Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund, 62493-62495 [E6-17845]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 206 / Wednesday, October 25, 2006 / Notices issuers and other persons using its facilities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange believes that the proposed fee change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in the 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 The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments regarding the proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from Exchange participants or other interested parties. 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; or B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 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 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File NumberSR–Amex–2006–98 and should be submitted on or before November 15, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.7 J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–17836 Filed 10–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54625; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–95] 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–Amex–2006–98 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund October 18, 2006. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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–2006–98. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 Oct 24, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 September 29, 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 and II below, which Items have 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62493 been prepared by the Amex. On October 17, 2006, the Amex filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposal. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change and Amendment No. 1 from interested persons and is simultaneously approving the proposal, as amended, on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to substitute the index tracked by a class of exchange-traded securities (formerly referred to as Vanguard Emerging Market VIPERs, the ‘‘ETF Shares’’) issued by the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund (‘‘Fund’’).3 The complete filing is available on the Amex’s Web site, http:// www.amex.com, at the Amex’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 Amex 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 III below. The Amex 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 August 12, 2004, the Commission approved the Exchange’s proposal to list and trade the ETF Shares under Amex Rules 1000A et seq.4 Amex Rules 1000A et seq. provide standards for the listing and trading of Index Fund Shares 5 issued by registered open-end investment companies, such as the Fund. In approving the ETF Shares for Exchange trading, the Exchange states that the Commission thoroughly 3 In addition to the ETF Shares, the Fund offers a class of shares that are not exchange-traded, which are referred to as ‘‘Investor Shares.’’ 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50189, 69 FR 51723 (August 20, 2004) (SR–Amex–2004– 05) (‘‘Original Approval Order’’). 5 Amex Rule 1000A defines ‘‘Index Fund Shares’’ as securities based on a portfolio of stocks or fixed income securities that seek to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of a specified foreign or domestic stock index or fixed income securities index. E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 62494 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 206 / Wednesday, October 25, 2006 / Notices considered the structure of the Fund, the usefulness of the ETF Shares to investors and to the markets, and the Amex rules that govern their trading.6 The ETF Shares originally sought to track, as closely as possible, the performance of the Select Emerging Markets Index (‘‘Select Index’’), a regional index compiled by Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (MSCI) 7 (‘‘MSCI’’). Pursuant to the Fund’s prospectus for the ETF Shares and the Original Approval Order, the Exchange states that the Fund has the right to substitute a different index for the Select Index, provided, that the reason for the substitution is determined in good faith, the substitute index measures the same general market as the Select Index, and investors are notified of the index substitution.8 On August 23, 2006, The Vanguard Group, Inc., as investment adviser to the Fund (‘‘Vanguard’’), announced that the Fund had substituted the Select Index with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (formerly known as the MSCI Emerging Markets (Free) Index) (‘‘Emerging Markets Index’’).9 In accordance with the Original Approval Order, the purpose of this filing is to obtain the Commission’s approval for the listing and trading of the ETF Shares on the Exchange now that the Fund is based on the Emerging Markets Index.10 The Select Index 11 is modeled on the more expansive Emerging Markets Index with certain adjustments designed to reduce risk, including the exclusion of countries because of concerns about illiquidity, repatriation of capital, or entry barriers to those markets. As of June 13, 2006, Colombia, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela were excluded from the Select Index due to the above concerns. As specific emerging markets such as Russia and Malaysia have become more liquid and accessible, Vanguard believes that additional emerging markets countries now warrant inclusion in the Fund. The Exchange states that the addition of these emerging markets to the Select Index would result in a benchmark that is effectively the same as the Emerging Markets Index and, as a result, the 6 See supra, note 4. is a service mark of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. 8 See supra, note 4. 9 See http://onlinepressroom.net/vanguard/. 10 See supra, note 4. 