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Download as PDF 16748 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices general. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Rule 17j–1 requires that records be maintained for at least five years in an easily accessible place.7 The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following website, www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Lindsay.M.Abate@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Riddle, Acting Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace Kenner, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: April 17, 2019. Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–08040 Filed 4–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–2736. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Extension: Form T–4, SEC File No. 270–124, OMB Control No. 3235–0107. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget this request for extension of the previously approved collections of information discussed below. Form T–4 (17 CFR 269.4) is a form used by an issuer to apply for an exemption under Section 304(c) (15 U.S.C 77ddd(c)) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 (15 U.S.C. 77aaa et seq.). 7 If information collected pursuant to the rule is reviewed by the Commission’s examination staff, it will be accorded the same level of confidentiality accorded to other responses provided to the Commission in the context of its examination and oversight program. See section 31(c) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a–30(c)). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 Jkt 247001 Form T–4 is filed on occasion. The information required by Form T–4 is mandatory. This information is publicly available on EDGAR. Form T–4 takes approximately 5 hours per response to prepare and is filed by approximately 3 respondents. We estimate that 25% of the 5 hours per response (1 hour) is prepared by the filer for a total annual reporting burden of 3 hours (1 hour per response × 3 responses). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following website, www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Lindsay.M.Abate@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Riddle, Acting Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace Kenner, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: April 17, 2019. Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–08041 Filed 4–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–2736. Extension: Rule 15a–6. SEC File No. 270–0329, OMB Control No. 3235–0371. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for approval of extension of the previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 15a–6 (17 CFR 240.15a–6) under PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). Rule 15a–6 provides conditional exemptions from the requirement to register as a broker-dealer pursuant to Section 15 of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78o) for foreign broker-dealers that engage in certain specified activities involving U.S. persons. In particular, Rule 15a–6(a)(3) provides an exemption from broker-dealer registration for foreign broker-dealers that solicit and effect transactions with or for U.S. institutional investors or major U.S. institutional investors through a registered broker-dealer, provided that the U.S. broker-dealer, among other things, obtains certain information about, and consents to service of process from, the personnel of the foreign broker-dealer involved in such transactions, and maintains certain records in connection therewith. These requirements are intended to ensure (a) that the registered brokerdealer will receive notice of the identity of, and has reviewed the background of, foreign personnel who will contact U.S. investors, (b) that the foreign brokerdealer and its personnel effectively may be served with process in the event enforcement action is necessary, and (c) that the Commission has ready access to information concerning these persons and their U.S. securities activities. Commission staff estimates that approximately 2,000 U.S. registered broker-dealers will spend an average of two hours of clerical staff time and one hour of managerial staff time per year obtaining the information required by the rule, resulting in a total aggregate burden of 6,000 hours per year for complying with the rule. Assuming an hourly cost of $63 1 for a compliance clerk and $269 2 for a compliance manager, the resultant total internal labor cost of compliance for the respondents is $818,000 per year (2,000 entities × ((2 hours/entity × $63/hour) + (1 hour per entity × $283/hour)) = $818,000). In general, the records to be maintained under Rule 15a–6 must be kept for the applicable time periods as set forth in Rule 17a–4 (17 CFR 240.17a–4) under the Exchange Act or, with respect to the consents to service 1 The hourly rate used for a compliance clerk was from SIFMA’s Office Salaries in the Securities Industry 2013, modified by Commission staff to account for an 1,800 hour work-year and multiplied by 2.93 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits and overhead. 2 The hourly rate used for a compliance manager was from SIFMA’s Management & Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry 2013, modified by Commission staff to account for an 1,800 hour work-year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits and overhead. E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 / Notices of process, for a period of not less than six years after the applicable person ceases engaging in U.S. securities activities. Reliance on the exemption set forth in Rule 15a–6 is voluntary, but if a foreign broker-dealer elects to rely on such exemption, the collection of information described therein is mandatory. The collection does not involve confidential information. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The public may view background documentation for this information collection at the following website: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Lindsay.M.Abate@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Riddle, Acting Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace Kenner,100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, or by sending an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: April 17, 2019. Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–08042 Filed 4–19–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–85665; File No. SR– CboeBYX–2019–004] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Pilot Program Related to BYX Rule 11.18, Trading Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility, to the Close of Business on October 18, 2019 amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES April 16, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 12, 2019, Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BYX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Apr 19, 2019 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 BYX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BYX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change to extend the pilot program related to BYX Rule 11.18, Trading Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility, 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/byx/), 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 BYX Rules 11.18(a) through (d), (f) and (g) describe the methodology for determining when to halt trading in all stocks due to extraordinary market volatility, i.e., market-wide circuit breakers. The market-wide circuit breaker mechanism was approved by the Commission to operate on a pilot basis, the term of which is to coincide with the pilot period for the Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility 3 15 4 17 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16749 Pursuant to Rule 608 of Regulation NMS (the ‘‘LULD Plan’’ or ‘‘Plan’’),5 including any extensions to the pilot period for the Plan. The Commission published an amendment to the LULD Plan for it to operate on a permanent, rather than pilot, basis on December 18, 2018,6 and the Commission approved that amendment on April 11, 2019.7 Market-wide circuit breakers provide an important, automatic mechanism that is invoked to promote stability and investor confidence during a period of significant stress when securities markets experience extreme broad-based declines. All U.S. equities exchanges have similar rules related to marketwide circuit breakers, which are designed to slow the effects of extreme price movement through coordinated trading halts across securities markets when severe price declines reach levels that may exhaust market liquidity. Market-wide circuit breakers provide for trading halts in all equities markets during a severe market decline as measured by a single-day decline in the S&P 500 Index. Pursuant to BYX Rule 11.18, a marketwide trading halt will be triggered if the S&P 500 Index declines in price by specified percentages from the prior day’s closing price of that index. Currently, the triggers are set at three circuit breaker thresholds: 7% (Level 1), 13% (Level 2) and 20% (Level 3). A market decline that triggers a Level 1 or Level 2 circuit breaker after 9:30 a.m. ET and before 3:25 p.m. ET would halt market-wide trading for 15 minutes, while a similar market decline at or after 3:25 p.m. ET would not halt marketwide trading. A market decline that triggers a Level 3 circuit breaker, at any time during the trading day, would halt market-wide trading for the remainder of the trading day. The Exchange proposes to amend BYX Rule 11.18 to untie the market-wide circuit breaker pilot program’s effectiveness from that of the LULD Plan and to extend the pilot’s effectiveness to the close of business on October 18, 2019. In addition, the Exchange proposes to amend BYX Rule 11.18 such that the pilot only applies to the provisions of paragraphs (a) through (d), (f) and (g) of BYX Rule 11.18—i.e., the provisions related to the market-wide circuit breaker mechanism, and not paragraph 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67091 (May 31, 2012), 77 FR 33498 (June 6, 2012) (the ‘‘Limit Up-Limit Down Release’’). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84843 (December 18, 2018), 83 FR 66464 (December 26, 2018) (Amendment No. 18 Proposing Release). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 85623 (April 11, 2018) (Federal Register publication pending) (Amendment No. 18 Approval Order). E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 77 (Monday, April 22, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 
20549-2736.

