Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Expand Its OTC FX Swaps Clearing Offering, 67512-67514 [2011-28213]

Download as PDF 67512 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2011 / Notices 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File No. SR–C2–2011–030. 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the C2. 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–C2–2011–030 and should be submitted on or before November 22, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–28227 Filed 10–31–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Release No. 34–65637; File No. SR–CME– 2011–12] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Expand Its OTC FX Swaps Clearing Offering October 26, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 17, 2011, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (‘‘CME’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared primarily by CME. The Commission is publishing this Notice and Order to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons and to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The proposed rule changes amend current CME rules to expand its clearedonly, foreign currency (‘‘FX’’) swaps offering to support the introduction of (1) Twenty-six new foreign FX currency derivatives for over-the counter (‘‘OTC’’) cash settlement; and (2) eleven new FX non-deliverable forward transaction currency pairs for traditional, OTC cash settlement. Both types of new FX derivatives products will be offered as cleared-only products. The text of the proposed rule change is available on CME’s Web site at http://www.cmegroup.com, at the principal office of CME, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CME included statements concerning the purpose 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 III below. CME 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 Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change CME currently offers clearing for certain U.S. Dollar/Chilean Peso (‘‘USD/ CLP’’) spot, forward and swap contracts that are executed between two counterparties on an over-the-counter (‘‘OTC’’) basis. These products, described in CME Rule 274H, are listed for clearing-only; after two counterparties submit qualifying transactions to CME, the transactions are novated to the CME Clearing House. For purposes of CME Rules, the 1 15 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:04 Oct 31, 2011 2 17 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 minimum-fluctuations currency is the Chilean peso and the clearing-unit currency is the U.S. dollar. CME’s proposed rule changes are intended to amend certain rules to support the introduction of additional cleared-only OTC foreign currency derivatives. More specifically, the proposed filing would add: (1) Twentysix new foreign exchange (‘‘FX’’) currency derivatives for over-the counter (‘‘OTC’’) cash settlement; and (2) eleven new FX non-deliverable forward (‘‘NDF’’) transaction currency pairs for traditional, OTC cash settlement. As mentioned above, both categories of new FX derivatives products will be offered as cleared-only products. The twenty-six new FX pairs are branded as CME WM/Reuters spot, forward and swap products. They include the following currency pairs: GBP/USD; USD/CAD; USD/JPY; USD/ CHF; AUD/USD; USD/MXN; NZD/USD; USD/ZAR; EUR/USD; USD/NOK; USD/ SEK; USD/CZK; USD/HUF; USD/PLN; USD/ILS; USD/TRY; USD/DKK; EUR/ GBP; EUR/JPY; EUR/CHF; AUD/JPY; CAD/JPY; EUR/AUD; USD/HKD; USD/ SGD; and USD/THB. Although the twenty-six new OTC CME WM/Reuters currency pairs are capable of being physically deliverable, they may also be cash settled in U.S. dollars to the OTC FX benchmark WM/Reuters London FX Closing Spot Rate (4 p.m. London time). The eleven new NDF FX pairs are very similar to CME’s current USD/CLP product. These cash-settled OTC products will include the following currency pairs: USD/BRL; USD/RMB; USD/RUB; USD/COP; USD/PEN; USD/ KRW; USD/INR; USD/MYR; USD/IDR; USD/TWD; and USD/PHP. Like the current CME USD/CLP product, the USD versus BRL, RMB, RUB, COP, PEN, KRW, INR, MYR, IDR, TWD and PHP products are offered as NDF-style contracts financially or cash settled in U.S. dollars with positions held in clearing at the original trade price marked to the applicable standard OTC NDF settlement rate option (many are central bank determined/sanctioned rates). For example, final settlements for USD/BRL spot transactions are concluded based on the difference between (1) The spot exchange rate of Brazilian real per U.S. dollar ‘‘Central Bank of Brazil PTAX offered rate’’ as reported for the valid value date for cash settlement by Banco Central do Brasil for the formal exchange market, and (2) the original trade price for each transaction, and (3) the result divided by the BRL per USD spot exchange rate to convert notional BRLs to USDs. Cash settlement of cleared only transactions E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2011 / Notices occurs on a net basis at the customer account level. OTC FX transactions that are executed bilaterally through brokers, ECNs or other FX trading platforms, when submitted to CME Clearing, are novated for purposes of clearing and application of financial safeguards, bookkeeping, trade processing, and final delivery or cash settlement. These contracts will be carried in CME’s OTC sequestered account class. CME Clearing uses the SPAN