Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, To Shorten the Settlement Cycle From T+3 to T+2, 22598-22600 [2017-09813]

Download as PDF 22598 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Notices All submissions should refer to File Number SR–GEMX–2017–07. 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–GEMX– 2017–07 and should be submitted on or before June 6, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.18 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–09821 Filed 5–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80640; File No. SR–BX– 2017–013] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Order Granting Approval of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, To Shorten the Settlement Cycle From T+3 to T+2 May 10, 2017. I. Introduction On March 9, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 18 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12) and (59). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to conform its rules to an amendment proposed by the Commission to Rule 15c6–1(a) 3 under the Act to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date (‘‘T+3’’) to two business days after the trade date (‘‘T+2’’).4 On March 13, 2017, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.5 On March 22, 2017, the Commission adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act to shorten the standard settlement cycle to T+2 and set a compliance date of September 5, 2017.6 The Exchange’s proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No.1, was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 27, 2017.7 The Commission did not receive any comment letters on the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1. This order approves the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1. II. Description of the Proposal, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rules 11140 (Transactions in Securities ‘‘Ex-Dividend,’’ ‘‘Ex-Rights’’ or ‘‘Ex-Warrants’’), 11150 (Transactions ‘‘Ex-Interest’’ in Bonds Which Are Dealt in ‘‘Flat’’), 11210 (Sent by Each Party), 11320 (Dates of Delivery), 11620 (Computation of Interest), and IM– 11810 (Sample Buy-In Forms), to conform to the Commission’s proposed amendment to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2. Exchange Rule 11140(b)(1) concerns the determination of normal exdividend and ex-warrants dates for certain types of dividends and distributions. Currently, with respect to cash dividends or distributions, or stock dividends, and the issuance or distribution of warrants, which are less than 25% of the value of the subject 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 17 CFR 240.15c6–1(a). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78962 (September 28, 2016), 81 FR 69240 (October 5, 2016) (Amendment to Securities Transaction Settlement Cycle) (File No. S7–22–16). 5 In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange proposes to capitalize the letter ‘‘d’’ in the word ‘‘department’’ in the proposed revisions to Rule 11140(b)(1), as set forth in Exhibit 5 to the filing, to conform to the Exchange’s current rule text. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80295 (March 22, 2017), 82 FR 15564 (March 29, 2017) (‘‘SEC Adopting Release’’). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80282 (March 21, 2017), 82 FR 15258. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 security, if the definitive information is received sufficiently in advance of the record date, the date designated as the ‘‘ex-dividend date’’ is the second business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a business day, or the third business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a day designated by the Exchange’s Regulation Department as a nondelivery day. Under the proposal, the ‘‘ex-dividend date’’ would be the first business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a business day, or the second business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a day designated by the Exchange’s Regulation Department as a non-delivery date. Exchange Rule 11150(a) concerns the determination of normal ex-interest dates for certain types of transactions. Currently, all transactions, except ‘‘cash’’ transactions, in bonds or similar evidences of indebtedness which are traded ‘‘flat’’ are ‘‘ex-interest’’ on the second business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a business day, on the third business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a day other than a business day, and on the third business day preceding the date on which an interest payment is to be made if no record date has been fixed. Under the proposal, these transactions would be ‘‘exinterest’’ on the first business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a business day, on the second business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a day other than a business day, and on the second business day preceding the date on which an interest payment is to be made if no record date has been fixed. Exchange Rules 11210(c) and (d) set forth ‘‘DK’’ procedures using ‘‘Don’t Know Notices’’ and other forms of notices, respectively.8 Exchange Rule 11210(c) currently provides that, when a party to a transaction sends a comparison or confirmation of a trade, but does not receive a comparison or confirmation or a signed DK from the contra-member by the close of four business days following the trade date of the transaction, the party may use the procedures set forth in the rule. The Exchange proposes to shorten the ‘‘four business days’’ time period to one business day. Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(A) currently provides that a contra-member has four business days 8 Exchange Rule 11210 does not apply to transactions that clear through the National Securities Clearing Corporation or other clearing organizations registered under the Act. See Exchange Rule 11210(a)(4). E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Notices after the ‘‘Don’t Know Notice’’ is received to either confirm or DK the transaction in accordance with Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(B) or (C). The Exchange proposes to shorten the ‘‘four business days’’ time period to two business days.9 Exchange Rule 11210(c)(3) currently provides that if the confirming member does not receive a response from the contra-member by the close of four business days after receipt by the confirming member the fourth copy of the ‘‘Don’t Know Notice’’ if delivered by messenger, or the post office receipt if delivered by mail, such shall constitute a DK and the confirming member shall have no further liability for the trade. The Exchange proposes to shorten the ‘‘four business days’’ time period to two business days. The Exchange proposes similar changes to Exchange Rule 11210(d). Exchange Rule 11210(d) currently provides that, when a party to a transaction sends a comparison or confirmation of a trade, but does not receive a comparison or confirmation or a signed DK from the contra-member by the close of four business days following the date of the transaction, the party may use the procedures set forth in the rule. The Exchange proposes to shorten the ‘‘four business days’’ time period to one business day. Exchange Rule 11210(d)(5) currently provides that if the confirming member does not receive a response in the form of a notice from the contra-member by the close of four business days after receipt of the confirming member’s notice, such shall constitute a DK and the confirming member shall have no further liability. The Exchange proposes to shorten the ‘‘four business days’’ time period to two business days. Exchange Rule 11320 prescribes delivery dates for various types of transactions. Exchange Rule 11320(b) currently provides that in connection with a transaction ‘‘regular way,’’ delivery is made at the office of the purchaser on, but not before, the third business day following the date of the transaction. Under the proposal, delivery would be required to be made on, but not before, the second business day following the date of the transaction. Exchange Rule 11320(c) currently provides in part that, in connection with a transaction ‘‘seller’s option,’’ delivery may be made by the seller on any business day after the third business day following the date of transaction and prior to the expiration of the option, provided the seller 9 The Exchange also proposes to make nonsubstantive, formatting changes to Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(A). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 delivers at the office of the purchaser, on a business day preceding the day of delivery, written notice of intention to deliver. Under the proposal, delivery may be made by the seller on any business day after the second business day following the date of the transaction and prior to expiration of the option.10 Exchange Rule 11620 governs the computation of interest. Exchange Rule 11620(a) currently provides in part that, in the settlement of contracts in interestpaying securities other than for ‘‘cash,’’ there shall be added to the dollar price interest at the rate specified in the security, which shall be computed up to but not including the third business day following the date of the transaction. Under the proposal, the interest would be computed up to but not including the second business day following the date of the transaction.11 Exchange Rule IM–11810(i)(1)(A) sets forth the circumstances under which a receiving member may deliver a Liability Notice to the delivering member as an alternative to the closeout procedures set forth in Exchange Rule IM–11810(a)–(g). Currently, when the parties to a contract are not both participants in a registered clearing agency that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, the notice must be issued using written or comparable electronic media having immediate receipt capabilities ‘‘no later than one business day prior to the latest time and the date of the offer or other event’’ in order to obtain the protection provided by the rule. Under the proposal, the notice must be ‘‘sent as soon as practicable but not later than two hours prior to the cutoff time set forth in the instructions on a specific offer or other event’’ in order to obtain the protection provided by the rule. The Exchange represents that it will announce the operative date of the proposed rule change in an Equity Regulatory Alert, which date would correspond with the industry-led transition to a T+2 standard settlement, and the compliance date of the amendment to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act.12 III. Discussion and Commission’s Findings After careful review of the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with the 10 The Exchange also proposes to make a nonsubstantive change to Exchange Rule 11320(c). 11 The Exchange also proposes to capitalize certain words in the title of Exchange Rule 11620(a). 