Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Bond Trading License and the Bond Liquidity Provider Pilot Program, 77166-77167 [2012-31260]

Download as PDF 77166 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 250 / Monday, December 31, 2012 / Notices 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 Because the foregoing proposed rule change 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 after the date of the filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) 11 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 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 rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASDAQ–2012–140 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–NASDAQ–2012–140. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give 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 Exchange has satisfied this requirement. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 11 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:28 Dec 28, 2012 Jkt 229001 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such 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– NASDAQ–2012–140 and should be submitted on or before January 22, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–31413 Filed 12–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Bond Trading License and the Bond Liquidity Provider Pilot Program December 21, 2012. 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 December 18, 2012, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 Exchange. The 12 17 C.F.R. 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 extend the bond trading license and the Bond Liquidity Provider pilot program, which is currently scheduled to expire on January 19, 2013, until the earlier of the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) to make such pilot permanent or January 19, 2014. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to extend the bond trading license and the Bond Liquidity Provider (‘‘BLP’’) pilot program, which is currently scheduled to expire on January 19, 2013, until the earlier of the Commission’s approval to make such pilot permanent or January 19, 2014. On January 19, 2011, NYSE established a twelve-month pilot program to (1) adopt new Rule 87 to create a bond trading license for member organizations that desire to trade only debt securities on the NYSE, and (2) adopt new Rule 88 to establish BLPs, a new class of debt market participants.3 The purpose of pilot 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63736 (Jan. 19, 2011), 76 FR 4959 (Jan. 27, 2011) (SR– NYSE–2010–74) (Order approving). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63444 (Dec. 6, 2010), 75 FR 77024 (Dec. 10, 2011) (SR–NYSE– 2010–74). The pilot program was extended and is currently schedule to expire on January 19, 2013. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65995 E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 250 / Monday, December 31, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with program is to encourage market participants to bring additional liquidity to the Exchange’s bond marketplace by providing incentives for quoting and adding liquidity to the market and to offer investors an alternative to over-thecounter trading for debt securities. Under Rule 87, a member organization that chooses to trade only bonds, or a new member organization that desires to trade only bonds, may apply for a bond trading license, which is available to any approved NYSE member organization. Under Rule 88, the Exchange provides incentives for quoting and adding liquidity to the bond market in the form of rebates to BLPs that provide liquidity to the Exchange’s bond market. The Exchange believes that the rebates encourage the additional utilization of, and interaction with, the NYSE; improve price discovery and liquidity; and encourage competitive quotes and price improvement opportunities. These incentives encourage BLPs to make more liquid and competitive markets. In return, BLPs must meet certain qualification and quoting obligations under the Rule. Through this filing, the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the pilot program until January 19, 2014. The Exchange believes that the program has added meaningful liquidity to the marketplace and improved both NYSE and overall market quality. The Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the program during the proposed extended pilot period. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),4 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,5 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with these principles in that it seeks to extend a pilot rule that expands the number of member organizations that can trade debt securities on the NYSE and creates incentives for BLPs to provide additional liquidity to the bond market, thereby promoting competition (December 16, 2011), 76 FR 79726 (December 22, 2011) (SR–NYSE–2011–63). 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:28 Dec 28, 2012 Jkt 229001 and a free and open market. The Exchange believes that investors benefit from increased transparency, competition, and liquidity in its bond marketplace. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange 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. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest, does not impose any significant burden on competition, and, by its terms, does not become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 6 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.7 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the Exchange’s intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of 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 Exchange has satisfied this requirement. • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSE–2012–74 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. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2012–74. 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such 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–NYSE– 2012–74 and should be submitted on or before January 22, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–31260 Filed 12–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 7 17 PO 00000 Frm 00165 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 77167 8 17 E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 31DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 250 (Monday, December 31, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 77166-77167]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change 
Extending the Bond Trading License and the Bond Liquidity Provider 
Pilot Program

December 21, 2012.
    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 December 18, 2012, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
the ``Exchange'') 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 Exchange. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to extend the bond trading license and the 
Bond Liquidity Provider pilot program, which is currently scheduled to 
expire on January 19, 2013, until the earlier of the approval of the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') to make such pilot 
permanent or January 19, 2014. The text of the proposed rule change is 
available on the Exchange's Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal 
office of the Exchange, 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, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared 
summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most 
significant parts of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to extend the bond trading license and the 
Bond Liquidity Provider (``BLP'') pilot program, which is currently 
scheduled to expire on January 19, 2013, until the earlier of the 
Commission's approval to make such pilot permanent or January 19, 2014.
    On January 19, 2011, NYSE established a twelve-month pilot program 
to (1) adopt new Rule 87 to create a bond trading license for member 
organizations that desire to trade only debt securities on the NYSE, 
and (2) adopt new Rule 88 to establish BLPs, a new class of debt market 
participants.\3\ The purpose of pilot

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program is to encourage market participants to bring additional 
liquidity to the Exchange's bond marketplace by providing incentives 
for quoting and adding liquidity to the market and to offer investors 
an alternative to over-the-counter trading for debt securities. Under 
Rule 87, a member organization that chooses to trade only bonds, or a 
new member organization that desires to trade only bonds, may apply for 
a bond trading license, which is available to any approved NYSE member 
organization. Under Rule 88, the Exchange provides incentives for 
quoting and adding liquidity to the bond market in the form of rebates 
to BLPs that provide liquidity to the Exchange's bond market. The 
Exchange believes that the rebates encourage the additional utilization 
of, and interaction with, the NYSE; improve price discovery and 
liquidity; and encourage competitive quotes and price improvement 
opportunities. These incentives encourage BLPs to make more liquid and 
competitive markets. In return, BLPs must meet certain qualification 
and quoting obligations under the Rule.
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63736 (Jan. 19, 
2011), 76 FR 4959 (Jan. 27, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-74) (Order 
approving). See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63444 (Dec. 
6, 2010), 75 FR 77024 (Dec. 10, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2010-74). The pilot 
program was extended and is currently schedule to expire on January 
19, 2013. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65995 (December 
16, 2011), 76 FR 79726 (December 22, 2011) (SR-NYSE-2011-63).
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    Through this filing, the Exchange seeks to extend the current 
operation of the pilot program until January 19, 2014. The Exchange 
believes that the program has added meaningful liquidity to the 
marketplace and improved both NYSE and overall market quality. The 
Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the program during 
the proposed extended pilot period.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act''),\4\ in 
general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\5\ 
in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism 
of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in 
general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange 
believes the proposed rule change is consistent with these principles 
in that it seeks to extend a pilot rule that expands the number of 
member organizations that can trade debt securities on the NYSE and 
creates incentives for BLPs to provide additional liquidity to the bond 
market, thereby promoting competition and a free and open market. The 
Exchange believes that investors benefit from increased transparency, 
competition, and liquidity in its bond marketplace.
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange 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.

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

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

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not significantly 
affect the protection of investors or the public interest, does not 
impose any significant burden on competition, and, by its terms, does 
not become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, 
or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \6\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\7\
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \7\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of the 
Exchange's intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a 
brief description and text of 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 
Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2012-74 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.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2012-74. 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 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such 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-NYSE-2012-74 and should be 
submitted on or before January 22, 2013.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\8\
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    \8\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-31260 Filed 12-28-12; 8:45 am]
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