Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the EDGX Fee Schedule To Establish an Annual Membership Fee, Monthly Trading Rights Fee, and a Monthly MPID Fee, 53990-53993 [2011-22134]

Download as PDF 53990 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2011 / Notices firm is able to select any venue of which it is a member or participant to send its order flow. As such, if member firms believe that the proposed (i) Annual membership fee, (ii) trading rights fee, or (iii) fee for MPIDs in excess of five, is excessive they may easily choose to move their order flow elsewhere. EDGA believes that its proposed fees are comparable to, and lower than, analogous NASDAQ and NYSE fees. 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. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 11 thereunder. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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: Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGA–2011–27. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGA– 2011–27 and should be submitted on or before September 20, 2011. [Release No. 34–65189; File No. SR–EDGX– 2011–26] For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–22130 Filed 8–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, 11 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:31 Aug 29, 2011 August 24, 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 August 19, 2011, the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by the selfregulatory 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 Exchange proposes to amend the fee schedule assessed on members, effective September 1, 2011, to establish: (i) An Annual Membership Fee; (ii) a monthly Trading Rights Fee; and (iii) a monthly fee for each member Market Participant Identifier (‘‘MPID’’) in excess of five MPIDs. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// www.directedge.com, at the Exchange’s principal office, and at the Public Reference Room of 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 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. 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–EDGA–2011–27 on the subject line. 10 15 Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the EDGX Fee Schedule To Establish an Annual Membership Fee, Monthly Trading Rights Fee, and a Monthly MPID Fee 1 15 12 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2 17 E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2011 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Purpose To help pay for the costs of regulating EDGA members, the Exchange proposes to establish the following membership fees: (i) An Annual Membership Fee for EDGA members; (ii) a Trading Rights Fee for EDGA members; and (iii) a fee for each MPID approved by EDGA for use by a member firm on EDGA’s systems in excess of five. The Exchange believes that each fee is warranted in order to provide for a dedicated source of revenue to be applied toward funding the overall regulation of the Exchange and its members. On July 26, 2011, the Exchange provided its Members with notice about these proposed fees, which would be implemented on September 1, 2011, pending SEC approval. Annual Membership Fee and Trading Rights Fee First, EDGA proposes to charge an Annual Membership fee of $2,000 to each member firm of EDGA which will support their exchange membership for the calendar year. The fee will be charged per member firm. For 2011, the Exchange proposes to charge firms on a pro-rated basis beginning September 1, 2011. Beginning in January 2012, the Exchange plans to charge an Annual Membership Fee which will be assessed on all EDGA members as of a date determined by EDGA in January of each year. For any month in which a firm is approved for membership with the Exchange after the January renewal period, the Annual Membership Fee will be pro-rated beginning on the date on which membership is approved. The pro-rated fee will be calculated based on the remaining trading days in that year, and assessed in the month following membership approval. For example, if a firm applies for membership with the Exchange on or before the close of the January renewal period, and is approved for membership in the same month, the new Member will pay a $2,000 Annual Membership fee. However, if a firm applies and is accepted for membership with the Exchange in February 2012, the new Member will be assessed a prorated Annual Membership Fee for the period beginning the first trading day in February in which they are a member through the end of 2012. The fee will be assessed in the next month’s billing cycle. In this case, March 2012. In addition, the fee will not be refundable in the event that the firm ceases to be an EDGA member following the date on which fees are assessed. VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:31 Aug 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 However, if a Member is pending a voluntary termination of rights as a Member pursuant to Rule 2.8 prior to the date any Annual Membership Fee for a given year will be assessed (i.e., September 1, 2011, January 1, 2012, etc.) and the Member does not utilize the facilities of EDGA 3 during such time, then the Member will not be obligated to pay the Annual Membership Fee. For example, if a Member submits a request to terminate their membership prior to close of business on August 31, 2011, the Member will not be charged any Annual Membership Fee regardless of how long it takes for the Member’s voluntary termination of membership to become effective. Prior to the September 1, 2011 implementation date for these fee changes only, the Exchange will also waive monthly Trading Rights and MPID fees, as described below, if a Member is pending a voluntary termination of rights pursuant to Rule 2.8 and the Member does not utilize the facilities of EDGA during such time. This waiver of such fees by the Exchange will again occur regardless of