Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fees Schedule, 5538-5542 [2013-01493]

Download as PDF 5538 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 17 / Friday, January 25, 2013 / Notices competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. While it does apply to all market participants except for customers, other market participants generally prefer to execute their orders against customer orders. By exempting customer orders, the Surcharge will not discourage the sending of customer orders, and therefore there should still be plenty of customer orders for other market participants to trade with. Therefore, any potential effects that the adoption of the Surcharge may have on intramarket competition are justifiable. Further, the options industry has a longstanding practice of assessing preferable fee structures to customers. The Exchange does not believe that the adoption of the Surcharge will impose any burden on intramarket [sic] competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The imposition of the Surcharge (which is important to offset the costs of the Customer Complex Credit) should not, by itself, attract trading volume from other exchanges (as it requires payment of a surcharge for an activity that did not previously require such payment). Further, other exchanges assess higher fees for complex orders than for noncomplex ones.10 The Exchange also notes that it operates in a highly-competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to the Exchange, and the Exchange believes that such structure will help the Exchange remain competitive with those fees and rebates assessed by other venues. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. 10 See ISE Schedule of Fees, Section I (which lists regular Maker rebates and fees and Taker fees for Select Symbols) as compared to Section II (which lists complex order fees and rebates for Select Symbols). Market participants are assessed higher fees for executing complex orders, and specifically and especially for executions in complex orders that execute against Priority Customer orders. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:39 Jan 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 12 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 Number SR–CBOE–2013–004 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–CBOE–2013–004. 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–CBOE– 2013–004, and should be submitted on or before February 15, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–01489 Filed 1–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68699; File No. SR–CBOE– 2013–003] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fees Schedule January 18, 2013. 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 January 7, 2013, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) 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 Exchange. 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/ CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission. 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f). PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 1 15 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 17 / Friday, January 25, 2013 / Notices 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 Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to adopt a new Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary VIX Options Sliding Scale (the ‘‘VIX Options Sliding Scale’’). The Tier 1 2 3 4 Contracts Contracts Contracts Contracts mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with The VIX Options Sliding Scale applies to orders bearing the origin codes ‘‘F’’ 3 and ‘‘L’’ 4. The purpose of the VIX Options Sliding Scale is to encourage greater Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary trading of VIX options. In conjunction with the adoption of the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Exchange proposes to amend footnote 11 to its Fees Schedule. Footnote 11 provides the details regarding the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders, both of which apply to Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders. Because the VIX Options Sliding Scale also applies to Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders, and because many of the details regarding the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading 3 The ‘‘F’’ origin code is used for OCC clearing member firm proprietary account orders. 4 The ‘‘L’’ origin code is used for orders for the account of Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates effected for the purpose of hedging the proprietary over-the-counter trading of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder or its affiliates to be aggregated with the trading activity of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder for purposes of the Multiply-Listed Options Fee Cap and CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading permit Holder proprietary orders; a ‘‘Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate’’ is defined as a 100% wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder that is (i) registered as United States or foreign broker/dealer and (ii) is not itself a CBOE Trading Permit Holder. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:39 Jan 24, 2013 VIX Options Sliding Scale allows VIX volatility index options (‘‘VIX options’’) transaction fees for Clearing Trading Permit Holder (including its NonTrading Permit Holder affiliates) proprietary orders to be reduced provided a Clearing Trading Permit Holder (including its Non-Trading Permit Holder affiliates) reaches certain proprietary VIX options volume thresholds during a month. The proposed applicable transaction fees for the different volume tiers on the VIX Options Sliding Scale are as follows: Transaction fee per contract VIX Options contracts per month ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... ....................................................... Jkt 229001 1–250,000 ............................................................................................................. 250,001–500,000 .................................................................................................. 500,001–750,000 .................................................................................................. 