Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E, 41109-41115 [2021-16234]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices 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–2021–17 and should be submitted on or before August 20, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.32 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–16229 Filed 7–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–92506; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2021–65] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E July 26, 2021. 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 July 19, 2021, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ 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 Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E. 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. 32 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares (‘‘Shares’’) of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF (the ‘‘Trust’’), under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E.4 Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E, the Exchange may propose to list and/or trade CommodityBased Trust Shares pursuant to unlisted trading privileges (‘‘UTP’’).5 The Trust will not be registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended,6 and is not required to register under such act. The Trust is not a commodity pool for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended.7 4 On February 11, 2021, the Trust submitted to the Commission its draft registration statement on Form S–1 under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a) (‘‘Securities Act’’) and on July 1, 2021, the Trust submitted to the Commission the most recent amendment to its draft registration statement (collectively, the ‘‘Registration Statement’’). The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, enacted on April 5, 2012, added Section 6(e) to the Securities Act. Section 6(e) of the Securities Act provides that an ‘‘emerging growth company’’ may confidentially submit to the Commission a draft registration statement for confidential, non-public review by the Commission staff prior to public filing, provided that the initial confidential submission and all amendments thereto shall be publicly filed not later than 21 days before the date on which the issuer conducts a road show, as such term is defined in Securities Act Rule 433(h)(4). An emerging growth company is defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act as an issuer with less than $1,070,000,000 total annual gross revenues during its most recently completed fiscal year. The Trust meets the definition of an emerging growth company and consequently has submitted its Form S–1 Registration Statement on a confidential basis with the Commission. The Registration Statement in not yet effective and the Shares will not trade on the Exchange until such time that the Registration Statement is effective. 5 Commodity-Based Trust Shares are securities issued by a trust that represent investors’ discrete identifiable and undivided beneficial ownership interest in the commodities deposited into the Trust. 6 15 U.S.C. 80a–1. 7 17 U.S.C. 1. PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41109 The Sponsor of the Trust is Sprott Asset Management LP, a Canadian limited partnership. The Bank of New York Mellon serves as the Trust’s administrator (the ‘‘Administrator’’) and transfer agent (the ‘‘Transfer Agent’’). The Delaware Trust Company is the trustee of the Trust (the ‘‘Trustee’’).8 The Royal Canadian Mint is the custodian of the Trust’s gold (the ‘‘Gold Custodian’’ or ‘‘Mint’’).9 The Bank of New York Mellon will also serve as the Trust’s cash custodian (the ‘‘Cash Custodian’’) pursuant to the terms of the agreement between the Trust and the Cash Custodian (the ‘‘Cash Custody Agreement’’). In its capacity as cash custodian, the Cash Custodian will maintain a custodial account that holds cash for the benefit of the Trust for the purpose of payment of the Sponsor’s fee in cash or the other expenses of the Trust. The Commission has previously approved listing on the Exchange under NYSE Arca Rules 5.2–E(j)(5) and 8.201– E of other precious metals and goldbased commodity trusts, including the GraniteShares Gold MiniBAR Trust; 10 the GraniteShares Gold Trust; 11 the 8 The Trustee is a fiduciary under the Trust Agreement and must satisfy the requirements of Section 3807 of the Delaware Statutory Trust Act. However, the fiduciary duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the Trustee are limited by, and are only those specifically set forth in, the Trust Agreement. The Trust does not have a Board of Directors or persons acting in a similar capacity. 9 The Mint operates pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mint Act (Canada) and is a Canadian Crown corporation. Crown corporations are corporations wholly-owned by the Government of Canada. The Mint is, for all its purposes, an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada and, as such, its obligations generally constitute unconditional obligations of the Government of Canada. The Gold Custodian is responsible for safekeeping the gold owned by the Trust pursuant to gold storage and custody agreements. The Gold Custodian will hold gold for the account of the Trust on an allocated basis (the ‘‘Trust Allocated Account’’), except where gold is temporarily held in an unallocated account (the ‘‘Trust Unallocated Account’’). The Sponsor may cause the Trust to engage unaffiliated gold brokers to transfer unallocated gold between the Trust’s custody accounts maintained for the benefit of the Trust by the Gold Custodian in Ottawa, Canada and London, United Kingdom where it can be delivered to a redeeming Authorized Participant (as defined below) if additional unallocated gold is needed by the Trust to satisfy the redeeming Authorized Participant’s redemption request. The Gold Custodian is responsible for allocating specific bars of gold to the Trust Allocated Account. The Gold Custodian will provide the Trust with regular reports detailing the gold transfers in and out of the Trust Unallocated Account with the Gold Custodian and identifying the gold bars held in the Trust Allocated Account. 10 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84257 (September 21, 2018), 83 FR 48877 (September 27, 2018) (SR–NYSEArca–2018–55). 11 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81077 (July 5, 2017), 82 FR 32024 (July 11, 2017) (SR– NYSEArca–2017–55). E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 41110 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices Merk Gold Trust; 12 the APMEX Physical-1 oz. Gold Redeemable Trust; 13 and the Long Dollar Gold Trust.14 The Exchange represents that the Shares will satisfy the requirements of NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E and thereby qualify for listing on the Exchange.15 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Operation of the Trust 16 The investment objective of the Trust will be for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of gold, less the Trust’s expenses and liabilities. The Trust will issue Shares which represent units of fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust. The Trust’s assets are expected to consist primarily of fully allocated unencumbered physical gold bullion held by the Mint on behalf of the Trust that meets certain environmental, social and governance (‘‘ESG’’) standards and criteria established by the Sponsor (‘‘ESG Approved Gold’’), and will also include unallocated unencumbered physical gold bullion held by the Mint on behalf of the Trust and cash. The Trust does not intend to hold a certain amount of gold in unallocated form to satisfy redemption requests or to pay expenses, but the Trust expects to hold some amount of unallocated gold at any given point in time. The Trust’s holdings of unallocated gold may be a significant percentage of the Trust’s assets if, for example, the Trust has received more requests for creations than redemptions or the Trust’s unallocated gold holdings are not sufficient to meet certain minimum size requirements to convert unallocated gold to ESG Approved Gold at the Mint. The Trust may need to instruct the Mint to convert ESG Approved Gold into unallocated gold if insufficient unallocated gold is available to be sold to pay expenses or to meet redemption requests. The Mint will exchange ESG Approved Gold for an equal amount of unallocated gold upon the receipt of proper instructions from the Sponsor. 12 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71378 (January 23, 2014), 79 FR 4786 (January 29, 2014) (SR–NYSEArca–2013–137). 13 Securities Exchange Act Release No 66930 (May 7, 2012), 77 FR 27817 (May 11, 2012) (SR– NYSEArca–2012–18). 14 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79518 (December 9, 2016), 81 FR 90876 (December 15, 2016) (SR–NYSEArca–2016–84) (order approving listing and trading of shares of the Long Dollar Gold Trust). 15 With respect to the application of Rule 10A– 3 (17 CFR 240.10A–3) under the Act, the Trust relies on the exemption contained in Rule 10A– 3(c)(7). 16 The description of the operation of the Trust, the Shares and the gold market contained herein are based, in part, on the Registration Statement. See note 4, supra. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 The ESG standards and criteria used by the Sponsor (the ‘‘ESG Criteria’’) are designed to provide investors with an enhanced level of ESG scrutiny along with disclosure of the provenance of the metal sourced, and include an evaluation of mining companies and mines.17 Mining companies and mines that meet the ESG Criteria (‘‘ESG Approved Mining Companies’’ and ‘‘ESG Approved Mines’’, respectively) must also comply with the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements. An overview of the Sponsor’s application of the ESG Criteria to mining companies and mines that can provide the material for ESG Approved Gold is provided below.18 The application of the ESG Criteria involves multiple levels of analysis. While the Sponsor’s evaluation of mines and mining companies will include the objective factors discussed below, the Sponsor will also evaluate company reports and, where possible, interview key personnel to assess whether such a mining company or mine meets the ESG Criteria, which will require the subjective judgment of the Sponsor. The selection of these factors and how they are applied will be based, at least to some degree, on the judgment of the Sponsor and may or may not be consistent with current or future standards used by others in the industry. The ESG Criteria is subject to change by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The ESG Criteria are in addition to those used in the London Bullion Market Association’s (‘‘LBMA’’) Responsible Sourcing Program, as detailed in the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance, and are designed to provide investors with an enhanced level of ESG scrutiny along with disclosure of the provenance of the metal sourced. The Mint currently requires that its refining customers, including mines, meet the requirements outlined in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from ConflictAffected and High-Risk Areas, the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance, the 17 The ESG Criteria are anticipated to evolve over time at the discretion of the Sponsor. Also, one or more criterion may not be relevant with respect to all sources of gold that are eligible for investment. Factors that could be considered by the Sponsor in modifying the ESG Criteria include changes to current gold mining techniques or standards, evolving legal standards, the introduction of new standards or evaluation frameworks within the mining industry or the elimination of