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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 77 / Thursday, April 21, 2011 / Notices Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: April 14, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–9640 Filed 4–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request; Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549–0213. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Extension: Rule 433; OMB Control No. 3235–0617; SEC File No. 270–558. 16:37 Apr 20, 2011 Jkt 223001 Dated: April 15, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. 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Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an e-mail to: Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64303; File No. SR–ISE– 2011–18] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Fees and Rebates for Adding and Removing Liquidity April 15, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 8, 2011, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘ISE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The ISE is proposing to amend its transaction fees and rebates for adding and removing liquidity. The text of the 1 15 2 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 22425 proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.ise.com), at the principal office of the Exchange, 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 self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange currently assesses a per contract transaction charge to market participants that add or remove liquidity from the Exchange (‘‘maker/ taker fees’’) in 100 options classes (the ‘‘Select Symbols’’).3 For complex orders in the Select Symbols, the Exchange currently charges a take fee of: (i) $0.27 per contract for Market Maker and Market Maker Plus 4 orders, (ii) $0.28 3 Options classes subject to maker/taker fees are identified by their ticker symbol on the Exchange’s Schedule of Fees. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61869 (April 7, 2010), 75 FR 19449 (April 14, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–25), 62048 (May 6, 2010), 75 FR 26830 (May 12, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010– 43), 62282 (June 11, 2010), 75 FR 34499 (June 17, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–54), 62319 (June 17, 2010), 75 FR 36134 (June 24, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–57), 62508 (July 15, 2010), 75 FR 42809 (July 22, 2010) (SR– ISE–2010–65), 62507 (July 15, 2010), 75 FR 42802 (July 22, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–68), 62665 (August 9, 2010), 75 FR 50015 (August 16, 2010) (SR–ISE– 2010–82), 62805 (August 31, 2010), 75 FR 54682 (September 8, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–90), 63283 (November 9, 2010), 75 FR 70059 (November 16, 2010) (SR–ISE–2010–106), 63534 (December 13, 2010), 75 FR 79433 (December 20, 2010) (SR–ISE– 2010–114) and 63664 (January 6, 2011), 76 FR 2170 (January 12, 2011) (SR–ISE–2010–120). 4 A Market Maker Plus is a market maker who is on the National Best Bid or National Best Offer 80% of the time for series trading between $0.03 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying stock’s previous trading day’s last sale price was less than or equal to $100) and between $0.10 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying stock’s previous trading day’s last sale price was greater than $100) in premium in each of the front two expiration months and 80% of the time for series trading between $0.03 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying stock’s previous trading day’s last sale price was less than or equal to $100) and between $0.10 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying stock’s previous trading day’s last sale price was greater Continued Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 22426 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 77 / Thursday, April 21, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES per contract for Firm Proprietary and Customer (Professional) 5 orders; and (iii) $0.35 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker 6 orders. Priority Customer 7 orders, regardless of size, are not assessed a fee for removing liquidity from the Complex Order book. The Exchange now proposes to increase the take fee for complex orders in the Select Symbols, as follows: (i) For Market Maker and Market Maker Plus complex orders, from $0.27 per contract to $0.30 per contract, and (ii) for Firm Proprietary and Customer (Professional) complex orders, from $0.28 per contract to $0.30 per contract. The Exchange is not proposing any change to the take fee for Non-ISE Market Maker and Priority Customer complex orders. Additionally, ISE Market Makers who remove liquidity in the Select Symbols from the Complex Order book by trading with orders that are preferenced to them are currently charged $0.25 per contract. The Exchange now proposes to increase the take fee for these preferenced orders from $0.25 per contract to $0.28 per contract. The Exchange notes that NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc. (‘‘PHLX’’) currently assesses a fee for complex orders for certain symbols that are preferenced to market makers at that exchange at a rate of $0.25 per contract. For regular complex orders that remove liquidity in those symbols, PHLX charges a take fee of $0.27 per contract. With this proposed fee change, ISE will maintain the two cent differential that is currently in place at PHLX.8 Finally, as an incentive for members to direct customer order flow to the Exchange, Priority Customer complex orders, regardless of size, currently than $100) in premium across all expiration months in order to receive the rebate. The Exchange determines whether a market maker qualifies as a Market Maker Plus at the end of each month by looking back at each market maker’s quoting statistics during that month. If at the end of the month, a market maker meets the Exchange’s stated criteria, the Exchange rebates $0.10 per contract for transactions executed by that market maker during that month. The Exchange provides market makers a report on a daily basis with quoting statistics so that market makers can determine whether or not they are meeting the Exchange’s stated criteria. 