system to establish performance bond or ‘‘margin’’ requirements for FX spot, forwards and swaps. Initial performance bond requirements are established at levels that are consistent with observed levels of volatility in the particular currency pairing and generally aligned with initial margin levels applied to current CME FX futures and option contracts, where applicable. CME Clearing collects and pays in cash between the counterparties each day. CME Clearing will accept as collateral cash or any other instruments currently designated as approved collateral for posting for performance bonds. In order to calculate variation requirements, settlement prices will be established for each contract and for each delivery date referencing data collected from a variety of market sources. CME notes that it has also submitted the proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’). CME believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange Act because they involve clearing of swaps and thus relate solely to CME’s swaps clearing activities pursuant to its registration as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’) and do not significantly affect any securities clearing operations of the clearing agency or any related rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using such service. CME further notes that the policies of the CEA with respect to clearing are comparable to a number of the policies underlying the Exchange Act, such as promoting market transparency for over-thecounter derivatives markets, promoting the prompt and accurate clearance of transactions and protecting investors and the public interest. The proposed rule changes accomplish those objectives by offering investors clearing for an expanded range of FX OTC swap products. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:04 Oct 31, 2011 Jkt 226001 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CME does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others CME has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments regarding this proposed rule change. CME has not received any unsolicited written comments from interested parties. III. 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 may be submitted by using the Commission’s Internet comment form (http:// www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml), or send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–CME–2011– 12 on the subject line. • Paper comments should be sent 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–CME–2011–12. 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 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 CME. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67513 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–CME–2011–12 and should be submitted on or before November 22, 2011. IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change In its filing, CME requested that the Commission approve this request on an accelerated basis, for good cause shown. CME has articulated three reasons for granting this request on an accelerated basis. One, the products covered by this filing, and CME’s operations as a derivatives clearing organization for such products, are regulated by the CFTC under the CEA. Two, the proposed rule changes relate solely to FX swap products and therefore relate solely to its swaps clearing activities and do not significantly relate to CME’s functions as a clearing agency for security-based swaps. Three, not approving this request on an accelerated basis will have a significant impact on the swap clearing business of CME as a designated clearing organization. Section 19(b) of the Act 3 directs the Commission to approve a proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if it finds that such proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to such organization. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act, in particular the requirements of Section 17A of the Act,4 and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to CME. Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act which requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions because it should allow CME to enhance its services in clearing foreign currency derivative products, thereby promoting the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions.5 The Commission finds good cause for accelerating approval because: (i) The proposed rule change does not 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b). U.S.C. 78q–1. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 5 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 4 15 E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 67514 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 211 / Tuesday, November 1, 2011 / Notices significantly affect any securities clearing operations of the clearing agency (whether in existence or contemplated by its rules) or any related rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using such service; (ii) CME has indicated that not providing accelerated approval would have a significant impact on the foreign currency derivative products clearing business of CME as a designated clearing organization; and (iii) the activity relating to the non-security clearing operations of the clearing agency for which the clearing agency is seeking approval is subject to regulation by another regulator. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) 6 of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR–CME–2011– 12) is approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–28213 Filed 10–31–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65636; File No. SR–CME– 2011–14] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Performance Bond Regime Applicable to Certain Cleared Only OTC FX Swaps srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES October 26, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 18, 2011, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (‘‘CME’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared primarily by CME. The Commission is publishing this Notice and Order to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons and to approve the proposed rule change on an accelerated basis. 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change CME proposes to amend certain rules related to its existing Cleared OTC US Dollar/Chilean Peso (‘‘USD/CLP’’) foreign currency (‘‘FX’’) contracts. The USD/CLP FX contracts are comprised of spot, forward and swap transactions, and are also referred to as nondeliverable forwards (‘‘NDFs’’). The proposed rule changes would change the performance bond regime that applies to CME’s USD/CLP NDF from a ‘‘collateralization mark-to-market’’ to a ‘‘cash mark-to-market’’ performance bond method. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the CME’s Web site at http://www.cmegroup.com, at the principal office of CME, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CME included statements concerning the purpose 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 III below. CME 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 Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change CME currently offers USD/CLP NDFs as a cleared-only product. These USD/ CLP NDFs feature a ‘‘collateralization mark to market’’ performance bond regime. CME desires to adopt a new performance bond regime that applies to the USD/CLP NDF product. The new requirements would instead feature a ‘‘cash mark to market’’ performance bond method. This change is intended to bring the USD/CLP NDF product in line with CME’s anticipated launch of a suite of new OTC FX cleared-only currency pairs (which will be included as part of a separate regulatory filing.3) These new products will collectively feature the ‘‘cash mark to market’’ methodology when they are eventually offered for clearing, with the first in a phased roll-out of the new FX pairs to be offered currently planned for October 31, 2011. CME Clearing has deployed the SPAN margining system to establish performance bond or ‘‘margin’’ 7 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:04 Oct 31, 2011 3 See Exchange Act Release No. 34–65637 (Oct. 26, 2011). Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirements for OTC USD/CLP NDFs. Initial performance bond requirements are established at levels that are consistent with observed levels of volatility in the particular currency pairing and generally aligned with initial margin levels applied to current CME FX futures and option contracts, where applicable, which is not the current case with the cleared OTC CLP/ CLP products, where there is no USD/ CLP futures contract. These risk components of the clearing system are unchanged with implementation of ‘‘cash mark to market’’ rather than ‘‘collateralization mark to market’’. However, it should be noted that the administration of the new margin regime will require a daily mark-tomarket on a cash basis, similar to traded FX futures. Variation margins may be satisfied with the posting of appropriate amounts of collateral, where CME Clearing collects and pays in cash between the counterparties each day. CME Clearing will accept as collateral cash or any other instruments currently designated as approved collateral for posting for performance bonds. In order to calculate variation requirements, settlement prices are established for each contract and for each delivery date referencing data collected from a variety of market sources. Pursuant to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’) regulations, the changes in the applicable performance bond regime have been interpreted by CME as being subject to CFTC Regulation 40.6(d), requiring a self certification filing to the CFTC, although no change to text of the CME rulebook is required. As such, the changes that are the subject of this filing and that are necessary to establish the new ‘‘cash mark to market’’ performance bond regime are changes to CME operational procedures only. CME notes that it has already certified the proposed changes that are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the CFTC. CME believes the proposed changes are consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange Act because they involve clearing of swaps and thus relate solely to the CME’s swaps clearing activities pursuant to its registration as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’) and do not significantly affect any securities clearing operations of the clearing agency or any related rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using such service. CME further notes that the policies of the CEA with respect to clearing are comparable to a number of the policies underlying the E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65637; File No. SR-CME-2011-12]


