Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Fees Schedule Concerning Certain Orders of Certain Affiliates for Purposes of a Fee Cap and Sliding Scale, 42757-42759 [2011-18074]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 138 / Tuesday, July 19, 2011 / Notices 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. IV. Solicitation of Comments and should be submitted on or before August 9, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.20 Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. 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: [FR Doc. 2011–18091 Filed 7–18–11; 8:45 am] Electronic Comments [Release No. 34–64876; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–061] • 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–FINRA–2011–033 on the subject line. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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–FINRA–2011–033. 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 FINRA. 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–FINRA–2011–033 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 Jul 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Fees Schedule Concerning Certain Orders of Certain Affiliates for Purposes of a Fee Cap and Sliding Scale July 13, 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 June 30, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the MultiplyListed Options Fee Cap (the ‘‘Fee Cap’’) and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders (the ‘‘Sliding Scale’’) to orders of certain non-Trading Permit Holder affiliates of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder (‘‘CTPH’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission. PO 00000 20 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42757 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 Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the Fee Cap and the Sliding to orders of certain nonTrading Permit Holder affiliates of a CTPH. Under the Fee Cap, the Exchange caps CTPH Proprietary transaction fees in all products except options on OEX, XEO, SPX, and volatility indexes, in the aggregate, at $75,000 per month per CTPH, except that any AIM Execution Fees incurred by a CTPH do not count towards the cap. The Sliding Scale reduces the standard CTPH Proprietary transaction fee in OEX, XEO, SPX, and volatility indexes provided a CTPH reaches certain volume thresholds in multiply-listed options on the Exchange in a month.3 The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale to orders of certain ‘‘Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates’’ (as defined below) of a CTPH. Specifically, a CTPH may request that the Exchange aggregate its trading activity with certain trading activity (as described below) of a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate for purposes of calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. For this purpose, a ‘‘Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate’’ would be defined as a 100% wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a CTPH that is registered as a United States or foreign broker-dealer and that is not a CBOE Trading Permit Holder. In other words, a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate for this purpose must be either a wholly-owned subsidiary of a CTPH or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the parent company of a CTPH. 3 The Fee Cap and Sliding Scale apply to CTPH proprietary orders (‘‘F’’ origin code), except for orders of joint back-office (‘‘JBO’’) participants. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Footnote 11. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 42758 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 138 / Tuesday, July 19, 2011 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Only proprietary orders of a NonTrading Permit Holder Affiliate (‘‘B’’ origin code) effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary over-thecounter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates would be included in calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. Such orders must be marked with a code approved by the Exchange identifying the orders as eligible for the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. The Exchange would aggregate a CTPH’s transaction fees 4 in multiply-listed options on the Exchange with the transaction fees of its Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates in multiplylisted options on the Exchange 5 for purposes of determining whether the CTPH has reached the $75,000 Fee Cap. The Exchange would aggregate the contracts traded by a CTPH and its NonTrading Permit Holder Affiliates in multiply-listed options on the Exchange for purposes of determining whether the CTPH has reached the Sliding Scale volume thresholds and qualified for the reduced fees for CBOE Proprietary Products set forth in the Sliding Scale.6 A CTPH would be required to certify the affiliate status of any a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate whose trading activity it seeks to aggregate and to certify that the trades identified as eligible for the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale were made for the purposes of hedging proprietary over-the-counter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates. In addition, each CTPH would be required to inform the Exchange immediately of any event that causes an entity to cease to be an affiliate. Other exchanges have rules that permit the aggregation of the trading activity of affiliated entities for the purposes of calculating and assessing certain fees.7 Similarly, the 4 The CTPH transaction fee is $.20 per contract in all products except OEX, XEO, SPX, and Volatility Index options, which are proprietary products and are assessed $.25 per contract. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 1. 5 Broker-Dealer transaction fees apply to orders of a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate as defined herein: $.25 per contract for manual executions and $.45 per contract for electronic executions in all products except OEX, XEO, SPX, S&P 500 Dividend Index and Volatility Index options, which are proprietary products and are assessed $.40 per contract. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 1, and Footnote 16. 6 The CTPH transaction fee for OEX, XEO, SPX, and Volatility Index options is $.25 per contract. The Broker-Dealer transaction fee applicable to orders of a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate in OEX, XEO, SPX, S&P 500 Dividend Index and Volatility Index options is $.40 per contract. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 1 (Index Options), and Footnote 16. These fees would be reduced to the fees set forth in the Sliding Scale once a CTPH reaches the volume thresholds set forth in the Sliding Scale. 7 See, e.g., Nasdaq Rule 7027 and Chicago Stock Exchange Fees Schedule, Section P. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 Jul 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’) includes certain non-ISE Market-Maker transaction fees in calculating its Firm Proprietary transaction fee cap.8 The proposed rule change will take effect on July 1, 2011. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 2. Statutory Basis C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,9 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) 10 of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among CBOE Trading Permit Holders and other persons using Exchange facilities, and the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) 11 of the Act in particular in that it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is equitable, reasonable and not unfairly discriminatory because it would allow aggregation of the trading activity of a CTPH and its Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates for purposes of the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale only in very narrow circumstances, namely, where (i) the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate is registered as a United States or foreign broker-dealer, (ii) the trading activity of the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate that would be included in the calculation of the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale is limited to proprietary orders of the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary over-the-counter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates, and (iii) the CTPH and the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate have a complete identity of common ownership. Any CTPH may request that the Exchange aggregate its trading activity with the trading activity of its Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates for purposes of calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. Other exchanges have rules that permit the aggregation of the trading activity of affiliated entities for the purposes of calculating and assessing certain fees.12 Similarly, the International Securities Exchange includes certain non-ISE Market-Maker transaction fees in calculating its Firm Proprietary transaction fee cap.13 ISE Schedule of Fees, footnote 2. U.S.C. 78f(b). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 12 See, e.g., Nasdaq Rule 7027 and Chicago Stock Exchange Fees Schedule, Section P. 13 See ISE Schedule of Fees, footnote 2. PO 00000 8 See 9 15 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The proposed rule change is designated by the Exchange as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge, thereby qualifying for effectiveness on filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 14 and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 15 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 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. 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. In particular, the Commission is interested in receiving comment as to whether the Exchange’s proposal is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations issued thereunder that are applicable to the Exchange, including Section 6 of the Act and Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) in particular. In addition, the Commission is interested in receiving comment as to whether the Exchange has carried its burden to demonstrate such consistency. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2011–061 on the subject line. 14 15 15 17 E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 19JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 138 / Tuesday, July 19, 2011 / Notices Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64875; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2011–43] sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed All submissions should refer to File Rule Change Amending Its Fee Number SR–CBOE–2011–061. This file Schedule by Adding Definitions for the number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Strategy Executions That Qualify for Transaction Fee Caps Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use July 13, 2011. only one method. The Commission will Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the post all comments on the Commission’s Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ notice is hereby given that, on June 30, rules/sro/shtml). Copies of the 2011, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ submission, all subsequent or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the amendments, all written statements Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the proposed rule (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change that are filed with the change as described in Items I, II, and Commission, and all written III below, which Items have been communications relating to the prepared by the Exchange. The proposed rule change between the Commission is publishing this notice to Commission and any person, other than solicit comments on the proposed rule those that may be withheld from the change from interested persons. public in accordance with the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be Statement of the Terms of Substance of available for Web site viewing and the Proposed Rule Change printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., The Exchange proposes to amend its Washington, DC 20549, on official Fee Schedule by adding definitions for the Strategy Executions that qualify for business days between the hours of 10 transaction fee caps. The text of the a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, at http://www.nyse.com, at copying at the principal office of the the Commission’s Public Reference Exchange. All comments received will Room, and at the Commission’s Web be posted without change; the site at http://www.sec.gov. Commission does not edit personal identifying information from II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s submissions. You should submit only Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule information that you wish to make Change available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–CBOE– In its filing with the Commission, the 2011–061 and should be submitted on self-regulatory organization included or before August 9, 2011. statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change For the Commission, by the Division of and discussed any comments it received Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated on the proposed rule change. The text authority.16 of those statements may be examined at Cathy H. Ahn, the places specified in Item IV below. Deputy Secretary. The Exchange has prepared summaries, [FR Doc. 2011–18074 Filed 7–18–11; 8:45 am] set forth in sections A, B, and C below, BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 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 NYSE Arca proposes to amend its Fee Schedule by adding definitions for the 1 15 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 Jul 18, 2011 2 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42759 Strategy Executions that qualify for transaction fee caps. The Exchange does not propose to change any fees in the Fee Schedule. In 2003, the Exchange amended its Fee Schedule to cap transaction fees for Strategy Executions involving reversals and conversions, dividend spreads, and box spreads.3 The Exchange subsequently expanded the Strategy Executions eligible for the transaction fee cap to include short stock interest spreads, merger spreads and jelly rolls.4 In its previous rule filings, the Exchange described the requirements that Strategy Executions must meet to qualify for the transaction fee cap; however these Strategy Executions were not defined in the Fee Schedule. The Exchange is now proposing to define the Strategy Executions in order to provide additional clarity and transparency in the Fee Schedule.5 The Exchange proposes to define each of the six Strategy Executions that qualify for the cap in new endnote 9: 6 • A ‘‘reversal’’ is established by combining a short security position with a short put and a long call position that shares the same strike and expiration. A ‘‘conversion’’ is established by combining a long position in the underlying security with a long put and a short call position that shares the same strike and expiration. • A ‘‘dividend spread’’ is defined as transactions done to achieve a dividend arbitrage involving the purchase, sale and exercise of in-the-money options of the same class, executed prior to the date on which the underlying stock goes ex-dividend. • A ‘‘box spread’’ is defined as transactions involving a long call option and a short put option at one strike, combined with a short call option and long put at a different strike, to create synthetic long and synthetic short stock positions, respectively. • A ‘‘short stock interest spread’’ is defined as transactions done to achieve a short stock interest arbitrage involving 3 See Exchange Act Release No. 48363 (August 19, 2003), 68 FR 51625 (August 27, 2003) (SR–PCX– 2003–39) (the ‘‘2003 Release’’). 4 See Exchange Act Release No. 51787 (June 6, 2005), 70 FR 34174 (June 13, 2005) (SR–PCX–2005– 65) (the ‘‘2005 Release’’) and Exchange Act Release No. 60101 (June 11, 2009), 74 FR 29249 (June 19, 2009) (SR–NYSEArca–2009–49) (the ‘‘2009 Release’’). 5 The Commission notes that the definitions proposed by the Exchange in the instant filing slightly differ from the definitions set forth in the 2003 Release, the 2005 Release, and the 2009 Release. 6 The Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’) already has these strategies, with the exception of the box spread, defined in its fee schedule. See (http://www.cboe.com/publish/ feeschedule/CBOEFeeSchedule.pdf). E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64876; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-061]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change To Amend Its Fees Schedule Concerning Certain Orders of 
Certain Affiliates for Purposes of a Fee Cap and Sliding Scale

