P/A orders. 
This fee shall not apply to index options and options on ETFs (other 
than options on SPDRs and options on DIA). If less than 80% of the 
marketing fee funds are paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred 
Market-Maker in a given month, then the Exchange would refund such 
surplus at the end of the month on a pro rata basis based upon 
contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs and LMMs. 
However, if 80% or more of the accumulated funds in a given month are 
paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred Market-Maker, there will not 
be a rebate for that month and the funds will carry over and will be 
included in the pool of funds to be used by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] 
Preferred Market-Maker the following month. At the end of each quarter, 
the Exchange would then refund any surplus, if any, on a pro rata basis 
based upon contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs 
and LMMs. CBOE's marketing fee program as described above will be in 
effect until June 2, 2006.
    Remainder of Fees Schedule--No change.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the CBOE included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The CBOE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections 
A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    On November 2, 2005, the CBOE amended its marketing fee program in 
a number of respects in light of the recent adoption of its Preferred 
Market-Maker program.\5\ In particular, the CBOE amended its marketing 
fee program to provide that a Market-Maker will have access to the 
marketing fee funds generated by orders sent to the Exchange 
designating that Market-Maker as a ``Preferred Market-Maker.'' The CBOE 
now proposes to amend its marketing fee program, which changes would be 
effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until June 2, 2006 
(which is the same date that the CBOE's Preferred Market-Maker program 
is scheduled to expire, unless extended).\6\
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    \5\ The Exchange states that, under its Preferred Market-Maker 
program, order providers can send an order to the Exchange 
designating any CBOE Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, 
RMM, and Market-Maker) as a Preferred Market-Maker. If the Preferred 
Market-Maker is quoting at the NBBO at the time the order is 
received on CBOE, the Preferred Market-Maker is entitled to a 
participation entitlement of 50% when there is one Market-Maker also 
quoting at the best bid/offer on the Exchange and 40% when there are 
two or more Market-Makers quoting at the best bid/offer on the 
Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52506 (September 
23, 2005), 70 FR 57340 (September 30, 2005) (SR-CBOE-2005-58).
    \6\ See CBOE Rule 8.13.
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Current Marketing Fee Program

    The current marketing fee is assessed upon Designated Primary 
Market-Makers (``DPMs''), Electronic DPMs (``e-DPMs''), Remote Market-
Makers (``RMMs''), Lead Market-Makers (``LMMs''), and Market-Makers at 
a rate

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of $0.22 for every contract they enter into on the Exchange other than 
Market-Maker-to-Market-Maker transactions (which includes all 
transactions between any combination of DPMs, e-DPMs, RMMs, LMMs, and 
Market-Makers).\7\ The marketing fee is assessed in all equity option 
classes and options on HOLDRs[reg], options on SPDRs[reg], and options 
on DIA. The following is a description of the three-step process by 
which the entire pool of funds generated by the marketing fee is 
apportioned between the DPM or LMM, and Preferred Market-Makers.
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    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52818 (November 22, 
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    First, each month all funds generated by the marketing fee are 
collected by the Exchange and recorded according to the DPM or LMM, as 
applicable, station, and class where the option classes subject to the 
fee are traded. If a Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, and 
RMM) is designated as a Preferred Market-Maker on an order from a 
payment accepting firm (``PAF''), the Market-Maker will be given access 
to the marketing fee funds generated from that order, even if the 
Preferred Market-Maker did not participate in the execution of the 
order because the Market-Maker was not quoting at the NBBO at the time 
the order was received on the CBOE.
    Second, the DPM or LMM, as applicable, are given access to the 
marketing fee funds generated from all other orders from PAFs in its 
appointed classes in a particular trading station.
    Third, the marketing fee funds generated by orders from non-PAFs, 
if any, are apportioned monthly among the DPM or LMM, and Preferred 
Market-Makers on a on a pro-rata basis, based on the percentage of 
contracts traded by each DPM or LMM, and Preferred Market-Maker against 
orders from PAFs during the month in the option classes located at a 
particular trading station.

