Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto To Amend the Annual Fee for Certain Listed Bonds and Debentures, 26574-26575 [E6-6777]

Download as PDF 26574 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 87 / Friday, May 5, 2006 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–6780 Filed 5–4–06; 8:45 am] I. Method of Determination and Imposition, and Amount of, Fees and Charges Not applicable. J. Method of Frequency of Processor Evaluation Not applicable. BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION II. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed Plan amendment is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting 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 No. 4–208 on the subject line. cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES K. Dispute Resolution Not applicable. DATE AND TIME OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED MEETING: Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 2 Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File No. 4–208. 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). 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VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:48 May 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: [71 FR 25620, May 1, 2006]. Closed Meeting. 100 F Street, NE., Washington, STATUS: PLACE: DC. p.m. Additional Item. The following item has been added to the 2 p.m. Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2006: a collection matter. Commissioner Campos, as duty officer, determined that no earlier notice thereof was possible. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. CHANGE IN THE MEETING: Dated: May 2, 2006. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. 06–4279 Filed 5–3–06; 11:12 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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. On April 5, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 On April 24, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Section 141 of the Amex Company Guide to increase the annual fee for listed bonds and debentures of companies whose equity securities are not listed on the Exchange (‘‘Bonds and Debentures’’) 5 from $3,500 to $5,000. The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on the Exchange’s Internet Web site (http:// www.amex.com), at the Exchange’s principal office, 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. [Release No. 34–53735; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–20] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto To Amend the Annual Fee for Certain Listed Bonds and Debentures 1. Purpose Amex proposes to increase the annual fee for listed Bonds and Debentures from $3,500 to $5,000. Currently, April 27, 2006. 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 March 22, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the 6 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(27). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange explained that its listed bonds and debentures are primarily structured products. Amendment No. 1 replaced and superseded the original filing in its entirety. 4 In Amendment No. 2, the Exchange clarified that the proposed increase in the annual fee for bond issues would take effect in January 2007. Amendment No. 2 replaced and superseded Amendment No. 1 to the original filing in its entirety. 5 The Exchange notes that the fees to which this proposal relates are applicable primarily to structured products listed on the Exchange as well as straight corporate debt. E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 87 / Friday, May 5, 2006 / Notices Section 141 of the Amex Company Guide provides that an annual fee of $3,500 is payable in January of each year for Bonds and Debentures. The Exchange notes that its Bonds and Debentures are primarily structured products (e.g., notes with returns tied to the performance of an underlying index, basket of commodities, etc.). The increased annual fees will be applicable to Bonds and Debentures currently listed as well as new listings. The increased fees will be assessed commencing January 2007. Beginning January 2007, the increased fees will be payable by all issuers of Bonds and Debentures. The Exchange asserts that the proposed fee increase will allow Amex to better recoup its costs in connection with the delivery of services relating to the trading of Bonds and Debentures. The Exchange believes that the proposed increase in annual fees will provide approximately $250,000 of additional revenue to Amex for the 2007 calendar year. The Exchange notes that the analogous New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) and NYSE Arca, L.L.C. (‘‘NYSE Arca Marketplace’’) fees applicable to structured products and The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. fees applicable to other securities are $5,000, $5,000 and $15,000, respectively.6 Accordingly, Amex believes that the proposed fee increase will have a minimal impact on volume but will provide additional revenue needed for the Exchange to effectively compete. The Exchange notes that in recent years it has revised a number of fees to better align its fees with the actual cost of delivering services.7 Amex believes that the increased fees will help to allocate to those market participants trading in Bonds and Debentures a fair share of the related costs of offering such products. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposal is equitable as required by Section 6(b)(4) of the Act.8 The Exchange notes that charging an cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES 6 See 18:48 May 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is 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 solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, as amended, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change, as amended, should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments NYSE Listed Company Manual Section 902.05 (Fees for Listing Structured Products); NYSE Arca Marketplace Annual Listing Maintenance Fee for Structured Products; NASD Rule 4530(b) (Other Securities, Annual Fee). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45360 (January 29, 2002), 67 FR 5626 (February 6, 2002); Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44286 (May 9, 2001), 66 FR 27187 (May 16, 2001). 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). Section 6(b)(4) of the Act states that the rules of a national securities exchange must provide for ‘‘the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities.’’ VerDate Aug<31>2005 increased annual fee commencing January 2007 to issuers of Bonds and Debentures is reasonable given the competitive pressures in the industry. Accordingly, the Exchange seeks through this proposal to better align its transaction charges with the cost of providing products. • 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–Amex–2006–20 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Amex–2006–20. This file PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26575 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–Amex–2006–20 and should be submitted on or before May 26, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–6777 Filed 5–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53747; File No. SR–MSRB– 2005–11] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board; Notice of Filing of Amendment No. 2 to Proposed Rule Change Relating to Definition of Solicitation Under MSRB Rules G–37 and G–38 May 1, 2006. 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 March 17, 2006, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (‘‘MSRB’’ or ‘‘Board’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change as described 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 87 (Friday, May 5, 2006)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53735; File No. SR-Amex-2006-20]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 
Thereto To Amend the Annual Fee for Certain Listed Bonds and Debentures

