Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Exchange's Transaction Fees at Rule 7018, 28103-28105 [2017-12765]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 20, 2017 / Notices change, or within such longer period up to 90 days as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission shall either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The 45th day for this filing is June 16, 2017. The Commission is extending the 45day time period for Commission action on the proposed rule change. The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider and take action on the Exchange’s proposed rule change. Accordingly, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 5 and for the reasons stated above, the Commission designates July 31, 2017, as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change (File No. SR–ISE–2017–32). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Eduardo A. Aleman. Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–12764 Filed 6–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change Related to Complex Orders sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES June 14, 2017. On March 7, 2017, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘CBOE’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend its rules with respect to orders in open outcry to set forth applicable ratios for an order to be eligible for complex order priority U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). CFR 200.30–3(a)(31). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 6 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jun 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.5 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–12767 Filed 6–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–80924; File No. SR–BX– 2017–028] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Exchange’s Transaction Fees at Rule 7018 June 14, 2017. [Release No. 34–80926; File No. SR–CBOE– 2017–019] 5 15 within applicable priority rules, make explicit the priority applicable when there are other complex orders or quotes represented at the same net price, and clarify the applicable minimum increment. The Exchange also proposed to simplify the definitions of the complex order types that may be made available on a class-by-class basis. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on March 24, 2017.3 On May 5, 2017, the Commission issued a notice designating a longer period of time to act on the proposed rule change.4 The Commission has not received any comments on the proposed rule change. On June 6, 2017, CBOE withdrew the proposed rule change (SR–CBOE–2017–019). Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 1, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III, below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange’s transaction fees at Rule 7018 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80279 (March 20, 2017), 82 FR 15085 (‘‘Notice’’). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80609, 82 FR 22035. 5 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(31). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28103 to reduce the amount of one of the credits for entering an order that accesses liquidity in the Exchange’s Equities System, as described further below. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http://nasdaqbx.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the Exchange’s transaction fees at Rule 7018 to reduce a credit for entering an order that accesses liquidity in the Exchange’s Equities System for ‘‘all other orders,’’ i.e., orders that do not qualify for other available credits for removing liquidity. The Exchange operates on the ‘‘takermaker’’ model, whereby it pays credits to members that take liquidity and charges fees to members that provide liquidity. Currently, the Exchange offers five different credits for orders that access liquidity on the Exchange. First, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0016 per share executed for an order that accesses liquidity (excluding orders with Midpoint pegging and excluding orders that receive price improvement and execute against an order with a Non-displayed price) entered by a member that accesses liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.10% of total Consolidated Volume during a month. Second, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0015 per share executed to an order that accesses liquidity (excluding orders with Midpoint pegging and excluding orders that receive price improvement and execute against an order with a Non-displayed price) entered by a member that accesses liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% of total E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 28104 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 20, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Consolidated Volume during month. Third, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 per share executed for an order that receives price improvement and executes against an order with a Nondisplayed price. Fourth, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 per share executed for an order with Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. Finally, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0006 per share executed for ‘‘all other orders.’’ The Exchange now proposes to reduce the credit for ‘‘all other orders’’ from $0.0006 per share executed to $0.0003 per share executed. All of the other credits and charges will remain the same. The Exchange is making this change because it believes that the amount of the new credit is more closely aligned to the requirements necessary to qualify for that credit and the behavior that the credit is designed to incentivize. The Exchange notes that, while it does pay credits of $0.0015 and $0.0016 per share executed for accessing liquidity, a member must also meet also meet a volume threshold of accessing liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% or 0.10% of total Consolidated Volume during that month, respectively. Unlike other credits the Exchange offers for accessing liquidity, a member does not have to meet any volume requirements in order to qualify for this credit. In contrast, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 per share executed for an order that receives price improvement and executes against an order with a Non-displayed price, and for an order with Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. In comparison to these other credits and their attendant requirements, and given that the Exchange is limited in the amount of credits that it provides to members, the Exchange believes the new credit amount is appropriate. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,3 in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,4 in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Commission and the courts have repeatedly expressed their preference for competition over regulatory intervention in determining prices, 3 15 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jun 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 products, and services in the securities markets. In Regulation NMS, while adopting a series of steps to improve the current market model, the Commission highlighted the importance of market forces in determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current regulation of the market system ‘‘has been remarkably successful in promoting market competition in its broader forms that are most important to investors and listed companies.’’ 5 Likewise, in NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission 6 (‘‘NetCoalition’’) the D.C. Circuit upheld the Commission’s use of a market-based approach in evaluating the fairness of market data fees against a challenge claiming that Congress mandated a costbased approach.7 As the court emphasized, the Commission ‘‘intended in Regulation NMS that ‘market forces, rather than regulatory requirements’ play a role in determining the market data . . . to be made available to investors and at what cost.’’ 8 Further, ‘‘[n]o one disputes that competition for order flow is ‘fierce.’ . . . As the SEC explained, ‘[i]n the U.S. national market system, buyers and sellers of securities, and the brokerdealers that act as their order-routing agents, have a wide range of choices of where to route orders for execution’; [and] ‘no exchange can afford to take its market share percentages for granted’ because ‘no exchange possesses a monopoly, regulatory or otherwise, in the execution of order flow from broker dealers’ . . . .’’ 9 The Exchange believes that reducing the credit for ‘‘all other orders’’ from $0.0006 to $0.0003 is reasonable because the amount of the new credit is more closely aligned to the requirements necessary to qualify for the credit and the behavior that it is designed to incentivize, especially given that the Exchange is limited in the amount of credits that it provides to members. Unlike other credits the Exchange offers for accessing liquidity, a member does not have to meet any volume requirements in order to qualify for this credit. While the Exchange does pay credits of $0.0015 and $0.0016 per share executed for accessing liquidity, a member must also meet also meet a 5 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005) (‘‘Regulation NMS Adopting Release’’). 6 NetCoalition v. SEC, 615 F.3d 525 (D.C. Cir. 2010). 7 See NetCoalition, at 534–535. 8 Id. at 537. 9 Id. at 539 (quoting Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59039 (December 2, 2008), 73 FR 74770, 74782–83 (December 9, 2008) (SR– NYSEArca–2006–21)). PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 volume threshold of accessing liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% or 0.10% of total Consolidated Volume during a month, respectively. In contrast, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 for an order that receives price improvement and executes against an order with a Non-displayed price, and for an order with Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. The Exchange believes that the new credit amount is more closely aligned to the requirements for qualifying for that credit, especially in comparison to the other credits offered by the Exchange and their attendant requirements. The Exchange believes that the proposed change is equitably allocated among members, and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination. BX notes that participation on the Exchange, and eligibility for this credit, is voluntary, and that the Exchange continues to offer other credits for which members may attempt to qualify instead of the proposed credit. Additionally, the proposed change to the credit amount applies to all members that otherwise qualify for the credit. The Exchange believes that it is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory to amend the amount of the credit for ‘‘all other orders,’’ and not other credits, because the new credit amount is more closely aligned to the requirements for qualifying for that credit, especially in comparison to the other credits offered by the Exchange and their attendant requirements. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In terms of inter-market competition, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive, or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more favorable. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. Because competitors are free to modify their own fees in response, and because market participants may readily adjust their order routing practices, the Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes in this market may impose any E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 20, 2017 / Notices burden on competition is extremely limited. In this instance, the proposed change to the credit available to member firms for accessing liquidity for ‘‘all other orders’’ does not impose a burden on competition because the Exchange’s execution services are completely voluntary and subject to extensive competition both from other exchanges and from off-exchange venues. The new credit applies equally to all members that otherwise meet the requirements, e.g., accessing liquidity on the Exchange using an order that does not qualify for one of the other available credits, and all similarly situated members are equally capable of qualifying for the credit if they choose to meet the requirements. In sum, if the change proposed herein is unattractive to market participants, it is likely that the Exchange will lose market share as a result. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed change will impair the ability of members or competing order execution venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.10 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jun 19, 2017 Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– BX–2017–028 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX–2017–028. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX– 2017–028 and should be submitted on or before July 11, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. Jkt 241001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Multi-Purpose Room LL–006 at the Commission’s headquarters, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. (ET) and will be open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. Visitors will be subject to security checks. The meeting will be webcast on the Commission’s Web site at www.sec.gov. On May 25, 2017, the Commission issued notice of the Committee meeting (Release No. 33–10366), indicating that the meeting is open to the public (except during that portion of the meeting reserved for an administrative work session during lunch), and inviting the public to submit written comments to the Committee. This Sunshine Act notice is being issued because a quorum of the Commission may attend the meeting. The agenda for the meeting includes: Remarks from Commissioners; nominations for open officer positions; a discussion regarding capital formation, smaller companies, and the declining number of initial public offerings; an announcement of election results for open officer positions on the Investor Advisory Committee; an overview of certain provisions of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 relating to the SEC; and a nonpublic administrative work session during lunch. For further information, please contact Brent J. Fields from the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 117 (Tuesday, June 20, 2017)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-80924; File No. SR-BX-2017-028]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the 
Exchange's Transaction Fees at Rule 7018

June 14, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on June 1, 2017, NASDAQ BX, Inc. (``BX'' or ``Exchange'') filed with 
the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III, below, which 
Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing 
this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from 
interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange's transaction fees at 
Rule 7018 to reduce the amount of one of the credits for entering an 
order that accesses liquidity in the Exchange's Equities System, as 
described further below.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
Web site at http://nasdaqbx.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office 
of the Exchange, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the Exchange's 
transaction fees at Rule 7018 to reduce a credit for entering an order 
that accesses liquidity in the Exchange's Equities System for ``all 
other orders,'' i.e., orders that do not qualify for other available 
credits for removing liquidity.
