Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Generic Listing Standards for Index Multiple Exchange Traded Fund Shares and Index Inverse Exchange Traded Fund Shares, 78415-78419 [E8-30320]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices for products covered by this filing shall be $0.18 per contract for all Public Customer Orders 7 and $0.20 per contract for all Firm Proprietary orders. The amount of the execution fee for all ISE Market Maker transactions shall be equal to the execution fee currently charged by the Exchange for ISE Market Maker transactions in equity options.8 Finally, the amount of the execution fee for all non-ISE Market Maker transactions shall be $0.45 per contract.9 Further, since options on SLV and IAU are multiply-listed, the Exchange’s Payment for Order Flow fee shall apply to these products. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change will further the Exchange’s goal of introducing new products to the marketplace that are competitively priced. Further, as a matter of housekeeping, the Exchange proposes to remove MYP, PUF, SAW and WSI from its Schedule of fees.10 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,11 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),12 in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. P/A Orders’’). The amount of the execution fee charged by the Exchange for Linkage P Orders and Linkage P/A Orders is $0.24 per contract side and $0.15 per contract side, respectively. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58143 (July 11, 2008), 73 FR 41388 (July 18, 2008) (SR–ISE–2008–52). 7 Public Customer Order is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(39) as an order for the account of a Public Customer. Public Customer is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(38) as a person or entity that is not a broker or dealer in securities. 8 The Exchange applies a sliding scale, between $0.01 and $0.18 per contract side, based on the number of contracts an ISE market maker trades in a month. 9 The amount of the execution fee for non-ISE Market Maker transactions executed in the Exchange’s Facilitation and Solicitation Mechanisms is $0.19 per contract. 10 MYP, PUF, SAW and WSI were recently delisted and no longer trade on the Exchange. 11 15 U.S.C. 78f. 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3) of the Act 13 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2)14 thereunder. 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: 78415 proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing 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–ISE–2008–93 and should be submitted on or before January 12, 2009. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30317 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–59098; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2008–096] Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–ISE–2008–93 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Generic Listing Standards for Index Multiple Exchange Traded Fund Shares and Index Inverse Exchange Traded Fund Shares 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–2008–93. 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 Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 9, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. December 12, 2008. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq is filing a proposed rule change to amend Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) in connection with generic listing 15 17 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 14 17 CFR 19b–4(f)(2) [sic]. PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 78416 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices standards, which permit Nasdaq to list and trade, or trade pursuant to unlisted trading privileges (‘‘UTP’’), shares of a series of Index Multiple Exchange Traded Fund Shares (‘‘Multiple Fund Shares’’) and Index Inverse Exchange Traded Fund Shares (‘‘Inverse Fund Shares’’) (collectively, the ‘‘Fund Shares’’). The proposed rule change would allow the listing and trading of Fund Shares that sought to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount not exceeding ¥300% (currently ¥200%) of the underlying benchmark index pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act,3 where the other applicable generic listing standards under Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) for Index Fund Shares (‘‘IFSs’’) are satisfied. The proposed rule change is substantially identical to a recent NYSEArca filing, which has been considered previously by the Commission when the Commission approved the proposed rule change.4 The text of the proposed rule change is available from Nasdaq’s Web site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at Nasdaq’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, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below, and is set forth in Sections A, B, and C below. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) provides standards for listing IFSs on the Exchange. Nasdaq proposes to amend Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) to allow the listing and trading of Fund Shares that sought to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount not exceeding ¥300% (currently ¥200%) of the underlying benchmark index where the other applicable generic listing standards under Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) for IFSs are satisfied. The Exchange also notes that the Commission has approved the 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58825 (October 21, 2008), 73 FR 63756 (October 27, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca–2008–89). 