Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Repeal Incorporated NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction), 68240-68242 [2011-28512]

Download as PDF 68240 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 9 in general and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 10 in particular in that it should promote just and equitable principles of trade, serve to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the Exchange believes that reorganizing and amending the rules in the manner proposed should make it easier to read and understand the FLEX Options provisions. The Exchange also believes that it should provide additional clarity and avoid any confusion on the applicability of the new series add provision to any and all FLEX Options in a manner that is consistent with the existing provision for FLEX Equity Options. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposal. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing rule does not (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, provided that the selfregulatory organization has given the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change or such shorter time as designated by the Commission, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.12 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 12 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). 10 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 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. 2011–098 and should be submitted on or before November 25, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. 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: [FR Doc. 2011–28513 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] 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–CBOE–2011–098 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Repeal Incorporated NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction) Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2011–098. 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 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–CBOE– PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65656; File No. SR–FINRA– 2011–062] October 28, 2011. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’ or ‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 20, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. 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 FINRA is proposing to repeal Incorporated NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction) as part of the process of developing a consolidated FINRA rulebook. The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA’s Web site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA has prepared 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook (‘‘Consolidated FINRA Rulebook’’),3 the proposed rule change would repeal NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction) from the FINRA rulebook as described below. NYSE Rule 2A generally addresses jurisdictional authority with respect to, among other things, rulemaking, examinations, disciplinary actions, and listing applications. NYSE Rule 2A was adopted in 2006 as part of the merger between the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) and Archipelago Holdings, Inc. in light of the fact that the NYSE Constitution, which contained the jurisdiction provisions for the NYSE, was eliminated in the merger.4 The FINRA By-Laws, as approved by the membership and the SEC in 2007, address the powers and authority of the FINRA Board of Governors (‘‘Board’’) and, together with the Exchange Act, set forth FINRA’s authority and responsibilities as a registered securities association. As outlined below, those matters addressed by NYSE Rule 2A that are relevant to a registered securities association are currently addressed by the FINRA By-Laws and Exchange Act, including jurisdictional authority with respect to: • Rulemaking; 5 • General supervisory powers over members, member organizations (and any other broker-dealer that chooses to be regulated by the NYSE) and their offices, partnership and corporate arrangements, their principal executives, employees and approved 3 The current FINRA rulebook consists of (1) FINRA Rules; (2) NASD Rules; and (3) rules incorporated from NYSE (‘‘Incorporated NYSE Rules’’) (together, the NASD Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules are referred to as the ‘‘Transitional Rulebook’’). While the NASD Rules generally apply to all FINRA members, the Incorporated NYSE Rules apply only to those members of FINRA that are also members of the NYSE (‘‘Dual Members’’). The FINRA Rules apply to all FINRA members, unless such rules have a more limited application by their terms. For more information about the rulebook consolidation process, see Information Notice, March 12, 2008 (Rulebook Consolidation Process). For convenience, the Incorporated NYSE Rules are referred to as the NYSE Rules. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53382 (February 27, 2006), 71 FR 11251 (March 6, 2006) (Order Approving File No. SR–NYSE–2005–77). 5 See, e.g., FINRA By-Laws, Article III, Section 2, Article VII, Section 1 and Exchange Act Section 15A. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 persons in connection with their conduct of the business of member organizations; 6 • jurisdiction to discipline members, member organizations (and any other broker-dealer that chooses to be regulated by the NYSE), principal executives, employees and approved persons in connection with their conduct of the business of member organizations; and 7 • Jurisdiction over any and all other functions of members, member organizations (and any other brokerdealer that chooses to be regulated by the NYSE), principal executives, employees and approved persons in connection with the conduct of the business of member organizations in order for the NYSE to comply with its statutory obligation as a self-regulatory organization.8 FINRA further notes that other matters addressed by NYSE Rule 2A are not applicable to the operations of a registered securities association that does not operate a listing market or are otherwise unique to the NYSE, including: • Approving applications for the listing and admission of securities to dealings on the NYSE, as well as suspending dealings in and removing securities from listing; • Supervising all matters relating to the collection, dissemination and use of quotations and of reports of prices on the NYSE; • The power to approve or disapprove any connection or means of communication with the floor and requiring the discontinuance of any such connection or means of communication; and 6 See, e.g., supra note 5 and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A. In contrast to the NYSE’s jurisdictional provisions, which extend to ‘‘approved persons,’’ as defined in NYSE Rule 2(c), FINRA regulates its members and ‘‘persons associated with a member,’’ as defined in FINRA By-Laws, Article 1 (rr). With respect to the ability to obtain information regarding members’ affiliates, FINRA is addressing such authority as part of a separate proposal. See Regulatory Notice 10–01 (January 2010). 