existing standards or frameworks that in the view of the Sponsor are relevant to the ESG assessment of a mining company or mine site. 18 The ESG Criteria and the Sponsor’s application of the ESG Criteria are disclosed in the Registration Statement. PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mint’s Responsible Metals Program and the Mint’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Program in compliance with the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Canada) (collectively, the ‘‘Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements’’). Only mines which the Mint determines meet and maintain the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements and with whom the Mint has a contractual refining relationship (each a ‘‘Mint Approved Mine’’, collectively the ‘‘Mint Approved Mines’’) will be eligible for consideration by the Sponsor as a provider of ESG Approved Gold. The Mint will cease refining gold from any Mint Approved Mine that no longer meets the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements, as determined by the Mint from time to time. The ESG factors used for the ESG assessment of mines and miners generally will encompass the following factors: • Environmental Factors Æ Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions Æ Tailings and waste management Æ Conservation and water management Æ Mine site remediation • Social Factors Æ Worker safety and health Æ Community relations Æ Natural resource benefit to local communities Æ Child and forced labor • Governance Factors Æ Corporate governance Æ Workplace and gender diversity Æ Fair executive compensation Æ Corporate transparency and disclosures Mining companies that qualify for the LBMA’s Responsible Sourcing Program and are Mint Approved Mines will then be subject to two levels of ESG screening by the Sponsor: At the overall company level and at the individual mine site level. First, the Sponsor will evaluate a mining company using ESG factors determined by the Sponsor (described above). This evaluation will use a number of tools, which include ratings from third-party research providers, such as Sustainalytics ESG Risk Ratings, along with sell-side equity research reports. With respect to corporate governance, the Sponsor will evaluate recommendations from proxy voting research providers, such as the Glass Lewis Proxy Review. The Sponsor will also use compliance with precious metals industry standards as an objective factor in its evaluation of E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices mining companies. Each mining company with high ESG ratings and favorable recommendations from proxy voting research providers that complies with precious metals industry standards will be designated as an ESG Approved Mining Company. Second, the Sponsor will evaluate individual mine site locations of each ESG Approved Mining Company. Each mine location of an ESG Approved Mining Company will then be evaluated by the Sponsor as follows: (1) The performance of each mine against various indicators in the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining standards; (2) using the ESG factors described above; and (3) whether such mine is in a heightened risk or conflict area. Each mining location of that ESG Approved Mining Company that (a) the Sponsor determines to meet the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining standards and the ESG factors, and (b) is not in a heightened risk or conflict area will be designated as an ESG Approved Mine. Only ESG Approved Mines will be permitted to supply the raw material for ESG Approved Gold to the Mint, which will then refine the raw material to create ESG Approved Gold for the Trust. This means that the provenance of ESG Approved Gold will be known to the Trust. Heightened risk or conflict areas include areas where: • Human rights abuses, forced or child labor, war crimes or genocide are prevalent; • mines are involved in direct or indirect support to non-state actors that use arms without legal authority; • mines transport gold or supplies along routes that involve payment of illegal taxes or extortions; and • mines are involved in money laundering or terrorism financing. The Sponsor will be responsible for any costs associated with researching, establishing and maintaining the ESG Criteria, assessing mining companies and mines against certain of the ESG Criteria and the diligence of the Trust’s ESG Approved Gold Holdings. The Sponsor will conduct research on each mining company using its in-house investment professionals, and may use the services of outside consultants. The Trust will not trade in gold futures, options or swap contracts on any futures exchange or over the counter (‘‘OTC’’). The Trust will not hold or trade in commodity futures contracts, ‘‘commodity interests’’, or any other instruments regulated by the Commodity Exchange Act. The Trust’s Cash Custodian may hold cash VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 temporarily received from the sale of gold. The Trust’s assets will only consist of ESG Approved Gold, unallocated gold and cash. The Shares are intended to constitute a simple and cost-effective means of making an investment similar to an investment in gold bullion that meets the ESG Criteria. Although the Shares are not the exact equivalent of an investment in gold, they provide investors with an alternative that allows a level of participation in the gold market through the securities market. The Shares are not a proxy for investing in gold. Operation of the Gold Market The global trade in gold consists of OTC transactions in spot, forwards, and options and other derivatives, together with exchange-traded futures and options. The ESG Criteria and the processes and methods for refining and using ESG Approved Gold for the Trust’s operations have been developed by the Sponsor specifically for the Trust, and thus no ESG Approved Gold that meets the ESG Criteria has been produced. Therefore, there have been no market transactions in ESG Approved Gold. The Trust is not aware of a separate market for ESG Approved Gold and does not believe that one will develop. ESG Approved Gold will be a subset of allocated gold bullion that is already currently refined by the Mint for its customers. The OTC gold market includes spot, forward, and option and other derivative transactions conducted on a principal-to-principal basis. While this is a global, nearly 24-hour per day market, its main centers are London, New York, and Zurich. According to the Registration Statement, most OTC market trades are cleared through London. The LBMA plays an important role in setting OTC gold trading industry standards. A London Good Delivery Bar (as described below), which is acceptable for settlement of any OTC transaction, will be acceptable for delivery to the Trust in connection with the issuance of Creation Units (defined below). The most significant gold futures exchange in the U.S. is COMEX, operated by Commodities Exchange, Inc., a subsidiary of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and a subsidiary of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (the ‘‘CME Group’’). Other commodity exchanges include the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (‘‘TOCOM’’), the Multi Commodity Exchange Of India (‘‘MCX’’), the Shanghai Futures Exchange, ICE Futures US (the ‘‘ICE’’), and the Dubai Gold & PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41111 Commodities Exchange. The CME Group and ICE are members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (‘‘ISG’’). The London Gold Bullion Market According to the Registration Statement, most trading in physical gold is conducted on the OTC market, predominantly in London. LBMA coordinates various OTC-market activities, including clearing and vaulting, acts as the principal intermediary between physical gold market participants and the relevant regulators, promotes good trading practices and develops standard market documentation. In addition, the LBMA promotes refining standards for the gold market by maintaining the ‘‘London Good Delivery List,’’ which identifies refiners of gold that have been approved by the LBMA. In the OTC market, gold bars that meet the specifications for weight, dimensions, fineness (or purity), identifying marks (including the assay stamp of an LBMA-acceptable refiner) and appearance described in ‘‘The Good Delivery Rules for Gold and Silver Bars’’ published by the LBMA are referred to as ‘‘London Good Delivery Bars.’’ A London Good Delivery Bar (typically called a ‘‘400 ounce bar’’) must contain between 350 and 430 fine troy ounces of gold (1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams), with a minimum fineness (or purity) of 995 parts per 1000 (99.5%), be of good appearance and be easy to handle and stack. The fine gold content of a gold bar is calculated by multiplying the gross weight of the bar (expressed in units of 0.025 troy ounces) by the fineness of the bar. A London Good Delivery Bar must also bear the stamp of one of the refiners identified on the London Good Delivery List. Following the enactment of the Financial Markets Act 2012, the Prudential Regulation Authority of the Bank of England is responsible for regulating most of the financial firms that are active in the bullion market, and the Financial Conduct Authority is responsible for consumer and competition issues. Trading in spot, forwards and wholesale deposits in the bullion market is subject to the NonInvestment Products (‘‘NIPS’’) Code adopted by market participants. Creation and Redemption of Shares The Trust will create and redeem Shares on a continuous basis in one or more blocks of 25,000 Shares (a block of 25,000 Shares is called a ‘‘Creation Unit’’). As described below, the Trust will issue Shares in Creation Units to certain authorized participants (‘‘Authorized Participants’’) on an ongoing basis. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 41112 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices Creation Units may be created or redeemed only by Authorized Participants. Orders must be placed by 3:59 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘E.T.’’). The day on which a Trust receives a valid purchase or redemption order is the order date. In connection with creations and redemptions of Creation Units, Authorized Participants will be required to deliver or receive unallocated gold to or from the Trust, as applicable. An Authorized Participant will be required to enter into a trading agreement with the Mint for purposes of facilitating transfers of unallocated gold between the Trust and the Authorized Participant. Unallocated gold received from Authorized Participants will be converted into ESG Approved Gold by the Mint. The Mint will convert unallocated gold into ESG Approved Gold after receipt of a completed withdrawal request form from the Sponsor to withdraw an amount of unallocated gold from the Trust Unallocated Account and deposit ESG Approved Gold into the Trust Allocated Account. The Trust will redeem Shares using unallocated gold. To the extent that the Trust’s existing holdings of unallocated gold are insufficient to meet a redemption request, the Trust will be required to request that the Mint convert ESG Approved Gold to unallocated gold, which may result in delays in the Trust’s ability to meet redemption requests from Authorized Participants. The Mint will exchange ESG Approved Gold for an equal amount of unallocated gold upon the receipt of proper instructions from the Sponsor. The Mint will issue a confirmation of a completed exchange to the Sponsor by facsimile or by email on the business day that the exchange is completed. The Mint expects that it will be able to refine and produce ESG Approved Gold within approximately five business days following the receipt of completed withdrawal