Extension:
     Rule 15a-6. SEC File No. 270-0329, OMB Control No. 3235-0371.

    Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (``PRA'') (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') has submitted to the Office of Management 
and Budget (``OMB'') a request for approval of extension of the 
previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 15a-
6 (17 CFR 240.15a-6) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 
U.S.C. 78a et seq.).
    Rule 15a-6 provides conditional exemptions from the requirement to 
register as a broker-dealer pursuant to Section 15 of the Exchange Act 
(15 U.S.C. 78o) for foreign broker-dealers that engage in certain 
specified activities involving U.S. persons. In particular, Rule 15a-
6(a)(3) provides an exemption from broker-dealer registration for 
foreign broker-dealers that solicit and effect transactions with or for 
U.S. institutional investors or major U.S. institutional investors 
through a registered broker-dealer, provided that the U.S. broker-
dealer, among other things, obtains certain information about, and 
consents to service of process from, the personnel of the foreign 
broker-dealer involved in such transactions, and maintains certain 
records in connection therewith.
    These requirements are intended to ensure (a) that the registered 
broker-dealer will receive notice of the identity of, and has reviewed 
the background of, foreign personnel who will contact U.S. investors, 
(b) that the foreign broker-dealer and its personnel effectively may be 
served with process in the event enforcement action is necessary, and 
(c) that the Commission has ready access to information concerning 
these persons and their U.S. securities activities. Commission staff 
estimates that approximately 2,000 U.S. registered broker-dealers will 
spend an average of two hours of clerical staff time and one hour of 
managerial staff time per year obtaining the information required by 
the rule, resulting in a total aggregate burden of 6,000 hours per year 
for complying with the rule. Assuming an hourly cost of $63 \1\ for a 
compliance clerk and $269 \2\ for a compliance manager, the resultant 
total internal labor cost of compliance for the respondents is $818,000 
per year (2,000 entities x ((2 hours/entity x $63/hour) + (1 hour per 
entity x $283/hour)) = $818,000).
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    \1\ The hourly rate used for a compliance clerk was from SIFMA's 
Office Salaries in the Securities Industry 2013, modified by 
Commission staff to account for an 1,800 hour work-year and 
multiplied by 2.93 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee 
benefits and overhead.
    \2\ The hourly rate used for a compliance manager was from 
SIFMA's Management & Professional Earnings in the Securities 
Industry 2013, modified by Commission staff to account for an 1,800 
hour work-year and multiplied by 5.35 to account for bonuses, firm 
size, employee benefits and overhead.
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    In general, the records to be maintained under Rule 15a-6 must be 
kept for the applicable time periods as set forth in Rule 17a-4 (17 CFR 
240.17a-4) under the Exchange Act or, with respect to the consents to 
service

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of process, for a period of not less than six years after the 
applicable person ceases engaging in U.S. securities activities. 
Reliance on the exemption set forth in Rule 15a-6 is voluntary, but if 
a foreign broker-dealer elects to rely on such exemption, the 
collection of information described therein is mandatory. The 
collection does not involve confidential information.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    The public may view background documentation for this information 
collection at the following website: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should 
be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, 
Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: 
[email protected]; and (ii) Charles Riddle, Acting Director/
Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o 
Candace Kenner,100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, or by sending an 
email to: [email protected]. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 
30 days of this notice.

    Dated: April 17, 2019.
Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-08042 Filed 4-19-19; 8:45 am]
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