Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Fee Changes, 65857-65859 [E6-18956]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 217 / Thursday, November 9, 2006 / Notices effective thirty days after an Important Notice is issued to members informing them that FICC’s systems are ready to accommodate such changes. The corresponding changes to FICC’s rules would be made at that time. (f) Alternative Proportions of Eligible Collateral. As is currently the case under FICC’s rules, FICC will continue to reserve the right to require different proportions of the Clearing Fund collateral components as necessary to address any heightened legal or insolvency risks presented by a member.10 FICC believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act 11 and the rules and regulations thereunder because it will enable FICC to standardize acceptable forms of collateral across both of its Divisions, which should lead to an increase of liquidity and a decrease of risk to FICC and its members. As such, FICC believes it will better enable FICC to safeguard the securities or funds in its possession or control or for which it is responsible. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FICC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact or impose any burden on competition. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. FICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by FICC. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within thirty-five 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 ninety 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 self-regulatory organization 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. 10 GSD Rule 4, Section 2(o), MBSD Rule 2, Section 4 of Article IV. 11 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Nov 08, 2006 Jkt 211001 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: • 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–FICC–2006–15 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–FICC–2006–15. 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 Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FICC and on FICC’s Web site at http:// www.ficc.com/gov/notices/ GOV115.06.htm?NS-query. 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–FICC–2006–15 and should be submitted on or before November 30, 2006. Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–18948 Filed 11–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments PO 00000 65857 Sfmt 4703 [Release No. 34–54697; File No. SR–ISE– 2006–61] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Fee Changes November 2, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 5, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’ 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 ISE. On October 17, 2006, ISE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 The ISE has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the ISE under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,4 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,5 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on eight Premium Products.6 The text of the 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange revised footnote 10, infra, to clarify that six of the Premium Products that are the subject of this filing constitute Fund Shares under ISE Rule 502(h), while the other two Premium Products are narrow-based index options listed pursuant to the Exchange’s generic listing standards. The Exchange also represented that Amendment No. 1 did not affect the proposed fees covered by this filing. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 5 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 6 ‘‘Premium Products’’ is defined in the Schedule of Fees as the products enumerated therein. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1 65858 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 217 / Thursday, November 9, 2006 / Notices proposed rule change, as amended, is available on the ISE’s Web site (http:// www.iseoptions.com/legal/ proposed_rule_changes.asp), at the principal office of the ISE, 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 ISE 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 ISE 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 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 1. Purpose The Exchange is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on the following eight Premium Products: KBW Bank Index (‘‘BKX’’), ISE Revere Natural Gas Index (‘‘FUM’’), iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund (‘‘IYE’’), iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund (‘‘IYT’’),7 PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio (‘‘PBW’’),8 Merrill Lynch 7 iShares is a registered trademark of Barclays Global Investors, N.A. (‘‘BGI’’), a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC. ‘‘Dow Jones,’’ ‘‘Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund,’’ and ‘‘Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund’’ are trademarks and service marks of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (‘‘Dow Jones’’) and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by BGI. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Neither IYE nor IYT are sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by Dow Jones. BGI and Dow Jones have not licensed or authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on IYE and IYT; or (ii) use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on IYE and IYT or with making disclosures concerning options on IYE and IYT under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. BGI and Dow Jones do not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE. 8 PowerSharesTM and PBWTM are trademarks of PowerShares Capital Management LLC (‘‘PowerShares’’ or the ‘‘Adviser’’). The WilderHill Clean Energy Index is a service mark of WilderShares, LLC (‘‘WilderShares’’). All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. WilderShares is not affiliated with the PBW or with the Adviser. PBW is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by WilderShares, and WilderShares makes no representation regarding the advisability of VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Nov 08, 2006 Jkt 211001 Utilities HOLDRs Trust (‘‘UTH’’),9 Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (‘‘XLP’’), and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (‘‘XLY’’).10 Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to adopt an execution fee and a comparison fee for all transactions in options on BKX, FUM, IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP, and XLY.11 The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for products covered by this filing shall be $0.15 and $0.03 per contract, respectively, for all Public Customer Orders 12 and Firm Proprietary orders. The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for all ISE Market Maker transactions shall be equal to the execution fee and comparison fee currently charged by the Exchange for ISE Market Maker transactions in equity options.13 Finally, the amount of the investing in PBW. WilderShares and PowerShares have not licensed or authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on PBW; or (ii) use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on PBW or with making disclosures concerning options on PBW under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. WilderShares and PowerShares do not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE. 9 UTH issues Depositary Receipts called Utilities HOLDRSSM representing undivided beneficial ownership in the U.S.