Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Current Pilot Program Related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, 15018-15020 [2019-07247]

Download as PDF 15018 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Notices 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–CboeEDGX–2019–016 and should be submitted on or before May 3, 2019. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–07241 Filed 4–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–85543; File No. SR– CboeBZX–2019–022] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Current Pilot Program Related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES April 8, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. notice is hereby given that on April 2, 2019, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BZX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 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 Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BZX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change to extend the current pilot program related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, to the close of business on October 18, 2019. The text of the proposed rule change is attached as Exhibit 5. [sic] The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/ equities/regulation/rule_filings/bzx/), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of the proposed rule change is to extend the current pilot program related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, to the close of business on October 18, 2019. This change is being proposed in connection with proposed amendments 19 17 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Apr 11, 2019 3 15 4 17 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to the Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility (the ‘‘Limit Up-Limit Down Plan’’ or the ‘‘Plan’’) that would allow the Plan to continue to operate on a permanent basis.5 On September 10, 2010, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis, changes to BZX Rule 11.17 that, among other things: (i) Provided for uniform treatment of clearly erroneous execution reviews in multi-stock events involving twenty or more securities; and (ii) reduced the ability of the Exchange to deviate from the objective standards set forth in the rule.6 In 2013, the Exchange adopted a provision designed to address the operation of the Plan.7 Finally, in 2014, the Exchange adopted two additional provisions providing that: (i) A series of transactions in a particular security on one or more trading days may be viewed as one event if all such transactions were effected based on the same fundamentally incorrect or grossly misinterpreted issuance information resulting in a severe valuation error for all such transactions; and (ii) in the event of any disruption or malfunction in the operation of the electronic communications and trading facilities of an Exchange, another SRO, or responsible single plan processor in connection with the transmittal or receipt of a trading halt, an Officer, acting on his or her own motion, shall nullify any transaction that occurs after a trading halt has been declared by the primary listing market for a security and before such trading halt has officially ended according to the primary listing market.8 These changes are currently scheduled to operate for a pilot period that coincides with the pilot period for the Limit Up-Limit Down Plan,9 including any extensions to the pilot period for the Plan.10 The Commission recently published the proposed Eighteenth Amendment to the Plan to allow the Plan to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis. The Exchange proposes to amend BZX Rule 11.17 to untie the pilot program’s effectiveness from that of the Plan and 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84843 (December 18, 2018), 83 FR 66464 (December 26, 2018) (File No. 4–631) (‘‘Eighteenth Amendment’’). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62886 (Sept. 10, 2010), 75 FR 56613 (Sept. 16, 2010) (SR– BATS–2010–016). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68797 (Jan. 31, 2013), 78 FR 8635 (Feb. 6, 2013) (SR– BATS–2013–008). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72434 (June 19, 2014), 79 FR 36110 (June 25, 2014) (SR– BATS–2014–014). 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012) (the ‘‘Limit Up-Limit Down Release’’). 10 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71795 (March 25, 2014), 79 FR 18089 (March 31, 2014) (SR–BATS–2014–008). E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Notices to extend the pilot’s effectiveness to the close of business on October 18, 2019— i.e., six months after the expiration of the current pilot period for the Plan. If the pilot period is not either extended, replaced or approved as permanent, the prior versions of paragraphs (c), (e)(2), (f), and (g) shall be in effect, and the provisions of paragraphs (i) through (k) shall be null and void.11 In such an event, the remaining sections of BZX Rule 11.17 would continue to apply to all transactions executed on the Exchange. The Exchange understands that the other national securities exchanges and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’) will also file similar proposals to extend their respective clearly erroneous execution pilot programs, the substance of which are identical to BZX Rule 11.17. The Exchange does not propose any additional changes to BZX Rule 11.17. The Exchange believes the benefits to market participants from the more objective clearly erroneous executions rule should continue on a limited six month pilot basis after Commission approves the Plan to operate on a permanent basis. Assuming the Plan is approved by the Commission to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis the Exchange intends to assess whether additional changes should also be made to the operation of the clearly erroneous execution rules. Extending the effectiveness of BZX Rule 11.17 for an additional six months should provide the Exchange and other national securities exchanges additional time to consider further amendments to the clearly erroneous execution rules in light of the proposed Eighteenth Amendment to the Plan. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act,12 in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,13 in particular, in that it is designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest and not to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change promotes just and 11 See supra notes 6–8. The prior versions of paragraphs (c), (e)(2), (f), and (g) in effect before the 2010 changes to the rule generally provided greater discretion to the Exchange with respect to breaking erroneous trades. 