Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Exchange-Traded Managed Funds, 16075-16082 [2017-06333]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2016–0203. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Mail Stop: T–5 F53, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@ NRC.GOV. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2016– 0203 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publiclyavailable information related to this action by any of the following methods: • Federal rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2016–0203. A copy of the collection of information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by accessing Docket ID NRC–2016–0203 on this Web site. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. 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The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into ADAMS, and the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS. II. Background In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the NRC is requesting public comment on its intention to request the OMB’s approval for the information collection summarized below. 1. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 64, ‘‘Travel Voucher’’ (Part 1); NRC Form 64A, ‘‘Travel Voucher’’ (Part 2); and NRC Form 64B, ‘‘Optional Travel Voucher’’ (Part 2). 2. OMB approval number: 3150–0192. 3. Type of submission: Extension. 4. The form number, if applicable: NRC Form 64, 64A and 64B. 5. How often the collection is required or requested: On occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to respond: Contractors, consultants and invited NRC travelers who travel in the PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16075 course of conducting business for the NRC. 7. The estimated number of annual responses: 100. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 100. 9. The estimated number of hours needed annually to comply with the information collection requirement or request: 100 (1 hour per form). 10. Abstract: Consultants, contractors, and those invited by the NRC to travel (e.g., prospective employees) must file travel vouchers and trip reports in order to be reimbursed for their travel expenses. The information collected includes the name, address, social security number, and the amount to be reimbursed. Travel expenses that are reimbursed are confined to those expenses essential to the transaction of official business for an approved trip. III. Specific Requests for Comments The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of March 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dave Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Information Collection Branch, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–06371 Filed 3–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80315; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2017–029] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Exchange-Traded Managed Funds March 27, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 16076 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on March 17, 2017, 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 and II 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 list and trade under Nasdaq Rule 5745 (Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares (‘‘NextShares’’)) the common shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the exchangetraded managed funds described herein (each, a ‘‘Fund,’’ and collectively, the ‘‘Funds’’).3 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 Exchange proposes to list and trade the Shares of each Fund under Nasdaq Rule 5745, which governs the listing and trading of exchange-traded managed fund shares, as defined in Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(1), on the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Except for the specific Fund information set forth below, this rule filing conforms to the rule filing, as modified by amendments 1 and 2 thereto, relating to the listing and trading on Nasdaq of the shares of 18 series of the Eaton Vance ETMF Trust and the Eaton Vance ETMF Trust II, as approved by the Commission in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 75499 (Jul. 21, 2015) (SR–NASDAQ– 2015–036) and to the rule filing, as modified by amendment 1 thereto, relating to the listing and trading on Nasdaq of the shares of 5 series of the Gabelli NextShares Trust, as approved by the Commission in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79377 (Nov. 22, 2016) (SR–NASDAQ–2016–134). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 2 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 Exchange.4 Each Fund listed below is registered with the Commission as an open-end investment company and has filed a registration statement on Form N–1A (‘‘Registration Statement’’) with the Commission. Each Fund is a series of the Trust listed below and will be advised by an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (‘‘Adviser’’), as described below. Each Fund will be actively managed and will pursue various principal investment strategies, as noted below.5 Gabelli NextSharesTM Trust Gabelli NextSharesTM Trust (the ‘‘Trust’’) is registered with the Commission as an open-end investment company and has filed a Registration Statement with the Commission.6 Each of the following Funds is a series of the Trust.7 Gabelli Funds, LLC will be the Adviser to the Funds. The Adviser is not a registered broker-dealer, although it is affiliated with a broker-dealer. Gabelli Funds, LLC will also act as administrator to the Funds. The Adviser has implemented a fire wall with respect to its affiliated broker-dealer regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to each Fund’s portfolio.8 In the 4 The Commission approved Nasdaq Rule 5745 in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–73562 (Nov. 7, 2014), 79 FR 68309 (Nov. 14, 2014) (SR– NASDAQ–2014–020). 5 Additional information regarding the Funds will be available on one of two free public Web sites (www.gabelli.com or www.nextshares.com, as indicated more fully below), as well as in the Registration Statement for the Funds. 6 See Registration Statement on Form N–1A for the Trust dated March 14, 2017 (File Nos. 333– 211881 and 811–23160). The descriptions of the Funds and the Shares contained herein conform to the Registration Statement. 7 The Commission has issued an order granting the Trust and certain affiliates exemptive relief under the Investment Company Act. See Investment Company Act Release No. 31608 (May 19, 2015) (File No. 812–14438). 8 An investment adviser to an open-end fund is required to be registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Advisers Act’’). As a result, the Adviser and its related personnel are subject to the provisions of Rule 204A–1 under the Advisers Act relating to codes of ethics. This Rule requires investment advisers to adopt a code of ethics that reflects the fiduciary nature of the relationship to clients as well as compliance with other applicable securities laws. Accordingly, procedures designed to prevent the communication and misuse of non-public information by an investment adviser must be consistent with Rule 204A–1 under the Advisers Act. In addition, Rule 206(4)–7 under the Advisers Act makes it unlawful for an investment adviser to provide investment advice to clients unless such investment adviser has (i) adopted and implemented written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation, by the investment adviser and its supervised persons, of the Advisers Act and the Commission rules adopted thereunder; (ii) PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 future event that (a) the Adviser registers as a broker-dealer or becomes newly affiliated with a broker-dealer, or (b) any new adviser or a sub-adviser to a Fund is a registered broker-dealer or becomes affiliated with a broker-dealer, it will implement a fire wall with respect to its relevant personnel and/or such broker-dealer affiliate, if applicable, regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the relevant Fund’s portfolio and will be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material nonpublic information regarding such portfolio. G.distributors, LLC, will be the principal underwriter and distributor of the Funds’ Shares. The Bank of New York Mellon will act as custodian and transfer agent. BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. will act as the sub-administrator to the Funds. Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data, Inc. will be the IIV calculator to the Funds. Each Fund will be actively managed and will pursue the various principal investment strategies described below.9 a. Gabelli Small Cap Growth NextSharesTM (the ‘‘Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund’’) The Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund seeks to provide a high level of capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities of companies that are considered to be small companies at the time the Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund makes its investment. The Adviser currently characterizes small companies for the Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund as those with total common stock market values of $3 billion or less at the time of investment. b. Gabelli RBI NextSharesTM (the ‘‘Gabelli RBI Fund’’) The Gabelli RBI Fund seeks to provide above average capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the Gabelli RBI Fund invests in domestic and foreign services and equipment companies focused on physical asset development, including roads, bridges, and infrastructure implemented, at a minimum, an annual review regarding the adequacy of the policies and procedures established pursuant to subparagraph (i) above and the effectiveness of their implementation; and (iii) designated an individual (who is a supervised person) responsible for administering the policies and procedures adopted under subparagraph (i) above. 9 See footnote 5. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices (‘‘RBI’’). The Adviser selects companies which it believes are currently undervalued and have the potential to benefit from domestic and global reinvestment and development of physical assets, including roads, bridges, and other infrastructure-related industries. Creations and Redemptions of Shares sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Shares will be issued and redeemed on a daily basis for each Fund at the next-determined net asset value (‘‘NAV’’) 10 in specified blocks of Shares called ‘‘Creation Units.’’ A Creation Unit will consist of at least 25,000 Shares. Creation Units may be purchased and redeemed by or through ‘‘Authorized Participants.’’ 11 Purchases and sales of Shares in amounts less than a Creation Unit may be effected only in the secondary market, as described below, and not directly with a Fund. The creation and redemption process for Funds may be effected ‘‘in kind,’’ in cash, or in a combination of securities and cash. Creation ‘‘in kind’’ means that an Authorized Participant—usually a brokerage house or large institutional investor— purchases the Creation Unit with a basket of securities equal in value to the aggregate NAV of the Shares in the Creation Unit. When an Authorized Participant redeems a Creation Unit in kind, it receives a basket of securities equal in value to the aggregate NAV of the Shares in the Creation Unit.12 10 As with other registered open-end investment companies, NAV generally will be calculated daily Monday through Friday as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange, normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘E.T.’’). NAV will be calculated by dividing a Fund’s net asset value by the number of Shares outstanding. Information regarding the valuation of investments in calculating a Fund’s NAV will be contained in the Registration Statement for its Shares. 11 ‘‘Authorized Participants’’ will be either: (1) ‘‘Participating parties,’’ i.e., brokers or other participants in the Continuous Net Settlement System (‘‘CNS System’’) of the National Securities Clearing Corporation (‘‘NSCC’’), a clearing agency registered with the Commission and affiliated with the Depository Trust Company (‘‘DTC’’), or (2) DTC participants, which in either case have executed participant agreements with the Funds’ distributor and transfer agent regarding the creation and redemption of Creation Units. Investors will not have to be Authorized Participants in order to transact in Creation Units, but must place an order through and make appropriate arrangements with an Authorized Participant for such transactions. 