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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Participant Fees and Credits

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Start Preamble July 26, 2006.

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 July 11, 2006, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by CHX. The Exchange filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) 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

CHX proposes to amend its Participant Fee Schedule (the “Fee Schedule”) to clarify monthly applicability of the Exchange's Self-Regulatory Organization Fee (“SRO Fee”). The text of this proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at (http://www.chx.com/​rules/​proposed_​rules.htm), at the principal office of the Exchange, and in 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, CHX included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. CHX 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

Through this proposal, the Exchange seeks to clarify monthly applicability of the Exchange's SRO Fee. The Exchange's Fee Schedule has for many years contained a provision establishing an SRO Fee of $100. Prior to the Exchange's demutualization in February of 2005, this provision of the Fee Schedule indicated that the SRO Fee was “$100 per member and member organization per month.”

In connection with the demutualization rule changes, this provision was modified to delete the “per month” reference. Despite the deletion of the “per month” reference, the Exchange did not intend to modify its long-standing practice of assessing the SRO Fee on a monthly basis. Indeed, since the provision was modified in February of 2005, the Exchange has consistently billed each CHX participant for the $100 SRO Fee on a monthly basis and the Exchange intends to continue this monthly assessment. To eliminate any confusion, however, the Exchange is submitting this proposed rule change to the Fee Schedule to reincorporate the “per month” language.

2. Statutory Basis

CHX believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act [5] in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

CHX does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

The foregoing proposed rule change establishes or changes a due, fee or other charge imposed by the Exchange and therefore has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [6] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder.[7] At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such proposed 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

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 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2006-21. 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 Commission's 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 Start Printed Page 43829Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CHX. 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-CHX-2006-21 and should be submitted on or before August 23, 2006.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.8

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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Footnotes

[FR Doc. E6-12428 Filed 8-1-06; 8:45 am]

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