request, subject to production capacity, availability and minimum size requirements. The business day on which the physical withdrawal is to occur will be confirmed to the Sponsor in writing by the Mint. A receipt of deposit will be issued to the Sponsor by facsimile or by email on the business day the production of all ESG Approved Gold underlying a withdrawal request form is completed. Creation Units are only issued or redeemed on a day that the Exchange is open for regular trading in an amount of gold determined by the Administrator. Because ESG Approved Gold can be sourced by the Mint only from a limited VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 number of suppliers, from time-to-time, on a temporary basis until additional ESG Approved Gold can be refined by the Mint, the Trust will hold gold in unallocated form. No Shares will be issued unless the Mint has allocated to the Trust Unallocated Account the corresponding amount of unallocated gold from the Authorized Participant’s account. Each Authorized Participant must be a registered broker-dealer, a participant in Depository Trust Corporation (‘‘DTC’’), have entered into an agreement with the Trustee (the ‘‘Authorized Participant Agreement’’) and be in a position to deliver or receive to or from the Trust, as applicable, an amount of gold that is at least equal to the aggregate NAV of the number of Creation Units that are part of a purchase order or redemption order, as the case may be. According to the Registration Statement, Authorized Participants may surrender Creation Units in exchange for the corresponding amount of unallocated gold announced by the Transfer Agent. Upon the surrender of such Shares and the payment of the Transfer Agent’s applicable fee and of any expenses, taxes or charges, the Transfer Agent will deliver to the order of the redeeming Authorized Participant the amount of unallocated gold corresponding to the redeemed Creation Units. Shares can only be surrendered for redemption in Creation Units of 25,000 Shares each. Before surrendering Creation Units for redemption, an Authorized Participant must deliver to the Trustee a written request indicating the number of Creation Units it intends to redeem. The date the Trustee receives that order determines the amount of unallocated gold to be received in exchange. However, orders received by the Trustee after 3:59 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘E.T.’’) will be rejected. The redemption distribution from the Trust will consist of a credit to the redeeming Authorized Participant’s unallocated account representing the amount of the gold held by the Trust evidenced by the Shares being redeemed as of the date of the redemption order. Net Asset Value The NAV of the Trust will be calculated by subtracting the Trust’s expenses and liabilities on any day from the value of the gold and other assets owned by the Trust on that day; the NAV per Share will be obtained by dividing the NAV of the Trust on a given day by the number of Shares outstanding on that day. On each day on PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which the Exchange is open for regular trading, the Administrator will determine the NAV as promptly as practicable after 4:00 p.m. E.T. The Administrator will value the Trust’s gold on the basis of LBMA Gold Price PM or LBMA Gold Price AM. If the Sponsor deems it necessary, the Sponsor and the Administrator may agree to use a widely recognized pricing service for purposes of ascertaining the price of gold to use when calculating the NAV. The NAV per Share will be calculated by taking the current price of the Trust’s total assets, subtracting any liabilities, and dividing by the total number of Shares outstanding. Authorized Participants will not receive from the Sponsor, the Trust or any affiliates any fee or other compensation in connection with the offering of the Shares. Availability of Information Regarding Gold Currently, the Consolidated Tape Plan does not provide for dissemination of the spot price of a commodity such as gold over the Consolidated Tape. However, there will be disseminated over the Consolidated Tape the last sale price for the Shares, as is the case for all equity securities traded on the Exchange (including exchange-traded funds). In addition, there is a considerable amount of information about gold and gold markets available on public websites and through professional and subscription services. Investors may obtain gold pricing information on a 24-hour basis based on the spot price for an ounce of Gold from various financial information service providers, such as Reuters and Bloomberg. Reuters and Bloomberg, for example, provide at no charge on their websites delayed information regarding the spot price of Gold and last sale prices of Gold futures, as well as information about news and developments in the gold market. Reuters and Bloomberg also offer a professional service to subscribers for a fee that provides information on Gold prices directly from market participants. Complete realtime data for Gold futures and options prices traded on the COMEX are available by subscription from Reuters and Bloomberg. There are a variety of other public websites providing information on gold, ranging from those specializing in precious metals to sites maintained by major newspapers. In addition, the LBMA Gold Price is publicly available at no charge at www.lbma.org.uk. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices Availability of Information Criteria for Initial and Continued Listing The intraday indicative value (‘‘IIV’’) per Share for the Shares will be disseminated by one or more major market data vendors. The IIV will be calculated based on the amount of gold held by the Trust and a price of gold derived from updated bids and offers indicative of the spot price of gold.19 The website for the Trust (https:// sprott.com/investment-strategies/ physical-bullion-trusts) will contain the following information, on a per Share basis, for the Trust: (a) The mid-point of the bid-ask price 20 at the close of trading (‘‘Bid/Ask Price’’), and a calculation of the premium or discount of such price against such NAV; and (b) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the Bid/Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar quarters. The website for the Trust will also provide the Trust’s prospectus. Finally, the Trust’s website will be updated once daily to provide the last sale price of the Shares as traded in the U.S. market at the end of regular trading. In addition, information regarding market price and trading volume of the Shares will be continually available on a real-time basis throughout the day on brokers’ computer screens and other electronic services. Information regarding the previous day’s closing price and trading volume information for the Shares will be published daily in the financial section of newspapers. The Trust will maintain, on its website, current lists of the ESG Criteria, and ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies from which the Trust sources its ESG Approved Gold. The Trust anticipates that ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies may be added or removed from such lists over time based on, among other things, whether such ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies meet the evolving ESG Criteria and whether they are Mint Approved Mines. The Trust will update the information on its website promptly after any change to the ESG Criteria, ESG Approved Mines or ESG Approved Mining Companies. The Trust will be subject to the criteria in NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E(e) for initial and continued listing of the Shares. A minimum of two Creation Units or 50,000 Shares will be required to be outstanding at the start of trading, which is equivalent to 10,000 fine ounces of gold or about $18,550,000 as of June 14, 2021. The Exchange believes that the anticipated minimum number of Shares outstanding at the start of trading is sufficient to provide adequate market liquidity. 19 The IIV on a per Share basis disseminated during the Core Trading Session should not be viewed as a real-time update of the NAV, which is calculated once a day. 20 The bid-ask price of the Shares will be determined using the highest bid and lowest offer on the Consolidated Tape as of the time of calculation of the closing day NAV. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 Trading Rules The Exchange deems the Shares to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Trust subject to the Exchange’s existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. Trading in the Shares on the Exchange will occur in accordance with NYSE Arca Rule 7.34– E(a). The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Shares during all trading sessions. As provided in NYSE Arca Rule 7.6–E, Commentary .03, the minimum price variation (‘‘MPV’’) for quoting and entry of orders in equity securities traded on the NYSE Arca Marketplace is $0.01, with the exception of securities that are priced less than $1.00 for which the MPV for order entry is $0.0001. Further, NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E sets forth certain restrictions on ETP Holders acting as registered Market Makers in the Shares to facilitate surveillance. Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E(g), an ETP Holder acting as a registered Market Maker in the Shares is required to provide the Exchange with information relating to its trading in the underlying gold, any related futures or options on futures, or any other related derivatives. Commentary .04 of NYSE Arca Rule 6.3–E requires an ETP Holder acting as a registered Market Maker, and its affiliates, in the Shares to establish, maintain and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of any material nonpublic information with respect to such products, any components of the related products, any physical asset or commodity underlying the product, applicable currencies, underlying indexes, related futures or options on futures, and any related derivative instruments (including the Shares). As a general matter, the Exchange has regulatory jurisdiction over its ETP Holders and their associated persons, which include any person or entity controlling an ETP Holder. To the extent the Exchange may be found to lack jurisdiction over a subsidiary or affiliate PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41113 of an ETP Holder that does business only in commodities or futures contracts, the Exchange could obtain information regarding the activities of such subsidiary or affiliate through surveillance sharing agreements with regulatory organizations of which such subsidiary or affiliate is a member. With respect to trading halts, the Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend trading in the Shares. Trading on the Exchange in the Shares may be halted because of market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in the Shares inadvisable. These may include: (1) The extent to which conditions in the underlying gold market have caused disruptions and/or lack of trading, or (2) whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, trading in Shares will be subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the Exchange’s ‘‘circuit breaker’’ rule.21 The Exchange will halt trading in the Shares if the NAV of the Trust is not calculated or disseminated daily. The Exchange may halt trading during the day in which an interruption occurs to the dissemination of the IIV, as described above. If the interruption to the dissemination of the IIV persists past the trading day in which it occurs, the Exchange will halt trading no later than the beginning of the trading day following the interruption. Surveillance The Exchange represents that trading in the Shares will be subject to the existing trading surveillances administered by the Exchange, as well as cross-market surveillances administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’) on behalf of the Exchange, which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws.22 The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and federal securities laws applicable to trading on the Exchange. The surveillances referred to above generally focus on detecting securities trading outside their normal patterns, 21 See NYSE Arca Rule 7.12–E. conducts cross-market surveillances on behalf of the Exchange pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. The Exchange is responsible for FINRA’s performance under this regulatory services agreement. 