12 In compliance with Nasdaq Rule 5745(b)(5), which applies to Shares based on an international or global portfolio, the Trust’s application for exemptive relief under the Investment Company Act states that the Funds will comply with the federal securities laws in accepting securities for deposits and satisfying redemptions with securities, including that the securities accepted for deposits and the securities used to satisfy redemption requests are sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (15 U.S.C. 77a). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 Composition File As defined in Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(3), the Composition File is the specified portfolio of securities and/or cash that a Fund will accept as a deposit in issuing a Creation Unit of Shares, and the specified portfolio of securities and/or cash that a Fund will deliver in a redemption of a Creation Unit of Shares. The Composition File will be disseminated through the NSCC once each business day before the open of trading in Shares on such day and also will be made available to the public each day on a free Web site.13 Because the Funds seek to preserve the confidentiality of their current portfolio trading program, a Fund’s Composition File generally will not be a pro rata reflection of the Fund’s investment positions. Each security included in the Composition File will be a current holding of a Fund, but the Composition File generally will not include all of the securities in the Fund’s portfolio or match the weightings of the included securities in the portfolio. Securities that the Adviser is in the process of acquiring for a Fund generally will not be represented in the Fund’s Composition File until their purchase has been completed. Similarly, securities that are held in a Fund’s portfolio but in the process of being sold may not be removed from its Composition File until the sale program is substantially completed. Funds creating and redeeming Shares in kind will use cash amounts to supplement the in-kind transactions to the extent necessary to ensure that Creation Units are purchased and redeemed at NAV. The Composition File also may consist entirely of cash, in which case it will not include any of the securities in a Fund’s portfolio.14 Transaction Fees All persons purchasing or redeeming Creation Units of a Fund are expected to incur a transaction fee to cover the estimated cost to that Fund of processing the transaction, including the costs of clearance and settlement charged to it by NSCC or DTC, and the estimated trading costs (i.e., brokerage commissions, bid-ask spread, and market impact) to be incurred in 13 The free Web site containing the Composition File will be www.nextshares.com. 14 In determining whether a Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units entirely on a cash basis, the key consideration will be the benefit that would accrue to the Fund and its investors. For instance, in bond transactions, the Adviser may be able to obtain better execution for a Fund than Authorized Participants because of the Adviser’s size, experience and potentially stronger relationships in the fixed-income markets. PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16077 converting the Composition File to or from the desired portfolio holdings. The transaction fee is determined daily and will be limited to amounts determined by the Adviser to be appropriate to defray the expenses that a Fund incurs in connection with the purchase or redemption of Creation Units. The purpose of transaction fees is to protect a Fund’s existing shareholders from the dilutive costs associated with the purchase and redemption of Creation Units. Transaction fees will differ among Funds and may vary over time for a given Fund depending on the estimated trading costs for its portfolio positions and Composition File, processing costs and other considerations. Funds that specify greater amounts of cash in their Composition File may impose higher transaction fees. In addition, Funds that include in their Composition File instruments that clear through DTC may impose higher transaction fees than Funds with a Composition File consists [sic] solely of instruments that clear through NSCC, because DTC may charge more than NSCC in connection with Creation Unit transactions.15 The transaction fees applicable to each Fund’s purchases and redemptions on a given business day will be disseminated through the NSCC prior to the open of market trading on that day and also will be made available to the public each day on a free Web site.16 In all cases, the transaction fees will be limited in accordance with the requirements of the Commission applicable to open-end management investment companies offering redeemable securities. NAV-Based Trading Because Shares will be listed and traded on the Exchange, Shares will be available for purchase and sale on an intraday basis. Shares will be purchased and sold in the secondary market at prices directly linked to a Fund’s nextdetermined NAV using a new trading protocol called ‘‘NAV-Based Trading.’’ 17 All bids, offers, and 15 Authorized Participants that participate in the CNS System of the NSCC are expected to be able to use the enhanced NSCC/CNS process for effecting in-kind purchases and redemptions of ETFs (the ‘‘NSCC Process’’) to purchase and redeem Creation Units of Funds that limit the composition of their baskets to include only NSCC Processeligible instruments (generally domestic equity securities and cash). Because the NSCC Process is generally more efficient than the DTC clearing process, NSCC is likely to charge a Fund less than DTC to settle purchases and redemptions of Creation Units. 16 The free Web site will be www.nextshares.com. 17 Aspects of NAV-Based Trading are protected intellectual property subject to issued and pending E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM Continued 31MRN1 16078 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices execution prices of Shares will be expressed as a premium/discount (which may be zero) to a Fund’s nextdetermined NAV (e.g., NAV¥$0.01, NAV+$0.01). A Fund’s NAV will be determined each business day, normally as of 4:00 p.m., E.T. Trade executions will be binding at the time orders are matched on Nasdaq’s facilities, with the transaction prices contingent upon the determination of NAV. Trading Premiums and Discounts Bid and offer prices for Shares will be quoted throughout the day relative to NAV. The premium or discount to NAV at which Share prices are quoted and transactions are executed will vary depending on market factors, including the balance of supply and demand for Shares among investors, transaction fees, and other costs in connection with creating and redeeming Creation Units of Shares, the cost and availability of borrowing Shares, competition among market makers, the Share inventory positions and inventory strategies of market makers, the profitability requirements and business objectives of market makers, and the volume of Share trading. Reflecting such market factors, prices for Shares in the secondary market may be above, at or below NAV. Funds with higher transaction fees may trade at wider premiums or discounts to NAV than other Funds with lower transaction fees, reflecting the added costs to market makers of managing their Share inventory positions through purchases and redemptions of Creation Units. Because making markets in Shares will be simple to manage and low risk, competition among market makers seeking to earn reliable, low-risk profits should enable the Shares to routinely trade at tight bid-ask spreads and narrow premiums/discounts to NAV. As noted below, the Funds will maintain a public Web site that will be updated on a daily basis to show current and historical trading spreads and premiums/discounts of Shares trading in the secondary market.18 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Transmitting and Processing Orders Member firms will utilize certain existing order types and interfaces to transmit Share bids and offers to Nasdaq, which will process Share trades U.S. patents held by NextShares Solutions LLC (‘‘NextShares Solutions’’), a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. Nasdaq has entered into a license agreement with NextShares Solutions to allow for NAV-Based Trading on the Exchange of exchange-traded managed funds that have themselves entered into license agreements with NextShares Solutions. 18 The Web site containing this information will be www.gabelli.com. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 like trades in shares of other listed securities.19 In the systems used to transmit and process transactions in Shares, a Fund’s next-determined NAV will be represented by a proxy price (e.g., 100.00) and a premium/discount of a stated amount to the next-determined NAV to be represented by the same increment/decrement from the proxy price used to denote NAV (e.g., NAV¥$0.01 would be represented as 99.99; NAV+$0.01 as 100.01). To avoid potential investor confusion, Nasdaq will work with member firms and providers of market data services to seek to ensure that representations of intraday bids, offers, and execution prices of Shares that are made available to the investing public follow the ‘‘NAV¥$0.01/NAV+$0.01’’ (or similar) display format. All Shares listed on the Exchange will have a unique identifier associated with their ticker symbols, which would indicate that the Shares are traded using NAV-Based Trading. Nasdaq makes available to member firms and market data services certain proprietary data feeds that are designed to supplement the market information disseminated through the consolidated tape (‘‘Consolidated Tape’’). Specifically, the Exchange will use the NASDAQ Basic and NASDAQ Last Sale data feeds to disseminate intraday price and quote data for Shares in real time in the ‘‘NAV¥$0.01/NAV+$0.01’’ (or similar) display format. Member firms could use the NASDAQ Basic and NASDAQ Last Sale data feeds to source intraday Share prices for presentation to the investing public in the ‘‘NAV¥$0.01/NAV+$0.01’’ (or similar) display format. Alternatively, member firms could source intraday Share prices in proxy price format from the Consolidated Tape and other Nasdaq data feeds (e.g., Nasdaq TotalView and Nasdaq Level 2) and use a simple algorithm to convert prices into the ‘‘NAV¥$0.01/ NAV+$0.01’’ (or similar) display format. As noted below, prior to the commencement of trading in a Fund, the Exchange will inform its members in an Information Circular of the identities of the specific Nasdaq data feeds from which intraday Share prices in proxy price format may be obtained. 19 As noted below, all orders to buy or sell Shares that are not executed on the day the order is submitted will be automatically cancelled as of the close of trading on such day. Prior to the commencement of trading in a Fund, the Exchange will inform its members in an Information Circular of the effect of this characteristic on existing order types. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Intraday Reporting of Quotes and Trades All bids and offers for Shares and all Share trade executions will be reported intraday in real time by the Exchange to the Consolidated Tape 20 and separately disseminated to member firms and market data services through the Exchange data feeds listed above. The Exchange will also provide the member firms participating in each Share trade with a contemporaneous notice of trade execution, indicating the number of Shares bought or sold and the executed premium/discount to NAV.21 Final Trade Pricing, Reporting, and Settlement All executed Share trades will be recorded and stored intraday by Nasdaq to await the calculation of such Fund’s end-of- day NAV and the determination of final trade pricing. After a Fund’s NAV is calculated and provided to the Exchange, Nasdaq will price each Share trade entered into during the day at the Fund’s NAV plus/minus the trade’s executed premium/discount. Using the final trade price, each executed Share trade will then be disseminated to member firms and market data services via an FTP file to be created for exchange-traded managed funds and confirmed to the member firms participating in the trade to supplement the previously provided information to include final pricing.22 After the pricing is finalized, Nasdaq will deliver the Share trading data to NSCC for clearance and settlement, following the same processes used for the clearance and settlement of trades in other exchange-traded securities. Availability of Information Prior to the commencement of market trading in Shares, the Funds will be required to establish and maintain a public Web site through which its current prospectus may be downloaded.23 In addition, a separate 20 Due to systems limitations, the Consolidated Tape will report intraday execution prices and quotes for Shares using a proxy price format. As noted, Nasdaq will separately report real-time execution prices and quotes to member firms and providers of market data services in the ‘‘NAV¥$0.01/NAV+$0.01’’ (or similar) display format, and otherwise seek to ensure that representations of intraday bids, offers and execution prices for Shares that are made available to the investing public follow the same display format. 