Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rules 2.17(c) and 2.23(i) To Harmonize the Requirement of When OTP Holders and OTP Firms Must File a Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration With the Rules of Other Exchanges and FINRA, 49286-49288 [2016-17667]

Download as PDF 49286 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 144 / Wednesday, July 27, 2016 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–78384; File No. SR– Nasdaq–2016–002] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 Thereto, To List and Trade Shares of the First Trust Municipal High Income ETF of First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund III July 21, 2016. On January 6, 2016, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’ or ‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to list and trade shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the First Trust Municipal High Income ETF (‘‘Fund’’) under Nasdaq Rule 5735. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on January 27, 2016.3 On February 16, 2016, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1.4 On March 8, 2016, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,5 the Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.6 On April 26, 2016, the Commission instituted proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 7 to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1 thereto.8 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76944 (Jan. 21, 2016), 81 FR 4712 (‘‘Notice’’). 4 Amendment No. 1 is available on the Commission’s Web site at: http://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-nasdaq-2016-002/nasdaq20160021.pdf. 5 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34– 77320, 81 FR 13429 (Mar. 14, 2016). The Commission designated April 26, 2016 as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change. 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77871, 81 FR 26265 (May 2, 2016) (‘‘Order Instituting Proceedings’’). Specifically, the Commission instituted proceedings to allow for additional analysis of the proposed rule change’s consistency with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires, among other things, that the rules of a national securities exchange be ‘‘designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 2 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Jul 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 In the Order Instituting Proceedings, the Commission solicited comments to specified matters related to the proposal.9 On June 24, 2016, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2, which replaced the originally filed proposed rule change in its entirety.10 The Commission has not received any comments on the proposed rule change. Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 11 provides that, after initiating disapproval proceedings, the Commission shall issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change not later than 180 days after the date of publication of notice of the filing of the proposed rule change. The Commission may, however, extend the period for issuing an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change by not more than 60 days if the Commission determines that a longer period is appropriate and publishes the reasons for such determination. The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on January 27, 2016.12 The 180th day after publication of the notice of the filing of the proposed rule change in the Federal Register is July 25, 2016. The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 thereto. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,13 designates September 23, 2016, as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment Nos. 1 and 2 thereto (File No. SR–Nasdaq–2016–002). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–17670 Filed 7–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P promote just and equitable principles of trade,’’ and ‘‘to protect investors and the public interest.’’ See id., 81 FR at 26268. 9 See id. 10 Amendment No. 2 is available on the Commission’s Web site at: https://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-nasdaq-2016-002/nasdaq20160022.pdf. 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 12 See supra note 3. 13 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(57). PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–78381; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2016–103] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rules 2.17(c) and 2.23(i) To Harmonize the Requirement of When OTP Holders and OTP Firms Must File a Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration With the Rules of Other Exchanges and FINRA July 21, 2016. 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 July 14, 2016, 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 amend Rules 2.17(c) and 2.23(i) to harmonize the requirement of when OTP Holders and OTP Firms must file an [sic] Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration (‘‘Form U–5’’) with the rules of other exchanges and FINRA. 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. 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 144 / Wednesday, July 27, 2016 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 Rules 2.17 and 2.23 to harmonize the requirement of when OTP Holders and OTP Firms must file a Form U–5 with the requirements on [sic] other exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’). This filing is not intended to address any other registration requirements in Exchange rules. Specifically, under current Rule 2.17(c), an OTP Holder that terminates an OTP is required to file a Form U–5 or any amendment thereto within ten (10) business days of the termination or the occurrence requiring the amendment. Under current Rule 2.23(i), OTP Holders and OTP Firms are required to file a Form U–5 and any amendment thereto within ten (10) business days of the termination date of an employee that has been approved for admission to the trading floor or participation on any trading system. While each of these rules govern the same topic, they do not use the same