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Download as PDF 53534 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 220 / Thursday, November 16, 2017 / Notices 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 proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–24782 Filed 11–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments [Release No. 34–82048; File No. SR– BatsBYX–2017–29] • 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–2017–75 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees for Use on Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. Paper Comments asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BatsBZX–2017–75. 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 also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–BatsBZX–2017–75, and should be submitted on or before December 7, 2017. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 November 9, 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 31, 2017, Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BYX’’) (formerly known as Bats BYX Exchange, Inc.) 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 The Exchange filed a proposal to amend the fee schedule applicable to Members 5 and non-Members of the Exchange pursuant to BYX Rules 15.1(a) and (c). The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.markets.cboe.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 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). 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). 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 to amend Tier 7 under footnote 1, Add/Remove Volume Tiers. The Exchange currently offers eight tiers under footnote 1 that offer reduced fees for displayed orders that yield fee codes B,6 V 7 and Y,8 and an enhanced rebate for orders that remove liquidity yielding fee codes BB,9 N 10 and W.11 The Exchange proposes to amend Tier 7 under footnote 1, under which a Member currently receives an enhanced rebate of $0.0015 per share on orders that yield fee codes BB, N or W, where that Member has an ADV 12 equal to or greater than 0.05%of the TCV.13 The Exchange proposes to increase the tier’s criteria by also requiring that the Member have an ADAV 14 equal to or 6 Fee code B is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BYX (Tape B) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per share. See the Exchange’s fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/ equities/membership/fee_schedule/byx/. 7 Fee code V is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BYX (Tape A) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per share. Id. 8 Fee code Y is appended to displayed orders that add liquidity to BYX (Tape C) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per share. Id. 9 Fee code BB is appended to orders that remove liquidity from BYX (Tape B) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. Id. 10 Fee code N is appended to orders that remove liquidity from BYX (Tape C) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. Id. 11 Fee code W is appended to orders that remove liquidity from BYX (Tape A) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. See the Exchange’s fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/ equities/membership/fee_schedule/byx/. 12 ADV is defined as average daily volume calculated as the number of shares added or removed, combined, per day. Id. 13 TCV is defined as the 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. 14 ADAV is defined as the average daily volume calculated as the number of shares added per day. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 220 / Thursday, November 16, 2017 / Notices greater than 500,000 shares to receive the tier’s enhanced rebate. The Exchange does not proposes [sic] to amend the tier’s rebate. The Exchange proposes to implement the above changes to its fee schedule on November 1, 2017. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act,15 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),16 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 believes that the proposed amendment to Tier 7 under footnote 1 is equitable and reasonable because such pricing programs reward a Member’s growth pattern on the Exchange and such increased volume will allow the Exchange to continue to provide and potentially expand the [sic] its incentive programs. The Exchange believes that providing the enhanced rebate to Members under proposed Tiers 7 continues to be reasonable compared to the proposed more stringent requirements because the amended criteria reflects the difficulty to achieve the tier, especially as the amount of trading activity on the Exchange has increased over time. The increased criteria should incentive Members to provide additional liquidity on the Exchange in order to achieve the tier’s enhanced rebate. The Exchange further believes that the proposal is reasonable, fair and equitable because the liquidity from the proposed changes would benefit all investors by deepening the Exchange’s liquidity pool, offering additional flexibility for all investors to enjoy cost savings, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. These pricing programs are also not unfairly discriminatory in that it is available to all Members. In addition, volume-based fees such as that proposed herein have been widely adopted by 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: (i) The value to an exchange’s market quality; (ii) associated higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels of See the Exchange fee schedule available at http:// www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_ schedule/byx/. 15 15 U.S.C. 78f. 16 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 liquidity provision and/or growth patterns; and (iii) the introduction of higher volumes of orders into the price and volume discovery processes. The Exchange believes that the proposal is a reasonable, fair and equitable, and not an unfairly discriminatory allocation of fees and rebates, because it will provide Members with an additional incentive to add more liquidity on the Exchange to achieve the tier’s increased criteria to receive the enhanced rebate. (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 this change represents a significant departure from previous pricing offered by the Exchange or from pricing offered by the Exchange’s competitors. The proposal would apply uniformly to all Members, and Members may opt to disfavor the Exchange’s pricing if they believe that alternatives offer them better value. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed change will impair the ability of Members or competing venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets. Further, excessive rates would serve to impair an exchange’s ability to compete for order flow and members rather than burdening competition. The Exchange believes that its proposal would not burden intramarket competition because the proposal would apply uniformly to all Members. (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 17 15 18 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53535 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 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– BatsBYX–2017–29 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BatsBYX–2017–29. 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. 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–BatsBYX–2017–29 and should be submitted on or before December 7, 2017. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 53536 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 220 / Thursday, November 16, 2017 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–24780 Filed 11–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–82043; File No. SR–LCH SA–2017–009] Self-Regulatory Organizations; LCH SA; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, Security-Based Swap Submission, or Advance Notice Relating to Wrong Way Risk Margin November 9, 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 October 30, 2017, Banque Centrale de Compensation, which conducts business under the name LCH SA (‘‘LCH SA’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by LCH SA. 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 LCH SA is proposing to amend its Reference Guide: CDS Margin Framework (‘‘CDSClear Margin Framework’’ or ‘‘Framework’’) to adjust the wrong way risk (‘‘WWR’’) margin component of the Framework to more appropriately address offsets between currencies when calculating WWR margin. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, LCH SA 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. LCH SA has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements. 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Nov 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 A. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The WWR component of the Framework is designed to cover the anticipated financial contagion effect that would arise in case of a clearing member being declared in default. The current WWR margin formula acknowledges offsets as between currencies by allowing offset between WWR and right way risk (‘‘RWR’’). Specifically, a WWR currency offset is applied as the greater of: (x) the WWR amount in Euros minus the RWR amount in Euros, where non-Euro amounts are converted to Euros using a foreign exchange (‘‘FX’’) rate plus or minus a haircut; and (y) the WWR amount in Euros multiplied by 1 minus a factor, which represents the correlation between European and U.S. financial institutions by calculating the average historical cross correlation of credit spreads on credit default swaps (‘‘CDS’’) in respect of all pairs of European and U.S. financial institutions that are clearing members. Under the current calculation, if one currency has WWR and the other has RWR, LCH SA would compare the WWR amount as offset by the RWR to the WWR amount as reduced by taking the correlation factor into account and take the greater of the two. As a result, either the full amount of RWR is considered as offsetting the WWR, or only a portion of the WWR is taken into account without any regard to the expected amount of RWR. LCH SA believes that it is appropriate to consider the offset between the WWR amount and RWR amount but it would not be appropriate to apply the correlation factor to discount the WWR amount while also allowing the RWR to offset the WWR amount to its full extent. To be conservative, LCH SA believes that it is appropriate to apply the correlation factor to the RWR amount when using RWR to offset the WWR amount. Accordingly, LCH SA proposes to modify the WWR currency offset formula in the Framework to be the greater of: (i) the WWR amount in Euros, where such amounts are converted to Euros using an FX rate plus or minus a haircut, minus (ii) the RWR amount multiplied by the 10-year average historical correlation of credit spreads on CDS in respect of European and U.S. financial institutions; and zero. As of April 2016, the 10-year average historical correlation of credit spreads on CDS in respect of European and U.S. financial institutions was set to 48 percent. PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under this approach, RWR would never completely offset WWR and instead would be discounted based on the average of observed correlations of CDS credit spreads in respect of European and U.S. financial institutions. LCH SA believes that this change rationalizes the WWR currency offset and results in a more conservative WWR margin calculation. 2. Statutory Basis LCH SA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 3 (the ‘‘Act’’) and the regulations thereunder, including the standards under Rule 17Ad–22(b)(1) and (2).4 Specifically, in accordance with Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F),5 LCH SA believes that the proposed rule change will assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible, in that the proposed rule change is designed to rationalize the WWR currency offset and more conservatively calculate the WWR margin with respect to a clearing member. Therefore, LCH SA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirement of safeguarding securities and funds in Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F) of the Act and the requirements of maintaining margin and limiting a clearing agency’s exposures to potential losses from participants’ defaults under normal market conditions in Rule 17Ad–22(b)(1) and (2).6 Moreover, LCH SA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements in Rule 17Ad– 22(e)(6).7 Rule 17Ad–22(e)(6)(i) and (v) require a covered clearing agency that provides central counterparty services to cover its credit exposures to its participants by establishing a risk-based margin system that, among other things, considers and produces margin levels commensurate with, the risks and particular attributes of each relevant product, portfolio, and market, and uses an appropriate method for measuring credit exposure that accounts for relevant product risk factors and portfolio effects across products.8 WWR is an important risk factor for clearing CDS products. As noted above, the proposed rule change rationalizes the WWR currency offset and more conservatively calculates WWR margin. 3 15 U.S.C. 78q–1. CFR 240.17Ad–22(b)(1) and (2). 5 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 6 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(b)(1) and (2). 7 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(6). 8 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(6)(i) and (v). 4 17 E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-82048; File No. SR-BatsBYX-2017-29]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to 
Fees for Use on Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.