4 See VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 original listing and trading of Fund Shares on the American Stock Exchange LLC.5 Generic Listing Standards Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) provides standards for listing IFSs, which are securities issued by an open-end management investment company (open-end mutual fund) based on a portfolio of securities that seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance or total return performance of a specified foreign or domestic securities index or fixed income index. Pursuant to Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(A), IFSs must be issued in a specified aggregate minimum number in return for a deposit of specified securities and/or a cash amount, with a value equal to the next determined net asset value (‘‘NAV’’). When aggregated in the same specified minimum number, IFSs must be redeemed by the issuer for the securities and/or cash, with a value equal to the next determined NAV. Consistent with Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(9)(A)(ii), the NAV is calculated once a day after the close of the regular trading day. The proposed revisions to Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) would allow the listing and trading of Multiple Fund Shares and Inverse Fund Shares that sought to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount not exceeding ¥300%, rather than ¥200%, of the underlying benchmark index pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act,6 where the other applicable generic listing standards for IFSs are satisfied. In connection with Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds ¥300% of the underlying benchmark index, the Exchange’s proposal would continue to require specific Commission approval pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act.7 In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) would expressly prohibit Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds ¥300% of the underlying benchmark index, from being approved by the Exchange for listing and trading pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act.8 The Exchange believes that adopting generic listing and trading standards for Fund Shares based on domestic equity, 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57660 (April 14, 2008), 73 FR 21391 (April 21, 2008) (SR– Amex–2007–131). 6 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 8 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 international or global equity and/or fixed income securities indexes and applying Rule 19b–4(e) should fulfill the intended objective of that Rule by allowing those IFSs that satisfy the proposed standards to commence trading, without the need for individualized Commission approval. The proposed rule has the potential to reduce the time frame for bringing Fund Shares to market, thereby reducing the burdens on issuers and other market participants.9 The Commission has approved generic standards providing for the listing and trading of derivative products pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) based on indexes previously approved by the Commission under Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 10 and the Exchange 11 also notes that the generic listing standards provide for indexes that have been approved by the Commission in connection with the listing of Portfolio Depository Receipts, Index Fund Shares or Index-Linked Securities. The Exchange believes that the application of that standard to Fund Shares is appropriate because the underlying securities index will have been subject to detailed and specific Commission review in the context of the approval of listing of other derivatives. The Exchange notes that existing Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(9)(B) provides continued listing standards for all IFSs. For example, where the value of the underlying index or portfolio of securities on which the IFS is based is no longer calculated or available, or in the event that the IFS chooses to substitute a new index or portfolio for the existing index or portfolio, the Exchange would commence delisting proceedings if the new index or portfolio does not meet the requirements of and listing standards set forth in Nasdaq Rule 4420(j). If an IFS chose to substitute an index that did not meet all of the applicable generic listing standards of IFSs pursuant to Rule 19b– 4(e) of the Act,12 then, to continue to list and trade the IFS, approval by the Commission of a separate filing 9 The Exchange submits that the failure of a particular Fund Share portfolio to comply with the proposed generic listing and trading standards under Rule 19b–4(e) would not, however, preclude the Exchange from submitting a separate filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) requesting Commission approval to list and trade a particular Fund Share. 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54765 (November 16, 2006), 71 FR 67668 (November 22, 2006) (SR–Nasdaq–2006–009) (Commodity-Linked Securities). 11 See e-mail from Jonathan Cayne, Associate General Counsel, NASDAQ OMX, to David Liu, Assistant Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, dated December 12, 2008 (‘‘December 12 E-mail’’). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(e). E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 13 is required.14 In addition, the Exchange further notes that existing Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(9)(A)(ii) provides that, prior to approving an IFS for listing, the Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer that the NAV per share will be calculated daily and made available to all market participants at the same time. Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) provides for the halt of trading for Fund Shares if the Exchange becomes aware that the open-end investment company fails to properly disseminate the appropriate NAV to market participants at the same time. In addition, the rule also requires a halt to trading if the open-end investment company issuing the Fund Shares failed to provide daily public Web site disclosure of its portfolio holdings. In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) provides that the Exchange will halt trading in a series of Multiple Fund Shares and/or Inverse Fund Shares if the Exchange becomes aware that the open-end investment company issuing the Fund Shares fails to disseminate the appropriate NAV to all market participants at the same time and/or fails to provide daily public Web site disclosure of its portfolio holdings. The investment objective associated with the Fund Shares must be expected to achieve investment results, before fees and expenses, by a specified multiple (Multiple Fund Shares) or inversely up to ¥300% (Inverse Fund Shares) of the underlying performance benchmark