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Download as PDF 59002 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008 / Notices would issue a letter notifying the applicant that it has been approved for membership. The Membership Agreement would become effective on the date of such notification letter. Any NYSE Alternext member organization admitted pursuant to proposed IM–1013–2, being a member organization of both NYSE and NYSE Alternext, would be subject to the consolidated FINRA rules,10 the NYSE rules incorporated by FINRA,11 the FINRA By-Laws and Schedules to ByLaws, including Schedule A (Assessments and Fees), and NASD Rules 8000 (Investigations and Sanctions) and 9000 (Code of Procedure) series, provided that its NYSE or NYSE Alternext securities business is limited to floor-based activities in either NYSE-traded or NYSE Alternext-traded securities, or routing away to other markets orders that are ancillary to its core NYSE or NYSE Alternext floor business under NYSE Rule 70.40 or NYSE Alternext Equities Rule 70.40 (‘‘permitted floor activities’’).12 If an NYSE Alternext member organization admitted pursuant to proposed IM–1013–2 seeks to expand its business operations to include any activities other than the permitted floor activities or makes changes to its securities business that would otherwise require FINRA membership, such firm must apply for and receive approval to engage in such business activity pursuant to NASD Rule 1017. Upon approval of such business expansion, the firm would become subject to all NASD Rules, in addition to the consolidated FINRA rules and those NYSE rules incorporated by FINRA. Associated persons of an NYSE Alternext member organization admitted to FINRA pursuant to proposed IM–1013–2 would be subject to the same set of rules as the firm with jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 10 FINRA is proposing that firms admitted to FINRA membership under IM–1013–1 be subject to the consolidated FINRA rules. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58206 (July 22, 2008), 73 FR 43808 (July 28, 2008). 11 FINRA proposes to grant NYSE Alternext waive-in member organizations a six-month period to comply with Incorporated NYSE Rules 311–313. 12 For purposes of this order, activities that are ancillary to a Floor broker’s core business include (i) routing orders in NYSE-traded or NYSE Alternext-traded securities to an away market for any reason relating to their ongoing Floor activity, including regulatory compliance or meeting bestexecution obligations; or (ii) provided that the majority of transactions effected by the firm are effected on NYSE, sending to other markets orders in NYSE-traded, NYSE Alternext-traded, or nonNYSE-traded securities and/or futures if such orders relate to hedging positions in NYSE-traded or NYSE Alternext-traded securities, or are part of arbitrage or program trade strategies that include NYSE-traded or NYSE Alternext-traded securities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Oct 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 which they are associated. Inasmuch as these associated persons would not be subject to NASD Rules 1021 or 1031, they would not be required to register in a registration category recognized by FINRA. To the extent that such persons continue to be associated solely with a firm whose business complies with the limitations imposed on those firms admitted to FINRA pursuant to proposed IM–1013–2, FINRA is not imposing any registration requirements beyond those required by the NYSE or NYSE Alternext, provided their business is confined in scope as contemplated in proposed IM–1013–2.13 Finally, FINRA proposes to amend Interpretive Material Section 4(b)(1) and 4(e) of Schedule A of the FINRA ByLaws to exempt NYSE Alternext applicants from the assessment of a FINRA membership application fee and from fees for each initial Form U4 filed by the applicant with FINRA for the registration of a representative or principal associated with the firm at the time it submits its application for FINRA membership pursuant to proposed IM–1013–2. III. Discussion and Commission Findings The Commission has carefully reviewed the proposed rule change and finds that it is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities association.14 In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15A(b)(2) of the Act,15 which requires a national securities association to be so organized and have the capacity to carry out the purposes of the Act and to enforce compliance by its members and persons associated with its members with the provisions of the Act. Further, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,16 in that it is designed, among other things, 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 13 The licensing and other requirements applicable to the NYSE Alternext member organizations and their associated persons are subject to change as part of the process of establishing the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook. 14 In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 15 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(2). 16 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission has previously approved a similar waive-in process for NYSE members required to become FINRA members.17 This proposal affords eligible NYSE Alternext members and member organizations with a similar expedited process to become FINRA members, provided that they engage in permitted floor activities only. The proposal appears reasonably designed to facilitate the consolidation of member firm regulatory functions of FINRA, NYSE, and NYSE Alternext, thereby encouraging more efficient regulation of members and their associated persons. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,18 that the proposed rule change (SR–FINRA– 2008–043) be, and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–23839 Filed 10–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58665; File No. SR–ISE– 2008–21] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing of Amendment No. 1 and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Relating to an Exchange Member’s Conduct of Doing Business With the Public September 26, 2008. I. Introduction On March 27, 2008, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change relating to the Exchange’s rules governing doing business with the public. On July 9, 2008, the Commission issued a release noticing the proposed 17 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56653, supra note 6. 18 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008 / Notices rule change, which was published for comment in the Federal Register on July 16, 2008.3 The comment period expired on August 6, 2008. The Commission did not receive any comment letters in response to the proposed rule change. On May 13, 2008, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.4 This order provides notice of the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, and approves the proposed rule change as amended on an accelerated basis. II. Description The Exchange proposes to amend certain Exchange rules that govern an Exchange member’s conduct of doing business with the public. Specifically, the proposed rule change would require members to integrate the responsibility for supervision of their public customer options business into their overall supervisory and compliance programs. In addition, the proposal would require members to strengthen their supervisory procedures and internal controls as related to their public customer options business. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES A. Integration of Options Supervision 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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. The purpose of the proposed rule change is to create a supervisory structure for options that is similar to that required by New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘NYSE’’) Rule 342 and National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’) Rule 3010. The proposed rule change would also conform ISE rules to those of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (‘‘CBOE’’) which has recently eliminated the requirement that members qualified to do a public customer business in options must designate a single person to act as a Senior Registered Options Principal (‘‘SROP’’) for the member and that each such member designate a specific 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58129 (July 9, 2008), 73 FR 40895 (July 16, 2008) (‘‘Initial Notice’’). 4 The Initial Notice did not provide notice of Amendment No. 1. Amendment No. 1 made minor changes to the initial filing consisting of adding clarifying text and fixing typographical and similar errors. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Oct 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 individual as a Compliance Registered Options Principal (‘‘CROP’’).5 Instead, the rule requires members to integrate the SROP and CROP functions into their overall supervisory and compliance programs. The SROP concept was first introduced during the early years of development of the listed options market. Previously, members were required to designate one or more persons qualified as Registered Options Principals (‘‘ROPs’’) to have supervisory responsibilities with respect to the firms’ options business. As the number of ROPs at larger firms began to increase, an additional requirement was imposed that firms designate one of their ROPs as the SROP. This was intended to eliminate confusion as to where the compliance and supervisory responsibilities lay by centralizing in a single supervisory officer overall responsibility for the supervision of a firm’s options activities.6 Subsequently, following the recommendation of the Commission, the options exchanges required firms to designate a CROP to be responsible for each firm’s overall compliance program with respect to its options activities.7 The CROP could be the same person designated as a SROP. Since the SROP and CROP requirements were first imposed, the supervisory function with respect to options activities of most securities firms has been integrated into the matrix of supervisory and compliance functions in respect of the firms’ other securities activities. This not only reflects the maturity of the options market, but also recognizes the ways in which the uses of options themselves have become more integrated with other securities in the implementation of particular strategies. By permitting supervision of a firm’s options activities to be handled in the same manner as the supervision of its securities and futures activities, the proposed rule change would ensure that supervisory responsibility over each segment of a firm’s business is assigned to the best qualified persons in the firm, thereby enhancing the overall quality of supervision and compliance. The proposed rule change would allow firms the flexibility to assign such supervisory and compliance responsibilities, which formerly resided with the SROP and/or CROP, to more than one individual. For example, the 5 See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 56492 (September 21, 2007), 72 FR 54952 (September 27, 2007) (SR–CBOE–2007–106). 6 Securities and Exchange Commission, 96th Cong., 1st Sess., Report of the Special Study of the Options Markets (Comm. Print 1978) 316 fn. 11. 7 Id. at p. 335. PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59003 proposed rule change would permit a member firm to designate certain ROPs to be responsible for a variety of supervisory compliance functions such as approving acceptance of discretionary accounts,8 approval of communications to customers,9 and exceptions to a member firm’s suitability standards for trading uncovered short options.10 A firm would be likely to do this in instances where the firm believes it advantageous to do so to enhance its supervisory or compliance structure. Typically, a firm may also wish to divide these functions on the basis of geographic region or functional considerations. Rule 601 would be amended to clarify the qualification requirements of individuals designated as ROPs.11 Rule 602 would be amended to specify the registration requirements of individuals who accept orders from non-brokerdealer customers.12 The proposed rule change would call for options discretionary accounts, the acceptance of which must be approved by a ROP qualified individual (other than the ROP who accepted the account), to be supervised in the same manner as the supervision of other securities accounts that are handled on a discretionary basis. The proposed rule change would eliminate the requirement that discretionary options orders be approved on the day of entry by a ROP (with one exception as discussed below). This requirement predates the Special Study and is not consistent with the use of supervisory tools in computerized format or exception reports generated after the close of a trading day. No similar requirement exists for supervision of other securities accounts that are handled on a discretionary basis.13 Discretionary orders would be reviewed in accordance with a firm’s written supervisory procedures. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change would ensure that supervisory responsibilities are assigned to specific ROP-qualified individuals, thereby enhancing the quality of supervision. Exchange Rule 611 would be revised by adding the requirement that any member that does not utilize computerized surveillance tools for the frequent and appropriate review of discretionary account activity must establish and implement procedures to require ROP-qualified individuals who 8 See Proposed Rule 611. Proposed Rule 601(e). 10 See Proposed Rule 608(f)(3). 11 See Proposed Rules 601(d) and 601(e). 12 See Proposed Rule 602(d). 13 See, e.g., NYSE Rule 408. 9 See E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 59004 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES have been designated to review discretionary accounts to approve and initial each discretionary order on the day entered. The Exchange believes that any firm that does not utilize computerized surveillance tools to monitor discretionary account activity should continue to be required to perform the daily manual review of discretionary orders. Under the proposed rule change, firms would continue to be required to designate ROP-qualified individuals to provide frequent appropriate supervisory review of options discretionary accounts. This review includes the requirement that these ROP-qualified individuals review the accounts in order to determine whether the ROP accepting the account had a reasonable basis for believing that the customer was able to understand and bear the risks of the proposed strategies or transactions. This requirement provides an additional level of supervisory audit over options discretionary accounts that does not exist for other securities discretionary accounts. In addition, Proposed Rule 609(g) would require