Joint Order To Exclude Indexes Composed of Certain Index Options From the Definition of Narrow-Based Security Index Pursuant to Section 1a(25)(B)(vi) of the Commodity Exchange Act and Section 3(a)(55)(C)(vi) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'') and the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') (collectively, ``Commissions'') by joint order under the Commodity Exchange Act (``CEA'') and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') are excluding certain security indexes from the definition of ``narrow- based security index.'' Specifically, the Commissions are excluding from the definition of the term ``narrow-based security index'' certain volatility indexes composed of series of index options on broad-based security indexes.
Regulation of Non-Public Trading Interest
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is proposing to amend the regulatory requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') that apply to non-public trading interest in National Market System (``NMS'') stocks, including so-called ``dark pools'' of liquidity. First, it is proposing to amend the definition of ``bid'' or ``offer'' in Exchange Act quoting requirements to apply expressly to actionable indications of interest (``IOIs'') privately transmitted by dark pools and other trading venues to selected market participants. The proposed definition would exclude, however, IOIs for large sizes that are transmitted in the context of a targeted size discovery mechanism. Second, the Commission is proposing amendments to the display obligations of alternative trading systems (``ATSs'') in Regulation ATS under the Exchange Act, including a substantial lowering of the trading volume threshold in Regulation ATS that triggers public display obligations for ATSs. Third, the Commission is proposing to amend the joint-industry plans for publicly disseminating consolidated trade data to require real-time disclosure of the identity of dark pools and other ATSs on the reports of their executed trades. The proposals are intended to promote the Exchange Act goals of transparency, fairness, and efficiency.