    The Exchange operates on the ``taker-maker'' model, whereby it pays 
credits to members that take liquidity and charges fees to members that 
provide liquidity. Currently, the Exchange offers five different 
credits for orders that access liquidity on the Exchange. First, the 
Exchange pays a credit of $0.0016 per share executed for an order that 
accesses liquidity (excluding orders with Midpoint pegging and 
excluding orders that receive price improvement and execute against an 
order with a Non-displayed price) entered by a member that accesses 
liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.10% of total Consolidated Volume 
during a month. Second, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0015 per share 
executed to an order that accesses liquidity (excluding orders with 
Midpoint pegging and excluding orders that receive price improvement 
and execute against an order with a Non-displayed price) entered by a 
member that accesses liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% of total

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Consolidated Volume during month. Third, the Exchange pays a credit of 
$0.0000 per share executed for an order that receives price improvement 
and executes against an order with a Non-displayed price. Fourth, the 
Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 per share executed for an order with 
Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. Finally, the Exchange pays a 
credit of $0.0006 per share executed for ``all other orders.''
    The Exchange now proposes to reduce the credit for ``all other 
orders'' from $0.0006 per share executed to $0.0003 per share executed. 
All of the other credits and charges will remain the same.
    The Exchange is making this change because it believes that the 
amount of the new credit is more closely aligned to the requirements 
necessary to qualify for that credit and the behavior that the credit 
is designed to incentivize. The Exchange notes that, while it does pay 
credits of $0.0015 and $0.0016 per share executed for accessing 
liquidity, a member must also meet also meet a volume threshold of 
accessing liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% or 0.10% of total 
Consolidated Volume during that month, respectively. Unlike other 
credits the Exchange offers for accessing liquidity, a member does not 
have to meet any volume requirements in order to qualify for this 
credit. In contrast, the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 per share 
executed for an order that receives price improvement and executes 
against an order with a Non-displayed price, and for an order with 
Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. In comparison to these other 
credits and their attendant requirements, and given that the Exchange 
is limited in the amount of credits that it provides to members, the 
Exchange believes the new credit amount is appropriate.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 
6(b) of the Act,\3\ in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 
6(b)(4) and 6(b)(5) of the Act,\4\ in particular, in that it provides 
for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges 
among members and issuers and other persons using any facility, and is 
not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, 
issuers, brokers, or dealers.
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    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5).
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    The Commission and the courts have repeatedly expressed their 
preference for competition over regulatory intervention in determining 
prices, products, and services in the securities markets. In Regulation 
NMS, while adopting a series of steps to improve the current market 
model, the Commission highlighted the importance of market forces in 
determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current 
regulation of the market system ``has been remarkably successful in 
promoting market competition in its broader forms that are most 
important to investors and listed companies.'' \5\
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    \5\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 
FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005) (``Regulation NMS Adopting 
Release'').
