Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend The Options Clearing Corporation's Schedule of Fees To Allow a Clearing Fee Waiver for Exchange New Products, 54628-54629 [2015-22740]

Download as PDF 54628 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices Register on July 21, 2015.3 To date, the Commission has not received comments on the proposal. Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 4 provides that within 45 days of the publication of notice of the filing of a proposed rule change, or within such longer period up to 90 days as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission shall either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The 45th day from the publication of notice of filing of this proposed rule change is September 4, 2015. The Commission is extending the 45day time period for Commission action on the proposed rule change. ICC’s proposed rule change would provide the basis for ICC to include the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the list of specific Eligible Standard Western European Sovereign (‘‘SWES’’) Reference Entities to be cleared by ICC. Because the proposed rule change is dependent on the approval and implementation of the proposed rule change in SR–ICC–2015–009, which is currently under Commission review, the Commission finds it appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,5 designates October 19, 2015, as the date by which the Commission should either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change (File No. SR–ICC–2015–013). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22748 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 3 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–75456 (July 15, 2015), 80 FR 43146 (July 21, 2015) (SR– ICC–2015–013). 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 5 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 6 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(31). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75825; File No. SR–OCC– 2015–014] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend The Options Clearing Corporation’s Schedule of Fees To Allow a Clearing Fee Waiver for Exchange New Products September 3, 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 31, 2015, The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by OCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The purpose of this proposed rule change is to amend OCC’s Schedule of Fees, effective September 1, 2015, to allow a clearing fee waiver for exchange new products that is longer than the current clearing fee waiver for exchange new products. II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements. (A) Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of this proposed rule change is to amend OCC’s Schedule of Fees to allow for a longer clearing fee waiver period, for up to twelve (12) months, for clearing members trading exchange new products. OCC’s Schedule of Fees sets forth the clearing 1 15 2 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 fee related to ‘‘New Products’’ listed by an exchange and cleared through OCC. New products are currently subject to a fee waiver, or ‘‘fee holiday,’’ in which OCC does not charge a clearing fee from the first day of the listing of the new product through the end of the following calendar month. After that time, the clearing fee reverts to the applicable clearing fee set forth in the Schedule of Fees.3 OCC is proposing to revise its Schedule of Fees to allow the exchange new product fee waiver period to be longer in duration than the current exchange new product fee waiver period in the event that OCC and an exchange would agree to a longer fee waiver. The length of any proposed extended exchange new product fee waiver would be subject to agreement between OCC and the requesting exchange and shall not exceed 12 months. Each exchange clearing new products through OCC would be able to extend the clearing fee waiver for its new products beyond the period in the current Schedule of Fees for up to 12 months, subject to OCC’s agreement. Further, consistent with the terms of the Restated Participant Exchange Agreement for options exchanges and OCC’s Clearing and Settlement Services Agreements with futures exchanges, OCC may not discriminate among exchanges with respect to the nature or quality of the services it provides to the exchanges for which it provides clearance and settlement services. Accordingly, the service terms provided to one exchange, such as an extended clearing fee waiver for new products, would also need to be made available to all other exchanges. In addition, the current clearing fee waiver period for exchange new products would not be shortened by this proposed rule change. OCC believes that the proposed flexibility in the waiver period for exchange new products will enhance innovation for the introduced new products. 2. Statutory Basis OCC believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(D) 4 of the Act, because the proposed change would equitably allocate reasonable clearing fees among all of its clearing members pursuant to the proposed Schedule of Fees. As described above, the proposed extended clearing fee waiver would apply equally 3 For example, the current Schedule of Fees provides that trades with contracts of 1–500 are charged $0.05 per trade, trades with contracts of 501–1000 are charged $0.04 per trade and trades with contracts of 1001–2000 are charged $0.03 per trade. 4 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(D). E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices to all clearing members trading applicable exchange new products and there is no concurrent increase in clearing fees for any other clearing members clearing any other products at OCC. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the existing rules of the OCC including any other rules proposed to be amended. (B) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Burden on Competition OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a burden on competition.5 Although this proposed rule change affects clearing members, their customers and the markets that OCC serves, OCC believes that the proposed rule change would not disadvantage or favor any particular user of OCC’s services in relationship to another user because clearing fees apply equally to all users of OCC as set forth in OCC’s Schedule of Fees. Additionally, and as described above, OCC cannot discriminate among exchanges with respect to the nature or quality of the services it provides to the exchanges for which it provides clearance and settlement services. For the foregoing reasons, OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a burden on competition. (C) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change and none have been received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 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. 5 15 Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commissions Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– OCC–2015–014 on the subject line. 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated Authority.6 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22740 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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–OCC–2015–014. 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 Section, 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 OCC and on OCC’s Web site at http://www.theocc.com/components/ docs/legal/rules_and_bylaws/sr_occ_15_ 014.pdf. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OCC–2015–014 and should be submitted on or before October 1, 2015. Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters also may be present. The General Counsel of the Commission, or her designee, has certified that, in her opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), 9(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), 9(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Stein, as duty officer, voted to consider the items listed for the Closed Meeting in closed session. The duty officer determined no earlier notice of this Meeting was practicable. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting will be: Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings; and Other matters relating to enforcement proceedings. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: September 4, 2015. Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22911 Filed 9–8–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011–1–P U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(I). VerDate Sep<11>2014 6 17 Jkt 235001 54629 PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 10SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-75825; File No. SR-OCC-2015-014]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; 
Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend The Options 
Clearing Corporation's Schedule of Fees To Allow a Clearing Fee Waiver 
for Exchange New Products