rule language. The Exchange proposes to amend these two rules by replacing the current requirements of when to electronically file a Form U–5 with the same requirement in each rule that an OTP Holder or OTP Firm (as applicable) promptly file a Form U–5 electronically with the Central Registration Depository (‘‘CRD’’), but not later than 30 calendar days after the date of termination of an OTP or employee (as applicable). The proposed rule would further require that any amendment to a Form U–5 must also be promptly filed electronically with CRD, but not later than 30 calendar days after learning of the facts or circumstances giving rise to the amendment. Finally, the proposed rule would provide that all Forms U–5 must also be provided to the terminated person concurrently with filing. The proposed rule text is based on the requirements of other exchanges and FINRA and therefore would harmonize the requirement of when OTP Holders or OTP Firms must file a Form U–5 with the rules of other exchanges and FINRA.4 The Exchange believes that the 4 See New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’) Rule 345(a).17(a) and (b) (requiring that a Form U– 5 shall be reported promptly, but in any event not later than 30 days following termination, that any amendment to the Form U–5 shall be filed not later than 30 days after learning of the facts or circumstances giving rise to the amendment, and that any termination notice must be provided VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Jul 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 proposed rule changes will promote the protection of investors by adding that a Form U–5 be filed promptly, rather than the current requirement that a Form U– 5 be filed within 10 days. The Exchange believes that this proposed requirement may lead to Form U–5s being filed sooner than the current 10-day requirement. Consistent with the rules of other exchanges and FINRA, the rule would further provide that a Form U– 5 should be filed not later than 30 days after the date of termination. While this date is longer than the current 10 day requirement, the Exchange believes that this timing, combined with the requirement to file promptly, may still lead to firms submitting Form U–5s on a more prompt basis. In addition, the proposed rule would harmonize the standard, thus reducing the burden on competition for OTP Holders and OTP Firms that are members of multiple exchanges and FINRA to meet similar requirements. Such conformance to the prevalent standard would both harmonize the time period for filing the requisite Form U–5 across multiple selfregulatory organizations and establish a known consistent standard to further ensure adherence. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed changes are consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,5 in general, and furthers [sic] the objectives of Section 6(b)(5),6 in particular, in that they are designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. Additionally, the Exchange believes the concurrently to the person whose association has been terminated); BATS BZX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BZX’’) Rule 2.5 Interpretations and Policies .04(a) and (b) (requiring that a Form U–5 be reported immediately following the date of termination, but in no event later than 30 days following termination, that any amendment to the Form U– 5 shall be filed no later than 30 days after learning of the facts or circumstances giving rise to the amendment, and that any termination notice or amendment should be provided concurrently to the person whose association has been terminated); FINRA By-Laws Article 5 Sec. 3(a) and (b) (requiring that notice of termination be filed not later than 30 days after termination, that an amendment to a Form U–5 be filed not later than 30 days after learning of the facts or circumstances giving rise to the amendment, and that notice be provided concurrently to the person whose association has been terminated within the time periods prescribed). 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49287 proposed rule changes are consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 7 requirement that the rules of an exchange not be designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. Specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes would remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market by conforming the time period within which OTP Holders and OTP Firms must file a Form U–5 to the requirement that such forms be filed promptly, but not later than 30 days after the termination event. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes would protect investors and the public interest by adding that Form U–5s should be filed promptly, rather than requiring only that they be filed within 10 days. In addition, the Exchange believes that adding the requirement that a Form U–5 be filed not later than 30 days after the event would eliminate the disparity among the exchanges, other SROs and the affected persons stemming from the cessation of their employment. In this regard, the proposed changes would foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities as they would both harmonize the time period for filing the requisite Form U–5 across multiple selfregulatory organizations and establish a known consistent standard to further ensure adherence. Such action would not affect nor diminish the abilities of the Exchange, OTP Holders or OTP Firms to fulfill their regulatory responsibilities under the Act or the rules promulgated thereunder, including but not limited to the responsibilities to monitor the activities of such persons, nor would such proposed amendment affect the rights of such terminated persons. The Exchange believes this additional transparency and clarity removes a potential impediment to, and would contribute to perfecting, the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, would protect investors and the public interest by harmonizing the time period for filing the requisite Form U–5 across multiple SROs, and by imposing the requirement that such form be filed promptly.8 7 Id. 8 This filing is intended to address only the filing requirements of Forms U–5; it is not intended to address or affect any other mandatory filing requirements or procedures. E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 49288 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 144 / Wednesday, July 27, 2016 / Notices B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that these proposed rule changes would impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed changes are not designed to address any competitive issue but rather to harmonize Exchange time-filing requirements to a standard prevalent among other exchanges and FINRA, thereby reducing any potential confusion and making the Exchange’s rules easier to understand and navigate. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes would serve to promote regulatory clarity and consistency, thereby reducing burdens on the marketplace and facilitating investor protection. 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 Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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–2016–103 on the subject line. Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2016–103. 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– NYSEArca–2016–103 and should be submitted on or before August 17, 2016. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–17667 Filed 7–26–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–78380; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2016–090] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Related to Affiliated Entities July 21, 2016. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Jul 26, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice is hereby given that on July 11, 2016, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq’’ 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 amend the NASDAQ Options Market LLC’s (‘‘NOM’’) pricing at Chapter XV to permit certain affiliated market participants to aggregate eligible volume for pricing in Chapter XV, Sections 2(1) and 2(6), for which a volume threshold or volume percentage is required to obtain the pricing. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to permit certain affiliated market participants to aggregate volume in Chapter XV, Sections 2(1) and 2(6), for which a volume threshold or volume percentage is required to qualify for various pricing incentives. The Exchange’s proposal is intended to incentivize Participants to submit for execution a greater amount of order flow on NOM to obtain more advantageous pricing. Affiliated Entity The Exchange proposes to add three definitions to Chapter XV of NOM E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 144 (Wednesday, July 27, 2016)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-78381; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2016-103]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rules 2.17(c) and 2.23(i) To Harmonize 
the Requirement of When OTP Holders and OTP Firms Must File a Uniform 
Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration With the Rules 
of Other Exchanges and FINRA

July 21, 2016.
    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 July 14, 2016, 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.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Rules 2.17(c) and 2.23(i) to 
harmonize the requirement of when OTP Holders and OTP Firms must file 
an [sic] Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry 
Registration (``Form U-5'') with the rules of other exchanges and 
FINRA. 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.

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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 Rules 2.17 and 2.23 to harmonize the 
requirement of when OTP Holders and OTP Firms must file a Form U-5 with 
the requirements on [sic] other exchanges and the Financial Industry 
Regulatory Authority (``FINRA''). This filing is not intended to 
address any other registration requirements in Exchange rules.
    Specifically, under current Rule 2.17(c), an OTP Holder that 
terminates an OTP is required to file a Form U-5 or any amendment 
thereto within ten (10) business days of the termination or the 
occurrence requiring the amendment. Under current Rule 2.23(i), OTP 
Holders and OTP Firms are required to file a Form U-5 and any amendment 
thereto within ten (10) business days of the termination date of an 
employee that has been approved for admission to the trading floor or 
participation on any trading system. While each of these rules govern 
the same topic, they do not use the same rule language.
    The Exchange proposes to amend these two rules by replacing the 
current requirements of when to electronically file a Form U-5 with the 
same requirement in each rule that an OTP Holder or OTP Firm (as 
applicable) promptly file a Form U-5 electronically with the Central 
Registration Depository (``CRD''), but not later than 30 calendar days 
after the date of termination of an OTP or employee (as applicable). 
The proposed rule would further require that any amendment to a Form U-
5 must also be promptly filed electronically with CRD, but not later 
than 30 calendar days after learning of the facts or circumstances 
giving rise to the amendment. Finally, the proposed rule would provide 
that all Forms U-5 must also be provided to the terminated person 
concurrently with filing.
    The proposed rule text is based on the requirements of other 
exchanges and FINRA and therefore would harmonize the requirement of 
when OTP Holders or OTP Firms must file a Form U-5 with the rules of 
other exchanges and FINRA.\4\ The Exchange believes that the proposed 
rule changes will promote the protection of investors by adding that a 
Form U-5 be filed promptly, rather than the current requirement that a 
Form U-5 be filed within 10 days. The Exchange believes that this 
proposed requirement may lead to Form U-5s being filed sooner than the 
current 10-day requirement. Consistent with the rules of other 
exchanges and FINRA, the rule would further provide that a Form U-5 
should be filed not later than 30 days after the date of termination. 