750,000+ ............................................................................................................... Permit Holder Proprietary Orders will also apply to the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Exchange proposes to add the details regarding the VIX Options Sliding Scale into footnote 11. First, footnote 11 describes the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO as the ‘‘fee cap’’ and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders as the ‘‘sliding scale’’. In order to avoid confusion that could arise due to the addition of the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Exchange proposes to define the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO as the ‘‘Fee Cap’’ and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders as the ‘‘Sliding Scale’’. Any references within footnote 11 to the ‘‘fee cap’’ will now be referred to as the ‘‘Fee Cap’’ and any references within footnote 11 to the ‘‘sliding scale’’ will now be referred to as the ‘‘Sliding Scale’’. The Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary VIX Options Sliding Scale is also defined within footnote 11 as the ‘‘VIX Options Sliding Scale’’ and any references to the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary VIX Options Sliding Scale within footnote 11 are referred to as the ‘‘VIX Options Sliding Scale.’’ Like the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, the VIX Options Sliding Scale will apply to (i) Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders (‘‘F’’ origin code), and (ii) orders of Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder. A ‘‘Non-Trading PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5539 $0.25 0.15 0.10 0.05 Permit Holder Affiliate’’ would be defined for the purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale the same way it is defined for the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale: A 100% wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder that is registered as a United States or foreign broker-dealer and that is not a CBOE Trading Permit Holder (‘‘TPH’’). As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, only proprietary orders of the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate (currently, the Fees Schedule reads that such orders have a ‘‘B’’ origin code, but such orders actually have an ‘‘L’’ origin code, so the Exchange also proposes to correct this error) effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary over-thecounter trading of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder or its affiliates will be included in calculating the VIX Options Sliding Scale, and such orders must be marked with a code approved by the Exchange identifying the orders as eligible for the VIX Options Sliding Scale. As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, each Clearing Trading Permit Holder is responsible for notifying the TPH Department of all of its affiliations so that fees and contracts of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder and its affiliates may be aggregated for purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale and is required to certify the affiliate status of any Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate whose trading activity it seeks to aggregate. In addition, each Clearing Trading Permit Holder is required to inform the Exchange immediately of any event that causes an entity to cease to be an affiliate. As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, the Exchange will aggregate the E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 5540 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 17 / Friday, January 25, 2013 / Notices fees and trading activity of separate Clearing Trading Permit Holders for the purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale if there is at least 75% common ownership between the Clearing Trading Permit Holders as reflected on each Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s Form BD, Schedule A. As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, a Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s fees and contracts executed pursuant to a CMTA agreement (i.e., executed by another clearing firm and then transferred to the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s account at the OCC) are aggregated with the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s non-CMTA fees and contracts for purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale. For calculating a Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s total proprietary product transaction fees, CBOE will use the following methodology: If using the VIX Options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale (minus VIX options volume) results in lower total Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary transaction fees than just using the Sliding Scale, CBOE will apply the new VIX Options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale, and deduct the VIX options volume from the Sliding Scale. If using the VIX options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale (minus VIX options volume) results in higher total Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary transaction fees than just using the Sliding Scale, CBOE will apply only the Sliding Scale. The purpose of this methodology is to provide a Clearing Trading Permit Holder with the most beneficial fee arrangement (the lowest fees) without double-counting VIX options volume. For example, consider a situation in which, in a month, a Clearing Trading Permit Holder has qualifying proprietary multiply-listed options volume of 450,000 contracts, qualifying proprietary VIX options volume of 850,000 contracts, and qualifying volume of other proprietary products of 500,000 contracts (totaling 1,350,000 contracts of proprietary products). Under the Sliding Scale, because the Clearing Trading Permit Holder has executed greater than (or equal to) 375,000 contracts of multiply-listed options volume but less than 1,500,000 such contracts, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder will be assessed an $0.18per-contract fee on the first 750,000 proprietary products contracts (totaling $135,000), a $0.05-per-contract fee on the next 250,000 proprietary products contracts (totaling $12,500), and a $0.02per-contract fee on the remaining 350,000 proprietary products (totaling $7,000). Therefore, under the Sliding VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:39 Jan 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 