Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on August 13, 2008, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (the “CHX” 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 the CHX. 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
The CHX proposes to amend its Schedule of Participant Fees and Assessments (the “Fee Schedule”) to provide for trade processing fee credits to CHX-registered Institutional Brokers. The text of this proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.chx.com/rules/proposed_rules.htm and in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549.
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 CHX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule changes and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The 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
Through this filing, the Exchange would amend its Fee Schedule to provide for a credit to institutional brokers relating to trade processing fees charged by the Exchange to its participants. Trade processing fees are fees charged by the Exchange for transactions that are executed and reported to the tape (but not reported to clearing) by an institutional broker in an away market (i.e., not the Exchange), but which are reported to clearing by the Exchange's systems. The use of the Exchange's systems to report trades to clearing, instead of the facility on which the trade was executed, is done at the request of the institutional broker's customer to simplify the customer's ability to access clearing data from a unified source. All clearing transactions reported in this manner appear in the Exchange's Regional Trade Interface Operations (“RIO”) file along with the customer's trades executed on the CHX.
The Exchange proposes to provide to the originating broker a trade processing fee credit equal to 3% per side of the trade processing fees received by the Exchange. The Exchange further proposes to provide to the broker of credit a trade processing fee credit equal to 6% of the trade processing fees received by the Exchange for the portion(s) of the transaction handled by the broker of credit. An “originating broker” is defined as the institutional broker that executes a trade on an away market. A “broker of credit” is defined as the institutional broker that acts as the broker for the ultimate Exchange clearing participant. Prior to this filing, trade processing fee credits were not paid by the Exchange. This proposed fee schedule change would take effect upon filing.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the rule changes proposed in this submission are consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder that are applicable to a national securities exchange, and, in particular, with the requirements of Section 6(b). The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members. Moreover, the proposed trade processing fee credits will allow the Exchange to share trade processing fees with institutional brokers, similar to the way it currently shares transaction fees for CHX executions with institutional brokers. Prior to this filing, trade processing fees were not shared with institutional brokers.
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 either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing 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  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 purpose 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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-CHX-2008-13 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2008-13. This file Start Printed Page 49512number 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-CHX-2008-13 and should be submitted on or before September 11, 2008.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
[FR Doc. E8-19353 Filed 8-20-08; 8:45 am]
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