Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 To Extend the Effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program for Additional One-Year Pilot Period, Ending September 4, 2016, 54646-54648 [2015-22845]

Download as PDF 54646 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices 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.33 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: 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–2015–054 on the subject line. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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–2015–054. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 33 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 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–2015–054 and should be submitted on or before October 1, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.34 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22744 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–75846; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2015–78] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 To Extend the Effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program for Additional One-Year Pilot Period, Ending September 4, 2016 September 4, 2015. 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 3, 2015, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. 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 The Exchange proposes to Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 (Trading of Certain Equity Derivatives) to extend the effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program for additional one-year pilot 34 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 period, ending September 4, 2016. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 (Trading of Certain Equity Derivatives) to extend the effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program 4 for an additional one-year pilot period, ending September 4, 2016.5 4 The Commission approved the ETP Incentive Program on a pilot basis in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 69706 (June 6, 2013), 78 FR 35340 (June 12, 2013) (SR–NYSEArca–2013–34) (‘‘ETP Incentive Program Release’’). The Exchange subsequently filed to extend the original pilot program for the ETP Incentive Program until September 4, 2015. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72963 (September 3, 2014), 79 FR 53492 (September 9, 2014) (SR–NYSEArca–2014–99) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of proposed rule change extending effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program until September 4, 2015). In addition, the Exchange recently filed a proposed rule change to amend Rules 7.25(c) and 8.800(b) to provide that exchange-traded products (‘‘ETPs’’) already listed on the Exchange can be admitted to the ETP Incentive Program on a monthly basis rather than at the beginning of each quarter. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 75282 (June 24, 2015), 80 FR 37340 (June 30, 2015) (SR–NYSEArca–2015–52) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of proposed rule change amending NYSE Arca Equities Rules 7.25 and 8.800 to allow an issuer to elect for its ETP to participate in the Crowd Participant Program or the ETP Incentive Program monthly rather than quarterly and to extend the effectiveness of the Crowd Participant Program until June 23, 2016). In SR–NYSEArca–2015–52, the Exchange stated that the Exchange anticipates that expanding the opportunity for issuers to enter the ETP Incentive Program will facilitate the provision of extra liquidity to lower-volume ETPs by incentivizing more Market Makers to take Lead Market Maker (‘‘LMM’’) assignments in certain lower-volume ETPs. 5 The ETP Incentive Program is scheduled to end on September 4, 2015. For purposes of the ETP Incentive Program, ETPs include securities listed on E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The ETP Incentive Program is a pilot program designed to incentivize quoting and trading in ETPs and to add competition among existing qualified Market Makers.6 In addition, the ETP Incentive Program is designed to enhance the market quality for ETPs by incentivizing Market Makers to take LMM 7 assignments in certain lowervolume ETPs by offering an alternative fee structure for such LMMs that would be funded from the Exchange’s general revenues. The ETP Incentive Program is designed to improve the quality of market for lower-volume ETPs, thereby incentivizing issuers to list them on the Exchange. Moreover, as described in the ETP Incentive Program Release, the Exchange believes that the ETP Incentive Program, which is entirely voluntary, encourages competition among markets for issuers’ listings and among Market Makers for LMM assignments. The Exchange proposes to extend the current operation of the ETP Incentive Program for an additional year to allow the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs, and issuers to further assess the impact of such program before proposing to make it available to other securities and implementing the programs on a permanent basis.8 Issuers began the Exchange under the following rules: NYSE Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(3) (Investment Company Units), 5.2(j)(5) (Equity Gold Shares), 8.100 (Portfolio Depositary Receipts), 8.200 (Trust Issued Receipts), 8.201 (Commodity-Based Trust Shares), 8.202 (Currency Trust Shares), 8.203 (Commodity Index Trust Shares), 8.204 (Commodity Futures Trust Shares), 8.300 (Partnership Units), 8.600 (Managed Fund Shares), and 8.700 (Managed Trust Securities). 6 A Market Maker is an Equity Trading Permit Holder that acts as a Market Maker pursuant to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(v). An Equity Trading Permit Holder is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other organization in good standing that has been issued an Equity Trading Permit. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(n). 