Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Transaction Fees for the Exchange's Equity Platform, 49431-49433 [2017-23119]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / Notices office of OPRA. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OPRA– 2017–01 and should be submitted on or before November 15, 2017. By the Commission. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–23114 Filed 10–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81906; File No. SR– BatsBZX–2017–67] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Transaction Fees for the Exchange’s Equity Platform October 19, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 10, 2017, Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BZX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which renders the proposed rule change effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES The Exchange filed a proposal to amend the fee schedule applicable to Members 5 and non-Members of the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 5 The term ‘‘Member’’ is defined as ‘‘any registered broker or dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.’’ See Exchange Rule 1.5(n). 2 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:06 Oct 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 Exchange pursuant to BZX Rules 15.1(a) and (c). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.bats.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 parts of such statements. (A) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule applicable to its equities trading platform (‘‘BZX Equities’’) to amend the criteria for Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 3 under footnote 1. The Exchange currently offers four CrossAsset Add Volume tiers under footnote 1 that provide an enhanced rebate ranging from $0.0028 to $0.0030 per share for orders that yield fee codes B,6 V,7 and Y 8 upon a Member achieving each tier’s required criteria. Currently, under Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 3, Members receives an enhanced rebate of $0.0028 per share where they have on the Exchange’s equity options platform (‘‘BZX Options’’) an ADAV greater than or equal to 2.00% of average OCV.9 The 6 Fee code B is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BZX (Tape B) and is provided a standard rebate of $0.0025 per share. See the Exchange’s fee schedule available at http:// www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_ schedule/bzx/. 7 Fee code V is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BZX (Tape A) and is provided a standard rebate of $0.0020 per share. Id. 8 Fee code Y is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BZX (Tape C) and is provided a standard rebate of $0.0020 per share. Id. 9 ‘‘OCV’’, for purposes of equities pricing means the total equity and ETF options volume that clears in the Customer range at the Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) for the month for which the fees apply, excluding volume on any day that the Exchange experiences an Exchange System Disruption and on any day with a scheduled early market close, using the definition of Customer as provided under the Exchange’s fee schedule for BZX Options. See the Exchange’s fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/equities/ membership/fee_schedule/bzx/. PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49431 Exchange now proposes to amend the criteria necessary to receive the enhanced rebate provided by CrossAsset Tier 3. As amended, Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 3 would require that the Member have on BZX Options an Options Market Maker Add OCV 10 equal to or greater than 1.85% of average OCV and that Member must also add an ADV 11 equal to or greater than 0.10% of TCV.12 The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee schedule immediately.13 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,14 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),15 in particular, as it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its Members and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange also notes that it operates in a highly-competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes the rates remain competitive with those charged by other venues and, therefore, reasonable and equitably allocated to Members. Volume-based rebates and fees such as the proposed Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier have been widely adopted by equities and options exchanges and are equitable because they are open to all Members on an equal basis and provide additional benefits or discounts that are reasonably related to the value to an exchange’s market quality associated with higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels of liquidity provision and/or growth 10 ‘‘Options Market Maker Add OCV’’ for purposes of equities pricing means ADAV resulting from Market Maker orders as a percentage of OCV, using the definitions of ADAV, Market Maker and OCV as provided under the Exchange’s fee schedule for BZX Options. Id. 11 ‘‘ADV’’ means average daily volume calculated as the number of shares added or removed, combined, per day. Id. 12 ‘‘TCV’’ means total consolidated volume calculated as the volume reported by all exchanges and trade reporting facilities to a consolidated transaction reporting plan for the month for which the fees apply. Id. 13 The Exchange initially filed the proposed rule change on September 29, 2017 (SR–BatsBZX–2017– 64). On October 10, 2017, the Exchange withdrew SR–BatsBZX–2017–64 and submitted this filing. 