Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Appointments to Competitive Market Makers, 37863-37866 [2011-16033]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 124 / Tuesday, June 28, 2011 / Notices accessible place a written copy of the procedures described in the preceding condition, and any modifications to such procedures, and will maintain and preserve for a period of not less than six years from the end of the fiscal year in which any purchase in an Affiliated Underwriting occurred, the first two years in an easily accessible place, a written record of each purchase of securities in Affiliated Underwritings, once an investment by an Acquiring Fund in the securities of the Fund exceeds the limit of section 12(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, setting forth from whom the securities were acquired, the identity of the underwriting syndicate’s members, the terms of the purchase, and the information or materials upon which the determinations of the Board were made. 14. Before investing in Shares of a Fund in excess of the limits in section 12(d)(1)(A), each Acquiring Fund and the Fund will execute an Acquiring Fund Agreement stating, without limitation, that their boards of directors or boards of trustees and their investment adviser(s), or their Sponsors or trustees (‘‘Trustee’’), as applicable, understand the terms and conditions of the order, and agree to fulfill their responsibilities under the order. At the time of its investment in Shares of a Fund in excess of the limit in section 12(d)(1)(A)(i), an Acquiring Fund will notify the Fund of the investment. At such time, the Acquiring Fund will also transmit to the Fund a list of the names of each Acquiring Fund Affiliate and Underwriting Affiliate. The Acquiring Fund will notify the Fund of any changes to the list of the names as soon as reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The Fund and the Acquiring Fund will maintain and preserve a copy of the order, the Acquiring Fund Agreement, and the list with any updated information for the duration of the investment and for a period of not less than six years thereafter, the first two years in an easily accessible place. 15. The Acquiring Fund Advisor, Trustee or Sponsor, as applicable, will waive fees otherwise payable to it by the Acquiring Fund in an amount at least equal to any compensation (including fees received pursuant to any plan adopted under rule 12b–1 under the Act) received from the Fund by the Acquiring Fund Advisor, Trustee or Sponsor, or an affiliated person of the Acquiring Fund Advisor, Trustee or Sponsor, other than any advisory fees paid to the Acquiring Fund Advisor, Trustee, or Sponsor, or its affiliated person by the Fund, in connection with the investment by the Acquiring Fund VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Jun 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 in the Fund. Any Acquiring Fund SubAdvisor will waive fees otherwise payable to the Acquiring Fund SubAdvisor, directly or indirectly, by the Acquiring Management Company in an amount at least equal to any compensation received from a Fund by the Acquiring Fund Sub-Advisor, or an affiliated person of the Acquiring Fund Sub-Advisor, other than any advisory fees paid to the Acquiring Fund SubAdvisor or its affiliated person by the Fund, in connection with any investment by the Acquiring Management Company in the Fund made at the direction of the Acquiring Fund Sub-Advisor. In the event that the Acquiring Fund Sub-Advisor waives fees, the benefit of the waiver will be passed through to the Acquiring Management Company. 16. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of an Acquiring Fund will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830. 17. No Fund will acquire securities of any other investment company or company relying on section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess of the limits contained in section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act, except to the extent permitted by exemptive relief from the Commission permitting the Fund to purchase shares of other investment companies for shortterm cash management purposes. 18. Before approving any advisory contract under section 15 of the Act, the board of directors or trustees of each Acquiring Management Company, including a majority of the independent directors or trustees, will find that the advisory fees charged under such advisory contract are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, the services provided under the advisory contract(s) of any Fund in which the Acquiring Management Company may invest. These findings and their basis will be recorded fully in the minute books of the appropriate Acquiring Management Company. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–16142 Filed 6–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37863 Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Aguilar, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the Closed Meeting in a closed session. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 30, 2011 will be: Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; A litigation matter; An opinion; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: June 23, 2011. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–16230 Filed 6–24–11; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64719; File No. SR–ISE– 2011–33] Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Appointments to Competitive Market Makers June 22, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 1 15 2 17 E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 28JNN1 37864 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 124 / Tuesday, June 28, 2011 / Notices notice is hereby given that on June 10, 2011, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘ISE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to revise the manner in which Competitive Market Makers are appointed to options classes. 