how long it takes for the Member’s voluntary termination of membership to become effective. The Exchange believes this to be appropriate since ordinarily there is a 30 day waiting period before such resignation shall take effect provided the conditions provided for in Rule 2.8 are satisfied.4 Second, EDGA proposes to charge member firms a monthly Trading Rights Fee of $300 per month for the ability to trade on the EDGA Exchange. Firms will be charged per month, regardless of the volume of shares traded. For any month in which a firm is approved for membership with the Exchange, the monthly Trading Rights Fee will be prorated beginning on the date on which membership is approved. The pro-rated fee will be calculated based on the remaining trading days in that month. In any month in which the firm terminates membership with the Exchange, the monthly Trading Rights Fee will be prorated based on the number of trading days which have elapsed in that month. The Exchange plans to implement the Trading Rights Fee and charge firms directly beginning September 1, 2011. 3 This would include Members adding, removing, or routing liquidity to EDGA. 4 These conditions include: (i) The Exchange’s receipt of such written resignation; (ii) the member’s having satisfied all outstanding indebtedness due the Exchange; (iii) any Exchange investigation or disciplinary action brought against the Member having reached a final disposition; and (iv) any examination of such Member in process having been completed, and all exceptions arising out of such examination having been satisfactorily resolved. PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53991 EDGA believes that even with these proposed fees, the cost of EDGA membership is generally lower than the cost of membership in other SROs.5 Market Participant Identifier (‘‘MPID’’) Fee An MPID is a four character identifier that is approved by the Exchange and assigned to the member firm for use on the EDGX exchange to identify the firm on the orders sent to the Exchange and resulting executions. Many member firms request the use of one MPID as the identifier for their exchange transactions. However, a member firm may request additional MPIDs for use by separate business units and trading desks or to support sponsored access participants. EDGX notes that certain member firms possess many underutilized MPIDs through which very little or no activity occurs. These unused or underutilized MPIDs provide negligible benefit to the market, yet represent an administrative and regulatory burden to EDGX. In order to address the burden of administering and supporting multiple MPIDs for member firms, EDGX proposes to assess a monthly fee of $250 per month beginning September 1, 2011 for each MPID approved by the Exchange for use by a member firm on EDGX’s systems in excess of five MPIDs. The MPID Fee will be assessed on a pro-rated basis by charging the firm based on the trading day in the month during which an MPID greater than five becomes effective for use. If the MPID is terminated within a month, the MPID Fee will be charged in full regardless of the number of trading days elapsed or remaining in that month. The Exchange believes that this practice is appropriate because of the administrative costs associated with disabling MPIDs. The Exchange also believes that assessing a fee on supplemental MPIDs will benefit the markets and investors because such fee will promote efficiency in MPID use. The Exchange notes that NASDAQ currently assesses a Supplemental MPID Fee of $1,000 per month, per MPID, for 5 See, e.g., NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., Equity Rule 7001, at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/ NASDAQTools/PlatformViewer.asp?selectednode= chp%5F1%5F1%5F4%5F4&manual=%2 Fnasdaq%2Fmain%2Fnasdaq%2Dequityrules%2F (assessing an $3,000 annual membership fee and $500 per month trading rights fee on members); New York Stock Exchange Price List 2011, at http://www.nyse.com/pdfs/nyse_equities_pricelist. pdf (assessing a $40,000 annual trading license fee for the first two licenses held by a member organization, among other itemized regulatory and trading rights fees); Chicago Stock Exchange Fees and Assessments, at http://www.chx.com/content/ Participant_Information/Downloadable_Docs/ Rules/CHX_Fee_Schedule_04252011.pdf (assessing a $7,200 annual trading permit fee). E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 53992 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2011 / Notices any MPID in excess of one. Similarly, the New York Stock Exchange (‘‘NYSE’’) charges fees for access to its floor which are analogous to the proposed MPID fee. The NYSE fees are based on the number of individuals that a member firm wishes to employ on the floor of the exchange and include, among other things, an annual fee of $40,000 per trading license per floor broker, a $5,000 annual fee per handheld device used on the floor, and a $250 annual badge maintenance fee per badge. Under the proposed MPID Fee schedule, EDGA member firms would not be charged for maintaining five or less MPIDs, but would pay the proposed $250 monthly MPID fee only if the member maintains more than five MPIDS. In addition, members would be charged a proposed $2,000 annual membership fee and trading rights fee of $300 per month, totaling $5,600 annually.6 Thus, EDGA believes that even with the proposed MPID fee, the cost of EDGA membership is generally lower than the cost of membership in other SROs. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Basis EDGX believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,7 in general, and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,8 in particular, because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system that EDGX operates or controls, and it does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. First, the Exchange believes that assessing an Annual Membership Fee and a Trading Rights Fee provides an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange makes all services and products subject to these fees available on a non-discriminatory basis to similarly situated recipients. EDGX believes the Annual Membership Fee and monthly Trading Rights Fee are a reasonable and equitable method of ensuring that its fees fund a greater portion of the cost of regulating the EDGX market, and that even after assessing these fees, the overall cost of EDGX membership is reasonable as compared with the costs of membership in other SROs. Second, with respect to MPID fees, member firms will continue to have 6 See supra note 5 (explaining the fee structure of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., the New York Stock Exchange, and the Chicago Stock Exchange). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f. 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:31 Aug 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 discretion to request EDGX approval to use additional MPIDs on EDGX. Use of more than five MPIDs is voluntary and solely determined by the member firm’s needs. The Exchange believes that charging for more than five MPIDs is reasonable given that other exchanges charge members for having more than one MPID.9 The proposed Market Participant Identifier Fee will be imposed on all member firms equally based on the number of MPIDs approved for use on EDGX. EDGX also believes that the proposed fee will encourage efficiency in member firm’s use of MPIDs. Further, the market for transaction execution and routing services is highly competitive. Broker-dealers currently have numerous alternative venues for their order flow, including multiple competing self-regulatory organization’s markets, as well as broker-dealers and aggregators such as electronic communications networks. A member firm is able to select any venue of which it is a member or participant to send its order flow. As such, if member firms believe that the proposed (i) Annual membership fee, (ii) trading rights fee, or (iii) fee for MPIDs in excess of five, is excessive they may easily choose to move their order flow elsewhere. EDGX believes that its proposed fees are comparable to, and lower than, analogous NASDAQ and NYSE fees. 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. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 11 9 See, e.g., NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., Equity Rule 7001, at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/ NASDAQTools/PlatformViewer.asp?selectednode= chp%5F1%5F1%5F4%5F4&manual=%2 Fnasdaq%2Fmain%2Fnasdaq%2Dequityrules%2F (assessing a Supplemental MPID Fee of $1,000 per month, per MPID, for any MPID in excess of one). 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 11 17 CFR 19b–4(f)(2). PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thereunder. 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. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–EDGX–2011–26 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–EDGX–2011–26. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2011 / Notices available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–EDGX– 2011–26 and should be submitted on or before September 20, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–22134 Filed 8–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION [Docket No. SSA–2011–0074] Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Meeting AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA). Notice of Upcoming Quarterly Panel Meeting. ACTION: September 21, 2011, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (EDT); September 22, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). Location: Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore. ADDRESSES: 20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. By Teleconference: 1–866–882–0470. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Type of meeting: The meeting is open to the public. Purpose: This discretionary panel, established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, as amended, shall report to the Commissioner of Social Security. The panel will advise the agency on the creation of an occupational information system tailored specifically for the our disability determination process and adjudicative needs. Advice and recommendations will relate to our disability programs in the following areas: Medical and vocational analysis of disability claims; occupational analysis, including definitions, ratings and capture of physical and mental/ cognitive demands of work and other occupational information critical to our disability programs; data collection; use of occupational information in our disability programs; and any other area(s) that would enable us to develop an occupational information system suited to its disability programs and improve the medical-vocational adjudication policies and processes. Agenda: The panel will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EDT) and on Thursday, September 22, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. (EDT). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:31 Aug 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 The tentative agenda for this meeting includes: Presentations by staff from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, National Center for O*NET Development and the U. S. Census Bureau; a presentation on the status of ongoing SSA FY 2011 OIS Development project and research activities currently underway; Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel Chair and subcommittee reports; public comment; panel discussion and deliberation; and, an administrative business meeting. We will post the final agenda on the Internet prior to the meeting at http:// www.socialsecurity.gov. The panel will hear public comment during the quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (EDT) and Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 pm. (EDT). Members of the public must reserve a time slot— assigned on a first come, first served basis—in order to comment. In the event that scheduled public comment does not take the entire time allotted, the panel may use any remaining time to deliberate or conduct other business. Those interested in providing testimony in person at the meeting or via teleconference should contact the panel staff by e-mail to OIDAP@ssa.gov. Individuals providing testimony are limited to a maximum five minutes; organizational representatives, a maximum of ten minutes. You may submit written testimony, no longer than five (5) pages, at any time in person or by mail, fax or e-mail to OIDAP@ssa.gov for panel consideration. Seating is limited. Those needing special accommodation in order to attend or participate in the meeting (e.g., sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative formats, such as large print or CD) should notify Leola Brooks via email to leola.brooks@ssa.gov no later than September 15, 2011. We will attempt to accommodate requests made but cannot guarantee availability of services. All meeting locations are barrier free. For telephone access to the meeting on both days, please dial toll-free to (866) 882–0470. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Records of all public panel proceedings are maintained and available for inspection. Anyone requiring further information should contact the panel staff at: Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, 3–E–26, Robert M. Ball Federal Building, Baltimore, MD 21235– PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53993 0001. Fax: 410–597–0825. E-mail to: OIDAP@ssa.gov. For additional information, please visit the panel Web site at http://www.ssa.gov/oidap. Leola S. Brooks, Designated Federal Officer, Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel. [FR Doc. 2011–22147 Filed 8–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 7572] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘New Photography 2011: Zhang Dali, Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen’’ Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ‘‘New Photography 2011: Zhang Dali, Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, from on or about September 27, 2011, until on or about January 16, 2012, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Kevin M. Gleeson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6473). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, SA– 5, L/PD, Fifth Floor (Suite 5H03), Washington, DC 20522–0505. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65189; File No. SR-EDGX-2011-26]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the 
EDGX Fee Schedule To Establish an Annual Membership Fee, Monthly 
Trading Rights Fee, and a Monthly MPID Fee

August 24, 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 August 19, 2011, the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
the ``EDGX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which items have been prepared by the 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).
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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 the fee schedule assessed on 
members, effective September 1, 2011, to establish: (i) An Annual 
Membership Fee; (ii) a monthly Trading Rights Fee; and (iii) a monthly 
fee for each member Market Participant Identifier (``MPID'') in excess 
of five MPIDs. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the 
Exchange's Web site at http://www.directedge.com, at the Exchange's 
principal office, and at the Public Reference Room of 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 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.

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

Purpose
    To help pay for the costs of regulating EDGA members, the Exchange 
proposes to establish the following membership fees: (i) An Annual 
Membership Fee for EDGA members; (ii) a Trading Rights Fee for EDGA 
members; and (iii) a fee for each MPID approved by EDGA for use by a 
member firm on EDGA's systems in excess of five. The Exchange believes 
that each fee is warranted in order to provide for a dedicated source 
of revenue to be applied toward funding the overall regulation of the 
Exchange and its members. On July 26, 2011, the Exchange provided its 
Members with notice about these proposed fees, which would be 
implemented on September 1, 2011, pending SEC approval.
Annual Membership Fee and Trading Rights Fee
    First, EDGA proposes to charge an Annual Membership fee of $2,000 
to each member firm of EDGA which will support their exchange 
membership for the calendar year. The fee will be charged per member 
firm. For 2011, the Exchange proposes to charge firms on a pro-rated 
basis beginning September 1, 2011. Beginning in January 2012, the 
Exchange plans to charge an Annual Membership Fee which will be 
assessed on all EDGA members as of a date determined by EDGA in January 
of each year. For any month in which a firm is approved for membership 
with the Exchange after the January renewal period, the Annual 
Membership Fee will be pro-rated beginning on the date on which 
membership is approved. The pro-rated fee will be calculated based on 
the remaining trading days in that year, and assessed in the month 
following membership approval. For example, if a firm applies for 
membership with the Exchange on or before the close of the January 
renewal period, and is approved for membership in the same month, the 
new Member will pay a $2,000 Annual Membership fee. However, if a firm 
applies and is accepted for membership with the Exchange in February 
2012, the new Member will be assessed a pro-rated Annual Membership Fee 
for the period beginning the first trading day in February in which 
they are a member through the end of 2012. The fee will be assessed in 
the next month's billing cycle. In this case, March 2012.