7 The LMM program is designed to incentivize firms to take on the LMM designation and foster liquidity provision and stability in the market. In order to accomplish this, the Exchange currently provides LMMs with an opportunity to receive incrementally higher transaction credits and incur incrementally lower transaction fees (‘‘LMM Rates’’) compared to standard liquidity maker-taker rates (‘‘Standard Rates’’). The Exchange generally employs a maker-taker transactional fee structure, whereby an Equity Trading Permit Holder that removes liquidity is charged a fee (‘‘Take Rate’’), and an Equity Trading Permit Holder that provides liquidity receives a credit (‘‘Make Rate’’). See Trading Fee Schedule, available at https:// www.nyse.com/publicdocs/nyse/markets/nyse-arca/ NYSE_Arca_Marketplace_Fees.pdf. 8 The Exchange notes that any proposed further continuance of the ETP Incentive Program, a proposal to make the ETP Incentive Program permanent, or a proposal to make such program available to other securities would require a rule filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b–4 thereunder. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 participating in the ETP Incentive Program following the extension of the first pilot period. The Exchange believes that extending the ETP Incentive Program pilot period for an additional year will provide additional time to assess the impact of the program for these issuers and to provide time for additional issuers to participate in the ETP Incentive Program so that the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs, and issuers may assess the impact of the program before making it available to other securities or implementing it on a permanent basis.9 Prior to the end of the pilot period ending September 4, 2016, the Exchange proposes to post a report relating to the ETP Incentive Program (the ‘‘Assessment Report’’) on its Web site five months before the end of the pilot period or at the time it files to terminate the pilot, whichever comes first. The proposed Assessment Report would list the program objectives that are the focus of the pilot and, for each, provide (a) a statistical analysis that includes evidence that is sufficient to inform a reader about whether the program has met those objectives during the pilot period, along with (b) a narrative explanation of whether and how the evidence indicates the pilot has met the objective, including both strengths and weaknesses of the evidence in this regard. The Assessment Report also would include a discussion of (a) the procedures used in selecting any samples that are used in constructing tables or statistics for inclusion in the Assessment Report, (b) the definitions of any variables and statistics reported in the tables, including test statistics, (c) the statistical significance levels of any test statistics and (d) other statistical or qualitative information that may enhance the usefulness of the Assessment Report as a basis for evaluating the performance of the program. The Assessment Report would present statistics on product performance relative to the performance of comparable or other suitable benchmark products (including test statistics that permit the reader to evaluate the statistical significance of any differences reported or discussed in the report), along with information on the procedures that were used to identify those comparable or benchmark products, the characteristics of each comparable or benchmark products, the characteristics of each product that is 9 The Exchange has provided to the Commission monthly market quality reports relating to the ETP Incentive Program for the period October 2014 through July 2015, which are posted to the Exchange’s Web site at https://www.nyse.com/ products/etp-incentive-program. PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54647 the focus of the pilot, the procedures used in selecting the time horizon of the sample and the sensitivity of reported statistics to changes in the time horizon of the sample. This filing is not otherwise intended to address any other issues and the Exchange is not aware of any problems that Equity Trading Permit Holders or issuers would have in complying with the monthly selection provision [sic] or the proposed extension of the pilot program. 2. Statutory Basis The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,10 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,11 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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. The Exchange believes that the ETP Incentive Program is designed to enhance the market quality for ETPs by incentivizing Market Makers to take LMM assignments in certain lower volume ETPs by offering an alternative fee structure for such LMMs that would be funded from the Exchange’s general revenues. The ETP Incentive Program is designed to improve the quality of market for lower-volume ETPs, thereby incentivizing them to list on the Exchange. Moreover, as described in the ETP Incentive Program Release, the Exchange believes that the ETP Incentive Program, which is entirely voluntary, encourages competition among markets for issuers’ listings and among Market Makers for LMM assignments. The Exchange believes that, by providing additional time for issuers to participate in the ETP Incentive Program, through an extension of the pilot period until September 4, 2016, the ETP Incentive Program would continue to provide an opportunity for rewarding competitive liquidityproviding LMMs, with associated requirements for quoting by LMMs at the National Best Bid or National Best Offer. The ETP Incentive Program, therefore, has the potential to enhance competition among liquidity providers and thereby improve execution quality on the Exchange. An extension of such pilot period will permit additional time for the Commission, the Exchange, 10 15 11 15 E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 10SEN1 54648 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 175 / Thursday, September 10, 2015 / Notices LMMs, and issuers to assess the impact of the ETP Incentive Program before making it available to other securities. The Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the ETP Incentive Program during the extended pilot period. The Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the ETP Incentive Program during the extended pilot period. Prior to the end of the pilot period ending September 4, 2016, the Exchange proposes to post an Assessment Report on its Web site five months before the end of the pilot period or at the time it files to terminate the pilot, whichever comes first. The proposed Assessment Report would list the program objectives that are the focus of the pilot as well as additional information described above. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed extension to the pilot period for the ETP Incentive Program is not designed to address any competitive issues but rather to program [sic] additional time for the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs and issuers to assess the impact of such program. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action 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 prior to 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) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder. A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Sep 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 investors and the public interest. The Exchange requests that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay to allow the ETP Incentive Program to continue without interruption after September 4, 2015. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.12 As stated in the proposal, the Exchange seeks to extend the current operation of the ETP Incentive Program for an additional year and does not propose any substantive changes to the program. The Exchange states that issuers began participating in the ETP Incentive Program following the extension of the first pilot period. The Exchange believes that extending the ETP Incentive Program pilot period for an additional year will provide additional time to assess the impact of the program for these issuers and to provide time for additional issuers to participate in the ETP Incentive Program so that the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs, and issuers may assess the impact of the program. The Commission notes that the Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the ETP Incentive Program during the extended pilot period and will post the Assessment Report on its Web site prior to the end of the pilot period. Because the proposed change does not alter the substantive terms of the ETP Incentive Program and does not raise any novel or unique regulatory issues, the Commission designates the proposed rule change as operative upon filing. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or 12 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). PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– NYSEArca–2015–78 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–NYSEArca–2015–78. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing will also 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– NYSEArca–2015–78 and should be submitted on or before October 1, 2015. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Brent J. Fields, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–22845 Filed 9–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #14434 and #14435] New York Disaster #NY–00162 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 13 17 E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 10SEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-75846; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2015-78]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Amending Section 3 
of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 To Extend the Effectiveness of the ETP 
Incentive Program for Additional One-Year Pilot Period, Ending 
September 4, 2016

September 4, 2015.
    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 3, 2015, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``NYSE Arca'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 
below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. 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\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8 
(Trading of Certain Equity Derivatives) to extend the effectiveness of 
the ETP Incentive Program for additional one-year pilot period, ending 
September 4, 2016. The text of the proposed rule change is available on 
the Exchange's Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the 
Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared 
summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most 
significant parts of such statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Section 3 of NYSE Arca Equities Rule 
8 (Trading of Certain Equity Derivatives) to extend the effectiveness 
of the ETP Incentive Program \4\ for an additional one-year pilot 
period, ending September 4, 2016.\5\
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    \4\ The Commission approved the ETP Incentive Program on a pilot 
basis in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 69706 (June 6, 2013), 
78 FR 35340 (June 12, 2013) (SR-NYSEArca-2013-34) (``ETP Incentive 
Program Release''). The Exchange subsequently filed to extend the 
original pilot program for the ETP Incentive Program until September 
4, 2015. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72963 (September 3, 
2014), 79 FR 53492 (September 9, 2014) (SR-NYSEArca-2014-99) (notice 
of filing and immediate effectiveness of proposed rule change 
extending effectiveness of the ETP Incentive Program until September 
4, 2015). In addition, the Exchange recently filed a proposed rule 
change to amend Rules 7.25(c) and 8.800(b) to provide that exchange-
traded products (``ETPs'') already listed on the Exchange can be 
admitted to the ETP Incentive Program on a monthly basis rather than 
at the beginning of each quarter. See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 75282 (June 24, 2015), 80 FR 37340 (June 30, 2015) (SR-
NYSEArca-2015-52) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness of 
proposed rule change amending NYSE Arca Equities Rules 7.25 and 
8.800 to allow an issuer to elect for its ETP to participate in the 
Crowd Participant Program or the ETP Incentive Program monthly 
rather than quarterly and to extend the effectiveness of the Crowd 
Participant Program until June 23, 2016). In SR-NYSEArca-2015-52, 
the Exchange stated that the Exchange anticipates that expanding the 
opportunity for issuers to enter the ETP Incentive Program will 
facilitate the provision of extra liquidity to lower-volume ETPs by 
incentivizing more Market Makers to take Lead Market Maker (``LMM'') 
assignments in certain lower-volume ETPs.