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 Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1. Purpose The ISE’s membership is divided into three categories, Primary Market Makers (‘‘PMMs’’), Competitive Market Makers (‘‘CMMs’’) and Electronic Access Members. There are 10 PMM trading rights and 160 CMM trading rights (collectively ‘‘market maker rights’’). In order to access the Exchange as a market maker, a member must own or lease one or more market maker rights. EAMs are not required to purchase a membership right in order to access the Exchange. Under the current structure, options traded on the Exchange are divided into 10 groups, with one of the 10 PMM trading right and 16 of the 160 CMM trading rights appointed to each group. Thus, each PMM and CMM trading right is associated with a specific group of options. This structure has been in place since ISE began operations in 2000. The VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Jun 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 purpose of this proposed rule change is to change the manner in which the Exchange appoints options classes with respect to CMM trading rights. The Exchange proposes to change the structure of CMM appointments to give market makers more flexibility to choose the options classes to which they are appointed. Under the current structure that associates each membership with a particular group of options, a member generally must own or lease multiple CMM trading rights in order to gain access to the options classes in which it seeks to make markets. Moreover, the structure requires market makers to provide continuous quotations in a minimum number of options classed in each group, which results in some market makers entering in some options classes continuous quotations that are away from the national best bid and offer solely to satisfy the minimum requirement. While such quotations do not add to the quality of the ISE’s market or the national market system, they place a burden on the Exchange and its members with respect to the need to maintain additional systems capacity to handle the quotation traffic. To address the issues created by the current CMM structure, the Exchange proposes to allow CMMs to seek appointment in the options classes listed on the Exchange across the groups of options assigned to particular PMMs. Under the proposal, the Exchange will assign points to each options class equal to its percentage of overall industry volume (not including exclusivelytraded index options), rounded down to the nearest tenth of a percentage. A CMM will be able to seek appointments to options classes that total: (i) 20 points for the first CMM trading right it owns or leases; and (ii) 10 points for the second and each subsequent CMM trading right it owns or leases.3 CMMs will be able to change their appointments at any time upon advance notification to the Exchange.4 This 3 Under the proposal, CMMs can select the options classes to which they seek appointment, but the Exchange retains the authority to make such appointments and to remove appointments from CMMs based on their performance. In this respect, under the current rule, the Board or a committee designated by the Board makes appointments to market makers. In consideration of the new process for making CMM appointments, the Exchange is proposing to allow the Exchange to make appointments to market makers. Under the proposal, either the Exchange or a committee designated by the Board will be permitted to make appointments. The Board itself has never made market makers appointments, and the Exchange does not believe such determinations require Boardlevel consideration. 4 The Exchange will notify CMMs of the procedure for requesting changes to their PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 structure is similar to the way in which the Chicago Board Options Exchange allows its market makers to choose options to which they are appointed.5 The Exchange believes that this proposal strikes an appropriate balance between the Exchange’s goal of attracting additional market makers to the Exchange and the interests of the current CMMs on the Exchange. Under the existing structure, a member is required to own and/or lease 10 CMM trading rights (one in each of the 10 options groups) in order to have the ability to make markets in all of the options classes traded on the Exchange. Moreover, because the number of options classes contained in each group varies, CMM trading rights currently represent 10 different levels of participation. Under the proposal, the level of access gained by owning or leasing a CMM trading right will be standardized. Finally, the proposal will make additional memberships available, which will provide greater opportunity for more market makers to join the Exchange. Specifically, by assigning 20 points to the first CMM trading right owned or leased by a member and 10 points to each subsequent CMM trading right owned or leased by the same member, only 9 CMM trading rights will be required to cover the entire ISE market. Accordingly, members that currently own or lease 10 CMM trading rights will be able to sell or discontinue leasing one of their CMM trading rights. Similarly, other market markers on the ISE also will be able to reduce the number of CMM trading rights they need to gain access to the options classes in which they want to make markets. Thus, the proposal will reduce the cost of market making on the ISE and increase the supply of available CMM trading rights, which will provide the opportunity for more market makers to join the ISE. Moreover, assigning the first CMM trading right that is owned or leased by a market maker 20 points and subsequent CMM trading rights 10 points takes into consideration that the CMM trading rights currently are assigned to groups with a varying number of options classes. This structure makes it less likely that current market makers with CMM trading rights primarily in the larger appointments, including the length of advance notification required. The Exchange will establish the shortest advance notification period that is operationally feasible, such as a specific time on the day prior to the intended effectiveness of a change in a CMM’s appointments, or by a specified time prior to the opening on the same trading day. 5 CBOE Rule 8.3 (Appointment of Market Makers). E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 124 / Tuesday, June 28, 2011 / Notices groups will be negatively impacted by the proposed change.6 The Exchange also proposes to adjust its CMM quotation requirements to reflect the proposed elimination of specified groups of options associated with CMM trading rights. Specifically, under the current structure, CMMs are required to participate in the opening and provide continuous quotations in a minimum number of options classes in each of their assigned groups. Since CMMs will have the flexibility to choose the options classes to which