Self-Regulatory Organizations: Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend the MIAX Fee Schedule, 60966-60969 [2013-24014]

Download as PDF 60966 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Notices a clearly erroneous trade has occurred will be based on clear and objective criteria, and that the resolution of the incident will occur promptly through a transparent process. The proposed rule change would also help assure consistent results in handling erroneous trades across the U.S. markets, thus furthering fair and orderly markets, the protection of investors and the public interest. Although the Limit Up-Limit Down Plan will become fully operational during the same time period as the proposed extended pilot, the Exchange believes that maintaining the pilot will help to protect against unanticipated consequences. To that end, the extension will allow the Exchange to determine whether Rule 11.13 is necessary once the Plan is fully operational and, if so, whether improvements can be made. Finally, the elimination of references to individual stock trading pauses will help to avoid confusion amongst market participants, which is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest and therefore consistent with the Act. As described above, individual stock trading pauses have been replaced by the Limit Up-Limit Down Plan with respect to all Subject [sic] Securities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change implicates any competitive issues. To the contrary, the Exchange believes that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’) and other national securities exchanges are also filing similar proposals, and thus, that the proposal will help to ensure consistency across market centers. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change does not (i) significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:48 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 of the Act 11 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.12 The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, as it will allow the pilot program to continue uninterrupted, thereby avoiding investor confusion that could result from a temporary interruption in the pilot program. For this reason, the Commission designates the proposed rule change to be operative upon filing.13 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 (https://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File No. SR– EDGA–2013–28 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 No. SR–EDGA–2013–28. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). As required under Rule 19b7–4(f)(6)(iii), the Exchange provided the Commission with written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and the text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 13 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 12 17 PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Web site (https://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 No. SR–EDGA– 2013–28 and should be submitted on or before October 23, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–24003 Filed 10–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–70523; File No. SR–MIAX– 2013–47] Self-Regulatory Organizations: Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Amend the MIAX Fee Schedule September 26, 2013. Pursuant to the provisions of 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 September 19, 2013, Miami International Securities Exchange LLC (‘‘MIAX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Notices The Exchange is filing a proposal to amend its Fee Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at https://www.miaxoptions.com/filter/ wotitle/rule_filing, at MIAX’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. transmitted by that Member which is executed on the Exchange in all multiply-listed option classes (excluding mini-options and executions related to contracts that are routed to one or more exchanges in connection with the Options Order Protection and Locked/Crossed Market Plan referenced in Rule 1400), provided the Member meets certain volume thresholds in a month as described below. The volume thresholds are calculated based on the customer average daily volume over the course of the month. Volume will be recorded for and credits will be delivered to the Member Firm that submits the order to the Exchange. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Percentage Thresholds of National Customer Volume in Multiply-Listed Options Classes Listed on MIAX (Monthly) Per Contract Credit 0.00%–0.25% ............................... Above 0.25%–0.50% .................... Above 0.50%–1.00% .................... Above 1.00%–2.00% .................... Above 2.00% ................................ $0.00 $0.10 $0.11 $0.12 $0.14 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 Substance of 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 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Exchange proposes to extend its current Priority Customer Rebate Program (the ‘‘Program’’) until October 31, 2013.3 The Program currently applies to the period beginning July 1, 2013 and ending September 30, 2013.4 The Program is based on the substantially similar fees of another competing options exchange.5 Under the Program, the Exchange shall credit each Member the per contract amount set forth in the table below resulting from each Priority Customer 6 order 3 The Exchange notes that at the end of the period, the Program will expire unless the Exchange files another 19b–4 Rule Filing to amend its fees. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 69947 (July 9, 2013), 78 FR 42138 (July 15, 2013) (SR– MIAX–2013–31). 5 See Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’) Fees Schedule, p. 4. See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 66054 (December 23, 2011), 76 FR 82332 (December 30, 2011) (SR–CBOE–2011–120); 68887 (February 8, 2013), 78 FR 10647 (February 14, 2013) (SR–CBOE– 2013–017). 