11 The Select Index includes approximately 668 common stocks of companies located in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 7 MSCI VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 Oct 24, 2006 Jkt 211001 Exchange proposes that the substitution of the Emerging Markets Index for the Select Index be approved. The Emerging Markets Index provides exposure to 25 emerging market countries, whereas the Select Index only provides exposure to 18 emerging market countries. As of August 24, 2006, the Emerging Markets Index was comprised of 848 constituents with the top five constituents representing the following weights: 4.07%, 2.84%, 2.1%, 1.84% and 1.77%. As of June 30, 2006, the average market capitalization of the constituents was approximately $2.18 billion. Countries represented in the Emerging Markets Index include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey. The Exchange states that MSCI periodically adjusts the list of included countries to keep pace with the evolution in world markets (such adjustments are made on a forward-looking basis, so past performance of the Emerging Markets Index always reflects actual country representation during the relevant period). The Exchange states that MSCI exclusively administers the Emerging Markets Index. Similar to the Select Index, the Emerging Markets Index is a capitalization-weighted index whose component securities are adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for inclusion in the Index. The Emerging Markets Index aims to capture 85% of the publicly available total market capitalization in each emerging market included in the Emerging Markets Index. The Emerging Markets Index is rebalanced quarterly, calculated in U.S. dollars on a real time basis, and disseminated every 60 seconds during market trading hours. The Commission has previously approved the listing and trading on the Amex of an exchangetraded fund based on the Emerging Markets Index.12 The Fund’s investment objectives, policies and methodology, MSCI’s index maintenance procedures and standards, and the dissemination of index information as described in the Original Approval Order will not be affected by the index substitution. For example, the Fund will continue to employ a ‘‘representative sampling’’ methodology to track the Emerging Markets Index, 12 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44900 (October 25, 2001), 66 FR 55712 (November 2, 2001) (SR–Amex–2001–45), as corrected by Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44990 (October 25, 2001), 66 FR 56869 (November 13, 2001). PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which means that the Fund invests in a representative sample of securities in the Emerging Markets Index that have a similar investment profile as the Emerging Markets Index.13 The Exchange believes that the Fund’s investment policies will continue to prevent the Fund from being excessively weighted in any single security or small group of securities and significantly reduce concerns that trading in the ETF Shares could become a surrogate for trading in unregistered securities. The Exchange also expects that the expense ratios of the ETF Shares will remain at 0.30%, and the Fund will not generate any capital gains as a result of the substitution. The Exchange has reviewed the Emerging Markets Index and believes that sufficient mechanisms exist that would provide the Exchange with adequate surveillance and regulatory information with respect to the Emerging Markets Index. Specifically, the Exchange represents that it will rely on existing surveillance procedures governing Index Fund Shares. In addition, the Exchange, Vanguard, and MSCI have a general policy prohibiting the distribution of material, non-public information by their employees. Due to MSCI’s role as a broker-dealer that maintains the Emerging Markets Index, MSCI has represented that a functional separation, such as a firewall, exists between its trading desk and the research persons responsible for maintaining the Emerging Markets Index. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,14 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,15 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not 13 As of August 24, 2006, the Fund was comprised of 851 constituents. The aggregate percentage weighting of the top 5, 10, and 20 constituents in the Fund were 11.07%, 18.17%, and 28.09%, respectively. 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 15 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 206 / Wednesday, October 25, 2006 / Notices 62495 be submitted on or before November 15, 2006. the proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis.20 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Commission Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,21 that the proposed rule change, as amended (SR– Amex–2006–95), is approved on an accelerated basis. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder III. Solicitation of Comments applicable to a national securities exchange, and in particular, with the Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the arguments concerning the foregoing, Act.16 In particular, the Commission including whether the proposed rule finds that the Amex’s proposal is change is consistent with the Act. designed to promote just and equitable Comments may be submitted by any of principles of trade, to remove the following methods: impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market Electronic Comments and a national market system, and, in • Use the Commission’s Internet general, to protect investors and the comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ public interest. rules/sro.shtml); or The Exchange has requested that the • Send an e-mail to ruleCommission approve the proposal on an comments@sec.gov. Please include File accelerated basis. The Commission finds Number SR–Amex–2006–95 on the good cause, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) subject line. of the Act,17 for approving the proposed Paper Comments rule change, as amended, prior to the • Send paper comments in triplicate thirtieth day after the date of to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, publication of notice in the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission, Register. The Commission notes that the 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC proposal is consistent with the listing 20549–1090. and