Revised Marketing Fee Program--Effective December 12, 2005

    Effective December 12, 2005, the CBOE proposes to amend the fee 
such that it is assessed upon DPMs, LMMs, e-DPMs, RMMs, and Market-
Makers at the rate of $.65 per contract on transactions of Market-
Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs resulting from orders for less 
than 1,000 contracts (i) from payment accepting firms (``PAF''), or 
(ii) that have designated a ``Preferred Market-Maker'' under CBOE Rule 
8.13 (``Preferred orders''). The Exchange states that Market-Maker-to-
Market-Maker transactions (which include all transactions between any 
combination of DPMs, e-DPMs, RMMs, LMMs, and Market-Makers) would 
continue to be excluded from the fee, and the CBOE would also now 
exclude transactions of Market-Makers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs 
resulting from inbound P/A orders. The marketing fee would also 
continue to be assessed in all equity option classes and options on 
HOLDRs[supreg], options on SPDRs[supreg], and options on DIA.
    The following is a description of the manner in which funds 
generated by the marketing fee would be allocated between the DPM or 
LMM, and Preferred Market-Makers.
    First, if a Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, and RMM) 
is designated as a Preferred Market-Maker on an order for less than 
1,000 contracts, the Market-Maker would be given access to the 
marketing fee funds generated from the Preferred order, even if the 
Preferred Market-Maker did not participate in the execution of the 
Preferred order because the Market-Maker was not quoting at the NBBO at 
the time the Preferred order was received on the CBOE.\8\
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    \8\ For example, assume a Market-Maker is designated as a 
Preferred Market-Maker on an order for 50 contracts which is 
executed on CBOE. Under this first step, the Preferred Market-Maker 
would be given access to a total of $32.50 (50 contracts x $.65), 
whether or not the Preferred Market-Maker traded with the order or 
not.
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    Second, the DPM or LMM, as applicable, would be given access to the 
marketing fee funds generated from all other orders for less than 1,000 
contracts from PAFs in its appointed classes in a particular trading 
station.
    The Exchange states that, as in the current program, the money 
collected would be disbursed by the Exchange according to the 
instructions of the DPM, LMM, or Preferred Market-Maker. These funds 
could only be used to attract order flow to CBOE, and the funds made 
available to the DPM or LMM could only be used to attract orders in the 
option classes located at the trading station where the fee was 
assessed. Thus, a member organization appointed as the DPM at a 
particular trading station on the trading floor could not use the funds 
from that trading station to attract order flow to another trading 
station on the trading floor where that member organization serves as 
the DPM.
    With respect to the rebate provisions of its marketing fee program, 
the Exchange states that currently, if a Preferred Market-Maker does 
not disburse all of the funds generated by the marketing fee in a given 
month, then the funds the Preferred Market-Maker does not disburse are 
made available to the DPM or LMM, as applicable, for the following 
month to attract orders in the classes of options where the DPM or LMM 
is appointed. Going forward, the CBOE proposes to allow the Preferred 
Market-Maker to carry-over any funds it does not disburse in a given 
month to the same extent a DPM or LMM is permitted to do so.
    Thus, the Exchanges states that its marketing fee program as 
amended would provide that if less than 80% of the marketing fee funds 
are paid out by the DPM/LMM or Preferred Market-Maker in a given month, 
then the Exchange would refund such surplus at the end of the month on 
a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the Market-Makers, 
RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs. However, if 80% or more of the 
accumulated funds in a given month are paid out by the DPM/LMM or 
Preferred Market-Maker, there would not be a rebate for that month and 
the funds will carry over and would be included in the pool of funds to 
be used by the DPM/LMM or Preferred Market-Maker the following month. 
At the end of each quarter, the Exchange states that it would then 
refund any surplus, if any, on a pro rata basis based upon 
contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs, and LMMs.
    The Exchange states that it would not be involved in the 
determination of the terms governing the orders that qualify for 
payment or the amount of any such payment. The Exchange states that it 
would provide administrative support for the program in such matters as 
maintaining the funds, keeping track of the number of qualified orders 
each firm directs to the Exchange, and making the necessary debits and 
credits to reflect the payments that are made. The CBOE states that its 
Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs, and LMMs would have no way of 
identifying prior to execution whether a particular order is from a PAF 
or is an order designating a Preferred Market-Maker.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act,\9\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(4) of the Act,\10\ in particular, in that it is designed to 
provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and 
other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).

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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any inappropriate burden on competition not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee 
change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \11\ and Rule 
19b-4(f)(2) \12\ thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, 
fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. Accordingly, the proposal 
will take effect upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 
days of the filing of such proposed rule change the Commission may 
summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission 
that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, 
for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-CBOE-2005-107 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-9303.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2005-107. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the CBOE. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to 
File Number SR-CBOE-2005-107 and should be submitted on or before 
January 19, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jonathan G. Katz,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-8047 Filed 12-28-05; 8:45 am]
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