Self-Regulatory Organizations; Nasdaq ISE, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Pilot To Permit the Listing and Trading of Options Based on 1/5, 19052-19053 [2021-07388]

Download as PDF 19052 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 68 / Monday, April 12, 2021 / Notices All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Phlx–2021–21. 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–Phlx–2021–21, and should be submitted on or before May 3, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–07387 Filed 4–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting; Cancellation FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: 86 FR 17649, April 5, 2021. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIME AND DATE OF THE MEETING: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. The Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., has been cancelled. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: For further information; please contact CHANGES IN THE MEETING: Vanessa A. Countryman from the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: April 8, 2021. Eduardo A. Aleman, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–07557 Filed 4–8–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:37 Apr 09, 2021 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–91485; File No. SR–ISE– 2021–05] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Nasdaq ISE, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Pilot To Permit the Listing and Trading of Options Based on 1⁄5 the Value of the Nasdaq–100 Index April 6, 2021. 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 March 24, 2021, Nasdaq ISE, LLC (‘‘ISE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 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 extend the pilot to permit the listing and trading of options based on 1⁄5 the value of the Nasdaq–100 Index (‘‘Nasdaq–100’’) currently set to expire on May 4, 2021. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at https://listingcenter.nasdaq.com/ rulebook/ise/rules, 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 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 2 17 Jkt 253001 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose 1 15 9 17 forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ISE filed a proposed rule change to permit the listing and trading of index options on the Nasdaq 100 Reduced Value Index (‘‘NQX’’) on a twelve month pilot basis 3 (‘‘Program’’). NQX options trade independently of and in addition to NDX options, and the NQX options are subject to the same rules that presently govern the trading of index options based on the Nasdaq– 100, including sales practice rules, margin requirements, trading rules, and position and exercise limits. Similar to NDX, NQX options are European-style and cash-settled, and have a contract multiplier of 100. The contract specifications for NQX options mirror in all respects those of the NDX options contract listed on the Exchange, except that NQX options are based on 1⁄5 of the value of the Nasdaq–100, and are P.M.settled pursuant to Options 4A, Section 12(a)(6). The Exchange proposes to amend ISE Options 4A, Section 12(a)(6) to extend the current NQX pilot period to November 4, 2021. This pilot was previously extended with the last extension through May 4, 2021.4 The Exchange continues to have sufficient capacity to handle additional quotations and message traffic associated with the proposed listing and trading of NQX options. In addition, index options are integrated into the Exchange’s existing surveillance system architecture and are thus subject to the relevant surveillance processes. The Exchange also continues to have adequate surveillance procedures to monitor trading in NQX options thereby aiding in the maintenance of a fair and orderly market. Additionally, there is continued investor interest in these products and this extension will provide additional time to collect data related to the pilot. The Exchange believes that the proposed extension of the Program will not have an adverse impact on capacity. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 82911 (March 20, 2018), 83 FR 12966 (March 26, 2018) (SR–ISE–2017–106) (Approval Order). 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos.86071 (June 10, 2019), 84 FR 27822 (June 14, 2019) (SR– ISE–2019–18); 87379 (October 22, 2019), 84 FR 57793 (October 28, 2019) (SR–ISE–2019–27); 88683 (April 17, 2020), 85 FR 22768 (April 23, 2020) (SR– ISE–2020–18); and 90257 (October 22, 2020), 85 FR 68387 (October 28, 2020) (SR–ISE–2020–33). E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 68 / Monday, April 12, 2021 / Notices Pilot Report The Exchange currently makes public on its website the data and analysis previously submitted to the Commission on the Program and will continue to make public any data or analysis it submits under the Program in the future. The Exchange will be submitting a rule change to request that the Program become permanent. In lieu of submitting any additional annual reports, the Exchange would provide additional information requested by the Commission in connection with the permanency rule change for this Program. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,5 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,6 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general to protect investors and the public interest. In particular, the Exchange believes that the Program has been successful to date. The Exchange has not encountered any problems with the Program. By extending the pilot, the Exchange believes it will attract order flow to the Exchange, increase the variety of listed options, and provide a valuable hedge tool to retail and other investors. Specifically, the Exchange believes that the pilot will provide additional trading and hedging opportunities for investors while providing the Commission with data to monitor for and assess any potential for adverse market effects of allowing P.M.settlement for NQX options, including on the underlying component stocks. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. NQX options would be available for trading to all market participants and therefore would not impose an undue burden on intramarket competition. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose an undue burden on inter-market competition as this rule change will continue to facilitate the listing and trading of a new option product that will enhance competition among market 5 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 6 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:37 Apr 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace. The continued listing of NQX will enhance competition by providing investors with an additional investment vehicle, in a fully-electronic trading environment, through which investors can gain and hedge exposure to the Nasdaq–100. Furthermore, this product could offer a competitive alternative to other existing investment products that seek to allow investors to gain broad market exposure. Finally, it is possible for other exchanges to develop or license the use of a new or different index to compete with the Nasdaq–100 and seek Commission approval to list and trade options on such an index. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the 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) of the Act 7 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.8 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, 7 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 8 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule19b– 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. PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 19053 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– ISE–2021–05 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–ISE–2021–05. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2021–05, and should be submitted on or before May 3, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–07388 Filed 4–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 9 17 E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 12APN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-91485; File No. SR-ISE-2021-05]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Nasdaq ISE, LLC; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Extend the Pilot 
To Permit the Listing and Trading of Options Based on \1/5\ the Value 
of the Nasdaq-100 Index