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Apr 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 equitable principles of trade in that it promotes transparency and uniformity across markets concerning review of transactions as clearly erroneous. The Exchange believes that extending the clearly erroneous execution pilot under BZX Rule 11.17 for an additional six months would help assure that the determination of whether a clearly erroneous trade has occurred will be based on clear and objective criteria, and that the resolution of the incident will occur promptly through a transparent process. The proposed rule change would also help assure consistent results in handling erroneous trades across the U.S. equities markets, thus furthering fair and orderly markets, the protection of investors and the public interest. Based on the foregoing, the Exchange believes the amended clearly erroneous executions rule should continue to be in effect on a pilot basis while the Exchange and the other national securities exchanges consider and develop a permanent proposal for clearly erroneous execution reviews. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposal would ensure the continued, uninterrupted operation of harmonized clearly erroneous execution rules across the U.S. equities markets while the Exchange and other national securities exchanges consider further amendments to these rules in light of the proposed Eighteenth Amendment to the Plan. The Exchange understands that the other national securities exchanges and FINRA will also file similar proposals to extend their respective clearly erroneous execution pilot programs. Thus, the proposed rule change will help to ensure consistency across market centers without implicating any competitive issues. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No comments were solicited or received on the proposed rule change. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15019 which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 14 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.15 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 16 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 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 proposed rule change may become effective and operative immediately upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, as it will allow the current clearly erroneous execution pilot program to continue uninterrupted, without any changes, while the Exchange and the other national securities exchanges consider and develop a permanent proposal for clearly erroneous execution reviews. For this reason, the Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposed rule change as operative upon filing.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: (i) Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved. 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. 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of 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. 16 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 17 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 18 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). 15 17 E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 15020 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 71 / Friday, April 12, 2019 / Notices Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 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– CboeBZX–2019–022 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. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CboeBZX–2019–022. 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–CboeBZX–2019–022 and should be submitted on or before May 3, 2019. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [Release No. 34–85553; File No. SR– NYSEAMER–2019–09] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE American LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Change To Amend the NYSE American Options Fee Schedule April 8, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on March 27, 2019, NYSE American LLC (‘‘NYSE American’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 selfregulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the NYSE American Options Fee Schedule (‘‘Fee Schedule’’). The Exchange proposes to implement the fee change effective April 1, 2019. The proposed change is available on the Exchange’s website at www.nyse.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 self-regulatory organization 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 those 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. [FR Doc. 2019–07247 Filed 4–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Apr 11, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of this filing is to modify the Fee Schedule to introduce a Floor Broker Volume Rebate Program (‘‘FB Volume Rebate’’) for Floor Broker organizations (each a ‘‘Floor Broker’’). The Exchange proposes to offer Floor Brokers the opportunity to qualify for a $5,000 rebate each month that the Floor Broker increases its Average Daily Volume (‘‘ADV’’) by a certain percentage over one of two benchmarks. Specifically, a Floor Broker may qualify for the FB Volume Rebate by increasing its contract sides in billable manual ADV by at least 50% over the greater of: (i) 20,000 contract sides in billable manual ADV; or (ii) The Floor Broker’s total billable manual ADV in contract sides during the second half of 2018—i.e., July through December 2018. As proposed, the Exchange would exclude Customer volume, Firm Facilitation trades, and QCCs from the calculation of a Floor Broker’s billable manual ADV for purposes of the FB Volume Rebate. In addition, the Exchange proposes to exclude from the FB Volume Rebate any volume included in the calculation to achieve the Firm Monthly Fee Cap and the Strategy Execution Fee Cap, regardless of whether either of these caps is achieved, because fees on such volume are already capped and therefore such volume does not increase billable manual volume. For example, if a Floor Broker achieves 30,000 contract sides (i.e., an increase of 50% over 20,000—the minimum volume requirement under the first benchmark), that Floor Broker would qualify for the monthly $5,000 FB Volume Rebate. However, if that Floor Broker’s billable manual ADV in contract sides during the second half of 2018 was 30,000, that Floor Broker would have to achieve at least 45,000 contract sides (i.e., an increase of 50% over 30,000) to receive the rebate—as the FB Volume Rebate applies to the ‘‘50% over the greater of’’ the two benchmarks, which in this case would be the Floor Broker’s 2018 second half of year volume. As described above, the Exchange proposes to enumerate which volume would be excluded from the calculation for the FB Rebate Volume. If not specifically enumerated, volume would be eligible to be included in the calculation. For example, Floor Brokers that participate in the Floor Broker Fixed Cost Prepayment Incentive E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-85543; File No. SR-CboeBZX-2019-022]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Extend 
the Current Pilot Program Related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous 
Executions

