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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices Fund of Funds will notify the Fund of any changes to the list of the names as soon as reasonably practicable after a change occurs. The Fund and the Fund of Funds will maintain and preserve a copy of the Order, the FOF Participation Agreement, and the list with any updated information for the duration of the investment and for a period of not less than six years thereafter, the first two years in an easily accessible place. 10. Before approving any advisory contract under Section 15 of the Act, the board of directors or trustees of each Investing Management Company, including a majority of the noninterested directors or trustees, will find that the advisory fees charged under such contract are based on services provided that will be in addition to, rather than duplicative of, the services provided under the advisory contract(s) of any Fund (or its respective Master Fund) in which the Investing Management Company may invest. These findings and their basis will be fully recorded in the minute books of the appropriate Investing Management Company. 11. Any sales charges and/or service fees charged with respect to shares of a Fund of Funds will not exceed the limits applicable to a fund of funds as set forth in NASD Conduct Rule 2830. 12. No Fund (or its respective Master Fund) will acquire securities of an investment company or company relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act in excess of the limits contained in Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the Act, except to the extent (i) the Fund (or its respective Master Fund) acquires securities of another investment company pursuant to exemptive relief from the Commission permitting the Fund (or its respective Master Fund) to acquire securities of one or more investment companies for short-term cash management purposes or (ii) the Fund acquires securities of the Master Fund pursuant to the Master—Feeder Relief. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with [FR Doc. 2013–00380 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION of the most significant parts of such statements. [Release No. 34–68589; File No. SR– NYSEMKT–2012–89] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending the NYSE Amex Options Fee Schedule With Respect to Regulatory Fees Related to the Central Registration Depository, Which Are Collected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. January 4, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on December 21, 2012, NYSE MKT LLC (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE MKT’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the NYSE Amex Options Fee Schedule (the ‘‘Fee Schedule’’) with respect to regulatory fees related to the Central Registration Depository (‘‘CRD system’’), which are collected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’). The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 2, 2013. 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, 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 2465 PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend the Fee Schedule with respect to regulatory fees related to the CRD system, which are collected by FINRA.4 The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 2, 2013. Certain of the regulatory fees provided in the Fee Schedule are collected and retained by FINRA via the CRD system for the registration of associated persons of ATP Holders that are not FINRA members (‘‘Non-FINRA ATP Holders’’). The Exchange originally adopted fees for use of the CRD system in 2003.5 FINRA recently amended certain of the fees assessed for use of the CRD system, and those amendments will become effective January 2, 2013.6 The CRD system fees are user-based and there is no distinction in the cost incurred by FINRA if the user is a FINRA member or a Non-FINRA ATP Holder. Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to amend the fees in the Fee Schedule to mirror those assessed by FINRA, which will be implemented concurrently with the amended FINRA fees on January 2, 2013.7 The proposed changes are as follows: 8 4 The CRD system is the central licensing and registration system for the U.S. securities industry. The CRD system enables individuals and firms seeking registration with multiple states and selfregulatory organizations to do so by submitting a single form, fingerprint card and a combined payment of fees to FINRA. Through the CRD system, FINRA maintains the qualification, employment and disciplinary histories of registered associated persons of broker-dealers. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48066 (June 19, 2003), 68 FR 38409 (June 27, 2003) (SR– Amex–2003–49). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67247 (June 25, 2012), 77 FR 38866 (June 29, 2012) (SR– FINRA–2012–030). 7 The Exchange notes that it has only adopted the CRD system fees charged by FINRA to Non-FINRA ATP Holders when such fees are applicable. In this regard, certain FINRA CRD system fees and requirements are specific to FINRA members, but do not apply to NYSE Amex Options-only ATP Holders. 8 The Exchange is proposing to delete the current fees and descriptions in their entirety and replace them with the updated fees and descriptions in a separate table that will include all the fees applicable to Non-FINRA ATP Holders, as discussed further below (corresponding footnotes in the Fee Schedule would also be designated as ‘‘reserved’’). In this regard, the Exchange is proposing a new subheading in the ‘‘Regulatory Fees’’ section of the Fee Schedule to differentiate between those fees that are applicable to all ATP Holders and those fees that are applicable only to Non-FINRA ATP Holders. The Exchange notes that Continued Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 2466 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with • Increasing the disclosure processing fee from $95 to $110; 9 and • Increasing the manual fingerprint processing fee from $13 to $30.10 In addition to increasing the existing CRD system fees, FINRA adopted a new fee for the additional processing of each initial or amended Form BD that includes the initial reporting, amendment, or certification of one or more disclosure events or proceedings.11 