7 See, e.g., supra note 5, and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A. Based on earlier Board authority, FINRA repealed NYSE Rule 477 (Retention of Jurisdiction) and continues to use FINRA’s retention of jurisdiction provisions in the FINRA By-laws. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58643 (September 25, 2008), 73 FR 57174 (October 1, 2008) (Order Approving File No. SR–FINRA–2008–029). 8 See, e.g., supra note 5, and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68241 • Disapproving any member acting as a Designated Market Maker or odd-lot dealer on the NYSE. Therefore, FINRA considers the transfer of NYSE Rule 2A to the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook to be unnecessary and proposes that it be eliminated.9 FINRA will announce the implementation date of the proposed rule change in a Regulatory Notice to be published no later than 90 days following Commission approval. The effective date will be no later than 150 days following Commission approval. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,10 which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change will streamline and improve FINRA’s rulebook by eliminating a rule that is not necessary or appropriate for the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook. As further discussed above, the FINRA By-Laws address the powers and authority of the Board and, together with the Exchange Act, set forth FINRA’s authority and responsibilities as a registered securities association. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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 Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) As the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory 9 FINRA anticipates that the NYSE will retain a version of NYSE Rule 2A. 10 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1 68242 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 213 / Thursday, November 3, 2011 / Notices organization consents, the Commission will: (A) by order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD 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–FINRA–2011–062 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–FINRA–2011–062. 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 FINRA. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–FINRA–2011–062 and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Nov 02, 2011 Jkt 226001 should be submitted on or before November 25, 2011. American Investment Grade Index Series 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.4 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. III. Discussion Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 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.5 In particular, Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 6 requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivative agreements, contracts and transactions, and to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of such clearing agency or for which it is responsible. The proposed rule change would make additional CDS contracts eligible for central clearing at CME and thus would facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of derivative agreements, contracts and transactions. CME’s rules and procedures for clearing CDS contracts referencing broad-based securities indices, particularly those pertaining to its risk management operations and financial safeguards systems, are also designed to limit the risk of financial loss to CME and its members as a result of these additional CDS contracts. Thus, the proposed rule change to permit CME to clear and settle CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North American High Yield Index Series 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 is consistent with the requirement that CME assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in its custody or control or for which it is responsible.7 [FR Doc. 2011–28512 Filed 11–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65655; File No. SR–CME– 2011–07] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change To Accept Additional Credit Default Index Swaps for Clearing October 28, 2011. I. Introduction On September 9, 2011, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (‘‘CME’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change SR–CME–2011–07 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder.2 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on September 28, 2011.3 The Commission received no comment letters regarding the proposal. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is granting approval of the proposed rule change. II. Description The rule change will permit CME to expand its ability to clear credit default swap (‘‘CDS’’) contracts referencing broad-based securities indices by permitting CME to clear CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North American High Yield Index Series 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, in each case solely with respect to contracts referencing the applicable index with an original tenor of five years. As of the date that it filed this rule change, CME offered for clearing CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–65378 (September 22, 2011), 76 FR 60110 (September 28, 2011). In its filing with the Commission, CME included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements are incorporated into the discussion of the proposed rule change in Section II below. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4 CME subsequently filed a rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b– 4(f)(4)(i) thereunder to allow it to clear CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North American Investment Grade Index Series 9. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–65489 (October 5, 2011), 76 FR 63339 (October 12, 2011). For CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North American Investment Grade Index Series 9 and 10, CME’s rule permit the clearing of contracts referencing the applicable index with an original tenor of five, seven or ten years. For CDS contracts referencing the Markit CDX North American Investment Grade Index Series 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, CME’s rule permit the clearing of contracts referencing the applicable index with an original tenor of three, five, seven or ten years. 5 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 6 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 7 Moreover, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President to, among other things, ensure that, wherever possible and appropriate, derivatives contracts E:\FR\FM\03NON1.SGM 03NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65656; File No. SR-FINRA-2011-062]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Repeal 
Incorporated NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction)