22 FINRA E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 41114 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices which could be indicative of manipulative or other violative activity. When such situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations. The Exchange or FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, or both, will communicate as needed regarding trading in the Shares with other markets and other entities that are members of the ISG, and the Exchange or FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, or both, may obtain trading information regarding trading in the Shares from such markets and other entities. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading in the Shares from markets and other entities that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.23 Also, pursuant to NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E(g), the Exchange is able to obtain information regarding trading in the Shares and the underlying gold through ETP Holders acting as registered Market Makers, in connection with such ETP Holders’ proprietary or customer trades through ETP Holders which they effect on any relevant market. In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the improper distribution of material, non-public information by its employees. All statements and representations made in this filing regarding (a) the description of the portfolio, (b) limitations on portfolio holdings or reference assets, or (c) the applicability of Exchange listing rules specified in this rule filing shall constitute continued listing requirements for listing the Shares of the Trust on the Exchange. The issuer has represented to the Exchange that it will advise the Exchange of any failure by the Trust to comply with the continued listing requirements, and, pursuant to its obligations under Section 19(g)(1) of the Act, the Exchange will monitor for compliance with the continued listing requirements. If the Trust is not in compliance with the applicable listing requirements, the Exchange will commence delisting procedures under NYSE Arca Rule 5.5–E(m). 2. Statutory Basis The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) 24 that an exchange have rules that are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in that the Shares will be listed and traded on the Exchange pursuant to the initial and continued listing criteria in NYSE Arca Rule 8.201–E. The Exchange has in place surveillance procedures that are adequate to properly monitor trading in the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws. The Exchange may obtain information via ISG from other exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. The proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade and to protect investors and the public interest in that there is a considerable amount of gold price and gold market information available on public websites and through professional and subscription services. Investors may obtain on a 24-hour basis gold pricing information based on the spot price for an ounce of gold from various financial information service providers. Investors may obtain gold pricing information based on the spot price for an ounce of gold from various financial information service providers. Current spot prices also are generally available with bid/ask spreads from gold bullion dealers. In addition, the Trust’s website will provide pricing information for gold spot prices and the Shares. Market prices for the Shares will be available from a variety of sources including brokerage firms, information websites and other information service providers. The NAV of the Trust will be published by the Sponsor on each day that the NYSE Arca is open for regular trading and will be posted on the Trust’s website. The IIV relating to the Shares will be widely disseminated by one or more major market data vendors at least every 15 seconds during the Core Trading Session. In addition, the LBMA Gold Price is publicly available at no charge at www.lbma.org.uk. The Trust’s website will also provide the Trust’s prospectus, as well as the two most recent reports to stockholders, and lists 23 For a list of the current members of ISG, see www.isgportal.org. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 24 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Trust’s ESG Criteria, ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies from which the Trust will source its ESG Approved Gold. In addition, information regarding market price and trading volume of the Shares will be continually available on a real-time basis throughout the day on brokers’ computer screens and other electronic services. Information regarding the previous day’s closing price and trading volume information for the Shares will be published daily in the financial section of newspapers. The proposed rule change is designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest in that it will facilitate the listing and trading of an additional type of exchange-traded product that will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace. As noted above, the Exchange has in place surveillance procedures relating to trading in the Shares and may obtain information via ISG from other exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. In addition, as noted above, investors will have ready access to information regarding gold pricing. 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. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change will enhance competition by accommodating Exchange trading of an additional exchange-traded product relating to physical gold. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 144 / Friday, July 30, 2021 / Notices (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be 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: lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 Electronic Comments For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.25 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–16234 Filed 7–29–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–92501; File No. SR–LCH SA–2021–001] • 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– NYSEArca–2021–65 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; LCH SA; Order Approving Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Clearing of Single-Name Credit Default Swaps by U.S. Customers Paper Comments I. Introduction • Send paper comments in triplicate to: Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. On April 13, 2021, Banque Centrale de Compensation, which conducts business under the name LCH SA (‘‘LCH SA’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4,2 a proposed rule change to amend LCH SA’s (i) CDS Clearing Rule Book (the ‘‘Rule Book’’); (ii) CDS Clearing Supplement (the ‘‘Clearing Supplement’’); (iii) CDS Clearing Procedures (the ‘‘Procedures’’); and (iv) FCM Clearing Regulations (‘‘Clearing Regulations’’) to allow LCH SA to offer clearing services in respect of singlename CDS that are security-based swaps (‘‘SBS’’) submitted by Clearing Members on behalf of their U.S. clients.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 3, 2021.4 On June 10, 2021, the Commission designated a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change, until August 1, 2021.5 The Commission did not receive comments regarding the proposed rule All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEArca–2021–65. 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–NYSEArca–2021–65 and should be submitted on or before August 20, 2021. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Jul 29, 2021 Jkt 253001 July 26, 2021. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings specified in the Rule Book, the Clearing Supplement, the Procedures, and the Clearing Regulations, as applicable. 4 Self-Regulatory Organizations; LCH SA; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Clearing of Single-Name Credit Default Swaps by U.S. Customers, Exchange Act Release No. 34– 91676 (April 26, 2021); 86 FR 23445 (May 3, 2021) (SR–LCH SA–2021–001) (‘‘Notice’’). 5 Self-Regulatory Organizations; LCH SA; Notice of Designation of Longer Period for Commission Action on Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Clearing of Single-Name Credit Default Swaps by U.S. Customers, Exchange Act Release No. 34– 92142 (June 10, 2021); 86 FR 32079 (June 16, 2021) (SR–LCH SA–2021–001). PO 00000 25 17 1 15 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41115 change. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is approving the proposed rule change. II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change Currently, LCH SA’s Clearing Members are permitted to submit for clearing swaps on behalf of their U.S. clients. The proposed rule change would amend the LCH SA documents mentioned above to permit LCH SA’s Clearing Members also to submit for clearing SBS on behalf of their U.S. clients. Thus, after the proposed rule change becomes effective, LCH SA would permit its Clearing Members to submit for clearing both swaps and SBS on behalf of their U.S. clients. In addition to this initiative, the proposed rule change would also make certain other confirming and clarifying changes, as discussed further below in Part II.E. A. Rule Book To facilitate this initiative, the proposed rule change would amend the Rule Book to, among other things, (i) modify existing and adopt new defined terms; (ii) modify the membership requirements applicable to Clearing Members; (iii) remove provisions that prohibit Clearing Members from offering clearing services to U.S. clients with respect to SBS; (iv) establish the account structure for Clearing Members clearing SBS on behalf of U.S. clients; (v) update provisions to apply them to Clearing Members that are broker-dealers; and (vi) amend the Appendix to apply relevant provisions of the CDS Default Management Process to SBS. These amendments are discussed below according to the different titles of the Rule Book. i. Title I The proposed rule change would add new, and modify existing, defined terms related to Clearing Members and Clients found in Title I of the Rule Book. These changes would facilitate registered broker-dealers becoming Clearing Members for the purpose of clearing SBS on behalf of U.S. clients. For example, the proposed rule change would add a definition for ‘‘BD,’’ to mean a legal entity that is a ‘‘broker’’ or ‘‘dealer’’ as defined in Section 3(a)(4) or 3(a)(5) of the Act, respectively, and is registered in such capacity with the Commission and a member in good standing of FINRA. Similarly, the proposed rule change would amend the defined term ‘‘FCM Clearing Member’’ to be ‘‘FCM/BD Clearing Member.’’ As amended, the term ‘‘FCM/BD Clearing Member’’ would mean any FCM, BD, or E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-92506; File No. SR-NYSEArca-2021-65]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing 
of Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Shares of the Sprott ESG Gold 
ETF Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E

July 26, 2021.
