Self-Regulatory Organizations: Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change by Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC To Expand the Short Term Option Series Program, 7790-7793 [2018-03565]

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[FR Doc. 2018–03563 Filed 2–21–18; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–82719; File No. SR–MIAX– 2018–05] Self-Regulatory Organizations: Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change by Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC To Expand the Short Term Option Series Program February 15, 2018. Pursuant to the provisions of 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 February 12, 2018, Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (‘‘MIAX Options’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 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. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is filing a proposal to expand the Short Term Option Series Program to allow Monday expirations for options listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program, including options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (‘‘SPY’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 21, 2018 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 BILLING CODE 7710–12–P 1 15 http://www.miaxoptions.com/rulefilings/ at MIAX Options’ principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend MIAX Options Rule 100, Definitions, and Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for Trading, Interpretations and Policies .02, to expand the Short Term Option Series Program (‘‘Program’’) to permit the listing and trading of options series with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to the Program, including options on SPY. The Exchange is also proposing to make a number of non-substantive, organizational changes to MIAX Options Rule 100 and Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, for purposes of clarification and uniformity. Presently, MIAX Options Rule 100 defines a Short Term Options Series as ‘‘a series in an option class that is approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program provision of Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02.’’ MIAX Options Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, provides that a Short Term Option Series is a series in an option class that is approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and that expires on the Wednesday or Friday of the next business week.3 The Exchange is proposing to consolidate the rule text from Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, with and into MIAX Options Rule 100. The Exchange notes that this rule text consolidation will not 3 See Exchange Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02. Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 result in any substantive changes, but is purely for clarification and uniformity. Additionally, the Exchange is proposing to amend the definition in MIAX Options Rule 100, to permit the listing of options series that expire on Mondays, in connection with its proposal to expand the Program to permit the listing and trading of options series with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to the Program. The Exchange notes that this proposed rule change is substantially similar to the proposal by Nasdaq PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’) which was recently approved by the Commission.4 Specifically, the Exchange is proposing that it may open for trading series of options on any Monday that is a business day and that expires on the Monday of the next business week. The Exchange is also proposing to list Monday expiration series on Fridays that precede the expiration Monday by one business week plus one business day. Since MIAX Options Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, already provides for the listing of short term option series on Fridays, the Exchange is not modifying this provision in MIAX Options Rule 100, to allow for Friday listing of Monday expiration series. However, the Exchange is amending MIAX Options Rule 100 to clarify that, in the case of a series that is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, that series must be listed one business week and one business day prior to that expiration (i.e., two Fridays prior to expiration). As part of this proposal, the Exchange is also proposing to amend MIAX Options Rule 100 to address the expiration of Monday expiration series when the Monday is not a business day. In that case, the Rule will provide that the series shall expire on the first business day immediately following that Monday. This procedure differs from the expiration date of Wednesday expiration series that are scheduled to expire on a holiday. In that case, the Wednesday expiration series shall expire on the first business day immediately prior to that Wednesday, e.g., Tuesday of that week.5 However, the Exchange believes that it is preferable to require Monday expiration series in this scenario to expire on the Tuesday of that week rather than the previous business day, e.g., the previous Friday, since the Tuesday is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of 4 See Securities Exchange Release No. 82611 (February 1, 2018), 83 FR 5473 (February 7, 2018) (SR–Phlx–2017–103) (Order approving proposed rule change). 5 See id. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES the series than the previous Friday, and therefore may be more representative of anticipated market conditions. The Exchange also notes that Cboe Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Cboe’’) uses the same procedure for options on the S&P 500 index (‘‘SPX’’) with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday.6 The Exchange also proposes to make corresponding changes to MIAX Options Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, which sets forth the requirements for SPY options that are listed pursuant to the Short Term Options Series Program, to permit Monday SPY expirations (‘‘Monday SPY Expirations’’). Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to amend Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404, to state that, with respect to Monday SPY Expirations, the Exchange may open for trading on any Friday or Monday that is a business day, series of options on SPY to expire on any Monday of the month that is a business day and is not a Monday in which Quarterly Options Series expire, provided that Monday SPY Expirations that are listed on a Friday must be listed at least one business week and one business day prior to the expiration. As with the current rules for Wednesday SPY Expirations, the Exchange will also amend Interpretations and Policies .02 to state that it may list up to five consecutive Monday SPY Expirations at one time, and may have no more than a total of five Monday SPY Expirations (in addition to the maximum of five Short Term Option Series expirations for SPY expiring on Friday and five Wednesday SPY Expirations). The Exchange will also clarify that, as with Wednesday SPY Expirations, Monday SPY Expirations will be subject to the provisions of this Rule. The interval between strike prices for the proposed Monday SPY Expirations will be the same as those for the current Short Term Option Series for Wednesday and Friday SPY Expirations. Specifically, the Monday SPY Expirations will have a $0.50 strike interval minimum. As is the case with other options series listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series, the Monday SPY Expiration series will be P.M.-settled. 6 See Cboe Rule 24.9(e)(1) (‘‘If the Exchange is not open for business on a respective Monday, the normally Monday expiring Weekly Expirations will expire on the following business day. If the Exchange is not open for business on a respective Wednesday or Friday, the normally Wednesday or Friday expiring Weekly Expirations will expire on the previous business day.’’) VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 Currently, for each option class eligible for participation in the Program, the Exchange is limited to opening thirty (30) series for each expiration date for the specific class. The thirty (30) series restriction does not include series that are open by other securities exchanges under their respective short term option rules; the Exchange may list these additional series that are listed by other exchanges.7 This thirty (30) series restriction shall apply to Monday SPY Expiration series as well. In addition, the Exchange will be able to list series that are listed by other exchanges, assuming they file similar rules with the Commission to list SPY options expiring on Mondays. Finally, the Exchange is amending Interpretations and Policies .02(b) to Rule 404, which addresses the listing of Short Term Options Series that expire in the same week as monthly or quarterly options series. Currently, that rule states that no Short Term Option Series may expire in the same week in which monthly option series on the same class expire (with the exception of Wednesday SPY Expirations) or, in the case of Quarterly Options Series, on an expiration that coincides with an expiration of Quarterly Option Series on the same class. As with Wednesday SPY Expirations, the Exchange is proposing to permit Monday SPY Expirations to expire in the same week as monthly options series on the same class. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable to extend this exemption to Monday SPY Expirations because Monday SPY Expirations and standard monthly options will not expire on the same trading day, as standard monthly options expire on Fridays. Additionally, the Exchange believes that not listing Monday SPY Expirations for one week every month because there was a monthly SPY expiration on the Friday of that week would create investor confusion. Relatedly, the Exchange is also amending Interpretations and Policies .02(b) to Rule 404 to clarify that Monday and Wednesday SPY Expirations may expire in the same week as monthly option series in the same class expire, but that no Short Term Option Series may expire on the same day as an expiration of Quarterly Option Series on the same class. This change will make that provision more consistent with the existing language in Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404, which prohibits Wednesday SPY Expirations from expiring on a Wednesday in which Quarterly Options Series expire. 7 See Exchange Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02(a). PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7791 The Exchange does not believe that any market disruptions will be encountered with the introduction of P.M.-settled Monday expirations. The Exchange has the necessary capacity and surveillance programs in place to support and properly monitor trading in the proposed Monday expiration series, including Monday SPY Expirations. The Exchange currently trades P.M.-settled Short Term Option Series that expire almost every Wednesday and Friday, which provide market participants a tool to hedge special events and to reduce the premium cost of buying protection. The Exchange notes that it has been listing Wednesday expirations pursuant to MIAX Options Rule 100 and Rule 404 since 2016.8 With the exception of Monday expiration series that are scheduled to expire on a holiday, the Exchange does not believe that there are any material differences between Monday expirations and Wednesday or Friday expirations for Short Term Option Series. The Exchange seeks to introduce Monday expirations to, among other things, expand hedging tools available to market participants and to continue the reduction of the premium cost of buying protection. The Exchange believes that Monday expirations, similar to Wednesday and Friday expirations, will allow market participants to purchase an option based on their timing as needed and allow them to tailor their investment and hedging needs more effectively. As noted above, Phlx recently received approval to list Monday expirations for SPY options pursuant to its Short Term Options program. In addition, other exchanges currently permit Monday expirations for other options. For example, Cboe lists options on the SPX with a Monday expiration as part of its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program.9 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 10 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 11 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78772 (September 6, 2016), 81 FR 62784 (September 12, 2016) (SR–MIAX–2016–31). 9 See Cboe Rule 24.9(e)(1) (‘‘The Exchange may open for trading Weekly Expirations on any broadbased index eligible for standard options trading to expire on any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday (other than the third Friday-of-the-month or days that coincide with an EOM expiration.’’). 