Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 28731-28732 [E7-9809]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 22, 2007 / Notices information regarding operation of the system including the method of operation, access criteria and the types of securities traded. Alternative trading systems are also required to supply updates on Form ATS to the Commission, describing material changes to the system, and quarterly transaction reports on Form ATS–R. Alternative trading systems are also required to file cessation of operations reports on Form ATS. Alternative trading systems with significant volume are required to comply with requirements for fair access and systems capacity, integrity and security. Under Rule 301, such alternative trading systems are required to establish standards for granting access to trading on its system. In addition, upon a decision to deny or limit an investor’s access to the system, an alternative trading system is required to provide notice to the investor of the denial or limitation and their right to an appeal to the Commission. Regulation ATS requires alternative trading systems to preserve any records made in the process of complying with the systems’ capacity, integrity and security requirements. In addition, such alternative trading systems are required to notify Commission staff of material systems outages and significant systems changes. The Commission uses the information provided pursuant to the Rule to monitor the growth and development of alternative trading systems to confirm that investors effecting trades through the systems are adequately protected, and that the systems do not impede the maintenance of fair and orderly securities markets or otherwise operate in a manner that is inconsistent with the federal securities laws. In particular, the information collected and reported to the Commission by alternative trading systems enables the Commission to evaluate the operation of alternative trading systems with regard to national market system goals, and monitor the competitive effects of these systems to ascertain whether the regulatory framework remains appropriate to the operation of such systems. Without the information provided on Forms ATS and ATS–R, the Commission would not have readily available information on a regular basis in a format that will allow it to determine whether such systems have adequate safeguards. Respondents consist of alternative trading systems that choose to register as broker-dealers and comply with the requirements of Regulation ATS. The Commission estimates that there are currently approximately 65 respondents. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:21 May 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 An estimated 65 respondents will file an average total of 465 responses per year, which corresponds to an estimated annual response burden of 1,982.5 hours. At an average cost per burden hour of approximately $95.57, the resultant total related cost of compliance for these respondents is $189,458.15 per year (1,982.5 burden hours multiplied by $95.57 per hour; a slight discrepancy is due to arithmetic rounding). Written comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Comments should be directed to: R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice. Dated: May 16, 2007. J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9808 Filed 5–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549. Extension: Rule 302, SEC File No. 270–453, OMB Control No. 3235–0510. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28731 plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Regulation ATS (17 CFR 242.300 et seq.) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) provides a regulatory structure that directly addresses issues related to alternative trading systems’ role in the marketplace. Regulation ATS allows alternative trading systems to choose between two regulatory structures. Alternative trading systems have the choice between registering as broker-dealers and complying with Regulation ATS or registering as national securities exchanges. Regulation ATS provides the regulatory framework for those alternative trading systems that choose to be regulated as broker-dealers. Rule 302 of Regulation ATS describes the recordkeeping requirements for alternative trading systems that are not national securities exchanges. Under Rule 302, alternative trading systems are required to make a record of subscribers to the alternative trading system, daily summaries of trading in the alternative trading system, and time-sequenced records of order information in the alternative trading system. The information required to be collected under the Rule should increase the abilities of the Commission, state securities regulatory authorities, and the SROs to ensure that alternative trading systems are in compliance with Regulation ATS as well as other rules and regulations of the Commission and the SROs. If the information is not collected or is collected less frequently, the Commission would be severely limited in its ability to comply with its statutory obligations, provide for the protection of investors and promote the maintenance of fair and orderly markets. Respondents consist of alternative trading systems that choose to register as broker-dealers and comply with the requirements of Regulation ATS. The Commission estimates that there are currently approximately 65 respondents. An estimated 65 respondents will spend approximately 2,340 hours per year (65 respondents at 36 burden hours/respondent) to comply with the recordkeeping requirements of Rule 302. At an average cost per burden hour of $86.54, the resultant total related cost of compliance for these respondents is $202,504.00 per year (2,340 burden hours multiplied by $86.54/hour; a slight discrepancy is due to arithmetic rounding). Written comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 28732 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 22, 2007 / Notices performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Comments should be directed to: R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice. Dated: May 16, 2007. J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9809 Filed 5–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P Sunshine Act Meeting FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: [To be published]. PLACE: [Release No. 34–55772; File No. SR–CBOE– 2007–45] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Implementation of a ‘‘Holdback Timer’’ May 16, 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 May 8, 2007, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION STATUS: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Closed Meeting. 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC. DATE AND TIME OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED MEETING: Thursday, May 17, 2007 at The Exchange proposes to amend CBOE Rule 6.23A pertaining to the implementation of a ‘‘holdback timer.’’ The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.com), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. CHANGE IN THE MEETING: II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Dated: May 17, 2007. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9779 Filed 5–21–07; 8:45 am] In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. 9:45 a.m. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Cancellation of Meeting. The Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 2007 has been cancelled. For further information please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551– 5400. BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:21 May 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose CBOE proposes to implement an additional quote mitigation strategy. Specifically, CBOE intends to systematically limit the dissemination of quotations and other changes to CBOE’s best bid and offer (e.g., orders that improve CBOE’s best bid and offer) according to prescribed time criteria (‘‘holdback timer’’). For instance, if there is a change in the price of a security underlying an option, multiple market participants may adjust the price or size of their quotes. Rather than disseminating each individual change, the holdback timer permits CBOE to wait until multiple market participants have adjusted their quotes and then to disseminate a new quotation. This mechanism helps to prevent the ‘‘flickering’’ of quotations. CBOE proposes to codify the holdback timer in Rule 6.23A. CBOE will utilize a holdback timer that delays quotation updates to OPRA for no longer than one (1) second, and will only be used in option classes trading on the Hybrid Trading System and Hybrid 2.0 Platform. CBOE may vary the holdback timer by option class. If the holdback timer is not being utilized in an option class trading on the Hybrid Trading System or Hybrid 2.0 Platform, CBOE will notify its members. CBOE does not intend to disclose the length of the holdback timer to its members or non-members. CBOE notes that the holdback timer addresses the dissemination to OPRA of quotation updates and other changes to CBOE’s best bid and offer, and not the execution of orders. The Commission recently approved the International Securities Exchange’s (‘‘ISE’’) and the American Stock Exchange’s (‘‘Amex’’) usage of a holdback timer as a quote mitigation strategy.5 Additionally, and as noted in the approval orders codifying the ISE’s and Amex’s usage of a holdback timer, the Securities Information and Financial Markets Association strongly endorsed the usage of a holdback timer as a quote mitigation strategy.6 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 55161 (January 24, 2007), 72 FR 4754 (February 1, 2007) (order approving SR–ISE–2006–62); 55162 (January 24, 2007), 72 FR 4738 (February 1, 2007) (order approving SR–Amex–2006–106). 6 Id. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 22, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28731-28732]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-9809]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 
20549.

