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 December 22, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.Start Printed Page 489
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to reduce the Options Orientation Fee. The text of the proposed rule change is attached to the proposed rule change as Exhibit 5. A copy of this filing is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.nyse.com, at the Exchange's principal office and at 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, the self-regulatory organization 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange currently charges an Options Orientation Fee of $1,000 to each applicant seeking to become a Market Maker Authorized Trader  (“MMAT”) or Floor Broker  (“FB”) on the Exchange. The Exchange proposes to reduce the Options Orientation Fee from $1,000 to $500.
Pursuant to Exchange rules, each MMAT and FB must be approved by the Exchange. The approval process requires each applicant to file a Form U-4 and fingerprint cards in Web CRD. The Exchange then performs a full background investigation and disclosure review of each applicant. Each applicant must also demonstrate their qualification for registration by successfully completing the Series 44 or Series 45 examination. The Options Orientation Fee is designed to cover the cost of processing each application, including the background investigation, disclosure review, fingerprinting fees, and the administration and maintenance costs associated with the Series 44 and Series 45 exams.
NYSE Arca has recently been able to reduce the fixed costs associated with administering and maintaining the Series 44 and Series 45 exams. The Exchange believes it is appropriate to pass along those savings to applicants taking either of the two exams. As such, the Exchange proposes reducing the Options Orientation Fee from $1,000 to $500. In doing so the Exchange also believes it can attract additional market makers and floor brokers, thereby increasing participation and liquidity on the Exchange.
The new Options Orientation Fee would become effective on January 1, 2009.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 6 of the Act, in general, and 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 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 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
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
The foregoing rule change is effective upon filing pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)  of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4  thereunder, because it establishes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by NYSE Arca.
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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-NYSEArca-2008-141 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-NYSEArca-2008-141. 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 on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of the filing will also be available for inspection and copying at NYSE Arca's principal office and on its Internet Web site at http://www.nyse.com. 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-NYSEArca-2008-141 and should be submitted on or before January 27, 2009.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10
Florence E. Harmon,
4. See NYSE Arca Rule 6.1A(9).Back to Citation
5. See NYSE Arca Rule 6.43.Back to Citation
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