    In addition, the fee will not be refundable in the event that the 
firm ceases to be an EDGA member following the date on which fees are 
assessed. However, if a Member is pending a voluntary termination of 
rights as a Member pursuant to Rule 2.8 prior to the date any Annual 
Membership Fee for a given year will be assessed (i.e., September 1, 
2011, January 1, 2012, etc.) and the Member does not utilize the 
facilities of EDGA \3\ during such time, then the Member will not be 
obligated to pay the Annual Membership Fee. For example, if a Member 
submits a request to terminate their membership prior to close of 
business on August 31, 2011, the Member will not be charged any Annual 
Membership Fee regardless of how long it takes for the Member's 
voluntary termination of membership to become effective. Prior to the 
September 1, 2011 implementation date for these fee changes only, the 
Exchange will also waive monthly Trading Rights and MPID fees, as 
described below, if a Member is pending a voluntary termination of 
rights pursuant to Rule 2.8 and the Member does not utilize the 
facilities of EDGA during such time. This waiver of such fees by the 
Exchange will again occur regardless of how long it takes for the 
Member's voluntary termination of membership to become effective. The 
Exchange believes this to be appropriate since ordinarily there is a 30 
day waiting period before such resignation shall take effect provided 
the conditions provided for in Rule 2.8 are satisfied.\4\
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    \3\ This would include Members adding, removing, or routing 
liquidity to EDGA.
    \4\ These conditions include: (i) The Exchange's receipt of such 
written resignation; (ii) the member's having satisfied all 
outstanding indebtedness due the Exchange; (iii) any Exchange 
investigation or disciplinary action brought against the Member 
having reached a final disposition; and (iv) any examination of such 
Member in process having been completed, and all exceptions arising 
out of such examination having been satisfactorily resolved.
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    Second, EDGA proposes to charge member firms a monthly Trading 
Rights Fee of $300 per month for the ability to trade on the EDGA 
Exchange. Firms will be charged per month, regardless of the volume of 
shares traded. For any month in which a firm is approved for membership 
with the Exchange, the monthly Trading Rights Fee will be pro-rated 
beginning on the date on which membership is approved. The pro-rated 
fee will be calculated based on the remaining trading days in that 
month. In any month in which the firm terminates membership with the 
Exchange, the monthly Trading Rights Fee will be pro-rated based on the 
number of trading days which have elapsed in that month. The Exchange 
plans to implement the Trading Rights Fee and charge firms directly 
beginning September 1, 2011.
    EDGA believes that even with these proposed fees, the cost of EDGA 
membership is generally lower than the cost of membership in other 
SROs.\5\
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    \5\ See, e.g., NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., Equity Rule 7001, at 
http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/NASDAQTools/PlatformViewer.asp?selectednode=chp%5F1%5F1%5F4%5F4&manual=%2Fnasdaq%2Fmain%2Fnasdaq%2Dequityrules%2F (assessing an $3,000 annual 
membership fee and $500 per month trading rights fee on members); 
New York Stock Exchange Price List 2011, at http://www.nyse.com/pdfs/nyse_equities_pricelist.pdf (assessing a $40,000 annual 
trading license fee for the first two licenses held by a member 
organization, among other itemized regulatory and trading rights 
fees); Chicago Stock Exchange Fees and Assessments, at http://www.chx.com/content/Participant_Information/Downloadable_Docs/Rules/CHX_Fee_Schedule_04252011.pdf (assessing a $7,200 annual 
trading permit fee).
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Market Participant Identifier (``MPID'') Fee
    An MPID is a four character identifier that is approved by the 
Exchange and assigned to the member firm for use on the EDGX exchange 
to identify the firm on the orders sent to the Exchange and resulting 
executions. Many member firms request the use of one MPID as the 
identifier for their exchange transactions. However, a member firm may 
request additional MPIDs for use by separate business units and trading 
desks or to support sponsored access participants. EDGX notes that 
certain member firms possess many underutilized MPIDs through which 
very little or no activity occurs. These unused or underutilized MPIDs 
provide negligible benefit to the market, yet represent an 
administrative and regulatory burden to EDGX. In order to address the 
burden of administering and supporting multiple MPIDs for member firms, 
EDGX proposes to assess a monthly fee of $250 per month beginning 
September 1, 2011 for each MPID approved by the Exchange for use by a 
member firm on EDGX's systems in excess of five MPIDs. The MPID Fee 
will be assessed on a pro-rated basis by charging the firm based on the 
trading day in the month during which an MPID greater than five becomes 
effective for use. If the MPID is terminated within a month, the MPID 
Fee will be charged in full regardless of the number of trading days 
elapsed or remaining in that month. The Exchange believes that this 
practice is appropriate because of the administrative costs associated 
with disabling MPIDs. The Exchange also believes that assessing a fee 
on supplemental MPIDs will benefit the markets and investors because 
such fee will promote efficiency in MPID use.