Extension:
    Rule 302, SEC File No. 270-453, OMB Control No. 3235-0510.

    Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') is soliciting comments on the collection of 
information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this 
existing collection of information to the Office of Management and 
Budget for extension and approval.
    Regulation ATS (17 CFR 242.300 et seq.) under the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) provides a regulatory 
structure that directly addresses issues related to alternative trading 
systems' role in the marketplace. Regulation ATS allows alternative 
trading systems to choose between two regulatory structures. 
Alternative trading systems have the choice between registering as 
broker-dealers and complying with Regulation ATS or registering as 
national securities exchanges. Regulation ATS provides the regulatory 
framework for those alternative trading systems that choose to be 
regulated as broker-dealers. Rule 302 of Regulation ATS describes the 
recordkeeping requirements for alternative trading systems that are not 
national securities exchanges. Under Rule 302, alternative trading 
systems are required to make a record of subscribers to the alternative 
trading system, daily summaries of trading in the alternative trading 
system, and time-sequenced records of order information in the 
alternative trading system.
    The information required to be collected under the Rule should 
increase the abilities of the Commission, state securities regulatory 
authorities, and the SROs to ensure that alternative trading systems 
are in compliance with Regulation ATS as well as other rules and 
regulations of the Commission and the SROs. If the information is not 
collected or is collected less frequently, the Commission would be 
severely limited in its ability to comply with its statutory 
obligations, provide for the protection of investors and promote the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets.
    Respondents consist of alternative trading systems that choose to 
register as broker-dealers and comply with the requirements of 
Regulation ATS. The Commission estimates that there are currently 
approximately 65 respondents.
    An estimated 65 respondents will spend approximately 2,340 hours 
per year (65 respondents at 36 burden hours/respondent) to comply with 
the recordkeeping requirements of Rule 302. At an average cost per 
burden hour of $86.54, the resultant total related cost of compliance 
for these respondents is $202,504.00 per year (2,340 burden hours 
multiplied by $86.54/hour; a slight discrepancy is due to arithmetic 
rounding).
    Written comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection 
of information is necessary for the proper

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performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions 
submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.
    Comments should be directed to: R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley 
Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-
mail to: PRA--Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted within 60 
days of this notice.

    Dated: May 16, 2007.
J. Lynn Taylor,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-9809 Filed 5-21-07; 8:45 am]
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