trading standards in Amex Rule All submissions should refer to File 1000A et seq. (Index Fund Shares). Number SR–Amex–2006–95. This file Furthermore, in the Original Approval number should be included on the Order, the Commission approved a subject line if e-mail is used. To help the similar product based on a substantially Commission process and review your similar index covering the same general comments more efficiently, please use market. The Commission has also only one method. The Commission will previously approved the listing and post all comments on the Commission’s trading on the Amex of an exchangeInternet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ traded fund based on the Emerging rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Markets Index.18 The Exchange submission, all subsequent represents that the Fund’s investment amendments, all written statements objectives, policies and methodology, with respect to the proposed rule MSCI’s index maintenance procedures change that are filed with the and standards, and the dissemination of Commission, and all written index and other information as communications relating to the described in the Original Approval proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than Order will not be affected by the index substitution. The Exchange also those that may be withheld from the represents that its representations in the public in accordance with the Original Approval Order with regard to provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be the adequacy of its surveillance available for inspection and copying in procedures and trading rules applicable the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be to this product continue to be in effect. Accordingly, the Commission finds that available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All there is good cause, consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,19 to approve comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 16 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). In approving the proposed not edit personal identifying rule change, the Commission has considered the information from submissions. You proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, should submit only information that and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). you wish to make available publicly. All 17 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 18 See supra, note 12. submissions should refer to File 19 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(5). Number SR-Amex-2006–95 and should VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:12 Oct 24, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.22 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–17845 Filed 10–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54621; File No. SR–BSE– 2006–43] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Exchange Fees and Charges October 18, 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 October 6, 2006, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BSE’’ 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 proposed rule change has been filed by the Exchange as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge 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 from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes a change to the Minimum Activity Charge (‘‘MAC’’) contained in the Fee Schedule for the Boston Options Exchange (‘‘BOX’’). The Exchange proposes to review the MAC 20 The Commission’s approval of the Exchange’s listing and trading of the ETF Shares based on the Emerging Markets Index is not retroactive in effect. 21 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 22 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 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). E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54625; File No. SR-Amex-2006-95]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed 
Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to the Vanguard 
Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund

October 18, 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 September 29, 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 and 
II below, which Items have been prepared by the Amex. On October 17, 
2006, the Amex filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposal. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
and Amendment No. 1 from interested persons and is simultaneously 
approving the proposal, as amended, on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to substitute the index tracked by a class of 
exchange-traded securities (formerly referred to as Vanguard Emerging 
Market VIPERs, the ``ETF Shares'') issued by the Vanguard Emerging 
Markets Stock Index Fund (``Fund'').\3\ The complete filing is 
available on the Amex's Web site, http://www.amex.com, at the Amex's 
Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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    \3\ In addition to the ETF Shares, the Fund offers a class of 
shares that are not exchange-traded, which are referred to as 
``Investor Shares.''
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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 Amex 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 III below. The Amex 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 August 12, 2004, the Commission approved the Exchange's proposal 
to list and trade the ETF Shares under Amex Rules 1000A et seq.\4\ Amex 
Rules 1000A et seq. provide standards for the listing and trading of 
Index Fund Shares \5\ issued by registered open-end investment 
companies, such as the Fund. In approving the ETF Shares for Exchange 
trading, the Exchange states that the Commission thoroughly

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considered the structure of the Fund, the usefulness of the ETF Shares 
to investors and to the markets, and the Amex rules that govern their 
trading.\6\
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 50189, 69 FR 51723 
(August 20, 2004) (SR-Amex-2004-05) (``Original Approval Order'').