-traded common stock of a group of specified companies that, among other things, are involved in various segments of the utilities industry. ‘‘HOLDRS’’ and ‘‘HOLding Company Depositary ReceiptS’’ are service marks of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (‘‘Merrill Lynch’’). All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. Merrill Lynch has not licensed or authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on UTH; or (ii) use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on UTH or with making disclosures concerning options on UTH under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. Merrill Lynch does not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE and is not affiliated in any manner with ISE. 10 The Exchange represents that IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP and XLY constitute ‘‘Fund Shares,’’ as defined by ISE Rule 502(h). The Exchange further represents that BKX and FUM meet the standards of ISE Rule 2002(b), which allows the ISE to begin trading these products by filing Form 19b–4(e) at least five business days after commencement of trading these new products pursuant to Rule 19b– 4(e) of the Act. Accordingly, the ISE has submitted Form 19b–4(e) to the Commission. 11 These fees will be charged only to Exchange members. Under a pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2007, these fees will also be charged to Linkage Orders (as defined in ISE Rule 1900). 12 ‘‘Public Customer Order’’ is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(33) as an order for the account of a Public Customer. ‘‘Public Customer’’ is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(32) as a person that is not a broker or dealer in securities. 13 The execution fee is currently between $0.21 and $0.12 per contract side, depending on the Exchange Average Daily Volume, and the comparison fee is currently $0.03 per contract side. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 execution fee and comparison fee for all non-ISE Market Maker transactions shall be $0.16 and $0.03 per contract, respectively. All of the applicable fees covered by this filing are identical to fees charged by the Exchange for all other Premium Products. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change will further the Exchange’s goal of introducing new products to the marketplace that are competitively priced. Additionally, the Exchange has entered into a license agreement with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. in connection with the listing and trading of options on BKX; with Revere Data, LLC in connection with the listing and trading of options on FUM; and with Standard & Poor’s in connection with the listing and trading of options on XLP and XLY. As with certain other licensed options, to defray the licensing costs, the Exchange is adopting a surcharge fee of $0.10 per contract for trading in options on BKX, XLP and XLY, and $0.05 per contract for trading in options on FUM. The Exchange believes charging the participants that trade these products is the most equitable means of recovering the costs of the licenses. However, because of competitive pressures in the industry, the Exchange proposes to exclude Public Customer Orders from this surcharge fee. Accordingly, this surcharge fee will only be charged to Exchange members with respect to nonPublic Customer Orders (e.g., ISE Market Maker, non-ISE Market Maker, and Firm Proprietary orders) and shall apply to Linkage Orders 14 under a pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2007. Further, since options on BKX, IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP and XLY are multiply-listed, the Payment for Order Flow fee shall also apply. Finally, the Exchange has terminated its development agreement with Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. for options on the ISE Water Index (‘‘HHO’’). As a result, the Exchange proposes to no longer charge a $0.05 per contract surcharge fee for options on HHO. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to delete the reference to a surcharge for HHO on its Schedule of Fees. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchanges believes that the basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 15 that an exchange have an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges 14 See 15 15 E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM ISE Rule 1900. U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 09NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 217 / Thursday, November 9, 2006 / Notices Paper Comments among its members and other persons using its facilities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, does 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 The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing rule change, as amended, establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 16 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 17 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such amended 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.18 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–ISE–2006–61 on the subject line. U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 19b–4(f)(2). 18 For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on October 17, 2006, the date on which the ISE submitted Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). • 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–ISE–2006–61. 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 ISE. 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–ISE–2006–61 and should be submitted on or before November 30, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–18956 Filed 11–8–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 16:26 Nov 08, 2006 Jkt 211001 [Release No. 34–54704; File No. SR–ISE– 2006–44] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, Inc.; Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Schedule of Fees To Expand the Broker Marketing Alliance To Include Non-BrokerDealers With Regard to the Enhanced Sentiment Market Data Offering November 3, 2006. On July 25, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (‘‘ISE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change, pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 to amend its Schedule of Fees regarding its enhanced sentiment market data offering to expand the Broker Marketing Alliance by eliminating its limitation to only broker-dealers. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 3, 2006.3 The Commission received no comments on the proposal. The Exchange offers an enhanced sentiment market data product that allows an end user to identify investor sentiment for individual securities or select industry sectors based on a calculation methodology that utilizes proprietary Exchange opening long option customer trade data.4 Previously, the Commission approved a fee structure for this product.5 The amount that a subscriber is charged depends upon whether the subscription is obtained directly from the Exchange or indirectly through a U.S. broker-dealer participating with the ISE in a Broker Marketing Alliance. A Broker Marketing Alliance is an arrangement between ISE and a participating broker-dealer that allows a participating U.S. broker-dealer to be compensated for enlisting subscribers to the enhanced sentiment market data product. There are four subscription levels of fees based on the U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54508 (September 26, 2006), 71 FR 58459 (‘‘Notice’’). 4 The enhanced sentiment market data is based on the ISE Sentiment Index or ISEE. The ISEE, which is created by the ISE, provides an intra-day picture of how investors view stock prices by assessing customers’ option trading activity. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 53756 (May 3, 2006), 71 FR 27529 (May 11, 2006) (SR–ISE–2005–56) (order approving the prior fee structure for the product) (‘‘Prior Order’’); and 53532 (March 21, 2006), 71 FR 15501 (March 28, 2006) (SR–ISE–2005–56). 5 See Prior Order, supra at n.4. 2 17 17 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1 15 16 15 19 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65859 E:\FR\FM\09NON1.SGM 09NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54697; File No. SR-ISE-2006-61]


 Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities 
Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to Fee Changes

November 2, 2006.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on October 5, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, LLC 
(``ISE'' 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 ISE. 
On October 17, 2006, ISE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule 
change.\3\ The ISE has designated this proposal as one establishing or 
changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the ISE under Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,\4\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,\5\ 
which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 
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 revised footnote 10, infra, 
to clarify that six of the Premium Products that are the subject of 
this filing constitute Fund Shares under ISE Rule 502(h), while the 
other two Premium Products are narrow-based index options listed 
pursuant to the Exchange's generic listing standards. The Exchange 
also represented that Amendment No. 1 did not affect the proposed 
fees covered by this filing.
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \5\ 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 ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish 
fees for transactions in options on eight Premium Products.\6\ The text 
of the

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proposed rule change, as amended, is available on the ISE's Web site 
(http://www.iseoptions.com/legal/proposed_rule_changes.asp), at the 
principal office of the ISE, and at the Commission's Public Reference 
Room.
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    \6\ ``Premium Products'' is defined in the Schedule of Fees as 
the products enumerated therein.
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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 ISE 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 ISE 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 Exchange is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to 
establish fees for transactions in options on the following eight 
Premium Products: KBW Bank Index (``BKX''), ISE Revere Natural Gas 
Index (``FUM''), iShares Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index Fund 
(``IYE''), iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund 
(``IYT''),\7\ PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio 
(``PBW''),\8\ Merrill Lynch Utilities HOLDRs Trust (``UTH''),\9\ 
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (``XLP''), and Consumer 
Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (``XLY'').\10\ Specifically, the 
Exchange is proposing to adopt an execution fee and a comparison fee 
for all transactions in options on BKX, FUM, IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP, 
and XLY.\11\ The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for 
products covered by this filing shall be $0.15 and $0.03 per contract, 
respectively, for all Public Customer Orders \12\ and Firm Proprietary 
orders. The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for all ISE 
Market Maker transactions shall be equal to the execution fee and 
comparison fee currently charged by the Exchange for ISE Market Maker 
transactions in equity options.\13\ Finally, the amount of the 
execution fee and comparison fee for all non-ISE Market Maker 
transactions shall be $0.16 and $0.03 per contract, respectively. All 
of the applicable fees covered by this filing are identical to fees 
charged by the Exchange for all other Premium Products. The Exchange 
believes the proposed rule change will further the Exchange's goal of 
introducing new products to the marketplace that are competitively 
priced.
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    \7\ iShares[supreg] is a registered trademark of Barclays Global 
Investors, N.A. (``BGI''), a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays 
Bank PLC. ``Dow Jones,'' ``Dow Jones U.S. Energy Sector Index 
Fund,'' and ``Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund'' are 
trademarks and service marks of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (``Dow 
Jones'') and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by BGI. 
All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their 
respective owners. Neither IYE nor IYT are sponsored, endorsed, 
issued, sold or promoted by Dow Jones. BGI and Dow Jones have not 
licensed or authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, 
provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of 
options on IYE and IYT; or (ii) use and refer to any of their 
trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, 
provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of 
options on IYE and IYT or with making disclosures concerning options 
on IYE and IYT under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or 
regulations. BGI and Dow Jones do not sponsor, endorse, or promote 
such activity by ISE and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE.
    \8\ PowerSharesTM and PBWTM are trademarks 
of PowerShares Capital Management LLC (``PowerShares'' or the 
``Adviser''). The WilderHill Clean Energy Index is a service mark of 
WilderShares, LLC (``WilderShares''). All other trademarks and 
service marks are the property of their respective owners. 
WilderShares is not affiliated with the PBW or with the Adviser. PBW 
is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by WilderShares, and 
WilderShares makes no representation regarding the advisability of 
investing in PBW. WilderShares and PowerShares have not licensed or 
authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, provision of 
a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on PBW; or 
(ii) use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in 
connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, 
marketing, and promotion of options on PBW or with making 
disclosures concerning options on PBW under any applicable federal 
or state laws, rules or regulations. WilderShares and PowerShares do 
not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE and are not 
affiliated in any manner with ISE.
    \9\ UTH issues Depositary Receipts called Utilities 