5 A Customer (Professional) is a person who is not a broker/dealer and is not a Priority Customer. 6 A Non-ISE Market Maker, or Far Away Market Maker (‘‘FARMM’’), is a market maker as defined in Section 3(a)(38) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (‘‘Exchange Act’’), registered in the same options class on another options exchange. 7 A Priority Customer is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(37A) as a person or entity that is not a broker/dealer in securities, and does not place more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a calendar month for its own beneficial account(s). 8 See PHLX Fee Schedule at http:// www.nasdaqtrader.com/content/marketregulation/ membership/phlx/feesched.pdf. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Apr 20, 2011 Jkt 223001 receive a rebate of $0.20 per contract on all legs when these orders trade with non-customer orders in the Exchange’s Complex Order book. The Exchange proposes to increase this rebate from $0.20 per contract to $0.25 per contract. The Exchange believes it is necessary to pay a rebate for Customer complex orders that add liquidity in order to continue to attract Customer complex order flow to the Exchange. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Schedule of Fees is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 9 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 10 in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among Exchange members and other persons using its facilities. The impact of the proposal upon the net fees paid by a particular market participant will depend on a number of variables, most important of which will be its propensity to add or remove liquidity in options overlying the Select Symbols. The Exchange believes that the proposed fees it charges for options overlying the Select Symbols remain competitive with fees charged by other exchanges and therefore continue to be reasonable and equitably allocated to those members that opt to direct orders to the Exchange rather than to a competing exchange. The Exchange believes that its proposal to assess a $0.30 per contract take fee for complex orders in the Select Symbols is reasonable because the fee is within the range of fees assessed by other exchanges employing similar pricing schemes. For example, the proposed take fees for complex orders are comparable to rates assessed by PHLX. PHLX currently assesses a take fee of $0.28 for Firm and Professional orders and $0.35 for Broker-Dealer orders in its complex order book.11 The Exchange also believes that its proposal to increase the take fee for preferenced orders to $0.28 per contract is reasonable because it will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges that employ a similar pricing scheme while maintaining the two cent differential that currently exists at options exchanges between fees charged for regular complex orders that take liquidity and complex orders that are preferenced to market makers. For 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 11 See PHLX Fee Schedule at http:// www.nasdaqtrader.com/content/marketregulation/ membership/phlx/feesched.pdf. 10 15 PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 example, PHLX currently charges $0.25 per contract to Directed Participants for removing liquidity from its complex order book in a select group of symbols while charging $0.27 per contract for regular complex orders.12 Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed fee increases are reasonable and equitable in that they apply equally to all market participants that were previously subject to these fees. The Exchange also believes that it is reasonable and equitable to provide a rebate for Priority Customer complex orders because paying a rebate would continue to attract additional order flow to the Exchange and thereby create liquidity that ultimately will benefit all market participants who trade on the Exchange. The Exchange further believes that paying a rebate is equitable and reasonable because it is similar to rebates paid by other Exchanges.13 Moreover, the Exchange believes that the proposed fees are fair, equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the proposed fees are consistent with price differentiation that exists today at other option exchanges. Additionally, the Exchange believes it remains an attractive venue for market participants to trade complex orders despite its proposed fee change as its fees remain competitive with those charged by other exchanges for similar trading strategies. The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to another exchange if they deem fee levels at a particular exchange to be excessive. For the reasons noted above, the Exchange believes that the proposed fees are fair, equitable and not unfairly discriminatory. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties. 12 Id. 13 Id. E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 77 / Thursday, April 21, 2011 / Notices 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)(A)(ii) of the Act.14 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–9623 Filed 4–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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 No. SR–ISE–2011–18 on the subject line. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2011–18 and should be submitted by May 12, 2011. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64304; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–028] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Establish Transaction Fees for CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index Options April 15, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 Paper Comments notice is hereby given that on April 8, • Send paper comments in triplicate 2011, the Chicago Board Options to Elizabeth Murphy, Secretary, Exchange, Incorporated (the ‘‘Exchange’’ Securities and Exchange Commission, or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Exchange Commission (the 20549–1090. ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule All submissions should refer to File change as described in Items I, II, and Number SR–ISE–2011–18. This file III below, which Items have been number should be included on the prepared by the Exchange. The subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission is publishing this notice to Commission process and review your solicit comments on the proposed rule comments more efficiently, please use change from interested persons. only one method. The Commission will I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s post all comments on the Commissions Statement of the Terms of Substance of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Proposed Rule Change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent CBOE proposes to amend its Fees amendments, all written statements Schedule to establish fees for with respect to the proposed rule transactions in CBOE Gold ETF change that are filed with the Volatility Index (‘‘GVZ’’) options. The Commission, and all written text of the proposed rule change is communications relating to the available on the Exchange’s Web site proposed rule change between the (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Commission and any person, other than Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and those that may be withheld from the at the Commission’s Public Reference public in accordance with the Room. provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be 15 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). available for Web site viewing and 1 15 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Apr 20, 2011 2 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22427 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. 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 Exchange received approval to list and trade options on the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (‘‘GVZ’’), which is an up-to-the-minute market estimate of the expected volatility of the SPDR Gold Trust (‘‘GLD’’) calculated by using realtime bid/ask quotes of CBOE listed GLD options.3 GVZ uses nearby and second nearby options with at least 8 days left to expiration and then weights them to yield a constant, 30-day measure of the expected (implied) volatility. The Exchange will begin listing GVZ options on April 12, 2011. The purpose of this rule change is to clarify that the existing transaction fees for ‘‘Volatility Indexes’’ shall apply for transactions in GVZ options, except that the existing Surcharge Fee (currently $.10 per contract for Volatility Index options) will not apply to GVZ options.4 In addition, the Exchange’s marketing fee 5 shall not apply to GVZ options. For reference, the existing Volatility Index transactions fees that will apply to GVZ options are as follows: • $0.40 per contract for customer transactions; 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62139 (May 19, 2010), 75 FR 29597 (May 26, 2010) (approving SR–CBOE–2010–018). 4 This fee is assessed to help the Exchange recoup license fees the Exchange pays to the different index licensors in order to list options on the respective indexes. 5 See Footnote 6 of the Fees Schedule. In 2007, the Exchange amended its Fees Schedule to broaden the application of existing transaction fees for VIX options to options on all volatility indexes calculated by CBOE. At that time, the Exchange replaced all references to ‘‘VIX’’ in its Fees Schedule with ‘‘VOLATILITY INDEXES.’’ The reference to ‘‘VIX’’ in Footnote 6 was inadvertently omitted in that filing. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56660 (October 15, 2007), 72 FR 59315 (October 19, 2007). Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to make a technical change to Footnote 6 to change the reference from ‘‘VIX’’ to ‘‘VOLATILITY INDEXES.’’ E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64303; File No. SR-ISE-2011-18]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule 
Change Relating to Fees and Rebates for Adding and Removing Liquidity

April 15, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on April 8, 2011, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the 
``Exchange'' or the ``ISE'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I and II 
below, which items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. 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

    The ISE is proposing to amend its transaction fees and rebates for 
adding and removing liquidity. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.ise.com), at the 
principal office of the Exchange, 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 self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 
has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the 
most significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange currently assesses a per contract transaction charge 
to market participants that add or remove liquidity from the Exchange 
(``maker/taker fees'') in 100 options classes (the ``Select 
Symbols'').\3\ For complex orders in the Select Symbols, the Exchange 
currently charges a take fee of: (i) $0.27 per contract for Market 
Maker and Market Maker Plus \4\ orders, (ii) $0.28

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per contract for Firm Proprietary and Customer (Professional) \5\ 
orders; and (iii) $0.35 per contract for Non-ISE Market Maker \6\ 
orders. Priority Customer \7\ orders, regardless of size, are not 
assessed a fee for removing liquidity from the Complex Order book. The 
Exchange now proposes to increase the take fee for complex orders in 
the Select Symbols, as follows: (i) For Market Maker and Market Maker 
Plus complex orders, from $0.27 per contract to $0.30 per contract, and 
(ii) for Firm Proprietary and Customer (Professional) complex orders, 
from $0.28 per contract to $0.30 per contract. The Exchange is not 
proposing any change to the take fee for Non-ISE Market Maker and 
Priority Customer complex orders.
