Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments, 73937-73939 [E7-25208]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2007 / Notices provide that a Former Employee Director may become the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Exchange. This proposed rule change will not affect the prohibition on an ‘‘industry representative’’ becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Exchange as currently provided under the Constitution. 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(1) 7 that an exchange be so organized and to have the capacity to be able to carry out the purposes of the Act and to comply, and (subject to any rule or order of the Commission pursuant to Section 17(d) 8 or 19(g)(2) of the Act 9) to enforce compliance by its members and persons associated with its members, with the provisions of the Act, the rules and regulations thereunder and the rules of the exchange. The Exchange also believes this proposed rule change furthers the objective of Section 6(b)(5) 10 that an exchange have rules that, among other things, are designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism for 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 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. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) 11 of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(3) 12 thereunder because it was designated by the Exchange as concerned solely with the 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(1). U.S.C. 78q(d). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(g)(2). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(3). 8 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:27 Dec 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 73937 administration of the Exchange. 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. should refer to File No. SR–ISE–2007– 117 and should be submitted on or before January 18, 2008. 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: BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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-ISE–2007–117 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments 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–ISE–2007–117. 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 on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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 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 December 17, 2007, 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 and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 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. PO 00000 Frm 00181 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–25201 Filed 12–27–07; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57019; File No. SR–ISE– 2007–120] December 20, 2007. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change ISE proposes to amend Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments, to decrease the size of the minimum quoting and trading increments applicable to the Exchange’s foreign currency options (‘‘FX options’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at ISE, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.ise.com. 13 17 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). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 73938 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2007 / Notices II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 1. Purpose ISE proposes to amend its Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments, to decrease the size of the minimum quoting and trading increments applicable to the Exchange’s FX options.5 The Exchange believes that by reducing the minimum trading increments applicable to ISE’s FX options, the proposed rule change will provide market participants with additional trading opportunities in this product. Further, quoting and trading in smaller increments will enable market participants to trade FX options with greater precision as to price. Currently, FX options traded on the Exchange have minimum increments of $0.05 or $0.10 depending on the price at which an FX option is quoting. Specifically, under the Exchange’s current rules, the minimum trading increment for an FX options contract trading at less than $3.00 is $0.05, and for an FX options contract trading at $3.00 or higher, the minimum trading increment is $0.10. The proposed amendment to Rule 710 would set the minimum increment for all FX options at $0.01 regardless of the price at which the option is quoting. Although FX options would be trading in these narrower increments, they would not actually be trading in pennies6 and 5 The Exchange began trading FX options on the Euro, the British pound, the Japanese yen and the Canadian dollar on April 17, 2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55575 (April 3, 2007), 72 FR 17963 (April 10, 2007) (approving SR–ISE– 2006–59). 6 The Exchange notes that ISE’s FX options have underlying values that modify the magnitude of traditionally quoted exchange rates that appear in the underlying foreign currency markets. As a result, the ‘‘rate-modified’’ FX options traded on the Exchange are quoted to reflect the sub-penny movements in the actual exchange rate of any underlying currency. Since all premiums in ISE’s FX options are quoted in U.S. Dollars, customers will be able to trade this product in one-cent VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:27 Dec 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 would not be considered part of the Exchange’s pilot program currently applicable to certain equity options.7 Currently, options on currency futures trade in these smaller increments on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Also, currencies trade on the cash market in these smaller increments. Further, the Commission recently approved a proposed rule change by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (‘‘Phlx’’) permitting that exchange to trade its U.S. dollar-settled foreign currency options in $0.01 increments.8 As a competitive matter, ISE seeks the opportunity to offer market participants those same, more refined increments. The Exchange notes that providing these more refined increments will permit the Exchange’s market makers the opportunity to provide better fills (meaning less spread than the current wider minimum increments rules allow) to customers. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 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 increments. Thus, while the Exchange’s proposal seeks to set the minimum increment for all FX options at $0.01, the quoted values reflect much smaller currency increments with respect to the exchange rate of the underlying currency. 7 The penny pilot, which permits certain options series to be quoted and traded in increments of $0.01, began on January 26, 2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55161 (January 24, 2007), 72 FR 4754 (February 1, 2007) (approving SR–ISE– 2006–62). The penny pilot was extended through September 27, 2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56151 (July 26, 2007), 72 FR 42452 (August 2, 2007) (approving SR–ISE–2007–68). The penny pilot has been extended again through March 27, 2009. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56564 (September 27, 2007), 72 FR 56412 (October 3, 2007) (approving SR–ISE–2007–74). With one exception, all series in options included in the penny pilot trading at a price of less than $3.00 are currently quoted and traded in minimum increments of $0.01, and those with a price of $3.00 or higher are currently quoted and traded in minimum increments of $0.05. A list of the options to be included in the penny pilot was communicated to the Exchange’s members via a Regulatory Information Circular. 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56933 (December 7, 2007), 72 FR 71185 (December 14, 2007) (approving SR–Phlx–2007–70). PO 00000 Frm 00182 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) Impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) Become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder. As required under Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act, the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of the filing of the proposed rule change. A proposed rule change filed under 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay and render the proposed rule change to become operative on January 2, 2008.9 The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Waiver of the 30-day operative delay would enable the Exchange to start trading FX options in the same increments and at the same time as Phlx. For the reasons stated above, the Commission therefore designates the proposal to become operative immediately. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 9 The Exchange also may decide to start using these smaller trading increments later than January 2, 2007. Telephone conversation between Samir M. Patel, Assistant General Counsel, ISE, and Natasha Cowen, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, dated December 19, 2007. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 248 / Friday, December 28, 2007 / Notices 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 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–ISE–2007–120 on the subject line. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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–ISE–2007–120. 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, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of 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–2007–120 and should VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:27 Dec 27, 2007 Jkt 214001 be submitted on or before January 18, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–25208 Filed 12–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57002; File No. SR–MSRB– 2007–07] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Rule G–14, Reports of Sales or Purchases, to Extend the Expiration Date of the Three-Hour Exception to the Fifteen-Minute Reporting Deadline December 20, 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 November 27, 2007, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (‘‘MSRB’’ or ‘‘Board’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the MSRB. The MSRB has filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act,3 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The MSRB is filing with the Commission a proposed rule change consisting of an amendment to MSRB Rule G–14, Reports of Sales or Purchases (the ‘‘proposed rule change’’). The proposed rule change would extend the expiration date of the three-hour exception to the fifteen-minute reporting deadline for certain when, as and if issued transactions under Rule G– 14 RTRS Procedures, paragraph 10 17 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)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00183 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73939 (a)(ii)(C). Under the current language of this provision, the three-hour reporting exception will automatically expire December 31, 2007. The proposed rule change provides that the three-hour exception will expire on June 30, 2008 in order to coincide with the effective date of other proposed changes to MSRB rules designed to improve transaction reporting of new issue municipal securities. The MSRB proposes an effective date for this proposed rule change of December 31, 2007. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the MSRB’s Web site (http:// www.msrb.org), at the MSRB, 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 MSRB 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 MSRB 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 MSRB Rule G–14, on transaction reporting, requires all brokers, dealers and municipal securities dealers (‘‘dealers’’) to report all transactions in municipal securities to the MSRB RealTime Transaction Reporting System (‘‘RTRS’’) within fifteen minutes of the time of trade execution, with limited exceptions. One exception listed in Rule G–14 RTRS Procedures, paragraph (a)(ii) is a ‘‘three-hour exception’’ that allows a dealer three hours to report a transaction in a when, as and if issued (‘‘when-issued’’) security if all of the following conditions apply: (i) The CUSIP number and indicative data of the issue traded are not in the securities master file used by the dealer to process trades for confirmations, clearance and settlement; (ii) the dealer has not traded the issue in the previous year; and (iii) the dealer is not a syndicate manager or syndicate member for the issue. The three-hour exception was designed to give a dealer time to add a security to its ‘‘securities master file’’ so that a trade can be reported through the dealer’s automated trade processing systems. A securities master file E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-57019; File No. SR-ISE-2007-120]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule 
Change Relating to Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments

December 20, 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 December 17, 2007, 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 and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by 
the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act\3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 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).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    ISE proposes to amend Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments, to 
decrease the size of the minimum quoting and trading increments 
applicable to the Exchange's foreign currency options (``FX options''). 
The text of the proposed rule change is available at ISE, the 
Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://www.ise.com.

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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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. 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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    ISE proposes to amend its Rule 710, Minimum Trading Increments, to 
decrease the size of the minimum quoting and trading increments 
applicable to the Exchange's FX options.\5\ The Exchange believes that 
by reducing the minimum trading increments applicable to ISE's FX 
options, the proposed rule change will provide market participants with 
additional trading opportunities in this product. Further, quoting and 
trading in smaller increments will enable market participants to trade 
FX options with greater precision as to price.
