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Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Access Fees for Foreign Currency Options

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Start Preamble March 4, 2011.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on February 23, 2011, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (the “Exchange” or the “ISE”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change, as described in Items I and II 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 ISE is proposing to terminate an access fee charged to foreign currency (“FX”) options market makers. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's website (http://www.ise.com), at the principal office of the Exchange, on the Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.Start Printed Page 13253

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

1. Purpose

The purpose of this proposed rule change is to terminate an access fee charged by the Exchange to foreign currency (“FX”) options market makers. ISE currently charges FX options market makers an access fee of $500 per month. This fee was adopted by the Exchange on April 17, 2007 when ISE began trading FX options and was waived for six months in order to promote trading in what was then a new asset class at the Exchange.[3] The six month waiver terminated on October 17, 2007.[4] This fee has been charged by Exchange since that time and applies to both FX Primary Market Makers and FX Competitive Market Makers. In light of current market conditions and to lend continued support to these products, ISE proposes to eliminate the FX options access fee. ISE believes eliminating this fee will make FX options more competitive with World Currency Options, offered by NASDAQ OMX PHLX, Inc., [sic] which does not charge an access fee to its market makers. ISE further believes this fee change will potentially lead to greater interest by members to make markets in these products. At a minimum, the Exchange expects this proposed fee change will strengthen our current market makers' competitive position in these products.

The Exchange has designated this proposal to be operative 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,[5] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),[6] 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. The Exchange believes that eliminating the access fee will strengthen the competitive position of current FX options market makers. The Exchange also believes that the proposed rule change will generate interest by members to become market makers in FX options on the Exchange.

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)(A)(ii) of the Act.[7] 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • 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 No. SR-ISE-2011-12. 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 website 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 am and 3 pm. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of ISE. 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 No. SR-ISE-2011-12 and should be submitted on or before March 31, 2011.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Cathy H. Ahn,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55704 (May 3, 2007), 72 FR 26663 (May 10, 2007) (SR-ISE-2007-25).

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 56699 (October 24, 2007), 72 FR 61697 (October 31, 2007) (SR-ISE-2007-100).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 2011-5444 Filed 3-9-11; 8:45 am]

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