Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Proposed Rule Change Relating to ICC's End-of-Day Price Discovery Policies and Procedures, 27539-27541 [2017-12376]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80900; File No. SR–ICC– 2017–005] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change Relating to ICC’s Liquidity Risk Management Framework and ICC’s Stress Testing Framework June 9, 2017. On May 16, 2017, ICE Clear Credit LLC (‘‘ICC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to revise the ICC Liquidity Risk Management Framework and the ICC Stress Testing Framework. Notice of the proposed rule change was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2017.3 The Commission did not receive comments on the proposed rule change. On June 8, 2017, ICC withdrew the proposed rule change (SR–ICC–2017– 005). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.4 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–12377 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–2736. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Extension: Rule 17a–2, SEC File No. 270–189, OMB Control No. 3235–0201. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for approval of extension of the previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 17a–2 (17 CFR 240.17a–2), under 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34–80818 (May 31, 2017), 82 FR 26196 (June 6, 2017). 4 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 2 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). Rule 17a–2 requires underwriters to maintain information regarding stabilizing activities conducted in accordance with Rule 104 of Regulation M. The collections of information under Regulation M and Rule 17a–2 are necessary for covered persons to obtain certain benefits or to comply with certain requirements. The collections of information are necessary to provide the Commission with information regarding syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids. The Commission may review this information during periodic examinations or with respect to investigations. 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Comments should be directed to (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or by sending an email to: Shagufta_Ahmed@ omb.eop.gov ; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 or by sending an email to: PRA_Mailbox@ PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27539 sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: June 9, 2017. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–12431 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80895; File No. SR–ICC– 2017–006] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Proposed Rule Change Relating to ICC’s End-ofDay Price Discovery Policies and Procedures June 9, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,1 and Rule 19b–4,2 notice is hereby given that on May 25, 2017, ICE Clear Credit LLC (‘‘ICC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by ICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The principal purpose of the proposed rule change is to make revisions to the ICC End-of-Day Price Discovery Policies and Procedures (‘‘Pricing Policy’’) related to the market variability bid-offer width (‘‘BOW’’) scaling methodology, as well as additional clean-up changes. These revisions do not require any changes to the ICC Clearing Rules (‘‘Rules’’). II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, ICC 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. ICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements. 1 15 2 17 E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 15JNN1 27540 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES (A) Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change ICC proposes revising its Pricing Policy to make changes related to the market variability BOW scaling methodology. Specifically, ICC proposes the introduction of an automated assessment of market variability and, if appropriate, an automatic widening of BOWs. This automated assessment feature was initially incorporated in the Pricing Policy as a considered future enhancement; ICC now wishes to update the policy to implement the enhancement. ICC believes the enhancement will facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions cleared by ICC. (a) Summary of Proposed Changes Each business day, ICC determines end-of-day levels through its established price discovery process, based on endof-day submissions from its Clearing Participants. ICC uses these levels for mark-to-market and risk management purposes. As part of its price discovery process, ICC determines BOWs for each clearing-eligible instrument. The price discovery process uses the BOWs as inputs in the determination of end-ofday levels and Firm Trades. ICC has developed systems that automatically determine the BOW to use for each clearing-eligible instrument. These systems rely on BOW information from intraday market data to make this determination. To ensure ICC’s systems, informed by the available intraday data, are determining appropriate BOWs, the Risk Department currently monitors the markets and has the ability to over-ride the system-determined BOWs. During periods of high market variability, there can be a significant number of adjustments required to be manually determined and manually input into ICC’s systems in a short period, introducing operational risk. ICC’s proposal reduces this operational risk by replacing the manual determination and manual adjustments with welldefined algorithmic adjustments executed automatically by ICC’s systems. ICC proposes to introduce an automated widening of BOWs when there may be a potential discrepancy between the BOWs determined using the current process and BOWs that are more indicative of market conditions based on the dispersion of market midlevels of intraday quotes.3 To determine 3 Pursuant to discussions via email with ICC’s internal counsel on June 8, 2017, staff in the VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 when a potential for such discrepancy may exist, and by how much to widen the BOWs, ICC introduces a new metric, Variability Level, which it computes based on the intraday movement in midlevels relative to the pre-defined BOWs established through its current procedures for extreme market conditions. ICC also proposes clean-up changes to the Pricing Policy, including removing details of a planned (never implemented) addition of an intraday quote filtering algorithm and moving the description of the current process from a footnote to the main body of the document, and updating inaccurate table references throughout the policy. Variability Level Determination Under the proposed enhancement, ICC computes a Variability Level for the on-the-run instrument in each of the major index families that it clears. For each instrument, ICC’s systems establish a time series of intraday mid-levels from that day from available market data.4 For intraday mid-levels falling outside of one pre-defined BOW from the prior day’s end-of-day level, the Variability Level is the maximum deviation of the time series from the prior end-of-day level divided by the pre-defined BOW. For intraday mid-levels falling within one pre-defined BOW from the prior day’s end-of-day level, the Variability Level is set to 1.0 if the range of midlevels in the time series is less than or equal to the pre-defined BOW, and set to 1.2 if the range of mid-levels in the time series is greater than the predefined BOW. ICC establishes Variability Bands that correspond to specific ranges of Variability Level in order to classify the magnitude of the observed variability into band 0, 1, 2, etc. Variability Band 0 is the lowest range of Variability Level, Variability Band 1 is the next higher range of Variability Level, and so on. Market-Proxy Variability Bands Under the proposed enhancement, to create a measure of the level of variability for North American (CDX), European (iTraxx), Emerging Market Division of Trading and Markets modified the text of this sentence to clarify that the automated widening of the BOWs will occur where there is a potential discrepancy between the BOWs determined using the current process and BOWs that are more indicative of market conditions based on the dispersion of market mid-levels of intraday quotes. 