Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove the Proposed Rule Concerning a Proposed Capital Management Policy That Would Support The Options Clearing Corporation's Function as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility, 65858-65859 [2019-25841]

Download as PDF 65858 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices 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– CboeEDGA–2019–020 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CboeEDGA–2019–020. 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–CboeEDGA–2019–020, and should be submitted on or before December 20, 2019. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–25837 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87603; File No. SR–OCC– 2019–007] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove the Proposed Rule Concerning a Proposed Capital Management Policy That Would Support The Options Clearing Corporation’s Function as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility November 22, 2019. I. Introduction On August 9, 2019, the Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change SR–OCC–2019– 007 (‘‘Proposed Rule Change’’) pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 2 thereunder to adopt a policy concerning capital management at OCC, which includes OCC’s plan to replenish its capital in the event it falls close to or below target capital levels.3 The Proposed Rule Change was published for public comment in the Federal Register on August 27, 2019.4 The Commission received comments regarding the Proposed Rule Change.5 On September 11, 2019, OCC filed a partial amendment (‘‘Partial Amendment No. 1’’) to modify the Proposed Rule Change.6 On October 8, 2019, the Comission designated a longer period for Commission action on the Proposed Rule Change.7 The Commission is publishing this order pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act 8 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Notice of Filing infra note 4, at 84 FR 44952. 4 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86725 (Aug. 21, 2019), 84 FR 44952 (Aug. 27, 2019) (SR– OCC–2019–007) (‘‘Notice of Filing’’). OCC also filed a related advance notice (SR–OCC–2019–805) (‘‘Advance Notice’’) with the Commission pursuant to Section 806(e)(1) of Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, entitled the Payment, Clearing, and Settlement Supervision Act of 2010 and Rule 19b–4(n)(1)(i) under the Exchange Act. 12 U.S.C. 5465(e)(1). 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1) and 17 CFR 240.19b–4. The Advance Notice was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2019. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86888 (Sep. 5, 2019), 84 FR 47990 (Sep. 11, 2019) (SR–OCC–2019–805). 5 Comments are available at https://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-occ-2019-007/srocc2019007.htm. 6 See Extension infra note 7, at 84 FR 55189. 7 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87246 (Oct. 8, 2019), 84 FR 55189 (Oct. 15, 2019) (File No. SR– OCC–2019–007) (‘‘Extension’’). 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to institute proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the Proposed Rule Change. II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change OCC now proposes changes to adopt, as part of its rules, a new policy concerning capital management at OCC (‘‘Capital Management Policy’’). Specifically, the proposed Capital Management Policy would (i) describe how OCC would determine the amount of liquid net assets funded by equity (‘‘LNAFBE’’) necessary to cover OCC’s potential general business losses; (ii) require OCC to hold a minimum amount of shareholders equity (‘‘Equity’’) sufficient to support the amount of LNAFBE determined to be necessary; 9 and (iii) establish a plan for replenishing OCC’s capital in the event that Equity were to fall below certain thresholds. OCC also proposes to revise its existing rules to support the terms of the proposed Capital Management policy. III. Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove File No. SR– OCC–2019–007 and Grounds for Disapproval Under Consideration The Commission is instituting proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act to determine whether the Proposed Rule Change should be approved or disapproved.10 Institution of proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the Proposed Rule Change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act,11 the Commission is providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under consideration. The Commission is instituting proceedings to allow for additional analysis and input concerning the Proposed Rule Change’s consistency with the Exchange Act and the rules thereunder, including the following: • Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Exchange Act, which requires the rules of a clearing agency provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its participants; 12 and • Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act, which requires, among 9 LNAFBE would mean cash and cash equivalents to the extent that such cash and cash equivalents do not exceed Equity. 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 11 Id. 12 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(D). E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices other things, that the rules of OCC be designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of OCC or for which it is responsible.13 • Rule 17Ad–22(e)(15) of the Exchange Act, which requires that a covered clearing agency establish, implement, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to identify, monitor, and manage the covered clearing agency’s general business risk and hold sufficient liquid net assets funded by equity to cover potential general business losses so that the covered clearing agency can continue operations and services as a going concern if those losses materialize, including by taking the actions described in Rules 17Ad–22(e)(15)(i)– (iii) under the Exchange Act.14 IV. Request for Written Comments The Commission requests that interested persons provide written submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect to the Proposed Rule Change with respect to the issues identified above, as well as any other concerns they may have with the Proposed Rule Change. In particular, the Commission invites the written views of interested persons concerning whether the Proposed Rule Change is consistent with Sections 17A(b)(3)(D) and 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act and Rule 17Ad–22(e)(15) thereunder, cited above, or any other provision of the Exchange Act, rules, and regulations thereunder. Although there do not appear to be any issues relevant to approval or disapproval that would be facilitated by an oral presentation of views, data, and arguments, the Commission will consider, pursuant to Rule 19b–4, any request for an opportunity to make an oral presentation.15 Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments regarding whether the Proposed Rule Change should be approved or disapproved by December 16, 2019. Any person who wishes to file 13 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). CFR 240.17Ad–22(e)(15). 15 Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, as amended by the Securities Acts Amendments of 1975, Public Law 94–29, 89 Stat. 97 (1975), grants the Commission flexibility to determine what type of proceeding— either oral or notice and opportunity for written comments—is appropriate for consideration of a particular proposal by a self-regulatory organization. See Securities Acts Amendments of 1975, Report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to Accompany S. 249, S. Rep. No. 75, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 30 (1975). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 14 17 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 a rebuttal to any other person’s submission must file that rebuttal by December 20, 2019. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–25841 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] Electronic Comments BILLING CODE 8011–01–P • 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 No. SR– OCC–2019–007 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 No. SR–OCC–2019–007. 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 such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC’s website at https://www.theocc.com/about/ publications/bylaws.jsp. 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 No. SR–OCC–2019–007 and should be submitted on or before December 16, 2019. If comments are received, any rebuttal comments should be submitted on or before December 20, 2019. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87590; File No. SR–CBOE– 2019–109] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Financial Incentive Programs for Global Trading Hours Lead Market-Makers in VIX November 22, 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 November 15, 2019, Cboe Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Cboe Options’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 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 Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘Cboe Options’’) proposes to amend its financial incentive programs for Global Trading Hours Lead MarketMakers in VIX. The text of the proposed rule change is provided in Exhibit 5. The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://www.cboe.com/ AboutCBOE/CBOELegal RegulatoryHome.aspx), 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 1 15 16 17 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 65859 Sfmt 4703 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65858-65859]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-87603; File No. SR-OCC-2019-007]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; 
Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or 
Disapprove the Proposed Rule Concerning a Proposed Capital Management 
Policy That Would Support The Options Clearing Corporation's Function 
as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility

November 22, 2019.

I. Introduction

    On August 9, 2019, the Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') filed 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change SR-OCC-2019-007 (``Proposed Rule Change'') 
pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Exchange Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 \2\ thereunder to adopt a policy 
concerning capital management at OCC, which includes OCC's plan to 
replenish its capital in the event it falls close to or below target 
capital levels.\3\ The Proposed Rule Change was published for public 
comment in the Federal Register on August 27, 2019.\4\ The Commission 
received comments regarding the Proposed Rule Change.\5\ On September 
11, 2019, OCC filed a partial amendment (``Partial Amendment No. 1'') 
to modify the Proposed Rule Change.\6\ On October 8, 2019, the 
Comission designated a longer period for Commission action on the 
Proposed Rule Change.\7\ The Commission is publishing this order 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act \8\ to institute 
proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the Proposed 
Rule Change.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Notice of Filing infra note 4, at 84 FR 44952.
    \4\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86725 (Aug. 21, 2019), 
84 FR 44952 (Aug. 27, 2019) (SR-OCC-2019-007) (``Notice of 
Filing''). OCC also filed a related advance notice (SR-OCC-2019-805) 
(``Advance Notice'') with the Commission pursuant to Section 
806(e)(1) of Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act, entitled the Payment, Clearing, and 
Settlement Supervision Act of 2010 and Rule 19b-4(n)(1)(i) under the 
Exchange Act. 12 U.S.C. 5465(e)(1). 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1) and 17 CFR 
240.19b-4. The Advance Notice was published in the Federal Register 
on September 11, 2019. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86888 
(Sep. 5, 2019), 84 FR 47990 (Sep. 11, 2019) (SR-OCC-2019-805).
    \5\ Comments are available at https://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-occ-2019-007/srocc2019007.htm.
    \6\ See Extension infra note 7, at 84 FR 55189.
    \7\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87246 (Oct. 8, 2019), 84 
FR 55189 (Oct. 15, 2019) (File No. SR-OCC-2019-007) (``Extension'').
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
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II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change