    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 July 19, 2021, NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca'' 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 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\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares of the Sprott ESG 
Gold ETF under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E. 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.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to list and trade shares (``Shares'') of the 
Sprott ESG Gold ETF (the ``Trust''), under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E.\4\ 
Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E, the Exchange may propose to list and/or 
trade Commodity-Based Trust Shares pursuant to unlisted trading 
privileges (``UTP'').\5\
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    \4\ On February 11, 2021, the Trust submitted to the Commission 
its draft registration statement on Form S-1 under the Securities 
Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a) (``Securities Act'') and on July 1, 
2021, the Trust submitted to the Commission the most recent 
amendment to its draft registration statement (collectively, the 
``Registration Statement''). The Jumpstart Our Business Startups 
Act, enacted on April 5, 2012, added Section 6(e) to the Securities 
Act. Section 6(e) of the Securities Act provides that an ``emerging 
growth company'' may confidentially submit to the Commission a draft 
registration statement for confidential, non-public review by the 
Commission staff prior to public filing, provided that the initial 
confidential submission and all amendments thereto shall be publicly 
filed not later than 21 days before the date on which the issuer 
conducts a road show, as such term is defined in Securities Act Rule 
433(h)(4). An emerging growth company is defined in Section 2(a)(19) 
of the Securities Act as an issuer with less than $1,070,000,000 
total annual gross revenues during its most recently completed 
fiscal year. The Trust meets the definition of an emerging growth 
company and consequently has submitted its Form S-1 Registration 
Statement on a confidential basis with the Commission. The 
Registration Statement in not yet effective and the Shares will not 
trade on the Exchange until such time that the Registration 
Statement is effective.
    \5\ Commodity-Based Trust Shares are securities issued by a 
trust that represent investors' discrete identifiable and undivided 
beneficial ownership interest in the commodities deposited into the 
Trust.
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    The Trust will not be registered as an investment company under the 
Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended,\6\ and is not required to 
register under such act. The Trust is not a commodity pool for purposes 
of the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended.\7\
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    The Sponsor of the Trust is Sprott Asset Management LP, a Canadian 
limited partnership. The Bank of New York Mellon serves as the Trust's 
administrator (the ``Administrator'') and transfer agent (the 
``Transfer Agent''). The Delaware Trust Company is the trustee of the 
Trust (the ``Trustee'').\8\ The Royal Canadian Mint is the custodian of 
the Trust's gold (the ``Gold Custodian'' or ``Mint'').\9\ The Bank of 
New York Mellon will also serve as the Trust's cash custodian (the 
``Cash Custodian'') pursuant to the terms of the agreement between the 
Trust and the Cash Custodian (the ``Cash Custody Agreement''). In its 
capacity as cash custodian, the Cash Custodian will maintain a 
custodial account that holds cash for the benefit of the Trust for the 
purpose of payment of the Sponsor's fee in cash or the other expenses 
of the Trust.
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    \8\ The Trustee is a fiduciary under the Trust Agreement and 
must satisfy the requirements of Section 3807 of the Delaware 
Statutory Trust Act. However, the fiduciary duties, responsibilities 
and liabilities of the Trustee are limited by, and are only those 
specifically set forth in, the Trust Agreement. The Trust does not 
have a Board of Directors or persons acting in a similar capacity.
    \9\ The Mint operates pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mint Act 
(Canada) and is a Canadian Crown corporation. Crown corporations are 
corporations wholly-owned by the Government of Canada. The Mint is, 
for all its purposes, an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada 
and, as such, its obligations generally constitute unconditional 
obligations of the Government of Canada. The Gold Custodian is 
responsible for safekeeping the gold owned by the Trust pursuant to 
gold storage and custody agreements. The Gold Custodian will hold 
gold for the account of the Trust on an allocated basis (the ``Trust 
Allocated Account''), except where gold is temporarily held in an 
unallocated account (the ``Trust Unallocated Account''). The Sponsor 
may cause the Trust to engage unaffiliated gold brokers to transfer 
unallocated gold between the Trust's custody accounts maintained for 
the benefit of the Trust by the Gold Custodian in Ottawa, Canada and 
London, United Kingdom where it can be delivered to a redeeming 
Authorized Participant (as defined below) if additional unallocated 
gold is needed by the Trust to satisfy the redeeming Authorized 
Participant's redemption request. The Gold Custodian is responsible 
for allocating specific bars of gold to the Trust Allocated Account. 
The Gold Custodian will provide the Trust with regular reports 
detailing the gold transfers in and out of the Trust Unallocated 
Account with the Gold Custodian and identifying the gold bars held 
in the Trust Allocated Account.
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    The Commission has previously approved listing on the Exchange 
under NYSE Arca Rules 5.2-E(j)(5) and 8.201-E of other precious metals 
and gold-based commodity trusts, including the GraniteShares Gold 
MiniBAR Trust; \10\ the GraniteShares Gold Trust; \11\ the

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Merk Gold Trust; \12\ the APMEX Physical-1 oz. Gold Redeemable Trust; 
\13\ and the Long Dollar Gold Trust.\14\
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    \10\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84257 (September 21, 
2018), 83 FR 48877 (September 27, 2018) (SR-NYSEArca-2018-55).
    \11\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81077 (July 5, 2017), 
82 FR 32024 (July 11, 2017) (SR-NYSEArca-2017-55).
    \12\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 71378 (January 23, 
2014), 79 FR 4786 (January 29, 2014) (SR-NYSEArca-2013-137).
    \13\ Securities Exchange Act Release No 66930 (May 7, 2012), 77 
FR 27817 (May 11, 2012) (SR-NYSEArca-2012-18).
    \14\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79518 (December 9, 
2016), 81 FR 90876 (December 15, 2016) (SR-NYSEArca-2016-84) (order 
approving listing and trading of shares of the Long Dollar Gold 
Trust).
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    The Exchange represents that the Shares will satisfy the 
requirements of NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E and thereby qualify for listing 
on the Exchange.\15\
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    \15\ With respect to the application of Rule 10A-3 (17 CFR 
240.10A-3) under the Act, the Trust relies on the exemption 
contained in Rule 10A-3(c)(7).
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    \16\ The description of the operation of the Trust, the Shares 
and the gold market contained herein are based, in part, on the 
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    The investment objective of the Trust will be for the Shares to 
reflect the performance of the price of gold, less the Trust's expenses 
and liabilities. The Trust will issue Shares which represent units of 
fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust.
    The Trust's assets are expected to consist primarily of fully 
allocated unencumbered physical gold bullion held by the Mint on behalf 
of the Trust that meets certain environmental, social and governance 
(``ESG'') standards and criteria established by the Sponsor (``ESG 
Approved Gold''), and will also include unallocated unencumbered 
physical gold bullion held by the Mint on behalf of the Trust and cash.
    The Trust does not intend to hold a certain amount of gold in 
unallocated form to satisfy redemption requests or to pay expenses, but 
the Trust expects to hold some amount of unallocated gold at any given 
point in time. The Trust's holdings of unallocated gold may be a 
significant percentage of the Trust's assets if, for example, the Trust 
has received more requests for creations than redemptions or the 
Trust's unallocated gold holdings are not sufficient to meet certain 
minimum size requirements to convert unallocated gold to ESG Approved 
Gold at the Mint. The Trust may need to instruct the Mint to convert 
ESG Approved Gold into unallocated gold if insufficient unallocated 
gold is available to be sold to pay expenses or to meet redemption 
requests. The Mint will exchange ESG Approved Gold for an equal amount 
of unallocated gold upon the receipt of proper instructions from the 
Sponsor.