21 All orders to buy or sell Shares that are not executed on the day the order is submitted will be automatically cancelled as of the close of trading on such day. 22 File Transfer Protocol (‘‘FTP’’) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files on the Internet. Nasdaq will arrange for the daily dissemination of an FTP file with executed Share trades to member firms and market data services. 23 See footnote 18. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices Web site (www.nextshares.com) will include additional information concerning the Funds updated on a daily basis, including the prior business day’s NAV, and the following trading information for such business day expressed as premiums/discounts to NAV: (a) Intraday high, low, average, and closing prices of Shares in Exchange trading; (b) the midpoint of the highest bid and lowest offer prices as of the close of Exchange trading, expressed as a premium/discount to NAV (the ‘‘Closing Bid/Ask Midpoint’’); and (c) the spread between highest bid and lowest offer prices as of the close of Exchange trading (the ‘‘Closing Bid/Ask Spread.’’). The www.nextshares.com Web site will also contain charts showing the frequency distribution and range of values of trading prices, Closing Bid/Ask Midpoints, and Closing Bid/ Ask Spreads over time. The Composition File will be disseminated through the NSCC before the open of trading in Shares on each business day and also will be made available to the public each day on a free Web site as noted above.24 Consistent with the disclosure requirements that apply to traditional open-end investment companies, a complete list of current Fund portfolio positions will be made available at least once each calendar quarter, with a reporting lag of not more than 60 days. Funds may provide more frequent disclosures of portfolio positions at their discretion. Reports of Share transactions will be disseminated to the market and delivered to the member firms participating in the trade contemporaneous with execution. Once a Fund’s daily NAV has been calculated and disseminated, Nasdaq will price each Share trade entered into during the day at the Fund’s NAV plus/minus the trade’s executed premium/discount. Using the final trade price, each executed Share trade will then be disseminated to member firms and market data services via an FTP file to be created for exchange-traded managed funds and confirmed to the member firms participating in the trade to supplement the previously provided information to include final pricing. Information regarding NAV-based trading prices, best bids and offers for Shares, and volume of Shares traded will be continuously available on a realtime basis throughout each trading day on brokers’ computer screens and other electronic services. 24 See footnote 13. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 Initial and Continued Listing Shares will conform to the initial and continued listing criteria as set forth under Nasdaq Rule 5745. A minimum of 50,000 Shares and no less than two Creation Units of each Fund will be outstanding at the commencement of trading on the Exchange. The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of the Shares that the NAV per Share will be calculated daily (on each business day that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading) and provided to Nasdaq via the Mutual Fund Quotation Service (‘‘MFQS’’) by the fund accounting agent. As soon as the NAV is entered into MFQS, Nasdaq will disseminate the value to market participants and market data vendors via the Mutual Fund Dissemination Service (‘‘MFDS’’) so all firms will receive the NAV per share at the same time. The Reporting Authority 25 also will ensure that the Composition File will implement and maintain, or be subject to, procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material non-public information regarding each Fund’s portfolio positions and changes in the positions. For each Fund, an estimated value of an individual Share, defined in Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(2) as the ‘‘Intraday Indicative Value,’’ will be calculated and disseminated at intervals of not more than 15 minutes throughout the Regular Market Session 26 when Shares trade on the Exchange. The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of the Shares that the IIV will be calculated on an intraday basis and provided to Nasdaq for dissemination via the Nasdaq Global Index Service (‘‘GIDS’’). The IIV will be based on current information regarding the value of the securities and other assets held by a Fund.27 The purpose of the IIVs is to enable investors to estimate the nextdetermined NAV so they can determine the number of Shares to buy or sell if they want to transact in an approximate dollar amount (e.g., if an investor wants to acquire approximately $5,000 of a Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(4). Nasdaq Rule 4120(b)(4) (describing the three trading sessions on the Exchange: (1) PreMarket Session from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. E.T.; (2) Regular Market Session from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. E.T.; and (3) Post-Market Session from 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. E.T.). 27 IIVs disseminated throughout each trading day would be based on the same portfolio as used to calculate that day’s NAV. Funds will reflect purchases and sales of portfolio positions in their NAV the next business day after trades are executed. 16079 Fund, how many Shares should the investor buy?).28 The Adviser is not a registered brokerdealer, although it is affiliated with a broker-dealer. The Adviser has implemented a fire wall with respect to its broker-dealer affiliate regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to each Fund’s portfolio. In the future event that (a) the Adviser registers as a brokerdealer or becomes newly affiliated with a broker-dealer, or (b) any new adviser or a sub-adviser to a Fund is a registered broker-dealer or becomes affiliated with a broker-dealer, it will implement a fire wall with respect to its relevant personnel and/or such broker-dealer affiliate, if applicable, regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the relevant Fund’s portfolio and will be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material non-public information regarding such portfolio. Trading Halts The Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend trading in Shares. Nasdaq will halt trading in Shares under the conditions specified in Nasdaq Rule 4120 and in Nasdaq Rule 5745(d)(2)(C). Additionally, Nasdaq may cease trading Shares if other unusual conditions or circumstances exist which, in the opinion of Nasdaq, make further dealings on Nasdaq detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market. To manage the risk of a nonregulatory Share trading halt, Nasdaq has in place back-up processes and procedures to ensure orderly trading. Because, in NAV-Based Trading, all trade execution prices are linked to endof-day NAV, buyers and sellers of Shares should be less exposed to risk of loss due to intraday trading halts than buyers and sellers of conventional exchange-traded funds (‘‘ETFs’’) and other exchange-traded securities. Trading Rules Nasdaq deems Shares to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in Shares to be subject to Nasdaq’s existing rules governing the trading of equity 25 See 26 See PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28 Because, in NAV-Based Trading, prices of executed trades are not determined until the reference NAV is calculated, buyers and sellers of Shares during the trading day will not know the final value of their purchases and sales until the end of the trading day. A Fund’s Registration Statement, Web site and any advertising or marketing materials will include prominent disclosure of this fact. Although IIVs may provide useful estimates of the value of intraday trades, they cannot be used to calculate with precision the dollar value of the Shares to be bought or sold. E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 16080 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices securities. Nasdaq will allow trading in Shares from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. E.T. Every order to trade Shares of the Funds is subject to the proxy price protection threshold of plus/minus $1.00, which determines the lower and upper threshold for the life of the order and whereby the order will be cancelled at any point if it exceeds $101.00 or falls below $99.00, the established thresholds.29 With certain exceptions, each order also must contain the applicable order attributes, including routing instructions and time-in-force information, as described in Nasdaq Rule 4703.30 Surveillance The Exchange represents that trading in Shares will be subject to the existing trading surveillances, administered by both Nasdaq and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) on behalf of the Exchange, which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws.31 The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor trading of Shares on the Exchange and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws. The surveillances referred to above generally focus on detecting securities trading outside their normal patterns, which could be indicative of manipulative or other violative activity. When such situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations. FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, will communicate as needed with other markets and other entities that are members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’) 32 regarding trading in Shares, and in exchangetraded securities and instruments held by the Funds (to the extent such exchange-traded securities and instruments are known through the publication of the Composition File and periodic public disclosures of a Fund’s portfolio holdings), and FINRA may 29 See Nasdaq Rule 5745(h). Nasdaq Rule 5745(b)(6). 31 FINRA provides surveillance of trading on the Exchange pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. The Exchange is responsible for FINRA’s performance under this regulatory services agreement. 32 For a list of the current members of ISG, see www.isgportal.org. The Exchange notes that not all components of a Fund’s portfolio may trade on markets that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 30 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 obtain trading information regarding such trading from other markets and other entities. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading in Shares, and in exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Funds (to the extent such exchange-traded securities and instruments are known through the publication of the Composition File and periodic public disclosures of a Fund’s portfolio holdings), from markets and other entities that are members of ISG, which includes securities and futures exchanges, or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the distribution of material non-public information by its employees. Information Circular Prior to the commencement of trading in a Fund, the Exchange will inform its members in an Information Circular of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Shares. Specifically, the Information Circular will discuss the following: (1) The procedures for purchases and redemptions of Shares in Creation Units (and noting that Shares are not individually redeemable); (2) Nasdaq Rule 2111A, which imposes suitability obligations on Nasdaq members with respect to recommending transactions in Shares to customers; (3) how information regarding the IIV and Composition File is disseminated; (4) the requirement that members deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing Shares prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (5) information regarding NAV-Based Trading protocols. As noted above, all orders to buy or sell Shares that are not executed on the day the order is submitted will be automatically cancelled as of the close of trading on such day. The Information Circular will discuss the effect of this characteristic on existing order types. The Information Circular also will identify the specific Nasdaq data feeds from which intraday Share prices in proxy price format may be obtained. In addition, the Information Circular will advise members, prior to the commencement of trading, of the prospectus delivery requirements applicable to the Funds. Members purchasing Shares from a Fund for resale to investors will deliver a summary prospectus to such investors. The Information Circular will also discuss any exemptive, no-action and interpretive relief granted by the PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission from any rules under the Act. The Information Circular also will reference that the Funds are subject to various fees and expenses described in the Registration Statements. The Information Circular will also disclose the trading hours of the Shares and the applicable NAV calculation time for the Shares. The Information Circular will disclose that information about the Shares will be publicly available at www.nextshares.com. Information regarding the Funds’ trading protocols will be disseminated to Nasdaq members in accordance with current processes for newly listed products. Nasdaq intends to provide its members with a detailed explanation of NAV-Based Trading through a Trading Alert issued prior to the commencement of trading in Shares on the Exchange. Continued Listing Representations All statements and representations made in this filing regarding (a) the description of the Funds’ portfolios, (b) limitations on portfolio holdings or reference assets, or (c) the applicability of Exchange rules and surveillance procedures shall constitute continued listing requirements for listing the Shares of the Funds on the Exchange. The issuer has represented to the Exchange that it will advise the Exchange of any failure by any Fund to comply with the continued listing requirements, and, pursuant to its obligations under Section 19(g)(1) of the Act, the Exchange will monitor for compliance with the continued listing requirements. If a Fund is not in compliance with the applicable listing requirements, the Exchange will commence delisting procedures under Nasdaq Rule 5800, et seq. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,33 in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,34 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in that the Shares 33 15 34 15 E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 31MRN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / Notices would be listed and traded on the Exchange pursuant to the initial and continued listing criteria in Nasdaq Rule 5745. The Exchange believes that its surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor the trading of Shares on Nasdaq and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and the applicable federal securities laws. The Adviser is not registered as a brokerdealer, but it is affiliated with a brokerdealer. The Adviser has implemented a ‘‘fire wall’’ between the Adviser and its broker-dealer affiliate with respect to access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to each Fund’s portfolio holdings. The Exchange may obtain information via ISG from other exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement, to the extent necessary. The proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade and to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange will obtain a representation from each issuer of Shares that the NAV per Share will be calculated on each business day that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading and that the NAV will be made available to all market participants at the same time. In addition, a large amount of information would be publicly available regarding the Funds and the Shares, thereby promoting market transparency. Prior to the commencement of market trading in Shares, the Funds will be required to establish and maintain a public Web site through which its current prospectus may be downloaded.35 In addition, a separate Web site (www.nextshares.com) will display additional information concerning the Funds updated on a daily basis, including the prior business day’s NAV, and the following trading information for such business day expressed as premiums/discounts to NAV: (a) Intraday high, low, average and closing prices of Shares in Exchange trading; (b) the Closing Bid/ Ask Midpoint; and (c) the Closing Bid/ Ask Spread. The www.nextshares.com Web site will also contain charts showing the frequency distribution and range of values of trading prices, Closing Bid/ Ask Midpoints, and Closing Bid/Ask Spreads over time. The Composition File will be disseminated through the NSCC before the open of trading in Shares on each business day and also will be made available to the public each day on a free Web site, as noted 35 See footnote 18. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Mar 30, 2017 above.36 The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of the Shares that the IIV will be calculated and disseminated on an intraday basis at intervals of not more than 15 minutes during trading on the Exchange and provided to Nasdaq for dissemination via GIDS. A complete list of current portfolio positions for the Funds will be made available at least once each calendar quarter, with a reporting lag of not more than 60 days. Funds may provide more frequent disclosures of portfolio positions at their discretion. Transactions in Shares will be reported to the Consolidated Tape at the time of execution in proxy price format and will be disseminated to member firms and market data services through Nasdaq’s trading service and market data interfaces, as defined above. Once each Fund’s daily NAV has been calculated and the final price of its intraday Share trades has been determined, Nasdaq will deliver a confirmation with final pricing to the transacting parties. At the end of the day, Nasdaq will also post a newly created FTP file with the final transaction data for the trading and market data services. The Exchange expects that information regarding NAV-based trading prices and volumes of Shares traded will be continuously available on a real-time basis throughout each trading day on brokers’ computer screens and other electronic services. Because Shares will trade at prices based on the next-determined NAV, investors will be able to buy and sell individual Shares at a known premium or discount to NAV that they can limit by using limit orders at the time of order entry. Trading in Shares will be subject to Nasdaq Rules 5745(d)(2)(B) and (C), which provide for the suspension of trading or trading halts under certain circumstances, including if, in the view of the Exchange, trading in Shares becomes inadvisable. The proposed rule change is designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest in that it will facilitate the listing and trading of the Funds, which seek to provide investors with access to a broad range of actively managed investment strategies in a structure that offers the cost and tax efficiencies and shareholder protections of ETFs, while removing the requirement for daily portfolio holdings disclosure to ensure a tight relationship between market trading prices and NAV. 36 See Jkt 241001 PO 00000 footnote 13. Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16081 For the above reasons, Nasdaq believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In fact, the Exchange believes that the introduction of the Funds would promote competition by making available to investors a broad range of actively managed investment strategies in a structure that offers the cost and tax efficiencies and shareholder protections of ETFs, while removing the requirement for daily portfolio holdings disclosure to ensure a tight relationship between market trading prices and NAV. Moreover, the Exchange believes that the proposed method of Share trading would provide investors with transparency of trading costs, and the ability to control trading costs using limit orders, that is not available for conventionally traded ETFs. These developments could significantly enhance competition to the benefit of the markets and investors. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period 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 such proposed rule change; or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 16082 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 61 / Friday, March 31, 2017 / 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– NASDAQ–2017–029 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. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASDAQ–2017–029. 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– NASDAQ–2017–029 and should be submitted on or before April 21, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.37 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–06333 Filed 3–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80313; File No. SR–NYSE– 2017–12] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual To Modify the Requirements That Apply to Companies That List Without a Prior Exchange Act Registration and That Are Not Listing in Connection With an Underwritten Initial Public Offering March 27, 2017. 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 March 13, 2017, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the selfregulatory 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 Section 102.01B of the NYSE Listed Company Manual (the ‘‘Manual’’) to modify the provisions relating to the qualification of companies listing without a prior Exchange Act registration. 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. U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 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 102.01B of the Manual to modify the provisions relating to the qualification of companies listing without a prior Exchange Act registration. Generally, the Exchange expects to list companies in connection with a firm commitment underwritten IPO, upon transfer from another market, or pursuant to a spin-off. Companies listing in connection with an IPO must demonstrate that they have $40 million in market value of publicly-held shares, while companies that are listing upon transfer from another exchange or the over-the counter market or pursuant to a spin-off must demonstrate that they have $100 million in market value of publicly-held shares. Section 102.01B currently recognizes that some companies that have not previously had their common equity securities registered under the Exchange Act, but which have sold common equity securities in a private placement, may wish to list their common equity securities on the Exchange at the time of effectiveness of a registration statement filed solely for the purpose of allowing existing shareholders to sell their shares.4 Footnote (E) of Section 102.01B provides that the Exchange will, on a case by case basis, exercise discretion to list such companies. In exercising this discretion, Footnote (E) provides that the Exchange will determine that such company has met the $100 million aggregate market value of publicly-held shares requirement based on a combination of both (i) an independent third-party valuation (a ‘‘Valuation’’) of the company and (ii) the most recent trading price for the company’s common stock in a trading system for unregistered securities operated by a national securities exchange or a registered broker-dealer (a ‘‘Private Placement Market’’). The Exchange will attribute a market value of publicly-held shares to the company equal to the lesser of (i) the value calculable based on the Valuation and (ii) the value calculable based on the most recent trading price in a Private Placement Market. Any Valuation used for purposes of Footnote (E) must be provided by an entity that has significant experience and demonstrable competence in the 1 15 2 15 37 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 61 (Friday, March 31, 2017)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80315; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2017-029]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Exchange-
Traded Managed Funds

March 27, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

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(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on March 17, 2017, 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 and II 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 list and trade under Nasdaq Rule 5745 
(Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares (``NextShares'')) the common 
shares (``Shares'') of the exchange-traded managed funds described 
herein (each, a ``Fund,'' and collectively, the ``Funds'').\3\
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    \3\ Except for the specific Fund information set forth below, 
this rule filing conforms to the rule filing, as modified by 
amendments 1 and 2 thereto, relating to the listing and trading on 
Nasdaq of the shares of 18 series of the Eaton Vance ETMF Trust and 
the Eaton Vance ETMF Trust II, as approved by the Commission in 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 75499 (Jul. 21, 2015) (SR-
NASDAQ-2015-036) and to the rule filing, as modified by amendment 1 
thereto, relating to the listing and trading on Nasdaq of the shares 
of 5 series of the Gabelli NextShares Trust, as approved by the 
Commission in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79377 (Nov. 22, 
2016) (SR-NASDAQ-2016-134).
