Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt a Kill Switch, 52068-52070 [2015-21081]

Download as PDF 52068 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Notices Subsection IWL (as applicable for the type of containment) by September 9, 2001. Subsequent, NRC amendments to 10 CFR 50.55a have incorporated by reference later editions of Subsection IWL, with modifications and limitations which continue to address issues addressed by RG 1.35. The guidance provided in RG 1.35 has been incorporated into later revisions of Subsection IWL, or preserved in 10 CFR 50.55a. As a result, RG 1.35 has become redundant and is no longer needed. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of August, 2015. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2015–21156 Filed 8–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75744; File No. SR–BX– 2015–050] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt a Kill Switch August 20, 2015. 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 August 7, 2015, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 6, entitled ‘‘Acceptance of Quotes and Orders,’’ of the BX rules to adopt an optional Kill Switch protection. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:08 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 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 purpose of the filing is to adopt a new risk protection, a Kill Switch, applicable to all BX Participants. The Kill Switch will allow BX Participants to remove quotes and cancel open orders and prevent new order submission. This feature provides firms with a powerful risk management tool for immediate control of their quote and order activity. The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 6, entitled ‘‘Acceptance of Quotes and Orders,’’ to add new section (d) to adopt the Kill Switch. The BX Options Kill Switch will be an optional tool that enables Participants to initiate a message(s) 3 to the System to: (i) Promptly remove quotes; and/or (ii) promptly cancel orders. Participants may submit a request to the System to remove/cancel quotes and/or orders based on certain identifiers on either a user or group level. Participants may elect to remove quotes and cancel orders by Exchange account, port, and/or badge or mnemonic (‘‘Identifier’’) or by a group (one or more Identifier combinations),4 which are provided by such Participant to the Exchange. Participants may not remove quotes/orders by symbol. The System will send an automated message to the Participant when a Kill Switch request has been processed by the Exchange’s System. If the Participant selects quotes to be cancelled utilizing the Kill Switch, the BX Participant must send a message to 3 BX Participants will be able to utilize an interface to send a message to the Exchange to initiate the Kill Switch or they may contact the Exchange directly. 4 The type of group permissible would be within a broker-dealer. For example, this could be including but not limited to all market maker accounts or all order entry ports. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Exchange to request the removal of all quotes requested for the certain specified Identifier(s).5 The BX Participant will be unable to enter any additional quotes for the affected Identifier(s) until re-entry has been enabled pursuant to proposed section (d)(iii).6 If the Participant selects orders to be cancelled utilizing the Kill Switch, the BX Participant must send a message to the Exchange to request the cancellation of all orders requested for the certain specified Identifier(s).7 The BX Participant will be unable to enter additional orders for the affected Identifier(s) until re-entry has been enabled pursuant to section (d)(iii). Proposed section (d)(iii) stipulates that after quotes and/or orders are removed/cancelled by the BX Participant utilizing the Kill Switch, the BX Participant will be unable to enter additional quotes and/or orders for the affected Identifier(s) until the BX Participant has made a request to the Exchange and Exchange staff has set a re-entry indicator to enable re-entry.8 Once enabled for re-entry, the System will send a Re-entry Notification Message to the BX Participant. The applicable Clearing Participant for that BX Participant also will be notified of the re-entry into the System after quotes and/or orders are removed/cancelled as a result of the Kill Switch, provided the Clearing Participant has requested to receive such notification. The Exchange offers many risk mitigation and management tools today including, but not limited to, certain rapid fire risk controls,9 15c3–5 risk controls, Order Price Protections,10 and cancel on disconnect and purge functionality for Specialized Quote Feed (SQF) and FIX. The Kill Switch offers Participants a means to control their exposure, through an interface which is not dependent on the integrity of the Participant’s own systems, should the Participant experience a failure. The Exchange proposes to implement this rule within ninety (90) days of the implementation date. The Exchange will issue an Options Trader Alert in advance to inform market participants of such date. 5 See note 3. will also be cancelled. A sweep is a onesided electronic quote submitted over the Specialized Quote Feed, which is the market making quoting interface. 7 See note 3. 8 The BX Participant must directly and verbally contact the Exchange to request the re-set. 9 See BX Rules at Chapter VII, Section 6(f). 10 See BX Rules at Chapter VI, Section 18. 