    The ESG standards and criteria used by the Sponsor (the ``ESG 
Criteria'') are designed to provide investors with an enhanced level of 
ESG scrutiny along with disclosure of the provenance of the metal 
sourced, and include an evaluation of mining companies and mines.\17\ 
Mining companies and mines that meet the ESG Criteria (``ESG Approved 
Mining Companies'' and ``ESG Approved Mines'', respectively) must also 
comply with the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements. An overview of 
the Sponsor's application of the ESG Criteria to mining companies and 
mines that can provide the material for ESG Approved Gold is provided 
below.\18\
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    \17\ The ESG Criteria are anticipated to evolve over time at the 
discretion of the Sponsor. Also, one or more criterion may not be 
relevant with respect to all sources of gold that are eligible for 
investment. Factors that could be considered by the Sponsor in 
modifying the ESG Criteria include changes to current gold mining 
techniques or standards, evolving legal standards, the introduction 
of new standards or evaluation frameworks within the mining industry 
or the elimination of existing standards or frameworks that in the 
view of the Sponsor are relevant to the ESG assessment of a mining 
company or mine site.
    \18\ The ESG Criteria and the Sponsor's application of the ESG 
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    The application of the ESG Criteria involves multiple levels of 
analysis. While the Sponsor's evaluation of mines and mining companies 
will include the objective factors discussed below, the Sponsor will 
also evaluate company reports and, where possible, interview key 
personnel to assess whether such a mining company or mine meets the ESG 
Criteria, which will require the subjective judgment of the Sponsor. 
The selection of these factors and how they are applied will be based, 
at least to some degree, on the judgment of the Sponsor and may or may 
not be consistent with current or future standards used by others in 
the industry. The ESG Criteria is subject to change by the Sponsor in 
its sole discretion.
    The ESG Criteria are in addition to those used in the London 
Bullion Market Association's (``LBMA'') Responsible Sourcing Program, 
as detailed in the LBMA's Responsible Gold Guidance, and are designed 
to provide investors with an enhanced level of ESG scrutiny along with 
disclosure of the provenance of the metal sourced. The Mint currently 
requires that its refining customers, including mines, meet the 
requirements outlined in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for 
Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-
Risk Areas, the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance, the Mint's Responsible 
Metals Program and the Mint's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist 
Financing Program in compliance with the Proceeds of Crime (Money 
Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Canada) (collectively, the 
``Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements''). Only mines which the Mint 
determines meet and maintain the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements 
and with whom the Mint has a contractual refining relationship (each a 
``Mint Approved Mine'', collectively the ``Mint Approved Mines'') will 
be eligible for consideration by the Sponsor as a provider of ESG 
Approved Gold. The Mint will cease refining gold from any Mint Approved 
Mine that no longer meets the Mint Responsible Sourcing Requirements, 
as determined by the Mint from time to time.
    The ESG factors used for the ESG assessment of mines and miners 
generally will encompass the following factors:

 Environmental Factors
    [cir] Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
    [cir] Tailings and waste management
    [cir] Conservation and water management
    [cir] Mine site remediation
 Social Factors
    [cir] Worker safety and health
    [cir] Community relations
    [cir] Natural resource benefit to local communities
    [cir] Child and forced labor
 Governance Factors
    [cir] Corporate governance
    [cir] Workplace and gender diversity
    [cir] Fair executive compensation
    [cir] Corporate transparency and disclosures

    Mining companies that qualify for the LBMA's Responsible Sourcing 
Program and are Mint Approved Mines will then be subject to two levels 
of ESG screening by the Sponsor: At the overall company level and at 
the individual mine site level.
    First, the Sponsor will evaluate a mining company using ESG factors 
determined by the Sponsor (described above). This evaluation will use a 
number of tools, which include ratings from third-party research 
providers, such as Sustainalytics ESG Risk Ratings, along with sell-
side equity research reports. With respect to corporate governance, the 
Sponsor will evaluate recommendations from proxy voting research 
providers, such as the Glass Lewis Proxy Review. The Sponsor will also 
use compliance with precious metals industry standards as an objective 
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mining companies. Each mining company with high ESG ratings and 
favorable recommendations from proxy voting research providers that 
complies with precious metals industry standards will be designated as 
an ESG Approved Mining Company.
    Second, the Sponsor will evaluate individual mine site locations of 
each ESG Approved Mining Company. Each mine location of an ESG Approved 
Mining Company will then be evaluated by the Sponsor as follows: (1) 
The performance of each mine against various indicators in the Mining 
Association of Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining standards; (2) using 
the ESG factors described above; and (3) whether such mine is in a 
heightened risk or conflict area. Each mining location of that ESG 
Approved Mining Company that (a) the Sponsor determines to meet the 
Mining Association of Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining standards and 
the ESG factors, and (b) is not in a heightened risk or conflict area 
will be designated as an ESG Approved Mine. Only ESG Approved Mines 
will be permitted to supply the raw material for ESG Approved Gold to 
the Mint, which will then refine the raw material to create ESG 
Approved Gold for the Trust. This means that the provenance of ESG 
Approved Gold will be known to the Trust.
    Heightened risk or conflict areas include areas where:
     Human rights abuses, forced or child labor, war crimes or 
genocide are prevalent;
     mines are involved in direct or indirect support to non-
state actors that use arms without legal authority;
     mines transport gold or supplies along routes that involve 
payment of illegal taxes or extortions; and
     mines are involved in money laundering or terrorism 
financing.
    The Sponsor will be responsible for any costs associated with 
researching, establishing and maintaining the ESG Criteria, assessing 
mining companies and mines against certain of the ESG Criteria and the 
diligence of the Trust's ESG Approved Gold Holdings. The Sponsor will 
conduct research on each mining company using its in-house investment 
professionals, and may use the services of outside consultants.
    The Trust will not trade in gold futures, options or swap contracts 
on any futures exchange or over the counter (``OTC''). The Trust will 
not hold or trade in commodity futures contracts, ``commodity 
interests'', or any other instruments regulated by the Commodity 
Exchange Act. The Trust's Cash Custodian may hold cash temporarily 
received from the sale of gold. The Trust's assets will only consist of 
ESG Approved Gold, unallocated gold and cash.
    The Shares are intended to constitute a simple and cost-effective 
means of making an investment similar to an investment in gold bullion 
that meets the ESG Criteria. Although the Shares are not the exact 
equivalent of an investment in gold, they provide investors with an 
alternative that allows a level of participation in the gold market 
through the securities market. The Shares are not a proxy for investing 
in gold.
Operation of the Gold Market
    The global trade in gold consists of OTC transactions in spot, 
forwards, and options and other derivatives, together with exchange-
traded futures and options. The ESG Criteria and the processes and 
methods for refining and using ESG Approved Gold for the Trust's 
operations have been developed by the Sponsor specifically for the 
Trust, and thus no ESG Approved Gold that meets the ESG Criteria has 
been produced. Therefore, there have been no market transactions in ESG 
Approved Gold. The Trust is not aware of a separate market for ESG 
Approved Gold and does not believe that one will develop. ESG Approved 
Gold will be a subset of allocated gold bullion that is already 
currently refined by the Mint for its customers.
    The OTC gold market includes spot, forward, and option and other 
derivative transactions conducted on a principal-to-principal basis. 
While this is a global, nearly 24-hour per day market, its main centers 
are London, New York, and Zurich.
    According to the Registration Statement, most OTC market trades are 
cleared through London. The LBMA plays an important role in setting OTC 
gold trading industry standards. A London Good Delivery Bar (as 
described below), which is acceptable for settlement of any OTC 
transaction, will be acceptable for delivery to the Trust in connection 
with the issuance of Creation Units (defined below).
    The most significant gold futures exchange in the U.S. is COMEX, 
operated by Commodities Exchange, Inc., a subsidiary of New York 
Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and a subsidiary of the Chicago Mercantile 
Exchange Group (the ``CME Group''). Other commodity exchanges include 
the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (``TOCOM''), the Multi Commodity Exchange 
Of India (``MCX''), the Shanghai Futures Exchange, ICE Futures US (the 
``ICE''), and the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange. The CME Group and 
ICE are members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (``ISG'').
The London Gold Bullion Market
    According to the Registration Statement, most trading in physical 
gold is conducted on the OTC market, predominantly in London. LBMA 
coordinates various OTC-market activities, including clearing and 
vaulting, acts as the principal intermediary between physical gold 
market participants and the relevant regulators, promotes good trading 
practices and develops standard market documentation. In addition, the 
LBMA promotes refining standards for the gold market by maintaining the 
``London Good Delivery List,'' which identifies refiners of gold that 
have been approved by the LBMA. In the OTC market, gold bars that meet 
the specifications for weight, dimensions, fineness (or purity), 
identifying marks (including the assay stamp of an LBMA-acceptable 
refiner) and appearance described in ``The Good Delivery Rules for Gold 
and Silver Bars'' published by the LBMA are referred to as ``London 
Good Delivery Bars.'' A London Good Delivery Bar (typically called a 
``400 ounce bar'') must contain between 350 and 430 fine troy ounces of 
gold (1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams), with a minimum fineness (or 
purity) of 995 parts per 1000 (99.5%), be of good appearance and be 
easy to handle and stack. The fine gold content of a gold bar is 
calculated by multiplying the gross weight of the bar (expressed in 
units of 0.025 troy ounces) by the fineness of the bar. A London Good 
Delivery Bar must also bear the stamp of one of the refiners identified 
on the London Good Delivery List.