14 15 U.S.C. 78f. 15 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 49432 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / Notices patterns, and introduction of higher volumes of orders into the price and volume discovery processes. The Exchange believes that the proposal to modify the criteria for CrossAsset Add Volume Tier 3 is a reasonable, fair and equitable, and not unfairly discriminatory allocation of fees and rebates because it will provide Members with an additional incentive to reach certain thresholds on both BZX Equities and BZX Options. The revised criteria continues to be reasonably related to the rebate provided by the tier. The Exchange believes decreasing the first prong of the tier’s criteria to 1.85% but limiting it to Options Market Maker Add OCV, and adding the second prong requiring that the Member add an ADV equal to or greater than 0.10% of TCV ensures the difficulty of achieving the tier remains relatively the same, while adjusting it to reflect current market dynamics. The potential increased liquidity from this proposal also benefits all investors by deepening the BZX Equities and BZX Options liquidity pools, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. Such pricing programs thereby reward a Member’s growth pattern on the Exchange and such increased volume increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and will allow the Exchange to continue to provide and potentially expand the incentive programs operated by the Exchange. To the extent a Member participates on the Exchange but not on BZX Options, the Exchange does believe that the proposal is still reasonable, equitably allocated and non-discriminatory with respect to such Member based on the overall benefit to the Exchange resulting from the success of BZX Options. As noted above, such success allows the Exchange to continue to provide and potentially expand its existing incentive programs to the benefit of all participants on the Exchange, whether they participate on BZX Options or not. Lastly, the Exchange believes that limiting one prong of the tier’s required criteria to Options Market Makers is not unfairly discriminatory because it is intended to increase Market Maker participation on BZX Options. Market Makers have affirmative obligations to maintain fair and orderly markets and to maintain a two-sided market in those options series in which it is registered.16 Encouraging Market Maker’s [sic] to achieve certain volume criteria on BZX Options in order to receive the tier’s enhanced rebate, therefore, benefits all market participants by increasing the depth of the BZX Options liquidity pool and improving the market quality of the Exchange. The Exchange notes that the proposed criteria is not only limited to the Member’s Options Market Making on BZX Options. The proposed criteria also requires that the Member meet certain volume requirements on BZX Equities and does require [sic] the Member be registered as a Market Maker to satisfy the tier. (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. The Exchange does not believe that any of the proposed change [sic] to the Exchange’s tiered pricing structure burden competition, but instead, that they enhance competition as they are intended to increase the competitiveness of the Exchange by modifying pricing incentives in order to attract order flow and incentivize participants to increase their participation on the Exchange. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee structures to be unreasonable or excessive. The proposed changes are generally intended to enhance the rebates for liquidity added to the Exchange, which is intended to draw additional liquidity to the Exchange, and to eliminate a rebate that has not achieved its desired result. The Exchange does not believe the proposed amendments would burden intramarket competition as they would be available to all Members uniformly. (C) Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from Members or other interested parties. 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) of the Act 17 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.18 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may 17 15 16 See Exchange Rule 22.5(a). VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:06 Oct 24, 2017 18 17 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal 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– BatsBZX–2017–67 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–BatsBZX–2017–67. 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 filing will also 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 No. SR–BatsBZX– 2017–67 and should be submitted on or before November 15, 2017. E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–23119 Filed 10–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–81913; File No. SR–CHX– 2017–04] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Amendments No. 1 and No. 2 and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendments No. 1 and No. 2, To Adopt the CHX Liquidity Enhancing Access Delay on a Pilot Basis October 19, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction On February 10, 2017, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to adopt the CHX Liquidity Enhancing Access Delay (‘‘LEAD’’), which would require all new incoming orders, cancel, and cancel/replace messages to be subject to a 350microsecond intentional access delay except for: (1) Orders that would provide liquidity submitted by a LEAD Market Maker (‘‘LEAD MM’’ or ‘‘LMM’’), a new class of CHX market maker with heightened quoting and trading obligations (referred to collectively as the ‘‘minimum performance standards’’); and (2) cancel messages originating from a LEAD MM’s trading account. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on February 21, 2017.3 On April 3, 2017, the Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.4 The Commission received eleven comment 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80041 (February 14, 2017), 82 FR 11252 (‘‘Notice’’). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80364, 82 FR 17065 (April 7, 2017). 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:06 Oct 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 letters on the proposed rule change, including a response from the Exchange.5 On May 22, 2017, the Commission instituted proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act 6 to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.7 Thereafter, the Commission received seven more comment letters, including a response from the Exchange.8 On August 17, 2017, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act,9 the Commission designated a longer period for Commission action on proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.10 On September 19, 2017, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange proposed to implement the proposed rule change as a 24-month pilot program, during which time the Exchange would collect and publicly disclose (following the sixth month of the pilot program) the following data: (1) Quote quality statistics, designed to 5 See letters