Broker-dealers use Form BD to, among other things, report disclosure matters in which they or a control affiliate have been involved. Prior to the adoption of the new fee, FINRA did not have a fee designed to cover the costs associated with the review of Form BD, notwithstanding that the review is similar to that performed of broker-dealers’ Forms U4 and U5. Such reviews include confirming that the matter is properly reported, reviewing any documentation submitted and determining whether additional documentation is required, conducting any necessary independent research and, depending on the matter reported, analyzing whether the event or proceeding subjects the individual or firm to a statutory disqualification pursuant to Section 3(a)(39) of the Act.12 FINRA adopted a $110 fee for the review of a Form BD, which mirrors the increased fee adopted for the review of Forms U4 and U5. As such, the Exchange is adopting the identical fee for FINRA’s review of a Form BD submitted by Non-FINRA ATP Holders.13 The Exchange also proposes to include in its Fee Schedule certain other ATP Holders that are also FINRA members are charged CRD system fees according to Section (4) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws. 9 See Section (4)(b)(3) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. The updated description in the Fee Schedule for this fee would be ‘‘additional processing of each initial or amended Form U4, Form U5 or Form BD that includes the initial reporting, amendment, or certification of one or more disclosure events or proceedings.’’ As noted below, this would incorporate the applicability of the fee to Form BD processing. 10 See Section (4)(b)(6) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. The updated description in the Fee Schedule for this fee would be ‘‘processing and posting to the CRD system each set of fingerprint results and identifying information that have been processed through another self-regulatory organization and submitted to FINRA.’’ The Exchange also proposes to permanently remove the current $35 fee in the Fee Schedule for fingerprint processing. The fee for fingerprint processing by FINRA is addressed via the other fingerprint processing fees described herein and in the proposed changes to the Fee Schedule. 11 See Section (4)(b)(3) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. 12 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(39). 13 See supra note 9. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 fees that are charged by FINRA to FINRA members as well as Non-FINRA ATP Holders. These fees are as follows: 14 • $100 for each initial Form U4 filed for the registration of a representative or principal; 15 • $15 for processing and posting to the CRD system each set of fingerprints submitted electronically to FINRA, plus any other charge that may be imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice for processing each set of fingerprints; 16 • $30 for processing and posting to the CRD system each set of fingerprint cards submitted in non-electronic format to FINRA, plus any other charge that may be imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice for processing each set of fingerprints; 17 and • $45 annually for system processing for each registered representative and principal.18 The Exchange notes that the proposed change is not otherwise intended to address any other issues surrounding regulatory fees and that the Exchange is not aware of any problems that ATP Holders would have in complying with the proposed change. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,19 in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,20 in particular, because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, issuers and other persons using its facilities and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. The Exchange believes that the change is reasonable because the proposed fees are identical to those 14 Non-FINRA ATP Holders have been charged CRD system fees since 2003. See supra note 5. 15 See Section (4)(b)(1) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. This fee is assessed when a Non-FINRA ATP Holder submits its first Initial, Transfer, Relicense, or Dual Registration Form U4 filing on behalf of a registered person. The current applicable fee is $85. 16 See Section (4)(b)(4) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $13. 17 See Section (4)(b)(5) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $13. 18 See Section (4)(b)(7) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $30. The proposed system processing fee would become effective for the 2013 Renewal Program. In this regard, as part of FINRA’s 2013 Renewal Program, Preliminary Renewal Statements reflecting the proposed $45 system processing fee will be made available in the fourth quarter of 2012. 19 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 20 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5). PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 adopted by FINRA for use of the CRD system for disclosure and the registration of FINRA members and their associated persons. As FINRA noted in amending its fees, it believed that the fees are reasonable based on the increased costs associated with operating and maintaining the CRD system, and listed a number of enhancements made since the last fee increase, including (1) Incorporation of various uniform registration form changes; (2) electronic fingerprint processing; (3) Web EFTTM, which allows subscribing firms to submit batch filings to the CRD system; and (4) increases in the number and types of reports available through the CRD system. These increased costs are similarly borne by FINRA when a NonFINRA ATP Holder uses the CRD system. FINRA further noted its belief that the proposed fees are reasonable because they help to ensure the integrity of the information in the CRD system, which is very important because the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), FINRA, other selfregulatory organizations and state securities regulators use the CRD system to make licensing and registration decisions, among other things. The Exchange also believes that the change is reasonable because it will provide greater specificity regarding the CRD system fees that are applicable to Non-FINRA ATP Holders. All similarly situated ATP Holders are subject to the same fee structure, and every ATP Holder must use the CRD system for registration and disclosure. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that the fees collected for such use should likewise increase in lockstep with the fees assessed to FINRA members, as is proposed by the Exchange. The proposed change, like FINRA’s proposal, is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it will result in the same regulatory fees being charged to all ATP Holders required to report information to the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, regardless of whether or not such ATP Holders are FINRA members. 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. Specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed change will result in the same regulatory fees being charged to all ATP Holders required to report information to the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, regardless of E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices whether or not such ATP Holders are FINRA members. 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 The foregoing rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 21 of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 22 thereunder, because it establishes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by NYSE MKT. 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–NYSEMKT–2012–89 on the subject line. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 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–NYSEMKT–2012–89. 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 NYSE’s principal office or on the Web site at www.nyse.com. 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– NYSEMKT–2012–89, and should be submitted on or before February 1, 2013. have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.23 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. 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. [FR Doc. 2013–00353 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68587; File No. SR–NYSE– 2012–77] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Price With Respect to Regulatory Fees Related to the Central Registration Depository, Which Are Collected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. January 4, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on December 21, 2012, 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, II, and III below, which Items 23 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 21 15 22 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 2467 PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its Price List (the ‘‘Price List’’) with respect to regulatory fees related to the Central Registration Depository (‘‘CRD system’’), which are collected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’). The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 2, 2013. 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 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend the Price List with respect to regulatory fees related to the CRD system, which are collected by FINRA.4 The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 2, 2013. FINRA collects and retains certain regulatory fees via the CRD system for the registration of employees of member organizations of the Exchange that are not FINRA members (‘‘Non-FINRA 4 The CRD system is the central licensing and registration system for the U.S. securities industry. The CRD system enables individuals and firms seeking registration with multiple states and selfregulatory organizations to do so by submitting a single form, fingerprint card and a combined payment of fees to FINRA. Through the CRD system, FINRA maintains the qualification, employment and disciplinary histories of registered associated persons of broker-dealers. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Release No. 34-68589; File No. SR-NYSEMKT-2012-89]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing and 
Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending the NYSE Amex 
Options Fee Schedule With Respect to Regulatory Fees Related to the 
Central Registration Depository, Which Are Collected by the Financial 
Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.

 January 4, 2013.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that, on December 21, 2012, NYSE MKT LLC (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE MKT'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit 
comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the NYSE Amex Options Fee Schedule 
(the ``Fee Schedule'') with respect to regulatory fees related to the 
Central Registration Depository (``CRD system''), which are collected 
by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (``FINRA''). The 
Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 2, 2013. 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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend the Fee Schedule with respect to 
regulatory fees related to the CRD system, which are collected by 
FINRA.\4\ The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes on January 
2, 2013.
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    \4\ The CRD system is the central licensing and registration 
system for the U.S. securities industry. The CRD system enables 
individuals and firms seeking registration with multiple states and 
self-regulatory organizations to do so by submitting a single form, 
fingerprint card and a combined payment of fees to FINRA. Through 
the CRD system, FINRA maintains the qualification, employment and 
disciplinary histories of registered associated persons of broker-
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    Certain of the regulatory fees provided in the Fee Schedule are 
collected and retained by FINRA via the CRD system for the registration 
of associated persons of ATP Holders that are not FINRA members (``Non-
FINRA ATP Holders''). The Exchange originally adopted fees for use of 
the CRD system in 2003.\5\ FINRA recently amended certain of the fees 
assessed for use of the CRD system, and those amendments will become 
effective January 2, 2013.\6\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48066 (June 19, 
2003), 68 FR 38409 (June 27, 2003) (SR-Amex-2003-49).