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    \3\ Options classes subject to maker/taker fees are identified 
by their ticker symbol on the Exchange's Schedule of Fees. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 61869 (April 7, 2010), 75 FR 
19449 (April 14, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-25), 62048 (May 6, 2010), 75 FR 
26830 (May 12, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-43), 62282 (June 11, 2010), 75 FR 
34499 (June 17, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-54), 62319 (June 17, 2010), 75 FR 
36134 (June 24, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-57), 62508 (July 15, 2010), 75 FR 
42809 (July 22, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-65), 62507 (July 15, 2010), 75 FR 
42802 (July 22, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-68), 62665 (August 9, 2010), 75 
FR 50015 (August 16, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-82), 62805 (August 31, 
2010), 75 FR 54682 (September 8, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-90), 63283 
(November 9, 2010), 75 FR 70059 (November 16, 2010) (SR-ISE-2010-
106), 63534 (December 13, 2010), 75 FR 79433 (December 20, 2010) 
(SR-ISE-2010-114) and 63664 (January 6, 2011), 76 FR 2170 (January 
12, 2011) (SR-ISE-2010-120).
    \4\ A Market Maker Plus is a market maker who is on the National 
Best Bid or National Best Offer 80% of the time for series trading 
between $0.03 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying stock's 
previous trading day's last sale price was less than or equal to 
$100) and between $0.10 and $5.00 (for options whose underlying 
stock's previous trading day's last sale price was greater than 
$100) in premium in each of the front two expiration months and 80% 
of the time for series trading between $0.03 and $5.00 (for options 
whose underlying stock's previous trading day's last sale price was 
less than or equal to $100) and between $0.10 and $5.00 (for options 
whose underlying stock's previous trading day's last sale price was 
greater than $100) in premium across all expiration months in order 
to receive the rebate. The Exchange determines whether a market 
maker qualifies as a Market Maker Plus at the end of each month by 
looking back at each market maker's quoting statistics during that 
month. If at the end of the month, a market maker meets the 
Exchange's stated criteria, the Exchange rebates $0.10 per contract 
for transactions executed by that market maker during that month. 
The Exchange provides market makers a report on a daily basis with 
quoting statistics so that market makers can determine whether or 
not they are meeting the Exchange's stated criteria.
    \5\ A Customer (Professional) is a person who is not a broker/
dealer and is not a Priority Customer.
    \6\ A Non-ISE Market Maker, or Far Away Market Maker 
(``FARMM''), is a market maker as defined in Section 3(a)(38) of the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (``Exchange Act''), 
registered in the same options class on another options exchange.
    \7\ A Priority Customer is defined in ISE Rule 100(a)(37A) as a 
person or entity that is not a broker/dealer in securities, and does 
not place more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average 
during a calendar month for its own beneficial account(s).