    \5\ Amex Rule 1000A defines ``Index Fund Shares'' as securities 
based on a portfolio of stocks or fixed income securities that seek 
to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price 
and yield of a specified foreign or domestic stock index or fixed 
income securities index.
    \6\ See supra, note 4.
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    The ETF Shares originally sought to track, as closely as possible, 
the performance of the Select Emerging Markets Index (``Select 
Index''), a regional index compiled by Morgan Stanley Capital 
International Inc. (MSCI[supreg]) \7\ (``MSCI''). Pursuant to the 
Fund's prospectus for the ETF Shares and the Original Approval Order, 
the Exchange states that the Fund has the right to substitute a 
different index for the Select Index, provided, that the reason for the 
substitution is determined in good faith, the substitute index measures 
the same general market as the Select Index, and investors are notified 
of the index substitution.\8\ On August 23, 2006, The Vanguard Group, 
Inc., as investment adviser to the Fund (``Vanguard''), announced that 
the Fund had substituted the Select Index with the MSCI Emerging 
Markets Index (formerly known as the MSCI Emerging Markets (Free) 
Index) (``Emerging Markets Index'').\9\ In accordance with the Original 
Approval Order, the purpose of this filing is to obtain the 
Commission's approval for the listing and trading of the ETF Shares on 
the Exchange now that the Fund is based on the Emerging Markets 
Index.\10\
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    \7\ MSCI[supreg] is a service mark of Morgan Stanley & Co. 
Incorporated.
    \8\ See supra, note 4.
    \9\ See http://onlinepressroom.net/vanguard/.
    \10\ See supra, note 4.
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    The Select Index \11\ is modeled on the more expansive Emerging 
Markets Index with certain adjustments designed to reduce risk, 
including the exclusion of countries because of concerns about 
illiquidity, repatriation of capital, or entry barriers to those 
markets. As of June 13, 2006, Colombia, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, 
Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela were excluded from 
the Select Index due to the above concerns. As specific emerging 
markets such as Russia and Malaysia have become more liquid and 
accessible, Vanguard believes that additional emerging markets 
countries now warrant inclusion in the Fund. The Exchange states that 
the addition of these emerging markets to the Select Index would result 
in a benchmark that is effectively the same as the Emerging Markets 
Index and, as a result, the Exchange proposes that the substitution of 
the Emerging Markets Index for the Select Index be approved.
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    \11\ The Select Index includes approximately 668 common stocks 
of companies located in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech 
Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Peru, 
Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
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    The Emerging Markets Index provides exposure to 25 emerging market 
countries, whereas the Select Index only provides exposure to 18 
emerging market countries. As of August 24, 2006, the Emerging Markets 
Index was comprised of 848 constituents with the top five constituents 
representing the following weights: 4.07%, 2.84%, 2.1%, 1.84% and 
1.77%. As of June 30, 2006, the average market capitalization of the 
constituents was approximately $2.18 billion. Countries represented in 
the Emerging Markets Index include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, 
Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, 
Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, 
Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and 
Turkey. The Exchange states that MSCI periodically adjusts the list of 
included countries to keep pace with the evolution in world markets 
(such adjustments are made on a forward-looking basis, so past 
performance of the Emerging Markets Index always reflects actual 
country representation during the relevant period).
    The Exchange states that MSCI exclusively administers the Emerging 
Markets Index. Similar to the Select Index, the Emerging Markets Index 
is a capitalization-weighted index whose component securities are 
adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for 
inclusion in the Index. The Emerging Markets Index aims to capture 85% 
of the publicly available total market capitalization in each emerging 
market included in the Emerging Markets Index. The Emerging Markets 
Index is rebalanced quarterly, calculated in U.S. dollars on a real 
time basis, and disseminated every 60 seconds during market trading 
hours. The Commission has previously approved the listing and trading 
on the Amex of an exchange-traded fund based on the Emerging Markets 
Index.\12\
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    \12\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44900 (October 25, 
2001), 66 FR 55712 (November 2, 2001) (SR-Amex-2001-45), as 
corrected by Securities Exchange Act Release No. 44990 (October 25, 
2001), 66 FR 56869 (November 13, 2001).