April 8, 2019.
    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 April 2, 2019, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (``Exchange'' or ``BZX'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items 
have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as 
a ``non-controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\4\ 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)(iii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (``BZX'' or the ``Exchange'') is filing 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') a 
proposed rule change to extend the current pilot program related to BZX 
Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, to the close of business on 
October 18, 2019. The text of the proposed rule change is attached as 
Exhibit 5. [sic]
    The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the 
Exchange's website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/equities/regulation/rule_filings/bzx/), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

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

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

1. Purpose
    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to extend the current 
pilot program related to BZX Rule 11.17, Clearly Erroneous Executions, 
to the close of business on October 18, 2019. This change is being 
proposed in connection with proposed amendments to the Plan to Address 
Extraordinary Market Volatility (the ``Limit Up-Limit Down Plan'' or 
the ``Plan'') that would allow the Plan to continue to operate on a 
permanent basis.\5\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84843 (December 18, 
2018), 83 FR 66464 (December 26, 2018) (File No. 4-631) 
(``Eighteenth Amendment'').
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    On September 10, 2010, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis, 
changes to BZX Rule 11.17 that, among other things: (i) Provided for 
uniform treatment of clearly erroneous[thinsp]execution reviews in 
multi-stock events involving twenty or more securities; and (ii) 
reduced the ability of the Exchange to deviate from the objective 
standards set forth in the rule.\6\ In 2013, the Exchange adopted a 
provision designed to address the operation of the Plan.\7\ Finally, in 
2014, the Exchange adopted two additional provisions providing that: 
(i) A series of transactions in a particular security on one or more 
trading days may be viewed as one event if all such transactions were 
effected based on the same fundamentally incorrect or grossly 
misinterpreted issuance information resulting in a severe valuation 
error for all such transactions; and (ii) in the event of any 
disruption or malfunction in the operation of the electronic 
communications and trading facilities of an Exchange, another SRO, or 
responsible single plan processor in connection with the transmittal or 
receipt of a trading halt, an Officer, acting on his or her own motion, 
shall nullify any transaction that occurs after a trading halt has been 
declared by the primary listing market for a security and before such 
trading halt has officially ended according to the primary listing 
market.\8\ These changes are currently scheduled to operate for a pilot 
period that coincides with the pilot period for the Limit Up-Limit Down 
Plan,\9\ including any extensions to the pilot period for the Plan.\10\
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    \6\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62886 (Sept. 10, 
2010), 75 FR 56613 (Sept. 16, 2010) (SR-BATS-2010-016).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 68797 (Jan. 31, 
2013), 78 FR 8635 (Feb. 6, 2013) (SR-BATS-2013-008).
    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72434 (June 19, 
2014), 79 FR 36110 (June 25, 2014) (SR-BATS-2014-014).
    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 
2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012) (the ``Limit Up-Limit Down 
Release'').
    \10\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71795 (March 25, 
2014), 79 FR 18089 (March 31, 2014) (SR-BATS-2014-008).
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    The Commission recently published the proposed Eighteenth Amendment 
to the Plan to allow the Plan to operate on a permanent, rather than 
pilot, basis. The Exchange proposes to amend BZX Rule 11.17 to untie 
the pilot program's effectiveness from that of the Plan and