6 Sweeps E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Notices 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 11 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 12 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest, by enhancing the risk protections available to Exchange members. The proposal promotes policy goals of the Commission which has encouraged execution venues, exchange and nonexchange alike, to enhance risk protection tools and other mechanisms to decrease risk and increase stability. The individual firm benefits of enhanced risk protections flow downstream to counter-parties both at the Exchange and at other options exchanges, thereby increasing systemic protections as well. Additionally, because the Exchange offers this risk tool to all BX Participants, the Exchange believes it will encourage liquidity generally and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and protect investors and the public interest. This optional risk tool as noted above will be offered to all BX Participants. The Exchange further represents that its proposal will operate consistently with the firm quote obligations of a brokerdealer pursuant to Rule 602 of Regulation NMS and that the functionality is not mandatory. Specifically, any interest that is executable against a BX Participant’s quotes and orders that are received 13 by the Exchange prior to the time the Kill Switch is processed by the System will automatically execute at the price up to the BX Participant’s size. The Kill Switch message will be accepted by the System in the order of receipt in the queue and will be processed in that order so that interest that is already accepted into the System will be processed prior to the Kill Switch message. A BX Market Makers’ obligation to provide continuous two-sided quotes on a daily basis is not diminished by the removal of such quotes and/or orders by utilizing the Kill Switch. BX Market Makers will be required to provide continuous two-sided quotes on a daily 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 13 The time of receipt for an order or quote is the time such message is processed by the Exchange book. 12 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:08 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 basis. BX Market Makers that utilize the Kill Switch will not be relieved of the obligation to provide continuous twosided quotes on a daily basis, nor will it prohibit the Exchange from taking disciplinary action against a BX Market Maker for failing to meet the continuous quoting obligation each trading day. With respect to providing information regarding the removal of quotes and/or cancellation of orders as a result of the Kill Switch to the Clearing Participant, each Member that transacts through a Clearing Member on the Exchange executes a Letter of Guarantee wherein the Clearing Member accepts financial responsibility for all Exchange transactions made by the BX Participant on whose behalf the Clearing Member submits the letter of guarantee. The Exchange believes that because Clearing Members guarantee all transactions on behalf of a Participant, and therefore bear the risk associated with those transactions, it is appropriate for Clearing Members to have knowledge of the utilization of the Kill Switch, should the Clearing Member request such notification. 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 proposal does not impose an undue burden on inter-market competition because all BX Participants may avail themselves of the Kill Switch, which functionality will be optional. The proposed rule change is meant to protect BX Participants in the event the BX Participant is suffering from a systems issue or from the occurrence of unusual or unexpected market activity that would require them to withdraw from the market in order to protect investors. The ability to control risk at either the user or group level will permit the BX Participant to protect itself from inadvertent exposure to excessive risk at the each level. Reducing such risk will enable BX Participants to enter quotes and orders without any fear of inadvertent exposure to excessive risk, which in turn will benefit investors through increased liquidity for the execution of their orders. Such increased liquidity benefits investors because they receive better prices and because it lowers volatility in the options market. For these reasons, the Exchange does not believe this proposal imposes an undue burden on inter-market competition, rather, the proposed rule change will have no impact on competition. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52069 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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: 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– BX–2015–050 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX–2015–050. 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 E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 52070 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Notices 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 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–BX– 2015–050 and should be submitted on or before September 17, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–21081 Filed 8–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75748; File No. SR–CFE– 2015–006] Self-Regulatory Organizations; CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC; Notice of Proposed Rule Change Regarding Reportable Position and Ownership and Control Reporting Clarifications August 21, 2015. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to Section 19(b)(7) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 notice is hereby given that on August 14, 2015 CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (‘‘CFE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by CFE. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. CFE also has filed this proposed rule change with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (‘‘CFTC’’). CFE filed a written certification with the CFTC under Section 5c(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act (‘‘CEA’’) 2 on August 14, 2015. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Description of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend CFE rules to clarify the application of CFE requirements relating to reportable 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(7). 2 7 U.S.C. 7a–2(c). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:08 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 positions and ownership and control reports. The scope of this filing is limited solely to the application of the rule amendments to security futures traded on CFE. The only security futures that have been traded on CFE were traded under Chapter 16 of CFE’s Rulebook which is applicable to Individual Stock Based and ExchangeTraded Fund Based Volatility Index security futures. CFE does not currently list any security futures for trading. The text of the proposed rule change is attached as Exhibit 4 to the filing but is not attached to the publication of this notice. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CFE 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. CFE 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 CFE submitted CFE Rule Certification Submission Number CFE–2015–003 (‘‘CFE–2015–003’’) to the CFTC and CFE Rule Filing Number SR–CFE–2015–001 (‘‘SR–CFE–2015–001’’) 3 to the Commission on January 28, 2015 (collectively, the ‘‘Prior Filings’’) to amend CFE Rule 412B (Ownership and Control Reports) to require CFE Trading Privilege Holders (‘‘TPHs’’) and nonTPHs to concurrently file with the Exchange submissions relating to CFE contracts that are required to be filed with the CFTC pursuant to the Final Rule adopted by the CFTC under the caption Ownership and Control Reports (‘‘OCR Rule’’).4 In particular, the Prior Filings amended Rule 412B to require each TPH and non-TPH to file concurrently with the Exchange the new CFTC Forms 102A, 102B, and 71 (including any attachments, related submissions, or related information) relating to CFE contracts that each TPH or non-TPH is required to report to the 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74204 (February 4, 2015), 80 FR 7518 (February 10, 2015). 4 See CFTC RIN 3038–AD31, Ownership and Control Reports, Forms 102/102S, 40/40S, and 71, Final Rule, 78 FR 69178 (November 18, 2013). PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CFTC under the OCR Rule. In addition, CFE–2015–003 amended Rule 412B to require each TPH that is not a Clearing Member to report to the Exchange the same information regarding the identification and reporting of special accounts relating to CFE contracts that the OCR Rule requires each TPH that is a Clearing Member to report to the CFTC. CFE–2015–003 provided that these changes would become effective on or after February 11, 2015, on a date to be announced by the Exchange through the issuance of a circular. The Exchange has not yet made these changes effective and intends to do so consistent with the compliance dates under the OCR Rule as provided for by the CFTC.5 The purpose of the proposed rule change is to make some clarifying changes with respect to the rule amendments included in the Prior Filings. First, CFE proposes to further amend Rule 412B to make clear that TPHs and non-TPHs will continue to be required to concurrently report to the Exchange reportable positions relating to Exchange contracts that they are required to report to the CFTC pursuant to CFTC regulations. This is required under current Rule 412B, and the Exchange believes that it continues to be required by Rule 412B as amended by the Prior Filings. However, in order to eliminate any potential ambiguity in this regard, CFE is further amending Rule 412B as amended by the Prior Filings to make this explicit and is changing the title of Rule 412B to specifically reference reportable positions. Second, CFE proposes to amend CFE Rule 714 (Imposition of Fines for Minor Rule Violations) to make new paragraph (c) of Rule 412B added by the Prior Filings subject to the same summary fine schedule under Rule 714(f)(vii) that already applies with respect to violations of paragraphs (a) and (b) of Rule 412B. Rule 412B(c) is the provision of Rule 412B that requires each TPH that is not a Clearing Member to report to the Exchange the same information regarding the identification and reporting of special accounts relating to CFE contracts that the OCR Rule requires each TPH that is a Clearing Member to report to the CFTC. The summary fine schedule under Rule 714(f)(vii) is a Letter of Caution for a first offense, a $7,500 fine for a second offense, a $15,000 fine for a third 5 See CFTC No-Action Letter No. 15–03 (February 10, 2015) (which provided conditional time-limited no-action relief to extend certain compliance dates under the OCR Rule). E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-75744; File No. SR-BX-2015-050]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt a Kill Switch

August 20, 2015.