October 28, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'' or ``Exchange Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice 
is hereby given that on October 20, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc. (``FINRA'') filed with the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as 
described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared 
by FINRA. 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

    FINRA is proposing to repeal Incorporated NYSE Rule 2A 
(Jurisdiction) as part of the process of developing a consolidated 
FINRA rulebook.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA's Web 
site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA has prepared

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summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most 
significant aspects of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook 
(``Consolidated FINRA Rulebook''),\3\ the proposed rule change would 
repeal NYSE Rule 2A (Jurisdiction) from the FINRA rulebook as described 
below. NYSE Rule 2A generally addresses jurisdictional authority with 
respect to, among other things, rulemaking, examinations, disciplinary 
actions, and listing applications. NYSE Rule 2A was adopted in 2006 as 
part of the merger between the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'') 
and Archipelago Holdings, Inc. in light of the fact that the NYSE 
Constitution, which contained the jurisdiction provisions for the NYSE, 
was eliminated in the merger.\4\
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    \3\ The current FINRA rulebook consists of (1) FINRA Rules; (2) 
NASD Rules; and (3) rules incorporated from NYSE (``Incorporated 
NYSE Rules'') (together, the NASD Rules and Incorporated NYSE Rules 
are referred to as the ``Transitional Rulebook''). While the NASD 
Rules generally apply to all FINRA members, the Incorporated NYSE 
Rules apply only to those members of FINRA that are also members of 
the NYSE (``Dual Members''). The FINRA Rules apply to all FINRA 
members, unless such rules have a more limited application by their 
terms. For more information about the rulebook consolidation 
process, see Information Notice, March 12, 2008 (Rulebook 
Consolidation Process). For convenience, the Incorporated NYSE Rules 
are referred to as the NYSE Rules.
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53382 (February 27, 
2006), 71 FR 11251 (March 6, 2006) (Order Approving File No. SR-
NYSE-2005-77).
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    The FINRA By-Laws, as approved by the membership and the SEC in 
2007, address the powers and authority of the FINRA Board of Governors 
(``Board'') and, together with the Exchange Act, set forth FINRA's 
authority and responsibilities as a registered securities association. 
As outlined below, those matters addressed by NYSE Rule 2A that are 
relevant to a registered securities association are currently addressed 
by the FINRA By-Laws and Exchange Act, including jurisdictional 
authority with respect to:
     Rulemaking; \5\
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VII, Section 1 and Exchange Act Section 15A.
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     General supervisory powers over members, member 
organizations (and any other broker-dealer that chooses to be regulated 
by the NYSE) and their offices, partnership and corporate arrangements, 
their principal executives, employees and approved persons in 
connection with their conduct of the business of member organizations; 
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    \6\ See, e.g., supra note 5 and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, 
Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by 
FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A. In contrast to the 
NYSE's jurisdictional provisions, which extend to ``approved 
persons,'' as defined in NYSE Rule 2(c), FINRA regulates its members 
and ``persons associated with a member,'' as defined in FINRA By-
Laws, Article 1 (rr). With respect to the ability to obtain 
information regarding members' affiliates, FINRA is addressing such 
authority as part of a separate proposal. See Regulatory Notice 10-
01 (January 2010).
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     jurisdiction to discipline members, member organizations 
(and any other broker-dealer that chooses to be regulated by the NYSE), 
principal executives, employees and approved persons in connection with 
their conduct of the business of member organizations; and \7\
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    \7\ See, e.g., supra note 5, and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, 
Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by 
FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A. Based on earlier Board 
authority, FINRA repealed NYSE Rule 477 (Retention of Jurisdiction) 
and continues to use FINRA's retention of jurisdiction provisions in 
the FINRA By-laws. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58643 
(September 25, 2008), 73 FR 57174 (October 1, 2008) (Order Approving 
File No. SR-FINRA-2008-029).
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     Jurisdiction over any and all other functions of members, 
member organizations (and any other broker-dealer that chooses to be 
regulated by the NYSE), principal executives, employees and approved 
persons in connection with the conduct of the business of member 
organizations in order for the NYSE to comply with its statutory 
obligation as a self-regulatory organization.\8\
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    \8\ See, e.g., supra note 5, and FINRA By-Laws, Article VI, 
Section 5 and Plan of Allocation and Delegation of Functions by 
FINRA to Subsidiaries, Article II, Section A.
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    FINRA further notes that other matters addressed by NYSE Rule 2A 
are not applicable to the operations of a registered securities 
association that does not operate a listing market or are otherwise 
unique to the NYSE, including:
     Approving applications for the listing and admission of 
securities to dealings on the NYSE, as well as suspending dealings in 
and removing securities from listing;
     Supervising all matters relating to the collection, 
dissemination and use of quotations and of reports of prices on the 
NYSE;
     The power to approve or disapprove any connection or means 
of communication with the floor and requiring the discontinuance of any 
such connection or means of communication; and
     Disapproving any member acting as a Designated Market 
Maker or odd-lot dealer on the NYSE.
    Therefore, FINRA considers the transfer of NYSE Rule 2A to the 
Consolidated FINRA Rulebook to be unnecessary and proposes that it be 
eliminated.\9\
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    \9\ FINRA anticipates that the NYSE will retain a version of 
NYSE Rule 2A.
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    FINRA will announce the implementation date of the proposed rule 
change in a Regulatory Notice to be published no later than 90 days 
following Commission approval. The effective date will be no later than 
150 days following Commission approval.
 2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\10\ which requires, among 
other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent 
and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change will 
streamline and improve FINRA's rulebook by eliminating a rule that is 
not necessary or appropriate for the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook. As 
further discussed above, the FINRA By-Laws address the powers and 
authority of the Board and, together with the Exchange Act, set forth 
FINRA's authority and responsibilities as a registered securities 
association.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) As the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the self-regulatory

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organization consents, the Commission will:
    (A) by order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or
    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-FINRA-2011-062 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-FINRA-2011-062. 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 FINRA. All comments 
received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit 
personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit 
only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2011-062 and should be 
submitted on or before November 25, 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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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-28512 Filed 11-2-11; 8:45 am]
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