Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To Amendments to the EDGA Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule, 64404-64406 [2011-26859]

Download as PDF 64404 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(4) 10 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. 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 email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–FICC–2011–07 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–FICC–2011–07. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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 website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(4). 9 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 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 filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FICC and on FICC’s Web site at http:// www.dtcc.com/downloads/legal/ rule_filings/2011/ficc/2011-07-v2.pdf. 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–FICC–2011–07 and should be submitted on or before November 8, 2011. For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–26888 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65542; File No. SR–EDGA– 2011–32] Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To Amendments to the EDGA Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule October 12, 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 September 30, 2011, the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or the ‘‘EDGA’’) 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 its fees and rebates applicable to Members 3 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All of the changes described herein are applicable to EDGA Members. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Internet Web site at http:// www.directedge.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Purpose The Exchange proposes to decrease its rebate from $0.0005 per share to $0.0004 per share for adding liquidity and increase its charge from $0.0006 per share to $0.0007 per share for removing liquidity. In the Exchange’s fee schedule, these modifications are reflected in Flags B, V, Y, 3 and 4, where liquidity is added, and Flags N, W and 6, where liquidity is removed. The Exchange proposes to increase its charge for customer internalization in Flag E from $0.0001 per share, per side, to $0.00015 per share per side, to move in lockstep with the proposed maker/ taker fee spread of $0.0003. The Exchange proposes to add a new tier that provides if a Member, on a daily basis, measured monthly, posts more than 1% of the Total Consolidated Volume (‘‘TCV’’) in average daily volume, then the Member will receive a rebate of $0.0005 per share, which is reflected in the language in footnote 4. The Exchange proposes to add footnote 4 next to Flags B, V, Y, 3 and 4 to clarify that these flags count towards the tier. The Exchange proposes to add the RR Flag for orders that are routed to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘EDGX’’) and remove liquidity using routing strategies IOCX and IOCT, as defined in Exchange Rules Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(l) and (m). The Exchange proposes to assess a charge of $0.0029 per share to account for the pass-through of the proposed EDGX fee for removing liquidity. E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices The Exchange proposes to decrease the charge assessed for removing liquidity for orders that are routed to the EDGX from $0.0030 per share to $0.0029 per share to reflect the reduction in EDGX’s fee for removing liquidity. In the Exchange’s fee schedule, this modification is reflected in the I Flag. The Exchange proposes to eliminate the FIX (ECN Translator) 4 logical port fee effective as of October 1, 2011, as the ECN Translator is no longer being used by its Members and non-members.5 The Exchange also proposes to make technical amendments to the membership fee table included in the fee schedule to eliminate the word ‘‘proposed’’ since these fees were effective on September 1, 2011 6 and add the word ‘‘will’’ to footnote 3. The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee schedule on October 1, 2011. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,7 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),8 in particular, as it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange’s proposal to decrease its rebate from $0.0005 per share to $0.0004 per share for adding liquidity and increase it charge from $0.0006 to $0.0007 per share for removing liquidity is designed to allow the Exchange to compete with other market centers. The Exchange believes the proposed maker/ taker fee spread of $0.0002 or $0.0003, depending on if a tier is met (proposed footnote 4), is reasonable as the proposed maker/taker spread is competitive with other market centers maker/taker spreads (BATS BZX Exchange, 0–$0.0004 per share), Nasdaq OMX PSX ($.0001–$.0003 per share), and Nasdaq BX ($0.0001–$0.0013) [sic] per share). In addition, the Exchange proposes to increase its charge for customer internalization in Flag E from $0.0001 per share, per side, to $0.00015 per share per side, to move in lockstep with the proposed maker/taker fee 4 The ECN Translator allows a Member or nonmember who previously connected to Direct Edge’s ECN to be re-directed automatically to EDGA Exchange, Inc. It can only be accessed through a FIX port. 5 Members were notified on May 3, 2011 that the ECN Translator ports would no longer be available as of August 1, 2011. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34– 65188 (August 24, 2011), 76 FR 53988 (August 30, 2011) (SR–EDGA–2011–27). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f. 8 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 spread of $0.0003. In addition, the increased revenue to the Exchange from the rate increase/decreased [sic] rebate would allow the Exchange to have additional revenue to offset administrative and infrastructure costs. The Exchange believes that the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange’s proposal to create a tier to provide an increased rebate of $0.0005 per share if Members post more than 1% of the TCV in average daily volume is designed to incentivize Members to route to EDGA and thereby, increase volume on EDGA. Such increased volume increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. These lower per share costs would allow the Exchange to pass on the savings to Members in the form of an increased rebate of $0.0005 per share. The increased liquidity also benefits all investors by deepening EDGA’s liquidity pool, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. Volume-based discounts such as the increase in rebate proposed herein have been widely adopted in the cash equities markets and provide discounts that are reasonably related to the value to an exchange’s market quality associated with higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels of liquidity provision and introduction of higher volumes of orders into the price and volume discovery processes. The Exchange believes that the proposed increased rebate is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the RR flag ($0.0029 per share) represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass through of the proposed EDGX fee for removing liquidity of $0.0029 per share. The RR Flag will only apply to orders incorporating routing strategies IOCX or IOCT, which are the Exchange’s only two routing strategies that solely sweep EDGA and then route the balance of the order to EDGX. The RR Flag differs from the I Flag because the RR Flag is the result of two routing strategies that target EDGA, and the I Flag is the result of multiple routing strategies that execute at EDGA amongst other destinations. In addition, the Exchange believes the resulting effect of the RR Flag is consistent with similar strategies that solely target one other away exchange such as ROBA, ROBY PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64405 and ROPA (and also pass on the removal rate of those respective exchange), pursuant to Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(e), 11.9(b)(3)(g) and 11.9(b)(3)(k). EDGA believes that it is reasonable and equitable to pass on these fees to its members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the I flag ($0.0029 per share) represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass through of the proposed EDGX fee for removing liquidity of $0.0029 per share. EDGA believes that it is reasonable and equitable to pass on these fees to its members. The Exchange believes that the proposed charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes that the proposed elimination of the FIX (ECN Translator) logical port fee represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as the ECN Translator is no longer used by any Members and therefore, its elimination will not impact any Members. The proposed elimination of the fee also provides more simplicity to the fee schedule. The Exchange also notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rates are equitable and nondiscriminatory in that they apply uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes the fees and credits remain competitive with those charged by other venues and therefore continue to be reasonable and equitably allocated to Members. 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 E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 64406 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices 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) [sic] of the Act 9 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 10 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: 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–EDGA–2011–32 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–EDGA–2011–32. 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 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 19b–4(f)(2). 10 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 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– 2011–32 and should be submitted on or before November 8, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–26859 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65544; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2011–69] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adopting the Text of the FINRA Rule 7400 Series, the Order Audit Trail System (‘‘OATS’’) Rules, and Making Certain Conforming Changes October 12, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on October 7, 2011, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II, below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 4 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 5 thereunder. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 5 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to adopt the text of the FINRA Rule 7400 Series, the Order Audit Trail System (‘‘OATS’’) Rules, and make certain conforming changes. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to adopt the text of the FINRA Rules 7400 Series, the OATS Rules, and make certain conforming changes. The Exchange proposes this rule filing in order to harmonize its requirements with FINRA’s requirements.6 Background The Commission has recently approved amendments to the FINRA Rule 7400 Series to extend the OATS recording and reporting requirements to all NMS stocks and to exclude certain firms that have limited trading activities.7 The FINRA Rule 7400 Series imposes obligations on FINRA members to record in electronic form and report to FINRA, on a daily basis, certain information with respect to orders originated, received, transmitted, modified, canceled, or executed by 6 The Exchange’s affiliates, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) and NYSE Amex LLC (‘‘NYSE Amex’’), are adopting substantially similar requirements. See SR–NYSE–2011–49 and SR– NYSEAmex–2011–74. As described below, the proposed rule change would also require ETP Holders that are not members of FINRA, which all meet the definition of a Proprietary Trading Firm in proposed Rule 7410(p), to also meet certain OATS requirements. 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63311 (November 12, 2010), 75 FR 70757 (November 18, 2010) (SR–FINRA–2010–044) (‘‘FINRA Adopting Release’’). E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65542; File No. SR-EDGA-2011-32]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating To 
Amendments to the EDGA Exchange, Inc. Fee Schedule