12 See SEC Adopting Release, supra note 6. PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22599 requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange.13 Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,14 which requires that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed, among other things, 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission notes that the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, would amend Exchange rules to conform to the amendment that the Commission has adopted to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act 15 and support a move to a T+2 standard settlement cycle. In the SEC Adopting Release, the Commission stated its belief that shortening the standard settlement cycle from T+3 to T+2 will result in a reduction of credit, market, and liquidity risk,16 and as a result a reduction in systemic risk for U.S. market participants.17 The compliance date for the amendment to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act is September 5, 2017.18 The Exchange has represented that it would announce the operative date of the proposed rule change in an Equity Regulatory Alert and that such date would correspond to the compliance date of the amendment to Rule 15c6–1(a) under the Act. For the reasons noted above, the Commission finds that the proposal, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is 13 In approving this proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 15 See SEC Adopting Release, supra note 6. 16 Credit risk refers to the risk that the credit quality of one party to a transaction will deteriorate to the extent that it is unable to fulfill its obligations to its counterparty on settlement date. Market risk refers to the risk that the value of securities bought and sold will change between trade execution and settlement such that the completion of the trade would result in a financial loss. Liquidity risk describes the risk that an entity will be unable to meet financial obligations on time due to an inability to deliver funds or securities in the form required though it may possess sufficient financial resources in other forms. See id., at 15564 n. 3. 17 See id. at 15564. 18 See id. E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 22600 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Notices consistent with the requirements of the Act and would foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. IV. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,19 that the proposed rule change, (SR–BX–2017– 013), as modified by Amendment No. 1, be and hereby is, approved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.20 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–09813 Filed 5–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P [Release No. 34–80651; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2017–49] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 7.46 To Modify the Date of Appendix B Web site Data Publication Pursuant to the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program May 10, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 April 27, 2017, NYSE Arca, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 7.46 to modify the date of Appendix B Web site data publication U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 20 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 19 15 pursuant to the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program. 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. 1. Purpose Rule 7.46(b) (Compliance with Data Collection Requirements) 4 implements the data collection and Web site publication requirements of the Plan.5 Supplementary Material .70 to Rule 7.46 provides, among other things, that the requirement that the Exchange or their DEA make certain data for the Pre-Pilot Period and Pilot Period 6 publicly available on the Exchange’s or DEA’s Web site pursuant to Appendix B to the Plan shall commence on April 28, 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77484 (March 31, 2016), 81 FR 20024 (April 4, 2016) (Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Adopting Requirements for the Collection and Transmission of Data Pursuant to Appendices B and C of Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program) (SR–NYSEARCA–2016–52); see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78814 (September 12, 2016), 81 FR 63818 (September 16, 2016) (Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Amend Rule 7.46 to Modify Certain Data Collection Requirements of the Regulation NMS Plan to Implement a Tick Size Pilot Program) (SR– NYSEARCA–2016–124); see also Letter from John C. Roeser, Associate Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, to Sherry Sandler, Associate General Counsel, NYSE Arca, dated April 4, 2016. 5 The Participants filed the Plan to comply with an order issued by the Commission on June 24, 2014. See Letter from Brendon J. Weiss, Vice President, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., to Secretary, Commission, dated August 25, 2014 (‘‘SRO Tick Size Plan Proposal’’). See Securities Exchange Act Release No 72460 (June 24, 2014), 79 FR 36840 (June 30, 2014); see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 74892 (May 6, 2015), 80 FR 27513 (May 13, 2015). 6 Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms have the meaning ascribed to them in the Plan. PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2017.7 The Exchange is proposing to amend Supplementary Material .70 to Rule 7.46 to delay the Appendix B data Web site publication date until August 31, 2017. The Exchange is proposing to further delay the Web site publication of Appendix B data until August 31, 2017 to permit additional time to consider a methodology to mitigate concerns raised in connection with the publication of Appendix B data.8 Pursuant to this proposed amendment, the Exchange would publish the required Appendix B data for the Pre-Pilot Period through April 30, 2017, by August 31, 2017. Thereafter, Appendix B data for a given month would be published within 120 calendar days following month end.9 Thus, for example, Appendix B data for May 2017 would be made available on the Exchange’s or DEA’s Web site by September 28, 2017, and data for the month of June 2017 would be made available on the Exchange’s or DEA’s Web site by October 28, 2017. As noted in Item 2 of this filing, the Exchange has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness and has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay. If the Commission waives the 30-day operative delay, the operative date of the proposed rule change will be the date of filing. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,10 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,11 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in 7 See Supplementary Material .70 to Rule 7.46. See also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80175 (March 8, 2017), 82 FR 13688 (March 14, 2017). See also Letter from David S. Shillman, Associate Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Commission, to Robert L.D. Colby, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’), dated February 28, 2017. 8 On March 3, 2017, FINRA filed a proposed rule change to implement an anonymous, grouped masking methodology for Appendix B.I, B.II. and B.IV. data. The comment period ended on April 5, 2017, and the Commission received three comment letters. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80193 (March 9, 2017) 82 FR 13901 (March 15, 2017). 9 FINRA also submitted an exemptive request, on behalf of all Participants, to the SEC in connection with the instant filing. 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80640; File No. SR-BX-2017-013]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Order Granting 
Approval of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, To 
Shorten the Settlement Cycle From T+3 to T+2

May 10, 2017.

I. Introduction

    On March 9, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (``Exchange'') filed with the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission''), pursuant to 
Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Act'') \1\ 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ a proposed rule change to conform its 
rules to an amendment proposed by the Commission to Rule 15c6-1(a) \3\ 
under the Act to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-
dealer transactions from three business days after the trade date 
(``T+3'') to two business days after the trade date (``T+2'').\4\ On 
March 13, 2017, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule 
change.\5\ On March 22, 2017, the Commission adopted an amendment to 
Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Act to shorten the standard settlement cycle 
to T+2 and set a compliance date of September 5, 2017.\6\ The 
Exchange's proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No.1, was 
published for comment in the Federal Register on March 27, 2017.\7\ The 
Commission did not receive any comment letters on the proposed rule 
change, as modified by Amendment No. 1. This order approves the 
proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.15c6-1(a).
    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78962 (September 28, 
2016), 81 FR 69240 (October 5, 2016) (Amendment to Securities 
Transaction Settlement Cycle) (File No. S7-22-16).
    \5\ In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange proposes to capitalize the 
letter ``d'' in the word ``department'' in the proposed revisions to 
Rule 11140(b)(1), as set forth in Exhibit 5 to the filing, to 
conform to the Exchange's current rule text.
    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80295 (March 22, 
2017), 82 FR 15564 (March 29, 2017) (``SEC Adopting Release'').
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80282 (March 21, 
2017), 82 FR 15258.
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II. Description of the Proposal, as Modified by Amendment No. 1

    The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rules 11140 (Transactions 
in Securities ``Ex-Dividend,'' ``Ex-Rights'' or ``Ex-Warrants''), 11150 
(Transactions ``Ex-Interest'' in Bonds Which Are Dealt in ``Flat''), 
11210 (Sent by Each Party), 11320 (Dates of Delivery), 11620 
(Computation of Interest), and IM-11810 (Sample Buy-In Forms), to 
conform to the Commission's proposed amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) under 
the Act that would shorten the standard settlement cycle for most 
broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2.
    Exchange Rule 11140(b)(1) concerns the determination of normal ex-
dividend and ex-warrants dates for certain types of dividends and 
distributions. Currently, with respect to cash dividends or 
distributions, or stock dividends, and the issuance or distribution of 
warrants, which are less than 25% of the value of the subject security, 
if the definitive information is received sufficiently in advance of 
the record date, the date designated as the ``ex-dividend date'' is the 
second business day preceding the record date if the record date falls 
on a business day, or the third business day preceding the record date 
if the record date falls on a day designated by the Exchange's 
Regulation Department as a non-delivery day. Under the proposal, the 
``ex-dividend date'' would be the first business day preceding the 
record date if the record date falls on a business day, or the second 
business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a 
day designated by the Exchange's Regulation Department as a non-
delivery date.