    The Exchange notes that NASDAQ currently assesses a Supplemental 
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any MPID in excess of one. Similarly, the New York Stock Exchange 
(``NYSE'') charges fees for access to its floor which are analogous to 
the proposed MPID fee. The NYSE fees are based on the number of 
individuals that a member firm wishes to employ on the floor of the 
exchange and include, among other things, an annual fee of $40,000 per 
trading license per floor broker, a $5,000 annual fee per handheld 
device used on the floor, and a $250 annual badge maintenance fee per 
badge. Under the proposed MPID Fee schedule, EDGA member firms would 
not be charged for maintaining five or less MPIDs, but would pay the 
proposed $250 monthly MPID fee only if the member maintains more than 
five MPIDS. In addition, members would be charged a proposed $2,000 
annual membership fee and trading rights fee of $300 per month, 
totaling $5,600 annually.\6\ Thus, EDGA believes that even with the 
proposed MPID fee, the cost of EDGA membership is generally lower than 
the cost of membership in other SROs.
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    \6\ See supra note 5 (explaining the fee structure of the NASDAQ 
OMX Group, Inc., the New York Stock Exchange, and the Chicago Stock 
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Basis
    EDGX believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,\7\ in general, and Section 
6(b)(4) of the Act,\8\ in particular, because it provides for the 
equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among 
members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system that 
EDGX operates or controls, and it does not unfairly discriminate 
between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    First, the Exchange believes that assessing an Annual Membership 
Fee and a Trading Rights Fee provides an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other 
persons using its facilities. The Exchange makes all services and 
products subject to these fees available on a non-discriminatory basis 
to similarly situated recipients. EDGX believes the Annual Membership 
Fee and monthly Trading Rights Fee are a reasonable and equitable 
method of ensuring that its fees fund a greater portion of the cost of 
regulating the EDGX market, and that even after assessing these fees, 
the overall cost of EDGX membership is reasonable as compared with the 
costs of membership in other SROs.
    Second, with respect to MPID fees, member firms will continue to 
have discretion to request EDGX approval to use additional MPIDs on 
EDGX. Use of more than five MPIDs is voluntary and solely determined by 
the member firm's needs. The Exchange believes that charging for more 
than five MPIDs is reasonable given that other exchanges charge members 
for having more than one MPID.\9\ The proposed Market Participant 
Identifier Fee will be imposed on all member firms equally based on the 
number of MPIDs approved for use on EDGX. EDGX also believes that the 
proposed fee will encourage efficiency in member firm's use of MPIDs.
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    \9\ See, e.g., NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., Equity Rule 7001, at 
http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/NASDAQTools/PlatformViewer.asp?selectednode=chp%5F1%5F1%5F4%5F4&manual=%2Fnasdaq%2Fmain%2Fnasdaq%2Dequityrules%2F (assessing a Supplemental MPID Fee 
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    Further, the market for transaction execution and routing services 
is highly competitive. Broker-dealers currently have numerous 
alternative venues for their order flow, including multiple competing 
self-regulatory organization's markets, as well as broker-dealers and 
aggregators such as electronic communications networks. A member firm 
is able to select any venue of which it is a member or participant to 
send its order flow. As such, if member firms believe that the proposed 
(i) Annual membership fee, (ii) trading rights fee, or (iii) fee for 
MPIDs in excess of five, is excessive they may easily choose to move 
their order flow elsewhere. EDGX believes that its proposed fees are 
comparable to, and lower than, analogous NASDAQ and NYSE fees.

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.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3) of the Act \10\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) \11\ thereunder. 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.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \11\ 17 CFR 19b-4(f)(2).
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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 Number SR-EDGX-2011-26 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-EDGX-2011-26. 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 the filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make

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available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-
EDGX-2011-26 and should be submitted on or before September 20, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\12\
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    \12\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-22134 Filed 8-29-11; 8:45 am]
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