10 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 7792 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Notices trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the Exchange believes the Short Term Option Series Program has been successful to date and that Monday expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, simply expand the ability of investors to hedge risk against market movements stemming from economic releases or market events that occur throughout the month in the same way that the Short Term Option Series Program has expanded the landscape of hedging. Similarly, the Exchange believes Monday expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, should create greater trading and hedging opportunities and flexibility, and will provide customers with the ability to tailor their investment objectives more effectively. While other exchanges do not currently list Monday SPY Expirations, the Exchange notes that Cboe currently permits Monday expirations for other options with a weekly expiration, such as options on the SPX.12 Additionally, Nasdaq PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’) has recently received approval from the Commission to list Monday SPY Expirations for SPY options pursuant to its Short Term Options program.13 With the exception of Monday expiration series that are scheduled to expire on a holiday, the Exchange does not believe that there are any material differences between Monday expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, and Wednesday or Friday expirations, including Wednesday and Friday SPY Expirations, for Short Term Option Series. The Exchange notes that it has been listing Wednesday expiration pursuant to MIAX Options Rule 100 and Rule 404 since 2016.14 The Exchange believes that it is consistent with the Act to treat Monday expiration series that expire on a holiday differently than Wednesday or Friday expiration series, since the proposed treatment for Monday expiration series will result in an expiration date that is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of the series, and therefore may be more representative of anticipated market conditions. The Exchange also notes that Cboe uses the same procedure for SPX options with Monday expirations 12 See supra note 9. supra note 4. 14 See supra note 8. 13 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:10 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday. Given the similarities between Monday SPY Expiration series and Wednesday and Friday SPY Expiration series, the Exchange believes that applying the provisions in Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404 that currently apply to Wednesday SPY Expirations, to Monday SPY Expirations, is justified. For example, the Exchange believes that allowing Monday SPY Expirations and monthly SPY expirations in the same week will benefit investors and minimize investor confusion by providing Monday SPY Expirations in a continuous and uniform manner. The Exchange also believes that it is appropriate to amend Interpretations and Policies .02(b) to Rule 404 to clarify that no Short Term Option Series may expire on the same day as an expiration of Quarterly Option Series on the same class. This change will make that provision more consistent with the existing language in Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404 that prohibit Wednesday SPY Expirations from expiring on a Wednesday in which Quarterly Options Series expire. Finally, the Exchange represents that it has an adequate surveillance program in place to detect manipulative trading in Monday expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, in the same way that it monitors trading in the current Short Term Option Series. The Exchange also represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to support the new options series. The Exchange believes the proposed rule text organizational changes promote just and equitable principles of trade and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system because the proposed rule text organizational change conforms its rules to the rules of other exchanges. As such, the proposed amendments would foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities and would remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national exchange system. In particular, the Exchange believes that the proposed changes will provide greater clarity to Members and the public regarding the Exchange’s Rules. It is in the public interest for rules to be accurate and concise so as to eliminate the potential for confusion. PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition MIAX Options does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange notes that having Monday expirations is not a novel proposal, as Cboe currently lists and trades shortterm SPX options with a Monday expiration, and Phlx has recently received approval from the Commission to list Monday SPY expirations. The Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on intra-market competition, as all market participants will be treated in the same manner under this proposal. Additionally, the Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-market competition, as nothing prevents the other options exchanges from proposing similar rules to list and trade short-term options series with Monday expirations. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 15 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.16 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally does not become operative for 30 days from the date of filing. However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) 17 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 17 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 16 17 E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Notices immediately upon filing. The Commission notes that it recently approved Phlx’s substantially similar proposal to list and trade Monday SPY Expirations.18 The Exchange has stated that waiver of the operative delay will allow the Exchange to list and trade Monday SPY Expirations as soon as possible, and therefore, promote competition among the option exchanges.19 For these reasons, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, and will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposal effective upon filing.20 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments D Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or D Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– MIAX–2018–05 on the subject line. 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 website (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 website 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–MIAX–2018–05 and should be submitted on or before March 15, 2018. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–03565 Filed 2–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Paper Comments D 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–MIAX–2018–05. This file supra note 4. Exchange also proposes a number of nonsubstantive changes to its rulebook. The Exchange stated these changes will help to provide clarity and therefore are in the public interest. 20 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 20:10 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 [Release No. 34–82727; File No. SR–CHX– 2016–20] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Order Setting Aside Action by Delegated Authority and Disapproving a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendments No. 1 and No. 2, Regarding the Acquisition of CHX Holdings, Inc. by North America Casin Holdings, Inc. February 15, 2018. I. Introduction On December 2, 2016, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘CHX’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’), 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 in connection with the proposed acquisition (‘‘Proposed Transaction’’) of CHX Holdings, Inc. (‘‘CHX Holdings’’) by North America Casin Holdings, Inc. (‘‘NA Casin Holdings’’). The Division of Trading and Markets, for the Commission pursuant to delegated authority, approved the proposed rule change as modified by CHX in Amendment No. 1. Pursuant to Section 4A of the Exchange Act, and Commission Rules of Practice, we have reviewed the action by the Division of Trading and Markets pursuant to delegated authority. As discussed in more detail below, during the period of our review, CHX further modified the proposed rule change in Amendment No. 2. In conducting a de novo review of the proposed rule change—through which CHX seeks to effect a change in ownership—the Commission is mindful of the important role national securities exchanges, such as CHX, play in the securities markets.3 Not only do they operate trading markets, but registered national securities exchanges are also self-regulatory organizations (‘‘SROs’’) ‘‘charged with a public trust to U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Exchange Act Release No. 40760 (December 8, 1998), 63 FR 70844, 70881 (December 22, 1998) (‘‘the self-regulatory role of registered exchanges is fundamental to the enforcement of the federal securities laws.’’); and Exchange Act Release No. 50699 (November 18, 2004), 69 FR 71126, 71132 (December 8, 2004) (‘‘As operators of trading markets, front-line regulators of securities firms, and standard-setters for listed issuers, national securities exchanges . . . are critical to the integrity of the U.S. securities markets.’’). 2 17 19 The VerDate Sep<11>2014 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 1 15 18 See 21 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7793 E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-82719; File No. SR-MIAX-2018-05]


Self-Regulatory Organizations: Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change by Miami International 
Securities Exchange, LLC To Expand the Short Term Option Series Program

February 15, 2018.
    Pursuant to the provisions of 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 February 12, 2018, Miami International 
Securities Exchange, LLC (``MIAX Options'' or the ``Exchange'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') a proposed 
rule change as described in Items I and II 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).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange is filing a proposal to expand the Short Term Option 
Series Program to allow Monday expirations for options listed pursuant 
to the Short Term Option Series Program, including options on the SPDR 
S&P 500 ETF Trust (``SPY'').
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
website at http://www.miaxoptions.com/rule-filings/ at MIAX Options' 
principal office, 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 Exchange proposes to amend MIAX Options Rule 100, Definitions, 
and Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for Trading, 
Interpretations and Policies .02, to expand the Short Term Option 
Series Program (``Program'') to permit the listing and trading of 
options series with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to the 
Program, including options on SPY. The Exchange is also proposing to 
make a number of non-substantive, organizational changes to MIAX 
Options Rule 100 and Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, for 
purposes of clarification and uniformity.
    Presently, MIAX Options Rule 100 defines a Short Term Options 
Series as ``a series in an option class that is approved for listing 
and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading 
pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program provision of Rule 404, 
Interpretations and Policies .02.'' MIAX Options Rule 404, 
Interpretations and Policies .02, provides that a Short Term Option 
Series is a series in an option class that is approved for listing and 
trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on 
any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and 
that expires on the Wednesday or Friday of the next business week.\3\ 
The Exchange is proposing to consolidate the rule text from Rule 404, 
Interpretations and Policies .02, with and into MIAX Options Rule 100. 
The Exchange notes that this rule text consolidation will not result in 
any substantive changes, but is purely for clarification and 
uniformity. Additionally, the Exchange is proposing to amend the 
definition in MIAX Options Rule 100, to permit the listing of options 
series that expire on Mondays, in connection with its proposal to 
expand the Program to permit the listing and trading of options series 
with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to the Program.
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    \3\ See Exchange Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02.
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    The Exchange notes that this proposed rule change is substantially 
similar to the proposal by Nasdaq PHLX LLC (``Phlx'') which was 
recently approved by the Commission.\4\
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Release No. 82611 (February 1, 
2018), 83 FR 5473 (February 7, 2018) (SR-Phlx-2017-103) (Order 
approving proposed rule change).