they are appointed rather than being appointed to a pre-determined group of options, the Exchange proposes to modify this requirement to limit the number of appointed options classes in which a CMM can initiate intraday quoting to the number of options classes in which it participates in the opening rotation. Under the current rules, a CMM is required to participate in the opening in 60% of the options classes in its appointed group of options or 40 options classes, whichever is lesser. If, for example, a CMM is appointed to a group with 100 options classes, then it must participate in the opening for 40 options classes and may initiate intraday quoting in 60 options classes. Under the proposed structure, a CMM appointed to 100 options classes that participates in the opening in 40 options classes may only initiate intra-day quoting in 40 additional classes. There is no minimum number of options classes in which a CMM must quote because under the new structure, CMMs presumably will not seek appointment to options classes unless they want to quote them. Thus, the Exchange believes it is reasonable to adopt a structure that is more restrictive with respect to entering quotes after the opening. In addition, this requirement currently is in place for options classes traded in the Exchange’s Second Market,7 and the Exchange believes it effectively encourages market makers to provide added liquidity during the opening. Additionally, under the proposal the Exchange will retain the current requirement that once a CMM enters a quotation in an appointed options class, it must maintain continuous quotations for that series and at least 60% of the series of the options class until the close 6 The Exchange will provide members with a transition period of 30 to 60 days following approval of the proposed rule change. During the transition period, the Exchange will work with existing market makers to restructure their appointments within the new point-based structure. 7 ISE Rule 904(a). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Jun 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 of trading that day.8 If a CMM receives Preferenced Orders in an options class, it will continue to be required to maintain continuous quotations in at least 90% of the series in that class. Finally, the Exchange will continue to have the ability under its rules to call upon a CMM to submit quotations in one or more series of an options class to which the CMM is appointed.9 Finally, the Exchange proposes to terminate its current CMM inactivity fee. That fee currently imposes a charge of $25,000 a month for CMM trading rights that are not active. The purpose of the fee is to help recoup a portion of the income that the Exchange loses when market makers do not operate their trading rights and generate transaction-based revenue. Under the proposed CMM trading rights structure, the Exchange does not believe that the inactivity fee is appropriate or necessary, as CMMs will now be able to manage the number of options classes to which they are appointed.10 Moreover, we believe that there will be increased demand for CMM trading rights, and that owners of such rights will have a financial incentive to sell or lease any unused trading rights. If this does not turn out to be the case, the Exchange will consider reinstituting some form of inactivity fee that is appropriate for the new structure. 2. Basis The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is found in Section 6(b)(5),11 in that the proposed change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the proposal will provide more open access to the Exchange for market makers. It will also permit broker-dealer members of the ISE to use their CMM trading rights more efficiently, lowering their costs of providing liquidity on the Exchange. At the same time, because a PMM will continue to be appointed to 8 CMMs will continue to be subject to the quotation requirements contained in Rule 803 and 804. 9 The proposal also amends Rule 805 to correct a cross-reference to Rule 804, and amends rule 810 to replace a reference to appointment to groups with a reference to appointed options. 10 For example, under the current structure, a CMM that owns or leases three CMM trading rights is obligated to continuously quote a minimum of 120 options classes. Under the new structure, a CMM with three trading rights could seek appointment for only three options classes (one for each trading right), thus making the inactivity fee ineffective. 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37865 each options class, there will continue to be continuous, two-sided quotations in all options listed on the Exchange.12 As further required under Section 6(b)(5) of the Exchange Act, the proposal will not result in unfair discrimination between customers, issues, brokers or dealers. Indeed, any and all potential market makers will be able to purchase or lease newly available CMM trading rights. Pursuant to Section 6(b)(8) of the Exchange Act,13 the proposed rule change is designed to foster competition, both with respect to exchange competition and broker-dealer competition, as it will encourage additional market maker participation. The additional market making interest that this will attract to the ISE will make the ISE more competitive with other exchanges that have a market making structure which is less limited as the ISE’s current structure. As to brokerdealers, this proposal will permit more broker-dealers to join the ISE and disseminate competitive quotations, which will enhance competition among market makers. Finally, the proposal to eliminate the CMM inactivity furthers Section 6(b)(4) of the Exchange Act 14 in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that eliminating the inactivity will potentially lower costs for members providing liquidity on the Exchange. Furthermore, it will apply equally to all CMMs and thus is not 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 Pursuant to Rule 804(a)(2), PMMs have the obligation to provide continuous quotations in all of the series of all of the options to which they are appointed. 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(8). 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 37866 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 124 / Tuesday, June 28, 2011 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 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: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–ISE–2011–33 on the subject line. 