Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Equity Option and Index Option Floor Brokerage Assessment, 18718-18719 [E7-7007]

Download as PDF 18718 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 71 / Friday, April 13, 2007 / Notices 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 NYSE Arca. 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–NYSEArca–2007–30 and should be submitted on or before May 4, 2007. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Phlx proposes to amend the equity option and index option Floor Brokerage Assessment to change the levels of the monthly net floor brokerage income and corresponding assessment and to effectively reduce the fee cap from $100,000 per month to $10,000 per month. The proposed equity option and index option Floor Brokerage Assessment is set forth below: For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–6959 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am] Any amount over $200,000. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55599; File No. SR–Phlx– 2007–32] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Equity Option and Index Option Floor Brokerage Assessment April 6, 2007. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on March 30, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Phlx’’ 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 substantially prepared by Phlx. Phlx filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Apr 12, 2007 Assessment $0–$200,000 ...... 5% for all amounts up to and including $200,000. No additional charge. Monthly Cap: $10,000. BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 12 17 Monthly net floor brokerage income The proposed amendments to the Floor Brokerage Assessment, as set forth above, are scheduled to become effective for trades settling on or after April 2, 2007. The Exchange also proposes to make a minor technical change to clarify that the title ‘‘Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges’’ should appear on each page of that section of the fee schedule rather than merely on the first page. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Phlx, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.phlx.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Phlx 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. Phlx 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 purpose of amending the Floor Brokerage Assessment, including effectively lowering the monthly fee cap to $10,000,5 is to create a financial 5 Although the fee schedule will reflect a cap of $10,000, in actuality listing the cap is just for clarity; mathematically, the cap would exist anyway because the 5% assessment would be applied to the Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 incentive for floor brokers to send additional order flow to the Exchange, which should, in turn, allow the Exchange to remain competitive. The purpose of setting forth the title ‘‘Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges’’ on each applicable page of the fee schedule is to codify a change that was recently made to the Exchange’s fee schedule. The Exchange recently filed a proposed rule change to assess equity option charges (including payment for order flow charges), as opposed to index option charges, on (1) options on the Russell 2000 Index 6 traded under the symbol RUT (the ‘‘Full Value Russell Index’’), and (2) options on the one-tenth value Russell 2000 Index traded under the symbol RMN (the ‘‘Reduced Value Russell Index’’).7 The Exchange changed the title of the first page of the equity option fee schedule from ‘‘Summary of Equity Option Charges’’ to ‘‘Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges,’’ but inadvertently did not make corresponding changes to the title on each subsequent page of the equity option fee schedule. Thus, placing the title ‘‘Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges’’ on each page will more accurately reflect the changes that were recently made to the Exchange’s fee schedule, as described above. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its schedule of fees is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,8 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,9 in particular, in that it is an equitable monthly net floor brokerage income for all amounts up to and including $200,000. For example, if the net floor brokerage income is $300,000 for a particular month, then the first $200,000 would be assessed a rate of 5%, (which is $10,000) and the remainder ($100,000) would not be charged any additional Floor Brokerage Assessment. 6 Russell 2000 is a trademark and service mark of the Frank Russell Company, used under license. Neither Frank Russell Company’s publication of the Russell Indexes nor its licensing of its trademarks for use in connection with securities or other financial products derived from a Russell Index in any way suggests or implies a representation or opinion by Frank Russell Company as to the attractiveness of investment in any securities or other financial products based upon or derived from any Russell Index. Frank Russell Company is not the issuer of any such securities or other financial products and makes no express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose with respect to any Russell Index or any data included or reflected therein, nor as to results to be obtained by any person or any entity from the use of the Russell Index or any data included or reflected therein. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55473 (March 14, 2007), 72 FR 13338 (March 21, 2007) (SR–Phlx–2007–12). 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 71 / Friday, April 13, 2007 / Notices allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members. 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 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. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 11 thereunder. Accordingly, the proposed rule change is effective upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments 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–Phlx–2007–32 on the subject line. pwalker on PROD1PC71 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 No. SR–Phlx–2007–32. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the 11 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:52 Apr 12, 2007 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–7007 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 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: 10 15 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 will also 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 No. SR–Phlx–2007–32 and should be submitted on or before May 4, 2007. [Disaster Declaration #10849] Washington Disaster # WA–00012 Declaration of Economic Injury Jkt 211001 Small Business Administration. Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is a notice of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for the State of Washington, dated 04/09/2007. Incident: Windstorm. Incident Period: 12/14/2006 through 12/15/2006. EFFECTIVE DATE: 04/09/2007. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 01/09/2008. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, 12 17 PO 00000 U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW, Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. Notice is hereby given that as a result of the Administrator’s EIDL declaration, applications for economic injury disaster loans may be filed at the address listed above or other locally announced locations. The following areas have been determined to be adversely affected by the disaster: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Primary Counties: King, Lewis, San Juan Contiguous Counties: Washington: Chelan, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Yakima The Interest Rate is: 4.000. The number assigned to this disaster for economic injury is 108490. The States which received an EIDL Declaration # is Washington. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59002) Dated: April 9, 2007. Steven C. Preston, Administrator. [FR Doc. E7–7029 Filed 4–12–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ACTION: Audit and Financial Management Advisory (AFMAC) Committee Notice of Cancellation of Public Meeting The U.S. Small Business Administration, Audit and Financial Management Advisory Committee (AFMAC) federal meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2007 has been cancelled. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 71 (Friday, April 13, 2007)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-55599; File No. SR-Phlx-2007-32]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Relating to the Equity Option and Index Option Floor Brokerage 
Assessment