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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 Exchange proposes to list and trade the Shares of each Fund 
under Nasdaq Rule 5745, which governs the listing and trading of 
exchange-traded managed fund shares, as defined in Nasdaq Rule 
5745(c)(1), on the Exchange.\4\ Each Fund listed below is registered 
with the Commission as an open-end investment company and has filed a 
registration statement on Form N-1A (``Registration Statement'') with 
the Commission. Each Fund is a series of the Trust listed below and 
will be advised by an investment adviser registered under the 
Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (``Adviser''), as described below. Each 
Fund will be actively managed and will pursue various principal 
investment strategies, as noted below.\5\
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    \4\ The Commission approved Nasdaq Rule 5745 in Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 34-73562 (Nov. 7, 2014), 79 FR 68309 (Nov. 
14, 2014) (SR-NASDAQ-2014-020).
    \5\ Additional information regarding the Funds will be available 
on one of two free public Web sites (www.gabelli.com or 
www.nextshares.com, as indicated more fully below), as well as in 
the Registration Statement for the Funds.
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Gabelli NextSharesTM Trust
    Gabelli NextSharesTM Trust (the ``Trust'') is registered 
with the Commission as an open-end investment company and has filed a 
Registration Statement with the Commission.\6\ Each of the following 
Funds is a series of the Trust.\7\
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    \6\ See Registration Statement on Form N-1A for the Trust dated 
March 14, 2017 (File Nos. 333-211881 and 811-23160). The 
descriptions of the Funds and the Shares contained herein conform to 
the Registration Statement.
    \7\ The Commission has issued an order granting the Trust and 
certain affiliates exemptive relief under the Investment Company 
Act. See Investment Company Act Release No. 31608 (May 19, 2015) 
(File No. 812-14438).
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    Gabelli Funds, LLC will be the Adviser to the Funds. The Adviser is 
not a registered broker-dealer, although it is affiliated with a 
broker-dealer. Gabelli Funds, LLC will also act as administrator to the 
Funds. The Adviser has implemented a fire wall with respect to its 
affiliated broker-dealer regarding access to information concerning the 
composition and/or changes to each Fund's portfolio.\8\ In the future 
event that (a) the Adviser registers as a broker-dealer or becomes 
newly affiliated with a broker-dealer, or (b) any new adviser or a sub-
adviser to a Fund is a registered broker-dealer or becomes affiliated 
with a broker-dealer, it will implement a fire wall with respect to its 
relevant personnel and/or such broker-dealer affiliate, if applicable, 
regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or 
changes to the relevant Fund's portfolio and will be subject to 
procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material 
non-public information regarding such portfolio. G.distributors, LLC, 
will be the principal underwriter and distributor of the Funds' Shares. 
The Bank of New York Mellon will act as custodian and transfer agent. 
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. will act as the sub-
administrator to the Funds. Interactive Data Pricing and Reference 
Data, Inc. will be the IIV calculator to the Funds.
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    \8\ An investment adviser to an open-end fund is required to be 
registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the ``Advisers 
Act''). As a result, the Adviser and its related personnel are 
subject to the provisions of Rule 204A-1 under the Advisers Act 
relating to codes of ethics. This Rule requires investment advisers 
to adopt a code of ethics that reflects the fiduciary nature of the 
relationship to clients as well as compliance with other applicable 
securities laws. Accordingly, procedures designed to prevent the 
communication and misuse of non-public information by an investment 
adviser must be consistent with Rule 204A-1 under the Advisers Act. 
In addition, Rule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act makes it unlawful 
for an investment adviser to provide investment advice to clients 
unless such investment adviser has (i) adopted and implemented 
written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent 
violation, by the investment adviser and its supervised persons, of 
the Advisers Act and the Commission rules adopted thereunder; (ii) 
implemented, at a minimum, an annual review regarding the adequacy 
of the policies and procedures established pursuant to subparagraph 
(i) above and the effectiveness of their implementation; and (iii) 
designated an individual (who is a supervised person) responsible 
for administering the policies and procedures adopted under 
subparagraph (i) above.
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    Each Fund will be actively managed and will pursue the various 
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a. Gabelli Small Cap Growth NextSharesTM (the ``Gabelli 
Small Cap Growth Fund'')
    The Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund seeks to provide a high level of 
capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the Gabelli Small 
Cap Growth Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings 
for investment purposes, in equity securities of companies that are 
considered to be small companies at the time the Gabelli Small Cap 
Growth Fund makes its investment. The Adviser currently characterizes 
small companies for the Gabelli Small Cap Growth Fund as those with 
total common stock market values of $3 billion or less at the time of 
investment.
b. Gabelli RBI NextSharesTM (the ``Gabelli RBI Fund'')
    The Gabelli RBI Fund seeks to provide above average capital 
appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the Gabelli RBI Fund 
invests in domestic and foreign services and equipment companies 
focused on physical asset development, including roads, bridges, and 
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(``RBI''). The Adviser selects companies which it believes are 
currently undervalued and have the potential to benefit from domestic 
and global reinvestment and development of physical assets, including 
roads, bridges, and other infrastructure-related industries.
Creations and Redemptions of Shares
    Shares will be issued and redeemed on a daily basis for each Fund 
at the next-determined net asset value (``NAV'') \10\ in specified 
blocks of Shares called ``Creation Units.'' A Creation Unit will 
consist of at least 25,000 Shares. Creation Units may be purchased and 
redeemed by or through ``Authorized Participants.'' \11\ Purchases and 
sales of Shares in amounts less than a Creation Unit may be effected 
only in the secondary market, as described below, and not directly with 
a Fund.
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    \10\ As with other registered open-end investment companies, NAV 
generally will be calculated daily Monday through Friday as of the 
close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange, normally 
4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (``E.T.''). NAV will be calculated by 
dividing a Fund's net asset value by the number of Shares 
outstanding. Information regarding the valuation of investments in 
calculating a Fund's NAV will be contained in the Registration 
Statement for its Shares.
    \11\ ``Authorized Participants'' will be either: (1) 
``Participating parties,'' i.e., brokers or other participants in 
the Continuous Net Settlement System (``CNS System'') of the 
National Securities Clearing Corporation (``NSCC''), a clearing 
agency registered with the Commission and affiliated with the 
Depository Trust Company (``DTC''), or (2) DTC participants, which 
in either case have executed participant agreements with the Funds' 
distributor and transfer agent regarding the creation and redemption 
of Creation Units. Investors will not have to be Authorized 
Participants in order to transact in Creation Units, but must place 
an order through and make appropriate arrangements with an 
Authorized Participant for such transactions.
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    The creation and redemption process for Funds may be effected ``in 
kind,'' in cash, or in a combination of securities and cash. Creation 
``in kind'' means that an Authorized Participant--usually a brokerage 
house or large institutional investor-- purchases the Creation Unit 
with a basket of securities equal in value to the aggregate NAV of the 
Shares in the Creation Unit. When an Authorized Participant redeems a 
Creation Unit in kind, it receives a basket of securities equal in 
value to the aggregate NAV of the Shares in the Creation Unit.\12\
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    \12\ In compliance with Nasdaq Rule 5745(b)(5), which applies to 
Shares based on an international or global portfolio, the Trust's 
application for exemptive relief under the Investment Company Act 
states that the Funds will comply with the federal securities laws 
in accepting securities for deposits and satisfying redemptions with 
securities, including that the securities accepted for deposits and 
the securities used to satisfy redemption requests are sold in 
transactions that would be exempt from registration under the 
Securities Act of 1933, as amended (15 U.S.C. 77a).
