Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934  notice is hereby given that on November 8, 2001, the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule Start Printed Page 58766change as described in Items, I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to reinstate and increase options transaction charges in select products. The Exchange proposes to increase the fees charged to (1) customers for transactions in index options from $0.10 to $0.15; and (2) member firms and non-member broker dealers for transactions in index options from $0.11 to $0.15. In addition, the Exchange is proposing to reinstate a customer transaction charge for equity options on the S&P 100 iShares. The transaction charge will be $0.15 per contract side.
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 at the places specified in Item IV below. The Amex 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
Transaction charges are imposed on options trades executed on the Exchange. The charges vary depending on whether the transaction involves an equity or index option and whether the transaction is executed for a specialist's account, a registered options trader account, a member firm's proprietary account, a non-member broker-dealer, or a customer account. The Amex also imposes a charge for clearance of options trades and an options floor brokerage charge, which also depends upon the product and the type of account for which the trade is executed. In April 2000, the Exchange eliminated transaction, floor brokerage, and clearance charges for customer equity option trades. At that time, fees charged to customers for transactions in index options remained unchanged at $0.10 per contract.
The Exchange is now proposing to increase the fees charged to (1) customers for transactions in index options from $0.10 to $0.15; and (2) member firms and non-member broker dealers for transactions in index options from $0.11 to $0.15. In addition, the Exchange is proposing to reinstate a customer transaction charge for equity options on the S&P 100 iShares. The transaction charge will be $0.15 per contract side. The Exchange believes that these increases are necessary due to the increasing costs incurred in developing and implementing new technology for the fast and efficient trading of options.
(2) Statutory Basis
The proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act  in general and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4) of the Act  in particular in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities.
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.
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 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or
(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. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. 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 form 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 such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Amex. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-Amex-2001-98 and should be submitted by December 14, 2001.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
[FR Doc. 01-29253 Filed 11-21-01; 8:45 am]
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