that each member submit to the Exchange a written report by April 1 of each year that details the member’s supervision and compliance effort, including its options compliance program, during the preceding year and reports on the adequacy of the member’s ongoing compliance processes and procedures.14 Proposed Rule 609(h) would require that each member submit, by April 1 of each year, a copy of the Rule 609(g) annual report to one or more of its control persons or, if the member has no control person, to the audit committee of its board of directors or its equivalent committee or group.15 Further, the proposed rule would provide that a member that specifically includes its options compliance program in a report that complies with substantially similar NYSE and NASD rules would be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of Rules 609(g) and 609(h). Members would be required to designate a single general partner or executive officer to assume overall authority and responsibility for internal supervision, control of the organization and compliance with securities laws and regulations.16 Members would also be required to designate specific qualified individuals as having 14 See Proposed Rule 609(g), which is modeled after NYSE Rule 342.20. 15 See Proposed Rule 609(h), which is modeled after NYSE Rule 354. 16 See Proposed Rule 609(a). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Oct 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 supervisory or compliance responsibilities over each aspect of the firm’s options activities and to set forth the names and titles of these individuals in their written supervisory procedures.17 B. Supervisory Procedures and Internal Controls The Exchange is also proposing to amend certain rules to strengthen members’ supervisory procedures and internal controls relating to a member’s public customer options business. The proposed rule changes discussed below are modeled after NYSE and NASD rules approved by the Commission in 2004.18 The Exchange believes its proposal to strengthen member supervisory procedures and internal controls is appropriate and consistent with the proposal discussed above to integrate the responsibility for supervision of a member firm’s public customer options business into its overall supervisory and compliance program. The Exchange is proposing to revise Rule 609(a) to require members to develop and implement written policies and procedures reasonably designed to supervise sales managers and other supervisory personnel who service customer options accounts.19 This requirement would apply to branch office managers, sales managers, regional/district sales managers, or any person performing a similar supervisory function. Such policies and procedures are expected to encompass all options sales-related activities. Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) would require that supervisory reviews of producing sales managers be conducted by a qualified ROP who is either senior to, or otherwise ‘‘independent of,’’ the producing manager under review. This provision is intended to ensure that all options sales activity of a producing manager is monitored for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by persons who do not have a personal interest in such activity. Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(ii) would provide an exception for firms so limited in size and resources that there is no qualified person senior to, or otherwise independent of, the producing manager to conduct the review. In this case, the review would be conducted by a qualified ROP to the 17 See Proposed Rule 609(i). Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 49882 (June 17, 2004), 69 FR 35108 (June 23, 2004) (SR–NYSE–2002–36) (approval order), 49883 (June 17, 2004), 69 FR 35092 (June 23, 2004) (SR–NASD– 2002–162). 19 Proposed Rule 609(a) is modeled after NYSE Rule 342.19. 18 See PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 extent practicable. Under proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(iii), a member relying on the limited size and resources exception must document the factors used to determine that compliance with each of the ‘‘senior’’ or ‘‘otherwise independent’’ standards of proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) is not possible, and that the required supervisory systems and procedures in place with respect to any producing manager comply with the provisions of proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) to the extent practicable.20 Proposed Rule 609(c)(1) would require members to develop and maintain adequate controls over each of their business activities. The proposed rule would further require that such controls include the establishment of procedures to independently verify and test the supervisory systems and procedures for those business activities. A member would be required to include in the annual report, prepared pursuant to proposed Rule 609(g), a review of the member’s efforts in this regard, including a summary of the tests conducted and significant exceptions identified. The Exchange believes proposed Rule 609(c)(1) would enhance the overall quality of each member organization’s supervision and compliance function.21 Proposed Rule 609(d) would establish requirements for branch office inspections similar to the requirements of NYSE Rule 342.24. Specifically Rule 609(d) would require a member to inspect, at least annually, each supervisory branch office and inspect each non-supervisory branch office at least once every three years.22 The proposed rule would further require persons who conduct a firm’s annual branch office inspection to be independent of the direct supervision or control of the branch office (i.e., not the branch office manager, or any person who directly or indirectly reports to such manager, or any person to whom such manager directly reports). The Exchange believes that requiring branch office inspections to be conducted by someone who has no significant 20 Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(iv) would provide that a member organization that complies with the NYSE or NASD rules that are substantially similar to the requirements in Rules 609(a)(3)(i), (a)(3)(ii) and (a)(3)(iii) will be deemed to have met such requirements. 21 Proposed Rule 609(c)(i) is modeled after NYSE Rule 342.23. Paragraph (c)(ii) of proposed Rule 609 would provide that a member organization that complies with NYSE or NASD rules that are substantially similar to the requirements in paragraph (c)(i) of proposed Rule 609 will be deemed to have met such requirements. 22 Proposed Rules 609(d)(1)(i) and (ii) would provide members with two exceptions from the annual supervisory branch office inspection requirement. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008 / Notices financial interest in the success of a branch office should lead to more objective and vigorous inspections. Under proposed Rule 609(e), any firm seeking an exemption, pursuant to Rule 609(d)(1)(ii), from the annual branch office inspection requirement would be required to submit to the Exchange written policies and procedures for systematic risk-based surveillance of its branch offices, as defined in Rule 609(e). Proposed Rule 609(f) would require the annual branch office inspection programs to include, at a minimum, testing and verification of specified internal controls.23 Proposed Rule 609(d)(3) would provide that a member that complies with the requirements of NASD or the NYSE that are substantially similar to the requirements of Rules 609(d), (e) and (f) would be deemed to have met such requirements. The Exchange is also proposing to amend Rule 609 to define ‘‘branch office’’ in a way that is substantially similar to the definition of branch office in NYSE Rule 342.10. Proposed Rule 609(g)(4) would require a firm to designate a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO). Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) would require each firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or equivalent, to certify annually that the member organization has in place processes to: (1) Establish and maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable Exchange rules and federal securities laws and regulations, (2) modify such policies and procedures as business, regulatory, and legislative changes and events dictate, and (3) test the effectiveness of such policies and procedures on a regular basis, the timing of which is reasonably designed to ensure continuing compliance with Exchange rules and federal securities laws and regulations. Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) would also require the CEO to attest (1) that the CEO has conducted one or more meetings with the CCO in the preceding 12 months to discuss the compliance processes in proposed Rule 609(g)(5)(i), (2) that the CEO has consulted with the CCO and other officers to the extent necessary to attest to the statements in the certification, and (3) that the compliance processes are evidenced in a report, reviewed by the CEO, CCO and such other officers as the member firm deems necessary to make the certification, that is provided to the member firm’s board of directors and 23 Proposed Rules 609(e) and (f) are modeled after NYSE Rules 342.25 and 342.26. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Oct 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 audit committee (if such committee exists).24 Under proposed Rule 609(b)(2), a member, upon a customer’s written instructions, may hold mail for a customer who will not be at his or her usual address for no longer than two months if the customer is on vacation or traveling, or three months if the customer is going abroad. This provision would help ensure that members that hold mail for customers who are away from their usual addresses do so only pursuant to the customer’s written instructions and for a specified, relatively short period of time.25 Proposed Rule 609(b)(3) would require that, before a customer options order is executed, the account name or designation must be placed upon the memorandum for each transaction. In addition, only a qualified ROP would be permitted to approve any changes in account names or designations. The ROP would be required to document the essential facts relied upon in approving the changes and maintain the record in an easily accessible place. A member would be required to preserve any documentation that provides for an account designation change for a period of not less than three years, with the documentation preserved for the first two years in an easily accessible place, as the term ‘‘easily accessible place’’ is used in Rule 17a–4 of the Act. The Exchange believes the proposed rule would help to protect account name and designation information from possible fraudulent activity.26 Proposed Rule 611(d) would allow a member to exercise time and price discretion on orders for the purchase or sale of a definite number of options contracts in a specified security. The Exchange proposes to limit the duration of this discretionary authority to the day it is granted, absent written authorization to the contrary. In addition, the proposed rule would require any exercise of time and price discretion to be reflected on the customer order ticket. The proposed one-day limitation would not apply to time and price discretion exercised for orders effected with or for an institutional account (as defined in the Rule) pursuant to valid Good-TillCancelled instructions issued on a ‘‘not held’’ basis. The Exchange believes that investors would receive greater 24 Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) is modeled after NASD Rule 3013 and NYSE Rule 342.30(e). 25 Proposed Rule 609(b)(2) is modeled after NASD Rule 3110(i). 26 Proposed Rule 609(b)(3) is modeled after NASD Rule 3110(j). PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59005 protection by clarifying the time such discretionary orders remain pending.27 The Exchange believes the proposed rule changes recognize that options have become more integrated with other securities in the implementation of particular strategies, and thus should not continue to be regulated as though they are a new and experimental product. The Exchange further asserts that the supervisory and compliance structure in place for non-options products at most firms is not materially different from the structure in place for options. The proposed rule change would also conform ISE rules to those of the CBOE. Accordingly, the Exchange submits that the proposed rule changes are appropriate and would not materially alter the supervisory operations of member firms. III. Discussion and 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.28 In particular, the Commission finds the proposal to be consistent with the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,29 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 Commission believes the proposed rule change would integrate the supervision and compliance functions relating to member organizations’ public customer options activities into the overall supervisory structure of a member organization, thereby eliminating any uncertainty over where supervisory responsibility lies. In addition, the proposed rule change would foster the strengthening of members’ and member organizations’ internal controls and supervisory systems. The Commission also finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No.1, prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of notice of filing of the amendment in the Federal Register.30 The Commission believes that Amendment No. 1 should reduce ambiguity by providing clarifying changes and fixing typographical and similar errors. Amendment No. 1 does 27 Proposed Rule 611(d) is modeled after NASD Rule 2510(d)(1). 28 In approving this rule change, as amended, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 29 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 30 See supra footnotes 3 and 4. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 59006 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 8, 2008 / Notices not contain any major modifications that would alter the scope of the proposed rule change as published in the Federal Register. The Commission believes that approving the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, will simplify compliance, and is consistent with the public interest and the investor protection goals of the Act. Finally, the Commission finds that it is in the public interest to approve the proposed rule change as modified as soon as possible to expedite its implementation. Accordingly, the Commission believes good cause exists, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 31 to approve the proposed rule, as modified by Amendment No. 1 on an accelerated basis. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning Amendment No. 1, including whether Amendment No. 1 is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: jlentini on PROD1PC65 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 No. SR–ISE–2008–21 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2008–21. 