    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 August 7, 2015, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX'' or ``Exchange'') 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 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 6, entitled 
``Acceptance of Quotes and Orders,'' of the BX rules to adopt an 
optional Kill Switch protection.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.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 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 purpose of the filing is to adopt a new risk protection, a Kill 
Switch, applicable to all BX Participants. The Kill Switch will allow 
BX Participants to remove quotes and cancel open orders and prevent new 
order submission. This feature provides firms with a powerful risk 
management tool for immediate control of their quote and order 
activity.
    The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter VI, Section 6, entitled 
``Acceptance of Quotes and Orders,'' to add new section (d) to adopt 
the Kill Switch. The BX Options Kill Switch will be an optional tool 
that enables Participants to initiate a message(s) \3\ to the System 
to: (i) Promptly remove quotes; and/or (ii) promptly cancel orders. 
Participants may submit a request to the System to remove/cancel quotes 
and/or orders based on certain identifiers on either a user or group 
level. Participants may elect to remove quotes and cancel orders by 
Exchange account, port, and/or badge or mnemonic (``Identifier'') or by 
a group (one or more Identifier combinations),\4\ which are provided by 
such Participant to the Exchange. Participants may not remove quotes/
orders by symbol. The System will send an automated message to the 
Participant when a Kill Switch request has been processed by the 
Exchange's System.
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    \3\ BX Participants will be able to utilize an interface to send 
a message to the Exchange to initiate the Kill Switch or they may 
contact the Exchange directly.
    \4\ The type of group permissible would be within a broker-
dealer. For example, this could be including but not limited to all 
market maker accounts or all order entry ports.
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    If the Participant selects quotes to be cancelled utilizing the 
Kill Switch, the BX Participant must send a message to the Exchange to 
request the removal of all quotes requested for the certain specified 
Identifier(s).\5\ The BX Participant will be unable to enter any 
additional quotes for the affected Identifier(s) until re-entry has 
been enabled pursuant to proposed section (d)(iii).\6\
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    \5\ See note 3.
    \6\ Sweeps will also be cancelled. A sweep is a one-sided 
electronic quote submitted
    over the Specialized Quote Feed, which is the market making 
quoting interface.
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    If the Participant selects orders to be cancelled utilizing the 
Kill Switch, the BX Participant must send a message to the Exchange to 
request the cancellation of all orders requested for the certain 
specified Identifier(s).\7\ The BX Participant will be unable to enter 
additional orders for the affected Identifier(s) until re-entry has 
been enabled pursuant to section (d)(iii).
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    Proposed section (d)(iii) stipulates that after quotes and/or 
orders are removed/cancelled by the BX Participant utilizing the Kill 
Switch, the BX Participant will be unable to enter additional quotes 
and/or orders for the affected Identifier(s) until the BX Participant 
has made a request to the Exchange and Exchange staff has set a re-
entry indicator to enable re-entry.\8\ Once enabled for re-entry, the 
System will send a Re-entry Notification Message to the BX Participant. 
The applicable Clearing Participant for that BX Participant also will 
be notified of the re-entry into the System after quotes and/or orders 
are removed/cancelled as a result of the Kill Switch, provided the 
Clearing Participant has requested to receive such notification.
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    \8\ The BX Participant must directly and verbally contact the 
Exchange to request the re-set.
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    The Exchange offers many risk mitigation and management tools today 
including, but not limited to, certain rapid fire risk controls,\9\ 
15c3-5 risk controls, Order Price Protections,\10\ and cancel on 
disconnect and purge functionality for Specialized Quote Feed (SQF) and 
FIX. The Kill Switch offers Participants a means to control their 
exposure, through an interface which is not dependent on the integrity 
of the Participant's own systems, should the Participant experience a 
failure.