domestic equity, international or global equity and/or fixed income indexes, as applicable. Fund Shares differ from traditional exchange-traded fund shares in that they do not merely correspond to the performance of a given securities index, but rather attempt to match a multiple or inverse of such underlying index performance. In order to achieve investment results that provide either a positive multiple or inverse of the benchmark index, Fund Shares may hold a combination of financial instruments, including, but not limited to: Stock index futures contracts; options on futures; options on securities and indices; equity caps, collars and floors; swap agreements; forward contracts; repurchase agreements; and reverse repurchase agreements (the ‘‘Financial Instruments’’). Normally, 100% of the value of the underlying portfolios for the Inverse Fund Shares will be devoted to Financial Instruments and money market instruments, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements (the ‘‘Money Market Instruments’’). The underlying portfolios for Multiple Fund Shares may consist of a combination of securities, Financial Instruments and Money Market Instruments. Limitation on Leverage In connection with Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds ¥300% of the underlying benchmark index, the Exchange’s proposal would continue to require specific Commission approval pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act.15 In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) would expressly prohibit Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds -300% of the underlying benchmark index, from being approved by the Exchange for listing and trading pursuant to Rule 19b–4(e) under the Act.16 In connection with Multiple Fund Shares, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B) does not provide a similar limitation on leverage. Instead, the proposal would permit the underlying registered management investment company or fund to seek to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, that correspond to any multiple, without limitation, of the percentage performance on given day of a particular domestic equity, international or global equity, or fixed income securities indexes or a combination thereof. Availability of Information About Fund Shares and Underlying Indexes Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) provides that the portfolio composition of a Fund will be disclosed on a public Web site. Web site disclosure of portfolio holdings that form the basis for the calculation of the NAV by the issuer of a series of Fund Shares is made daily and includes, as applicable, the identity and number of shares held of each specific equity security, the identity and amount held of each fixed income security, the specific types of Financial Instruments and characteristics of such instruments, cash equivalents and amount of cash held in the portfolio of a fund. This public Web site disclosure of the portfolio composition of a Fund, that forms the basis for the calculation of the NAV, coincides with the disclosure of the same information to ‘‘Authorized Participants.’’ 17 Investors have access to 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 240.19b–4(e). 17 Authorized Participants are the only persons that may place orders to create and redeem Creation 16 17 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). December 12 E-mail, supra, note 11. 14 See VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78417 the current portfolio composition of a Fund through the Fund’s Web site and/ or at the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.nasdaqomx.com. Trading Halts Existing trading halt requirements for IFSs apply to Fund Shares. Nasdaq will halt trading in Fund Shares under the conditions specified in Nasdaq Rules 4120 and 4121, as well as subject to Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv). The conditions for a halt include a regulatory halt by the listing market. UTP trading in Fund Shares will also be governed by provisions of Nasdaq Rule 4120(b) relating to temporary interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the calculation of the estimated NAV (‘‘Intraday Indicative Value’’), which is updated regularly during the trading day, among other values. If Nasdaq becomes aware that the NAV or the identities and quantities of the portfolio of securities and other assets (the ‘‘Disclosed Portfolio’’) with respect to a Fund Share is not disseminated to all market participants at the same time, it will halt trading in such series until such time as the NAV or the Disclosed Portfolio is available to all market participants. In the case of the Financial Instruments held by a Multiple or Inverse Fund, the Exchange represents that a notification procedure will be implemented so that timely notice from the investment adviser of such Multiple or Inverse Fund is received by the Exchange when a particular Financial Instrument is in default or shortly to be in default. The Exchange will then determine on a case-by-case basis whether a default of a particular Financial Instrument justifies a trading halt of the Multiple and/or Inverse Fund Shares. Additionally, Nasdaq may cease trading Fund Shares if other unusual conditions or circumstances exist which, in the opinion of Nasdaq, make further dealings on Nasdaq detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market. Nasdaq will also follow any procedures with respect to trading halts as set forth in Nasdaq Rule 4120(c). Finally, Nasdaq will stop trading Fund Shares if the listing market delists them. Units. Authorized Participants must be registered broker-dealers or other securities market participants, such as banks and other financial institutions that are exempt from registration as broker-dealers to engage in securities transactions, who are participants in DTC. The format of the disclosure of portfolio holdings to Authorized Participants may differ from the format of the public Web site disclosure. E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 78418 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices Suitability Prior to commencement of trading, the Exchange will issue an Information Circular to its members and member organizations providing guidance