Self-Regulatory Organizations; MIAX PEARL, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Permit Monday and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (“IWM”), 56321-56325 [2021-21996]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday, as do Phlx 27 and ISE 28 for NDX options with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, respectively. The Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on intra-market competition, as all market participants will be treated in the same manner under this proposal. Additionally, the Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-market competition, as nothing prevents the other options exchanges from proposing similar rules to list and trade Short-Term Option Series with Monday and Wednesday expirations. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 29 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.30 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 31 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission notes that it recently approved Phlx’s substantially similar proposal to list and trade 27 See supra note 9. supra note 10. 29 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 30 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intention to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 31 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 28 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 Monday IWM Expirations and Wednesday IWM Expirations.32 The Exchange has stated that waiver of the operative delay will allow the Exchange to list and trade the proposed product immediately, allowing the Exchange to compete with the exchanges that have this product in place. For these reasons, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, and will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges. Accordingly, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.33 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– BOX–2021–23 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–BOX–2021–23. 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 32 See supra note 3. purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 33 For PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56321 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–BOX–2021–23 and should be submitted on or before October 29, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.34 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–21989 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–93252; File No. SR– PEARL–2021–47] Self-Regulatory Organizations; MIAX PEARL, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Permit Monday and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’) October 4, 2021. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 1, 2021, MIAX PEARL, LLC (‘‘MIAX Pearl’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the 34 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 56322 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Policy .02 (Short Term Option Series Program) of Exchange Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for Trading, to permit Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program (‘‘Program’’) on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at http://www.miaxoptions.com/rulefilings/pearl at MIAX Pearl’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Policy .02 (Short Term Option Series Program) of Exchange Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for Trading, to permit Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program (‘‘Program’’) on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’). This is a competitive filing that is based on a proposal recently submitted by Nasdaq Phlx LLC (‘‘Phlx’’) and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’).3 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 93157 (September 28, 2021) (Approving SR–PHLX–2021– 43). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 A Short Term Option Series is a series in an option class that is approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and that expires on the Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the next business week, or, in the case of a series that is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, is listed one business week and one business day prior to that expiration.4 The Exchange is proposing to amend Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404 to permit the listing of options series that expire on Mondays and Wednesdays in IWM. Monday Expirations As proposed, with respect to Monday IWM Expirations within Policy .02 of Rule 404, the Exchange may open for trading on any Friday or Monday that is a business day series of options on IWM to expire on any Monday of the month that is a business day and is not a Monday in which Quarterly Options Series on the same class expire (‘‘Monday IWM Expirations’’), provided that Monday IWM Expirations that are listed on a Friday must be listed at least one business week and one business day prior to the expiration. The Exchange may list up to five consecutive Monday IWM Expirations at one time; the Exchange may have no more than a total of five Monday IWM Expirations. Wednesday Expirations As proposed, with respect to Wednesday IWM Expirations within Policy .02, the Exchange may open for trading on any Tuesday or Wednesday that is a business day series of options on IWM to expire on any Wednesday of the month that is a business day and is not a Wednesday in which Quarterly Options Series on the same class expire (‘‘Wednesday IWM Expirations’’). The Exchange may list up to five consecutive Wednesday IWM Expirations at one time; the Exchange 4 The term ‘‘Short Term Option Series’’ is a series in an option class that is approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and that expires on the Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the next business week, or, in the case of a series that is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, is listed one business week and one business day prior to that expiration. If a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday is not a business day, the series may be opened (or shall expire) on the first business day immediately prior to that Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, respectively. For a series listed pursuant to this section for Monday expiration, if a Monday is not a business day, the series shall expire on the first business day immediately following that Monday. See Exchange Rule 100. PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 may have no more than a total of five Wednesday IWM Expirations. Monday and Wednesday Expirations The interval between strike prices for the proposed Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations will be the same as those for the current Short Term Option Series for Wednesday and Friday expirations applicable to the Program.5 Specifically, the Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations will have a $0.50 strike interval minimum.6 As is the case with other equity options series listed pursuant to the Program, the Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations series will be P.M.