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    Specifically, the Exchange is proposing that it may open for 
trading series of options on any Monday that is a business day and that 
expires on the Monday of the next business week. The Exchange is also 
proposing to list Monday expiration series on Fridays that precede the 
expiration Monday by one business week plus one business day. Since 
MIAX Options Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, already 
provides for the listing of short term option series on Fridays, the 
Exchange is not modifying this provision in MIAX Options Rule 100, to 
allow for Friday listing of Monday expiration series. However, the 
Exchange is amending MIAX Options Rule 100 to clarify that, in the case 
of a series that is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, that 
series must be listed one business week and one business day prior to 
that expiration (i.e., two Fridays prior to expiration).
    As part of this proposal, the Exchange is also proposing to amend 
MIAX Options Rule 100 to address the expiration of Monday expiration 
series when the Monday is not a business day. In that case, the Rule 
will provide that the series shall expire on the first business day 
immediately following that Monday. This procedure differs from the 
expiration date of Wednesday expiration series that are scheduled to 
expire on a holiday. In that case, the Wednesday expiration series 
shall expire on the first business day immediately prior to that 
Wednesday, e.g., Tuesday of that week.\5\ However, the Exchange 
believes that it is preferable to require Monday expiration series in 
this scenario to expire on the Tuesday of that week rather than the 
previous business day, e.g., the previous Friday, since the Tuesday is 
closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of

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the series than the previous Friday, and therefore may be more 
representative of anticipated market conditions. The Exchange also 
notes that Cboe Exchange, Inc. (``Cboe'') uses the same procedure for 
options on the S&P 500 index (``SPX'') with Monday expirations that are 
listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that 
are scheduled to expire on a holiday.\6\
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    \5\ See id.
    \6\ See Cboe Rule 24.9(e)(1) (``If the Exchange is not open for 
business on a respective Monday, the normally Monday expiring Weekly 
Expirations will expire on the following business day. If the 
Exchange is not open for business on a respective Wednesday or 
Friday, the normally Wednesday or Friday expiring Weekly Expirations 
will expire on the previous business day.'')
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    The Exchange also proposes to make corresponding changes to MIAX 
Options Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02, which sets forth 
the requirements for SPY options that are listed pursuant to the Short 
Term Options Series Program, to permit Monday SPY expirations (``Monday 
SPY Expirations''). Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to amend 
Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404, to state that, with 
respect to Monday SPY Expirations, the Exchange may open for trading on 
any Friday or Monday that is a business day, series of options on SPY 
to expire on any Monday of the month that is a business day and is not 
a Monday in which Quarterly Options Series expire, provided that Monday 
SPY Expirations that are listed on a Friday must be listed at least one 
business week and one business day prior to the expiration. As with the 
current rules for Wednesday SPY Expirations, the Exchange will also 
amend Interpretations and Policies .02 to state that it may list up to 
five consecutive Monday SPY Expirations at one time, and may have no 
more than a total of five Monday SPY Expirations (in addition to the 
maximum of five Short Term Option Series expirations for SPY expiring 
on Friday and five Wednesday SPY Expirations). The Exchange will also 
clarify that, as with Wednesday SPY Expirations, Monday SPY Expirations 
will be subject to the provisions of this Rule.
    The interval between strike prices for the proposed Monday SPY 
Expirations will be the same as those for the current Short Term Option 
Series for Wednesday and Friday SPY Expirations. Specifically, the 
Monday SPY Expirations will have a $0.50 strike interval minimum. As is 
the case with other options series listed pursuant to the Short Term 
Option Series, the Monday SPY Expiration series will be P.M.-settled.
    Currently, for each option class eligible for participation in the 
Program, the Exchange is limited to opening thirty (30) series for each 
expiration date for the specific class. The thirty (30) series 
restriction does not include series that are open by other securities 
exchanges under their respective short term option rules; the Exchange 
may list these additional series that are listed by other exchanges.\7\ 
This thirty (30) series restriction shall apply to Monday SPY 
Expiration series as well. In addition, the Exchange will be able to 
list series that are listed by other exchanges, assuming they file 
similar rules with the Commission to list SPY options expiring on 
Mondays.
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    \7\ See Exchange Rule 404, Interpretations and Policies .02(a).