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    \9\ See BX Rules at Chapter VII, Section 6(f).
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    The Exchange proposes to implement this rule within ninety (90) 
days of the implementation date. The Exchange will issue an Options 
Trader Alert in advance to inform market participants of such date.

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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \11\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 
6(b)(5) of the Act \12\ in particular, in that it is designed to 
promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments 
to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general to protect investors and the public 
interest, by enhancing the risk protections available to Exchange 
members. The proposal promotes policy goals of the Commission which has 
encouraged execution venues, exchange and non-exchange alike, to 
enhance risk protection tools and other mechanisms to decrease risk and 
increase stability.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
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    The individual firm benefits of enhanced risk protections flow 
downstream to counter-parties both at the Exchange and at other options 
exchanges, thereby increasing systemic protections as well. 
Additionally, because the Exchange offers this risk tool to all BX 
Participants, the Exchange believes it will encourage liquidity 
generally and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free 
and open market and a national market system and protect investors and 
the public interest.
    This optional risk tool as noted above will be offered to all BX 
Participants. The Exchange further represents that its proposal will 
operate consistently with the firm quote obligations of a broker-dealer 
pursuant to Rule 602 of Regulation NMS and that the functionality is 
not mandatory. Specifically, any interest that is executable against a 
BX Participant's quotes and orders that are received \13\ by the 
Exchange prior to the time the Kill Switch is processed by the System 
will automatically execute at the price up to the BX Participant's 
size. The Kill Switch message will be accepted by the System in the 
order of receipt in the queue and will be processed in that order so 
that interest that is already accepted into the System will be 
processed prior to the Kill Switch message.
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message is processed by the Exchange book.
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    A BX Market Makers' obligation to provide continuous two-sided 
quotes on a daily basis is not diminished by the removal of such quotes 
and/or orders by utilizing the Kill Switch. BX Market Makers will be 
required to provide continuous two-sided quotes on a daily basis. BX 
Market Makers that utilize the Kill Switch will not be relieved of the 
obligation to provide continuous two-sided quotes on a daily basis, nor 
will it prohibit the Exchange from taking disciplinary action against a 
BX Market Maker for failing to meet the continuous quoting obligation 
each trading day.
    With respect to providing information regarding the removal of 
quotes and/or cancellation of orders as a result of the Kill Switch to 
the Clearing Participant, each Member that transacts through a Clearing 
Member on the Exchange executes a Letter of Guarantee wherein the 
Clearing Member accepts financial responsibility for all Exchange 
transactions made by the BX Participant on whose behalf the Clearing 
Member submits the letter of guarantee. The Exchange believes that 
because Clearing Members guarantee all transactions on behalf of a 
Participant, and therefore bear the risk associated with those 
transactions, it is appropriate for Clearing Members to have knowledge 
of the utilization of the Kill Switch, should the Clearing Member 
request such notification.

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 proposal does not impose an 
undue burden on inter-market competition because all BX Participants 
may avail themselves of the Kill Switch, which functionality will be 
optional. The proposed rule change is meant to protect BX Participants 
in the event the BX Participant is suffering from a systems issue or 
from the occurrence of unusual or unexpected market activity that would 
require them to withdraw from the market in order to protect investors. 
The ability to control risk at either the user or group level will 
permit the BX Participant to protect itself from inadvertent exposure 
to excessive risk at the each level. Reducing such risk will enable BX 
Participants to enter quotes and orders without any fear of inadvertent 
exposure to excessive risk, which in turn will benefit investors 
through increased liquidity for the execution of their orders. Such 
increased liquidity benefits investors because they receive better 
prices and because it lowers volatility in the options market. For 
these reasons, the Exchange does not believe this proposal imposes an 
undue burden on inter-market competition, rather, the proposed rule 
change will have no impact on competition.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) By order approve 
or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings 
to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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:

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-BX-2015-050 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2015-050. 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

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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 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-BX-2015-050 and should be 
submitted on or before September 17, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-21081 Filed 8-26-15; 8:45 am]
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