4 Pursuant to discussions via email with ICC’s internal counsel on June 8, 2017, staff in the Division of Trading and Markets modified the text of this sentence to clarify that the time series of intraday mid-levels is established from mid-levels for that particular day. PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Asia Pacific markets, ICC assigns each of the index instruments for which it determines a Variability Band to one of those markets. For example, ICC assigns CDX.NA.IG and CDX.NA.HY instruments to the North American market. ICC determines the MarketProxy Variability Band for each market as the largest Variability Band computed for any of the index instruments assigned to that market. Determination of EOD BOWs for Index Instruments ICC’s current price discovery process for index instruments selects between one of three pre-defined BOWs, based on which is most representative of the BOWs observed in intraday market data. The pre-defined Regime 1 (normal), Regime 2 (volatile) and Regime 3 (extreme) BOWs are progressively wider. The proposed enhancement adjusts the regime selected by the current process depending on the computed Market-Proxy Variability Band for the market to which ICC has assigned the given instrument. The adjustment is none, one regime (moving from Regime 1 to Regime 2 or from Regime 2 to Regime 3), and two regimes (moving from Regime 1 to Regime 3 or from Regime 2 to Regime 3). Higher Market-Proxy Variability Bands result in a larger adjustment. ICC assigns index instruments to specific markets based on the region related to the reference entities of their constituent. Determination of EOD BOWs for Single Name (‘‘SN’’) Instruments ICC’s current price discovery process derives BOWs for SN instruments based on the BOWs quoted in intraday market data, and applies certain scaling factors to arrive at the EOD BOW for SN instruments. The proposed enhancement applies an additional scaling factor to the BOWs derived by the current process, depending on the computed Market-Proxy Variability Band for the market to which ICC assigns the given instrument. The scaling factors start at 1 (no adjustment) and are larger for higher Market-Proxy Variability Bands. ICC assigns SN instruments to markets based on the region related to the reference entity of the instrument. Determination of Consensus BOWs and Correction of Inaccurate Table References The current version of the Pricing Policy includes details of an intraday quote filtering algorithm, which was, at the time of inclusion, a planned enhancement and which has never been implemented to determine consensus E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices BOWs. ICC proposes deleting the text describing such algorithm. The text describing ICC’s current practices for determining consensus BOWs is currently set forth in a footnote within the policy. ICC proposes moving this description into the main text of the policy. ICC has also corrected inaccurate table references throughout the policy. (C) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change From Members, Participants or Others (b) Statutory Basis III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 5 requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to protect investors and the public interest and to comply with the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. ICC believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to ICC, in particular, to Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F),6 [sic]because ICC believes that the proposed rule changes will assure the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions, as the proposed revisions allow for the automatic adjustment of BOWs to appropriate levels during periods of high market variability, thus assisting ICC in ensuring it maintains market appropriate BOWs in all market conditions. Appropriate BOWs ensure ICC maintains an accurate and effective EOD price discovery process, which includes the determination of EOD pricing levels and Firm Trade determinations. As such, the proposed changes are designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) 7 of the Act. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES (B) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Burden on Competition ICC does not believe the proposed rule changes would have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. The proposed changes to ICC’s market variability BOW scaling methodology will apply uniformly across all market participants. Therefore, ICC does not believe the proposed rule changes impose any burden on competition that is inappropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. 5 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 6 Id. 7 Id. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. ICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by ICC. 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 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– ICC–2017–006 on the subject line. 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–ICC–2017–006. 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 Fmt 4703 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Robert W. Errett, Deputy Secretary. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the Office of Mexican Affairs’ Border Affairs Unit via email at WHABorderAffairs@state.gov, by phone at 202–647–9894, or by mail at Office of Mexican Affairs—Room 3924, Department of State, 2201 C St. NW., SUMMARY: Paper Comments Frm 00080 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 such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of ICE Clear Credit and on ICE Clear Credit’s Web site at https:// www.theice.com/clear-credit/regulation. 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–ICC–2017–006 and should be submitted on or before July 6, 2017. [FR Doc. 2017–12376 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] 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: PO 00000 Sfmt 4703 27541 8 17 E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 15JNN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80895; File No. SR-ICC-2017-006]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of 
Proposed Rule Change Relating to ICC's End-of-Day Price Discovery 
Policies and Procedures

