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 March 1, 2011, the EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or the “EDGA”) 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 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 proposes to amend its fees and rebates applicable to Members  of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rule 15.1(a) and (c). All of the changes described herein are applicable to EDGA Members. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Internet Web site at http://www.directedge.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, 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The self-regulatory organization 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
New Tier Rate for Adding Liquidity
The fee for adding liquidity on EDGA is currently $0.00025 per share for securities at or above $1.00. The Exchange proposes to create a tier (indicated in footnote 11) to state that if members, on a daily basis, measured monthly, post 0.9% of the Total Consolidated Volume (“TCV”) in average daily volume to EDGA, they will be charged $0.00005 per share. TCV is defined (in proposed footnote 11) as volume reported by all exchanges and trade reporting facilities to the consolidated transaction reporting plans for Tapes A, B, and C securities for the month prior to the month in which the fees are calculated. So, when the calculation of TCV is done for March 2011 billing for February 2011 trading activity, the appropriate TCV is based on February 2011 figures.
Proposed Changes Associated With Routing to BATS BYX Exchange
Currently, the BY flag is yielded when an order is routed to BATS BYX Exchange and removes liquidity using order types ROUC and ROBY, as defined in Exchange Rules 11.9(b)(3)(a) and (g). The Exchange proposes to add footnote 12 to the fee schedule to describe that stocks priced below $1.00 will be charged $0.0010 per share. In addition, the Exchange proposes to increase the rebate from $0.0003 to $0.0004 when an order is routed to BATS BYX Exchange and removes liquidity.
EDGA Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to the Exchange fee schedule on March 1, 2011.
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, as 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.
The Exchange believes that the fee associated with the BY flag ($0.0010 per share) for stocks priced below $1 represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges since it reflects a pass through of the BATS fee for removing liquidity. EDGA believes that it is reasonable and equitable to pass on these fees to its members.
The proposed increased rebate when an order is routed to BATS BYX Exchange and removes liquidity (from $0.0003 to $0.0004 per share) is designed to incentivize Members to use this routing strategy to increase volume on EDGA. Such increased volume increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. These lower per share costs would allow the Exchange to pass on the savings to Members in the form an increased rebate. The increased liquidity also benefits all investors by deepening EDGA's liquidity pool, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection.
This proposed rate represents a discount over the pass through rate of $0.0003 per share currently provided. The Exchange also believes that this fee structure is an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges in that it applies uniformly to all Members and the increased rebate for removing liquidity from BATS is consistent with the processing of similar routing strategies by EDGA's competitors.
The Exchange believes that the new tier rate of $0.00005 per share for Members who on a daily basis, measured monthly, post 0.9% of the Total Consolidated Volume (“TCV”) in average daily volume to EDGA represents a fair and equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges as it is aimed at incentivizing liquidity for high volume providers, which results in increased volume on EDGA. Such increased volume increases potential revenue to the Exchange, and would allow the Exchange to spread its administrative and infrastructure costs over a greater number of shares, leading to lower per share costs. The decreased per share costs allows the Exchange to share its savings with its Members in Start Printed Page 13255the form of such lower tier rate. The increased liquidity also benefits all investors by deepening EDGA's liquidity pool, supporting the quality of price discovery, promoting market transparency and improving investor protection. Volume-based discounts such as the reduced execution fee proposed here have been widely adopted in the cash equities markets, and are equitable because they are open to all members on an equal basis and provide discounts that are reasonably related to the value to an exchange's market quality associated with higher levels of market activity, such as higher levels of liquidity provision and introduction of higher volumes of orders into the price and volume discovery processes.
In addition, the new tier rate is equitable in that higher fees on the Exchange are directly correlated with less stringent criteria. For example, the INET tiered fee, as indicated in footnote 7/flag 2, of $0.0030 per share has less stringent criteria, and is a higher fee than the new proposed fee. For example, based on average TCV for January 2011 (8.0 billion), in order for a Member to qualify for the INET fee of $0.0030, the Member would have to route to Nasdaq less than 5,000,000 shares of average daily volume. In order to qualify for the proposed lower fee of $0.00005 per share, which has more stringent criteria than the INET fee, the Member would have to post 72 million shares on EDGA (0.9% of TCV in average daily volume).
The Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. The proposed rule change reflects a competitive pricing structure designed to incent market participants to direct their order flow to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed rates are equitable in that they apply uniformly to all Members. The Exchange believes the fees and credits remain competitive with those charged by other venues and therefore continue to be reasonable and equitably allocated to Members.
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 rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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-EDGA-2011-06 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-EDGA-2011-06. 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 Web site viewing and printing 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 the 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 available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-EDGA-2011-06 and should be submitted on or before March 31, 2011.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Cathy H. Ahn,
3. A Member is any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange.Back to Citation
4. The Commission notes that the Exchange's proposed tier became effective with respect to trading activity taking place on or after the filing of the proposed rule change.Back to Citation
7. See BATS fee schedule: Discounted Destination Specific Routing (“One Under”) to NYSE, NYSE ARCA and NASDAQ. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62858, 75 FR 55838 (September 14, 2010) (SR-BATS-2010-023) (modifying the BATS fee schedule in order to amend the fees for its BATS + NYSE Arca destination specific routing option to continue to offer a “one under” pricing model).Back to Citation
10. The text of the proposed rule change is available on Exchange's Web site at http://www.directedge.com, on the Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov, at EDGA, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.Back to Citation
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