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    Additionally, ISE Market Makers who remove liquidity in the Select 
Symbols from the Complex Order book by trading with orders that are 
preferenced to them are currently charged $0.25 per contract. The 
Exchange now proposes to increase the take fee for these preferenced 
orders from $0.25 per contract to $0.28 per contract. The Exchange 
notes that NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc. (``PHLX'') currently assesses a fee 
for complex orders for certain symbols that are preferenced to market 
makers at that exchange at a rate of $0.25 per contract. For regular 
complex orders that remove liquidity in those symbols, PHLX charges a 
take fee of $0.27 per contract. With this proposed fee change, ISE will 
maintain the two cent differential that is currently in place at 
PHLX.\8\
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    Finally, as an incentive for members to direct customer order flow 
to the Exchange, Priority Customer complex orders, regardless of size, 
currently receive a rebate of $0.20 per contract on all legs when these 
orders trade with non-customer orders in the Exchange's Complex Order 
book. The Exchange proposes to increase this rebate from $0.20 per 
contract to $0.25 per contract. The Exchange believes it is necessary 
to pay a rebate for Customer complex orders that add liquidity in order 
to continue to attract Customer complex order flow to the Exchange.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Schedule of 
Fees is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act \9\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act \10\ in 
particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees and other charges among Exchange members and other persons using 
its facilities. The impact of the proposal upon the net fees paid by a 
particular market participant will depend on a number of variables, 
most important of which will be its propensity to add or remove 
liquidity in options overlying the Select Symbols.
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed fees it charges for options 
overlying the Select Symbols remain competitive with fees charged by 
other exchanges and therefore continue to be reasonable and equitably 
allocated to those members that opt to direct orders to the Exchange 
rather than to a competing exchange. The Exchange believes that its 
proposal to assess a $0.30 per contract take fee for complex orders in 
the Select Symbols is reasonable because the fee is within the range of 
fees assessed by other exchanges employing similar pricing schemes. For 
example, the proposed take fees for complex orders are comparable to 
rates assessed by PHLX. PHLX currently assesses a take fee of $0.28 for 
Firm and Professional orders and $0.35 for Broker-Dealer orders in its 
complex order book.\11\ The Exchange also believes that its proposal to 
increase the take fee for preferenced orders to $0.28 per contract is 
reasonable because it will allow the Exchange to remain competitive 
with other exchanges that employ a similar pricing scheme while 
maintaining the two cent differential that currently exists at options 
exchanges between fees charged for regular complex orders that take 
liquidity and complex orders that are preferenced to market makers. For 
example, PHLX currently charges $0.25 per contract to Directed 
Participants for removing liquidity from its complex order book in a 
select group of symbols while charging $0.27 per contract for regular 
complex orders.\12\ Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed 
fee increases are reasonable and equitable in that they apply equally 
to all market participants that were previously subject to these fees.
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    \11\ See PHLX Fee Schedule at http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/content/marketregulation/membership/phlx/feesched.pdf.
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    The Exchange also believes that it is reasonable and equitable to 
provide a rebate for Priority Customer complex orders because paying a 
rebate would continue to attract additional order flow to the Exchange 
and thereby create liquidity that ultimately will benefit all market 
participants who trade on the Exchange. The Exchange further believes 
that paying a rebate is equitable and reasonable because it is similar 
to rebates paid by other Exchanges.\13\
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    Moreover, the Exchange believes that the proposed fees are fair, 
equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the proposed fees are 
consistent with price differentiation that exists today at other option 
exchanges. Additionally, the Exchange believes it remains an attractive 
venue for market participants to trade complex orders despite its 
proposed fee change as its fees remain competitive with those charged 
by other exchanges for similar trading strategies. The Exchange 
operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants 
can readily direct order flow to another exchange if they deem fee 
levels at a particular exchange to be excessive. For the reasons noted 
above, the Exchange believes that the proposed fees are fair, equitable 
and not unfairly discriminatory.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

    The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, 
comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received 
any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested 
parties.

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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)(A)(ii) of the Act.\14\ At any time within 60 days of the 
filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may 
temporarily suspend 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. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the 
proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-ISE-2011-18 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2011-18. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commissions Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 
Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written 
statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with 
the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will 
be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
ISE. All comments received will be posted without change; the 
Commission does not edit personal identifying information from 
submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-
2011-18 and should be submitted by May 12, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-9623 Filed 4-20-11; 8:45 am]
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