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    Likewise, in NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission \6\ 
(``NetCoalition'') the D.C. Circuit upheld the Commission's use of a 
market-based approach in evaluating the fairness of market data fees 
against a challenge claiming that Congress mandated a cost-based 
approach.\7\ As the court emphasized, the Commission ``intended in 
Regulation NMS that `market forces, rather than regulatory 
requirements' play a role in determining the market data . . . to be 
made available to investors and at what cost.'' \8\
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    \6\ NetCoalition v. SEC, 615 F.3d 525 (D.C. Cir. 2010).
    \7\ See NetCoalition, at 534-535.
    \8\ Id. at 537.
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    Further, ``[n]o one disputes that competition for order flow is 
`fierce.' . . . As the SEC explained, `[i]n the U.S. national market 
system, buyers and sellers of securities, and the broker-dealers that 
act as their order-routing agents, have a wide range of choices of 
where to route orders for execution'; [and] `no exchange can afford to 
take its market share percentages for granted' because `no exchange 
possesses a monopoly, regulatory or otherwise, in the execution of 
order flow from broker dealers' . . . .'' \9\
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    \9\ Id. at 539 (quoting Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
59039 (December 2, 2008), 73 FR 74770, 74782-83 (December 9, 2008) 
(SR-NYSEArca-2006-21)).
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    The Exchange believes that reducing the credit for ``all other 
orders'' from $0.0006 to $0.0003 is reasonable because the amount of 
the new credit is more closely aligned to the requirements necessary to 
qualify for the credit and the behavior that it is designed to 
incentivize, especially given that the Exchange is limited in the 
amount of credits that it provides to members. Unlike other credits the 
Exchange offers for accessing liquidity, a member does not have to meet 
any volume requirements in order to qualify for this credit. While the 
Exchange does pay credits of $0.0015 and $0.0016 per share executed for 
accessing liquidity, a member must also meet also meet a volume 
threshold of accessing liquidity equal to or exceeding 0.05% or 0.10% 
of total Consolidated Volume during a month, respectively. In contrast, 
the Exchange pays a credit of $0.0000 for an order that receives price 
improvement and executes against an order with a Non-displayed price, 
and for an order with Midpoint pegging that removes liquidity. The 
Exchange believes that the new credit amount is more closely aligned to 
the requirements for qualifying for that credit, especially in 
comparison to the other credits offered by the Exchange and their 
attendant requirements.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change is equitably 
allocated among members, and is not designed to permit unfair 
discrimination. BX notes that participation on the Exchange, and 
eligibility for this credit, is voluntary, and that the Exchange 
continues to offer other credits for which members may attempt to 
qualify instead of the proposed credit. Additionally, the proposed 
change to the credit amount applies to all members that otherwise 
qualify for the credit. The Exchange believes that it is equitable and 
not unfairly discriminatory to amend the amount of the credit for ``all 
other orders,'' and not other credits, because the new credit amount is 
more closely aligned to the requirements for qualifying for that 
credit, especially in comparison to the other credits offered by the 
Exchange and their attendant requirements.

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

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. In terms of inter-market 
competition, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly 
competitive market in which market participants can readily favor 
competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be 
excessive, or rebate opportunities available at other venues to be more 
favorable.
    In such an environment, the Exchange must continually adjust its 
fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative 
trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the 
statutory standards applicable to exchanges. Because competitors are 
free to modify their own fees in response, and because market 
participants may readily adjust their order routing practices, the 
Exchange believes that the degree to which fee changes in this market 
may impose any

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burden on competition is extremely limited.
    In this instance, the proposed change to the credit available to 
member firms for accessing liquidity for ``all other orders'' does not 
impose a burden on competition because the Exchange's execution 
services are completely voluntary and subject to extensive competition 
both from other exchanges and from off-exchange venues. The new credit 
applies equally to all members that otherwise meet the requirements, 
e.g., accessing liquidity on the Exchange using an order that does not 
qualify for one of the other available credits, and all similarly 
situated members are equally capable of qualifying for the credit if 
they choose to meet the requirements.
    In sum, if the change proposed herein is unattractive to market 
participants, it is likely that the Exchange will lose market share as 
a result. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed 
change will impair the ability of members or competing order execution 
venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.\10\ At any time within 60 days of the 
filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may 
temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission 
that such action is: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public 
interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such 
action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether 
the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-BX-2017-028 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2017-028. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2017-028 and should be 
submitted on or before July 11, 2017.
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-12765 Filed 6-19-17; 8:45 am]
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