June 9, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934,\1\ and Rule 19b-4,\2\ notice is hereby given that on May 25, 
2017, ICE Clear Credit LLC (``ICC'') filed with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission the proposed rule change, as described in Items I, 
II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by ICC. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the 
Proposed Rule Change

    The principal purpose of the proposed rule change is to make 
revisions to the ICC End-of-Day Price Discovery Policies and Procedures 
(``Pricing Policy'') related to the market variability bid-offer width 
(``BOW'') scaling methodology, as well as additional clean-up changes. 
These revisions do not require any changes to the ICC Clearing Rules 
(``Rules'').

II. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, ICC 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. ICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these 
statements.

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(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    ICC proposes revising its Pricing Policy to make changes related to 
the market variability BOW scaling methodology. Specifically, ICC 
proposes the introduction of an automated assessment of market 
variability and, if appropriate, an automatic widening of BOWs. This 
automated assessment feature was initially incorporated in the Pricing 
Policy as a considered future enhancement; ICC now wishes to update the 
policy to implement the enhancement. ICC believes the enhancement will 
facilitate the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of 
securities transactions and derivative agreements, contracts, and 
transactions cleared by ICC.
(a) Summary of Proposed Changes
    Each business day, ICC determines end-of-day levels through its 
established price discovery process, based on end-of-day submissions 
from its Clearing Participants. ICC uses these levels for mark-to-
market and risk management purposes. As part of its price discovery 
process, ICC determines BOWs for each clearing-eligible instrument. The 
price discovery process uses the BOWs as inputs in the determination of 
end-of-day levels and Firm Trades. ICC has developed systems that 
automatically determine the BOW to use for each clearing-eligible 
instrument. These systems rely on BOW information from intraday market 
data to make this determination. To ensure ICC's systems, informed by 
the available intraday data, are determining appropriate BOWs, the Risk 
Department currently monitors the markets and has the ability to over-
ride the system-determined BOWs. During periods of high market 
variability, there can be a significant number of adjustments required 
to be manually determined and manually input into ICC's systems in a 
short period, introducing operational risk. ICC's proposal reduces this 
operational risk by replacing the manual determination and manual 
adjustments with well-defined algorithmic adjustments executed 
automatically by ICC's systems.
    ICC proposes to introduce an automated widening of BOWs when there 
may be a potential discrepancy between the BOWs determined using the 
current process and BOWs that are more indicative of market conditions 
based on the dispersion of market mid-levels of intraday quotes.\3\ To 
determine when a potential for such discrepancy may exist, and by how 
much to widen the BOWs, ICC introduces a new metric, Variability Level, 
which it computes based on the intraday movement in mid-levels relative 
to the pre-defined BOWs established through its current procedures for 
extreme market conditions.
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    \3\ Pursuant to discussions via email with ICC's internal 
counsel on June 8, 2017, staff in the Division of Trading and 
Markets modified the text of this sentence to clarify that the 
automated widening of the BOWs will occur where there is a potential 
discrepancy between the BOWs determined using the current process 
and BOWs that are more indicative of market conditions based on the 
dispersion of market mid-levels of intraday quotes.
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    ICC also proposes clean-up changes to the Pricing Policy, including 
removing details of a planned (never implemented) addition of an 
intraday quote filtering algorithm and moving the description of the 
current process from a footnote to the main body of the document, and 
updating inaccurate table references throughout the policy.
Variability Level Determination
    Under the proposed enhancement, ICC computes a Variability Level 
for the on-the-run instrument in each of the major index families that 
it clears. For each instrument, ICC's systems establish a time series 
of intraday mid-levels from that day from available market data.\4\ For 
intraday mid-levels falling outside of one pre-defined BOW from the 
prior day's end-of-day level, the Variability Level is the maximum 
deviation of the time series from the prior end-of-day level divided by 
the pre-defined BOW. For intraday mid-levels falling within one pre-
defined BOW from the prior day's end-of-day level, the Variability 
Level is set to 1.0 if the range of mid-levels in the time series is 
less than or equal to the pre-defined BOW, and set to 1.2 if the range 
of mid-levels in the time series is greater than the pre-defined BOW. 
ICC establishes Variability Bands that correspond to specific ranges of 
Variability Level in order to classify the magnitude of the observed 
variability into band 0, 1, 2, etc. Variability Band 0 is the lowest 
range of Variability Level, Variability Band 1 is the next higher range 
of Variability Level, and so on.
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    \4\ Pursuant to discussions via email with ICC's internal 
counsel on June 8, 2017, staff in the Division of Trading and 
Markets modified the text of this sentence to clarify that the time 
series of intraday mid-levels is established from mid-levels for 
that particular day.
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Market-Proxy Variability Bands
    Under the proposed enhancement, to create a measure of the level of 
variability for North American (CDX), European (iTraxx), Emerging 
Market and Asia Pacific markets, ICC assigns each of the index 
instruments for which it determines a Variability Band to one of those 
markets. For example, ICC assigns CDX.NA.IG and CDX.NA.HY instruments 
to the North American market. ICC determines the Market-Proxy 
Variability Band for each market as the largest Variability Band 
computed for any of the index instruments assigned to that market.
Determination of EOD BOWs for Index Instruments
    ICC's current price discovery process for index instruments selects 
between one of three pre-defined BOWs, based on which is most 
representative of the BOWs observed in intraday market data. The pre-
defined Regime 1 (normal), Regime 2 (volatile) and Regime 3 (extreme) 
BOWs are progressively wider. The proposed enhancement adjusts the 
regime selected by the current process depending on the computed 
Market-Proxy Variability Band for the market to which ICC has assigned 
the given instrument. The adjustment is none, one regime (moving from 
Regime 1 to Regime 2 or from Regime 2 to Regime 3), and two regimes 
(moving from Regime 1 to Regime 3 or from Regime 2 to Regime 3). Higher 
Market-Proxy Variability Bands result in a larger adjustment. ICC 
assigns index instruments to specific markets based on the region 
related to the reference entities of their constituent.
Determination of EOD BOWs for Single Name (``SN'') Instruments
    ICC's current price discovery process derives BOWs for SN 
instruments based on the BOWs quoted in intraday market data, and 
applies certain scaling factors to arrive at the EOD BOW for SN 
instruments. The proposed enhancement applies an additional scaling 
factor to the BOWs derived by the current process, depending on the 
computed Market-Proxy Variability Band for the market to which ICC 
assigns the given instrument. The scaling factors start at 1 (no 
adjustment) and are larger for higher Market-Proxy Variability Bands. 
ICC assigns SN instruments to markets based on the region related to 
the reference entity of the instrument.
Determination of Consensus BOWs and Correction of Inaccurate Table 
References
    The current version of the Pricing Policy includes details of an 
intraday quote filtering algorithm, which was, at the time of 
inclusion, a planned enhancement and which has never been implemented 
to determine consensus