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    Finally, the Exchange is amending Interpretations and Policies 
.02(b) to Rule 404, which addresses the listing of Short Term Options 
Series that expire in the same week as monthly or quarterly options 
series. Currently, that rule states that no Short Term Option Series 
may expire in the same week in which monthly option series on the same 
class expire (with the exception of Wednesday SPY Expirations) or, in 
the case of Quarterly Options Series, on an expiration that coincides 
with an expiration of Quarterly Option Series on the same class. As 
with Wednesday SPY Expirations, the Exchange is proposing to permit 
Monday SPY Expirations to expire in the same week as monthly options 
series on the same class. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable 
to extend this exemption to Monday SPY Expirations because Monday SPY 
Expirations and standard monthly options will not expire on the same 
trading day, as standard monthly options expire on Fridays. 
Additionally, the Exchange believes that not listing Monday SPY 
Expirations for one week every month because there was a monthly SPY 
expiration on the Friday of that week would create investor confusion.
    Relatedly, the Exchange is also amending Interpretations and 
Policies .02(b) to Rule 404 to clarify that Monday and Wednesday SPY 
Expirations may expire in the same week as monthly option series in the 
same class expire, but that no Short Term Option Series may expire on 
the same day as an expiration of Quarterly Option Series on the same 
class. This change will make that provision more consistent with the 
existing language in Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404, 
which prohibits Wednesday SPY Expirations from expiring on a Wednesday 
in which Quarterly Options Series expire.
    The Exchange does not believe that any market disruptions will be 
encountered with the introduction of P.M.-settled Monday expirations. 
The Exchange has the necessary capacity and surveillance programs in 
place to support and properly monitor trading in the proposed Monday 
expiration series, including Monday SPY Expirations. The Exchange 
currently trades P.M.-settled Short Term Option Series that expire 
almost every Wednesday and Friday, which provide market participants a 
tool to hedge special events and to reduce the premium cost of buying 
protection. The Exchange notes that it has been listing Wednesday 
expirations pursuant to MIAX Options Rule 100 and Rule 404 since 
2016.\8\ With the exception of Monday expiration series that are 
scheduled to expire on a holiday, the Exchange does not believe that 
there are any material differences between Monday expirations and 
Wednesday or Friday expirations for Short Term Option Series.
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 78772 (September 6, 
2016), 81 FR 62784 (September 12, 2016) (SR-MIAX-2016-31).
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    The Exchange seeks to introduce Monday expirations to, among other 
things, expand hedging tools available to market participants and to 
continue the reduction of the premium cost of buying protection. The 
Exchange believes that Monday expirations, similar to Wednesday and 
Friday expirations, will allow market participants to purchase an 
option based on their timing as needed and allow them to tailor their 
investment and hedging needs more effectively.
    As noted above, Phlx recently received approval to list Monday 
expirations for SPY options pursuant to its Short Term Options program. 
In addition, other exchanges currently permit Monday expirations for 
other options. For example, Cboe lists options on the SPX with a Monday 
expiration as part of its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program.\9\
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    \9\ See Cboe Rule 24.9(e)(1) (``The Exchange may open for 
trading Weekly Expirations on any broad-based index eligible for 
standard options trading to expire on any Monday, Wednesday, or 
Friday (other than the third Friday-of-the-month or days that 
coincide with an EOM expiration.'').
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act \10\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \11\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
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trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market 
system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In particular, the Exchange believes the Short Term Option Series 
Program has been successful to date and that Monday expirations, 
including Monday SPY Expirations, simply expand the ability of 
investors to hedge risk against market movements stemming from economic 
releases or market events that occur throughout the month in the same 
way that the Short Term Option Series Program has expanded the 
landscape of hedging. Similarly, the Exchange believes Monday 
expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, should create greater 
trading and hedging opportunities and flexibility, and will provide 
customers with the ability to tailor their investment objectives more 
effectively. While other exchanges do not currently list Monday SPY 
Expirations, the Exchange notes that Cboe currently permits Monday 
expirations for other options with a weekly expiration, such as options 
on the SPX.\12\ Additionally, Nasdaq PHLX LLC (``Phlx'') has recently 
received approval from the Commission to list Monday SPY Expirations 
for SPY options pursuant to its Short Term Options program.\13\
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    \12\ See supra note 9.
    \13\ See supra note 4.