Scale, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s proprietary transaction fees would be $154,500 ($135,000 + $12,500 + $7,000). We would then determine the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s fees using the VIX Options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale (minus VIX options volume). Under the VIX Options Sliding Scale, because the Clearing Trading Permit Holder executed 850,000 VIX contracts, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder would be assessed a $0.25-per-contract fee for contracts 1– 250,000 (totaling $62,500), a $0.15-percontract fee for contracts 250,001– 500,000 (totaling $37,500), a $0.10-percontract fee for contracts 500,001– 750,000 (totaling $25,000), and a $0.05per-contract fee for contracts 750,001– 850,000 ($5,000). Therefore, under the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s proprietary transaction fees are $130,000 ($62,500 + $37,500 + $25,000 + $5,000). To this we would add the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s proprietary fees using the Sliding Scale (subtracting out the VIX options volume). Under the Sliding Scale, because the Clearing Trading Permit Holder has executed greater than (or equal to) 375,000 contracts of multiply-listed options volume but less than 1,500,000 such contracts, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder will be assessed an $0.18-per-contract fee on the 500,000 non-VIX options proprietary product contracts, which comes out to $90,000. If we add the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s fees under the VIX Options Sliding Scale ($130,000) to fees using the Sliding Scale (minus VIX options volume) ($90,000), the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s total proprietary fees come out to $220,000. Because this amount is greater than the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s fees using just the Sliding Scale (including the VIX options volume) of $154,500, the Exchange would just apply the Sliding Scale to determine the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s proprietary fees, and assess the lower fee of $154,500. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.5 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 6 requirements that the rules of an exchange be designed to prevent 5 15 6 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitation transactions in securities, 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. Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,7 which provides that Exchange rules may provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities. The adoption of the VIX Options Sliding Scale is reasonable because it will allow Clearing Trading Permit Holders who engage in VIX options trading the opportunity to pay lower fees for such transactions. Similarly, aggregating the fees and trading activity of separate Clearing Trading Permit Holders for the purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale if there is at least 75% common ownership between the Clearing Trading Permit Holders and aggregating a Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s fees and contracts executed pursuant to a CMTA agreement with the Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s nonCMTA fees and contracts for the purpose of the VIX Options Sliding Scale is reasonable because this will allow more Clearing Trading Permit Holders to qualify for the lowered fees at the higher volume tiers in the VIX Options Sliding Scale. The proposed methodology to be used in calculating a Clearing Trading Permit Holder’s total proprietary product transaction fees is reasonable because it provides Clearing Trading Permit Holders who engage in VIX options trading with a second way to maximize their ability to limit their proprietary products transaction fees. Subtracting VIX options volume from the Sliding Scale when taking into account the VIX Options Sliding Scale to calculate proprietary product transaction fees is reasonable because it would be illogical (and not financially viable) to count VIX options volume twice (once in the VIX Options Sliding Scale and once in the Sliding Scale) to allow a Clearing Trading Permit Holder to qualify for a lowered fee rate when the VIX options transactions (and volume such transactions created) only occurred once and fees were therefore only assessed on such transactions once. 7 15 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 25JAN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 17 / Friday, January 25, 2013 / Notices Applying the VIX Options Sliding Scale to Clearing Trading Permit Holder (and their affiliates, in the manner described above) proprietary orders only is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because Clearing Trading Permit Holders take on a number of obligations and responsibilities (such as membership with the Options Clearing Corporation), significant regulatory burdens, and financial obligations that other market participants are not required to undertake. Further, the VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage increased Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities for all market participants. Similarly, applying lower fee rates for Clearing Trading Permit Holders who hit the higher VIX options contract volume tiers on the VIX Options Sliding Scale is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because this is designed to encourage increased Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities for all Clearing Trading Permit Holders, including those who are not able to reach the higher-volume tiers. Indeed, this increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities may provide such Clearing Trading Permit Holders to reach the higher tiers (and pay the lower fees such tiers entail). Moreover, the Exchange already offers other fee-lowering programs (such as the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale) which entail lower fees for Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described above) and are limited to Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described above). Applying the VIX Options Sliding Scale to VIX options and not to other products is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the Exchange has expended considerable time and resources in developing VIX options. The VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage greater VIX options trading, which, along with bringing