October 12, 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 September 30, 2011, the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' 
or the ``EDGA'') 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).
    \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 and rebates applicable to 
Members \3\ of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All 
of the changes described herein are applicable to EDGA Members. The 
text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Internet Web site at http://www.directedge.com.
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    \3\ A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person 
associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been 
admitted to membership in the Exchange.
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 
has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the 
most significant aspects of such statements.

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

Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to decrease its rebate from $0.0005 per share 
to $0.0004 per share for adding liquidity and increase its charge from 
$0.0006 per share to $0.0007 per share for removing liquidity. In the 
Exchange's fee schedule, these modifications are reflected in Flags B, 
V, Y, 3 and 4, where liquidity is added, and Flags N, W and 6, where 
liquidity is removed. The Exchange proposes to increase its charge for 
customer internalization in Flag E from $0.0001 per share, per side, to 
$0.00015 per share per side, to move in lockstep with the proposed 
maker/taker fee spread of $0.0003.
    The Exchange proposes to add a new tier that provides if a Member, 
on a daily basis, measured monthly, posts more than 1% of the Total 
Consolidated Volume (``TCV'') in average daily volume, then the Member 
will receive a rebate of $0.0005 per share, which is reflected in the 
language in footnote 4. The Exchange proposes to add footnote 4 next to 
Flags B, V, Y, 3 and 4 to clarify that these flags count towards the 
tier.
    The Exchange proposes to add the RR Flag for orders that are routed 
to the EDGX Exchange, Inc. (``EDGX'') and remove liquidity using 
routing strategies IOCX and IOCT, as defined in Exchange Rules Exchange 
Rules 11.9(b)(3)(l) and (m). The Exchange proposes to assess a charge 
of $0.0029 per share to account for the pass-through of the proposed 
EDGX fee for removing liquidity.