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BOWs. ICC proposes deleting the text describing such algorithm. The 
text describing ICC's current practices for determining consensus BOWs 
is currently set forth in a footnote within the policy. ICC proposes 
moving this description into the main text of the policy. ICC has also 
corrected inaccurate table references throughout the policy.
(b) Statutory Basis
    Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act \5\ requires, among other things, 
that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to protect investors 
and the public interest and to comply with the provisions of the Act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder. ICC believes that the 
proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to ICC, in 
particular, to Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F),\6\ [sic]because ICC believes 
that the proposed rule changes will assure the prompt and accurate 
clearance and settlement of securities transactions, derivatives 
agreements, contracts, and transactions, as the proposed revisions 
allow for the automatic adjustment of BOWs to appropriate levels during 
periods of high market variability, thus assisting ICC in ensuring it 
maintains market appropriate BOWs in all market conditions. Appropriate 
BOWs ensure ICC maintains an accurate and effective EOD price discovery 
process, which includes the determination of EOD pricing levels and 
Firm Trade determinations. As such, the proposed changes are designed 
to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of 
securities transactions, derivatives agreements, contracts, and 
transactions within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) \7\ of the Act.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
    \6\ Id.
    \7\ Id.
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(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition

    ICC does not believe the proposed rule changes would have any 
impact, or impose any burden, on competition. The proposed changes to 
ICC's market variability BOW scaling methodology will apply uniformly 
across all market participants. Therefore, ICC does not believe the 
proposed rule changes impose any burden on competition that is 
inappropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

(C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change 
From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been 
solicited or received. ICC will notify the Commission of any written 
comments received by ICC.

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:

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-ICC-2017-006 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-ICC-2017-006. 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 such filings will also be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of ICE Clear Credit 
and on ICE Clear Credit's Web site at https://www.theice.com/clear-credit/regulation.
    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-ICC-2017-006 
and should be submitted on or before July 6, 2017.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\8\
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    \8\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Robert W. Errett,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-12376 Filed 6-14-17; 8:45 am]
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