greater VIX options trading opportunities to all market participants, will bring in more fees to the Exchange, and such fees can be used to recoup the Exchange’s costs and expenditures from developing VIX options. The Exchange proposes to define the Fee Cap, Sliding Scale, and VIX Options Sliding Scale in footnote 11 of the Fees Schedule in order to avoid any potential confusion by investors reading the Fees Schedule. Similarly, the Exchange proposes to correct, in footnote 11, the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:39 Jan 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 erroneous reference to the origin code for proprietary orders of the NonTrading Permit Holder Affiliate effected for purposes of hedging the proprietary over-the-counter trading of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder or its affiliates (changing such reference from the origin code ‘‘B’’ to the correct origin code for such orders, ‘‘L’’) in order to avoid any potential confusion by investors reading the Fees Schedule. This avoidance of confusion removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, protects investors and the public interest. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the adoption of the proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale will not impose any unnecessary burden on intramarket competition because, while it applies only to Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders, Clearing Trading Permit Holders take on a number of obligations and responsibilities (such as membership with the Options Clearing Corporation), significant regulatory burdens, and financial obligations that other market participants are not required to undertake. Further, the VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage increased Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities for all market participants. Therefore, the Exchange believes that any potential effects on intramarket competition that the adoption of the proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale may cause are therefore justifiable. Moreover, the Exchange already offers other fee-lowering programs (such as the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale) which entail lower fees for Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described above) and are limited to Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described above). The Exchange does not believe that the adoption of the proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale will cause any unnecessary burden on intermarket competition because VIX options is a proprietary product that is traded solely on CBOE. PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5541 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 9 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 Number SR–CBOE–2013–003 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–CBOE–2013–003. 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 8 15 9 17 E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). 25JAN1 5542 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 17 / Friday, January 25, 2013 / Notices 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–CBOE– 2013–003 and should be submitted on or before February 15, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–01493 Filed 1–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68700; File No. SR–FINRA– 2013–002] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend FINRA Rule 2267 (Investor Education and Protection) January 18, 2013. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on January 7, 2013, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change FINRA is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 2267 (Investor Education and Protection) to require that members include a prominent description of and CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. link to FINRA BrokerCheck, as prescribed by FINRA, on their Web sites, social media pages and any comparable Internet presence and on Web sites, social media pages and any comparable Internet presence relating to a member’s investment banking or securities business maintained by or on behalf of any person associated with a member. The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA’s Web site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. FINRA has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose FINRA established BrokerCheck in 1988 (then known as the Public Disclosure Program) to provide the public with information on the professional background, business practices, and conduct of FINRAmember firms and their associated persons. The information that FINRA releases to the public through BrokerCheck is derived from the Central Registration Depository (‘‘CRD®’’), the securities industry online registration and licensing database. FINRA-member firms, their associated persons and regulators report information to the CRD system via the uniform registration forms. By making most of this information publicly available, BrokerCheck, among other things, helps investors make informed choices about the individuals and firms with which they conduct business. In January 2011, Commission staff released its Study and Recommendations on Improved Investor Access to Registration Information About Investment Advisers and BrokerDealers (‘‘Study’’),3 in furtherance of Section 919B of the Dodd-Frank Act. 10 17 1 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:39 Jan 24, 2013 3 The Study is available online at http:// www.sec.gov/news/studies/2011/919bstudy.pdf. Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Study contains four recommendations for improving investor access to registration information through BrokerCheck and the Commission’s Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (‘‘IAPD’’) database. In May 2012, FINRA implemented the Study’s three ‘‘near-term’’ recommendations.4 FINRA is currently working on the Study’s ‘‘intermediateterm’’ recommendation, which involves analyzing the feasibility and advisability of expanding the information available through BrokerCheck, as well as the method and format that BrokerCheck information is displayed. In light of the Study’s ‘‘intermediateterm’’ recommendation and FINRA’s belief that regular evaluation of its BrokerCheck program is an important part of its statutory obligation to make information available to the public,5 FINRA has initiated a thorough review of BrokerCheck. As part of this review, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 12–10 requesting comment on ways to facilitate and increase investor use of BrokerCheck information. In addition, FINRA engaged a market research consultant that conducted focus groups and surveyed investors throughout the country to obtain their opinions on the BrokerCheck program. Participants in the focus groups were asked questions about a variety of topics, including the financial markets, working with a broker or investment adviser, and the BrokerCheck program. Many of the participants stated that they had been unaware of the existence of BrokerCheck prior to their participation in the focus groups.6 After learning about BrokerCheck, the consensus among focus group participants was that investors should use BrokerCheck when considering whether to work with a new investment professional or firm and that it therefore was important for BrokerCheck to be more widely known among investors. Based on the focus group results and the comments received in response to Regulatory 4 These recommendations are to unify search returns for BrokerCheck and IAPD, add the ability to search BrokerCheck by ZIP code, and increase the educational content on BrokerCheck. 5 See Section 15A(i) of the Act. 15 U.S.C. 78o– 3(i). Since establishing BrokerCheck, FINRA has regularly assessed the scope and utility of the information it provides to the public and, as a result, has made numerous changes to improve the program. 6 This is consistent with a 2009 study that found that only 15 percent of respondents said that they had checked a financial advisor’s background with a state or federal regulator. See Financial Capability in the United States (FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Dec. 1, 2009), available at http:// www.finrafoundation.org/web/groups/foundation/ @foundation/documents/foundation/p120536.pdf. E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-68699; File No. SR-CBOE-2013-003]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fees Schedule

January 18, 2013.
    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 January 7, 2013, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated 
(the ``Exchange'' or ``CBOE'') 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 
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 the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule. The text of the 
proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange's 
Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission.

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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 Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule. Specifically, the 
Exchange proposes to adopt a new Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
Proprietary VIX Options Sliding Scale (the ``VIX Options Sliding 
Scale''). The VIX Options Sliding Scale allows VIX volatility index 
options (``VIX options'') transaction fees for Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder (including its Non-Trading Permit Holder affiliates) proprietary 
orders to be reduced provided a Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
(including its Non-Trading Permit Holder affiliates) reaches certain 
proprietary VIX options volume thresholds during a month. The proposed 
applicable transaction fees for the different volume tiers on the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale are as follows:

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                                                            Transaction
               Tier                      VIX Options          fee per
                                     contracts per month     contract
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1.................................  Contracts 1-250,000.           $0.25
2.................................  Contracts 250,001-              0.15
                                     500,000.
3.................................  Contracts 500,001-              0.10
                                     750,000.
4.................................  Contracts 750,000+..            0.05
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    The VIX Options Sliding Scale applies to orders bearing the origin 
codes ``F'' \3\ and ``L'' \4\. The purpose of the VIX Options Sliding 
Scale is to encourage greater Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
proprietary trading of VIX options.
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    \3\ The ``F'' origin code is used for OCC clearing member firm 
proprietary account orders.
    \4\ The ``L'' origin code is used for orders for the account of 
Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliates effected for the purpose of 
hedging the proprietary over-the-counter trading of the Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder or its affiliates to be aggregated with the 
trading activity of the Clearing Trading Permit Holder for purposes 
of the Multiply-Listed Options Fee Cap and CBOE Proprietary Products 
Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading permit Holder proprietary orders; 
a ``Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate'' is defined as a 100% 
wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder that is (i) registered as United States or foreign broker/
dealer and (ii) is not itself a CBOE Trading Permit Holder.
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    In conjunction with the adoption of the VIX Options Sliding Scale, 
the Exchange proposes to amend footnote 11 to its Fees Schedule. 
Footnote 11 provides the details regarding the Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility 
indexes, OEX or XEO and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders, both of which apply 
to Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders. Because the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale also applies to Clearing Trading Permit Holder 
proprietary orders, and because many of the details regarding the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, 
VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO and the CBOE Proprietary 
Products Sliding Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary 
Orders will also apply to the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Exchange 
proposes to add the details regarding the VIX Options Sliding Scale 
into footnote 11.