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 Commissions 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, 31 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 Oct 07, 2008 Jkt 217001 DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2008–21 and should be submitted by October 29, 2008. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,32 that the proposed rule change (SR–ISE–2008– 21), as amended by Amendment No. 1, be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.33 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–23758 Filed 10–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58692; File No. SR–ISE– 2008–70] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Cancellation Fees September 30, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on September 23, 2008, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘ISE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. 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 ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees regarding its cancellation fee. The text of the 32 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. 33 17 PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed rule change is available at the Exchange. 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 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 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 this proposed rule change is to amend the ISE’s cancellation fee. The Exchange currently has a cancellation fee of $1.75 that applies to Electronic Access Members (‘‘EAMs’’) that cancelled at least 500 orders in a month, for each order cancellation in excess of the total number of orders such member executed that month. Further, all orders from the same clearing EAM executed in the same series on the same side of the market at the same price within a 30 second period are aggregated and counted as one executed order for purposes of this fee. This fee is currently charged only to customer orders; broker-dealer orders, including non-member market maker (FARMM) orders, are excluded from this fee. The Exchange notes that the level of activity in the cancellation of orders continues to remain quite large. The fee currently charged by the Exchange is insufficient to offset the cost of administering and processing the large number of cancellations on a monthly basis. The Exchange, therefore, proposes to increase its cancellation fee from $1.75 to $2.00. This fee increase will enable the ISE to recoup some of the costs of administering and processing cancelled orders. This proposed fee change will be operative on October 1, 2008. 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) that an exchange have an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. In particular, the E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1

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Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
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Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Modified by Amendment No. 1 
Relating to an Exchange Member's Conduct of Doing Business With the 
Public

September 26, 2008.

I. Introduction

    On March 27, 2008, the International Securities Exchange, LLC 
(``ISE'' or the ``Exchange''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder,\2\ filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change relating to the Exchange's 
rules governing doing business with the public. On July 9, 2008, the 
Commission issued a release noticing the proposed

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rule change, which was published for comment in the Federal Register on 
July 16, 2008.\3\ The comment period expired on August 6, 2008. The 
Commission did not receive any comment letters in response to the 
proposed rule change. On May 13, 2008, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 
1 to the proposed rule change.\4\ This order provides notice of the 
proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, and approves the 
proposed rule change as amended on an accelerated basis.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58129 (July 9, 
2008), 73 FR 40895 (July 16, 2008) (``Initial Notice'').
    \4\ The Initial Notice did not provide notice of Amendment No. 
1. Amendment No. 1 made minor changes to the initial filing 
consisting of adding clarifying text and fixing typographical and 
similar errors.
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II. Description

    The Exchange proposes to amend certain Exchange rules that govern 
an Exchange member's conduct of doing business with the public. 
Specifically, the proposed rule change would require members to 
integrate the responsibility for supervision of their public customer 
options business into their overall supervisory and compliance 
programs. In addition, the proposal would require members to strengthen 
their supervisory procedures and internal controls as related to their 
public customer options business.

A. Integration of Options Supervision

    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. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to create a supervisory 
structure for options that is similar to that required by New York 
Stock Exchange, Inc. (``NYSE'') Rule 342 and National Association of 
Securities Dealers, Inc. (``NASD'') Rule 3010. The proposed rule change 
would also conform ISE rules to those of the Chicago Board Options 
Exchange (``CBOE'') which has recently eliminated the requirement that 
members qualified to do a public customer business in options must 
designate a single person to act as a Senior Registered Options 
Principal (``SROP'') for the member and that each such member designate 
a specific individual as a Compliance Registered Options Principal 
(``CROP'').\5\ Instead, the rule requires members to integrate the SROP 
and CROP functions into their overall supervisory and compliance 
programs.
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    \5\ See Securities and Exchange Act Release No. 56492 (September 
21, 2007), 72 FR 54952 (September 27, 2007) (SR-CBOE-2007-106).
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    The SROP concept was first introduced during the early years of 
development of the listed options market. Previously, members were 
required to designate one or more persons qualified as Registered 
Options Principals (``ROPs'') to have supervisory responsibilities with 
respect to the firms' options business. As the number of ROPs at larger 
firms began to increase, an additional requirement was imposed that 
firms designate one of their ROPs as the SROP. This was intended to 
eliminate confusion as to where the compliance and supervisory 
responsibilities lay by centralizing in a single supervisory officer 
overall responsibility for the supervision of a firm's options 
activities.\6\ Subsequently, following the recommendation of the 
Commission, the options exchanges required firms to designate a CROP to 
be responsible for each firm's overall compliance program with respect 
to its options activities.\7\ The CROP could be the same person 
designated as a SROP.
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    \6\ Securities and Exchange Commission, 96th Cong., 1st Sess., 
Report of the Special Study of the Options Markets (Comm. Print 
1978) 316 fn. 11.
    \7\ Id. at p. 335.