    OCC now proposes changes to adopt, as part of its rules, a new 
policy concerning capital management at OCC (``Capital Management 
Policy''). Specifically, the proposed Capital Management Policy would 
(i) describe how OCC would determine the amount of liquid net assets 
funded by equity (``LNAFBE'') necessary to cover OCC's potential 
general business losses; (ii) require OCC to hold a minimum amount of 
shareholders equity (``Equity'') sufficient to support the amount of 
LNAFBE determined to be necessary; \9\ and (iii) establish a plan for 
replenishing OCC's capital in the event that Equity were to fall below 
certain thresholds. OCC also proposes to revise its existing rules to 
support the terms of the proposed Capital Management policy.
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    \9\ LNAFBE would mean cash and cash equivalents to the extent 
that such cash and cash equivalents do not exceed Equity.
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III. Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove File No. 
SR-OCC-2019-007 and Grounds for Disapproval Under Consideration

    The Commission is instituting proceedings pursuant to Section 
19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act to determine whether the Proposed Rule 
Change should be approved or disapproved.\10\ Institution of 
proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy 
issues raised by the Proposed Rule Change. Institution of proceedings 
does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with 
respect to any of the issues involved.
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    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
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    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act,\11\ the 
Commission is providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under 
consideration. The Commission is instituting proceedings to allow for 
additional analysis and input concerning the Proposed Rule Change's 
consistency with the Exchange Act and the rules thereunder, including 
the following:
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    \11\ Id.
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     Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Exchange Act, which requires 
the rules of a clearing agency provide for the equitable allocation of 
reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its participants; \12\ 
and
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(D).
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     Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act, which requires, 
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other things, that the rules of OCC be designed to promote the prompt 
and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and to 
assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the 
custody or control of OCC or for which it is responsible.\13\
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    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
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     Rule 17Ad-22(e)(15) of the Exchange Act, which requires 
that a covered clearing agency establish, implement, maintain, and 
enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to 
identify, monitor, and manage the covered clearing agency's general 
business risk and hold sufficient liquid net assets funded by equity to 
cover potential general business losses so that the covered clearing 
agency can continue operations and services as a going concern if those 
losses materialize, including by taking the actions described in Rules 
17Ad-22(e)(15)(i)-(iii) under the Exchange Act.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 240.17Ad-22(e)(15).
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IV. Request for Written Comments

    The Commission requests that interested persons provide written 
submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect to the 
Proposed Rule Change with respect to the issues identified above, as 
well as any other concerns they may have with the Proposed Rule Change. 
In particular, the Commission invites the written views of interested 
persons concerning whether the Proposed Rule Change is consistent with 
Sections 17A(b)(3)(D) and 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act and Rule 
17Ad-22(e)(15) thereunder, cited above, or any other provision of the 
Exchange Act, rules, and regulations thereunder.
    Although there do not appear to be any issues relevant to approval 
or disapproval that would be facilitated by an oral presentation of 
views, data, and arguments, the Commission will consider, pursuant to 
Rule 19b-4, any request for an opportunity to make an oral 
presentation.\15\
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    \15\ Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, as amended by the Securities 
Acts Amendments of 1975, Public Law 94-29, 89 Stat. 97 (1975), 
grants the Commission flexibility to determine what type of 
proceeding--either oral or notice and opportunity for written 
comments--is appropriate for consideration of a particular proposal 
by a self-regulatory organization. See Securities Acts Amendments of 
1975, Report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban 
Affairs to Accompany S. 249, S. Rep. No. 75, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 
30 (1975).
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    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments regarding whether the Proposed Rule Change should be approved 
or disapproved by December 16, 2019. Any person who wishes to file a 
rebuttal to any other person's submission must file that rebuttal by 
December 20, 2019.
    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 No. SR-OCC-2019-007 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 No. SR-OCC-2019-007. 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 such filing also will be available for inspection 
and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC's website at 
https://www.theocc.com/about/publications/bylaws.jsp.
    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 No. SR-OCC-2019-007 and should 
be submitted on or before December 16, 2019. If comments are received, 
any rebuttal comments should be submitted on or before December 20, 
2019.
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-25841 Filed 11-27-19; 8:45 am]
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