    First, footnote 11 describes the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee 
Cap in all products except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, 
OEX or XEO as the ``fee cap'' and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding 
Scale for Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders as the 
``sliding scale''. In order to avoid confusion that could arise due to 
the addition of the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Exchange proposes to 
define the Clearing Trading Permit Holder Fee Cap in all products 
except SPX, SRO, VIX or other volatility indexes, OEX or XEO as the 
``Fee Cap'' and the CBOE Proprietary Products Sliding Scale for 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary Orders as the ``Sliding 
Scale''. Any references within footnote 11 to the ``fee cap'' will now 
be referred to as the ``Fee Cap'' and any references within footnote 11 
to the ``sliding scale'' will now be referred to as the ``Sliding 
Scale''. The Clearing Trading Permit Holder Proprietary VIX Options 
Sliding Scale is also defined within footnote 11 as the ``VIX Options 
Sliding Scale'' and any references to the Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder Proprietary VIX Options Sliding Scale within footnote 11 are 
referred to as the ``VIX Options Sliding Scale.''
    Like the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, the VIX Options Sliding 
Scale will apply to (i) Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary 
orders (``F'' origin code), and (ii) orders of Non-Trading Permit 
Holder Affiliates of a Clearing Trading Permit Holder. A ``Non-Trading 
Permit Holder Affiliate'' would be defined for the purposes of the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale the same way it is defined for the Fee Cap and 
Sliding Scale: A 100% wholly-owned affiliate or subsidiary of a 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder that is registered as a United States or 
foreign broker-dealer and that is not a CBOE Trading Permit Holder 
(``TPH''). As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, only proprietary 
orders of the Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate (currently, the Fees 
Schedule reads that such orders have a ``B'' origin code, but such 
orders actually have an ``L'' origin code, so the Exchange also 
proposes to correct this error) effected for purposes of hedging the 
proprietary over-the-counter trading of the Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder or its affiliates will be included in calculating the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale, and such orders must be marked with a code 
approved by the Exchange identifying the orders as eligible for the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale. As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, each 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder is responsible for notifying the TPH 
Department of all of its affiliations so that fees and contracts of the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder and its affiliates may be aggregated for 
purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale and is required to certify 
the affiliate status of any Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate whose 
trading activity it seeks to aggregate. In addition, each Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder is required to inform the Exchange immediately of 
any event that causes an entity to cease to be an affiliate.
    As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, the Exchange will 
aggregate the

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fees and trading activity of separate Clearing Trading Permit Holders 
for the purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale if there is at least 
75% common ownership between the Clearing Trading Permit Holders as 
reflected on each Clearing Trading Permit Holder's Form BD, Schedule A. 
As with the Fee Cap and the Sliding Scale, a Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder's fees and contracts executed pursuant to a CMTA agreement 
(i.e., executed by another clearing firm and then transferred to the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder's account at the OCC) are aggregated 
with the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's non-CMTA fees and contracts 
for purposes of the VIX Options Sliding Scale.
    For calculating a Clearing Trading Permit Holder's total 
proprietary product transaction fees, CBOE will use the following 
methodology: If using the VIX Options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding 
Scale (minus VIX options volume) results in lower total Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder proprietary transaction fees than just using the 
Sliding Scale, CBOE will apply the new VIX Options Sliding Scale plus 
the Sliding Scale, and deduct the VIX options volume from the Sliding 
Scale. If using the VIX options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale 
(minus VIX options volume) results in higher total Clearing Trading 
Permit Holder proprietary transaction fees than just using the Sliding 
Scale, CBOE will apply only the Sliding Scale. The purpose of this 
methodology is to provide a Clearing Trading Permit Holder with the 
most beneficial fee arrangement (the lowest fees) without double-
counting VIX options volume.