-settled. Pursuant to Policy .02 of Rule 404, with respect to the Program, if Monday is not a business day the series shall expire on the first business day immediately following that Monday. This procedure differs from the expiration date of Wednesday expiration series that are scheduled to expire on a holiday. Pursuant to Policy .02 of Rule 404, a Wednesday expiration series shall expire on the first business day immediately prior to that Wednesday, e.g., Tuesday of that week, if the Wednesday is not a business day. For purposes of IWM, however, the Exchange believes that it is preferable to require Monday expiration series in this scenario to expire on the Tuesday of that week rather than the previous business day, e.g., the previous Friday, since the Tuesday is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of the series than the previous Friday, and therefore may be more representative of anticipated market conditions. Monday SPY and QQQ expirations 7 are treated in this manner today. Cboe Exchange, Inc. (‘‘Cboe’’) uses the same procedure for options on the S&P 500 index (‘‘SPX’’), Mini-SPX Index Options (‘‘XSP’’), Russell 2000 Index (‘‘RUT’’) and Mini-Russell 2000 Index Options (‘‘MRUT’’) and with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday.8 Also Nasdaq Phlx 9 and Nasdaq ISE, LLC (‘‘ISE’’) 10 also use the same procedure for options on the Nasdaq-100® (‘‘NDX’’) with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, respectively. Currently, for each option class eligible for participation in the Program, 5 See Policy .02(e) of Exchange Rule 404. 6 Id. 7 See Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404. Cboe Rule 4.13(e)(1). 9 See Phlx Options 4A, Section 12(b)(5). 10 See ISE Supplementary Material .07 to Options 4A, Section 12. 8 See E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices the Exchange is limited to opening thirty (30) series for each expiration date for the specific class.11 The thirty (30) series restriction does not include series that are open by other securities exchanges under their respective short term options rules; the Exchange may list these additional series that are listed by other exchanges.12 This thirty (30) series restriction would apply to Monday and Wednesday IWM Expiration series as well. In addition, the Exchange will be able to list series that are listed by other exchanges, assuming they file similar rules with the Commission to list IWM options expiring on Mondays and Wednesdays. Finally, the Exchange is amending Policy .02(b) to Rule 404, which addresses the listing of Short Term Option Series that expire in the same week as monthly or quarterly options series. Currently, that rule states that no Short Term Option Series may expire in the same week in which monthly option series on the same class expire (with the exception of Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations) or, in the case of Quarterly Options Series, on an expiration that coincides with an expiration of Quarterly Options Series on the same class.13 As with Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations, the Exchange is proposing to permit Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations to expire in the same week as monthly options series on the same class. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable to extend this exemption to Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations because Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations and standard monthly options will not expire on the same trading day, as standard monthly options expire on Fridays. Additionally, the Exchange believes that not listing Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations for one week every month because there was a monthly IWM expiration on the Friday of that week would create investor confusion. The Exchange does not believe that any market disruptions will be encountered with the introduction of P.M.-settled Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations. The Exchange has the necessary capacity and surveillance programs in place to support and properly monitor trading in the proposed Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations. The Exchange currently trades P.M.-settled Short Term Option Series that expire Monday and Wednesday for SPY and QQQ and has Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404. Exchange Rule 404A(b)(6). 13 See Policy .02(b) of Exchange Rule 404. not experienced any market disruptions nor issues with capacity. The Exchange currently has surveillance programs in place to support and properly monitor trading in Short Term Option Series that expire Monday and Wednesday for SPY and QQQ. Similar to SPY and QQQ, the introduction of Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations will, among other things, expand hedging tools available to market participants and continue the reduction of the premium cost of buying protection. The Exchange believes that Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations will allow market participants to purchase IWM based on their timing as needed and allow them to tailor their investment and hedging needs more effectively. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that its proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 14 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 15 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest by providing the investing public and other market participants more flexibility to closely tailor their investment and hedging decisions in IWM options, thus allowing them to better manage their risk exposure. In particular, the Exchange believes the Program has been successful to date and that Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations should simply expand the ability of investors to hedge risk against market movements stemming from economic releases or market events that occur throughout the month in the same way that the Program has expanded the landscape of hedging. Similarly, the Exchange believes Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations should create greater trading and hedging opportunities, as well as flexibility that will provide Members with the ability to tailor their investment objectives more effectively. The Exchange currently lists Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ 11 See 12 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 