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 May 9, 2008, International Securities Exchange, LLC (“ISE” or the “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 ISE. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by ISE under section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,  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
ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on five Premium Products. The text of the proposed rule Start Printed Page 30177change is available at http://www.ise.com, the principal offices of the Exchange, and 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, ISE 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. ISE 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
The Exchange is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to establish fees for transactions in options on the CurrencyShares[SM] Australian Dollar Trust (“FXA”), the CurrencyShares[SM] British Pound Sterling Trust (“FXB”), the CurrencyShares[SM] Euro Trust (“FXE”), the CurrencyShares[SM] Japanese Yen Trust (“FXY”)  and the iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (“EWT”). The Exchange represents that FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are eligible for options trading because they constitute “Exchange-Traded Fund Shares,” as defined by ISE Rule 502(h).
All of the applicable fees covered by this filing are identical to fees charged by the Exchange for all other Premium Products. Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to adopt an execution fee and a comparison fee for all transactions in options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT. The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for products covered by this filing shall be $0.15 and $0.03 per contract, respectively, for all Public Customer Orders  and Firm Proprietary orders. The amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for all ISE Market Maker transactions shall be equal to the execution fee and comparison fee currently charged by the Exchange for ISE Market Maker transactions in equity options. Finally, the amount of the execution fee and comparison fee for all non-ISE Market Maker transactions shall be $0.37 and $0.03 per contract, respectively. Further, since options on FXA, FXB, FXE, FXY and EWT are multiply-listed, the Exchange's Payment for Order Flow fee shall apply to all these products. The Exchange believes the proposed rule change will further the Exchange's goal of introducing new products to the marketplace that are competitively priced.
Further, the Exchange proposes to remove IXK from its Schedule of Fees.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of section 6 of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4), in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The proposed rule change does not 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
The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing proposed rule change has been designated as a fee change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed on members by ISE. Accordingly, the proposal is effective upon filing with the Commission. 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: Start Printed Page 30178
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-ISE-2008-39 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-ISE-2008-39. 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 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 the Exchange. 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 publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2008-39 and should be submitted on or before June 13, 2008.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
5. Premium Products is defined in the Schedule of Fees as the products enumerated therein.Back to Citation
6. CurrencySharesSM. Australian Dollar Trust, CurrencySharesSM. British Pound Sterling Trust, CurrencySharesSM. Euro Trust, and CurrencySharesSM. Japanese Yen Trust are service marks of their respective owner(s). Rydex Distributors, Inc., an affiliate of Rydex Investments and Rydex Specialized Products, is the distributor of Rydex funds. Rydex Specialized Products LLC, d/b/a Rydex Investments (“Rydex”), is the sponsor of the CurrencySharesSM. Australian Dollar Trust (“FXA”), the CurrencySharesSM. British Pound Sterling Trust (“FXB”), the CurrencySharesSM. Euro Trust (“FXE”) and the CurrencySharesSM. Japanese Yen Trust (“FXY”). Rydex has not licensed or authorized ISE to (i) engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY or (ii) to use and refer to any trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY or with making disclosures concerning options on FXA, FXB, FXE and FXY under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. Rydex does not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE, and is not affiliated in any manner with ISE.Back to Citation
7. iShares® is a registered trademark of Barclays Global Investors, N.A. (“BGI”), a majority owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC. “MSCI Taiwan Index” is a service mark of Morgan Stanley Capital International (“MSCI”) and has been licensed for use for certain purposes by BGI. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. iShares MSCI Taiwan Index Fund (“EWT”) is not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI. BGI and MSCI have not licensed or authorized ISE to (i) engage in the creation, listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on EWT or (ii) to use and refer to any of their trademarks or service marks in connection with the listing, provision of a market for trading, marketing, and promotion of options on EWT or with making disclosures concerning options on EWT under any applicable federal or state laws, rules or regulations. BGI and MSCI do not sponsor, endorse, or promote such activity by ISE, and are not affiliated in any manner with ISE.Back to Citation
8. These fees will be charged only to Exchange members. Under a pilot program that is set to expire on July 31, 2008, these fees will also be charged to Linkage Principal Orders (“Linkage P Orders”) and Linkage Principal Acting as Agent Orders (“Linkage P/A Orders”). The amount of the execution fee charged by the Exchange for Linkage P Orders and Linkage P/A Orders is $0.24 per contract side and $0.15 per contract side, respectively. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56128 (July 24, 2007), 72 FR 42161 (August 1, 2007) (SR-ISE-2007-55).Back to Citation
9. Public Customer Order is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(39) as an order for the account of a Public Customer. Public Customer is defined in Exchange Rule 100(a)(38) as a person or entity that is not a broker or dealer in securities.Back to Citation
10. The execution fee is currently between $.21 and $.12 per contract side, depending on the Exchange Average Daily Volume, and the comparison fee is currently $.03 per contract side.Back to Citation
11. The amount of the execution and comparison fee for non-ISE Market Maker transactions executed in the Exchange's Facilitation and Solicitation Mechanisms is $0.16 and $0.03 per contract, respectively.Back to Citation
12. This Premium Product was recently delisted and no longer trades on the Exchange. Thus, the Exchange proposes to remove it from its fee schedule.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E8-11523 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]
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