April 6, 2021.
    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 March 24, 2021, Nasdaq ISE, LLC (``ISE'' or ``Exchange'') 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 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.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to extend the pilot to permit the listing and 
trading of options based on \1/5\ the value of the Nasdaq-100 Index 
(``Nasdaq-100'') currently set to expire on May 4, 2021.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
website at https://listingcenter.nasdaq.com/rulebook/ise/rules, 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 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
    ISE filed a proposed rule change to permit the listing and trading 
of index options on the Nasdaq 100 Reduced Value Index (``NQX'') on a 
twelve month pilot basis \3\ (``Program'').
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 82911 (March 20, 
2018), 83 FR 12966 (March 26, 2018) (SR-ISE-2017-106) (Approval 
Order).
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    NQX options trade independently of and in addition to NDX options, 
and the NQX options are subject to the same rules that presently govern 
the trading of index options based on the Nasdaq-100, including sales 
practice rules, margin requirements, trading rules, and position and 
exercise limits. Similar to NDX, NQX options are European-style and 
cash-settled, and have a contract multiplier of 100. The contract 
specifications for NQX options mirror in all respects those of the NDX 
options contract listed on the Exchange, except that NQX options are 
based on \1/5\ of the value of the Nasdaq-100, and are P.M.-settled 
pursuant to Options 4A, Section 12(a)(6).
    The Exchange proposes to amend ISE Options 4A, Section 12(a)(6) to 
extend the current NQX pilot period to November 4, 2021. This pilot was 
previously extended with the last extension through May 4, 2021.\4\ The 
Exchange continues to have sufficient capacity to handle additional 
quotations and message traffic associated with the proposed listing and 
trading of NQX options. In addition, index options are integrated into 
the Exchange's existing surveillance system architecture and are thus 
subject to the relevant surveillance processes. The Exchange also 
continues to have adequate surveillance procedures to monitor trading 
in NQX options thereby aiding in the maintenance of a fair and orderly 
market. Additionally, there is continued investor interest in these 
products and this extension will provide additional time to collect 
data related to the pilot.
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    \4\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos.86071 (June 10, 
2019), 84 FR 27822 (June 14, 2019) (SR-ISE-2019-18); 87379 (October 
22, 2019), 84 FR 57793 (October 28, 2019) (SR-ISE-2019-27); 88683 
(April 17, 2020), 85 FR 22768 (April 23, 2020) (SR-ISE-2020-18); and 
90257 (October 22, 2020), 85 FR 68387 (October 28, 2020) (SR-ISE-
2020-33).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed extension of the Program 
will not have an adverse impact on capacity.

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Pilot Report
    The Exchange currently makes public on its website the data and 
analysis previously submitted to the Commission on the Program and will 
continue to make public any data or analysis it submits under the 
Program in the future. The Exchange will be submitting a rule change to 
request that the Program become permanent. In lieu of submitting any 
additional annual reports, the Exchange would provide additional 
information requested by the Commission in connection with the 
permanency rule change for this Program.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\5\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\6\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to 
remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open 
market and a national market system, and, in general to protect 
investors and the public interest. In particular, the Exchange believes 
that the Program has been successful to date. The Exchange has not 
encountered any problems with the Program. By extending the pilot, the 
Exchange believes it will attract order flow to the Exchange, increase 
the variety of listed options, and provide a valuable hedge tool to 
retail and other investors. Specifically, the Exchange believes that 
the pilot will provide additional trading and hedging opportunities for 
investors while providing the Commission with data to monitor for and 
assess any potential for adverse market effects of allowing P.M.-
settlement for NQX options, including on the underlying component 
stocks.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. NQX options would be 
available for trading to all market participants and therefore would 
not impose an undue burden on intra-market competition.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose 
an undue burden on inter-market competition as this rule change will 
continue to facilitate the listing and trading of a new option product 
that will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit 
of investors and the marketplace. The continued listing of NQX will 
enhance competition by providing investors with an additional 
investment vehicle, in a fully-electronic trading environment, through 
which investors can gain and hedge exposure to the Nasdaq-100. 
Furthermore, this product could offer a competitive alternative to 
other existing investment products that seek to allow investors to gain 
broad market exposure. Finally, it is possible for other exchanges to 
develop or license the use of a new or different index to compete with 
the Nasdaq-100 and seek Commission approval to list and trade options 
on such an index.

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

    No written comments were either solicited or received.

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

    Because the 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) of the Act \7\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 
thereunder.\8\
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \8\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule19b-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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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule 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 [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-ISE-2021-05 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-ISE-2021-05. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's internet website (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 
Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written 
statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with 
the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 
20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection 
and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments 
received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are 
cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying 
information from comment submissions. You should submit only 
information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions 
should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2021-05, and should be submitted on 
or before May 3, 2021.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\9\
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    \9\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
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