While this date is longer than the current 10 day requirement, the 
Exchange believes that this timing, combined with the requirement to 
file promptly, may still lead to firms submitting Form U-5s on a more 
prompt basis. In addition, the proposed rule would harmonize the 
standard, thus reducing the burden on competition for OTP Holders and 
OTP Firms that are members of multiple exchanges and FINRA to meet 
similar requirements. Such conformance to the prevalent standard would 
both harmonize the time period for filing the requisite Form U-5 across 
multiple self-regulatory organizations and establish a known consistent 
standard to further ensure adherence.
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    \4\ See New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'') Rule 345(a).17(a) 
and (b) (requiring that a Form U-5 shall be reported promptly, but 
in any event not later than 30 days following termination, that any 
amendment to the Form U-5 shall be filed not later than 30 days 
after learning of the facts or circumstances giving rise to the 
amendment, and that any termination notice must be provided 
concurrently to the person whose association has been terminated); 
BATS BZX Exchange, Inc. (``BZX'') Rule 2.5 Interpretations and 
Policies .04(a) and (b) (requiring that a Form U-5 be reported 
immediately following the date of termination, but in no event later 
than 30 days following termination, that any amendment to the Form 
U-5 shall be filed no later than 30 days after learning of the facts 
or circumstances giving rise to the amendment, and that any 
termination notice or amendment should be provided concurrently to 
the person whose association has been terminated); FINRA By-Laws 
Article 5 Sec. 3(a) and (b) (requiring that notice of termination be 
filed not later than 30 days after termination, that an amendment to 
a Form U-5 be filed not later than 30 days after learning of the 
facts or circumstances giving rise to the amendment, and that notice 
be provided concurrently to the person whose association has been 
terminated within the time periods prescribed).
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed changes are consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act,\5\ in general, and furthers [sic] the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5),\6\ in particular, in that they are 
designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to 
protect investors and the public interest. Additionally, the Exchange 
believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the Section 
6(b)(5) \7\ requirement that the rules of an exchange not be designed 
to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or 
dealers.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \7\ Id.
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    Specifically, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes 
would remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and 
open market by conforming the time period within which OTP Holders and 
OTP Firms must file a Form U-5 to the requirement that such forms be 
filed promptly, but not later than 30 days after the termination event. 
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes would protect 
investors and the public interest by adding that Form U-5s should be 
filed promptly, rather than requiring only that they be filed within 10 
days. In addition, the Exchange believes that adding the requirement 
that a Form U-5 be filed not later than 30 days after the event would 
eliminate the disparity among the exchanges, other SROs and the 
affected persons stemming from the cessation of their employment. In 
this regard, the proposed changes would foster cooperation and 
coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, 
processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions 
in securities as they would both harmonize the time period for filing 
the requisite Form U-5 across multiple self-regulatory organizations 
and establish a known consistent standard to further ensure adherence. 
Such action would not affect nor diminish the abilities of the 
Exchange, OTP Holders or OTP Firms to fulfill their regulatory 
responsibilities under the Act or the rules promulgated thereunder, 
including but not limited to the responsibilities to monitor the 
activities of such persons, nor would such proposed amendment affect 
the rights of such terminated persons.
    The Exchange believes this additional transparency and clarity 
removes a potential impediment to, and would contribute to perfecting, 
the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, 
and, in general, would protect investors and the public interest by 
harmonizing the time period for filing the requisite Form U-5 across 
multiple SROs, and by imposing the requirement that such form be filed 
promptly.\8\
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    \8\ This filing is intended to address only the filing 
requirements of Forms U-5; it is not intended to address or affect 
any other mandatory filing requirements or procedures.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that these proposed rule changes 
would impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed changes are not 
designed to address any competitive issue but rather to harmonize 
Exchange time-filing requirements to a standard prevalent among other 
exchanges and FINRA, thereby reducing any potential confusion and 
making the Exchange's rules easier to understand and navigate. The 
Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes would serve to promote 
regulatory clarity and consistency, thereby reducing burdens on the 
marketplace and facilitating investor protection.

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

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

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSEArca-2016-103 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-2016-103. 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-NYSEArca-2016-103 and should 
be submitted on or before August 17, 2016.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-17667 Filed 7-26-16; 8:45 am]
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