6 The term ‘‘Priority Customer’’ means a person or entity that (i) is not a broker or dealer in securities, and (ii) does not place more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:48 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 The Exchange will aggregate the contracts resulting from Priority Customer orders transmitted and executed electronically on the Exchange from affiliated Members for purposes of the thresholds above, provided there is at least 75% common ownership between the firms as reflected on each firm’s Form BD, Schedule A. In the event of a MIAX System outage or other interruption of electronic trading on MIAX, the Exchange will adjust the national customer volume in multiplylisted options for the duration of the outage. A Member may request to receive its credit under the Priority Customer Rebate Program as a separate direct payment. In addition, the rebate payments will be calculated from the first executed contract at the applicable threshold per contract credit with the rebate payments made at the highest achieved volume tier for each contract traded in that month. For example, if Member Firm XYZ, Inc. (‘‘XYZ’’) has enough Priority Customer contracts to achieve 2.5% of the national customer volume in multiply-listed option contracts during the month of October, XYZ will receive a credit of $0.14 for each Priority Customer contract executed in the month of October. The purpose of the Program is to encourage Members to direct greater Priority Customer trade volume to the Exchange. Increased Priority Customer volume will provide for greater a calendar month for its own beneficial accounts(s). See MIAX Rule 100. PO 00000 Frm 00152 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60967 liquidity, which benefits all market participants. The practice of incentivizing increased retail customer order flow in order to attract professional liquidity providers (Market-Makers) is, and has been, commonly practiced in the options markets. As such, marketing fee programs,7 and customer posting incentive programs,8 are based on attracting public customer order flow. The Program similarly intends to attract Priority Customer order flow, which will increase liquidity, thereby providing greater trading opportunities and tighter spreads for other market participants and causing a corresponding increase in order flow from such other market participants. The specific volume thresholds of the Program’s tiers were set based upon business determinations and an analysis of current volume levels. The volume thresholds are intended to incentivize firms that route some Priority Customer orders to the Exchange to increase the number of orders that are sent to the Exchange to achieve the next threshold and to incent new participants to send Priority Customer orders as well. Increasing the number of orders sent to the Exchange will in turn provide tighter and more liquid markets, and therefore attract more business overall. Similarly, the different credit rates at the different tier levels were based on an analysis of revenue and volume levels and are intended to provide increasing ‘‘rewards’’ for increasing the volume of trades sent to the Exchange. The specific amounts of the tiers and rates were set in order to encourage suppliers of Priority Customer order flow to reach for higher tiers. The Exchange proposes limiting the Program to multiply-listed options classes on MIAX because MIAX does not compete with other exchanges for order flow in the proprietary, singlylisted products.9 In addition, the Exchange does not trade any singlylisted products at this time, but may develop such products in the future. If at such time the Exchange develops proprietary products, the Exchange anticipates having to devote a lot of resources to develop them, and therefore would need to retain funds 7 See MIAX Fee Schedule, Section 1(b). NYSE Arca, Inc. Fees Schedule, page 3 (section titled ‘‘Customer Monthly Posting Credit Tiers and Qualifications for Executions in Penny Pilot Issues’’). 9 If a multiply-listed options class is not listed on MIAX, then the trading volume in that options class will be omitted from the calculation of national customer volume in multiply-listed options classes. 8 See E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 60968 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Notices collected in order to recoup those expenditures. The Exchange proposes excluding mini-options and executions related to contracts that are routed to one or more exchanges in connection with the Options Order Protection and Locked/ Crossed Market Plan referenced in Exchange Rule 1400 from the Program. The Exchange notes these exclusions are nearly identical to the ones made by CBOE.10 Mini-options contracts are excluded from the Program because the cost to the Exchange to process quotes, orders and trades in mini-options is the same as for standard options. This, coupled with the lower per-contract transaction fees charged to other market participants, makes it impractical to offer Members a credit for Priority Customer mini-option volume that they transact. Providing rebates to Priority Customer executions that occur on other trading venues would be inconsistent with the proposal. Therefore, routed away volume is excluded from the Program in order to promote the underlying goal of the proposal, which is to increase liquidity and execution volume on the Exchange. The credits paid out as part of the program will be drawn from the general revenues of the Exchange.11 The Exchange calculates volume thresholds on a monthly basis. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its fee schedule is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 12 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act 13 in particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable fees and other charges among Exchange members. The Exchange believes that the proposed Priority Customer Rebate Program is fair, equitable and not unreasonably discriminatory. The Program is reasonably designed because it will incent providers of Priority Customer order flow to send that Priority Customer order flow to the Exchange in order to receive a credit in a manner that enables the Exchange to improve its overall competitiveness and strengthen its market quality for all 10 See CBOE Fee Schedule, page 4. CBOE also excludes QCC trades from their rebate program. CBOE excluded QCC trades because a bulk of those trades on CBOE are facilitation orders which are charged at the $0.00 fee rate on their exchange. 11 Despite providing credits under the Program, the Exchange represents that it will continue to have adequate resources to fund its regulatory program and fulfill its responsibilities as a selfregulatory organization while the Program will be in effect. 