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Composition File
    As defined in Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(3), the Composition File is the 
specified portfolio of securities and/or cash that a Fund will accept 
as a deposit in issuing a Creation Unit of Shares, and the specified 
portfolio of securities and/or cash that a Fund will deliver in a 
redemption of a Creation Unit of Shares. The Composition File will be 
disseminated through the NSCC once each business day before the open of 
trading in Shares on such day and also will be made available to the 
public each day on a free Web site.\13\ Because the Funds seek to 
preserve the confidentiality of their current portfolio trading 
program, a Fund's Composition File generally will not be a pro rata 
reflection of the Fund's investment positions. Each security included 
in the Composition File will be a current holding of a Fund, but the 
Composition File generally will not include all of the securities in 
the Fund's portfolio or match the weightings of the included securities 
in the portfolio. Securities that the Adviser is in the process of 
acquiring for a Fund generally will not be represented in the Fund's 
Composition File until their purchase has been completed. Similarly, 
securities that are held in a Fund's portfolio but in the process of 
being sold may not be removed from its Composition File until the sale 
program is substantially completed. Funds creating and redeeming Shares 
in kind will use cash amounts to supplement the in-kind transactions to 
the extent necessary to ensure that Creation Units are purchased and 
redeemed at NAV. The Composition File also may consist entirely of 
cash, in which case it will not include any of the securities in a 
Fund's portfolio.\14\
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    \13\ The free Web site containing the Composition File will be 
www.nextshares.com.
    \14\ In determining whether a Fund will issue or redeem Creation 
Units entirely on a cash basis, the key consideration will be the 
benefit that would accrue to the Fund and its investors. For 
instance, in bond transactions, the Adviser may be able to obtain 
better execution for a Fund than Authorized Participants because of 
the Adviser's size, experience and potentially stronger 
relationships in the fixed-income markets.
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Transaction Fees
    All persons purchasing or redeeming Creation Units of a Fund are 
expected to incur a transaction fee to cover the estimated cost to that 
Fund of processing the transaction, including the costs of clearance 
and settlement charged to it by NSCC or DTC, and the estimated trading 
costs (i.e., brokerage commissions, bid-ask spread, and market impact) 
to be incurred in converting the Composition File to or from the 
desired portfolio holdings. The transaction fee is determined daily and 
will be limited to amounts determined by the Adviser to be appropriate 
to defray the expenses that a Fund incurs in connection with the 
purchase or redemption of Creation Units.
    The purpose of transaction fees is to protect a Fund's existing 
shareholders from the dilutive costs associated with the purchase and 
redemption of Creation Units. Transaction fees will differ among Funds 
and may vary over time for a given Fund depending on the estimated 
trading costs for its portfolio positions and Composition File, 
processing costs and other considerations. Funds that specify greater 
amounts of cash in their Composition File may impose higher transaction 
fees.
    In addition, Funds that include in their Composition File 
instruments that clear through DTC may impose higher transaction fees 
than Funds with a Composition File consists [sic] solely of instruments 
that clear through NSCC, because DTC may charge more than NSCC in 
connection with Creation Unit transactions.\15\ The transaction fees 
applicable to each Fund's purchases and redemptions on a given business 
day will be disseminated through the NSCC prior to the open of market 
trading on that day and also will be made available to the public each 
day on a free Web site.\16\ In all cases, the transaction fees will be 
limited in accordance with the requirements of the Commission 
applicable to open-end management investment companies offering 
redeemable securities.
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    \15\ Authorized Participants that participate in the CNS System 
of the NSCC are expected to be able to use the enhanced NSCC/CNS 
process for effecting in-kind purchases and redemptions of ETFs (the 
``NSCC Process'') to purchase and redeem Creation Units of Funds 
that limit the composition of their baskets to include only NSCC 
Process-eligible instruments (generally domestic equity securities 
and cash). Because the NSCC Process is generally more efficient than 
the DTC clearing process, NSCC is likely to charge a Fund less than 
DTC to settle purchases and redemptions of Creation Units.
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NAV-Based Trading
    Because Shares will be listed and traded on the Exchange, Shares 
will be available for purchase and sale on an intraday basis. Shares 
will be purchased and sold in the secondary market at prices directly 
linked to a Fund's next-determined NAV using a new trading protocol 
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execution prices of Shares will be expressed as a premium/discount 
(which may be zero) to a Fund's next-determined NAV (e.g., NAV-$0.01, 
NAV+$0.01). A Fund's NAV will be determined each business day, normally 
as of 4:00 p.m., E.T. Trade executions will be binding at the time 
orders are matched on Nasdaq's facilities, with the transaction prices 
contingent upon the determination of NAV.
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    \17\ Aspects of NAV-Based Trading are protected intellectual 
property subject to issued and pending U.S. patents held by 
NextShares Solutions LLC (``NextShares Solutions''), a wholly owned 
subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. Nasdaq has entered into a license 
agreement with NextShares Solutions to allow for NAV-Based Trading 
on the Exchange of exchange-traded managed funds that have 
themselves entered into license agreements with NextShares 
Solutions.
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Trading Premiums and Discounts
    Bid and offer prices for Shares will be quoted throughout the day 
relative to NAV. The premium or discount to NAV at which Share prices 
are quoted and transactions are executed will vary depending on market 
factors, including the balance of supply and demand for Shares among 
investors, transaction fees, and other costs in connection with 
creating and redeeming Creation Units of Shares, the cost and 
availability of borrowing Shares, competition among market makers, the 
Share inventory positions and inventory strategies of market makers, 
the profitability requirements and business objectives of market 
makers, and the volume of Share trading. Reflecting such market 
factors, prices for Shares in the secondary market may be above, at or 
below NAV. Funds with higher transaction fees may trade at wider 
premiums or discounts to NAV than other Funds with lower transaction 
fees, reflecting the added costs to market makers of managing their 
Share inventory positions through purchases and redemptions of Creation 
Units.
    Because making markets in Shares will be simple to manage and low 
risk, competition among market makers seeking to earn reliable, low-
risk profits should enable the Shares to routinely trade at tight bid-
ask spreads and narrow premiums/discounts to NAV. As noted below, the 
Funds will maintain a public Web site that will be updated on a daily 
basis to show current and historical trading spreads and premiums/
discounts of Shares trading in the secondary market.\18\
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    \18\ The Web site containing this information will be 
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Transmitting and Processing Orders
    Member firms will utilize certain existing order types and 
interfaces to transmit Share bids and offers to Nasdaq, which will 
process Share trades like trades in shares of other listed 
securities.\19\ In the systems used to transmit and process 
transactions in Shares, a Fund's next-determined NAV will be 
represented by a proxy price (e.g., 100.00) and a premium/discount of a 
stated amount to the next-determined NAV to be represented by the same 
increment/decrement from the proxy price used to denote NAV (e.g., NAV-
$0.01 would be represented as 99.99; NAV+$0.01 as 100.01).
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    \19\ As noted below, all orders to buy or sell Shares that are 
not executed on the day the order is submitted will be automatically 
cancelled as of the close of trading on such day. Prior to the 
commencement of trading in a Fund, the Exchange will inform its 
members in an Information Circular of the effect of this 
characteristic on existing order types.
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    To avoid potential investor confusion, Nasdaq will work with member 
firms and providers of market data services to seek to ensure that 
representations of intraday bids, offers, and execution prices of 
Shares that are made available to the investing public follow the 
``NAV-$0.01/NAV+$0.01'' (or similar) display format. All Shares listed 
on the Exchange will have a unique identifier associated with their 
ticker symbols, which would indicate that the Shares are traded using 
NAV-Based Trading. Nasdaq makes available to member firms and market 
data services certain proprietary data feeds that are designed to 
supplement the market information disseminated through the consolidated 
tape (``Consolidated Tape'').
    Specifically, the Exchange will use the NASDAQ Basic and NASDAQ 
Last Sale data feeds to disseminate intraday price and quote data for 
Shares in real time in the ``NAV-$0.01/NAV+$0.01'' (or similar) display 
format. Member firms could use the NASDAQ Basic and NASDAQ Last Sale 
data feeds to source intraday Share prices for presentation to the 
investing public in the ``NAV-$0.01/NAV+$0.01'' (or similar) display 
format.
    Alternatively, member firms could source intraday Share prices in 
proxy price format from the Consolidated Tape and other Nasdaq data 
feeds (e.g., Nasdaq TotalView and Nasdaq Level 2) and use a simple 
algorithm to convert prices into the ``NAV-$0.01/NAV+$0.01'' (or 
similar) display format. As noted below, prior to the commencement of 
trading in a Fund, the Exchange will inform its members in an 
Information Circular of the identities of the specific Nasdaq data 
feeds from which intraday Share prices in proxy price format may be 
obtained.
Intraday Reporting of Quotes and Trades
    All bids and offers for Shares and all Share trade executions will 
be reported intraday in real time by the Exchange to the Consolidated 
Tape \20\ and separately disseminated to member firms and market data 
services through the Exchange data feeds listed above. The Exchange 
will also provide the member firms participating in each Share trade 
with a contemporaneous notice of trade execution, indicating the number 
of Shares bought or sold and the executed premium/discount to NAV.\21\
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    \20\ Due to systems limitations, the Consolidated Tape will 
report intraday execution prices and quotes for Shares using a proxy 
price format. As noted, Nasdaq will separately report real-time 
execution prices and quotes to member firms and providers of market 
data services in the ``NAV-$0.01/NAV+$0.01'' (or similar) display 
format, and otherwise seek to ensure that representations of 
intraday bids, offers and execution prices for Shares that are made 
available to the investing public follow the same display format.
