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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Accept Additional Credit Default Index Swaps for Clearing

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Start Preamble September 22, 2011.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on September 9, 2011, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (“CME”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change described in Items I and II below, which items have been prepared primarily by CME. The Commission is publishing this Notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The text of the proposed rule change is below. Italicized text indicates additions; bracketed text indicates deletions.

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. Rulebook

Rule 100—80203—No Change.

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CME Chapter 802 Rules: Appendix 1

Appendix 1

CDX Indices

CDX IndexSeriesTermination date (scheduled termination)
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1020 Jun 2013.
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20 Jun 2015.
20 Jun 2018.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1120 Dec 2011.
20 Dec 2013.
20 Dec 2015.
20 Dec 2018.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1220 Jun 2012.
20 Jun 2014.
20 Jun 2016.
20 Jun 2019.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1320 Dec 2012.
20 Dec 2014.
20 Dec 2016.
20 Dec 2019.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1420 Jun 2013.
20 Jun 2015.
20 Jun 2017.
20 Jun 2020.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1520 Dec 2013.
20 Dec 2015.
20 Dec 2017.
20 Dec 2020.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1620 Jun 2014.
20 Jun 2016.
20 Jun 2018.
20 Jun 2021.
CDX North America Investment Grade (CDX.NA.IG)1720 Dec 2014.
20 Dec 2016.
20 Dec 2018.
20 Dec 2021.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1120 Dec 2013.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1220 Jun 2014.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1320 Dec 2014.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1420 Jun 2015.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1520 Dec 2015.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1620 Jun 2016.
CDX North America High Yield (CDX.NA.HY)1720 Dec 2016.
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Rule 80301-End—No change.

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

In its filing with the Commission, CME included statements concerning the purpose 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 III below. CME 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 Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

CME offers clearing services for certain credit default swap index products. Currently, CME offers clearing for Markit CDX North American Investment Grade Index Series 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 and will offer Series 17 on September 20, 2011. The proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing are intended to expand CME's credit default swap index product offering by adding clearing for Markit CDX North American High Yield Index Series 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

CME notes that it has also submitted the proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”). The text of the CME proposed rule amendments is included above, with additions italicized and deletions in brackets.

CME believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange Act. CME notes that the proposed rule changes involve the addition of new CFTC-regulated swaps for clearing and therefore are primarily related to CME's swaps clearing activities pursuant to its registration as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). CME further notes that the policies of the CEA with respect to clearing are comparable to a number of the policies underlying the Exchange Act, such as promoting market transparency for over-the-counter derivatives markets, promoting the prompt and accurate clearance of transactions and protecting investors and the public interest. The proposed rule changes accomplish those objectives by offering investors clearing for an expanded range of credit default swap products based on broad-based indexes.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

CME does not believe that the proposed rule change will have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition.Start Printed Page 60112

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

CME has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments regarding this proposed rule change. CME has not received any unsolicited written comments from interested parties.

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

Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) As the Commission may designate 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 or disapprove 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:

  • Electronic comments may be submitted by using the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/​rules/​sro.shtml), or send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR-CME-2011-07 on the subject line.
  • Paper comments should be sent 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-CME-2011-07. 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 filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CME. 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-CME-2011-07 and should be submitted on or before October 19, 2011.

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For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[3]

Elizabeth M. Murphy,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

[FR Doc. 2011-24864 Filed 9-27-11; 8:45 am]

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