    \5\ The ETP Incentive Program is scheduled to end on September 
4, 2015. For purposes of the ETP Incentive Program, ETPs include 
securities listed on the Exchange under the following rules: NYSE 
Arca Equities Rules 5.2(j)(3) (Investment Company Units), 5.2(j)(5) 
(Equity Gold Shares), 8.100 (Portfolio Depositary Receipts), 8.200 
(Trust Issued Receipts), 8.201 (Commodity-Based Trust Shares), 8.202 
(Currency Trust Shares), 8.203 (Commodity Index Trust Shares), 8.204 
(Commodity Futures Trust Shares), 8.300 (Partnership Units), 8.600 
(Managed Fund Shares), and 8.700 (Managed Trust Securities).

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    The ETP Incentive Program is a pilot program designed to 
incentivize quoting and trading in ETPs and to add competition among 
existing qualified Market Makers.\6\ In addition, the ETP Incentive 
Program is designed to enhance the market quality for ETPs by 
incentivizing Market Makers to take LMM \7\ assignments in certain 
lower-volume ETPs by offering an alternative fee structure for such 
LMMs that would be funded from the Exchange's general revenues. The ETP 
Incentive Program is designed to improve the quality of market for 
lower-volume ETPs, thereby incentivizing issuers to list them on the 
Exchange. Moreover, as described in the ETP Incentive Program Release, 
the Exchange believes that the ETP Incentive Program, which is entirely 
voluntary, encourages competition among markets for issuers' listings 
and among Market Makers for LMM assignments.
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    \6\ A Market Maker is an Equity Trading Permit Holder that acts 
as a Market Maker pursuant to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 7. See NYSE 
Arca Equities Rule 1.1(v). An Equity Trading Permit Holder is a sole 
proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, 
or other organization in good standing that has been issued an 
Equity Trading Permit. See NYSE Arca Equities Rule 1.1(n).
    \7\ The LMM program is designed to incentivize firms to take on 
the LMM designation and foster liquidity provision and stability in 
the market. In order to accomplish this, the Exchange currently 
provides LMMs with an opportunity to receive incrementally higher 
transaction credits and incur incrementally lower transaction fees 
(``LMM Rates'') compared to standard liquidity maker-taker rates 
(``Standard Rates''). The Exchange generally employs a maker-taker 
transactional fee structure, whereby an Equity Trading Permit Holder 
that removes liquidity is charged a fee (``Take Rate''), and an 
Equity Trading Permit Holder that provides liquidity receives a 
credit (``Make Rate''). See Trading Fee Schedule, available at 
https://www.nyse.com/publicdocs/nyse/markets/nyse-arca/NYSE_Arca_Marketplace_Fees.pdf.
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    The Exchange proposes to extend the current operation of the ETP 
Incentive Program for an additional year to allow the Commission, the 
Exchange, LMMs, and issuers to further assess the impact of such 
program before proposing to make it available to other securities and 
implementing the programs on a permanent basis.\8\ Issuers began 
participating in the ETP Incentive Program following the extension of 
the first pilot period. The Exchange believes that extending the ETP 
Incentive Program pilot period for an additional year will provide 
additional time to assess the impact of the program for these issuers 
and to provide time for additional issuers to participate in the ETP 
Incentive Program so that the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs, and 
issuers may assess the impact of the program before making it available 
to other securities or implementing it on a permanent basis.\9\
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    \8\ The Exchange notes that any proposed further continuance of 
the ETP Incentive Program, a proposal to make the ETP Incentive 
Program permanent, or a proposal to make such program available to 
other securities would require a rule filing with the Commission 
pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Act and Rule 19b-4 thereunder.
    \9\ The Exchange has provided to the Commission monthly market 
quality reports relating to the ETP Incentive Program for the period 
October 2014 through July 2015, which are posted to the Exchange's 
Web site at https://www.nyse.com/products/etp-incentive-program.
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    Prior to the end of the pilot period ending September 4, 2016, the 
Exchange proposes to post a report relating to the ETP Incentive 
Program (the ``Assessment Report'') on its Web site five months before 
the end of the pilot period or at the time it files to terminate the 
pilot, whichever comes first. The proposed Assessment Report would list 
the program objectives that are the focus of the pilot and, for each, 
provide (a) a statistical analysis that includes evidence that is 
sufficient to inform a reader about whether the program has met those 
objectives during the pilot period, along with (b) a narrative 
explanation of whether and how the evidence indicates the pilot has met 
the objective, including both strengths and weaknesses of the evidence 
in this regard. The Assessment Report also would include a discussion 
of (a) the procedures used in selecting any samples that are used in 
constructing tables or statistics for inclusion in the Assessment 
Report, (b) the definitions of any variables and statistics reported in 
the tables, including test statistics, (c) the statistical significance 
levels of any test statistics and (d) other statistical or qualitative 
information that may enhance the usefulness of the Assessment Report as 
a basis for evaluating the performance of the program. The Assessment 
Report would present statistics on product performance relative to the 
performance of comparable or other suitable benchmark products 
(including test statistics that permit the reader to evaluate the 
statistical significance of any differences reported or discussed in 
the report), along with information on the procedures that were used to 
identify those comparable or benchmark products, the characteristics of 
each comparable or benchmark products, the characteristics of each 
product that is the focus of the pilot, the procedures used in 
selecting the time horizon of the sample and the sensitivity of 
reported statistics to changes in the time horizon of the sample.