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    \5\ The Exchange began trading FX options on the Euro, the 
British pound, the Japanese yen and the Canadian dollar on April 17, 
2007. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55575 (April 3, 2007), 
72 FR 17963 (April 10, 2007) (approving SR-ISE-2006-59).
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    Currently, FX options traded on the Exchange have minimum 
increments of $0.05 or $0.10 depending on the price at which an FX 
option is quoting. Specifically, under the Exchange's current rules, 
the minimum trading increment for an FX options contract trading at 
less than $3.00 is $0.05, and for an FX options contract trading at 
$3.00 or higher, the minimum trading increment is $0.10. The proposed 
amendment to Rule 710 would set the minimum increment for all FX 
options at $0.01 regardless of the price at which the option is 
quoting. Although FX options would be trading in these narrower 
increments, they would not actually be trading in pennies\6\ and would 
not be considered part of the Exchange's pilot program currently 
applicable to certain equity options.\7\
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    \6\ The Exchange notes that ISE's FX options have underlying 
values that modify the magnitude of traditionally quoted exchange 
rates that appear in the underlying foreign currency markets. As a 
result, the ``rate-modified'' FX options traded on the Exchange are 
quoted to reflect the sub-penny movements in the actual exchange 
rate of any underlying currency. Since all premiums in ISE's FX 
options are quoted in U.S. Dollars, customers will be able to trade 
this product in one-cent increments. Thus, while the Exchange's 
proposal seeks to set the minimum increment for all FX options at 
$0.01, the quoted values reflect much smaller currency increments 
with respect to the exchange rate of the underlying currency.
    \7\ The penny pilot, which permits certain options series to be 
quoted and traded in increments of $0.01, began on January 26, 2007. 
See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55161 (January 24, 2007), 72 
FR 4754 (February 1, 2007) (approving SR-ISE-2006-62). The penny 
pilot was extended through September 27, 2007. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 56151 (July 26, 2007), 72 FR 42452 (August 
2, 2007) (approving SR-ISE-2007-68). The penny pilot has been 
extended again through March 27, 2009. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 56564 (September 27, 2007), 72 FR 56412 (October 3, 
2007) (approving SR-ISE-2007-74). With one exception, all series in 
options included in the penny pilot trading at a price of less than 
$3.00 are currently quoted and traded in minimum increments of 
$0.01, and those with a price of $3.00 or higher are currently 
quoted and traded in minimum increments of $0.05. A list of the 
options to be included in the penny pilot was communicated to the 
Exchange's members via a Regulatory Information Circular.
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    Currently, options on currency futures trade in these smaller 
increments on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Also, currencies trade 
on the cash market in these smaller increments. Further, the Commission 
recently approved a proposed rule change by the Philadelphia Stock 
Exchange (``Phlx'') permitting that exchange to trade its U.S. dollar-
settled foreign currency options in $0.01 increments.\8\ As a 
competitive matter, ISE seeks the opportunity to offer market 
participants those same, more refined increments. The Exchange notes 
that providing these more refined increments will permit the Exchange's 
market makers the opportunity to provide better fills (meaning less 
spread than the current wider minimum increments rules allow) to 
customers.
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56933 (December 7, 
2007), 72 FR 71185 (December 14, 2007) (approving SR-Phlx-2007-70).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act in general and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) 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 necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not:
    (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest;
    (ii) Impose any significant burden on competition; and
    (iii) Become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was 
filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, it 
has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder. As required under Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
under the Act, the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice 
of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief 
description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of the filing of the proposed rule 
change.
    A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally may not 
become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing. However, 
Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter 
time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and 
the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission 
waive the 30-day operative delay and render the proposed rule change to 
become operative on January 2, 2008.\9\ The Commission believes that 
waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. Waiver of the 30-day operative delay 
would enable the Exchange to start trading FX options in the same 
increments and at the same time as Phlx. For the reasons stated above, 
the Commission therefore designates the proposal to become operative 
immediately.
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    \9\ The Exchange also may decide to start using these smaller 
trading increments later than January 2, 2007. Telephone 
conversation between Samir M. Patel, Assistant General Counsel, ISE, 
and Natasha Cowen, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, 
Commission, dated December 19, 2007.
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate

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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

    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-ISE-2007-120 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-ISE-2007-120. 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, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of 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-2007-120 and should be 
submitted on or before January 18, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-25208 Filed 12-27-07; 8:45 am]
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