    \21\ All orders to buy or sell Shares that are not executed on 
the day the order is submitted will be automatically cancelled as of 
the close of trading on such day.
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Final Trade Pricing, Reporting, and Settlement
    All executed Share trades will be recorded and stored intraday by 
Nasdaq to await the calculation of such Fund's end-of- day NAV and the 
determination of final trade pricing. After a Fund's NAV is calculated 
and provided to the Exchange, Nasdaq will price each Share trade 
entered into during the day at the Fund's NAV plus/minus the trade's 
executed premium/discount. Using the final trade price, each executed 
Share trade will then be disseminated to member firms and market data 
services via an FTP file to be created for exchange-traded managed 
funds and confirmed to the member firms participating in the trade to 
supplement the previously provided information to include final 
pricing.\22\ After the pricing is finalized, Nasdaq will deliver the 
Share trading data to NSCC for clearance and settlement, following the 
same processes used for the clearance and settlement of trades in other 
exchange-traded securities.
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    \22\ File Transfer Protocol (``FTP'') is a standard network 
protocol used to transfer computer files on the Internet. Nasdaq 
will arrange for the daily dissemination of an FTP file with 
executed Share trades to member firms and market data services.
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Availability of Information
    Prior to the commencement of market trading in Shares, the Funds 
will be required to establish and maintain a public Web site through 
which its current prospectus may be downloaded.\23\ In addition, a 
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Web site (www.nextshares.com) will include additional information 
concerning the Funds updated on a daily basis, including the prior 
business day's NAV, and the following trading information for such 
business day expressed as premiums/discounts to NAV: (a) Intraday high, 
low, average, and closing prices of Shares in Exchange trading; (b) the 
midpoint of the highest bid and lowest offer prices as of the close of 
Exchange trading, expressed as a premium/discount to NAV (the ``Closing 
Bid/Ask Midpoint''); and (c) the spread between highest bid and lowest 
offer prices as of the close of Exchange trading (the ``Closing Bid/Ask 
Spread.''). The www.nextshares.com Web site will also contain charts 
showing the frequency distribution and range of values of trading 
prices, Closing Bid/Ask Midpoints, and Closing Bid/Ask Spreads over 
time.
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    The Composition File will be disseminated through the NSCC before 
the open of trading in Shares on each business day and also will be 
made available to the public each day on a free Web site as noted 
above.\24\ Consistent with the disclosure requirements that apply to 
traditional open-end investment companies, a complete list of current 
Fund portfolio positions will be made available at least once each 
calendar quarter, with a reporting lag of not more than 60 days. Funds 
may provide more frequent disclosures of portfolio positions at their 
discretion.
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    Reports of Share transactions will be disseminated to the market 
and delivered to the member firms participating in the trade 
contemporaneous with execution. Once a Fund's daily NAV has been 
calculated and disseminated, Nasdaq will price each Share trade entered 
into during the day at the Fund's NAV plus/minus the trade's executed 
premium/discount. Using the final trade price, each executed Share 
trade will then be disseminated to member firms and market data 
services via an FTP file to be created for exchange-traded managed 
funds and confirmed to the member firms participating in the trade to 
supplement the previously provided information to include final 
pricing.
    Information regarding NAV-based trading prices, best bids and 
offers for Shares, and volume of Shares traded will be continuously 
available on a real-time basis throughout each trading day on brokers' 
computer screens and other electronic services.
Initial and Continued Listing
    Shares will conform to the initial and continued listing criteria 
as set forth under Nasdaq Rule 5745. A minimum of 50,000 Shares and no 
less than two Creation Units of each Fund will be outstanding at the 
commencement of trading on the Exchange. The Exchange will obtain a 
representation from the issuer of the Shares that the NAV per Share 
will be calculated daily (on each business day that the New York Stock 
Exchange is open for trading) and provided to Nasdaq via the Mutual 
Fund Quotation Service (``MFQS'') by the fund accounting agent. As soon 
as the NAV is entered into MFQS, Nasdaq will disseminate the value to 
market participants and market data vendors via the Mutual Fund 
Dissemination Service (``MFDS'') so all firms will receive the NAV per 
share at the same time. The Reporting Authority \25\ also will ensure 
that the Composition File will implement and maintain, or be subject 
to, procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of 
material non-public information regarding each Fund's portfolio 
positions and changes in the positions.
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    For each Fund, an estimated value of an individual Share, defined 
in Nasdaq Rule 5745(c)(2) as the ``Intraday Indicative Value,'' will be 
calculated and disseminated at intervals of not more than 15 minutes 
throughout the Regular Market Session \26\ when Shares trade on the 
Exchange. The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of 
the Shares that the IIV will be calculated on an intraday basis and 
provided to Nasdaq for dissemination via the Nasdaq Global Index 
Service (``GIDS'').
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    \26\ See Nasdaq Rule 4120(b)(4) (describing the three trading 
sessions on the Exchange: (1) Pre-Market Session from 4 a.m. to 9:30 
a.m. E.T.; (2) Regular Market Session from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 
4:15 p.m. E.T.; and (3) Post-Market Session from 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. 
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    The IIV will be based on current information regarding the value of 
the securities and other assets held by a Fund.\27\ The purpose of the 
IIVs is to enable investors to estimate the next-determined NAV so they 
can determine the number of Shares to buy or sell if they want to 
transact in an approximate dollar amount (e.g., if an investor wants to 
acquire approximately $5,000 of a Fund, how many Shares should the 
investor buy?).\28\
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    \27\ IIVs disseminated throughout each trading day would be 
based on the same portfolio as used to calculate that day's NAV. 
Funds will reflect purchases and sales of portfolio positions in 
their NAV the next business day after trades are executed.
    \28\ Because, in NAV-Based Trading, prices of executed trades 
are not determined until the reference NAV is calculated, buyers and 
sellers of Shares during the trading day will not know the final 
value of their purchases and sales until the end of the trading day. 
A Fund's Registration Statement, Web site and any advertising or 
marketing materials will include prominent disclosure of this fact. 
Although IIVs may provide useful estimates of the value of intraday 
trades, they cannot be used to calculate with precision the dollar 
value of the Shares to be bought or sold.
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    The Adviser is not a registered broker-dealer, although it is 
affiliated with a broker-dealer. The Adviser has implemented a fire 
wall with respect to its broker-dealer affiliate regarding access to 
information concerning the composition and/or changes to each Fund's 
portfolio. In the future event that (a) the Adviser registers as a 
broker-dealer or becomes newly affiliated with a broker-dealer, or (b) 
any new adviser or a sub-adviser to a Fund is a registered broker-
dealer or becomes affiliated with a broker-dealer, it will implement a 
fire wall with respect to its relevant personnel and/or such broker-
dealer affiliate, if applicable, regarding access to information 
concerning the composition and/or changes to the relevant Fund's 
portfolio and will be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use 
and dissemination of material non-public information regarding such 
portfolio.
Trading Halts
    The Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its 
discretion to halt or suspend trading in Shares. Nasdaq will halt 
trading in Shares under the conditions specified in Nasdaq Rule 4120 
and in Nasdaq Rule 5745(d)(2)(C). Additionally, Nasdaq may cease 
trading Shares if other unusual conditions or circumstances exist 
which, in the opinion of Nasdaq, make further dealings on Nasdaq 
detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market. To manage 
the risk of a non-regulatory Share trading halt, Nasdaq has in place 
back-up processes and procedures to ensure orderly trading. Because, in 
NAV-Based Trading, all trade execution prices are linked to end-of-day 
NAV, buyers and sellers of Shares should be less exposed to risk of 
loss due to intraday trading halts than buyers and sellers of 
conventional exchange-traded funds (``ETFs'') and other exchange-traded 
securities.
Trading Rules
    Nasdaq deems Shares to be equity securities, thus rendering trading 
in Shares to be subject to Nasdaq's existing rules governing the 
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securities. Nasdaq will allow trading in Shares from 9:30 a.m. until 
4:00 p.m. E.T.
    Every order to trade Shares of the Funds is subject to the proxy 
price protection threshold of plus/minus $1.00, which determines the 
lower and upper threshold for the life of the order and whereby the 
order will be cancelled at any point if it exceeds $101.00 or falls 
below $99.00, the established thresholds.\29\ With certain exceptions, 
each order also must contain the applicable order attributes, including 
routing instructions and time-in-force information, as described in 
Nasdaq Rule 4703.\30\
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    \29\ See Nasdaq Rule 5745(h).
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Surveillance
    The Exchange represents that trading in Shares will be subject to 
the existing trading surveillances, administered by both Nasdaq and the 
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (``FINRA'') on behalf of 
the Exchange, which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules 
and applicable federal securities laws.\31\ The Exchange represents 
that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor trading of 
Shares on the Exchange and to deter and detect violations of Exchange 
rules and applicable federal securities laws.