    Following the enactment of the Financial Markets Act 2012, the 
Prudential Regulation Authority of the Bank of England is responsible 
for regulating most of the financial firms that are active in the 
bullion market, and the Financial Conduct Authority is responsible for 
consumer and competition issues. Trading in spot, forwards and 
wholesale deposits in the bullion market is subject to the Non-
Investment Products (``NIPS'') Code adopted by market participants.
Creation and Redemption of Shares
    The Trust will create and redeem Shares on a continuous basis in 
one or more blocks of 25,000 Shares (a block of 25,000 Shares is called 
a ``Creation Unit''). As described below, the Trust will issue Shares 
in Creation Units to certain authorized participants (``Authorized 
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    Creation Units may be created or redeemed only by Authorized 
Participants. Orders must be placed by 3:59 p.m. Eastern Time 
(``E.T.''). The day on which a Trust receives a valid purchase or 
redemption order is the order date. In connection with creations and 
redemptions of Creation Units, Authorized Participants will be required 
to deliver or receive unallocated gold to or from the Trust, as 
applicable. An Authorized Participant will be required to enter into a 
trading agreement with the Mint for purposes of facilitating transfers 
of unallocated gold between the Trust and the Authorized Participant.
    Unallocated gold received from Authorized Participants will be 
converted into ESG Approved Gold by the Mint. The Mint will convert 
unallocated gold into ESG Approved Gold after receipt of a completed 
withdrawal request form from the Sponsor to withdraw an amount of 
unallocated gold from the Trust Unallocated Account and deposit ESG 
Approved Gold into the Trust Allocated Account.
    The Trust will redeem Shares using unallocated gold. To the extent 
that the Trust's existing holdings of unallocated gold are insufficient 
to meet a redemption request, the Trust will be required to request 
that the Mint convert ESG Approved Gold to unallocated gold, which may 
result in delays in the Trust's ability to meet redemption requests 
from Authorized Participants. The Mint will exchange ESG Approved Gold 
for an equal amount of unallocated gold upon the receipt of proper 
instructions from the Sponsor. The Mint will issue a confirmation of a 
completed exchange to the Sponsor by facsimile or by email on the 
business day that the exchange is completed.
    The Mint expects that it will be able to refine and produce ESG 
Approved Gold within approximately five business days following the 
receipt of completed withdrawal request, subject to production 
capacity, availability and minimum size requirements. The business day 
on which the physical withdrawal is to occur will be confirmed to the 
Sponsor in writing by the Mint. A receipt of deposit will be issued to 
the Sponsor by facsimile or by email on the business day the production 
of all ESG Approved Gold underlying a withdrawal request form is 
completed.
    Creation Units are only issued or redeemed on a day that the 
Exchange is open for regular trading in an amount of gold determined by 
the Administrator. Because ESG Approved Gold can be sourced by the Mint 
only from a limited number of suppliers, from time-to-time, on a 
temporary basis until additional ESG Approved Gold can be refined by 
the Mint, the Trust will hold gold in unallocated form. No Shares will 
be issued unless the Mint has allocated to the Trust Unallocated 
Account the corresponding amount of unallocated gold from the 
Authorized Participant's account.
    Each Authorized Participant must be a registered broker-dealer, a 
participant in Depository Trust Corporation (``DTC''), have entered 
into an agreement with the Trustee (the ``Authorized Participant 
Agreement'') and be in a position to deliver or receive to or from the 
Trust, as applicable, an amount of gold that is at least equal to the 
aggregate NAV of the number of Creation Units that are part of a 
purchase order or redemption order, as the case may be.
    According to the Registration Statement, Authorized Participants 
may surrender Creation Units in exchange for the corresponding amount 
of unallocated gold announced by the Transfer Agent. Upon the surrender 
of such Shares and the payment of the Transfer Agent's applicable fee 
and of any expenses, taxes or charges, the Transfer Agent will deliver 
to the order of the redeeming Authorized Participant the amount of 
unallocated gold corresponding to the redeemed Creation Units. Shares 
can only be surrendered for redemption in Creation Units of 25,000 
Shares each.
    Before surrendering Creation Units for redemption, an Authorized 
Participant must deliver to the Trustee a written request indicating 
the number of Creation Units it intends to redeem. The date the Trustee 
receives that order determines the amount of unallocated gold to be 
received in exchange. However, orders received by the Trustee after 
3:59 p.m. Eastern Time (``E.T.'') will be rejected.
    The redemption distribution from the Trust will consist of a credit 
to the redeeming Authorized Participant's unallocated account 
representing the amount of the gold held by the Trust evidenced by the 
Shares being redeemed as of the date of the redemption order.
Net Asset Value
    The NAV of the Trust will be calculated by subtracting the Trust's 
expenses and liabilities on any day from the value of the gold and 
other assets owned by the Trust on that day; the NAV per Share will be 
obtained by dividing the NAV of the Trust on a given day by the number 
of Shares outstanding on that day. On each day on which the Exchange is 
open for regular trading, the Administrator will determine the NAV as 
promptly as practicable after 4:00 p.m. E.T. The Administrator will 
value the Trust's gold on the basis of LBMA Gold Price PM or LBMA Gold 
Price AM. If the Sponsor deems it necessary, the Sponsor and the 
Administrator may agree to use a widely recognized pricing service for 
purposes of ascertaining the price of gold to use when calculating the 
NAV. The NAV per Share will be calculated by taking the current price 
of the Trust's total assets, subtracting any liabilities, and dividing 
by the total number of Shares outstanding.
    Authorized Participants will not receive from the Sponsor, the 
Trust or any affiliates any fee or other compensation in connection 
with the offering of the Shares.
Availability of Information Regarding Gold
    Currently, the Consolidated Tape Plan does not provide for 
dissemination of the spot price of a commodity such as gold over the 
Consolidated Tape. However, there will be disseminated over the 
Consolidated Tape the last sale price for the Shares, as is the case 
for all equity securities traded on the Exchange (including exchange-
traded funds). In addition, there is a considerable amount of 
information about gold and gold markets available on public websites 
and through professional and subscription services.
    Investors may obtain gold pricing information on a 24-hour basis 
based on the spot price for an ounce of Gold from various financial 
information service providers, such as Reuters and Bloomberg.
    Reuters and Bloomberg, for example, provide at no charge on their 
websites delayed information regarding the spot price of Gold and last 
sale prices of Gold futures, as well as information about news and 
developments in the gold market. Reuters and Bloomberg also offer a 
professional service to subscribers for a fee that provides information 
on Gold prices directly from market participants. Complete real-time 
data for Gold futures and options prices traded on the COMEX are 
available by subscription from Reuters and Bloomberg. There are a 
variety of other public websites providing information on gold, ranging 
from those specializing in precious metals to sites maintained by major 
newspapers. In addition, the LBMA Gold Price is publicly available at 
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Availability of Information
    The intraday indicative value (``IIV'') per Share for the Shares 
will be disseminated by one or more major market data vendors. The IIV 
will be calculated based on the amount of gold held by the Trust and a 
price of gold derived from updated bids and offers indicative of the 
spot price of gold.\19\
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    The website for the Trust (https://sprott.com/investment-strategies/physical-bullion-trusts) will contain the following 
information, on a per Share basis, for the Trust: (a) The mid-point of 
the bid-ask price \20\ at the close of trading (``Bid/Ask Price''), and 
a calculation of the premium or discount of such price against such 
NAV; and (b) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution 
of discounts and premiums of the Bid/Ask Price against the NAV, within 
appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar quarters. 
The website for the Trust will also provide the Trust's prospectus. 
Finally, the Trust's website will be updated once daily to provide the 
last sale price of the Shares as traded in the U.S. market at the end 
of regular trading. In addition, information regarding market price and 
trading volume of the Shares will be continually available on a real-
time basis throughout the day on brokers' computer screens and other 
electronic services. Information regarding the previous day's closing 
price and trading volume information for the Shares will be published 
daily in the financial section of newspapers.