with regard to member firm compliance responsibilities (including suitability obligations) when effecting transactions in the Fund Shares and highlighting the special risks and characteristics of Funds Shares as well as applicable Exchange rules. Specifically, the Information Circular will discuss the following: (1) The procedures for purchases and redemptions of Fund Shares in Baskets (and that Fund Shares are not individually redeemable); (2) Nasdaq Rule 2310, which imposes suitability obligations on Nasdaq members with respect to recommending transactions in Fund Shares to customers; (3) how information regarding the Intraday Indicative Value is disseminated; (4) the requirement that members deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Fund Shares prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; (5) the risks involved in trading Fund Shares during the PreMarket and Post-Market Sessions when an updated Intraday Indicative Value will not be calculated or publicly disseminated; and (6) trading information. The Exchange notes that investors purchasing Fund Shares directly from a Fund will receive a prospectus. Members purchasing Fund Shares from a Fund for resale to investors will deliver a prospectus to such investors. The Information Circular will also discuss any exemptive, no-action and interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules under the Act. In addition, the Information Circular will reference that Fund Shares are subject to various fees and expenses described in the Registration Statement. The Information Circular will also disclose the trading hours of the Fund Shares of the Funds and that the NAV for the Fund Shares will be calculated after 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) each trading day. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Surveillance The Exchange utilizes its existing surveillance procedures applicable to derivative products (including exchange-traded funds) to monitor trading in Fund Shares. The Exchange represents that such procedures are adequate to address any concerns about the trading of Fund Shares on Nasdaq. Trading of Fund Shares through Nasdaq are subject to FINRA’s surveillance VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 procedures for equity securities in general and ETFs in particular.18 The Exchange may obtain information via the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) from other exchanges who are members or affiliate members of the ISG.19 Nasdaq has requested accelerated approval of this proposed rule change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the notice of the filing thereof. The Commission has determined that a 15-day comment period is appropriate in this case. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 20 in general and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 21 in particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. The Exchange believes that the proposed rules will facilitate the listing and trading of Fund Shares and will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace. IV. Solicitation of Comments B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Nasdaq 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 Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will: A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 18 FINRA surveils trading on Nasdaq pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. Nasdaq is responsible for FINRA’s performance under this regulatory services agreement. 19 For a list of the current members and affiliate members of ISG, see http://www.isgportal.com. 20 15 U.S.C. 78f. 21 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–NASDAQ–2008–096 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–NASDAQ–2008–096. 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 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–NASDAQ–2008–096 and E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / Notices should be submitted on or before January 6, 2009. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration # 11430 and # 11431] For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.22 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–30320 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration # 11432 and # 11433] Louisiana Disaster Number LA–00021 AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 4. SUMMARY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Louisiana (FEMA–1792–DR), dated 09/13/2008. Incident: Hurricane Ike. Incident Period: 09/11/2008 through 11/07/2008. Effective Date: 12/15/2008. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 01/12/2009. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 06/15/2009. Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. The notice of the President’s major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana, dated 09/13/2008, is hereby amended to extend the deadline for filing applications for physical damages as a result of this disaster to 01/12/2009. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. Texas Disaster Number TX–00308 AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 4. SUMMARY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Texas (FEMA– 1791–DR), dated 09/13/2008. Incident: Hurricane Ike. Incident Period: 09/07/2008 through 10/02/2008. Effective Date: 12/12/2008. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 01/12/2009. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 06/15/2009. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the President’s major disaster declaration for the State of Texas, dated 09/13/2008, is hereby amended to extend the deadline for filing applications for physical damages as a result of this disaster to 01/12/2009. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–30415 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P 78419 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 109–435) and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Public input: Any member of the public interested in providing public input to the meeting should contact Mr. Chris Wood, whose contact information is listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Each individual providing oral input is requested to limit his or her comments to five minutes. Requests to be added to the speaker list must be received in writing (letter, e-mail or fax) prior to the close of business on February 6, 2009; written comments from members of the public for distribution at this meeting must reach Mr. Wood by letter, e-mail or fax by this same date. Meeting agenda: The agenda of the meeting will include a review of the results of the October-November 2008 sessions of the UPU Postal Operations Council and Council of Administration as well as other subjects related to international postal and delivery services of interest to Advisory Committee members and the public. DATES: February 12, 2009 from 2 p.m. to about 5 p.m. (open to the public). Location: The American Institute of Architects (Boardroom), 1735 New York Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20006. For further information, please contact Christopher Wood, Office of Technical Specialized Agencies (IO/T), Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at (202) 647–1044, woodcs@state.gov. Designated Federal Officer, Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services: Dennis M. Delehanty. Dated: December 5, 2008. Dennis M. Delehanty, Foreign Affairs Officer, Department of State. [FR Doc. E8–30375 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–19–P mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. E8–30414 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P 22 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Public Notice 6436] Advisory Committee International Postal and Delivery Services Department of State. Notice; FACA Committee meeting announcement. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, the Department of State gives notice of the fourth meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Postal and Delivery Services. This Committee has been formed in fulfillment of the provisions of the 2006 PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Aviation Administration Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for Marana Regional Airport, Marana, AZ AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Town of Marana under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-59098; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2008-096]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Generic 
Listing Standards for Index Multiple Exchange Traded Fund Shares and 
Index Inverse Exchange Traded Fund Shares

December 12, 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 December 9, 2008, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``Nasdaq'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which 
Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Nasdaq is filing a proposed rule change to amend Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j) in connection with generic listing

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standards, which permit Nasdaq to list and trade, or trade pursuant to 
unlisted trading privileges (``UTP''), shares of a series of Index 
Multiple Exchange Traded Fund Shares (``Multiple Fund Shares'') and 
Index Inverse Exchange Traded Fund Shares (``Inverse Fund Shares'') 
(collectively, the ``Fund Shares'').
    The proposed rule change would allow the listing and trading of 
Fund Shares that sought to provide investment results, before fees and 
expenses, in an amount not exceeding -300% (currently -200%) of the 
underlying benchmark index pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act,\3\ 
where the other applicable generic listing standards under Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j) for Index Fund Shares (``IFSs'') are satisfied. The proposed 
rule change is substantially identical to a recent NYSEArca filing, 
which has been considered previously by the Commission when the 
Commission approved the proposed rule change.\4\
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    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58825 (October 21, 
2008), 73 FR 63756 (October 27, 2008) (SR-NYSEArca-2008-89).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available from Nasdaq's Web 
site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at Nasdaq'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, Nasdaq included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below, and is set forth in Sections A, B, and C below.

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

1. Purpose
    Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) provides standards for listing IFSs on the 
Exchange. Nasdaq proposes to amend Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) to 
allow the listing and trading of Fund Shares that sought to provide 
investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount not 
exceeding -300% (currently -200%) of the underlying benchmark index 
where the other applicable generic listing standards under Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j) for IFSs are satisfied. The Exchange also notes that the 
Commission has approved the original listing and trading of Fund Shares 
on the American Stock Exchange LLC.\5\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57660 (April 14, 
2008), 73 FR 21391 (April 21, 2008) (SR-Amex-2007-131).
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Generic Listing Standards
    Nasdaq Rule 4420(j) provides standards for listing IFSs, which are 
securities issued by an open-end management investment company (open-
end mutual fund) based on a portfolio of securities that seeks to 
provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and 
yield performance or total return performance of a specified foreign or 
domestic securities index or fixed income index. Pursuant to Nasdaq 
Rule 4420(j)(1)(A), IFSs must be issued in a specified aggregate 
minimum number in return for a deposit of specified securities and/or a 
cash amount, with a value equal to the next determined net asset value 
(``NAV''). When aggregated in the same specified minimum number, IFSs 
must be redeemed by the issuer for the securities and/or cash, with a 
value equal to the next determined NAV. Consistent with Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j)(9)(A)(ii), the NAV is calculated once a day after the close of 
the regular trading day.