    For example, consider a situation in which, in a month, a Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder has qualifying proprietary multiply-listed 
options volume of 450,000 contracts, qualifying proprietary VIX options 
volume of 850,000 contracts, and qualifying volume of other proprietary 
products of 500,000 contracts (totaling 1,350,000 contracts of 
proprietary products). Under the Sliding Scale, because the Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder has executed greater than (or equal to) 375,000 
contracts of multiply-listed options volume but less than 1,500,000 
such contracts, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder will be assessed an 
$0.18-per-contract fee on the first 750,000 proprietary products 
contracts (totaling $135,000), a $0.05-per-contract fee on the next 
250,000 proprietary products contracts (totaling $12,500), and a $0.02-
per-contract fee on the remaining 350,000 proprietary products 
(totaling $7,000). Therefore, under the Sliding Scale, the Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder's proprietary transaction fees would be $154,500 
($135,000 + $12,500 + $7,000).
    We would then determine the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's fees 
using the VIX Options Sliding Scale plus the Sliding Scale (minus VIX 
options volume). Under the VIX Options Sliding Scale, because the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder executed 850,000 VIX contracts, the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder would be assessed a $0.25-per-contract 
fee for contracts 1-250,000 (totaling $62,500), a $0.15-per-contract 
fee for contracts 250,001-500,000 (totaling $37,500), a $0.10-per-
contract fee for contracts 500,001-750,000 (totaling $25,000), and a 
$0.05-per-contract fee for contracts 750,001-850,000 ($5,000). 
Therefore, under the VIX Options Sliding Scale, the Clearing Trading 
Permit Holder's proprietary transaction fees are $130,000 ($62,500 + 
$37,500 + $25,000 + $5,000). To this we would add the Clearing Trading 
Permit Holder's proprietary fees using the Sliding Scale (subtracting 
out the VIX options volume). Under the Sliding Scale, because the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder has executed greater than (or equal to) 
375,000 contracts of multiply-listed options volume but less than 
1,500,000 such contracts, the Clearing Trading Permit Holder will be 
assessed an $0.18-per-contract fee on the 500,000 non-VIX options 
proprietary product contracts, which comes out to $90,000. If we add 
the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's fees under the VIX Options Sliding 
Scale ($130,000) to fees using the Sliding Scale (minus VIX options 
volume) ($90,000), the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's total 
proprietary fees come out to $220,000. Because this amount is greater 
than the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's fees using just the Sliding 
Scale (including the VIX options volume) of $154,500, the Exchange 
would just apply the Sliding Scale to determine the Clearing Trading 
Permit Holder's proprietary fees, and assess the lower fee of $154,500.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the 
Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the 
Act.\5\ Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is 
consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) \6\ requirements that the rules of 
an exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and 
practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitation transactions in securities, 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. 
Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is 
consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\7\ which provides that 
Exchange rules may provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable 
dues, fees, and other charges among its Trading Permit Holders and 
other persons using its facilities.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The adoption of the VIX Options Sliding Scale is reasonable because 
it will allow Clearing Trading Permit Holders who engage in VIX options 
trading the opportunity to pay lower fees for such transactions. 
Similarly, aggregating the fees and trading activity of separate 
Clearing Trading Permit Holders for the purposes of the VIX Options 
Sliding Scale if there is at least 75% common ownership between the 
Clearing Trading Permit Holders and aggregating a Clearing Trading 
Permit Holder's fees and contracts executed pursuant to a CMTA 
agreement with the Clearing Trading Permit Holder's non-CMTA fees and 
contracts for the purpose of the VIX Options Sliding Scale is 
reasonable because this will allow more Clearing Trading Permit Holders 
to qualify for the lowered fees at the higher volume tiers in the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale.
    The proposed methodology to be used in calculating a Clearing 
Trading Permit Holder's total proprietary product transaction fees is 
reasonable because it provides Clearing Trading Permit Holders who 
engage in VIX options trading with a second way to maximize their 
ability to limit their proprietary products transaction fees. 