    Exchange Rule 11150(a) concerns the determination of normal ex-
interest dates for certain types of transactions. Currently, all 
transactions, except ``cash'' transactions, in bonds or similar 
evidences of indebtedness which are traded ``flat'' are ``ex-interest'' 
on the second business day preceding the record date if the record date 
falls on a business day, on the third business day preceding the record 
date if the record date falls on a day other than a business day, and 
on the third business day preceding the date on which an interest 
payment is to be made if no record date has been fixed. Under the 
proposal, these transactions would be ``ex-interest'' on the first 
business day preceding the record date if the record date falls on a 
business day, on the second business day preceding the record date if 
the record date falls on a day other than a business day, and on the 
second business day preceding the date on which an interest payment is 
to be made if no record date has been fixed.
    Exchange Rules 11210(c) and (d) set forth ``DK'' procedures using 
``Don't Know Notices'' and other forms of notices, respectively.\8\ 
Exchange Rule 11210(c) currently provides that, when a party to a 
transaction sends a comparison or confirmation of a trade, but does not 
receive a comparison or confirmation or a signed DK from the contra-
member by the close of four business days following the trade date of 
the transaction, the party may use the procedures set forth in the 
rule. The Exchange proposes to shorten the ``four business days'' time 
period to one business day. Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(A) currently 
provides that a contra-member has four business days

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after the ``Don't Know Notice'' is received to either confirm or DK the 
transaction in accordance with Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(B) or (C). The 
Exchange proposes to shorten the ``four business days'' time period to 
two business days.\9\ Exchange Rule 11210(c)(3) currently provides that 
if the confirming member does not receive a response from the contra-
member by the close of four business days after receipt by the 
confirming member the fourth copy of the ``Don't Know Notice'' if 
delivered by messenger, or the post office receipt if delivered by 
mail, such shall constitute a DK and the confirming member shall have 
no further liability for the trade. The Exchange proposes to shorten 
the ``four business days'' time period to two business days.
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    \8\ Exchange Rule 11210 does not apply to transactions that 
clear through the National Securities Clearing Corporation or other 
clearing organizations registered under the Act. See Exchange Rule 
11210(a)(4).
    \9\ The Exchange also proposes to make non-substantive, 
formatting changes to Exchange Rule 11210(c)(2)(A).
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    The Exchange proposes similar changes to Exchange Rule 11210(d). 
Exchange Rule 11210(d) currently provides that, when a party to a 
transaction sends a comparison or confirmation of a trade, but does not 
receive a comparison or confirmation or a signed DK from the contra-
member by the close of four business days following the date of the 
transaction, the party may use the procedures set forth in the rule. 
The Exchange proposes to shorten the ``four business days'' time period 
to one business day. Exchange Rule 11210(d)(5) currently provides that 
if the confirming member does not receive a response in the form of a 
notice from the contra-member by the close of four business days after 
receipt of the confirming member's notice, such shall constitute a DK 
and the confirming member shall have no further liability. The Exchange 
proposes to shorten the ``four business days'' time period to two 
business days.
    Exchange Rule 11320 prescribes delivery dates for various types of 
transactions. Exchange Rule 11320(b) currently provides that in 
connection with a transaction ``regular way,'' delivery is made at the 
office of the purchaser on, but not before, the third business day 
following the date of the transaction. Under the proposal, delivery 
would be required to be made on, but not before, the second business 
day following the date of the transaction. Exchange Rule 11320(c) 
currently provides in part that, in connection with a transaction 
``seller's option,'' delivery may be made by the seller on any business 
day after the third business day following the date of transaction and 
prior to the expiration of the option, provided the seller delivers at 
the office of the purchaser, on a business day preceding the day of 
delivery, written notice of intention to deliver. Under the proposal, 
delivery may be made by the seller on any business day after the second 
business day following the date of the transaction and prior to 
expiration of the option.\10\
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    \10\ The Exchange also proposes to make a non-substantive change 
to Exchange Rule 11320(c).
