Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend its Schedule of Fees To Establish Fees for Transactions in Options on Five Premium Products, 30176-30178 [E8-11523]

Download as PDF 30176 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices The effective date of the proposed rule change would be the date of Commission approval. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b) of the Act, including Section 15A(b)(6), which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change will further facilitate the consolidation of the member firm regulation functions of FINRA and NYSE Regulation, resulting in more effective and efficient regulation of all brokers, thereby enhancing investor protection. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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 Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES 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–FINRA–2008–017 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–FINRA–2008–017. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 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, NW., 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 FINRA. 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–FINRA–2008–017 and should be submitted on or before June 13, 2008. IV. Commission Findings After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.13 As such, the Commission finds the proposal to be consistent with the objectives of Section 15A of the Act,14 in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, and in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change furthers the purposes of the consolidation by recognizing the unique status of any NYSE member organization that is exempt from the definition of broker under Section 3(a)(4)(E) of the Act. Moreover, the proposed rule change does not propose any substantive amendments to existing rules. The Commission also finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the 30th day after its publication in the Federal Register. Accordingly, the Commission believes good cause exists, consistent with Sections 15A(b)(5) and 19(b) of the Act to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. 13 In approving this rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 14 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,15 that the proposed rule change (SR–FINRA– 2008–017) be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Florence E. Harmon Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–11529 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57831; File No. SR–ISE– 2008–39] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend its Schedule of Fees To Establish Fees for Transactions in Options on Five Premium Products May 16, 2008. 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 9, 2008, International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’ or the ‘‘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 ISE. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by ISE under section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(2) thereunder, 4 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on five Premium Products.5 The text of the proposed rule 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 Premium Products is defined in the Schedule of Fees as the products enumerated therein. 16 17 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices change is available at http:// www.ise.com, the principal offices of the Exchange, and 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, 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. 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 dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES 1. Purpose The Exchange is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on the CurrencySharesSM Australian Dollar Trust (‘‘FXA’’), the CurrencySharesSM British Pound Sterling Trust (‘‘FXB’’), the CurrencySharesSM Euro Trust (‘‘FXE’’), the CurrencySharesSM Japanese Yen Trust (‘‘FXY’’) 6 and the iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (‘‘EWT’’).7 The Exchange represents that 6 CurrencySharesSM Australian Dollar Trust, CurrencySharesSM British Pound Sterling Trust, CurrencySharesSM Euro Trust, and CurrencySharesSM Japanese Yen Trust are service marks of their respective owner(s). Rydex Distributors, Inc., an affiliate of Rydex Investments and Rydex Specialized Products, is the distributor of Rydex funds. Rydex Specialized Products LLC, d/b/a Rydex Investments (‘‘Rydex’’), is the sponsor of the CurrencySharesSM Australian Dollar Trust (‘‘FXA’’), the CurrencySharesSM British Pound Sterling Trust (‘‘FXB’’), the CurrencySharesSM Euro Trust (‘‘FXE’’) and the CurrencySharesSM Japanese Yen Trust (‘‘FXY’’). Rydex 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 FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY or (ii) to use and refer to any trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY or with making disclosures concerning options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. Rydex does not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE, and is not affiliated in any manner with ISE. 7 iShares is a registered trademark of Barclays Global Investors, N.A. (‘‘BGI’’), a majority owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC. ‘‘MSCI Taiwan Index’’ is a service mark of Morgan Stanley Capital International (‘‘MSCI’’) and has been licensed for use for certain purposes by BGI. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (‘‘EWT’’) is not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI. BGI and MSCI have not licensed or authorized ISE to (i) engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are eligible for options trading because they constitute ‘‘Exchange-Traded Fund Shares,’’ as defined by ISE Rule 502(h). All of the applicable fees covered by this filing are identical to fees charged by the Exchange for all other Premium Products. Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to adopt an execution fee and a comparison fee for all transactions in options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT.8 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 9 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.10 Finally, the amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for all non-ISE Market Maker transactions shall be $0.37 and $0.03 per contract, respectively.11 Further, since options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are multiply-listed, the Exchange’s Payment for Order Flow fee shall apply to all these 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. Further, the Exchange proposes to remove IXK from its Schedule of Fees.12 trading, marketing, and promotion of options on EWT or (ii) to 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 EWT or with making disclosures concerning options on EWT under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. BGI and MSCI do not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE, and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE. 8 These fees will be charged only to Exchange members. Under a pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2008, these fees will also be charged to Linkage Principal Orders (‘‘Linkage P Orders’’) and Linkage Principal Acting as Agent Orders (‘‘Linkage P/A Orders’’). The amount of the execution fee charged by the Exchange for Linkage P Orders and Linkage P/A Orders is $0.24 per contract side and $0.15 per contract side, respectively. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56128 (July 24, 2007), 72 FR 42161 (August 1, 2007) (SR–ISE–2007–55). 9 Public Customer Order is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(39) as an order for the account of a Public Customer. Public Customer is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(38) as a person or entity that is not a broker or dealer in securities. 10 The execution fee is currently between $.21 and $.12 per contract side, depending on the Exchange Average Daily Volume, and the comparison fee is currently $.03 per contract side. 11 The amount of the execution and comparison fee for non-ISE Market Maker transactions executed in the Exchange’s Facilitation and Solicitation Mechanisms is $0.16 and $0.03 per contract, respectively. 12 This Premium Product was recently delisted and no longer trades on the Exchange. Thus, the PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30177 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of section 6 of the Act,13 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4),14 in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change 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 The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 15 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 16 thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed on members by ISE. Accordingly, the proposal 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 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: Exchange proposes to remove it from its fee schedule. 13 15 U.S.C. 78f. 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 16 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 30178 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices 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–2008–39 on the subject line. Paper Comments dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–57833; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–35] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 703.21 of the Listed Company Manual Relating to EquityLinked Debt Securities May 19, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the All submissions should refer to File ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 Number SR–ISE–2008–39. This file notice is hereby given that on May 2, number should be included on the 2008, the New York Stock Exchange subject line if e-mail is used. To help the LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with Commission process and review your the Securities and Exchange comments more efficiently, please use Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the only one method. The Commission will proposed rule change as described in post all comments on the Commission’s Items I and II below, which Items have Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ been prepared substantially by the rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the Exchange. The Commission is submission, all subsequent publishing this notice to solicit amendments, all written statements comments on the proposed rule change with respect to the proposed rule from interested persons and is granting change that are filed with the accelerated approval to the proposed Commission, and all written rule change. communications relating to the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the The Exchange proposes to amend provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Section 703.21 of the Listed Company available for inspection and copying in Manual (‘‘Manual’’) to clarify the the Commission’s Public Reference application of Rule 19b–4(e) under the Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, Act 3 to the listing of equity-linked debt DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. securities (‘‘ELDS’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Copies of such filing also will be Exchange, the Commission’s Public available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All Reference Room, and http:// www.nyse.com. comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s not edit personal identifying Statement of the Purpose of, and information from submissions. You Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule should submit only information that Change you wish to make publicly available. All In its filing with the Commission, submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2008–39 and should be NYSE included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the submitted on or before June 13, 2008. proposed rule change. The text of these For the Commission, by the Division of statements may be examined at the Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated places specified in Item III below. NYSE 17 authority. has prepared summaries, set forth in Florence E. Harmon, Sections A, B, and C below, of the most Deputy Secretary. significant aspects of such statements. [FR Doc. E8–11523 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 1. Purpose Section 703.21 of the Manual provides that the Exchange will consider listing ELDS that meet the criteria of Section 703.21. ELDS are nonconvertible debt of an issuer where the value of the debt is based, at least in part, on the value of another issuer’s common stock, non-convertible preferred stock, common units of a master limited partnership, or any other common equity security of a type classified for trading as stocks by the Exchange. The Exchange proposes to make explicit that Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act applies to the listing of ELDS that meet the criteria of paragraphs (A) through (D) of Section 703.21 of the Manual. The Exchange states that these criteria, therefore, constitute ‘‘generic’’ listing criteria for ELDS, and the Exchange would file an appropriate Form 19b–4(e) with the Commission within five days of listing a series of ELDS under the generic listing criteria. The proposed rule change would also provide that the Exchange may submit a rule filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 4 to permit the listing and trading of ELDS that do not otherwise meet the standards set forth in paragraphs (A) through (D) of Section 703.21 of the Manual. The Exchange also proposes to amend paragraph (D) of Section 703.21 to refer to the Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) 5 of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),6 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change clarifies the application of Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act to the listing of ELDS. This facilitates the listing and trading of such securities on the Exchange, thereby 1 15 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 4 15 2 17 17 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 5 15 PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 101 (Friday, May 23, 2008)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-57831; File No. SR-ISE-2008-39]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule 
Change To Amend its Schedule of Fees To Establish Fees for Transactions 
in Options on Five Premium Products