April 6, 2007.
    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 30, 2007, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (``Phlx'' 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 substantially prepared by Phlx. 
Phlx filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 
\3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,\4\ which renders the proposal 
effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing 
this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Phlx proposes to amend the equity option and index option Floor 
Brokerage Assessment to change the levels of the monthly net floor 
brokerage income and corresponding assessment and to effectively reduce 
the fee cap from $100,000 per month to $10,000 per month. The proposed 
equity option and index option Floor Brokerage Assessment is set forth 
below:

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    Monthly net floor brokerage income               Assessment
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$0-$200,000...............................  5% for all amounts up to and
                                             including $200,000.
Any amount over $200,000..................  No additional charge.
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                          Monthly Cap: $10,000.
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The proposed amendments to the Floor Brokerage Assessment, as set forth 
above, are scheduled to become effective for trades settling on or 
after April 2, 2007.
    The Exchange also proposes to make a minor technical change to 
clarify that the title ``Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN 
Charges'' should appear on each page of that section of the fee 
schedule rather than merely on the first page. The text of the proposed 
rule change is available at Phlx, the Commission's Public Reference 
Room, and http://www.phlx.com.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, Phlx 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. Phlx 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 purpose of amending the Floor Brokerage Assessment, including 
effectively lowering the monthly fee cap to $10,000,\5\ is to create a 
financial incentive for floor brokers to send additional order flow to 
the Exchange, which should, in turn, allow the Exchange to remain 
competitive.
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    \5\ Although the fee schedule will reflect a cap of $10,000, in 
actuality listing the cap is just for clarity; mathematically, the 
cap would exist anyway because the 5% assessment would be applied to 
the monthly net floor brokerage income for all amounts up to and 
including $200,000. For example, if the net floor brokerage income 
is $300,000 for a particular month, then the first $200,000 would be 
assessed a rate of 5%, (which is $10,000) and the remainder 
($100,000) would not be charged any additional Floor Brokerage 
Assessment.
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    The purpose of setting forth the title ``Summary of Equity Option 
and RUT and RMN Charges'' on each applicable page of the fee schedule 
is to codify a change that was recently made to the Exchange's fee 
schedule. The Exchange recently filed a proposed rule change to assess 
equity option charges (including payment for order flow charges), as 
opposed to index option charges, on (1) options on the Russell 
2000[supreg] Index \6\ traded under the symbol RUT (the ``Full Value 
Russell Index''), and (2) options on the one-tenth value Russell 
2000[supreg] Index traded under the symbol RMN (the ``Reduced Value 
Russell Index'').\7\ The Exchange changed the title of the first page 
of the equity option fee schedule from ``Summary of Equity Option 
Charges'' to ``Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges,'' but 
inadvertently did not make corresponding changes to the title on each 
subsequent page of the equity option fee schedule. Thus, placing the 
title ``Summary of Equity Option and RUT and RMN Charges'' on each page 
will more accurately reflect the changes that were recently made to the 
Exchange's fee schedule, as described above.
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    \6\ Russell 2000[supreg] is a trademark and service mark of the 
Frank Russell Company, used under license. Neither Frank Russell 
Company's publication of the Russell Indexes nor its licensing of 
its trademarks for use in connection with securities or other 
financial products derived from a Russell Index in any way suggests 
or implies a representation or opinion by Frank Russell Company as 
to the attractiveness of investment in any securities or other 
financial products based upon or derived from any Russell Index. 
Frank Russell Company is not the issuer of any such securities or 
other financial products and makes no express or implied warranties 
of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose with 
respect to any Russell Index or any data included or reflected 
therein, nor as to results to be obtained by any person or any 
entity from the use of the Russell Index or any data included or 
reflected therein.
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55473 (March 14, 
2007), 72 FR 13338 (March 21, 2007) (SR-Phlx-2007-12).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its schedule of 
fees is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,\8\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\9\ in 
particular, in that it is an equitable

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allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any 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 neither solicited nor received written comments on 
the proposed rule change.

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

    The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee 
change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \10\ and Rule 
19b-4(f)(2) \11\ thereunder. Accordingly, the proposed rule change is 
effective upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days 
of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily 
abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such 
action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the 
protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of 
the Act.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-Phlx-2007-32 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 No. SR-Phlx-2007-32. 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 will also 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 No. SR-Phlx-2007-32 and should be submitted on or before May 4, 
2007.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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