from: Ryan Hitch, Head of Equities Trading, XR Securities LLC, dated February 24, 2017 (‘‘XR Securities Letter’’); Douglas A. Cifu, Chief Executive Officer, Virtu Financial LLC, dated February 27, 2017 (‘‘Virtu Letter’’); Joanna Mallers, Secretary, FIA Principal Traders Group, dated March 13, 2017 (‘‘FIA PTG Letter’’); Adam Nunes, Head of Business Development, Hudson River Trading LLC, dated March 13, 2017 (‘‘Hudson River Trading Letter’’); R.T. Leuchtkafer, dated March 14, 2017 (‘‘Leuchtkafer Letter’’); Stephen John Berger, Managing Director, Government & Regulatory Policy, Citadel Securities, dated March 14, 2017 (‘‘Citadel Letter’’); Tyler Gellasch, Executive Director, Healthy Markets Association, March 17, 2017 (‘‘Healthy Markets Letter’’); Elizabeth K. King, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, New York Stock Exchange, dated March 20, 2017 (‘‘NYSE Letter’’); James G. Ongena, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CHX, dated March 24, 2017 (‘‘CHX Letter’’); Steve Crutchfield, Head of Market Structure, CTC Trading Group, LLC, dated April 4, 2017 (‘‘CTC Trading Letter’’); and Theodore R. Lazo, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, dated May 17, 2017 (‘‘SIFMA Letter’’). All comments on the proposed rule change are available at https://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-chx2017-04/chx201704.htm. 6 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 80740, 82 FR 24412 (May 26, 2017) (‘‘OIP’’). In the OIP, the Commission specifically requested comment on thirteen questions. See id. at 24416. 8 See letters from: R.T. Leuchtkafer, dated June 15, 2017 (‘‘Leuchtkafer Letter 2’’); Stephen Berger, Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Policy, Citadel Securities, dated June 16, 2017 (‘‘Citadel Letter 2’’); Joanna Mallers, Secretary, FIA Principal Traders Group, dated June 16, 2017 (‘‘FIA PTG Letter 2’’); James G. Ongena, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, CHX, dated June 30, 2017 (‘‘CHX Letter 2’’); R.T. Leuchtkafer, dated July 7, 2017 (‘‘Leuchtkafer Letter 3’’); R.T. Leuchtkafer, dated July 10, 2017 (‘‘Leuchtkafer Letter 4’’); and R.T. Leuchtkafer, dated October 7, 2017 (‘‘Leuchtkafer Letter 5’’). 9 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 10 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81415, 82 FR 40051 (August 23, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49433 provide comparative data regarding the effect of LEAD on market quality, for each security per trading day and for each period of exceptional volatility (‘‘PEV’’) range (‘‘PEV Range’’), for the six months immediately preceding the implementation of the pilot program and for the duration of the pilot program; (2) matched trade difference statistics, designed to compare the reliability of CHX quotes with and without the LEAD, for each security assigned to a LEAD MM (‘‘LEAD MM Security’’) per trading day and per PEV Range, for the duration of the pilot program; (3) volume statistics, designed to measure the impact of LEAD on execution volume in LEAD MM Securities for the duration of the pilot program; (4) variable processing delay statistics, designed to provide comparative data regarding the variable delay 11 between the initial receipt of an order and the time that the order is eligible to be matched by CHX’s matching system for the duration of the pilot program; and (5) effective spread statistics, designed to measure the impact of the LEAD on CHX and national market system (‘‘NMS’’) effective spreads for the duration of the pilot program.12 On October 18, 2017, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.13 This order approves the proposed rule change, as 11 The variable delay does not include the 350microsecond intentional access delay. The variable delay will depend on factors including, but not limited to, messaging volume and system processing. See Amendment No. 1, infra note 12, at 28. 12 In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange also supplemented its rationale for the proposed rule change, provided additional discussion related to the market quality enhancements that it believes would be realized from the proposal, corrected certain errors in the examples set forth in the proposal, and corrected a misstatement by the Exchange in one of its comment letters. Amendment No. 1 is available at https:// www.sec.gov/comments/sr-chx-2017-04/chx2017042583844-161106.pdf. 13 In Amendment No. 2, the Exchange: (1) Amended the proposal so that the LEAD would apply only during the regular trading session; (2) revised the definition of ‘‘Qualified Executions’’ to measure executions during the regular trading session only; (3) modified its description of its review for compliance with the minimum performance standards to provide that the Exchange would review LEAD MM quoting and trading activity on a monthly basis, and that trading days on which a LEAD MM was prohibited by CHX rules from submitting orders from its trading account would be excluded from such review; (4) modified its description of the data that will be published on its Web site; (5) modified its description of the PEV data that will be collected; and (6) clarified its description of one of the order origin categories into which the variable processing delay statistics will be divided and amended and added delay ranges for which data will be collected. Amendment No. 2 is available at https://www.sec.gov/comments/srchx-2017-04/chx201704-2643435-161294.pdf. E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-81906; File No. SR-BatsBZX-2017-67]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to 
Transaction Fees for the Exchange's Equity Platform

October 19, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on October 10, 2017, Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``BZX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 
Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as one establishing or 
changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange 
under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) 
thereunder,\4\ which renders the proposed rule change effective upon 
filing with the Commission. 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange filed a proposal to amend the fee schedule applicable 
to Members \5\ and non-Members of the Exchange pursuant to BZX Rules 
15.1(a) and (c).