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to extend the pilot's effectiveness to the close of business on October 
18, 2019--i.e., six months after the expiration of the current pilot 
period for the Plan. If the pilot period is not either extended, 
replaced or approved as permanent, the prior versions of paragraphs 
(c), (e)(2), (f), and (g) shall be in effect, and the provisions of 
paragraphs (i) through (k) shall be null and void.\11\ In such an 
event, the remaining sections of BZX Rule 11.17 would continue to apply 
to all transactions executed on the Exchange. The Exchange understands 
that the other national securities exchanges and Financial Industry 
Regulatory Authority (``FINRA'') will also file similar proposals to 
extend their respective clearly erroneous execution pilot programs, the 
substance of which are identical to BZX Rule 11.17.
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    \11\ See supra notes 6-8. The prior versions of paragraphs (c), 
(e)(2), (f), and (g) in effect before the 2010 changes to the rule 
generally provided greater discretion to the Exchange with respect 
to breaking erroneous trades.
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    The Exchange does not propose any additional changes to BZX Rule 
11.17. The Exchange believes the benefits to market participants from 
the more objective clearly erroneous executions rule should continue on 
a limited six month pilot basis after Commission approves the Plan to 
operate on a permanent basis. Assuming the Plan is approved by the 
Commission to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis the 
Exchange intends to assess whether additional changes should also be 
made to the operation of the clearly erroneous execution rules. 
Extending the effectiveness of BZX Rule 11.17 for an additional six 
months should provide the Exchange and other national securities 
exchanges additional time to consider further amendments to the clearly 
erroneous execution rules in light of the proposed Eighteenth Amendment 
to the Plan.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act,\12\ in general, and 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\13\ in particular, in that it is designed 
to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest and not to permit unfair discrimination between 
customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that the 
proposed rule change promotes just and equitable principles of trade in 
that it promotes transparency and uniformity across markets concerning 
review of transactions as clearly erroneous. The Exchange believes that 
extending the clearly erroneous execution pilot under BZX Rule 11.17 
for an additional six months would help assure that the determination 
of whether a clearly erroneous trade has occurred will be based on 
clear and objective criteria, and that the resolution of the incident 
will occur promptly through a transparent process. The proposed rule 
change would also help assure consistent results in handling erroneous 
trades across the U.S. equities markets, thus furthering fair and 
orderly markets, the protection of investors and the public interest. 
Based on the foregoing, the Exchange believes the amended clearly 
erroneous executions rule should continue to be in effect on a pilot 
basis while the Exchange and the other national securities exchanges 
consider and develop a permanent proposal for clearly erroneous 
execution reviews.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposal would ensure 
the continued, uninterrupted operation of harmonized clearly erroneous 
execution rules across the U.S. equities markets while the Exchange and 
other national securities exchanges consider further amendments to 
these rules in light of the proposed Eighteenth Amendment to the Plan. 
The Exchange understands that the other national securities exchanges 
and FINRA will also file similar proposals to extend their respective 
clearly erroneous execution pilot programs. Thus, the proposed rule 
change will help to ensure consistency across market centers without 
implicating any competitive issues.

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

    No comments were solicited or received on the proposed rule change.

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, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \14\ and 
subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\15\
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \15\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission 
written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along 
with a brief description and text of 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) \16\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
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 proposed 
rule change may become effective and operative immediately upon filing. 
The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is 
consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, as 
it will allow the current clearly erroneous execution pilot program to 
continue uninterrupted, without any changes, while the Exchange and the 
other national securities exchanges consider and develop a permanent 
proposal for clearly erroneous execution reviews. For this reason, the 
Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the 
proposed rule change as operative upon filing.\18\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \17\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \18\ 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: (i) 
Necessary or appropriate in the public interest; (ii) for the 
protection of investors; or (iii) otherwise in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the 
Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the 
proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

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.

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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-CboeBZX-2019-022 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-CboeBZX-2019-022. 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-CboeBZX-2019-022 and should be submitted 
on or before May 3, 2019.

    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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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-07247 Filed 4-11-19; 8:45 am]
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