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    The Fund's investment objectives, policies and methodology, MSCI's 
index maintenance procedures and standards, and the dissemination of 
index information as described in the Original Approval Order will not 
be affected by the index substitution. For example, the Fund will 
continue to employ a ``representative sampling'' methodology to track 
the Emerging Markets Index, which means that the Fund invests in a 
representative sample of securities in the Emerging Markets Index that 
have a similar investment profile as the Emerging Markets Index.\13\ 
The Exchange believes that the Fund's investment policies will continue 
to prevent the Fund from being excessively weighted in any single 
security or small group of securities and significantly reduce concerns 
that trading in the ETF Shares could become a surrogate for trading in 
unregistered securities. The Exchange also expects that the expense 
ratios of the ETF Shares will remain at 0.30%, and the Fund will not 
generate any capital gains as a result of the substitution.
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    \13\ As of August 24, 2006, the Fund was comprised of 851 
constituents. The aggregate percentage weighting of the top 5, 10, 
and 20 constituents in the Fund were 11.07%, 18.17%, and 28.09%, 
respectively.
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    The Exchange has reviewed the Emerging Markets Index and believes 
that sufficient mechanisms exist that would provide the Exchange with 
adequate surveillance and regulatory information with respect to the 
Emerging Markets Index. Specifically, the Exchange represents that it 
will rely on existing surveillance procedures governing Index Fund 
Shares. In addition, the Exchange, Vanguard, and MSCI have a general 
policy prohibiting the distribution of material, non-public information 
by their employees. Due to MSCI's role as a broker-dealer that 
maintains the Emerging Markets Index, MSCI has represented that a 
functional separation, such as a firewall, exists between its trading 
desk and the research persons responsible for maintaining the Emerging 
Markets Index.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\14\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\15\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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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 burden on competition that is not

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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

    The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on 
the proposed rule change.

III. 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-Amex-2006-95 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-Amex-2006-95. 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 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-2006-95 and should be submitted on or before 
November 15, 2006.

IV. Commission Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
Proposed Rule Change

    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange, and in 
particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.\16\ In 
particular, the Commission finds that the Amex's proposal is designed 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). In approving the proposed rule change, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    The Exchange has requested that the Commission approve the proposal 
on an accelerated basis. The Commission finds good cause, pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,\17\ for approving the proposed rule 
change, as amended, prior to the thirtieth day after the date of 
publication of notice in the Federal Register. The Commission notes 
that the proposal is consistent with the listing and trading standards 
in Amex Rule 1000A et seq. (Index Fund Shares). Furthermore, in the 
Original Approval Order, the Commission approved a similar product 
based on a substantially similar index covering the same general 
market. The Commission has also previously approved the listing and 
trading on the Amex of an exchange-traded fund based on the Emerging 
Markets Index.\18\ The Exchange represents that the Fund's investment 
objectives, policies and methodology, MSCI's index maintenance 
procedures and standards, and the dissemination of index and other 
information as described in the Original Approval Order will not be 
affected by the index substitution. The Exchange also represents that 
its representations in the Original Approval Order with regard to the 
adequacy of its surveillance procedures and trading rules applicable to 
this product continue to be in effect. Accordingly, the Commission 
finds that there is good cause, consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the 
Act,\19\ to approve the proposed rule change, as amended, on an 
accelerated basis.\20\
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \18\ See supra, note 12.
    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(5).
    \20\ The Commission's approval of the Exchange's listing and 
trading of the ETF Shares based on the Emerging Markets Index is not 
retroactive in effect.
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V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\21\ that the proposed rule change, as amended (SR-Amex-2006-95), 
is approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\22\
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    \22\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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