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:48 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 market participants. The proposed rebate program is fair and equitable and not unreasonably discriminatory because it will apply equally to all Priority Customer orders. All similarly situated Priority Customer orders are subject to the same rebate schedule, and access to the Exchange is offered on terms that are not unfairly discriminatory. In addition, the Program is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because, while only Priority Customer order flow qualifies for the Program, an increase in Priority Customer order flow will bring greater volume and liquidity, which benefit all market participants by providing more trading opportunities and tighter spreads. Similarly, offering increasing credits for executing higher percentages of total national customer volume (increased credit rates at increased volume tiers) is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because such increased rates and tiers encourage Members to direct increased amounts of Priority Customer contracts to the Exchange. The resulting increased volume and liquidity will benefit those Members who receive the lower tier levels, or do not qualify for the Program at all, by providing more trading opportunities and tighter spreads. Limiting the Program to multiplylisted options classes listed on MIAX is reasonable because those parties trading heavily in multiply-listed classes will now begin to receive a credit for such trading, and is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the Exchange does not trade any singlylisted products at this time. If at such time the Exchange develops proprietary products, the Exchange anticipates having to devote a lot of resources to develop them, and therefore would need to retain funds collected in order to recoup those expenditures. 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 not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the proposed change would increase both intermarket and intramarket competition by incenting Members to direct their Priority Customer orders to the Exchange, which will enhance the quality of quoting and increase the volume of contracts traded here. To the extent that there is additional competitive burden on non-Priority Customers, the Exchange believes that this is appropriate because the rebate program should incent Members to PO 00000 Frm 00153 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 direct additional order flow to the Exchange and thus provide additional liquidity that enhances the quality of its markets and increases the volume of contracts traded here. To the extent that this purpose is achieved, all the Exchange’s market participants should benefit from the improved market liquidity. Enhanced market quality and increased transaction volume that results from the anticipated increase in order flow directed to the Exchange will benefit all market participants and improve competition on the Exchange. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and to attract order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change reflects this competitive environment because it reduces the Exchange’s fees in a manner that encourages market participants to direct their customer order flow, to provide liquidity, and to attract additional transaction volume to the Exchange. Given the robust competition for volume among options markets, many of which offer the same products, implementing a volume based customer rebate program to attract order flow like the one being proposed in this filing is consistent with the above-mentioned goals of the Act. This is especially true for the smaller options markets, such as MIAX, which is competing for volume with much larger exchanges that dominate the options trading industry. As a new exchange, MIAX has a nominal percentage of the average daily trading volume in options, so it is unlikely that the customer rebate program could cause any competitive harm to the options market or to market participants. Rather, the customer rebate program is a modest attempt by a small options market to attract order volume away from larger competitors by adopting an innovative pricing strategy. The Exchange notes that if the rebate program resulted in a modest percentage increase in the average daily trading volume in options executing on MIAX, while such percentage would represent a large volume increase for MIAX, it would represent a minimal reduction in volume of its larger competitors in the industry. The Exchange believes that the proposal will help further competition, because market participants will have yet another additional option in determining where to execute orders and post liquidity if they factor the E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Notices benefits of a customer rebate program into the determination. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.14 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (https://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– MIAX–2013–47 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–MIAX–2013–47. 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 (https://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 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:48 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 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 at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–MIAX– 2013–47 and should be submitted on or before October 23, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.15 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–24014 Filed 10–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–70519; File No. SR–NYSE– 2013–65] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Extending the Pilot Program for Certain Clearly Erroneous Executions Under Rule 128 and Removing References to Individual Security Trading Pauses Contained in Rule 128(c)(4) September 26, 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 September 24, 2013, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 60969 solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to extend the pilot program for certain clearly erroneous executions under Rule 128 and remove references to individual security trading pauses contained in Rule 128(c)(4). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to extend the pilot program for certain clearly erroneous executions under Rule 128 and remove references to individual security trading pauses contained in Rule 128(c)(4). Portions of Rule 128, explained in further detail below, are currently operating as a pilot program set to expire on September 30, 2013.4 The Exchange proposes to extend the pilot program to April 8, 2014. On September 10, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) approved, on a pilot basis, changes to Rule 128 to provide for uniform treatment: (1) Of clearly erroneous execution reviews in multistock events involving twenty or more securities; and (2) in the event transactions occur that result in the issuance of an individual security trading pause by the primary listing market and subsequent transactions that occur before the trading pause is in 15 17 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68804 (February 1, 2013), 78 FR 8677 (February 6, 2013) (SR–NYSE–2013–11). E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-70523; File No. SR-MIAX-2013-47]


Self-Regulatory Organizations: Miami International Securities 
Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change to Amend the MIAX Fee Schedule

September 26, 2013.
