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 January 6, 2009, 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.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange, through its wholly owned subsidiary NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (“NYSE Arca Equities”), is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees and Charges for Exchange Services (“Fee Schedule”) to revise the Annual Fees applicable to securities listed in calendar year 2009 under Rule 5.2(j)(6) on NYSE Arca, LLC (“NYSE Arca Marketplace”), the equities facility of NYSE Arca Equities. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web Site at http://www.nyx.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
NYSE Arca has determined to amend the Exchange's Fee Schedule to revise the Annual Fee applicable to securities listed on the NYSE Arca Marketplace in calendar year 2009 under Rule 5.2(j)(6) (Equity Index-Linked Securities, Commodity-Linked Securities, Currency-Linked Securities, Fixed Income Index-Linked Securities, Futures-Linked Securities and Multifactor Indexed-Linked Securities). Specifically, the Exchange proposes to add new footnote 10 to the Fee Schedule to state that, during 2009, the Annual Fee for an issue of securities listed under Rule 5.2(j)(6) of up to 500,000 shares outstanding will be $5,000, pro-rated based on days remaining in 2009.
Under the current Fee Schedule for Structured Products, which include securities listed under Rule 5.2(j)(6), the Annual Fee ranges from $10,000 to $55,000, based on the total number of securities outstanding per listed issue. The current Annual Fee for issues with up to 6 million shares outstanding is $10,000. The proposed reduced Annual Fee would apply for calendar year 2009 to issues newly listed on the NYSE Arca Marketplace beginning as of January 1, 2009, and would not apply to issues listed prior to or after calendar year 2009.
As an example of how the Annual Fee would apply to such issues, if an Equity Index-Linked Security lists on the NYSE Arca Marketplace on July 1, 2009 with 500,000 shares outstanding, such security would pay a pro-rated Annual Fee for 2009 of $2500 (1/2 × $5,000).
The Exchange believes that temporarily reducing the Annual Fee for newly listed securities listed under Rule 5.2(j)(6), which include Exchange Traded Notes or “ETNs”, will provide an incentive for issuers to introduce and list more such products on the NYSE Arca Marketplace in 2009, thereby increasing competition among such products. Start Printed Page 5881
2. Statutory Basis
The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)  of the Act in general and Section 6(b)(4)  of the Act, in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its issuers and other persons using its facilities. The Exchange believes that temporarily reducing the Annual Fee for newly listed securities listed under Rule 5.2(j)(6) will provide an incentive for issuers to introduce and list more such products on the NYSE Arca Marketplace in 2009, thereby increasing competition among such products.
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
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve the proposed rule change, or
(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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 Number SR-NYSEArca-2009-01 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSEArca-2009-01. 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 Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090 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-2009-01 and should be submitted on or before February 23, 2009.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
[FR Doc. E9-2121 Filed 1-30-09; 8:45 am]
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