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    With the exception of Monday expiration series that are scheduled 
to expire on a holiday, the Exchange does not believe that there are 
any material differences between Monday expirations, including Monday 
SPY Expirations, and Wednesday or Friday expirations, including 
Wednesday and Friday SPY Expirations, for Short Term Option Series. The 
Exchange notes that it has been listing Wednesday expiration pursuant 
to MIAX Options Rule 100 and Rule 404 since 2016.\14\ The Exchange 
believes that it is consistent with the Act to treat Monday expiration 
series that expire on a holiday differently than Wednesday or Friday 
expiration series, since the proposed treatment for Monday expiration 
series will result in an expiration date that is closer in time to the 
scheduled expiration date of the series, and therefore may be more 
representative of anticipated market conditions. The Exchange also 
notes that Cboe uses the same procedure for SPX options with Monday 
expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations 
Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday.
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    \14\ See supra note 8.
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    Given the similarities between Monday SPY Expiration series and 
Wednesday and Friday SPY Expiration series, the Exchange believes that 
applying the provisions in Interpretations and Policies .02 to Rule 404 
that currently apply to Wednesday SPY Expirations, to Monday SPY 
Expirations, is justified. For example, the Exchange believes that 
allowing Monday SPY Expirations and monthly SPY expirations in the same 
week will benefit investors and minimize investor confusion by 
providing Monday SPY Expirations in a continuous and uniform manner. 
The Exchange also believes that it is appropriate to amend 
Interpretations and Policies .02(b) to Rule 404 to clarify that no 
Short Term Option Series may expire on the same day as an expiration of 
Quarterly Option Series on the same class. This change will make that 
provision more consistent with the existing language in Interpretations 
and Policies .02 to Rule 404 that prohibit Wednesday SPY Expirations 
from expiring on a Wednesday in which Quarterly Options Series expire.
    Finally, the Exchange represents that it has an adequate 
surveillance program in place to detect manipulative trading in Monday 
expirations, including Monday SPY Expirations, in the same way that it 
monitors trading in the current Short Term Option Series. The Exchange 
also represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to support 
the new options series.
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule text organizational changes 
promote just and equitable principles of trade and remove impediments 
to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national 
market system because the proposed rule text organizational change 
conforms its rules to the rules of other exchanges. As such, the 
proposed amendments would foster cooperation and coordination with 
persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities and would 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national exchange system. In particular, the Exchange 
believes that the proposed changes will provide greater clarity to 
Members and the public regarding the Exchange's Rules. It is in the 
public interest for rules to be accurate and concise so as to eliminate 
the potential for confusion.

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

    MIAX Options does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange notes that 
having Monday expirations is not a novel proposal, as Cboe currently 
lists and trades short-term SPX options with a Monday expiration, and 
Phlx has recently received approval from the Commission to list Monday 
SPY expirations. The Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose 
any burden on intra-market competition, as all market participants will 
be treated in the same manner under this proposal. Additionally, the 
Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-
market competition, as nothing prevents the other options exchanges 
from proposing similar rules to list and trade short-term options 
series with Monday expirations.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) 
Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate, the proposed rule 
change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
\15\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\16\
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission 
written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change at 
least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed 
rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 
The Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does 
not become operative for 30 days from the date of filing. However, Rule 
19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \17\ permits the Commission to designate a shorter 
time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and 
the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 
30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative

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immediately upon filing. The Commission notes that it recently approved 
Phlx's substantially similar proposal to list and trade Monday SPY 
Expirations.\18\ The Exchange has stated that waiver of the operative 
delay will allow the Exchange to list and trade Monday SPY Expirations 
as soon as possible, and therefore, promote competition among the 
option exchanges.\19\ For these reasons, the Commission believes that 
the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of 
the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, and will allow the Exchange to 
remain competitive with other exchanges. Therefore, the Commission 
hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposal 
effective upon filing.\20\
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    \17\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \18\ See supra note 4.
    \19\ The Exchange also proposes a number of non-substantive 
changes to its rulebook. The Exchange stated these changes will help 
to provide clarity and therefore are in the public interest.
    \20\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has also considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    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. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

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

Electronic Comments

    [ssquf] Use the Commission's internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
    [ssquf] Send an email to [email protected]. Please include File 
Number SR-MIAX-2018-05 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

    [ssquf] 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-MIAX-2018-05. 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 website (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 website 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-MIAX-2018-05 and should be submitted on 
or before March 15, 2018.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\21\
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    \21\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-03565 Filed 2-21-18; 8:45 am]
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