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    \5\ The term ``Member'' is defined as ``any registered broker or 
dealer that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.'' See 
Exchange Rule 1.5(n).
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    The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange's 
Web site at www.bats.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 parts of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule applicable to its 
equities trading platform (``BZX Equities'') to amend the criteria for 
Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 3 under footnote 1. The Exchange currently 
offers four Cross-Asset Add Volume tiers under footnote 1 that provide 
an enhanced rebate ranging from $0.0028 to $0.0030 per share for orders 
that yield fee codes B,\6\ V,\7\ and Y \8\ upon a Member achieving each 
tier's required criteria. Currently, under Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 
3, Members receives an enhanced rebate of $0.0028 per share where they 
have on the Exchange's equity options platform (``BZX Options'') an 
ADAV greater than or equal to 2.00% of average OCV.\9\ The Exchange now 
proposes to amend the criteria necessary to receive the enhanced rebate 
provided by Cross-Asset Tier 3. As amended, Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 
3 would require that the Member have on BZX Options an Options Market 
Maker Add OCV \10\ equal to or greater than 1.85% of average OCV and 
that Member must also add an ADV \11\ equal to or greater than 0.10% of 
TCV.\12\ The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its fee 
schedule immediately.\13\
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    \6\ Fee code B is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BZX (Tape B) and is provided a standard rebate of 
$0.0025 per share. See the Exchange's fee schedule available at 
http://www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_schedule/bzx/.
    \7\ Fee code V is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BZX (Tape A) and is provided a standard rebate of 
$0.0020 per share. Id.
    \8\ Fee code Y is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BZX (Tape C) and is provided a standard rebate of 
$0.0020 per share. Id.
    \9\ ``OCV'', for purposes of equities pricing means the total 
equity and ETF options volume that clears in the Customer range at 
the Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') for the month for which 
the fees apply, excluding volume on any day that the Exchange 
experiences an Exchange System Disruption and on any day with a 
scheduled early market close, using the definition of Customer as 
provided under the Exchange's fee schedule for BZX Options. See the 
Exchange's fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_schedule/bzx/.
    \10\ ``Options Market Maker Add OCV'' for purposes of equities 
pricing means ADAV resulting from Market Maker orders as a 
percentage of OCV, using the definitions of ADAV, Market Maker and 
OCV as provided under the Exchange's fee schedule for BZX Options. 
Id.
    \11\ ``ADV'' means average daily volume calculated as the number 
of shares added or removed, combined, per day. Id.
    \12\ ``TCV'' means total consolidated volume calculated as the 
volume reported by all exchanges and trade reporting facilities to a 
consolidated transaction reporting plan for the month for which the 
fees apply. Id.