    Pursuant to the provisions of 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 September 19, 2013, Miami International 
Securities Exchange LLC (``MIAX'' or ``Exchange'') filed with the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') a proposed rule 
change as described in Items I, II, and III below,

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which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is filing a proposal to amend its Fee Schedule.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at https://www.miaxoptions.com/filter/wotitle/rule_filing, at 
MIAX's principal office, 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 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 extend its current Priority Customer 
Rebate Program (the ``Program'') until October 31, 2013.\3\ The Program 
currently applies to the period beginning July 1, 2013 and ending 
September 30, 2013.\4\ The Program is based on the substantially 
similar fees of another competing options exchange.\5\ Under the 
Program, the Exchange shall credit each Member the per contract amount 
set forth in the table below resulting from each Priority Customer \6\ 
order transmitted by that Member which is executed on the Exchange in 
all multiply-listed option classes (excluding mini-options and 
executions related to contracts that are routed to one or more 
exchanges in connection with the Options Order Protection and Locked/
Crossed Market Plan referenced in Rule 1400), provided the Member meets 
certain volume thresholds in a month as described below. The volume 
thresholds are calculated based on the customer average daily volume 
over the course of the month. Volume will be recorded for and credits 
will be delivered to the Member Firm that submits the order to the 
Exchange.
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    \3\ The Exchange notes that at the end of the period, the 
Program will expire unless the Exchange files another 19b-4 Rule 
Filing to amend its fees.
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 69947 (July 9, 
2013), 78 FR 42138 (July 15, 2013) (SR-MIAX-2013-31).
    \5\ See Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (``CBOE'') 
Fees Schedule, p. 4. See also Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 
66054 (December 23, 2011), 76 FR 82332 (December 30, 2011) (SR-CBOE-
2011-120); 68887 (February 8, 2013), 78 FR 10647 (February 14, 2013) 
(SR-CBOE-2013-017).
    \6\ The term ``Priority Customer'' means a person or entity that 
(i) is not a broker or dealer in securities, and (ii) does not place 
more than 390 orders in listed options per day on average during a 
calendar month for its own beneficial accounts(s). See MIAX Rule 
100.

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Percentage Thresholds of National Customer Volume in Multiply-  Contract
       Listed Options Classes Listed on MIAX  (Monthly)          Credit
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0.00%-0.25%..................................................      $0.00
Above 0.25%-0.50%............................................      $0.10
Above 0.50%-1.00%............................................      $0.11
Above 1.00%-2.00%............................................      $0.12
Above 2.00%..................................................      $0.14
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    The Exchange will aggregate the contracts resulting from Priority 
Customer orders transmitted and executed electronically on the Exchange 
from affiliated Members for purposes of the thresholds above, provided 
there is at least 75% common ownership between the firms as reflected 
on each firm's Form BD, Schedule A. In the event of a MIAX System 
outage or other interruption of electronic trading on MIAX, the 
Exchange will adjust the national customer volume in multiply-listed 
options for the duration of the outage. A Member may request to receive 
its credit under the Priority Customer Rebate Program as a separate 
direct payment.