November 9, 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 31, 2017, Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``BYX'') (formerly known as Bats BYX Exchange, Inc.) 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 BYX 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.markets.cboe.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 to amend Tier 7 
under footnote 1, Add/Remove Volume Tiers. The Exchange currently 
offers eight tiers under footnote 1 that offer reduced fees for 
displayed orders that yield fee codes B,\6\ V \7\ and Y,\8\ and an 
enhanced rebate for orders that remove liquidity yielding fee codes 
BB,\9\ N \10\ and W.\11\ The Exchange proposes to amend Tier 7 under 
footnote 1, under which a Member currently receives an enhanced rebate 
of $0.0015 per share on orders that yield fee codes BB, N or W, where 
that Member has an ADV \12\ equal to or greater than 0.05%of the 
TCV.\13\ The Exchange proposes to increase the tier's criteria by also 
requiring that the Member have an ADAV \14\ equal to or

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greater than 500,000 shares to receive the tier's enhanced rebate. The 
Exchange does not proposes [sic] to amend the tier's rebate. The 
Exchange proposes to implement the above changes to its fee schedule on 
November 1, 2017.
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    \6\ Fee code B is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BYX (Tape B) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per 
share. See the Exchange's fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_schedule/byx/.
    \7\ Fee code V is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BYX (Tape A) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per 
share. Id.
    \8\ Fee code Y is appended to displayed orders that add 
liquidity to BYX (Tape C) and is assessed a fee of $0.0018 per 
share. Id.
    \9\ Fee code BB is appended to orders that remove liquidity from 
BYX (Tape B) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. 
Id.
    \10\ Fee code N is appended to orders that remove liquidity from 
BYX (Tape C) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. 
Id.
    \11\ Fee code W is appended to orders that remove liquidity from 
BYX (Tape A) and is assessed a rebate of $0.0010 [sic] per share. 
See the Exchange's fee schedule available at http://www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_schedule/byx/.
    \12\ ADV is defined as average daily volume calculated as the 
number of shares added or removed, combined, per day. Id.
    \13\ TCV is defined as the 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.
    \14\ ADAV is defined as the average daily volume calculated as 
the number of shares added per day. See the Exchange fee schedule 
available at http://www.bats.com/us/equities/membership/fee_schedule/byx/.
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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,\15\ in general, and 
furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),\16\ 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 believes that the proposed amendment to Tier 7 
under footnote 1 is equitable and reasonable because such pricing 
programs reward a Member's growth pattern on the Exchange and such 
increased volume will allow the Exchange to continue to provide and 
potentially expand the [sic] its incentive programs. The Exchange 
believes that providing the enhanced rebate to Members under proposed 
Tiers 7 continues to be reasonable compared to the proposed more 
stringent requirements because the amended criteria reflects the 
difficulty to achieve the tier, especially as the amount of trading 
activity on the Exchange has increased over time. The increased 
criteria should incentive Members to provide additional liquidity on 
the Exchange in order to achieve the tier's enhanced rebate. The 
Exchange further believes that the proposal is reasonable, fair and 
equitable because the liquidity from the proposed changes would benefit 
all investors by deepening the Exchange's liquidity pool, offering 
additional flexibility for all investors to enjoy cost savings, 
supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market 
transparency and improving investor protection. These pricing programs 
are also not unfairly discriminatory in that it is available to all 
Members.
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
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    In addition, volume-based fees such as that proposed herein have 
been widely adopted by 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: (i) The value to an 
exchange's market quality; (ii) associated higher levels of market 
activity, such as higher levels of liquidity provision and/or growth 
patterns; and (iii) the introduction of higher volumes of orders into 
the price and volume discovery processes. The Exchange believes that 
the proposal is a reasonable, fair and equitable, and not an unfairly 
discriminatory allocation of fees and rebates, because it will provide 
Members with an additional incentive to add more liquidity on the 
Exchange to achieve the tier's increased criteria to receive the 
enhanced rebate.

(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 this change represents a significant departure from previous 
pricing offered by the Exchange or from pricing offered by the 
Exchange's competitors. The proposal would apply uniformly to all 
Members, and Members may opt to disfavor the Exchange's pricing if they 
believe that alternatives offer them better value. Accordingly, the 
Exchange does not believe that the proposed change will impair the 
ability of Members or competing venues to maintain their competitive 
standing in the financial markets. Further, excessive rates would serve 
to impair an exchange's ability to compete for order flow and members 
rather than burdening competition. The Exchange believes that its 
proposal would not burden intramarket competition because the proposal 
would apply uniformly to all Members.

(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 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-BatsBYX-2017-29 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BatsBYX-2017-29. 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. Persons submitting 
comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal 
identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit 
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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).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-24780 Filed 11-15-17; 8:45 am]
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