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–2011–33 and should be submitted by July 19, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–16033 Filed 6–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64733; File No. SR–Phlx– 2011–85] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols June 23, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Paper Comments (‘‘Act’’), 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 20, • Send paper comments in triplicate 2011, NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File rule change as described in Items I, II, Number SR–ISE–2011–33. This file and 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 post all comments on the Commission’s I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ the Proposed Rule Change rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the The Exchange proposes to amend submission, all subsequent Section I of the Exchange’s Fee amendments, all written statements Schedule titled ‘‘Rebates and Fees for with respect to the proposed rule Adding and Removing Liquidity in change that are filed with the Select Symbols,’’ specifically to amend Commission, and all written the Select Symbols.3 While changes to communications relating to the the Fee Schedule pursuant to this proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than proposal are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated these changes those that may be withheld from the to be operative on July 1, 2011. The text public in accordance with the 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 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). printing in the Commission’s Public 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 3 The term ‘‘Select Symbols’’ refers to the symbols Washington, DC 20549, on official which are subject to the Rebates and Fees for business days between the hours of 10 Adding and Removing Liquidity in Section I of the Exchange’s Fee Schedule. a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Jun 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// nasdaqtrader.com/ micro.aspx?id=PHLXfilings, 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 Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the list of Select Symbols in Section I of the Exchange’s Fee Schedule, entitled ‘‘Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols’’ in order to attract additional order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange displays a list of Select Symbols in its Fee Schedule at Section I, ‘‘Rebates and Fees for Adding and Removing Liquidity in Select Symbols,’’ that are subject to the rebates and fees in that section. Among those symbols is Dendreon Corporation (‘‘DNDN’’), Motorola Solutions, Inc. (‘‘MSI’’) and SPDR S&P Homebuilders (‘‘XHB’’), which the Exchange is proposing to remove from the list of Select Symbols. The Exchange is also proposing to add iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (‘‘VXX’’) to the list of Select Symbols in Section I. While changes to the Fee Schedule pursuant to this proposal are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated these changes to be operative on July 1, 2011. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Fee Schedule is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 4 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 5 in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of 4 15 5 15 E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 28JNN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64719; File No. SR-ISE-2011-33]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, 
LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Appointments 
to Competitive Market Makers

June 22, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\

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notice is hereby given that on June 10, 2011, the International 
Securities Exchange, LLC (the ``Exchange'' or the ``ISE'') filed with 
the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the proposed 
rule change as described in Items I and II below, which items have been 
prepared by the Exchange. The 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 Exchange proposes to revise the manner in which Competitive 
Market Makers are appointed to options classes. 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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The 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 ISE's membership is divided into three categories, Primary 
Market Makers (``PMMs''), Competitive Market Makers (``CMMs'') and 
Electronic Access Members. There are 10 PMM trading rights and 160 CMM 
trading rights (collectively ``market maker rights''). In order to 
access the Exchange as a market maker, a member must own or lease one 
or more market maker rights. EAMs are not required to purchase a 
membership right in order to access the Exchange. Under the current 
structure, options traded on the Exchange are divided into 10 groups, 
with one of the 10 PMM trading right and 16 of the 160 CMM trading 
rights appointed to each group. Thus, each PMM and CMM trading right is 
associated with a specific group of options. This structure has been in 
place since ISE began operations in 2000. The purpose of this proposed 
rule change is to change the manner in which the Exchange appoints 
options classes with respect to CMM trading rights.
    The Exchange proposes to change the structure of CMM appointments 
to give market makers more flexibility to choose the options classes to 
which they are appointed. Under the current structure that associates 
each membership with a particular group of options, a member generally 
must own or lease multiple CMM trading rights in order to gain access 
to the options classes in which it seeks to make markets. Moreover, the 
structure requires market makers to provide continuous quotations in a 
minimum number of options classed in each group, which results in some 
market makers entering in some options classes continuous quotations 
that are away from the national best bid and offer solely to satisfy 
the minimum requirement. While such quotations do not add to the 
quality of the ISE's market or the national market system, they place a 
burden on the Exchange and its members with respect to the need to 
maintain additional systems capacity to handle the quotation traffic.
