Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Make Adjustments to Its Options Regulatory Fee, 48485-48487 [2016-17448]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices (ii) Consistency With Rule 17Ad– 22(d)(7) SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Rule 17Ad–22(d)(7) under the Act 23 requires a clearing agency, such as DTC, to establish, implement, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to evaluate the potential sources of risks that can arise when the clearing agency establishes links either cross-border or domestically to clear or settle trades, and ensure that the risks are managed prudently on an ongoing basis.24 In developing the proposed EB Link, DTC stated that it evaluated the risks that could arise by establishing a link with EB, a foreign central securities depository. DTC stated that it determined that all Deliveries between CP Sub-Accounts and the EB Account will be subject to DTC risk management controls and will be limited to Free Deliveries. Therefore, there should be minimum risk, in particular, no funds settlement risk, associated with EB Link. III. Conclusion On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the Act and in particular with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act 25 and the rules and regulations thereunder. It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that proposed rule change SR–DTC–2016– 004 be, and hereby is, approved.26 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.27 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–17445 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8011–01–P CFR 240.17Ad–22(d)(7). CFR 240.17Ad–22(d)(7). 25 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. 26 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission considered the proposal’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 27 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 24 17 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Make Adjustments to Its Options Regulatory Fee July 19, 2016. 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 July 6, 2016, NASDAQ 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. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to make adjustments to its Options Regulatory Fee (‘‘ORF’’) by amending BX Rules at Chapter XV, Section 5. While the changes proposed herein are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated the amendments become operative on August 1, 2016. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaqbx.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 23 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 [Release No. 34–78361; File No. SR–BX– 2016–043] Jkt 238001 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. PO 00000 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48485 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 increase the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 as of August 1, 2016 to account for a reduction in market volume the Exchange has experienced. The Exchange’s change to the ORF should balance the Exchange’s regulatory revenue against the anticipated revenue [sic]. Background The ORF is assessed to each member for all options transactions executed or cleared by the member that are cleared at The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) in the Customer range (i.e., that clear in the Customer account of the member’s clearing firm at OCC). The Exchange monitors the amount of revenue collected from the ORF to ensure that it, in combination with other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. The ORF is imposed upon all transactions executed by a member, even if such transactions do not take place on the Exchange.3 The ORF also includes options transactions that are not executed by an Exchange member but are ultimately cleared by an Exchange member.4 The ORF is not charged for member proprietary options transactions because members incur the costs of owning memberships and through their memberships are charged transaction fees, dues and other fees that are not applicable to non-members. The dues and fees paid by members go into the general funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs of regulation. The ORF is collected indirectly from members through their clearing firms by OCC on behalf of the Exchange. 3 The ORF applies to all ‘‘C’’ account origin code orders executed by a members on the Exchange. Exchange Rules require each member to record the appropriate account origin code on all orders at the time of entry in order to allow the Exchange to properly prioritize and route orders and assess transaction fees pursuant to the Rules of the Exchange and report resulting transactions to OCC. The Exchange represents that it has surveillances in place to verify that members mark orders with the correct account origin code. 4 In the case where one member both executes a transaction and clears the transaction, the ORF is assessed to the member only once on the execution. In the case where one member executes a transaction and a different member clears the transaction, the ORF is assessed only to the member who executes the transaction and is not assessed to the member who clears the transaction. In the case where a non-member executes a transaction and a member clears the transaction, the ORF is assessed to the member who clears the transaction. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 48486 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices The ORF is designed to recover a portion of the costs to the Exchange of the supervision and regulation of its members, including performing routine surveillances, investigations, examinations, financial monitoring, and policy, rulemaking, interpretive, and enforcement activities. The Exchange believes that revenue generated from the ORF, when combined with all of the Exchange’s other regulatory fees, will cover a material portion, but not all, of the Exchange’s regulatory costs. The Exchange will continue to monitor the amount of revenue collected from the ORF to ensure that it, in combination with its other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. If the Exchange determines regulatory revenues exceed regulatory costs, the Exchange will adjust the ORF by submitting a fee change filing to the Commission. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES ORF Adjustments The Exchange is proposing to increase the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 as of August 1, 2016. In light of recent market volumes, the Exchange proposes to change the amount of ORF that will be collected by the Exchange. The Exchange regularly reviews its ORF to ensure that the ORF, in combination with its other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. The Exchange believes this adjustment will permit the Exchange to cover a material portion of its regulatory costs, while not exceeding regulatory costs. The Exchange notified members of this ORF adjustment thirty (30) calendar days prior to the proposed operative date.5 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 6 in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act 7 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the Exchange operates or controls, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that increasing the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 as of August 1, 2016 is reasonable because the Exchange’s collection of ORF needs to be balanced against the amount of regulatory revenue collected by the Exchange. The Exchange believes that 5 See Options Trader Alert #2016–16. U.S.C. 78f(b). 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5). 