    In addition, the rebate payments will be calculated from the first 
executed contract at the applicable threshold per contract credit with 
the rebate payments made at the highest achieved volume tier for each 
contract traded in that month. For example, if Member Firm XYZ, Inc. 
(``XYZ'') has enough Priority Customer contracts to achieve 2.5% of the 
national customer volume in multiply-listed option contracts during the 
month of October, XYZ will receive a credit of $0.14 for each Priority 
Customer contract executed in the month of October.
    The purpose of the Program is to encourage Members to direct 
greater Priority Customer trade volume to the Exchange. Increased 
Priority Customer volume will provide for greater liquidity, which 
benefits all market participants. The practice of incentivizing 
increased retail customer order flow in order to attract professional 
liquidity providers (Market-Makers) is, and has been, commonly 
practiced in the options markets. As such, marketing fee programs,\7\ 
and customer posting incentive programs,\8\ are based on attracting 
public customer order flow. The Program similarly intends to attract 
Priority Customer order flow, which will increase liquidity, thereby 
providing greater trading opportunities and tighter spreads for other 
market participants and causing a corresponding increase in order flow 
from such other market participants.
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    \7\ See MIAX Fee Schedule, Section 1(b).
    \8\ See NYSE Arca, Inc. Fees Schedule, page 3 (section titled 
``Customer Monthly Posting Credit Tiers and Qualifications for 
Executions in Penny Pilot Issues'').
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    The specific volume thresholds of the Program's tiers were set 
based upon business determinations and an analysis of current volume 
levels. The volume thresholds are intended to incentivize firms that 
route some Priority Customer orders to the Exchange to increase the 
number of orders that are sent to the Exchange to achieve the next 
threshold and to incent new participants to send Priority Customer 
orders as well. Increasing the number of orders sent to the Exchange 
will in turn provide tighter and more liquid markets, and therefore 
attract more business overall. Similarly, the different credit rates at 
the different tier levels were based on an analysis of revenue and 
volume levels and are intended to provide increasing ``rewards'' for 
increasing the volume of trades sent to the Exchange. The specific 
amounts of the tiers and rates were set in order to encourage suppliers 
of Priority Customer order flow to reach for higher tiers.
    The Exchange proposes limiting the Program to multiply-listed 
options classes on MIAX because MIAX does not compete with other 
exchanges for order flow in the proprietary, singly-listed products.\9\ 
In addition, the Exchange does not trade any singly-listed products at 
this time, but may develop such products in the future. If at such time 
the Exchange develops proprietary products, the Exchange anticipates 
having to devote a lot of resources to develop them, and therefore 
would need to retain funds

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    \9\ If a multiply-listed options class is not listed on MIAX, 
then the trading volume in that options class will be omitted from 
the calculation of national customer volume in multiply-listed 
options classes.
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    The Exchange proposes excluding mini-options and executions related 
to contracts that are routed to one or more exchanges in connection 
with the Options Order Protection and Locked/Crossed Market Plan 
referenced in Exchange Rule 1400 from the Program. The Exchange notes 
these exclusions are nearly identical to the ones made by CBOE.\10\ 
Mini-options contracts are excluded from the Program because the cost 
to the Exchange to process quotes, orders and trades in mini-options is 
the same as for standard options. This, coupled with the lower per-
contract transaction fees charged to other market participants, makes 
it impractical to offer Members a credit for Priority Customer mini-
option volume that they transact. Providing rebates to Priority 
Customer executions that occur on other trading venues would be 
inconsistent with the proposal. Therefore, routed away volume is 
excluded from the Program in order to promote the underlying goal of 
the proposal, which is to increase liquidity and execution volume on 
the Exchange.
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    \10\ See CBOE Fee Schedule, page 4. CBOE also excludes QCC 
trades from their rebate program. CBOE excluded QCC trades because a 
bulk of those trades on CBOE are facilitation orders which are 
charged at the $0.00 fee rate on their exchange.
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    The credits paid out as part of the program will be drawn from the 
general revenues of the Exchange.\11\ The Exchange calculates volume 
thresholds on a monthly basis.