July 13, 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 June 30, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(the ``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (the ``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

    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the 
Multiply-Listed Options Fee Cap (the ``Fee Cap'') and the CBOE 
Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
Proprietary Orders (the ``Sliding Scale'') to orders of certain non-
Trading Permit Holder affiliates of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
(``CTPH''). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the 
Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange's 
Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission.

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 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the Fee 
Cap and the Sliding to orders of certain non-Trading Permit Holder 
affiliates of a CTPH.
    Under the Fee Cap, the Exchange caps CTPH Proprietary transaction 
fees in all products except options on OEX, XEO, SPX, and volatility 
indexes, in the aggregate, at $75,000 per month per CTPH, except that 
any AIM Execution Fees incurred by a CTPH do not count towards the cap. 
The Sliding Scale reduces the standard CTPH Proprietary transaction fee 
in OEX, XEO, SPX, and volatility indexes provided a CTPH reaches 
certain volume thresholds in multiply-listed options on the Exchange in 
a month.\3\
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    \3\ The Fee Cap and Sliding Scale apply to CTPH proprietary 
orders (``F'' origin code), except for orders of joint back-office 
(``JBO'') participants. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Footnote 11.
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    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule to apply the Fee 
Cap and the Sliding Scale to orders of certain ``Non-Trading Permit 
Holder Affiliates'' (as defined below) of a CTPH. Specifically, a CTPH 
may request that the Exchange aggregate its trading activity with 
certain trading activity (as described below) of a Non-Trading Permit 
Holder Affiliate for purposes of calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding 
Scale. For this purpose, a ``Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate'' 
would be defined as a 100% wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a 
CTPH that is registered as a United States or foreign broker-dealer and 
that is not a CBOE Trading Permit Holder. In other words, a Non-Trading 
Permit Holder Affiliate for this purpose must be either a wholly-owned 
subsidiary of a CTPH or a wholly-owned subsidiary of the parent company 
of a CTPH.