April 27, 2006.
    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 March 22, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (``Amex'' 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. On April 
5, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule 
change.\3\ On April 24, 2006, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the 
proposed rule change.\4\ The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange explained that its listed 
bonds and debentures are primarily structured products. Amendment 
No. 1 replaced and superseded the original filing in its entirety.
    \4\ In Amendment No. 2, the Exchange clarified that the proposed 
increase in the annual fee for bond issues would take effect in 
January 2007. Amendment No. 2 replaced and superseded Amendment No. 
1 to the original filing in its entirety.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Section 141 of the Amex Company 
Guide to increase the annual fee for listed bonds and debentures of 
companies whose equity securities are not listed on the Exchange 
(``Bonds and Debentures'') \5\ from $3,500 to $5,000.
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    \5\ The Exchange notes that the fees to which this proposal 
relates are applicable primarily to structured products listed on 
the Exchange as well as straight corporate debt.
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    The text of the proposed rule change, as amended, is available on 
the Exchange's Internet Web site (http://www.amex.com), at the 
Exchange's principal office, 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
    Amex proposes to increase the annual fee for listed Bonds and 
Debentures from $3,500 to $5,000. Currently,

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Section 141 of the Amex Company Guide provides that an annual fee of 
$3,500 is payable in January of each year for Bonds and Debentures. The 
Exchange notes that its Bonds and Debentures are primarily structured 
products (e.g., notes with returns tied to the performance of an 
underlying index, basket of commodities, etc.). The increased annual 
fees will be applicable to Bonds and Debentures currently listed as 
well as new listings. The increased fees will be assessed commencing 
January 2007. Beginning January 2007, the increased fees will be 
payable by all issuers of Bonds and Debentures.
    The Exchange asserts that the proposed fee increase will allow Amex 
to better recoup its costs in connection with the delivery of services 
relating to the trading of Bonds and Debentures. The Exchange believes 
that the proposed increase in annual fees will provide approximately 
$250,000 of additional revenue to Amex for the 2007 calendar year.
    The Exchange notes that the analogous New York Stock Exchange LLC 
(``NYSE'') and NYSE Arca, L.L.C. (``NYSE Arca Marketplace'') fees 
applicable to structured products and The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. 
fees applicable to other securities are $5,000, $5,000 and $15,000, 
respectively.\6\ Accordingly, Amex believes that the proposed fee 
increase will have a minimal impact on volume but will provide 
additional revenue needed for the Exchange to effectively compete.
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    \6\ See NYSE Listed Company Manual Section 902.05 (Fees for 
Listing Structured Products); NYSE Arca Marketplace Annual Listing 
Maintenance Fee for Structured Products; NASD Rule 4530(b) (Other 
Securities, Annual Fee).
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    The Exchange notes that in recent years it has revised a number of 
fees to better align its fees with the actual cost of delivering 
services.\7\ Amex believes that the increased fees will help to 
allocate to those market participants trading in Bonds and Debentures a 
fair share of the related costs of offering such products.
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    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45360 (January 29, 
2002), 67 FR 5626 (February 6, 2002); Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 44286 (May 9, 2001), 66 FR 27187 (May 16, 2001).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposal is equitable as required by 
Section 6(b)(4) of the Act.\8\ The Exchange notes that charging an 
increased annual fee commencing January 2007 to issuers of Bonds and 
Debentures is reasonable given the competitive pressures in the 
industry. Accordingly, the Exchange seeks through this proposal to 
better align its transaction charges with the cost of providing 
products.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). Section 6(b)(4) of the Act states that 
the rules of a national securities exchange must provide for ``the 
equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges 
among its members and issuers and other persons using its 
facilities.''
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose 
any burden on competition that is 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 solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve such proposed rule change, as amended, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, 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-Amex-2006-20 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Amex-2006-20. 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 the 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of the Exchange. 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-Amex-2006-20 and should be submitted on or before May 
26, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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