14 15 15 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56323 Expirations.16 Also, Cboe currently permits Monday and Wednesday expirations for other options with a weekly expiration, such as options on SPX, XSP, RUT, and MRUT pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program.17 Phlx 18 and ISE 19 currently permit Monday and Wednesday expirations for other options with a weekly expiration on NDX pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs. With the exception of Monday expiration series that are scheduled to expire on a holiday, there are no material differences in the treatment of Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations for Short Term Option Series. The Exchange believes that it is consistent with the Act to treat Monday expiration series that expire on a holiday differently than Wednesday or Friday expiration series, since the proposed treatment for Monday expiration series will result in an expiration date that is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of the series, and therefore may be more representative of anticipated market conditions. Monday SPY and QQQ expirations are treated in this manner today.20 Cboe 21 uses the same procedure for SPX, XSP, RUT, and MRUT options with Monday expirations that are scheduled to expire on a holiday, as do Phlx 22 and ISE 23 for NDX options with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, respectively. Given the similarities between Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations and the proposed Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations, the Exchange believes that applying the provisions in Policy .02(b) of Rule 404, which currently apply to Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations, to Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations is justified. For example, the Exchange believes that allowing Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations and monthly IWM expirations in the same week will benefit investors and minimize investor confusion by providing Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations in a continuous and uniform manner. The Exchange also believes that it is appropriate to amend Policy .02(b) of 16 See Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404. note 8. 18 Supra note 9. 19 Supra note 10. 20 See Policy .02(b) of Exchange Rule 404. 21 Supra note 8. 22 Supra note 9. 23 Supra note 10. 17 Supra E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 56324 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Rule 404 to clarify that no Short Term Option Series may expire on the same day as an expiration of Quarterly Options Series on the same class, same as SPY and QQQ. The Exchange represents that it has an adequate surveillance program in place to detect manipulative trading in Monday and Wednesday expirations, including Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations, in the same way that it monitors trading in the current Short Term Option Series and trading in Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations. The Exchange also represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to support the new options series. Finally, the Exchange does not believe that any market disruptions will be encountered with the introduction of Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations. 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. In this regard and as indicated above, the Exchange notes that the rule change is being proposed as a competitive response to a filing submitted by Phlx.24 The Exchange also notes that having Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations is not a novel proposal, as Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations are currently listed on the Exchange.25 Cboe uses the same procedure for SPX, XSP, RUT, and MRUT options with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday,26 as do Phlx 27 and ISE 28 for NDX options with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, respectively. The Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on intra-market competition, as all market participants will be treated in the same manner under this proposal. Additionally, the Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-market competition, as nothing prevents the other options exchanges from proposing similar rules to list and trade Short-Term Option Series with Monday and Wednesday expirations. 24 Supra note 3. note 12. 26 Supra note 9. 27 Supra note 10. 28 Supra note 11. 25 Supra VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 29 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.30 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 31 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission notes that it recently approved Phlx’s substantially similar proposal to list and trade Monday IWM Expirations and Wednesday IWM Expirations.32 The Exchange stated that waiver of the operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest as it would encourage fair competition among exchanges by allowing MIAX Pearl to compete effectively with Phlx by having the ability to list and trade the same Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations that Phlx is able to list and trade. For these reasons, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, and will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with other exchanges. Accordingly, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and 29 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 31 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 32 See supra note 3. 30 17 PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.33 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– PEARL–2021–47 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–PEARL–2021–47. 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 33 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has also considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 193 / Friday, October 8, 2021 / Notices 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–PEARL–2021–47 and should be submitted on or before October 29, 2021. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.34 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2021–21996 Filed 10–7–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–93253; File No. SR– CboeEDGX–2021–044] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 19.6.05 To Allow Monday and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’) jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 October 4, 2021. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 1, 2021, Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 34 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Oct 07, 2021 Jkt 256001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘EDGX Options’’) proposes to amend Rule 19.6.05 to allow Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’). The text of the proposed rule change is provided in Exhibit 5. The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/ options/regulation/rule_filings/edgx/), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend Rule 19.6.05 to allow Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on IWM. The Exchange notes that this proposed rule change is substantively identical to a rule change recently adopted by Nasdaq Phlx LLC. (‘‘Phlx’’) 5 and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’).6 Rule 19.6.05 7 currently governs the Exchange’s Short Term Option Series 5 See Securities Exchange Release No. 92655 (August 12, 2021), 86 FR 46304 (August 18, 2021) (SR–Phlx–2021–43) (Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Permit Monday and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’)). 6 See Securities Exchange Release No. 93157 (September 28, 2021) (SR–Phlx–2021–43) (Order Approving a Proposed Rule Change to Permit Monday and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term Options Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)). 7 The proposed rule change corrects an incorrect cross-reference in Rule 19.05 [sic]. PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56325 Program. The term ‘‘Short Term Option Series’’ means a series in an option class that is approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and that expires on the Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the next business week, or, in the case of a series that is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, is listed one business week and one business day prior to that expiration. If a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday is not a business day, the series may be opened (or shall expire) on the first business day immediately prior to that Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, respectively. For a series listed pursuant to this section for Monday expiration, if a Monday is not a business day, the series shall expire on the first business day immediately following that Monday.8 Rule 19.6.05(h) provides that the Exchange may open weekly series for options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (‘‘SPY’’) and the Invesco QQQ Trust (‘‘QQQ’’) with Monday and Wednesday expirations. The proposed rule change amends Rule 19.6.05(h) to also allow Monday and Wednesday expiations for options on IWM. Specifically, the proposed rule change amends Rule 19.6.05(h) to provide that the Exchange may open for trading on any Friday or Monday that is a business day series of options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (‘‘SPY’’), the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (‘‘IWM’’) and 9 the Invesco QQQ Trust (‘‘QQQ’’) to expire on any Monday of the month that is a business day and is not a Monday on which Quarterly Options Series expire (‘‘Monday SPY Expirations’’, ‘‘Monday IWM Expirations’’ and ‘‘Monday QQQ Expirations’’), provided that any Friday on which the Exchange opens for trading a Monday SPY, IWM and QQQ Expiration is one business week and one business day prior to expiration. The Exchange may also open for trading on any Tuesday or Wednesday that is a business day series of SPY options, IWM options and QQQ options to expire on any Wednesday of the month that is a business day and is not a Wednesday on which Quarterly Options Series expire (‘‘Wednesday SPY Expirations’’, ‘‘Wednesday IWM Expirations’’ and ‘‘Wednesday QQQ Expirations’’). The Exchange may list up to five consecutive series of each Monday SPY, IWM and QQQ 8 See Rule 16.1, definition of ‘‘Short Term Option Series’’. 9 The proposed rule change makes a nonsubstantive change in order simplify the rule language. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 193 (Friday, October 8, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56321-56325]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-21996]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-93252; File No. SR-PEARL-2021-47]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; MIAX PEARL, LLC; Notice of Filing 
and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Permit Monday 
and Wednesday Expirations for Options Listed Pursuant to the Short Term 
Option Series Program on the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (``IWM'')

October 4, 2021.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on October 1, 2021, MIAX PEARL, LLC (``MIAX Pearl'' or the 
``Exchange'') filed with the

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Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the proposed rule 
change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been 
prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend Policy .02 (Short Term Option Series 
Program) of Exchange Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for 
Trading, to permit Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed 
pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program (``Program'') on the 
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (``IWM'').
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's 
website at http://www.miaxoptions.com/rule-filings/pearl at MIAX 
Pearl's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference 
Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend Policy .02 (Short Term Option Series 
Program) of Exchange Rule 404, Series of Option Contracts Open for 
Trading, to permit Monday and Wednesday expirations for options listed 
pursuant to the Short Term Option Series Program (``Program'') on the 
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (``IWM''). This is a competitive filing that 
is based on a proposal recently submitted by Nasdaq Phlx LLC (``Phlx'') 
and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'').\3\
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    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 93157 (September 28, 
2021) (Approving SR-PHLX-2021-43).
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    A Short Term Option Series is a series in an option class that is 
approved for listing and trading on the Exchange in which the series is 
opened for trading on any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or 
Friday that is a business day and that expires on the Monday, Wednesday 
or Friday of the next business week, or, in the case of a series that 
is listed on a Friday and expires on a Monday, is listed one business 
week and one business day prior to that expiration.\4\ The Exchange is 
proposing to amend Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404 to permit the 
listing of options series that expire on Mondays and Wednesdays in IWM.