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    \31\ FINRA provides surveillance of trading on the Exchange 
pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. The Exchange is 
responsible for FINRA's performance under this regulatory services 
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    The surveillances referred to above generally focus on detecting 
securities trading outside their normal patterns, which could be 
indicative of manipulative or other violative activity. When such 
situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and 
investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of 
all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations.
    FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, will communicate as needed with 
other markets and other entities that are members of the Intermarket 
Surveillance Group (``ISG'') \32\ regarding trading in Shares, and in 
exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Funds (to the 
extent such exchange-traded securities and instruments are known 
through the publication of the Composition File and periodic public 
disclosures of a Fund's portfolio holdings), and FINRA may obtain 
trading information regarding such trading from other markets and other 
entities.
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    \32\ For a list of the current members of ISG, see 
www.isgportal.org. The Exchange notes that not all components of a 
Fund's portfolio may trade on markets that are members of ISG or 
with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance 
sharing agreement.
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    In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading 
in Shares, and in exchange-traded securities and instruments held by 
the Funds (to the extent such exchange-traded securities and 
instruments are known through the publication of the Composition File 
and periodic public disclosures of a Fund's portfolio holdings), from 
markets and other entities that are members of ISG, which includes 
securities and futures exchanges, or with which the Exchange has in 
place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.
    In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the 
distribution of material non-public information by its employees.
Information Circular
    Prior to the commencement of trading in a Fund, the Exchange will 
inform its members in an Information Circular of the special 
characteristics and risks associated with trading the Shares. 
Specifically, the Information Circular will discuss the following: (1) 
The procedures for purchases and redemptions of Shares in Creation 
Units (and noting that Shares are not individually redeemable); (2) 
Nasdaq Rule 2111A, which imposes suitability obligations on Nasdaq 
members with respect to recommending transactions in Shares to 
customers; (3) how information regarding the IIV and Composition File 
is disseminated; (4) the requirement that members deliver a prospectus 
to investors purchasing Shares prior to or concurrently with the 
confirmation of a transaction; and (5) information regarding NAV-Based 
Trading protocols.
    As noted above, all orders to buy or sell Shares that are not 
executed on the day the order is submitted will be automatically 
cancelled as of the close of trading on such day. The Information 
Circular will discuss the effect of this characteristic on existing 
order types. The Information Circular also will identify the specific 
Nasdaq data feeds from which intraday Share prices in proxy price 
format may be obtained.
    In addition, the Information Circular will advise members, prior to 
the commencement of trading, of the prospectus delivery requirements 
applicable to the Funds. Members purchasing Shares from a Fund for 
resale to investors will deliver a summary prospectus to such 
investors. The Information Circular will also discuss any exemptive, 
no-action and interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any 
rules under the Act.
    The Information Circular also will reference that the Funds are 
subject to various fees and expenses described in the Registration 
Statements. The Information Circular will also disclose the trading 
hours of the Shares and the applicable NAV calculation time for the 
Shares. The Information Circular will disclose that information about 
the Shares will be publicly available at www.nextshares.com.
    Information regarding the Funds' trading protocols will be 
disseminated to Nasdaq members in accordance with current processes for 
newly listed products. Nasdaq intends to provide its members with a 
detailed explanation of NAV-Based Trading through a Trading Alert 
issued prior to the commencement of trading in Shares on the Exchange.
Continued Listing Representations
    All statements and representations made in this filing regarding 
(a) the description of the Funds' portfolios, (b) limitations on 
portfolio holdings or reference assets, or (c) the applicability of 
Exchange rules and surveillance procedures shall constitute continued 
listing requirements for listing the Shares of the Funds on the 
Exchange. The issuer has represented to the Exchange that it will 
advise the Exchange of any failure by any Fund to comply with the 
continued listing requirements, and, pursuant to its obligations under 
Section 19(g)(1) of the Act, the Exchange will monitor for compliance 
with the continued listing requirements. If a Fund is not in compliance 
with the applicable listing requirements, the Exchange will commence 
delisting procedures under Nasdaq Rule 5800, et seq.
2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) 
of the Act,\33\ in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\34\ in 
particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with 
persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system.
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    \33\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \34\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is designed to 
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in that the 
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would be listed and traded on the Exchange pursuant to the initial and 
continued listing criteria in Nasdaq Rule 5745. The Exchange believes 
that its surveillance procedures are adequate to properly monitor the 
trading of Shares on Nasdaq and to deter and detect violations of 
Exchange rules and the applicable federal securities laws. The Adviser 
is not registered as a broker-dealer, but it is affiliated with a 
broker-dealer. The Adviser has implemented a ``fire wall'' between the 
Adviser and its broker-dealer affiliate with respect to access to 
information concerning the composition and/or changes to each Fund's 
portfolio holdings. The Exchange may obtain information via ISG from 
other exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has 
entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement, to the 
extent necessary.
    The proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade and to protect investors and the public interest. 
The Exchange will obtain a representation from each issuer of Shares 
that the NAV per Share will be calculated on each business day that the 
New York Stock Exchange is open for trading and that the NAV will be 
made available to all market participants at the same time. In 
addition, a large amount of information would be publicly available 
regarding the Funds and the Shares, thereby promoting market 
transparency.
    Prior to the commencement of market trading in Shares, the Funds 
will be required to establish and maintain a public Web site through 
which its current prospectus may be downloaded.\35\ In addition, a 
separate Web site (www.nextshares.com) will display additional 
information concerning the Funds updated on a daily basis, including 
the prior business day's NAV, and the following trading information for 
such business day expressed as premiums/discounts to NAV: (a) Intraday 
high, low, average and closing prices of Shares in Exchange trading; 
(b) the Closing Bid/Ask Midpoint; and (c) the Closing Bid/Ask Spread.
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    The www.nextshares.com Web site will also contain charts showing 
the frequency distribution and range of values of trading prices, 
Closing Bid/Ask Midpoints, and Closing Bid/Ask Spreads over time. The 
Composition File will be disseminated through the NSCC before the open 
of trading in Shares on each business day and also will be made 
available to the public each day on a free Web site, as noted 
above.\36\ The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of 
the Shares that the IIV will be calculated and disseminated on an 
intraday basis at intervals of not more than 15 minutes during trading 
on the Exchange and provided to Nasdaq for dissemination via GIDS. A 
complete list of current portfolio positions for the Funds will be made 
available at least once each calendar quarter, with a reporting lag of 
not more than 60 days. Funds may provide more frequent disclosures of 
portfolio positions at their discretion.
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    \36\ See footnote 13.
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    Transactions in Shares will be reported to the Consolidated Tape at 
the time of execution in proxy price format and will be disseminated to 
member firms and market data services through Nasdaq's trading service 
and market data interfaces, as defined above. Once each Fund's daily 
NAV has been calculated and the final price of its intraday Share 
trades has been determined, Nasdaq will deliver a confirmation with 
final pricing to the transacting parties. At the end of the day, Nasdaq 
will also post a newly created FTP file with the final transaction data 
for the trading and market data services.
    The Exchange expects that information regarding NAV-based trading 
prices and volumes of Shares traded will be continuously available on a 
real-time basis throughout each trading day on brokers' computer 
screens and other electronic services. Because Shares will trade at 
prices based on the next-determined NAV, investors will be able to buy 
and sell individual Shares at a known premium or discount to NAV that 
they can limit by using limit orders at the time of order entry. 
Trading in Shares will be subject to Nasdaq Rules 5745(d)(2)(B) and 
(C), which provide for the suspension of trading or trading halts under 
certain circumstances, including if, in the view of the Exchange, 
trading in Shares becomes inadvisable.
    The proposed rule change is designed to perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest in that it will facilitate the listing and trading of 
the Funds, which seek to provide investors with access to a broad range 
of actively managed investment strategies in a structure that offers 
the cost and tax efficiencies and shareholder protections of ETFs, 
while removing the requirement for daily portfolio holdings disclosure 
to ensure a tight relationship between market trading prices and NAV.
    For the above reasons, Nasdaq believes the proposed rule change is 
consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In fact, the 
Exchange believes that the introduction of the Funds would promote 
competition by making available to investors a broad range of actively 
managed investment strategies in a structure that offers the cost and 
tax efficiencies and shareholder protections of ETFs, while removing 
the requirement for daily portfolio holdings disclosure to ensure a 
tight relationship between market trading prices and NAV. Moreover, the 
Exchange believes that the proposed method of Share trading would 
provide investors with transparency of trading costs, and the ability 
to control trading costs using limit orders, that is not available for 
conventionally traded ETFs.
    These developments could significantly enhance competition to the 
benefit of the markets and investors.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period 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 such proposed rule change; or (b) 
institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change 
should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

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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-NASDAQ-2017-029 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-NASDAQ-2017-029. 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-NASDAQ-2017-029 and should 
be submitted on or before April 21, 2017.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\37\
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    \37\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-06333 Filed 3-30-17; 8:45 am]
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