Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Price List With Respect to Regulatory Fees Related to the Central Registration Depository, Which Are Collected by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., 2470-2473 [2013-00354]

Download as PDF 2470 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices 5. Late affirmed Institutional delivery, via IMS authorization, day cycle (excluding MMIs); 6. Municipal Bearer Deliver Order (excluding MMIs); 7. Deliver, opening in day cycle to cutoff, stock loans and returns (excluding MMIs); 8. Municipal Bearer Bond Service Deliver Order between participants in a collateral group (excluding MMIs); 9. MMI Turnaround Deliver Order; 10. Municipal Bearer hold/release of pending Deliver Order recycling for insufficient position (excluding MMIs); 11. Security pledged, released, or substituted; and 12. Option security pledged, released, or substituted via PTS or PBS. DTC also proposes to revise its fee schedule with respect to Asset Services. DTC is proposing to eliminate of the following 13 current fees within Asset Services (these fees relate either to discontinued or low volume services), including two from Global Tax Services and 11 from Securities Processing: 1. DTC Tax Info via PTS; 2. DTC Tax Info via PBS; 3. Positions in issues denominated in units of $1,000 (surcharge); 4. BDS TA Deposit Rejects for CODs; 5. Custody-Withdrawal—Direct Mail Fee; 6. Messenger service; 7. Research of Name Change of Issue; 8. State of Israel (surcharge); 9. Municipal Bearer Bond Service— Unclaimed COD; 10. Direct Registration Statement— Muni Bond; 11. FOSS reclaim receive; 12. FOSS reclaim delivery; and 13. FOSS delivery. The above changes will take effect on January 2, 2013. Statutory Basis DTC believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Act, specifically Section 17A(b)(3)(F),6 and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to DTC because it updates DTC’s fee schedule to align fees with the costs of delivering services. As such, it provides for the equitable allocation of fees among DTC’s Members. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with (B) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. DTC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by DTC. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The forgoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 7 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(2) 8 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 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 No. SR–DTC–2012–11 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send 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–DTC–2012–11. 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 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 8 17 Jkt 229001 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–00379 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68590; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2012–145] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Price List 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 Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to 9 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 7 15 6 15 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 filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of DTC and on DTC’s Web site at http://dtcc.com/downloads/legal/ rule_filings/2012/dtc/SR-DTC-201211.pdf. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–DTC–2012–11 and should be submitted on or before February 1, 2013. PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices 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 Arca 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 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms that are not FINRA members (‘‘Non-FINRA OTP Holders’’ and ‘‘Non-FINRA OTP Firms,’’ respectively). The Exchange originally adopted fees for use of the CRD system 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 in 2005.5 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 OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm. 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 • 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 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51641 (May 2, 2005), 70 FR 24155 (May 6, 2005) (SR– PCX–2005–49). 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 OTP Holders or Non-FINRA OTP Firms 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 Arcaonly OTP Holders and OTP Firms. 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 OTP Holders and NonFINRA OTP Firms, as discussed further below. 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms and those fees that are applicable only to Non-FINRA OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms. The Exchange notes that OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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.’’ 11 See Section (4)(b)(3) of Schedule A to the FINRA By-laws effective on January 2, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2471 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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms.13 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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms. 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 12 15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(39). supra note 9. 14 Non-FINRA OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms have been charged CRD system fees since 2005. 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 OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm 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 13 See E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM Continued 11JAN1 2472 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms would have in complying with the proposed change. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 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 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 OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm 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 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 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). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 Non-FINRA OTP Holders and NonFINRA OTP Firms. All similarly situated OTP Holders and OTP Firms are subject to the same fee structure, and every OTP Holder and OTP Firm 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms required to report information to the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, regardless of whether or not such OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms required to report information to the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, regardless of whether or not such OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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 the NYSE Arca. 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. 21 15 22 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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–NYSEARCA–2012–145 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–NYSEARCA–2012–145. 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– NYSEARCA–2012–145, and should be submitted on or before February 1, 2013. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 8 / Friday, January 11, 2013 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.23 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–00354 Filed 1–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68588; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2012–143] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending the NYSE Arca Equities Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services 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 Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the NYSE Arca Equities Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services (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. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:38 Jan 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 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. 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 ETP Holders that are not FINRA members (‘‘Non-FINRA ETP Holders’’). The Exchange originally adopted fees for use of the CRD system in 2005.5 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 ETP 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 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. 51641 (May 2, 2005), 70 FR 24155 (May 6, 2005) (SR– PCX–2005–49). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67247 (June 25, 2012), 77 FR 38866 (June 29, 2012) (SR– FINRA–2012–030). PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2473 fees on January 2, 2013.7 The proposed changes are as follows: 8 • 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 7 The Exchange notes that it has only adopted the CRD system fees charged by FINRA to Non-FINRA ETP 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 Arca-only ETP 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 ETP Holders, as discussed further below. 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 ETP Holders and those fees that are applicable only to Non-FINRA ETP Holders. The Exchange notes that ETP 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.’’ 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). E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Release No. 34-68590; File No. SR-NYSEARCA-2012-145]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Its Price 
List 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 Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE Arca'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to

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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 Arca 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 
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-
dealers.
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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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms that are not FINRA 
members (``Non-FINRA OTP Holders'' and ``Non-FINRA OTP Firms,'' 
respectively). The Exchange originally adopted fees for use of the CRD 
system in 2005.\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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70 FR 24155 (May 6, 2005) (SR-PCX-2005-49).
    \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 
OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm. 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 OTP Holders or Non-FINRA OTP 
Firms 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 Arca-only OTP Holders and OTP Firms.
    \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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms, as 
discussed further below. 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms and those fees that are applicable 
only to Non-FINRA OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms. The Exchange 
notes that OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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; 
\9\ and
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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.''
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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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms.\13\
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    \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.
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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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms. These fees are as follows: 
\14\
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    \14\ Non-FINRA OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms have been 
charged CRD system fees since 2005. See supra note 5.

     $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 
OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm 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 
effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $13.
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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 
effective on January 2, 2013. The current applicable fee is $13.
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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 
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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 OTP Holders and OTP 
Firms 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).
    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5).
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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 OTP Holder or Non-FINRA OTP Firm 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 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 OTP Holders and Non-FINRA OTP Firms. All 
similarly situated OTP Holders and OTP Firms are subject to the same 
fee structure, and every OTP Holder and OTP Firm 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms required 
to report information to the CRD system and for services performed by 
FINRA, regardless of whether or not such OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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 OTP Holders and OTP Firms required to report 
information to the CRD system and for services performed by FINRA, 
regardless of whether or not such OTP Holders and OTP Firms 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 the NYSE Arca.
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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-NYSEARCA-2012-145 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-NYSEARCA-2012-145. 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-NYSEARCA-2012-145, and should be submitted on or before February 1, 
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    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\23\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \23\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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