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    \4\ The term ``Short Term Option Series'' is a series in an 
option class that is approved for listing and trading on the 
Exchange in which the series is opened for trading on any Monday, 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is a business day and 
that expires on the Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the next business 
week, or, in the case of a series that is listed on a Friday and 
expires on a Monday, is listed one business week and one business 
day prior to that expiration. If a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or 
Friday is not a business day, the series may be opened (or shall 
expire) on the first business day immediately prior to that Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, respectively. For a series listed 
pursuant to this section for Monday expiration, if a Monday is not a 
business day, the series shall expire on the first business day 
immediately following that Monday. See Exchange Rule 100.
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Monday Expirations
    As proposed, with respect to Monday IWM Expirations within Policy 
.02 of Rule 404, the Exchange may open for trading on any Friday or 
Monday that is a business day series of options on IWM to expire on any 
Monday of the month that is a business day and is not a Monday in which 
Quarterly Options Series on the same class expire (``Monday IWM 
Expirations''), provided that Monday IWM Expirations that are listed on 
a Friday must be listed at least one business week and one business day 
prior to the expiration. The Exchange may list up to five consecutive 
Monday IWM Expirations at one time; the Exchange may have no more than 
a total of five Monday IWM Expirations.
Wednesday Expirations
    As proposed, with respect to Wednesday IWM Expirations within 
Policy .02, the Exchange may open for trading on any Tuesday or 
Wednesday that is a business day series of options on IWM to expire on 
any Wednesday of the month that is a business day and is not a 
Wednesday in which Quarterly Options Series on the same class expire 
(``Wednesday IWM Expirations''). The Exchange may list up to five 
consecutive Wednesday IWM Expirations at one time; the Exchange may 
have no more than a total of five Wednesday IWM Expirations.
Monday and Wednesday Expirations
    The interval between strike prices for the proposed Monday and 
Wednesday IWM Expirations will be the same as those for the current 
Short Term Option Series for Wednesday and Friday expirations 
applicable to the Program.\5\ Specifically, the Monday and Wednesday 
IWM Expirations will have a $0.50 strike interval minimum.\6\ As is the 
case with other equity options series listed pursuant to the Program, 
the Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations series will be P.M.-settled.
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    \5\ See Policy .02(e) of Exchange Rule 404.
    \6\ Id.
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    Pursuant to Policy .02 of Rule 404, with respect to the Program, if 
Monday is not a business day the series shall expire on the first 
business day immediately following that Monday. This procedure differs 
from the expiration date of Wednesday expiration series that are 
scheduled to expire on a holiday. Pursuant to Policy .02 of Rule 404, a 
Wednesday expiration series shall expire on the first business day 
immediately prior to that Wednesday, e.g., Tuesday of that week, if the 
Wednesday is not a business day. For purposes of IWM, however, the 
Exchange believes that it is preferable to require Monday expiration 
series in this scenario to expire on the Tuesday of that week rather 
than the previous business day, e.g., the previous Friday, since the 
Tuesday is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of the 
series than the previous Friday, and therefore may be more 
representative of anticipated market conditions. Monday SPY and QQQ 
expirations \7\ are treated in this manner today. Cboe Exchange, Inc. 
(``Cboe'') uses the same procedure for options on the S&P 500 index 
(``SPX''), Mini-SPX Index Options (``XSP''), Russell 2000 Index 
(``RUT'') and Mini-Russell 2000 Index Options (``MRUT'') and with 
Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard 
Expirations Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a 
holiday.\8\ Also Nasdaq Phlx \9\ and Nasdaq ISE, LLC (``ISE'') \10\ 
also use the same procedure for options on the Nasdaq-100[supreg] 
(``NDX'') with Monday expirations that are listed pursuant to its 
Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, respectively.
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    \7\ See Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404.
    \8\ See Cboe Rule 4.13(e)(1).
    \9\ See Phlx Options 4A, Section 12(b)(5).