6 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 the proposed adjustments noted herein will serve to balance the Exchange’s regulatory revenue against the anticipated regulatory costs. It is further reasonable because this adjustment results in a price increase. While these adjustments result in an increase, the increase is modest and within the range of ORFs assessed by other options exchanges. The Exchange proposes to amend the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 as of August 1, 2016 is [sic] equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because this adjustment would be applicable to all members on all of their transactions that clear as Customer at OCC. In addition, the ORF seeks to recover the costs of supervising and regulating members, including performing routine surveillances, investigations, examinations, financial monitoring, and policy, rulemaking, interpretive, and enforcement activities. The ORF is not charged for member proprietary options transactions because members incur the costs of owning memberships and through their memberships are charged transaction fees, dues and other fees that are not applicable to non-members. Moreover, the Exchange believes the ORF ensures fairness by assessing higher fees to those members that require more Exchange regulatory services based on the amount of Customer options business they conduct. Regulating Customer trading activity is more labor intensive and requires greater expenditure of human and technical resources than regulating nonCustomer trading activity. Surveillance, regulation and examination of nonCustomer trading activity generally tends to be more automated and less labor intensive. As a result, the costs associated with administering the Customer component of the Exchange’s overall regulatory program are anticipated to be higher than the costs associated with administering the nonCustomer component of its regulatory program. The Exchange proposes assessing higher fees to those members that will require more Exchange regulatory services based on the amount of Customer options business they conduct.8 Additionally, the dues and fees paid by members go into the general funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs 8 The ORF is not charged for orders that clear in categories other than the Customer range at OCC (e.g., BX Options Market Maker orders) because members incur the costs of memberships and through their memberships are charged transaction fees, dues and other fees that go into the general funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs of regulation. PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of regulation. The Exchange believes that the proposed ORF is a small cost for Customer executions. The Exchange has in place a regulatory structure to surveil for, examine and monitor the marketplace for violations of Exchange Rules. The ORF assists the Exchange to fund the cost of this regulation of the marketplace. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange 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. [sic] In terms of inter-market competition, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive, or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more favorable. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. Because competitors are free to modify their own fees in response, and because market participants may readily adjust their order routing practices, the Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes in this market may impose any burden on competition is extremely limited. The Exchange does not believe that increasing its ORF creates an undue burden on intra-market competition because the adjustment will apply to all members on all of their transactions that clear as Customer at OCC. The Exchange is obligated to ensure that the amount of regulatory revenue collected from the ORF, in combination with its other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. Additionally, the dues and fees paid by members go into the general funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs of regulation. The Exchange’s members are subject to ORF on other options markets.9 9 The following options exchanges assess an ORF: Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’), C2 Options Exchange, Inc. (‘‘C2’’), the International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘ISE’’), NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSEArca’’) and NYSE AMEX LLC (‘‘NYSEAmex’’), BATS Exchange, Inc. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices 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 The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.10 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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) 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: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 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–2016–043 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–2016–043. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of 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– 2016–043, and should be submitted on or before August 15, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–17448 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–78354; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2016–102] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Nasdaq Rule 7018 July 19, 2016. 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 July 13, 2016, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq is proposing changes to amend Nasdaq Rule 7018(a) to: (i) Amend the consolidated volume (‘‘BATS’’) and The NASDAQ Options Market LLC (‘‘NOM’’). 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48487 (‘‘Consolidated Volume’’) requirement for a credit tier for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes; (ii) delete a credit tier for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes; and (iii) provide a new credit for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes. The text of the proposed rule change is available at nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at Nasdaq’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend certain credits for the use of the order execution and routing services of the Nasdaq Market Center by members for all securities priced at $1 or more that it trades. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to amend Nasdaq Rule 7018(a)(1), (2), and (3) to: (i) Amend the Consolidated Volume requirement for a credit tier for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes; 3 (ii) delete a credit tier for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes; and (iii) provide a new credit for providing liquidity in securities of all three Tapes. First Change The purpose of the first change is to increase the Consolidated Volume requirement for accessing liquidity in an existing credit tier. Currently, the credit tier requires a member to access more than 0.65% of Consolidated Volume through one or more of its Nasdaq Market Center MPIDs, provided that the member also provides a daily average of 3 There are three Tapes, which are based on the listing venue of the security: Tape C securities are Nasdaq-listed; Tape A securities are New York Stock Exchange (‘‘NYSE’’)-listed; and Tape B securities are listed on exchanges other than Nasdaq and NYSE. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 142 (Monday, July 25, 2016)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-78361; File No. SR-BX-2016-043]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Make Adjustments 
to Its Options Regulatory Fee

July 19, 2016.
