Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 65861-65862 [2019-25867]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES reasonable as a VIX GTH LMM will still be eligible to receive the proposed financial payment. The Exchange believes the monthly payment continues to be commensurate with the heightened quoting standard, even as amended. The Exchange believes the proposed changes to the heightened quoting standard are reasonable and appropriate as the changes result in a more attainable incentive program, while still acting as an incentive for a VIX GTH LMM to provide liquid and active markets in VIX during GTH. The Exchange believes it is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory to continue to only offer this financial incentive to VIX GTH LMM(s) because it benefits all market participants trading VIX during GTH to encourage the LMM(s) to satisfy the heightened quoting standard, which ensures, and may even provide increased, liquidity, which thereby may provide more trading opportunities and tighter spreads. Indeed, the Exchange notes that the VIX GTH LMM(s) serve a crucial role in providing quotes and the opportunity for market participants to trade VIX, which can lead to increased volume, providing a robust market. The Exchange ultimately wishes to ensure a GTH LMM is adequately incentivized to provide liquid and active markets in VIX during GTH to encourage liquidity. The Exchange believes that the program, even as amended, will continue to encourage increased quoting to add liquidity in VIX, thereby protecting investors and the public interest. The Exchange also notes that a VIX GTH LMM may have added costs each month that it needs to undertake in order to satisfy that heightened quoting standard (e.g., having to purchase additional logical connectivity). The Exchange believes the proposed amendments are equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because they apply to any TPH that is appointed as a VIX GTH LMM equally. Additionally, if a VIX GTH LMM does not satisfy the heightened quoting standard for any given month, then it simply will not receive the offered payment for that month. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule changes will impose any burden on competition that are not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act because it applies uniformly to similarly VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 situated VIX GTH LMMs, which market participants play a crucial role in providing active and liquid markets in VIX during GTH. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act because VIX options are a proprietary product that will only be traded on Cboe Options. To the extent that the proposed changes make Cboe Options a more attractive marketplace for market participants at other exchanges, such market participants are welcome to become Cboe Options market participants. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 9 thereunder. 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 will institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change 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 • 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– CBOE–2019–109 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange 8 15 9 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f). Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2019–109. 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–CBOE–2019–109 and should be submitted on or before December 20, 2019. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–25836 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; 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 17a–6, SEC File No. 270–506, OMB Control No. 3235–0564. 10 17 Sfmt 4703 65861 E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 29NON1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 65862 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these existing collections of information to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for extension and approval. Section 17(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) generally prohibits affiliated persons of a registered investment company (‘‘fund’’) from borrowing money or other property from, or selling or buying securities or other property to or from, the fund or any company that the fund controls.1 Rule 17a–6 (17 CFR 270.17a– 6) permits a fund and a ‘‘portfolio affiliate’’ (a company that is an affiliated person of the fund because the fund controls the company, or holds five percent or more of the company’s outstanding voting securities) to engage in principal transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under section 17(a) of the Act under certain conditions. A fund may not rely on the exemption in the rule to enter into a principal transaction with a portfolio affiliate if certain prohibited participants (e.g., directors, officers, employees, or investment advisers of the fund) have a financial interest in a party to the transaction. Rule 17a–6 specifies certain interests that are not ‘‘financial interests,’’ including any interest that the fund’s board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. A board making this finding is required to record the basis for the finding in its meeting minutes. This recordkeeping requirement is a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’).2 The rule is designed to permit transactions between funds and their portfolio affiliates in circumstances in which it is unlikely that the affiliate would be in a position to take advantage of the fund. In determining whether a financial interest is ‘‘material,’’ the board of the fund should consider whether the nature and extent of the interest in the transaction is sufficiently small that a reasonable person would not believe that the interest affected the determination of whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement or the terms of the transaction or arrangement. The information collection requirements in rule 17a–6 are intended to ensure that 1 15 2 44 U.S.C. 80a–17(a). U.S.C. 3501. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 Commission staff can review, in the course of its compliance and examination functions, the basis for a board of director’s finding that the financial interest of an otherwise prohibited participant in a party to a transaction with a portfolio affiliate is not material. Based on staff discussions with fund representatives, we estimate that funds currently do not rely on the exemption from the term ‘‘financial interest’’ with respect to any interest that the fund’s board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. Accordingly, we estimate that annually there will be no principal transactions under rule 17a–6 that will result in a collection of information. The Commission requests authorization to maintain an inventory of one burden hour to ease future renewals of rule 17a–6’s collection of information analysis should funds rely on this exemption to the term ‘‘financial interest’’ as defined in rule 17a–6. The estimate of burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The estimate is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules. Complying with this collection of information requirement is necessary to obtain the benefit of relying on rule 17a–6. 