Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange Automated Order Routing System) To Align the Rule Governing Sponsored Access to the Exchange With the Current Industry Standard, 62352-62354 [E8-24753]

Download as PDF 62352 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 203 / Monday, October 20, 2008 / Notices the rules and regulations under the Act applicable to a national securities exchange and, in particular, the requirements of section 6(b) of the Act.4 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 5 requirements that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. As indicated above, the Exchange believes that increasing the CQL in this option class will enable the Exchange to enhance the liquidity offered, thereby offering deeper and more liquid markets. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Exchange Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither received nor solicited written comments on the proposal. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change will take effect upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act 6 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(1) thereunder,7 because it constitutes a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule. 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: 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–CBOE–2008–106 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–CBOE–2008–106. 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 CBOE. 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–CBOE–2008–106 and should be submitted on or before November 10, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–24752 Filed 10–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 4 15 U.S.C. 78(f)(b). U.S.C. 78(f)(b)(5). 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). 7 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). 16:42 Oct 17, 2008 [Release No. 34–58758; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–100] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange Automated Order Routing System) To Align the Rule Governing Sponsored Access to the Exchange With the Current Industry Standard October 8, 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 October 2, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders the proposed rule change effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange Automated Order Routing System) to align its rule governing sponsored access to the Exchange with the current industry standard. The text of the proposed rule change is available at NYSE, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http:// www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 2 17 5 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 8 17 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 203 / Monday, October 20, 2008 / Notices The Exchange 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 proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange Automated Order Routing System) to align its rule governing sponsored access to the Exchange with the current industry standard. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Background and Current NYSE Rule 123B.30 The Exchange recently adopted NYSE Rule 123B.30, which sets forth the requirements for a member or member organization (‘‘Sponsoring Member Organization’’) to provide a nonmember firm or customer (‘‘Sponsored Participant’’) with sponsored access to Exchange systems and facilities.5 The Exchange modeled NYSE Rule 123B.30 on the industry standard sponsored access rules of its affiliate exchange, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’), and those of other exchanges, including NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, subject to one key distinction.6 Unlike other sponsored access rules, NYSE Rule 123B.30 requires agreements between (i) a Sponsoring Member Organization and a Sponsored Participant, and (ii) the Sponsoring Member Organization and the Exchange.7 A Sponsored Participant must enter into a sponsored access agreement containing specific provisions governing use and access of Exchange systems and facilities that establishes a proper customer relationship and account(s) with a Sponsoring Member Organization through which the Sponsored Participant may trade on the Exchange. The Sponsoring Member Organization must enter into an agreement with the 5 See Securities Exchange Release No. 58429 (August 27, 2008), 73 FR 51676 (September 4, 2008) (SR–NYSE–2008–71). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53615 (April 7, 2006), 71 FR 19226 (April 13, 2006) (SR– PCX–2006–24) (adopting NYSE Arca Equities Rules 7.29 and 7.30). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55550 (March 28, 2007), 72 FR 16389 (April 4, 2007) (SR–NASDAQ–2007–010) (amending NASDAQ Rule 4611(d) to conform its requirements to NYSE Arca Rules 7.29 and 7.30). 7 Other sponsored access rules require both the Sponsoring Member Organization and the Sponsored Participant to enter into agreements with the Exchange governing the use of and access to Exchange systems and facilities. See, e.g., NYSE Rules 86(o)(2)(A) and 1500(g)(3)(B)(ii), concerning sponsored access to NYSE Bonds and NYSE MatchPoint, respectively. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 17, 2008 Jkt 217001 Exchange designating its Sponsored Participant(s) and acknowledging its responsibilities thereto.8 Pursuant to the above agreements, the Sponsored Participant and the Sponsoring Member Organization agree to comply with the rules and procedures of the Exchange. In addition, the Sponsoring Member Organization must file a notice of consent and must agree to be responsible for the conduct of the Sponsored Participant and/or any person acting on its behalf, and any and all orders entered by, or executions of, the Sponsored Participant or its employees or agents (including unauthorized transactions) are binding on the Sponsoring Member Organization. The Sponsoring Member must also have adequate procedures and controls to provide oversight of Authorized Traders who enter orders on behalf of Sponsored Participants and to prevent the improper use of or access to Exchange systems or facilities.9 Sponsored Participants are required to establish adequate procedures and controls to monitor the use and access of Exchange systems and facilities by their employees, agents, and customers. The Sponsored Participant must also agree to compensate the Sponsoring Member Organization, the Exchange, or any other third party, for any amounts due arising out of the Sponsored Participant’s access to and the use of Exchange systems and facilities.10 Proposed Amendments In order to better align its sponsored access rule with the current industry standard the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30. First, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 123B.30(c)(2)(A) to provide for agreements (i) between a Sponsoring Member Organization and a Sponsored Participant, and (ii) among the Sponsoring Member Organization, the Sponsored Participant and the Exchange. In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend the language contained in subparagraph (d)(4) to refer to access ‘‘to the Exchange’’, as opposed to Exchange facilities or NYSE systems. Throughout NYSE Rule 123B.30, with the exception of (d)(4), the provisions governing sponsored participation reference access ‘‘to the Exchange’’. NYSE believes that these inconsistent references within Rule 123B.30(d)(4) could cause confusion unless it is amended to track the other provisions of the Rule. NYSE Rule 123B.30, paragraphs (c)(1)–(3). NYSE Rule 123B.30(c)(2), (d). 10 See NYSE Rule 123B.30(c)(2). Insofar as the amendments proposed herein have been previously determined by the Commission to be consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the Exchange believes that the proposed amendments to NYSE Rule 123B.30 are necessary to further align it with the industry standard for sponsored access. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,11 in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change also supports the principles of Section 11A(a)(1) 12 of the Act in that it seeks to ensure economically efficient execution of securities transactions and fair competition among brokers and dealers and among exchange markets. The Exchange believes the proposed amendments to NYSE Rule 123B.30 will provide a procedure for sponsored access to the Exchange consistent with the current industry standard and the Act. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing rule change does not: (1) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose any significant burden on competition; and (3) become operative for 30 days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 8 See 9 See PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62353 11 15 12 15 E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). U.S.C. 78k–1(a)(1). 20OCN1 62354 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 203 / Monday, October 20, 2008 / Notices 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.14 A proposed rule change filed under 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.15 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) 16 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Commission hereby grants the Exchange’s request and designates the proposal operative upon filing.17 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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: 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–NYSE–2008–100 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. 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has requested the Commission to waive this five-day pre-filing notice requirement. The Commission hereby grants this request. 16 Id. 17 For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 14 17 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 17, 2008 Jkt 217001 All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–100. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the 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 available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE– 2008–100 and should be submitted on or before November 10, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–24753 Filed 10–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58748; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–102] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Arca Rules Governing Doing Business With the Public October 8, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on September 25, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change under paragraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 under the Act,4 which renders the proposal effective upon receipt of this filing by the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend certain rules that govern an Exchange member’s conduct in doing business with the public. The proposed rule change would require member organizations to integrate the responsibility for supervision of a member organization’s public customer options business into its overall supervisory and compliance program. In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend certain rules to strengthen member organizations’ supervisory procedures and internal controls as they relate to a member’s public customer options business. The text of the proposed rule is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.nyse.com, at the Exchange’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to create a supervisory structure for options that is similar to 4 17 E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 20OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58758; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-100]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
To Amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange Automated Order Routing System) To 
Align the Rule Governing Sponsored Access to the Exchange With the 
Current Industry Standard