    The proposed revisions to Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) would 
allow the listing and trading of Multiple Fund Shares and Inverse Fund 
Shares that sought to provide investment results, before fees and 
expenses, in an amount not exceeding -300%, rather than -200%, of the 
underlying benchmark index pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act,\6\ 
where the other applicable generic listing standards for IFSs are 
satisfied. In connection with Inverse Funds that seek to provide 
investment results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds 
-300% of the underlying benchmark index, the Exchange's proposal would 
continue to require specific Commission approval pursuant to Section 
19(b)(2) of the Act.\7\ In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) 
would expressly prohibit Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment 
results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds -300% of 
the underlying benchmark index, from being approved by the Exchange for 
listing and trading pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act.\8\
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    \6\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
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    The Exchange believes that adopting generic listing and trading 
standards for Fund Shares based on domestic equity, international or 
global equity and/or fixed income securities indexes and applying Rule 
19b-4(e) should fulfill the intended objective of that Rule by allowing 
those IFSs that satisfy the proposed standards to commence trading, 
without the need for individualized Commission approval. The proposed 
rule has the potential to reduce the time frame for bringing Fund 
Shares to market, thereby reducing the burdens on issuers and other 
market participants.\9\
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    \9\ The Exchange submits that the failure of a particular Fund 
Share portfolio to comply with the proposed generic listing and 
trading standards under Rule 19b-4(e) would not, however, preclude 
the Exchange from submitting a separate filing pursuant to Section 
19(b)(2) requesting Commission approval to list and trade a 
particular Fund Share.
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    The Commission has approved generic standards providing for the 
listing and trading of derivative products pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) 
based on indexes previously approved by the Commission under Section 
19(b)(2) of the Act \10\ and the Exchange \11\ also notes that the 
generic listing standards provide for indexes that have been approved 
by the Commission in connection with the listing of Portfolio 
Depository Receipts, Index Fund Shares or Index-Linked Securities. The 
Exchange believes that the application of that standard to Fund Shares 
is appropriate because the underlying securities index will have been 
subject to detailed and specific Commission review in the context of 
the approval of listing of other derivatives.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). See Securities Exchange Act Release 
No. 54765 (November 16, 2006), 71 FR 67668 (November 22, 2006) (SR-
Nasdaq-2006-009) (Commodity-Linked Securities).
    \11\ See e-mail from Jonathan Cayne, Associate General Counsel, 
NASDAQ OMX, to David Liu, Assistant Director, Division of Trading 
and Markets, Commission, dated December 12, 2008 (``December 12 E-
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    The Exchange notes that existing Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(9)(B) provides 
continued listing standards for all IFSs. For example, where the value 
of the underlying index or portfolio of securities on which the IFS is 
based is no longer calculated or available, or in the event that the 
IFS chooses to substitute a new index or portfolio for the existing 
index or portfolio, the Exchange would commence delisting proceedings 
if the new index or portfolio does not meet the requirements of and 
listing standards set forth in Nasdaq Rule 4420(j). If an IFS chose to 
substitute an index that did not meet all of the applicable generic 
listing standards of IFSs pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) of the Act,\12\ 
then, to continue to list and trade the IFS, approval by the Commission 
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pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act \13\ is required.\14\ In 
addition, the Exchange further notes that existing Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j)(9)(A)(ii) provides that, prior to approving an IFS for listing, 
the Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer that the NAV 
per share will be calculated daily and made available to all market 
participants at the same time.
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    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \14\ See December 12 E-mail, supra, note 11.
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    Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) provides for the halt of trading for 
Fund Shares if the Exchange becomes aware that the open-end investment 
company fails to properly disseminate the appropriate NAV to market 
participants at the same time. In addition, the rule also requires a 
halt to trading if the open-end investment company issuing the Fund 
Shares failed to provide daily public Web site disclosure of its 
portfolio holdings. In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) 
provides that the Exchange will halt trading in a series of Multiple 
Fund Shares and/or Inverse Fund Shares if the Exchange becomes aware 
that the open-end investment company issuing the Fund Shares fails to 
disseminate the appropriate NAV to all market participants at the same 
time and/or fails to provide daily public Web site disclosure of its 
portfolio holdings.