HOLDRSSM representing undivided beneficial ownership in 
the U.S.-traded common stock of a group of specified companies that, 
among other things, are involved in various segments of the 
utilities industry. ``HOLDRS'' and ``HOLding Company Depositary 
ReceiptS'' are service marks of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (``Merrill 
Lynch''). All other trademarks and service marks are the property of 
their respective owners. Merrill Lynch has not licensed or 
authorized ISE to: (i) Engage in the creation, listing, provision of 
a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on UTH; or 
(ii) use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in 
connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, 
marketing, and promotion of options on UTH or with making 
disclosures concerning options on UTH under any applicable federal 
or state laws, rules or regulations. Merrill Lynch does not sponsor, 
endorse, or promote such activity by ISE and is not affiliated in 
any manner with ISE.
    \10\ The Exchange represents that IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP and 
XLY constitute ``Fund Shares,'' as defined by ISE Rule 502(h). The 
Exchange further represents that BKX and FUM meet the standards of 
ISE Rule 2002(b), which allows the ISE to begin trading these 
products by filing Form 19b-4(e) at least five business days after 
commencement of trading these new products pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) 
of the Act. Accordingly, the ISE has submitted Form 19b-4(e) to the 
Commission.
    \11\ These fees will be charged only to Exchange members. Under 
a pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2007, these fees 
will also be charged to Linkage Orders (as defined in ISE Rule 
1900).
    \12\ ``Public Customer Order'' is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(33) 
as an order for the account of a Public Customer. ``Public 
Customer'' is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(32) as a person that is not 
a broker or dealer in securities.
    \13\ The execution fee is currently between $0.21 and $0.12 per 
contract side, depending on the Exchange Average Daily Volume, and 
the comparison fee is currently $0.03 per contract side.
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    Additionally, the Exchange has entered into a license agreement 
with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. in connection with the listing and 
trading of options on BKX; with Revere Data, LLC in connection with the 
listing and trading of options on FUM; and with Standard & Poor's in 
connection with the listing and trading of options on XLP and XLY. As 
with certain other licensed options, to defray the licensing costs, the 
Exchange is adopting a surcharge fee of $0.10 per contract for trading 
in options on BKX, XLP and XLY, and $0.05 per contract for trading in 
options on FUM. The Exchange believes charging the participants that 
trade these products is the most equitable means of recovering the 
costs of the licenses. However, because of competitive pressures in the 
industry, the Exchange proposes to exclude Public Customer Orders from 
this surcharge fee. Accordingly, this surcharge fee will only be 
charged to Exchange members with respect to non-Public Customer Orders 
(e.g., ISE Market Maker, non-ISE Market Maker, and Firm Proprietary 
orders) and shall apply to Linkage Orders \14\ under a pilot program 
that is set to expire on July 31, 2007. Further, since options on BKX, 
IYE, IYT, PBW, UTH, XLP and XLY are multiply-listed, the Payment for 
Order Flow fee shall also apply.
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    \14\ See ISE Rule 1900.
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    Finally, the Exchange has terminated its development agreement with 
Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. for options on the ISE Water Index 
(``HHO''). As a result, the Exchange proposes to no longer charge a 
$0.05 per contract surcharge fee for options on HHO. Accordingly, the 
Exchange proposes to delete the reference to a surcharge for HHO on its 
Schedule of Fees.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchanges believes that the basis under the Act for this 
proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) of the 
Act \15\ that an exchange have an equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees and other charges

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among its members and other persons using its facilities.
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, 
does 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

    The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, 
comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received 
any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested 
parties.

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

    Because the foregoing rule change, as amended, establishes or 
changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange, it has 
become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \16\ and 
Rule 19b-4(f)(2) \17\ thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the 
filing of such amended 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.\18\
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \17\ 17 CFR 19b-4(f)(2).
    \18\ For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which 
the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change under 
Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period 
to commence on October 17, 2006, the date on which the ISE submitted 
Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).
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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, 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 No. SR-ISE-2006-61 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-ISE-2006-61. 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 ISE.
    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-ISE-2006-61 
and should be submitted on or before November 30, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\19\
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    \19\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
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