Subtracting VIX options volume from the Sliding Scale when taking into 
account the VIX Options Sliding Scale to calculate proprietary product 
transaction fees is reasonable because it would be illogical (and not 
financially viable) to count VIX options volume twice (once in the VIX 
Options Sliding Scale and once in the Sliding Scale) to allow a 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder to qualify for a lowered fee rate when 
the VIX options transactions (and volume such transactions created) 
only occurred once and fees were therefore only assessed on such 
transactions once.

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    Applying the VIX Options Sliding Scale to Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder (and their affiliates, in the manner described above) 
proprietary orders only is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory 
because Clearing Trading Permit Holders take on a number of obligations 
and responsibilities (such as membership with the Options Clearing 
Corporation), significant regulatory burdens, and financial obligations 
that other market participants are not required to undertake. Further, 
the VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage increased 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which 
provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities 
for all market participants. Similarly, applying lower fee rates for 
Clearing Trading Permit Holders who hit the higher VIX options contract 
volume tiers on the VIX Options Sliding Scale is equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory because this is designed to encourage increased 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which 
provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities 
for all Clearing Trading Permit Holders, including those who are not 
able to reach the higher-volume tiers. Indeed, this increased VIX 
options volume and greater trading opportunities may provide such 
Clearing Trading Permit Holders to reach the higher tiers (and pay the 
lower fees such tiers entail). Moreover, the Exchange already offers 
other fee-lowering programs (such as the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale) 
which entail lower fees for Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their 
affiliates, in the manner described above) and are limited to Clearing 
Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described 
above).
    Applying the VIX Options Sliding Scale to VIX options and not to 
other products is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the 
Exchange has expended considerable time and resources in developing VIX 
options. The VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage greater 
VIX options trading, which, along with bringing greater VIX options 
trading opportunities to all market participants, will bring in more 
fees to the Exchange, and such fees can be used to recoup the 
Exchange's costs and expenditures from developing VIX options.
    The Exchange proposes to define the Fee Cap, Sliding Scale, and VIX 
Options Sliding Scale in footnote 11 of the Fees Schedule in order to 
avoid any potential confusion by investors reading the Fees Schedule. 
Similarly, the Exchange proposes to correct, in footnote 11, the 
erroneous reference to the origin code for proprietary orders of the 
Non-Trading Permit Holder Affiliate effected for purposes of hedging 
the proprietary over-the-counter trading of the Clearing Trading Permit 
Holder or its affiliates (changing such reference from the origin code 
``B'' to the correct origin code for such orders, ``L'') in order to 
avoid any potential confusion by investors reading the Fees Schedule. 
This avoidance of confusion removes impediments to and perfects the 
mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, 
in general, protects investors and the public interest.

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

    CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the 
adoption of the proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale will not impose any 
unnecessary burden on intramarket competition because, while it applies 
only to Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary orders, Clearing 
Trading Permit Holders take on a number of obligations and 
responsibilities (such as membership with the Options Clearing 
Corporation), significant regulatory burdens, and financial obligations 
that other market participants are not required to undertake. Further, 
the VIX Options Sliding Scale is designed to encourage increased 
Clearing Trading Permit Holder proprietary VIX options volume, which 
provides increased VIX options volume and greater trading opportunities 
for all market participants. Therefore, the Exchange believes that any 
potential effects on intramarket competition that the adoption of the 
proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale may cause are therefore justifiable. 
Moreover, the Exchange already offers other fee-lowering programs (such 
as the Fee Cap and Sliding Scale) which entail lower fees for Clearing 
Trading Permit Holders (and their affiliates, in the manner described 
above) and are limited to Clearing Trading Permit Holders (and their 
affiliates, in the manner described above). The Exchange does not 
believe that the adoption of the proposed VIX Options Sliding Scale 
will cause any unnecessary burden on intermarket competition because 
VIX options is a proprietary product that is traded solely on CBOE.

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

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposed rule change.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \8\ and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 \9\ 
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.
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f).
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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-CBOE-2013-003 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-CBOE-2013-003. 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 
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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-CBOE-2013-003 and should be 
submitted on or before February 15, 2013.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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