September 3, 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 31, 2015, The Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which 
Items have been prepared by OCC. 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. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the 
Proposed Rule Change

    The purpose of this proposed rule change is to amend OCC's Schedule 
of Fees, effective September 1, 2015, to allow a clearing fee waiver 
for exchange new products that is longer than the current clearing fee 
waiver for exchange new products.

II. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.

(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The purpose of this proposed rule change is to amend OCC's Schedule 
of Fees to allow for a longer clearing fee waiver period, for up to 
twelve (12) months, for clearing members trading exchange new products. 
OCC's Schedule of Fees sets forth the clearing fee related to ``New 
Products'' listed by an exchange and cleared through OCC. New products 
are currently subject to a fee waiver, or ``fee holiday,'' in which OCC 
does not charge a clearing fee from the first day of the listing of the 
new product through the end of the following calendar month. After that 
time, the clearing fee reverts to the applicable clearing fee set forth 
in the Schedule of Fees.\3\
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    \3\ For example, the current Schedule of Fees provides that 
trades with contracts of 1-500 are charged $0.05 per trade, trades 
with contracts of 501-1000 are charged $0.04 per trade and trades 
with contracts of 1001-2000 are charged $0.03 per trade.
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    OCC is proposing to revise its Schedule of Fees to allow the 
exchange new product fee waiver period to be longer in duration than 
the current exchange new product fee waiver period in the event that 
OCC and an exchange would agree to a longer fee waiver. The length of 
any proposed extended exchange new product fee waiver would be subject 
to agreement between OCC and the requesting exchange and shall not 
exceed 12 months. Each exchange clearing new products through OCC would 
be able to extend the clearing fee waiver for its new products beyond 
the period in the current Schedule of Fees for up to 12 months, subject 
to OCC's agreement. Further, consistent with the terms of the Restated 
Participant Exchange Agreement for options exchanges and OCC's Clearing 
and Settlement Services Agreements with futures exchanges, OCC may not 
discriminate among exchanges with respect to the nature or quality of 
the services it provides to the exchanges for which it provides 
clearance and settlement services. Accordingly, the service terms 
provided to one exchange, such as an extended clearing fee waiver for 
new products, would also need to be made available to all other 
exchanges.
    In addition, the current clearing fee waiver period for exchange 
new products would not be shortened by this proposed rule change. OCC 
believes that the proposed flexibility in the waiver period for 
exchange new products will enhance innovation for the introduced new 
products.
2. Statutory Basis
    OCC believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 
17A(b)(3)(D) \4\ of the Act, because the proposed change would 
equitably allocate reasonable clearing fees among all of its clearing 
members pursuant to the proposed Schedule of Fees. As described above, 
the proposed extended clearing fee waiver would apply equally

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to all clearing members trading applicable exchange new products and 
there is no concurrent increase in clearing fees for any other clearing 
members clearing any other products at OCC. The proposed rule change is 
not inconsistent with the existing rules of the OCC including any other 
rules proposed to be amended.
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(D).
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(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition

    OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a 
burden on competition.\5\ Although this proposed rule change affects 
clearing members, their customers and the markets that OCC serves, OCC 
believes that the proposed rule change would not disadvantage or favor 
any particular user of OCC's services in relationship to another user 
because clearing fees apply equally to all users of OCC as set forth in 
OCC's Schedule of Fees. Additionally, and as described above, OCC 
cannot discriminate among exchanges with respect to the nature or 
quality of the services it provides to the exchanges for which it 
provides clearance and settlement services. For the foregoing reasons, 
OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose a 
burden on competition.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(I).
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(C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change 
Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not 
intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change and 
none have been 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) of the Act and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 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 Commissions Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-OCC-2015-014 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-OCC-2015-014. 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 Section, 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 OCC and 
on OCC's Web site at http://www.theocc.com/components/docs/legal/rules_and_bylaws/sr_occ_15_014.pdf.
    All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission 
does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You 
should submit only information that you wish to make available 
publicly.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OCC-2015-014 and 
should be submitted on or before October 1, 2015.

    For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated Authority.\6\
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    \6\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
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