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    The Trust will maintain, on its website, current lists of the ESG 
Criteria, and ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies from 
which the Trust sources its ESG Approved Gold. The Trust anticipates 
that ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies may be added 
or removed from such lists over time based on, among other things, 
whether such ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies meet 
the evolving ESG Criteria and whether they are Mint Approved Mines. The 
Trust will update the information on its website promptly after any 
change to the ESG Criteria, ESG Approved Mines or ESG Approved Mining 
Companies.
Criteria for Initial and Continued Listing
    The Trust will be subject to the criteria in NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-
E(e) for initial and continued listing of the Shares.
    A minimum of two Creation Units or 50,000 Shares will be required 
to be outstanding at the start of trading, which is equivalent to 
10,000 fine ounces of gold or about $18,550,000 as of June 14, 2021. 
The Exchange believes that the anticipated minimum number of Shares 
outstanding at the start of trading is sufficient to provide adequate 
market liquidity.
Trading Rules
    The Exchange deems the Shares to be equity securities, thus 
rendering trading in the Trust subject to the Exchange's existing rules 
governing the trading of equity securities. Trading in the Shares on 
the Exchange will occur in accordance with NYSE Arca Rule 7.34-E(a). 
The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the 
Shares during all trading sessions. As provided in NYSE Arca Rule 7.6-
E, Commentary .03, the minimum price variation (``MPV'') for quoting 
and entry of orders in equity securities traded on the NYSE Arca 
Marketplace is $0.01, with the exception of securities that are priced 
less than $1.00 for which the MPV for order entry is $0.0001.
    Further, NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E sets forth certain restrictions on 
ETP Holders acting as registered Market Makers in the Shares to 
facilitate surveillance. Under NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E(g), an ETP Holder 
acting as a registered Market Maker in the Shares is required to 
provide the Exchange with information relating to its trading in the 
underlying gold, any related futures or options on futures, or any 
other related derivatives. Commentary .04 of NYSE Arca Rule 6.3-E 
requires an ETP Holder acting as a registered Market Maker, and its 
affiliates, in the Shares to establish, maintain and enforce written 
policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of 
any material nonpublic information with respect to such products, any 
components of the related products, any physical asset or commodity 
underlying the product, applicable currencies, underlying indexes, 
related futures or options on futures, and any related derivative 
instruments (including the Shares).
    As a general matter, the Exchange has regulatory jurisdiction over 
its ETP Holders and their associated persons, which include any person 
or entity controlling an ETP Holder. To the extent the Exchange may be 
found to lack jurisdiction over a subsidiary or affiliate of an ETP 
Holder that does business only in commodities or futures contracts, the 
Exchange could obtain information regarding the activities of such 
subsidiary or affiliate through surveillance sharing agreements with 
regulatory organizations of which such subsidiary or affiliate is a 
member.
    With respect to trading halts, the Exchange may consider all 
relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend 
trading in the Shares. Trading on the Exchange in the Shares may be 
halted because of market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of 
the Exchange, make trading in the Shares inadvisable. These may 
include: (1) The extent to which conditions in the underlying gold 
market have caused disruptions and/or lack of trading, or (2) whether 
other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the 
maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. In addition, 
trading in Shares will be subject to trading halts caused by 
extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the Exchange's ``circuit 
breaker'' rule.\21\ The Exchange will halt trading in the Shares if the 
NAV of the Trust is not calculated or disseminated daily. The Exchange 
may halt trading during the day in which an interruption occurs to the 
dissemination of the IIV, as described above. If the interruption to 
the dissemination of the IIV persists past the trading day in which it 
occurs, the Exchange will halt trading no later than the beginning of 
the trading day following the interruption.
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Surveillance
    The Exchange represents that trading in the Shares will be subject 
to the existing trading surveillances administered by the Exchange, as 
well as cross-market surveillances administered by the Financial 
Industry Regulatory Authority (``FINRA'') on behalf of the Exchange, 
which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules and 
applicable federal securities laws.\22\ The Exchange represents that 
these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of 
the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations 
of Exchange rules and federal securities laws applicable to trading on 
the Exchange.
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Exchange pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. The Exchange 
is responsible for FINRA's performance under this regulatory 
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    The surveillances referred to above generally focus on detecting 
securities trading outside their normal patterns,

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which could be indicative of manipulative or other violative activity. 
When such situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and 
investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of 
all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations.
    The Exchange or FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, or both, will 
communicate as needed regarding trading in the Shares with other 
markets and other entities that are members of the ISG, and the 
Exchange or FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, or both, may obtain 
trading information regarding trading in the Shares from such markets 
and other entities. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information 
regarding trading in the Shares from markets and other entities that 
are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has in place a 
comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.\23\
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    Also, pursuant to NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E(g), the Exchange is able 
to obtain information regarding trading in the Shares and the 
underlying gold through ETP Holders acting as registered Market Makers, 
in connection with such ETP Holders' proprietary or customer trades 
through ETP Holders which they effect on any relevant market.
    In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the 
improper distribution of material, non-public information by its 
employees.
    All statements and representations made in this filing regarding 
(a) the description of the portfolio, (b) limitations on portfolio 
holdings or reference assets, or (c) the applicability of Exchange 
listing rules specified in this rule filing shall constitute continued 
listing requirements for listing the Shares of the Trust on the 
Exchange.
    The issuer has represented to the Exchange that it will advise the 
Exchange of any failure by the Trust to comply with the continued 
listing requirements, and, pursuant to its obligations under Section 
19(g)(1) of the Act, the Exchange will monitor for compliance with the 
continued listing requirements. If the Trust is not in compliance with 
the applicable listing requirements, the Exchange will commence 
delisting procedures under NYSE Arca Rule 5.5-E(m).
2. Statutory Basis
    The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the 
requirement under Section 6(b)(5) \24\ that an exchange have rules that 
are designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to, and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market 
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is designed to 
prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in that the 
Shares will be listed and traded on the Exchange pursuant to the 
initial and continued listing criteria in NYSE Arca Rule 8.201-E. The 
Exchange has in place surveillance procedures that are adequate to 
properly monitor trading in the Shares in all trading sessions and to 
deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal 
securities laws. The Exchange may obtain information via ISG from other 
exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has 
entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.
    The proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade and to protect investors and the public interest in 
that there is a considerable amount of gold price and gold market 
information available on public websites and through professional and 
subscription services. Investors may obtain on a 24-hour basis gold 
pricing information based on the spot price for an ounce of gold from 
various financial information service providers. Investors may obtain 
gold pricing information based on the spot price for an ounce of gold 
from various financial information service providers. Current spot 
prices also are generally available with bid/ask spreads from gold 
bullion dealers. In addition, the Trust's website will provide pricing 
information for gold spot prices and the Shares. Market prices for the 
Shares will be available from a variety of sources including brokerage 
firms, information websites and other information service providers. 
The NAV of the Trust will be published by the Sponsor on each day that 
the NYSE Arca is open for regular trading and will be posted on the 
Trust's website. The IIV relating to the Shares will be widely 
disseminated by one or more major market data vendors at least every 15 
seconds during the Core Trading Session. In addition, the LBMA Gold 
Price is publicly available at no charge at www.lbma.org.uk. The 
Trust's website will also provide the Trust's prospectus, as well as 
the two most recent reports to stockholders, and lists of the Trust's 
ESG Criteria, ESG Approved Mines and ESG Approved Mining Companies from 
which the Trust will source its ESG Approved Gold. In addition, 
information regarding market price and trading volume of the Shares 
will be continually available on a real-time basis throughout the day 
on brokers' computer screens and other electronic services. Information 
regarding the previous day's closing price and trading volume 
information for the Shares will be published daily in the financial 
section of newspapers.
    The proposed rule change is designed to perfect the mechanism of a 
free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest in that it will facilitate the listing and trading of 
an additional type of exchange-traded product that will enhance 
competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and 
the marketplace. As noted above, the Exchange has in place surveillance 
procedures relating to trading in the Shares and may obtain information 
via ISG from other exchanges that are members of ISG or with which the 
Exchange has entered into a comprehensive surveillance sharing 
agreement. In addition, as noted above, investors will have ready 
access to information regarding gold pricing.

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. The Exchange believes the 
proposed rule change will enhance competition by accommodating Exchange 
trading of an additional exchange-traded product relating to physical 
gold.

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

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate 
if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its 
reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory 
organization consents, the Commission will:
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    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be 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-NYSEArca-2021-65 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-NYSEArca-2021-65. 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-NYSEArca-2021-65 and should be submitted 
on or before August 20, 2021.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\25\
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    \25\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-16234 Filed 7-29-21; 8:45 am]
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