    This filing is not otherwise intended to address any other issues 
and the Exchange is not aware of any problems that Equity Trading 
Permit Holders or issuers would have in complying with the monthly 
selection provision [sic] or the proposed extension of the pilot 
program.
2. Statutory Basis
    The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the 
Act,\10\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of 
the Act,\11\ in particular, in that it is designed to prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that the ETP Incentive Program is designed to 
enhance the market quality for ETPs by incentivizing Market Makers to 
take LMM assignments in certain lower volume ETPs by offering an 
alternative fee structure for such LMMs that would be funded from the 
Exchange's general revenues. The ETP Incentive Program is designed to 
improve the quality of market for lower-volume ETPs, thereby 
incentivizing them to list on the Exchange. Moreover, as described in 
the ETP Incentive Program Release, the Exchange believes that the ETP 
Incentive Program, which is entirely voluntary, encourages competition 
among markets for issuers' listings and among Market Makers for LMM 
assignments.
    The Exchange believes that, by providing additional time for 
issuers to participate in the ETP Incentive Program, through an 
extension of the pilot period until September 4, 2016, the ETP 
Incentive Program would continue to provide an opportunity for 
rewarding competitive liquidity-providing LMMs, with associated 
requirements for quoting by LMMs at the National Best Bid or National 
Best Offer. The ETP Incentive Program, therefore, has the potential to 
enhance competition among liquidity providers and thereby improve 
execution quality on the Exchange. An extension of such pilot period 
will permit additional time for the Commission, the Exchange,

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LMMs, and issuers to assess the impact of the ETP Incentive Program 
before making it available to other securities. The Exchange will 
continue to monitor the efficacy of the ETP Incentive Program during 
the extended pilot period.
    The Exchange will continue to monitor the efficacy of the ETP 
Incentive Program during the extended pilot period. Prior to the end of 
the pilot period ending September 4, 2016, the Exchange proposes to 
post an Assessment Report on its Web site five months before the end of 
the pilot period or at the time it files to terminate the pilot, 
whichever comes first. The proposed Assessment Report would list the 
program objectives that are the focus of the pilot as well as 
additional information described above.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
    The proposed extension to the pilot period for the ETP Incentive 
Program is not designed to address any competitive issues but rather to 
program [sic] additional time for the Commission, the Exchange, LMMs 
and issuers to assess the impact of such program.

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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    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 prior to 
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) of the Act and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.
    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does 
not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a 
shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange requests that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay to allow the ETP Incentive 
Program to continue without interruption after September 4, 2015. The 
Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public 
interest.\12\ As stated in the proposal, the Exchange seeks to extend 
the current operation of the ETP Incentive Program for an additional 
year and does not propose any substantive changes to the program. The 
Exchange states that issuers began participating in the ETP Incentive 
Program following the extension of the first pilot period. The Exchange 
believes that extending the ETP Incentive Program pilot period for an 
additional year will provide additional time to assess the impact of 
the program for these issuers and to provide time for additional 
issuers to participate in the ETP Incentive Program so that the 
Commission, the Exchange, LMMs, and issuers may assess the impact of 
the program. The Commission notes that the Exchange will continue to 
monitor the efficacy of the ETP Incentive Program during the extended 
pilot period and will post the Assessment Report on its Web site prior 
to the end of the pilot period. Because the proposed change does not 
alter the substantive terms of the ETP Incentive Program and does not 
raise any novel or unique regulatory issues, the Commission designates 
the proposed rule change as operative upon filing.
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    \12\ 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).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEArca-2015-78 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-NYSEArca-2015-78. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090, on official business days between the hours 
of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing will also 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-NYSEArca-2015-78 and should 
be submitted on or before October 1, 2015.
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    \13\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\13\
Brent J. Fields,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2015-22845 Filed 9-9-15; 8:45 am]
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