    The investment objective associated with the Fund Shares must be 
expected to achieve investment results, before fees and expenses, by a 
specified multiple (Multiple Fund Shares) or inversely up to -300% 
(Inverse Fund Shares) of the underlying performance benchmark domestic 
equity, international or global equity and/or fixed income indexes, as 
applicable. Fund Shares differ from traditional exchange-traded fund 
shares in that they do not merely correspond to the performance of a 
given securities index, but rather attempt to match a multiple or 
inverse of such underlying index performance.
    In order to achieve investment results that provide either a 
positive multiple or inverse of the benchmark index, Fund Shares may 
hold a combination of financial instruments, including, but not limited 
to: Stock index futures contracts; options on futures; options on 
securities and indices; equity caps, collars and floors; swap 
agreements; forward contracts; repurchase agreements; and reverse 
repurchase agreements (the ``Financial Instruments''). Normally, 100% 
of the value of the underlying portfolios for the Inverse Fund Shares 
will be devoted to Financial Instruments and money market instruments, 
including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements (the 
``Money Market Instruments''). The underlying portfolios for Multiple 
Fund Shares may consist of a combination of securities, Financial 
Instruments and Money Market Instruments.
Limitation on Leverage
    In connection with Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment 
results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds -300% of 
the underlying benchmark index, the Exchange's proposal would continue 
to require specific Commission approval pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of 
the Act.\15\ In particular, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iii) would 
expressly prohibit Inverse Funds that seek to provide investment 
results, before fees and expenses, in an amount that exceeds -300% of 
the underlying benchmark index, from being approved by the Exchange for 
listing and trading pursuant to Rule 19b-4(e) under the Act.\16\
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).
    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(e).
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    In connection with Multiple Fund Shares, Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B) 
does not provide a similar limitation on leverage. Instead, the 
proposal would permit the underlying registered management investment 
company or fund to seek to provide investment results, before fees and 
expenses, that correspond to any multiple, without limitation, of the 
percentage performance on given day of a particular domestic equity, 
international or global equity, or fixed income securities indexes or a 
combination thereof.
Availability of Information About Fund Shares and Underlying Indexes
    Nasdaq Rule 4420(j)(1)(B)(iv) provides that the portfolio 
composition of a Fund will be disclosed on a public Web site. Web site 
disclosure of portfolio holdings that form the basis for the 
calculation of the NAV by the issuer of a series of Fund Shares is made 
daily and includes, as applicable, the identity and number of shares 
held of each specific equity security, the identity and amount held of 
each fixed income security, the specific types of Financial Instruments 
and characteristics of such instruments, cash equivalents and amount of 
cash held in the portfolio of a fund. This public Web site disclosure 
of the portfolio composition of a Fund, that forms the basis for the 
calculation of the NAV, coincides with the disclosure of the same 
information to ``Authorized Participants.'' \17\ Investors have access 
to the current portfolio composition of a Fund through the Fund's Web 
site and/or at the Exchange's Web site at http://www.nasdaqomx.com.
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    \17\ Authorized Participants are the only persons that may place 
orders to create and redeem Creation Units. Authorized Participants 
must be registered broker-dealers or other securities market 
participants, such as banks and other financial institutions that 
are exempt from registration as broker-dealers to engage in 
securities transactions, who are participants in DTC. The format of 
the disclosure of portfolio holdings to Authorized Participants may 
differ from the format of the public Web site disclosure.
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Trading Halts
    Existing trading halt requirements for IFSs apply to Fund Shares. 
Nasdaq will halt trading in Fund Shares under the conditions specified 
in Nasdaq Rules 4120 and 4121, as well as subject to Nasdaq Rule 
4420(j)(1)(B)(iv). The conditions for a halt include a regulatory halt 
by the listing market. UTP trading in Fund Shares will also be governed 
by provisions of Nasdaq Rule 4120(b) relating to temporary 
interruptions in the calculation or wide dissemination of the 
calculation of the estimated NAV (``Intraday Indicative Value''), which 
is updated regularly during the trading day, among other values.