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    \11\ Despite providing credits under the Program, the Exchange 
represents that it will continue to have adequate resources to fund 
its regulatory program and fulfill its responsibilities as a self-
regulatory organization while the Program will be in effect.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its fee schedule 
is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act \12\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act \13\ in 
particular, in that it is an equitable allocation of reasonable fees 
and other charges among Exchange members.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed Priority Customer Rebate 
Program is fair, equitable and not unreasonably discriminatory. The 
Program is reasonably designed because it will incent providers of 
Priority Customer order flow to send that Priority Customer order flow 
to the Exchange in order to receive a credit in a manner that enables 
the Exchange to improve its overall competitiveness and strengthen its 
market quality for all market participants. The proposed rebate program 
is fair and equitable and not unreasonably discriminatory because it 
will apply equally to all Priority Customer orders. All similarly 
situated Priority Customer orders are subject to the same rebate 
schedule, and access to the Exchange is offered on terms that are not 
unfairly discriminatory. In addition, the Program is equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory because, while only Priority Customer order 
flow qualifies for the Program, an increase in Priority Customer order 
flow will bring greater volume and liquidity, which benefit all market 
participants by providing more trading opportunities and tighter 
spreads. Similarly, offering increasing credits for executing higher 
percentages of total national customer volume (increased credit rates 
at increased volume tiers) is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory 
because such increased rates and tiers encourage Members to direct 
increased amounts of Priority Customer contracts to the Exchange. The 
resulting increased volume and liquidity will benefit those Members who 
receive the lower tier levels, or do not qualify for the Program at 
all, by providing more trading opportunities and tighter spreads.
    Limiting the Program to multiply-listed options classes listed on 
MIAX is reasonable because those parties trading heavily in multiply-
listed classes will now begin to receive a credit for such trading, and 
is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the Exchange does 
not trade any singly-listed products at this time. If at such time the 
Exchange develops proprietary products, the Exchange anticipates having 
to devote a lot of resources to develop them, and therefore would need 
to retain funds collected in order to recoup those expenditures.

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 not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed change would increase both intermarket and intramarket 
competition by incenting Members to direct their Priority Customer 
orders to the Exchange, which will enhance the quality of quoting and 
increase the volume of contracts traded here. To the extent that there 
is additional competitive burden on non-Priority Customers, the 
Exchange believes that this is appropriate because the rebate program 
should incent Members to direct additional order flow to the Exchange 
and thus provide additional liquidity that enhances the quality of its 
markets and increases the volume of contracts traded here. To the 
extent that this purpose is achieved, all the Exchange's market 
participants should benefit from the improved market liquidity. 
Enhanced market quality and increased transaction volume that results 
from the anticipated increase in order flow directed to the Exchange 
will benefit all market participants and improve competition on the 
Exchange. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive 
market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues 
if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. In such 
an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees to remain 
competitive with other exchanges and to attract order flow to the 
Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change reflects 
this competitive environment because it reduces the Exchange's fees in 
a manner that encourages market participants to direct their customer 
order flow, to provide liquidity, and to attract additional transaction 
volume to the Exchange. Given the robust competition for volume among 
options markets, many of which offer the same products, implementing a 
volume based customer rebate program to attract order flow like the one 
being proposed in this filing is consistent with the above-mentioned 
goals of the Act. This is especially true for the smaller options 
markets, such as MIAX, which is competing for volume with much larger 
exchanges that dominate the options trading industry. As a new 
exchange, MIAX has a nominal percentage of the average daily trading 
volume in options, so it is unlikely that the customer rebate program 
could cause any competitive harm to the options market or to market 
participants. Rather, the customer rebate program is a modest attempt 
by a small options market to attract order volume away from larger 
competitors by adopting an innovative pricing strategy. The Exchange 
notes that if the rebate program resulted in a modest percentage 
increase in the average daily trading volume in options executing on 
MIAX, while such percentage would represent a large volume increase for 
MIAX, it would represent a minimal reduction in volume of its larger 
competitors in the industry. The Exchange believes that the proposal 
will help further competition, because market participants will have 
yet another additional option in determining where to execute orders 
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benefits of a customer rebate program into the determination.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.\14\ 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. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the 
proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
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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 (https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-MIAX-2013-47 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-MIAX-2013-47. 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 (https://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 at 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090 on official business days between the hours 
of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2013-47 and should be 
submitted on or before October 23, 2013.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\15\
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    \15\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-24014 Filed 10-1-13; 8:45 am]
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