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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Exchange Fees and Charges

 

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December 9, 2005.

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 November 25, 2005, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” or “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. PCX has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by a self-regulatory organization pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder, [4] which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 Back to Top

PCX proposes to amend its Schedule of Fees and Charges in order to include a provision that deals with royalty, or license fees, that are passed on to market participants on options trades that are part of an Option Strategy Execution.

The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Internet Web site (http://www.pacificex.com), at the Exchange'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 Back to Top

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

PCX is proposing this change to the PCX Schedule of Rates and Charges so that the Exchange may continue to pass on the full amount of any royalty or license fees to trade participants, even when total transaction fees are capped in association with a defined Options Strategy Execution. PCX has established a cap on the transaction fees it charges to market participants that engage in certain strategy executions, as defined in the PCX Schedule of Fees and Charges. PCX represents that the cap was established because the referenced Options Strategy Executions are generally large volume trades done by professionals whose profit margins are generally narrow. The Exchange caps the transaction fees associated with such executions at $1,000 per strategy execution, with a monthly cap of $50,000 per initiating firm.

Certain classes of options listed on PCX have as their underlying issue licensed products that carry a royalty fee on every contract traded. These fees are assessed by the issuing agency, and are not Exchange transaction fees. License fees, or royalty fees, that are charged to the Exchange are passed on to the actual participants executing the trade. Even though some of the fees are passed on, the fee cap would prevent PCX from recovering these fees in their entirety if they were to be included as transaction fees. If royalty fees are included as transaction fees, PCX would face the possibility of having to pay out substantial fees while the fee cap would limit the amount the Exchange would be able to pass on to trade participants. Because of the negative financial implications to the Exchange, PCX will not include license or royalty fees, which are passed on to trade participants in connection with trades that are done as part of an Options Strategy Execution, as part of the transaction fees counting towards both the $1,000 per trade transaction fee cap and the $50,000 per month fee cap.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act, [5] in general, and Section 6(b)(4) [6] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of dues, fees, and other charges among its members.

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.

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 Back to Top

The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [8] thereunder because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate 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.

IV. Solicitation of Comments Back to Top

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

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-PCX-2005-127. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail 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 Commissions Internet Web site (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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of PCX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-PCX-2005-127 and should be submitted on orbefore January 10, 2006.

For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority. [9]

Jonathan G. Katz,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. E5-7524 Filed 12-19-05; 8:45 am]

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