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. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to Charles Riddle, Acting Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Cynthia Roscoe, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549; or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 25, 2019. Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–25867 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87589; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2019–60] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Amendment No. 2 and Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 2 Thereto, To List and Trade Shares of the KFA Global Carbon ETF Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.600–E November 22, 2019. On August 14, 2019, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to list and trade shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the KFA Global Carbon ETF (‘‘Fund’’) under NYSE Arca Rule 8.600–E, which governs the listing and trading of Managed Fund Shares on the Exchange. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 29, 2019.3 On September 12, 2019, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change, which replaced and superseded the proposed rule change as originally filed.4 On October 10, 2019, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Exchange Act,5 the Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change.6 On October 22, 2019, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change, which replaced and superseded the proposed rule change, as modified 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86752 (Aug. 23, 2019), 84 FR 45557. 4 Amendment No. 1 is available on the Commission’s website at: https://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-nysearca-2019-60/srnysearca2019606117868-192147.pdf. 5 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87277, 84 FR 55658 (Oct. 17, 2019). The Commission designated November 27, 2019, as the date by which the Commission shall approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; 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 17a-6, SEC File No. 270-506, OMB Control No. 3235-0564.


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    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(the ``Commission'') is soliciting comments on the collections of 
information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these 
existing collections of information to the Office of Management and 
Budget (``OMB'') for extension and approval.
    Section 17(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') 
generally prohibits affiliated persons of a registered investment 
company (``fund'') from borrowing money or other property from, or 
selling or buying securities or other property to or from, the fund or 
any company that the fund controls.\1\ Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6) 
permits a fund and a ``portfolio affiliate'' (a company that is an 
affiliated person of the fund because the fund controls the company, or 
holds five percent or more of the company's outstanding voting 
securities) to engage in principal transactions that would otherwise be 
prohibited under section 17(a) of the Act under certain conditions. A 
fund may not rely on the exemption in the rule to enter into a 
principal transaction with a portfolio affiliate if certain prohibited 
participants (e.g., directors, officers, employees, or investment 
advisers of the fund) have a financial interest in a party to the 
transaction. Rule 17a-6 specifies certain interests that are not 
``financial interests,'' including any interest that the fund's board 
of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not 
interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. A board 
making this finding is required to record the basis for the finding in 
its meeting minutes. This recordkeeping requirement is a collection of 
information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (``PRA'').\2\
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 80a-17(a).
    \2\ 44 U.S.C. 3501.
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    The rule is designed to permit transactions between funds and their 
portfolio affiliates in circumstances in which it is unlikely that the 
affiliate would be in a position to take advantage of the fund. In 
determining whether a financial interest is ``material,'' the board of 
the fund should consider whether the nature and extent of the interest 
in the transaction is sufficiently small that a reasonable person would 
not believe that the interest affected the determination of whether to 
enter into the transaction or arrangement or the terms of the 
transaction or arrangement. The information collection requirements in 
rule 17a-6 are intended to ensure that Commission staff can review, in 
the course of its compliance and examination functions, the basis for a 
board of director's finding that the financial interest of an otherwise 
prohibited participant in a party to a transaction with a portfolio 
affiliate is not material.
    Based on staff discussions with fund representatives, we estimate 
that funds currently do not rely on the exemption from the term 
``financial interest'' with respect to any interest that the fund's 
board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not 
interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. Accordingly, 
we estimate that annually there will be no principal transactions under 
rule 17a-6 that will result in a collection of information.
    The Commission requests authorization to maintain an inventory of 
one burden hour to ease future renewals of rule 17a-6's collection of 
information analysis should funds rely on this exemption to the term 
``financial interest'' as defined in rule 17a-6.
    The estimate of burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act. The estimate is not derived from a 
comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of 
Commission rules. Complying with this collection of information 
requirement is necessary to obtain the benefit of relying on rule 17a-
6. 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.
    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will 
be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 
days of this publication.
    Please direct your written comments to Charles Riddle, Acting 
Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, 
C/O Cynthia Roscoe, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549; or send an 
email to: [email protected].

    Dated: November 25, 2019.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-25867 Filed 11-27-19; 8:45 am]
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