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    Since the SROP and CROP requirements were first imposed, the 
supervisory function with respect to options activities of most 
securities firms has been integrated into the matrix of supervisory and 
compliance functions in respect of the firms' other securities 
activities. This not only reflects the maturity of the options market, 
but also recognizes the ways in which the uses of options themselves 
have become more integrated with other securities in the implementation 
of particular strategies. By permitting supervision of a firm's options 
activities to be handled in the same manner as the supervision of its 
securities and futures activities, the proposed rule change would 
ensure that supervisory responsibility over each segment of a firm's 
business is assigned to the best qualified persons in the firm, thereby 
enhancing the overall quality of supervision and compliance.
    The proposed rule change would allow firms the flexibility to 
assign such supervisory and compliance responsibilities, which formerly 
resided with the SROP and/or CROP, to more than one individual. For 
example, the proposed rule change would permit a member firm to 
designate certain ROPs to be responsible for a variety of supervisory 
compliance functions such as approving acceptance of discretionary 
accounts,\8\ approval of communications to customers,\9\ and exceptions 
to a member firm's suitability standards for trading uncovered short 
options.\10\ A firm would be likely to do this in instances where the 
firm believes it advantageous to do so to enhance its supervisory or 
compliance structure. Typically, a firm may also wish to divide these 
functions on the basis of geographic region or functional 
considerations. Rule 601 would be amended to clarify the qualification 
requirements of individuals designated as ROPs.\11\ Rule 602 would be 
amended to specify the registration requirements of individuals who 
accept orders from non-broker-dealer customers.\12\
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    \8\ See Proposed Rule 611.
    \9\ See Proposed Rule 601(e).
    \10\ See Proposed Rule 608(f)(3).
    \11\ See Proposed Rules 601(d) and 601(e).
    \12\ See Proposed Rule 602(d).
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    The proposed rule change would call for options discretionary 
accounts, the acceptance of which must be approved by a ROP qualified 
individual (other than the ROP who accepted the account), to be 
supervised in the same manner as the supervision of other securities 
accounts that are handled on a discretionary basis. The proposed rule 
change would eliminate the requirement that discretionary options 
orders be approved on the day of entry by a ROP (with one exception as 
discussed below). This requirement predates the Special Study and is 
not consistent with the use of supervisory tools in computerized format 
or exception reports generated after the close of a trading day. No 
similar requirement exists for supervision of other securities accounts 
that are handled on a discretionary basis.\13\ Discretionary orders 
would be reviewed in accordance with a firm's written supervisory 
procedures. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change would ensure 
that supervisory responsibilities are assigned to specific ROP-
qualified individuals, thereby enhancing the quality of supervision.
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    \13\ See, e.g., NYSE Rule 408.
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    Exchange Rule 611 would be revised by adding the requirement that 
any member that does not utilize computerized surveillance tools for 
the frequent and appropriate review of discretionary account activity 
must establish and implement procedures to require ROP-qualified 
individuals who

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have been designated to review discretionary accounts to approve and 
initial each discretionary order on the day entered. The Exchange 
believes that any firm that does not utilize computerized surveillance 
tools to monitor discretionary account activity should continue to be 
required to perform the daily manual review of discretionary orders.
    Under the proposed rule change, firms would continue to be required 
to designate ROP-qualified individuals to provide frequent appropriate 
supervisory review of options discretionary accounts. This review 
includes the requirement that these ROP-qualified individuals review 
the accounts in order to determine whether the ROP accepting the 
account had a reasonable basis for believing that the customer was able 
to understand and bear the risks of the proposed strategies or 
transactions. This requirement provides an additional level of 
supervisory audit over options discretionary accounts that does not 
exist for other securities discretionary accounts.
    In addition, Proposed Rule 609(g) would require that each member 
submit to the Exchange a written report by April 1 of each year that 
details the member's supervision and compliance effort, including its 
options compliance program, during the preceding year and reports on 
the adequacy of the member's ongoing compliance processes and 
procedures.\14\
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    \14\ See Proposed Rule 609(g), which is modeled after NYSE Rule 
342.20.
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    Proposed Rule 609(h) would require that each member submit, by 
April 1 of each year, a copy of the Rule 609(g) annual report to one or 
more of its control persons or, if the member has no control person, to 
the audit committee of its board of directors or its equivalent 
committee or group.\15\ Further, the proposed rule would provide that a 
member that specifically includes its options compliance program in a 
report that complies with substantially similar NYSE and NASD rules 
would be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of Rules 609(g) and 
609(h).
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    \15\ See Proposed Rule 609(h), which is modeled after NYSE Rule 
354.
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    Members would be required to designate a single general partner or 
executive officer to assume overall authority and responsibility for 
internal supervision, control of the organization and compliance with 
securities laws and regulations.\16\ Members would also be required to 
designate specific qualified individuals as having supervisory or 
compliance responsibilities over each aspect of the firm's options 
activities and to set forth the names and titles of these individuals 
in their written supervisory procedures.\17\
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    \16\ See Proposed Rule 609(a).
    \17\ See Proposed Rule 609(i).
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B. Supervisory Procedures and Internal Controls

    The Exchange is also proposing to amend certain rules to strengthen 
members' supervisory procedures and internal controls relating to a 
member's public customer options business. The proposed rule changes 
discussed below are modeled after NYSE and NASD rules approved by the 
Commission in 2004.\18\ The Exchange believes its proposal to 
strengthen member supervisory procedures and internal controls is 
appropriate and consistent with the proposal discussed above to 
integrate the responsibility for supervision of a member firm's public 
customer options business into its overall supervisory and compliance 
program.