 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 
Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
Proposed Rule Change To Expand Its OTC FX Swaps Clearing Offering

October 26, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on October 17, 2011, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (``CME'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change described in Items I and II below, which items 
have been prepared primarily by CME. The Commission is publishing this 
Notice and Order to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from 
interested persons and to approve the proposed rule change on an 
accelerated basis.
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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 Terms of Substance of 
the Proposed Rule Change

    The proposed rule changes amend current CME rules to expand its 
cleared-only, foreign currency (``FX'') swaps offering to support the 
introduction of (1) Twenty-six new foreign FX currency derivatives for 
over-the counter (``OTC'') cash settlement; and (2) eleven new FX non-
deliverable forward transaction currency pairs for traditional, OTC 
cash settlement. Both types of new FX derivatives products will be 
offered as cleared-only products.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on CME's Web site 
at http://www.cmegroup.com, at the principal office of CME, and at the 
Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, CME included statements 
concerning the purpose 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 III below. CME 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 Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    CME currently offers clearing for certain U.S. Dollar/Chilean Peso 
(``USD/CLP'') spot, forward and swap contracts that are executed 
between two counterparties on an over-the-counter (``OTC'') basis. 
These products, described in CME Rule 274H, are listed for clearing-
only; after two counterparties submit qualifying transactions to CME, 
the transactions are novated to the CME Clearing House. For purposes of 
CME Rules, the minimum-fluctuations currency is the Chilean peso and 
the clearing-unit currency is the U.S. dollar.
    CME's proposed rule changes are intended to amend certain rules to 
support the introduction of additional cleared-only OTC foreign 
currency derivatives. More specifically, the proposed filing would add: 
(1) Twenty-six new foreign exchange (``FX'') currency derivatives for 
over-the counter (``OTC'') cash settlement; and (2) eleven new FX non-
deliverable forward (``NDF'') transaction currency pairs for 
traditional, OTC cash settlement. As mentioned above, both categories 
of new FX derivatives products will be offered as cleared-only 
products.
    The twenty-six new FX pairs are branded as CME WM/Reuters spot, 
forward and swap products. They include the following currency pairs: 
GBP/USD; USD/CAD; USD/JPY; USD/CHF; AUD/USD; USD/MXN; NZD/USD; USD/ZAR; 
EUR/USD; USD/NOK; USD/SEK; USD/CZK; USD/HUF; USD/PLN; USD/ILS; USD/TRY; 
USD/DKK; EUR/GBP; EUR/JPY; EUR/CHF; AUD/JPY; CAD/JPY; EUR/AUD; USD/HKD; 
USD/SGD; and USD/THB. Although the twenty-six new OTC CME WM/Reuters 
currency pairs are capable of being physically deliverable, they may 
also be cash settled in U.S. dollars to the OTC FX benchmark WM/Reuters 
London FX Closing Spot Rate (4 p.m. London time).
    The eleven new NDF FX pairs are very similar to CME's current USD/
CLP product. These cash-settled OTC products will include the following 
currency pairs: USD/BRL; USD/RMB; USD/RUB; USD/COP; USD/PEN; USD/KRW; 
USD/INR; USD/MYR; USD/IDR; USD/TWD; and USD/PHP. Like the current CME 
USD/CLP product, the USD versus BRL, RMB, RUB, COP, PEN, KRW, INR, MYR, 
IDR, TWD and PHP products are offered as NDF-style contracts 
financially or cash settled in U.S. dollars with positions held in 
clearing at the original trade price marked to the applicable standard 
OTC NDF settlement rate option (many are central bank determined/
sanctioned rates). For example, final settlements for USD/BRL spot 
transactions are concluded based on the difference between (1) The spot 
exchange rate of Brazilian real per U.S. dollar ``Central Bank of 
Brazil PTAX offered rate'' as reported for the valid value date for 
cash settlement by Banco Central do Brasil for the formal exchange 
market, and (2) the original trade price for each transaction, and (3) 
the result divided by the BRL per USD spot exchange rate to convert 
notional BRLs to USDs. Cash settlement of cleared only transactions

