Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on October 1, 2007, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) 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 substantially prepared by the Exchange. Nasdaq filed this proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder, which renders it 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
Nasdaq proposes to increase the annual membership fee for Nasdaq members under Nasdaq Rule 7001. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Nasdaq, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and Nasdaq's Web site, http://www.nasdaq.com.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq 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. Nasdaq 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
Nasdaq is increasing its annual membership fee, which is assessed on all Nasdaq members as of a date determined by Nasdaq in December of each year, from $1,200 to $3,000 per year. The fee had initially been set at a level to ease the transition of the Nasdaq Market Center's status as a facility of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (f/k/a the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.) to a facility of a new self-regulatory organization (“SRO”). Now that Nasdaq has an established membership base, Nasdaq believes that the fee increase is warranted to ensure that its annual membership fee funds a greater portion of the cost of regulating the Nasdaq market. Nasdaq believes that even with the fee increase, the cost of Nasdaq membership is generally lower than the cost of membership in other SROs. In this regard, it is particularly notable that unlike other SROs, Nasdaq does not charge annual registration fees for each of a firm's registered representatives.
2. Statutory Basis
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 6 of the Act, in general, and with section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in particular, in that it provides for an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which Nasdaq operates or controls. Nasdaq believes that an increased annual membership fee is reasonable and equitable method of ensuring that its annual membership fee funds a greater portion of the cost of regulating the Nasdaq market, and that the overall cost of Nasdaq membership is reasonable as compared with the cost of membership in other SROs.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
Nasdaq 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 has become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder, in that the proposed rule change establishes or changes a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the SRO. 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
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:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File No. SR-NASDAQ-2007-083 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2007-083. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Start Printed Page 58143Commission 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 Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of Nasdaq. 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-NASDAQ-2007-083 and should be submitted on or before November 2, 2007.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Nancy M. Morris,
5. See, e.g., New York Stock Exchange Price List 2007 at http://www.nyse.com/pdfs/2007pricelist.pdf (itemizing numerous registration, regulation, and trading rights fees); NASD By-Laws, Schedule A, Section 1 at http://nasd.complinet.com/nasd/display/display.html?rbid=1189&element_id=1159000126; Chicago Stock Exchange Fees and Assessments at http://wallstreet.cch.com/CHXtools/PlatformViewer.asp?SelectedNode=chp_1_1&manual=/CHX/Admin/chx-feesandassessments/.Back to Citation
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