    \10\ See ISE Supplementary Material .07 to Options 4A, Section 
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    Currently, for each option class eligible for participation in the 
Program,

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the Exchange is limited to opening thirty (30) series for each 
expiration date for the specific class.\11\ The thirty (30) series 
restriction does not include series that are open by other securities 
exchanges under their respective short term options rules; the Exchange 
may list these additional series that are listed by other 
exchanges.\12\ This thirty (30) series restriction would apply to 
Monday and Wednesday IWM Expiration series as well. In addition, the 
Exchange will be able to list series that are listed by other 
exchanges, assuming they file similar rules with the Commission to list 
IWM options expiring on Mondays and Wednesdays.
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    \11\ See Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404.
    \12\ See Exchange Rule 404A(b)(6).
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    Finally, the Exchange is amending Policy .02(b) to Rule 404, which 
addresses the listing of Short Term Option Series that expire in the 
same week as monthly or quarterly options series. Currently, that rule 
states that no Short Term Option Series may expire in the same week in 
which monthly option series on the same class expire (with the 
exception of Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations) or, in the 
case of Quarterly Options Series, on an expiration that coincides with 
an expiration of Quarterly Options Series on the same class.\13\ As 
with Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations, the Exchange is 
proposing to permit Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations to expire in 
the same week as monthly options series on the same class. The Exchange 
believes that it is reasonable to extend this exemption to Monday and 
Wednesday IWM Expirations because Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations 
and standard monthly options will not expire on the same trading day, 
as standard monthly options expire on Fridays. Additionally, the 
Exchange believes that not listing Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations 
for one week every month because there was a monthly IWM expiration on 
the Friday of that week would create investor confusion.
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    \13\ See Policy .02(b) of Exchange Rule 404.
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    The Exchange does not believe that any market disruptions will be 
encountered with the introduction of P.M.-settled Monday and Wednesday 
IWM Expirations. The Exchange has the necessary capacity and 
surveillance programs in place to support and properly monitor trading 
in the proposed Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations. The Exchange 
currently trades P.M.-settled Short Term Option Series that expire 
Monday and Wednesday for SPY and QQQ and has not experienced any market 
disruptions nor issues with capacity. The Exchange currently has 
surveillance programs in place to support and properly monitor trading 
in Short Term Option Series that expire Monday and Wednesday for SPY 
and QQQ.
    Similar to SPY and QQQ, the introduction of Monday and Wednesday 
IWM Expirations will, among other things, expand hedging tools 
available to market participants and continue the reduction of the 
premium cost of buying protection. The Exchange believes that Monday 
and Wednesday IWM Expirations will allow market participants to 
purchase IWM based on their timing as needed and allow them to tailor 
their investment and hedging needs more effectively.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that its proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act \14\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act \15\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market 
system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest by 
providing the investing public and other market participants more 
flexibility to closely tailor their investment and hedging decisions in 
IWM options, thus allowing them to better manage their risk exposure.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In particular, the Exchange believes the Program has been 
successful to date and that Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations should 
simply expand the ability of investors to hedge risk against market 
movements stemming from economic releases or market events that occur 
throughout the month in the same way that the Program has expanded the 
landscape of hedging. Similarly, the Exchange believes Monday and 
Wednesday IWM Expirations should create greater trading and hedging 
opportunities, as well as flexibility that will provide Members with 
the ability to tailor their investment objectives more effectively.
    The Exchange currently lists Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ 
Expirations.\16\ Also, Cboe currently permits Monday and Wednesday 
expirations for other options with a weekly expiration, such as options 
on SPX, XSP, RUT, and MRUT pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations 
Pilot Program.\17\ Phlx \18\ and ISE \19\ currently permit Monday and 
Wednesday expirations for other options with a weekly expiration on NDX 
pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs.
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    \16\ See Policy .02 of Exchange Rule 404.
    \17\ Supra note 8.
    \18\ Supra note 9.
    \19\ Supra note 10.