October 8, 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 October 2, 2008, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange 
has designated the proposed rule change as a ``non-controversial'' rule 
change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder,\4\ which renders the proposed rule change effective 
upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this 
notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested 
persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange 
Automated Order Routing System) to align its rule governing sponsored 
access to the Exchange with the current industry standard. The text of 
the proposed rule change is available at NYSE, the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.com.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below.

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The Exchange 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 proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30 (Exchange 
Automated Order Routing System) to align its rule governing sponsored 
access to the Exchange with the current industry standard.
Background and Current NYSE Rule 123B.30
    The Exchange recently adopted NYSE Rule 123B.30, which sets forth 
the requirements for a member or member organization (``Sponsoring 
Member Organization'') to provide a non-member firm or customer 
(``Sponsored Participant'') with sponsored access to Exchange systems 
and facilities.\5\ The Exchange modeled NYSE Rule 123B.30 on the 
industry standard sponsored access rules of its affiliate exchange, 
NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca''), and those of other exchanges, 
including NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, subject to one key distinction.\6\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Release No. 58429 (August 27, 2008), 
73 FR 51676 (September 4, 2008) (SR-NYSE-2008-71).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53615 (April 7, 
2006), 71 FR 19226 (April 13, 2006) (SR-PCX-2006-24) (adopting NYSE 
Arca Equities Rules 7.29 and 7.30). See also Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 55550 (March 28, 2007), 72 FR 16389 (April 4, 2007) (SR-
NASDAQ-2007-010) (amending NASDAQ Rule 4611(d) to conform its 
requirements to NYSE Arca Rules 7.29 and 7.30).
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    Unlike other sponsored access rules, NYSE Rule 123B.30 requires 
agreements between (i) a Sponsoring Member Organization and a Sponsored 
Participant, and (ii) the Sponsoring Member Organization and the 
Exchange.\7\ A Sponsored Participant must enter into a sponsored access 
agreement containing specific provisions governing use and access of 
Exchange systems and facilities that establishes a proper customer 
relationship and account(s) with a Sponsoring Member Organization 
through which the Sponsored Participant may trade on the Exchange. The 
Sponsoring Member Organization must enter into an agreement with the 
Exchange designating its Sponsored Participant(s) and acknowledging its 
responsibilities thereto.\8\
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    \7\ Other sponsored access rules require both the Sponsoring 
Member Organization and the Sponsored Participant to enter into 
agreements with the Exchange governing the use of and access to 
Exchange systems and facilities. See, e.g., NYSE Rules 86(o)(2)(A) 
and 1500(g)(3)(B)(ii), concerning sponsored access to NYSE Bonds and 
NYSE MatchPoint, respectively.
    \8\ See NYSE Rule 123B.30, paragraphs (c)(1)-(3).
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    Pursuant to the above agreements, the Sponsored Participant and the 
Sponsoring Member Organization agree to comply with the rules and 
procedures of the Exchange. In addition, the Sponsoring Member 
Organization must file a notice of consent and must agree to be 
responsible for the conduct of the Sponsored Participant and/or any 
person acting on its behalf, and any and all orders entered by, or 
executions of, the Sponsored Participant or its employees or agents 
(including unauthorized transactions) are binding on the Sponsoring 
Member Organization. The Sponsoring Member must also have adequate 
procedures and controls to provide oversight of Authorized Traders who 
enter orders on behalf of Sponsored Participants and to prevent the 
improper use of or access to Exchange systems or facilities.\9\
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    Sponsored Participants are required to establish adequate 
procedures and controls to monitor the use and access of Exchange 
systems and facilities by their employees, agents, and customers. The 
Sponsored Participant must also agree to compensate the Sponsoring 
Member Organization, the Exchange, or any other third party, for any 
amounts due arising out of the Sponsored Participant's access to and 
the use of Exchange systems and facilities.\10\
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    \10\ See NYSE Rule 123B.30(c)(2).
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Proposed Amendments
    In order to better align its sponsored access rule with the current 
industry standard the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 123B.30. 
First, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 123B.30(c)(2)(A) to provide 
for agreements (i) between a Sponsoring Member Organization and a 
Sponsored Participant, and (ii) among the Sponsoring Member 
Organization, the Sponsored Participant and the Exchange.
    In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend the language contained 
in subparagraph (d)(4) to refer to access ``to the Exchange'', as 
opposed to Exchange facilities or NYSE systems. Throughout NYSE Rule 
123B.30, with the exception of (d)(4), the provisions governing 
sponsored participation reference access ``to the Exchange''. NYSE 
believes that these inconsistent references within Rule 123B.30(d)(4) 
could cause confusion unless it is amended to track the other 
provisions of the Rule.
    Insofar as the amendments proposed herein have been previously 
determined by the Commission to be consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, the Exchange believes that the 
proposed amendments to NYSE Rule 123B.30 are necessary to further align 
it with the industry standard for sponsored access.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\11\ in that 
it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative practices, to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments 
to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a 
national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. The proposed rule change also supports the principles 
of Section 11A(a)(1) \12\ of the Act in that it seeks to ensure 
economically efficient execution of securities transactions and fair 
competition among brokers and dealers and among exchange markets. The 
Exchange believes the proposed amendments to NYSE Rule 123B.30 will 
provide a procedure for sponsored access to the Exchange consistent 
with the current industry standard and the Act.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

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

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

    Because the foregoing rule change does not: (1) Significantly 
affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (2) impose 
any significant burden on competition; and (3) become operative for 30 
days after the date of this filing, or such shorter time as the 
Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section

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19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \13\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\14\
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \14\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally may not 
become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\15\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \16\ permits the Commission to designate 
a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may 
become operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 
30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors 
and the public interest. The Commission hereby grants the Exchange's 
request and designates the proposal operative upon filing.\17\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). In addition, Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) requires that a self-regulatory organization submit to 
the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed 
rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed 
rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing 
of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by 
the Commission. The Exchange has requested the Commission to waive 
this five-day pre-filing notice requirement. The Commission hereby 
grants this request.
    \16\ Id.
    \17\ For the purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative 
delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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:

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-NYSE-2008-100 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-NYSE-2008-100. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, on official business 
days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the 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 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
NYSE-2008-100 and should be submitted on or before November 10, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\18\
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    \18\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E8-24753 Filed 10-17-08; 8:45 am]
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