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    The Exchange proposes to decrease the charge assessed for removing 
liquidity for orders that are routed to the EDGX from $0.0030 per share 
to $0.0029 per share to reflect the reduction in EDGX's fee for 
removing liquidity. In the Exchange's fee schedule, this modification 
is reflected in the I Flag.
    The Exchange proposes to eliminate the FIX (ECN Translator) \4\ 
logical port fee effective as of October 1, 2011, as the ECN Translator 
is no longer being used by its Members and non-members.\5\
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    \4\ The ECN Translator allows a Member or non-member who 
previously connected to Direct Edge's ECN to be re-directed 
automatically to EDGA Exchange, Inc. It can only be accessed through 
a FIX port.
    \5\ Members were notified on May 3, 2011 that the ECN Translator 
ports would no longer be available as of August 1, 2011.
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    The Exchange also proposes to make technical amendments to the 
membership fee table included in the fee schedule to eliminate the word 
``proposed'' since these fees were effective on September 1, 2011 \6\ 
and add the word ``will'' to footnote 3.
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-65188 (August 24, 
2011), 76 FR 53988 (August 30, 2011) (SR-EDGA-2011-27).
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    The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee 
schedule on October 1, 2011.
Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,\7\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),\8\ in particular, as it is 
designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its 
facilities.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Exchange's proposal to decrease its rebate from $0.0005 per 
share to $0.0004 per share for adding liquidity and increase it charge 
from $0.0006 to $0.0007 per share for removing liquidity is designed to 
allow the Exchange to compete with other market centers. The Exchange 
believes the proposed maker/taker fee spread of $0.0002 or $0.0003, 
depending on if a tier is met (proposed footnote 4), is reasonable as 
the proposed maker/taker spread is competitive with other market 
centers maker/taker spreads (BATS BZX Exchange, 0-$0.0004 per share), 
Nasdaq OMX PSX ($.0001-$.0003 per share), and Nasdaq BX ($0.0001-
$0.0013) [sic] per share). In addition, the Exchange proposes to 
increase its charge for customer internalization in Flag E from $0.0001 
per share, per side, to $0.00015 per share per side, to move in 
lockstep with the proposed maker/taker fee spread of $0.0003. In 
addition, the increased revenue to the Exchange from the rate increase/
decreased [sic] rebate would allow the Exchange to have additional 
revenue to offset administrative and infrastructure costs. The Exchange 
believes that the proposed rate is non-discriminatory in that it 
applies uniformly to all Members.
    The Exchange's proposal to create a tier to provide an increased 
rebate of $0.0005 per share if Members post more than 1% of the TCV in 
average daily volume is designed to incentivize Members to route to 
EDGA and thereby, increase volume on EDGA. Such increased volume 
increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the 
Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a 
greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. These lower 
per share costs would allow the Exchange to pass on the savings to 
Members in the form of an increased rebate of $0.0005 per share. The 
increased liquidity also benefits all investors by deepening EDGA's 
liquidity pool, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting 
market transparency and improving investor protection. Volume-based 
discounts such as the increase in rebate proposed herein have been 
widely adopted in the cash equities markets and provide discounts that 
are reasonably related to the value to an exchange's market quality 
associated with higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels 
of liquidity provision and introduction of higher volumes of orders 
into the price and volume discovery processes. The Exchange believes 
that the proposed increased rebate is non-discriminatory in that it 
applies uniformly to all Members.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the 
RR flag ($0.0029 per share) represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass 
through of the proposed EDGX fee for removing liquidity of $0.0029 per 
share. The RR Flag will only apply to orders incorporating routing 
strategies IOCX or IOCT, which are the Exchange's only two routing 
strategies that solely sweep EDGA and then route the balance of the 
order to EDGX. The RR Flag differs from the I Flag because the RR Flag 
is the result of two routing strategies that target EDGA, and the I 
Flag is the result of multiple routing strategies that execute at EDGA 
amongst other destinations. In addition, the Exchange believes the 
resulting effect of the RR Flag is consistent with similar strategies 
that solely target one other away exchange such as ROBA, ROBY and ROPA 
(and also pass on the removal rate of those respective exchange), 
pursuant to Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(e), 11.9(b)(3)(g) and 
11.9(b)(3)(k). EDGA believes that it is reasonable and equitable to 
pass on these fees to its members. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to 
all Members.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed charge associated with the 
I flag ($0.0029 per share) represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass 
through of the proposed EDGX fee for removing liquidity of $0.0029 per 
share. EDGA believes that it is reasonable and equitable to pass on 
these fees to its members. The Exchange believes that the proposed 
charge is non-discriminatory in that it applies uniformly to all 
Members.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed elimination of the FIX (ECN 
Translator) logical port fee represents an equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as the ECN Translator is no 
longer used by any Members and therefore, its elimination will not 
impact any Members. The proposed elimination of the fee also provides 
more simplicity to the fee schedule.
    The Exchange also notes that it operates in a highly competitive 
market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to 
competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be 
excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive pricing 
structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order 
flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rates are 
equitable and non-discriminatory in that they apply uniformly to all 
Members. The Exchange believes the fees and credits remain competitive 
with those charged by other venues and therefore continue to be 
reasonable and equitably allocated to Members.

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

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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) [sic] of the Act \9\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) \10\ 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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    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \10\ 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-EDGA-2011-32 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-EDGA-2011-32. 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-2011-32 and should be 
submitted on or before November 8, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-26859 Filed 10-17-11; 8:45 am]
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