    To address the issues created by the current CMM structure, the 
Exchange proposes to allow CMMs to seek appointment in the options 
classes listed on the Exchange across the groups of options assigned to 
particular PMMs. Under the proposal, the Exchange will assign points to 
each options class equal to its percentage of overall industry volume 
(not including exclusively-traded index options), rounded down to the 
nearest tenth of a percentage. A CMM will be able to seek appointments 
to options classes that total: (i) 20 points for the first CMM trading 
right it owns or leases; and (ii) 10 points for the second and each 
subsequent CMM trading right it owns or leases.\3\ CMMs will be able to 
change their appointments at any time upon advance notification to the 
Exchange.\4\ This structure is similar to the way in which the Chicago 
Board Options Exchange allows its market makers to choose options to 
which they are appointed.\5\
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    \3\ Under the proposal, CMMs can select the options classes to 
which they seek appointment, but the Exchange retains the authority 
to make such appointments and to remove appointments from CMMs based 
on their performance. In this respect, under the current rule, the 
Board or a committee designated by the Board makes appointments to 
market makers. In consideration of the new process for making CMM 
appointments, the Exchange is proposing to allow the Exchange to 
make appointments to market makers. Under the proposal, either the 
Exchange or a committee designated by the Board will be permitted to 
make appointments. The Board itself has never made market makers 
appointments, and the Exchange does not believe such determinations 
require Board-level consideration.
    \4\ The Exchange will notify CMMs of the procedure for 
requesting changes to their appointments, including the length of 
advance notification required. The Exchange will establish the 
shortest advance notification period that is operationally feasible, 
such as a specific time on the day prior to the intended 
effectiveness of a change in a CMM's appointments, or by a specified 
time prior to the opening on the same trading day.
    \5\ CBOE Rule 8.3 (Appointment of Market Makers).
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    The Exchange believes that this proposal strikes an appropriate 
balance between the Exchange's goal of attracting additional market 
makers to the Exchange and the interests of the current CMMs on the 
Exchange. Under the existing structure, a member is required to own 
and/or lease 10 CMM trading rights (one in each of the 10 options 
groups) in order to have the ability to make markets in all of the 
options classes traded on the Exchange. Moreover, because the number of 
options classes contained in each group varies, CMM trading rights 
currently represent 10 different levels of participation. Under the 
proposal, the level of access gained by owning or leasing a CMM trading 
right will be standardized. Finally, the proposal will make additional 
memberships available, which will provide greater opportunity for more 
market makers to join the Exchange.
    Specifically, by assigning 20 points to the first CMM trading right 
owned or leased by a member and 10 points to each subsequent CMM 
trading right owned or leased by the same member, only 9 CMM trading 
rights will be required to cover the entire ISE market. Accordingly, 
members that currently own or lease 10 CMM trading rights will be able 
to sell or discontinue leasing one of their CMM trading rights. 
Similarly, other market markers on the ISE also will be able to reduce 
the number of CMM trading rights they need to gain access to the 
options classes in which they want to make markets. Thus, the proposal 
will reduce the cost of market making on the ISE and increase the 
supply of available CMM trading rights, which will provide the 
opportunity for more market makers to join the ISE. Moreover, assigning 
the first CMM trading right that is owned or leased by a market maker 
20 points and subsequent CMM trading rights 10 points takes into 
consideration that the CMM trading rights currently are assigned to 
groups with a varying number of options classes. This structure makes 
it less likely that current market makers with CMM trading rights 
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    \6\ The Exchange will provide members with a transition period 
of 30 to 60 days following approval of the proposed rule change. 
During the transition period, the Exchange will work with existing 
market makers to restructure their appointments within the new 
point-based structure.
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    The Exchange also proposes to adjust its CMM quotation requirements 
to reflect the proposed elimination of specified groups of options 
associated with CMM trading rights. Specifically, under the current 
structure, CMMs are required to participate in the opening and provide 
continuous quotations in a minimum number of options classes in each of 
their assigned groups. Since CMMs will have the flexibility to choose 
the options classes to which they are appointed rather than being 
appointed to a pre-determined group of options, the Exchange proposes 
to modify this requirement to limit the number of appointed options 
classes in which a CMM can initiate intraday quoting to the number of 
options classes in which it participates in the opening rotation.