    If Nasdaq becomes aware that the NAV or the identities and 
quantities of the portfolio of securities and other assets (the 
``Disclosed Portfolio'') with respect to a Fund Share is not 
disseminated to all market participants at the same time, it will halt 
trading in such series until such time as the NAV or the Disclosed 
Portfolio is available to all market participants.
    In the case of the Financial Instruments held by a Multiple or 
Inverse Fund, the Exchange represents that a notification procedure 
will be implemented so that timely notice from the investment adviser 
of such Multiple or Inverse Fund is received by the Exchange when a 
particular Financial Instrument is in default or shortly to be in 
default. The Exchange will then determine on a case-by-case basis 
whether a default of a particular Financial Instrument justifies a 
trading halt of the Multiple and/or Inverse Fund Shares.
    Additionally, Nasdaq may cease trading Fund Shares if other unusual 
conditions or circumstances exist which, in the opinion of Nasdaq, make 
further dealings on Nasdaq detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and 
orderly market. Nasdaq will also follow any procedures with respect to 
trading halts as set forth in Nasdaq Rule 4120(c). Finally, Nasdaq will 
stop trading Fund Shares if the listing market delists them.

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Suitability
    Prior to commencement of trading, the Exchange will issue an 
Information Circular to its members and member organizations providing 
guidance with regard to member firm compliance responsibilities 
(including suitability obligations) when effecting transactions in the 
Fund Shares and highlighting the special risks and characteristics of 
Funds Shares as well as applicable Exchange rules.
    Specifically, the Information Circular will discuss the following: 
(1) The procedures for purchases and redemptions of Fund Shares in 
Baskets (and that Fund Shares are not individually redeemable); (2) 
Nasdaq Rule 2310, which imposes suitability obligations on Nasdaq 
members with respect to recommending transactions in Fund Shares to 
customers; (3) how information regarding the Intraday Indicative Value 
is disseminated; (4) the requirement that members deliver a prospectus 
to investors purchasing newly issued Fund Shares prior to or 
concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; (5) the risks 
involved in trading Fund Shares during the Pre-Market and Post-Market 
Sessions when an updated Intraday Indicative Value will not be 
calculated or publicly disseminated; and (6) trading information.
    The Exchange notes that investors purchasing Fund Shares directly 
from a Fund will receive a prospectus. Members purchasing Fund Shares 
from a Fund for resale to investors will deliver a prospectus to such 
investors. The Information Circular will also discuss any exemptive, 
no-action and interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any 
rules under the Act.
    In addition, the Information Circular will reference that Fund 
Shares are subject to various fees and expenses described in the 
Registration Statement. The Information Circular will also disclose the 
trading hours of the Fund Shares of the Funds and that the NAV for the 
Fund Shares will be calculated after 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) each trading 
day.
Surveillance
    The Exchange utilizes its existing surveillance procedures 
applicable to derivative products (including exchange-traded funds) to 
monitor trading in Fund Shares. The Exchange represents that such 
procedures are adequate to address any concerns about the trading of 
Fund Shares on Nasdaq. Trading of Fund Shares through Nasdaq are 
subject to FINRA's surveillance procedures for equity securities in 
general and ETFs in particular.\18\ The Exchange may obtain information 
via the Intermarket Surveillance Group (``ISG'') from other exchanges 
who are members or affiliate members of the ISG.\19\
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    \18\ FINRA surveils trading on Nasdaq pursuant to a regulatory 
services agreement. Nasdaq is responsible for FINRA's performance 
under this regulatory services agreement.
    \19\ For a list of the current members and affiliate members of 
ISG, see http://www.isgportal.com.
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2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) 
of the Act \20\ in general and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \21\ in 
particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with 
persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed rules will facilitate the listing and trading of Fund Shares 
and will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit 
of investors and the marketplace.
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    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Nasdaq 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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
    A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or
    B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.
    Nasdaq has requested accelerated approval of this proposed rule 
change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the 
notice of the filing thereof. The Commission has determined that a 15-
day comment period is appropriate in this case.

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-NASDAQ-2008-096 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-NASDAQ-2008-096. 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 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-NASDAQ-2008-096 and

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should be submitted on or before January 6, 2009.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\22\
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    \22\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-30320 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
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