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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Provide Legal Certainty for the Trading of Futures on the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index

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Start Preamble April 7, 2011.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on March 25, 2011, The Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by OCC. OCC filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act [2] and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) [3] thereunder so that the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the rule change from interested parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The proposed rule change will provide legal certainty for the trading of futures on the CBOE Gold ETF Volatility Index (“GVZ Index”).

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[4]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of this proposed rule change is to make clear that OCC will clear futures on the GVZ Index as security futures. OCC is proposing to add an interpretation to Article XII, Section 1 of OCC's By-Laws.

The GVZ Index is described by the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (“CFE”) as an up-to-the-minute market estimate of the expected volatility of SPDR Gold Shares (“GLD”) calculated by using real-time bid/ask quotes of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated listed GLD options.[5] CFE states that the GVZ Index uses nearby and second nearby options with at least 8 days left to expiration and then weights them to yield a constant, 30-day measure of the expected (implied) volatility.

In its capacity as a “derivatives clearing organization” registered as such with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), OCC is concurrently submitting this rule filing to the CFTC pursuant to the self-certification procedures of CFTC Regulation 40.6.

OCC believes that the proposed rule change and interpretation of OCC's By-Laws is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act [6] Start Printed Page 20780and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to OCC because it is designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of transactions in security futures, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in the clearance and settlement of such transactions, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a national system for the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of such transactions, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. It accomplishes this purpose by clarifying the jurisdiction under, and capacity in which, OCC clears futures on the GVZ Index. The proposed rule change is not inconsistent with the By-Laws and Rules of OCC.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact or impose any burden on competition.

(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. OCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by OCC.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) [8] thereunder because the proposed rule change constitutes a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the 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:

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 Number SR-OCC-2011-04. 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 such filings also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC's Web site at http://www.optionsclearing.com/​components/​docs/​legal/​rules_​and_​bylaws/​sr_​occ_​11_​04.pdf.

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-OCC-2011-04 and should be submitted on or before May 4, 2011.

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For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9

Cathy H. Ahn,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i).

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4.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by OCC.

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5.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-64152 (March 30, 2011).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i).

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[FR Doc. 2011-8801 Filed 4-12-11; 8:45 am]

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