    Under the current rules, a CMM is required to participate in the 
opening in 60% of the options classes in its appointed group of options 
or 40 options classes, whichever is lesser. If, for example, a CMM is 
appointed to a group with 100 options classes, then it must participate 
in the opening for 40 options classes and may initiate intra-day 
quoting in 60 options classes. Under the proposed structure, a CMM 
appointed to 100 options classes that participates in the opening in 40 
options classes may only initiate intra-day quoting in 40 additional 
classes. There is no minimum number of options classes in which a CMM 
must quote because under the new structure, CMMs presumably will not 
seek appointment to options classes unless they want to quote them. 
Thus, the Exchange believes it is reasonable to adopt a structure that 
is more restrictive with respect to entering quotes after the opening. 
In addition, this requirement currently is in place for options classes 
traded in the Exchange's Second Market,\7\ and the Exchange believes it 
effectively encourages market makers to provide added liquidity during 
the opening.
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    Additionally, under the proposal the Exchange will retain the 
current requirement that once a CMM enters a quotation in an appointed 
options class, it must maintain continuous quotations for that series 
and at least 60% of the series of the options class until the close of 
trading that day.\8\ If a CMM receives Preferenced Orders in an options 
class, it will continue to be required to maintain continuous 
quotations in at least 90% of the series in that class. Finally, the 
Exchange will continue to have the ability under its rules to call upon 
a CMM to submit quotations in one or more series of an options class to 
which the CMM is appointed.\9\
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    \8\ CMMs will continue to be subject to the quotation 
requirements contained in Rule 803 and 804.
    \9\ The proposal also amends Rule 805 to correct a cross-
reference to Rule 804, and amends rule 810 to replace a reference to 
appointment to groups with a reference to appointed options.
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    Finally, the Exchange proposes to terminate its current CMM 
inactivity fee. That fee currently imposes a charge of $25,000 a month 
for CMM trading rights that are not active. The purpose of the fee is 
to help recoup a portion of the income that the Exchange loses when 
market makers do not operate their trading rights and generate 
transaction-based revenue. Under the proposed CMM trading rights 
structure, the Exchange does not believe that the inactivity fee is 
appropriate or necessary, as CMMs will now be able to manage the number 
of options classes to which they are appointed.\10\ Moreover, we 
believe that there will be increased demand for CMM trading rights, and 
that owners of such rights will have a financial incentive to sell or 
lease any unused trading rights. If this does not turn out to be the 
case, the Exchange will consider reinstituting some form of inactivity 
fee that is appropriate for the new structure.
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    \10\ For example, under the current structure, a CMM that owns 
or leases three CMM trading rights is obligated to continuously 
quote a minimum of 120 options classes. Under the new structure, a 
CMM with three trading rights could seek appointment for only three 
options classes (one for each trading right), thus making the 
inactivity fee ineffective.
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2. Basis
    The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is found in 
Section 6(b)(5),\11\ in that the proposed change is designed to promote 
just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 
system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. 
In particular, the proposal will provide more open access to the 
Exchange for market makers. It will also permit broker-dealer members 
of the ISE to use their CMM trading rights more efficiently, lowering 
their costs of providing liquidity on the Exchange. At the same time, 
because a PMM will continue to be appointed to each options class, 
there will continue to be continuous, two-sided quotations in all 
options listed on the Exchange.\12\ As further required under Section 
6(b)(5) of the Exchange Act, the proposal will not result in unfair 
discrimination between customers, issues, brokers or dealers. Indeed, 
any and all potential market makers will be able to purchase or lease 
newly available CMM trading rights.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \12\ Pursuant to Rule 804(a)(2), PMMs have the obligation to 
provide continuous quotations in all of the series of all of the 
options to which they are appointed.
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    Pursuant to Section 6(b)(8) of the Exchange Act,\13\ the proposed 
rule change is designed to foster competition, both with respect to 
exchange competition and broker-dealer competition, as it will 
encourage additional market maker participation. The additional market 
making interest that this will attract to the ISE will make the ISE 
more competitive with other exchanges that have a market making 
structure which is less limited as the ISE's current structure. As to 
broker-dealers, this proposal will permit more broker-dealers to join 
the ISE and disseminate competitive quotations, which will enhance 
competition among market makers.
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    Finally, the proposal to eliminate the CMM inactivity furthers 
Section 6(b)(4) of the Exchange Act \14\ in that it is an equitable 
allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members 
and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that 
eliminating the inactivity will potentially lower costs for members 
providing liquidity on the Exchange. Furthermore, it will apply equally 
to all CMMs and thus is not discriminatory.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

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

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the 
Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be 
appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or
    (B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

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-ISE-2011-33 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2011-33. 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 Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the 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-2011-33 and should be 
submitted by July 19, 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.
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