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    Exchange Rule 11620 governs the computation of interest. Exchange 
Rule 11620(a) currently provides in part that, in the settlement of 
contracts in interest-paying securities other than for ``cash,'' there 
shall be added to the dollar price interest at the rate specified in 
the security, which shall be computed up to but not including the third 
business day following the date of the transaction. Under the proposal, 
the interest would be computed up to but not including the second 
business day following the date of the transaction.\11\
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    \11\ The Exchange also proposes to capitalize certain words in 
the title of Exchange Rule 11620(a).
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    Exchange Rule IM-11810(i)(1)(A) sets forth the circumstances under 
which a receiving member may deliver a Liability Notice to the 
delivering member as an alternative to the close-out procedures set 
forth in Exchange Rule IM-11810(a)-(g). Currently, when the parties to 
a contract are not both participants in a registered clearing agency 
that has an automated service for notifying a failing party of the 
liability that will be attendant to a failure to deliver, the notice 
must be issued using written or comparable electronic media having 
immediate receipt capabilities ``no later than one business day prior 
to the latest time and the date of the offer or other event'' in order 
to obtain the protection provided by the rule. Under the proposal, the 
notice must be ``sent as soon as practicable but not later than two 
hours prior to the cutoff time set forth in the instructions on a 
specific offer or other event'' in order to obtain the protection 
provided by the rule.
    The Exchange represents that it will announce the operative date of 
the proposed rule change in an Equity Regulatory Alert, which date 
would correspond with the industry-led transition to a T+2 standard 
settlement, and the compliance date of the amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) 
under the Act.\12\
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    \12\ See SEC Adopting Release, supra note 6.
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III. Discussion and Commission's Findings

    After careful review of the proposed rule change, as modified by 
Amendment No. 1, the Commission finds that the proposal is consistent 
with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange.\13\ 
Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as 
modified by Amendment No. 1, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the 
Act,\14\ which requires that the rules of a national securities 
exchange be designed, among other things, 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 regulating, clearing, settling, processing 
information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in 
securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and a national market system, and to protect 
investors and the public interest.
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    \13\ In approving this proposed rule change, as modified by 
Amendment No. 1, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's 
impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 
U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Commission notes that the proposed rule change, as modified by 
Amendment No. 1, would amend Exchange rules to conform to the amendment 
that the Commission has adopted to Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Act \15\ 
and support a move to a T+2 standard settlement cycle. In the SEC 
Adopting Release, the Commission stated its belief that shortening the 
standard settlement cycle from T+3 to T+2 will result in a reduction of 
credit, market, and liquidity risk,\16\ and as a result a reduction in 
systemic risk for U.S. market participants.\17\ The compliance date for 
the amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) under the Act is September 5, 2017.\18\ 
The Exchange has represented that it would announce the operative date 
of the proposed rule change in an Equity Regulatory Alert and that such 
date would correspond to the compliance date of the amendment to Rule 
15c6-1(a) under the Act.
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    \15\ See SEC Adopting Release, supra note 6.
    \16\ Credit risk refers to the risk that the credit quality of 
one party to a transaction will deteriorate to the extent that it is 
unable to fulfill its obligations to its counterparty on settlement 
date. Market risk refers to the risk that the value of securities 
bought and sold will change between trade execution and settlement 
such that the completion of the trade would result in a financial 
loss. Liquidity risk describes the risk that an entity will be 
unable to meet financial obligations on time due to an inability to 
deliver funds or securities in the form required though it may 
possess sufficient financial resources in other forms. See id., at 
15564 n. 3.
    \17\ See id. at 15564.
    \18\ See id.
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    For the reasons noted above, the Commission finds that the 
proposal, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is

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consistent with the requirements of the Act and would foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 
system, and protect investors and the public interest.

IV. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act,\19\ that the proposed rule change, (SR-BX-2017-013), as modified 
by Amendment No. 1, be and hereby is, approved.
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    \19\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\20\
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    \20\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-09813 Filed 5-15-17; 8:45 am]
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