    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 July 6, 2016, NASDAQ 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 make adjustments to its Options Regulatory 
Fee (``ORF'') by amending BX Rules at Chapter XV, Section 5.
    While the changes proposed herein are effective upon filing, the 
Exchange has designated the amendments become operative on August 1, 
2016.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqbx.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 the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to increase the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 
as of August 1, 2016 to account for a reduction in market volume the 
Exchange has experienced. The Exchange's change to the ORF should 
balance the Exchange's regulatory revenue against the anticipated 
revenue [sic].
Background
    The ORF is assessed to each member for all options transactions 
executed or cleared by the member that are cleared at The Options 
Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') in the Customer range (i.e., that clear 
in the Customer account of the member's clearing firm at OCC). The 
Exchange monitors the amount of revenue collected from the ORF to 
ensure that it, in combination with other regulatory fees and fines, 
does not exceed regulatory costs. The ORF is imposed upon all 
transactions executed by a member, even if such transactions do not 
take place on the Exchange.\3\ The ORF also includes options 
transactions that are not executed by an Exchange member but are 
ultimately cleared by an Exchange member.\4\ The ORF is not charged for 
member proprietary options transactions because members incur the costs 
of owning memberships and through their memberships are charged 
transaction fees, dues and other fees that are not applicable to non-
members. The dues and fees paid by members go into the general funds of 
the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs of 
regulation. The ORF is collected indirectly from members through their 
clearing firms by OCC on behalf of the Exchange.
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    \3\ The ORF applies to all ``C'' account origin code orders 
executed by a members on the Exchange. Exchange Rules require each 
member to record the appropriate account origin code on all orders 
at the time of entry in order to allow the Exchange to properly 
prioritize and route orders and assess transaction fees pursuant to 
the Rules of the Exchange and report resulting transactions to OCC. 
The Exchange represents that it has surveillances in place to verify 
that members mark orders with the correct account origin code.
    \4\ In the case where one member both executes a transaction and 
clears the transaction, the ORF is assessed to the member only once 
on the execution. In the case where one member executes a 
transaction and a different member clears the transaction, the ORF 
is assessed only to the member who executes the transaction and is 
not assessed to the member who clears the transaction. In the case 
where a non-member executes a transaction and a member clears the 
transaction, the ORF is assessed to the member who clears the 
transaction.

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    The ORF is designed to recover a portion of the costs to the 
Exchange of the supervision and regulation of its members, including 
performing routine surveillances, investigations, examinations, 
financial monitoring, and policy, rulemaking, interpretive, and 
enforcement activities. The Exchange believes that revenue generated 
from the ORF, when combined with all of the Exchange's other regulatory 
fees, will cover a material portion, but not all, of the Exchange's 
regulatory costs. The Exchange will continue to monitor the amount of 
revenue collected from the ORF to ensure that it, in combination with 
its other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. 
If the Exchange determines regulatory revenues exceed regulatory costs, 
the Exchange will adjust the ORF by submitting a fee change filing to 
the Commission.
ORF Adjustments
    The Exchange is proposing to increase the ORF from $0.0003 to 
$0.0004 as of August 1, 2016. In light of recent market volumes, the 
Exchange proposes to change the amount of ORF that will be collected by 
the Exchange. The Exchange regularly reviews its ORF to ensure that the 
ORF, in combination with its other regulatory fees and fines, does not 
exceed regulatory costs. The Exchange believes this adjustment will 
permit the Exchange to cover a material portion of its regulatory 
costs, while not exceeding regulatory costs.