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occurs on a net basis at the customer account level.
    OTC FX transactions that are executed bilaterally through brokers, 
ECNs or other FX trading platforms, when submitted to CME Clearing, are 
novated for purposes of clearing and application of financial 
safeguards, bookkeeping, trade processing, and final delivery or cash 
settlement. These contracts will be carried in CME's OTC sequestered 
account class.
    CME Clearing uses the SPAN system to establish performance bond or 
``margin'' requirements for FX spot, forwards and swaps. Initial 
performance bond requirements are established at levels that are 
consistent with observed levels of volatility in the particular 
currency pairing and generally aligned with initial margin levels 
applied to current CME FX futures and option contracts, where 
applicable. CME Clearing collects and pays in cash between the 
counterparties each day. CME Clearing will accept as collateral cash or 
any other instruments currently designated as approved collateral for 
posting for performance bonds. In order to calculate variation 
requirements, settlement prices will be established for each contract 
and for each delivery date referencing data collected from a variety of 
market sources.
    CME notes that it has also submitted the proposed rule changes that 
are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'').
    CME believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the 
requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange 
Act because they involve clearing of swaps and thus relate solely to 
CME's swaps clearing activities pursuant to its registration as a 
derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act 
(``CEA'') and do not significantly affect any securities clearing 
operations of the clearing agency or any related rights or obligations 
of the clearing agency or persons using such service. CME further notes 
that the policies of the CEA with respect to clearing are comparable to 
a number of the policies underlying the Exchange Act, such as promoting 
market transparency for over-the-counter derivatives markets, promoting 
the prompt and accurate clearance of transactions and protecting 
investors and the public interest. The proposed rule changes accomplish 
those objectives by offering investors clearing for an expanded range 
of FX OTC swap products.

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

    CME does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any 
impact, or impose any burden, on competition.

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

    CME has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments 
regarding this proposed rule change. CME has not received any 
unsolicited written comments from interested parties.

III. 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 may be submitted by using the 
Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml), or send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-CME-2011-12 on the subject line.
     Paper comments should be sent 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-CME-2011-12. 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 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 CME. 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-CME-2011-12 and should be 
submitted on or before November 22, 2011.

IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing, CME requested that the Commission approve this 
request on an accelerated basis, for good cause shown. CME has 
articulated three reasons for granting this request on an accelerated 
basis. One, the products covered by this filing, and CME's operations 
as a derivatives clearing organization for such products, are regulated 
by the CFTC under the CEA. Two, the proposed rule changes relate solely 
to FX swap products and therefore relate solely to its swaps clearing 
activities and do not significantly relate to CME's functions as a 
clearing agency for security-based swaps. Three, not approving this 
request on an accelerated basis will have a significant impact on the 
swap clearing business of CME as a designated clearing organization.
    Section 19(b) of the Act \3\ directs the Commission to approve a 
proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if it finds that 
such proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the 
Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to such 
organization. The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is 
consistent with the requirements of the Act, in particular the 
requirements of Section 17A of the Act,\4\ and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to CME. Specifically, the Commission 
finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 
17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act which requires, among other things, that the 
rules of a clearing agency be designed to promote the prompt and 
accurate clearance and settlement of derivative agreements, contracts, 
and transactions because it should allow CME to enhance its services in 
clearing foreign currency derivative products, thereby promoting the 
prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of derivative agreements, 
contracts, and transactions.\5\
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b).
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1. In approving this proposed rule change, the 
Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, 
competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
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    The Commission finds good cause for accelerating approval because: 
(i) The proposed rule change does not

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significantly affect any securities clearing operations of the clearing 
agency (whether in existence or contemplated by its rules) or any 
related rights or obligations of the clearing agency or persons using 
such service; (ii) CME has indicated that not providing accelerated 
approval would have a significant impact on the foreign currency 
derivative products clearing business of CME as a designated clearing 
organization; and (iii) the activity relating to the non-security 
clearing operations of the clearing agency for which the clearing 
agency is seeking approval is subject to regulation by another 
regulator.

V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) \6\ of the 
Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-CME-2011-12) is approved on an 
accelerated basis.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).


    For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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[FR Doc. 2011-28213 Filed 10-31-11; 8:45 am]
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