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    With the exception of Monday expiration series that are scheduled 
to expire on a holiday, there are no material differences in the 
treatment of Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations for Short Term Option 
Series. The Exchange believes that it is consistent with the Act to 
treat Monday expiration series that expire on a holiday differently 
than Wednesday or Friday expiration series, since the proposed 
treatment for Monday expiration series will result in an expiration 
date that is closer in time to the scheduled expiration date of the 
series, and therefore may be more representative of anticipated market 
conditions. Monday SPY and QQQ expirations are treated in this manner 
today.\20\ Cboe \21\ uses the same procedure for SPX, XSP, RUT, and 
MRUT options with Monday expirations that are scheduled to expire on a 
holiday, as do Phlx \22\ and ISE \23\ for NDX options with Monday 
expirations that are listed pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations 
Pilot Programs, respectively.
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    \20\ See Policy .02(b) of Exchange Rule 404.
    \21\ Supra note 8.
    \22\ Supra note 9.
    \23\ Supra note 10.
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    Given the similarities between Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ 
Expirations and the proposed Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations, the 
Exchange believes that applying the provisions in Policy .02(b) of Rule 
404, which currently apply to Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ 
Expirations, to Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations is justified. For 
example, the Exchange believes that allowing Monday and Wednesday IWM 
Expirations and monthly IWM expirations in the same week will benefit 
investors and minimize investor confusion by providing Monday and 
Wednesday IWM Expirations in a continuous and uniform manner. The 
Exchange also believes that it is appropriate to amend Policy .02(b) of

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Rule 404 to clarify that no Short Term Option Series may expire on the 
same day as an expiration of Quarterly Options Series on the same 
class, same as SPY and QQQ.
    The Exchange represents that it has an adequate surveillance 
program in place to detect manipulative trading in Monday and Wednesday 
expirations, including Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations, in the 
same way that it monitors trading in the current Short Term Option 
Series and trading in Monday and Wednesday SPY and QQQ Expirations. The 
Exchange also represents that it has the necessary systems capacity to 
support the new options series. Finally, the Exchange does not believe 
that any market disruptions will be encountered with the introduction 
of Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations.

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. In this regard and as 
indicated above, the Exchange notes that the rule change is being 
proposed as a competitive response to a filing submitted by Phlx.\24\ 
The Exchange also notes that having Monday and Wednesday IWM 
Expirations is not a novel proposal, as Monday and Wednesday SPY and 
QQQ Expirations are currently listed on the Exchange.\25\ Cboe uses the 
same procedure for SPX, XSP, RUT, and MRUT options with Monday 
expirations that are listed pursuant to its Nonstandard Expirations 
Pilot Program and that are scheduled to expire on a holiday,\26\ as do 
Phlx \27\ and ISE \28\ for NDX options with Monday expirations that are 
listed pursuant to their Nonstandard Expirations Pilot Programs, 
respectively.
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    \24\ Supra note 3.
    \25\ Supra note 12.
    \26\ Supra note 9.
    \27\ Supra note 10.
    \28\ Supra note 11.
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    The Exchange does not believe the proposal will impose any burden 
on intra-market competition, as all market participants will be treated 
in the same manner under this proposal. Additionally, the Exchange does 
not believe the proposal will impose any burden on inter-market 
competition, as nothing prevents the other options exchanges from 
proposing similar rules to list and trade Short-Term Option Series with 
Monday and Wednesday expirations.

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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) 
Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or 
such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \29\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\30\
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    \29\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \30\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission 
written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at 
least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed 
rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 
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    A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the 
Act normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of 
its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \31\ permits the Commission 
to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has 
requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that 
the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The 
Commission notes that it recently approved Phlx's substantially similar 
proposal to list and trade Monday IWM Expirations and Wednesday IWM 
Expirations.\32\ The Exchange stated that waiver of the operative delay 
is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest 
as it would encourage fair competition among exchanges by allowing MIAX 
Pearl to compete effectively with Phlx by having the ability to list 
and trade the same Monday and Wednesday IWM Expirations that Phlx is 
able to list and trade. For these reasons, the Commission believes that 
the proposed rule change presents no novel issues and that waiver of 
the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, and will allow the Exchange to 
remain competitive with other exchanges. Accordingly, the Commission 
hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule 
change operative upon filing.\33\
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    \31\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \32\ See supra note 3.
    \33\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has also considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or 
disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-PEARL-2021-47 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-PEARL-2021-47. 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

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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-
PEARL-2021-47 and should be submitted on or before October 29, 2021.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\34\
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    \34\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
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