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67247 (June 25, 
2012), 77 FR 38866 (June 29, 2012) (SR-FINRA-2012-030).
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    The CRD system fees are user-based and there is no distinction in 
the cost incurred by FINRA if the user is a FINRA member or a Non-FINRA 
ATP Holder. Accordingly, the Exchange is proposing to amend the fees in 
the Fee Schedule to mirror those assessed by FINRA, which will be 
implemented concurrently with the amended FINRA fees on January 2, 
2013.\7\ The proposed changes are as follows: \8\
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    \7\ The Exchange notes that it has only adopted the CRD system 
fees charged by FINRA to Non-FINRA ATP Holders when such fees are 
applicable. In this regard, certain FINRA CRD system fees and 
requirements are specific to FINRA members, but do not apply to NYSE 
Amex Options-only ATP Holders.
    \8\ The Exchange is proposing to delete the current fees and 
descriptions in their entirety and replace them with the updated 
fees and descriptions in a separate table that will include all the 
fees applicable to Non-FINRA ATP Holders, as discussed further below 
(corresponding footnotes in the Fee Schedule would also be 
designated as ``reserved''). In this regard, the Exchange is 
proposing a new subheading in the ``Regulatory Fees'' section of the 
Fee Schedule to differentiate between those fees that are applicable 
to all ATP Holders and those fees that are applicable only to Non-
FINRA ATP Holders. The Exchange notes that ATP Holders that are also 
FINRA members are charged CRD system fees according to Section (4) 
of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws.

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     Increasing the disclosure processing fee from $95 to $110; 
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    \9\ See Section (4)(b)(3) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
effective on January 2, 2013. The updated description in the Fee 
Schedule for this fee would be ``additional processing of each 
initial or amended Form U4, Form U5 or Form BD that includes the 
initial reporting, amendment, or certification of one or more 
disclosure events or proceedings.'' As noted below, this would 
incorporate the applicability of the fee to Form BD processing.
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     Increasing the manual fingerprint processing fee from $13 
to $30.\10\
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    \10\ See Section (4)(b)(6) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
effective on January 2, 2013. The updated description in the Fee 
Schedule for this fee would be ``processing and posting to the CRD 
system each set of fingerprint results and identifying information 
that have been processed through another self-regulatory 
organization and submitted to FINRA.'' The Exchange also proposes to 
permanently remove the current $35 fee in the Fee Schedule for 
fingerprint processing. The fee for fingerprint processing by FINRA 
is addressed via the other fingerprint processing fees described 
herein and in the proposed changes to the Fee Schedule.
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    In addition to increasing the existing CRD system fees, FINRA 
adopted a new fee for the additional processing of each initial or 
amended Form BD that includes the initial reporting, amendment, or 
certification of one or more disclosure events or proceedings.\11\ 
Broker-dealers use Form BD to, among other things, report disclosure 
matters in which they or a control affiliate have been involved. Prior 
to the adoption of the new fee, FINRA did not have a fee designed to 
cover the costs associated with the review of Form BD, notwithstanding 
that the review is similar to that performed of broker-dealers' Forms 
U4 and U5. Such reviews include confirming that the matter is properly 
reported, reviewing any documentation submitted and determining whether 
additional documentation is required, conducting any necessary 
independent research and, depending on the matter reported, analyzing 
whether the event or proceeding subjects the individual or firm to a 
statutory disqualification pursuant to Section 3(a)(39) of the Act.\12\ 
FINRA adopted a $110 fee for the review of a Form BD, which mirrors the 
increased fee adopted for the review of Forms U4 and U5. As such, the 
Exchange is adopting the identical fee for FINRA's review of a Form BD 
submitted by Non-FINRA ATP Holders.\13\
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    \11\ See Section (4)(b)(3) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
effective on January 2, 2013.