    \13\ The Exchange initially filed the proposed rule change on 
September 29, 2017 (SR-BatsBZX-2017-64). On October 10, 2017, the 
Exchange withdrew SR-BatsBZX-2017-64 and submitted this filing.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,\14\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),\15\ in particular, as it is 
designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, 
fees and other charges among its Members and other persons using its 
facilities. The Exchange also notes that it operates in a highly-
competitive market in which market participants can readily direct 
order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular 
venue to be excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive 
pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct 
their order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes the rates 
remain competitive with those charged by other venues and, therefore, 
reasonable and equitably allocated to Members.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    Volume-based rebates and fees such as the proposed Cross-Asset Add 
Volume Tier have been widely adopted by equities and options exchanges 
and are equitable because they are open to all Members on an equal 
basis and provide additional benefits or discounts that are reasonably 
related to the value to an exchange's market quality associated with 
higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels of liquidity 
provision and/or growth

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patterns, and introduction of higher volumes of orders into the price 
and volume discovery processes.
    The Exchange believes that the proposal to modify the criteria for 
Cross-Asset Add Volume Tier 3 is a reasonable, fair and equitable, and 
not unfairly discriminatory allocation of fees and rebates because it 
will provide Members with an additional incentive to reach certain 
thresholds on both BZX Equities and BZX Options. The revised criteria 
continues to be reasonably related to the rebate provided by the tier. 
The Exchange believes decreasing the first prong of the tier's criteria 
to 1.85% but limiting it to Options Market Maker Add OCV, and adding 
the second prong requiring that the Member add an ADV equal to or 
greater than 0.10% of TCV ensures the difficulty of achieving the tier 
remains relatively the same, while adjusting it to reflect current 
market dynamics. The potential increased liquidity from this proposal 
also benefits all investors by deepening the BZX Equities and BZX 
Options liquidity pools, supporting the quality of price discovery, 
promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. Such 
pricing programs thereby reward a Member's growth pattern on the 
Exchange and such increased volume increases potential revenue to the 
Exchange, and will allow the Exchange to continue to provide and 
potentially expand the incentive programs operated by the Exchange. To 
the extent a Member participates on the Exchange but not on BZX 
Options, the Exchange does believe that the proposal is still 
reasonable, equitably allocated and non-discriminatory with respect to 
such Member based on the overall benefit to the Exchange resulting from 
the success of BZX Options. As noted above, such success allows the 
Exchange to continue to provide and potentially expand its existing 
incentive programs to the benefit of all participants on the Exchange, 
whether they participate on BZX Options or not.
    Lastly, the Exchange believes that limiting one prong of the tier's 
required criteria to Options Market Makers is not unfairly 
discriminatory because it is intended to increase Market Maker 
participation on BZX Options. Market Makers have affirmative 
obligations to maintain fair and orderly markets and to maintain a two-
sided market in those options series in which it is registered.\16\ 
Encouraging Market Maker's [sic] to achieve certain volume criteria on 
BZX Options in order to receive the tier's enhanced rebate, therefore, 
benefits all market participants by increasing the depth of the BZX 
Options liquidity pool and improving the market quality of the 
Exchange. The Exchange notes that the proposed criteria is not only 
limited to the Member's Options Market Making on BZX Options. The 
proposed criteria also requires that the Member meet certain volume 
requirements on BZX Equities and does require [sic] the Member be 
registered as a Market Maker to satisfy the tier.
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    (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. The Exchange does not believe 
that any of the proposed change [sic] to the Exchange's tiered pricing 
structure burden competition, but instead, that they enhance 
competition as they are intended to increase the competitiveness of the 
Exchange by modifying pricing incentives in order to attract order flow 
and incentivize participants to increase their participation on the 
Exchange. The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive 
market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to 
competing venues if they deem fee structures to be unreasonable or 
excessive. The proposed changes are generally intended to enhance the 
rebates for liquidity added to the Exchange, which is intended to draw 
additional liquidity to the Exchange, and to eliminate a rebate that 
has not achieved its desired result. The Exchange does not believe the 
proposed amendments would burden intramarket competition as they would 
be available to all Members uniformly.

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

    The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, 
comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received 
any unsolicited written comments from Members or other interested 
parties.

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) of the Act \17\ and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder.\18\ 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 
necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of 
investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \18\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f).
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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 proposal 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 [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-BatsBZX-2017-67 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-BatsBZX-2017-67. 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 filing will also 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 No. SR-BatsBZX-2017-67 and should be 
submitted on or before November 15, 2017.


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    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\19\
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    \19\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-23119 Filed 10-24-17; 8:45 am]
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