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    \18\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 49882 (June 17, 
2004), 69 FR 35108 (June 23, 2004) (SR-NYSE-2002-36) (approval 
order), 49883 (June 17, 2004), 69 FR 35092 (June 23, 2004) (SR-NASD-
2002-162).
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    The Exchange is proposing to revise Rule 609(a) to require members 
to develop and implement written policies and procedures reasonably 
designed to supervise sales managers and other supervisory personnel 
who service customer options accounts.\19\ This requirement would apply 
to branch office managers, sales managers, regional/district sales 
managers, or any person performing a similar supervisory function. Such 
policies and procedures are expected to encompass all options sales-
related activities. Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) would require that 
supervisory reviews of producing sales managers be conducted by a 
qualified ROP who is either senior to, or otherwise ``independent of,'' 
the producing manager under review. This provision is intended to 
ensure that all options sales activity of a producing manager is 
monitored for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements by 
persons who do not have a personal interest in such activity.
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    \19\ Proposed Rule 609(a) is modeled after NYSE Rule 342.19.
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    Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(ii) would provide an exception for firms so 
limited in size and resources that there is no qualified person senior 
to, or otherwise independent of, the producing manager to conduct the 
review. In this case, the review would be conducted by a qualified ROP 
to the extent practicable. Under proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(iii), a member 
relying on the limited size and resources exception must document the 
factors used to determine that compliance with each of the ``senior'' 
or ``otherwise independent'' standards of proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) is 
not possible, and that the required supervisory systems and procedures 
in place with respect to any producing manager comply with the 
provisions of proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(i) to the extent practicable.\20\
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    \20\ Proposed Rule 609(a)(3)(iv) would provide that a member 
organization that complies with the NYSE or NASD rules that are 
substantially similar to the requirements in Rules 609(a)(3)(i), 
(a)(3)(ii) and (a)(3)(iii) will be deemed to have met such 
requirements.
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    Proposed Rule 609(c)(1) would require members to develop and 
maintain adequate controls over each of their business activities. The 
proposed rule would further require that such controls include the 
establishment of procedures to independently verify and test the 
supervisory systems and procedures for those business activities. A 
member would be required to include in the annual report, prepared 
pursuant to proposed Rule 609(g), a review of the member's efforts in 
this regard, including a summary of the tests conducted and significant 
exceptions identified. The Exchange believes proposed Rule 609(c)(1) 
would enhance the overall quality of each member organization's 
supervision and compliance function.\21\
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    \21\ Proposed Rule 609(c)(i) is modeled after NYSE Rule 342.23. 
Paragraph (c)(ii) of proposed Rule 609 would provide that a member 
organization that complies with NYSE or NASD rules that are 
substantially similar to the requirements in paragraph (c)(i) of 
proposed Rule 609 will be deemed to have met such requirements.
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    Proposed Rule 609(d) would establish requirements for branch office 
inspections similar to the requirements of NYSE Rule 342.24. 
Specifically Rule 609(d) would require a member to inspect, at least 
annually, each supervisory branch office and inspect each non-
supervisory branch office at least once every three years.\22\ The 
proposed rule would further require persons who conduct a firm's annual 
branch office inspection to be independent of the direct supervision or 
control of the branch office (i.e., not the branch office manager, or 
any person who directly or indirectly reports to such manager, or any 
person to whom such manager directly reports). The Exchange believes 
that requiring branch office inspections to be conducted by someone who 
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financial interest in the success of a branch office should lead to 
more objective and vigorous inspections.
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    \22\ Proposed Rules 609(d)(1)(i) and (ii) would provide members 
with two exceptions from the annual supervisory branch office 
inspection requirement.
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    Under proposed Rule 609(e), any firm seeking an exemption, pursuant 
to Rule 609(d)(1)(ii), from the annual branch office inspection 
requirement would be required to submit to the Exchange written 
policies and procedures for systematic risk-based surveillance of its 
branch offices, as defined in Rule 609(e). Proposed Rule 609(f) would 
require the annual branch office inspection programs to include, at a 
minimum, testing and verification of specified internal controls.\23\ 
Proposed Rule 609(d)(3) would provide that a member that complies with 
the requirements of NASD or the NYSE that are substantially similar to 
the requirements of Rules 609(d), (e) and (f) would be deemed to have 
met such requirements. The Exchange is also proposing to amend Rule 609 
to define ``branch office'' in a way that is substantially similar to 
the definition of branch office in NYSE Rule 342.10.
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    \23\ Proposed Rules 609(e) and (f) are modeled after NYSE Rules 
342.25 and 342.26.
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    Proposed Rule 609(g)(4) would require a firm to designate a Chief 
Compliance Officer (CCO). Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) would require each 
firm's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or equivalent, to certify 
annually that the member organization has in place processes to: (1) 
Establish and maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to 
achieve compliance with applicable Exchange rules and federal 
securities laws and regulations, (2) modify such policies and 
procedures as business, regulatory, and legislative changes and events 
dictate, and (3) test the effectiveness of such policies and procedures 
on a regular basis, the timing of which is reasonably designed to 
ensure continuing compliance with Exchange rules and federal securities 
laws and regulations.
    Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) would also require the CEO to attest (1) 
that the CEO has conducted one or more meetings with the CCO in the 
preceding 12 months to discuss the compliance processes in proposed 
Rule 609(g)(5)(i), (2) that the CEO has consulted with the CCO and 
other officers to the extent necessary to attest to the statements in 
the certification, and (3) that the compliance processes are evidenced 
in a report, reviewed by the CEO, CCO and such other officers as the 
member firm deems necessary to make the certification, that is provided 
to the member firm's board of directors and audit committee (if such 
committee exists).\24\
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    \24\ Proposed Rule 609(g)(5) is modeled after NASD Rule 3013 and 
NYSE Rule 342.30(e).
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    Under proposed Rule 609(b)(2), a member, upon a customer's written 
instructions, may hold mail for a customer who will not be at his or 
her usual address for no longer than two months if the customer is on 
vacation or traveling, or three months if the customer is going abroad. 
This provision would help ensure that members that hold mail for 
customers who are away from their usual addresses do so only pursuant 
to the customer's written instructions and for a specified, relatively 
short period of time.\25\
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    \25\ Proposed Rule 609(b)(2) is modeled after NASD Rule 3110(i).
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    Proposed Rule 609(b)(3) would require that, before a customer 
options order is executed, the account name or designation must be 
placed upon the memorandum for each transaction. In addition, only a 
qualified ROP would be permitted to approve any changes in account 
names or designations. The ROP would be required to document the 
essential facts relied upon in approving the changes and maintain the 
record in an easily accessible place. A member would be required to 
preserve any documentation that provides for an account designation 
change for a period of not less than three years, with the 
documentation preserved for the first two years in an easily accessible 
place, as the term ``easily accessible place'' is used in Rule 17a-4 of 
the Act. The Exchange believes the proposed rule would help to protect 
account name and designation information from possible fraudulent 
activity.\26\
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    \26\ Proposed Rule 609(b)(3) is modeled after NASD Rule 3110(j).
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    Proposed Rule 611(d) would allow a member to exercise time and 
price discretion on orders for the purchase or sale of a definite 
number of options contracts in a specified security. The Exchange 
proposes to limit the duration of this discretionary authority to the 
day it is granted, absent written authorization to the contrary. In 
addition, the proposed rule would require any exercise of time and 
price discretion to be reflected on the customer order ticket. The 
proposed one-day limitation would not apply to time and price 
discretion exercised for orders effected with or for an institutional 
account (as defined in the Rule) pursuant to valid Good-Till-Cancelled 
instructions issued on a ``not held'' basis. The Exchange believes that 
investors would receive greater protection by clarifying the time such 
discretionary orders remain pending.\27\
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    \27\ Proposed Rule 611(d) is modeled after NASD Rule 2510(d)(1).
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    The Exchange believes the proposed rule changes recognize that 
options have become more integrated with other securities in the 
implementation of particular strategies, and thus should not continue 
to be regulated as though they are a new and experimental product. The 
Exchange further asserts that the supervisory and compliance structure 
in place for non-options products at most firms is not materially 
different from the structure in place for options. The proposed rule 
change would also conform ISE rules to those of the CBOE. Accordingly, 
the Exchange submits that the proposed rule changes are appropriate and 
would not materially alter the supervisory operations of member firms.

III. Discussion and 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.\28\ In particular, the Commission finds the 
proposal to be consistent with the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the 
Act,\29\ 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 Commission believes the proposed rule change would 
integrate the supervision and compliance functions relating to member 
organizations' public customer options activities into the overall 
supervisory structure of a member organization, thereby eliminating any 
uncertainty over where supervisory responsibility lies. In addition, 
the proposed rule change would foster the strengthening of members' and 
member organizations' internal controls and supervisory systems.
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    \28\ In approving this rule change, as amended, the Commission 
notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
    \29\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission also finds good cause for approving the proposed 
rule change, as modified by Amendment No.1, prior to the thirtieth day 
after the date of publication of notice of filing of the amendment in 
the Federal Register.\30\ The Commission believes that Amendment No. 1 
should reduce ambiguity by providing clarifying changes and fixing 
typographical and similar errors. Amendment No. 1 does

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not contain any major modifications that would alter the scope of the 
proposed rule change as published in the Federal Register. The 
Commission believes that approving the proposed rule change, as 
modified by Amendment No. 1, will simplify compliance, and is 
consistent with the public interest and the investor protection goals 
of the Act. Finally, the Commission finds that it is in the public 
interest to approve the proposed rule change as modified as soon as 
possible to expedite its implementation. Accordingly, the Commission 
believes good cause exists, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 
\31\ to approve the proposed rule, as modified by Amendment No. 1 on an 
accelerated basis.
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    \30\ See supra footnotes 3 and 4.
    \31\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning Amendment No. 1, including whether Amendment No. 1 
is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the 
following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-ISE-2008-21 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2008-21. 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 Commissions 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. Copies of such filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2008-21 and should be 
submitted by October 29, 2008.

V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\32\ that the proposed rule change (SR-ISE-2008-21), as amended by 
Amendment No. 1, be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \32\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\33\
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    \33\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-23758 Filed 10-7-08; 8:45 am]
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