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    The Exchange also proposes to include in its Fee Schedule certain 
other fees that are charged by FINRA to FINRA members as well as Non-
FINRA ATP Holders. These fees are as follows: \14\
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since 2003. See supra note 5.
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     $100 for each initial Form U4 filed for the registration 
of a representative or principal; \15\
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    \15\ See Section (4)(b)(1) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
effective on January 2, 2013. This fee is assessed when a Non-FINRA 
ATP Holder submits its first Initial, Transfer, Relicense, or Dual 
Registration Form U4 filing on behalf of a registered person. The 
current applicable fee is $85.
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     $15 for processing and posting to the CRD system each set 
of fingerprints submitted electronically to FINRA, plus any other 
charge that may be imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice for 
processing each set of fingerprints; \16\
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    \16\ See Section (4)(b)(4) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
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     $30 for processing and posting to the CRD system each set 
of fingerprint cards submitted in non-electronic format to FINRA, plus 
any other charge that may be imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice 
for processing each set of fingerprints; \17\ and
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    \17\ See Section (4)(b)(5) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
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     $45 annually for system processing for each registered 
representative and principal.\18\
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    \18\ See Section (4)(b)(7) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws 
effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $30. The 
proposed system processing fee would become effective for the 2013 
Renewal Program. In this regard, as part of FINRA's 2013 Renewal 
Program, Preliminary Renewal Statements reflecting the proposed $45 
system processing fee will be made available in the fourth quarter 
of 2012.
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    The Exchange notes that the proposed change is not otherwise 
intended to address any other issues surrounding regulatory fees and 
that the Exchange is not aware of any problems that ATP Holders would 
have in complying with the proposed change.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\19\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,\20\ in 
particular, because it provides for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, issuers and 
other persons using its facilities and does not unfairly discriminate 
between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers.
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    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
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    The Exchange believes that the change is reasonable because the 
proposed fees are identical to those adopted by FINRA for use of the 
CRD system for disclosure and the registration of FINRA members and 
their associated persons. As FINRA noted in amending its fees, it 
believed that the fees are reasonable based on the increased costs 
associated with operating and maintaining the CRD system, and listed a 
number of enhancements made since the last fee increase, including (1) 
Incorporation of various uniform registration form changes; (2) 
electronic fingerprint processing; (3) Web EFTTM, which 
allows subscribing firms to submit batch filings to the CRD system; and 
(4) increases in the number and types of reports available through the 
CRD system. These increased costs are similarly borne by FINRA when a 
Non-FINRA ATP Holder uses the CRD system. FINRA further noted its 
belief that the proposed fees are reasonable because they help to 
ensure the integrity of the information in the CRD system, which is 
very important because the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission''), FINRA, other self-regulatory organizations and state 
securities regulators use the CRD system to make licensing and 
registration decisions, among other things.
    The Exchange also believes that the change is reasonable because it 
will provide greater specificity regarding the CRD system fees that are 
applicable to Non-FINRA ATP Holders. All similarly situated ATP Holders 
are subject to the same fee structure, and every ATP Holder must use 
the CRD system for registration and disclosure. Accordingly, the 
Exchange believes that the fees collected for such use should likewise 
increase in lockstep with the fees assessed to FINRA members, as is 
proposed by the Exchange. The proposed change, like FINRA's proposal, 
is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it will result in 
the same regulatory fees being charged to all ATP Holders required to 
report information to the CRD system and for services performed by 
FINRA, regardless of whether or not such ATP Holders are FINRA members.

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. Specifically, the Exchange 
believes that the proposed change will result in the same regulatory 
fees being charged to all ATP Holders required to report information to 
the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, regardless of

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whether or not such ATP Holders are FINRA members.

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

    The foregoing rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(3)(A) \21\ of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 
19b-4 \22\ thereunder, because it establishes a due, fee, or other 
charge imposed by NYSE MKT.
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    \21\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \22\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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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-NYSEMKT-2012-89 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-NYSEMKT-2012-89. 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 NYSE's principal office or on the Web 
site at www.nyse.com. 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-NYSEMKT-2012-89, and should be submitted on or before February 1, 
2013.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\23\
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    \23\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-00353 Filed 1-10-13; 8:45 am]
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