May 16, 2008.
    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 9, 2008, International Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE'' or 
the ``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 ISE. The Exchange has 
designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a member due, 
fee, or other charge imposed by ISE under section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of 
the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder, \4\ which renders the 
proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule 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

    ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees 
for transactions in options on five Premium Products.\5\ The text of 
the proposed rule

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    \5\ Premium Products is defined in the Schedule of Fees as the 
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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, 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. 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 CurrencyShares\SM\ 
Australian Dollar Trust (``FXA''), the CurrencyShares\SM\ British Pound 
Sterling Trust (``FXB''), the CurrencyShares\SM\ Euro Trust (``FXE''), 
the CurrencyShares\SM\ Japanese Yen Trust (``FXY'') \6\ and the iShares 
MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (``EWT'').\7\ The Exchange represents that FXA, 
FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are eligible for options trading because they 
constitute ``Exchange-Traded Fund Shares,'' as defined by ISE Rule 
502(h).
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    \6\ CurrencyShares\SM\ Australian Dollar Trust, 
CurrencyShares\SM\ British Pound Sterling Trust, CurrencyShares\SM\ 
Euro Trust, and CurrencyShares\SM\ Japanese Yen Trust are service 
marks of their respective owner(s). Rydex Distributors, Inc., an 
affiliate of Rydex Investments and Rydex Specialized Products, is 
the distributor of Rydex funds. Rydex Specialized Products LLC, d/b/
a Rydex Investments (``Rydex''), is the sponsor of the 
CurrencyShares\SM\ Australian Dollar Trust (``FXA''), the 
CurrencyShares\SM\ British Pound Sterling Trust (``FXB''), the 
CurrencyShares\SM\ Euro Trust (``FXE'') and the CurrencyShares\SM\ 
Japanese Yen Trust (``FXY''). Rydex 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 FXA, FXB, FXE 
and FXY or (ii) to use and refer to any trademarks or service marks 
in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, 
marketing, and promotion of options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY or with 
making disclosures concerning options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY under 
any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. Rydex 
does not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE, and is 
not affiliated in any manner with ISE.
    \7\ iShares[supreg] is a registered trademark of Barclays Global 
Investors, N.A. (``BGI''), a majority owned subsidiary of Barclays 
Bank PLC. ``MSCI Taiwan Index'' is a service mark of Morgan Stanley 
Capital International (``MSCI'') and has been licensed for use for 
certain purposes by BGI. All other trademarks and service marks are 
the property of their respective owners. iShares MSCI Taiwan Index 
Fund (``EWT'') is not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted 
by MSCI. BGI and MSCI 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 EWT or (ii) to 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 EWT or with making disclosures concerning options on 
EWT under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or 
regulations. BGI and MSCI do not sponsor, endorse, or promote such 
activity by ISE, and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE.
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    All of the applicable fees covered by this filing are identical to 
fees charged by the Exchange for all other Premium Products. 
Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to adopt an execution fee and a 
comparison fee for all transactions in options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY 
and EWT.\8\ 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 \9\ 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.\10\ Finally, the amount of the 
execution fee and comparison fee for all non-ISE Market Maker 
transactions shall be $0.37 and $0.03 per contract, respectively.\11\ 
Further, since options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are multiply-
listed, the Exchange's Payment for Order Flow fee shall apply to all 
these 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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    \8\ These fees will be charged only to Exchange members. Under a 
pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2008, these fees 
will also be charged to Linkage Principal Orders (``Linkage P 
Orders'') and Linkage Principal Acting as Agent Orders (``Linkage P/
A Orders''). The amount of the execution fee charged by the Exchange 
for Linkage P Orders and Linkage P/A Orders is $0.24 per contract 
side and $0.15 per contract side, respectively. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 56128 (July 24, 2007), 72 FR 42161 (August 
1, 2007) (SR-ISE-2007-55).
    \9\ Public Customer Order is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(39) 
as an order for the account of a Public Customer. Public Customer is 
defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(38) as a person or entity that is 
not a broker or dealer in securities.
    \10\ The execution fee is currently between $.21 and $.12 per 
contract side, depending on the Exchange Average Daily Volume, and 
the comparison fee is currently $.03 per contract side.
    \11\ The amount of the execution and comparison fee for non-ISE 
Market Maker transactions executed in the Exchange's Facilitation 
and Solicitation Mechanisms is $0.16 and $0.03 per contract, 
respectively.
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    Further, the Exchange proposes to remove IXK from its Schedule of 
Fees.\12\
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    \12\ This Premium Product was recently delisted and no longer 
trades on the Exchange. Thus, the Exchange proposes to remove it 
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the objectives of section 6 of the Act,\13\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4),\14\ in particular, in that 
it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using 
its facilities.
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The proposed rule change 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

    The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee 
change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \15\ and Rule 
19b-4(f)(2) \16\ thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, 
fee, or other charge imposed on members by ISE. Accordingly, the 
proposal 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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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \16\ 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:

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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-2008-39 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-2008-39. 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 the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2008-39 and should be 
submitted on or before June 13, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\17\
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    \17\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E8-11523 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]
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