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    Only proprietary orders of a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate 
(``B'' origin code) effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary 
over-the-counter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates would be 
included in calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. Such orders must 
be marked with a code approved by the Exchange identifying the orders 
as eligible for the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale. The Exchange would 
aggregate a CTPH's transaction fees \4\ in multiply-listed options on 
the Exchange with the transaction fees of its Non-Trading Permit Holder 
Affiliates in multiply-listed options on the Exchange \5\ for purposes 
of determining whether the CTPH has reached the $75,000 Fee Cap. The 
Exchange would aggregate the contracts traded by a CTPH and its Non-
Trading Permit Holder Affiliates in multiply-listed options on the 
Exchange for purposes of determining whether the CTPH has reached the 
Sliding Scale volume thresholds and qualified for the reduced fees for 
CBOE Proprietary Products set forth in the Sliding Scale.\6\
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    \4\ The CTPH transaction fee is $.20 per contract in all 
products except OEX, XEO, SPX, and Volatility Index options, which 
are proprietary products and are assessed $.25 per contract. See, 
CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 1.
    \5\ Broker-Dealer transaction fees apply to orders of a Non-
Trading Permit Holder Affiliate as defined herein: $.25 per contract 
for manual executions and $.45 per contract for electronic 
executions in all products except OEX, XEO, SPX, S&P 500 Dividend 
Index and Volatility Index options, which are proprietary products 
and are assessed $.40 per contract. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 
1, and Footnote 16.
    \6\ The CTPH transaction fee for OEX, XEO, SPX, and Volatility 
Index options is $.25 per contract. The Broker-Dealer transaction 
fee applicable to orders of a Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate in 
OEX, XEO, SPX, S&P 500 Dividend Index and Volatility Index options 
is $.40 per contract. See, CBOE Fees Schedule, Section 1 (Index 
Options), and Footnote 16. These fees would be reduced to the fees 
set forth in the Sliding Scale once a CTPH reaches the volume 
thresholds set forth in the Sliding Scale.
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    A CTPH would be required to certify the affiliate status of any a 
Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate whose trading activity it seeks to 
aggregate and to certify that the trades identified as eligible for the 
Fee Cap and Sliding Scale were made for the purposes of hedging 
proprietary over-the-counter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates. In 
addition, each CTPH would be required to inform the Exchange 
immediately of any event that causes an entity to cease to be an 
affiliate.
    Other exchanges have rules that permit the aggregation of the 
trading activity of affiliated entities for the purposes of calculating 
and assessing certain fees.\7\ Similarly, the International Securities 
Exchange, LLC (``ISE'') includes certain non-ISE Market-Maker 
transaction fees in calculating its Firm Proprietary transaction fee 
cap.\8\
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    \7\ See, e.g., Nasdaq Rule 7027 and Chicago Stock Exchange Fees 
Schedule, Section P.
    \8\ See ISE Schedule of Fees, footnote 2.
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    The proposed rule change will take effect on July 1, 2011.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Act,\9\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) \10\ 
of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the 
equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among 
CBOE Trading Permit Holders and other persons using Exchange 
facilities, and the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) \11\ of the Act in 
particular in that it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination 
between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. Specifically, the 
Exchange believes the proposed rule change is equitable, reasonable and 
not unfairly discriminatory because it would allow aggregation of the 
trading activity of a CTPH and its Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates 
for purposes of the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale only in very narrow 
circumstances, namely, where (i) the Non-Trading Permit Holder 
Affiliate is registered as a United States or foreign broker-dealer, 
(ii) the trading activity of the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate 
that would be included in the calculation of the Fee Cap and Sliding 
Scale is limited to proprietary orders of the Non-Trading Permit Holder 
Affiliate effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary over-the-
counter trading of the CTPH or its affiliates, and (iii) the CTPH and 
the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate have a complete identity of 
common ownership. Any CTPH may request that the Exchange aggregate its 
trading activity with the trading activity of its Non-Trading Permit 
Holder Affiliates for purposes of calculating the Fee Cap and Sliding 
Scale. Other exchanges have rules that permit the aggregation of the 
trading activity of affiliated entities for the purposes of calculating 
and assessing certain fees.\12\ Similarly, the International Securities 
Exchange includes certain non-ISE Market-Maker transaction fees in 
calculating its Firm Proprietary transaction fee cap.\13\
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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \12\ See, e.g., Nasdaq Rule 7027 and Chicago Stock Exchange Fees 
Schedule, Section P.
    \13\ See ISE Schedule of Fees, footnote 2.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

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

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

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

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

    The proposed rule change is designated by the Exchange as 
establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge, thereby 
qualifying for effectiveness on filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 
of the Act \14\ and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 \15\ thereunder. 
At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 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.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
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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.
    In particular, the Commission is interested in receiving comment as 
to whether the Exchange's proposal is consistent with the Act and the 
rules and regulations issued thereunder that are applicable to the 
Exchange, including Section 6 of the Act and Sections 6(b)(4) and 
6(b)(5) in particular. In addition, the Commission is interested in 
receiving comment as to whether the Exchange has carried its burden to 
demonstrate such consistency.
    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-CBOE-2011-061 on the subject line.

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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-CBOE-2011-061. 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 will also 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 No. SR-CBOE-2011-061 and should be 
submitted on or before August 9, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-18074 Filed 7-18-11; 8:45 am]
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