    The Exchange notified members of this ORF adjustment thirty (30) 
calendar days prior to the proposed operative date.\5\
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act \6\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 
6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act \7\ in particular, in that it provides 
for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges 
among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or 
system which the Exchange operates or controls, and is not designed to 
permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or 
dealers.
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    The Exchange believes that increasing the ORF from $0.0003 to 
$0.0004 as of August 1, 2016 is reasonable because the Exchange's 
collection of ORF needs to be balanced against the amount of regulatory 
revenue collected by the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed adjustments noted herein will serve to balance the Exchange's 
regulatory revenue against the anticipated regulatory costs. It is 
further reasonable because this adjustment results in a price increase. 
While these adjustments result in an increase, the increase is modest 
and within the range of ORFs assessed by other options exchanges.
    The Exchange proposes to amend the ORF from $0.0003 to $0.0004 as 
of August 1, 2016 is [sic] equitable and not unfairly discriminatory 
because this adjustment would be applicable to all members on all of 
their transactions that clear as Customer at OCC. In addition, the ORF 
seeks to recover the costs of supervising and regulating members, 
including performing routine surveillances, investigations, 
examinations, financial monitoring, and policy, rulemaking, 
interpretive, and enforcement activities.
    The ORF is not charged for member proprietary options transactions 
because members incur the costs of owning memberships and through their 
memberships are charged transaction fees, dues and other fees that are 
not applicable to non-members. Moreover, the Exchange believes the ORF 
ensures fairness by assessing higher fees to those members that require 
more Exchange regulatory services based on the amount of Customer 
options business they conduct.
    Regulating Customer trading activity is more labor intensive and 
requires greater expenditure of human and technical resources than 
regulating non-Customer trading activity. Surveillance, regulation and 
examination of non-Customer trading activity generally tends to be more 
automated and less labor intensive. As a result, the costs associated 
with administering the Customer component of the Exchange's overall 
regulatory program are anticipated to be higher than the costs 
associated with administering the non-Customer component of its 
regulatory program. The Exchange proposes assessing higher fees to 
those members that will require more Exchange regulatory services based 
on the amount of Customer options business they conduct.\8\ 
Additionally, the dues and fees paid by members go into the general 
funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs 
of regulation. The Exchange believes that the proposed ORF is a small 
cost for Customer executions. The Exchange has in place a regulatory 
structure to surveil for, examine and monitor the marketplace for 
violations of Exchange Rules. The ORF assists the Exchange to fund the 
cost of this regulation of the marketplace.
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    \8\ The ORF is not charged for orders that clear in categories 
other than the Customer range at OCC (e.g., BX Options Market Maker 
orders) because members incur the costs of memberships and through 
their memberships are charged transaction fees, dues and other fees 
that go into the general funds of the Exchange, a portion of which 
is used to help pay the costs of regulation.
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange 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. 
[sic] In terms of inter-market competition, the Exchange notes that it 
operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants 
can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a 
particular venue to be excessive, or rebate opportunities available at 
other venues to be more favorable. In such an environment, the Exchange 
must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other 
exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted 
from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. 
Because competitors are free to modify their own fees in response, and 
because market participants may readily adjust their order routing 
practices, the Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes 
in this market may impose any burden on competition is extremely 
limited.
    The Exchange does not believe that increasing its ORF creates an 
undue burden on intra-market competition because the adjustment will 
apply to all members on all of their transactions that clear as 
Customer at OCC. The Exchange is obligated to ensure that the amount of 
regulatory revenue collected from the ORF, in combination with its 
other regulatory fees and fines, does not exceed regulatory costs. 
Additionally, the dues and fees paid by members go into the general 
funds of the Exchange, a portion of which is used to help pay the costs 
of regulation. The Exchange's members are subject to ORF on other 
options markets.\9\
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    \9\ The following options exchanges assess an ORF: Chicago Board 
Options Exchange, Incorporated (``CBOE''), C2 Options Exchange, Inc. 
(``C2''), the International Securities Exchange, LLC (``ISE''), NYSE 
Arca, Inc. (``NYSEArca'') and NYSE AMEX LLC (``NYSEAmex''), BATS 
Exchange, Inc. (``BATS'') and The NASDAQ Options Market LLC 
(``NOM'').

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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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.\10\
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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: (i) 
Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the 
protection of investors; or (iii) 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-2016-043 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-2016-043. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of 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-2016-043, and should be 
submitted on or before August 15, 2016.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-17448 Filed 7-22-16; 8:45 am]
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