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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fees Schedule

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Start Preamble November 28, 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 November 15, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the “Exchange” or “CBOE”) 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 Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

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

The Exchange proposes to amend its Fees Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/​legal), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission.

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

1. Purpose

The Floor Broker Workstation (“FBW”) is a system for electronically entering and managing orders on the Exchange floor. The Exchange has improved the functionality of the FBW to provide a new “Market Access Controls Window” (the “Window”) that will display for each “FBW aggregation group” [3] values for each of the following access-based controls: Per Order Controls, which include values for (a) quantity of contracts per order, (b) premium amount per order, (c) number of identical orders, and (d) frequency of order entry (count and timeframe); and Aggregate Controls, which include actual and predictive values for (1) premium amount per day, (2) quantity of contracts per day, and (3) the number of orders with a status of “working”. The Window will be an optional feature of FBW and will be provided to each CBOE Trading Permit Holder (“TPH”) that requests the Window (a “Requesting TPH”).

The Exchange proposes to charge a Requesting TPH $100 per Login ID per month. There will be a cap of $2,000 per month for any Requesting TPH. Therefore, any TPH that requests access to the FBW Market Access Controls Window for more than 20 login IDs will not be required to pay more than $2,000 per month for such access. The purpose of the proposed fee is to recoup costs involved in providing the Window, which is licensed from an outside vendor.

The proposed rule change filing is to take effect December 1, 2011.

2. Statutory Basis

The proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,[4] in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4) [5] of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among CBOE Trading Permit Holders and other persons using Exchange facilities, and the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) [6] of the Act in particular in that it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that the amount of the proposed fee is reasonable because it is within the range of fees assessed by the Exchange for the use of other trading floor terminal functionalities [7] and because that amount is necessary to recoup costs involved in providing the Window, which is licensed from an outside vendor. The Exchange believes the proposed fee is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because the fee would be optional and would be applied uniformly to all CBOE Trading Permit Holders that use the Window.

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

CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition 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

The proposed rule change is designated by the Exchange as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge, thereby qualifying for effectiveness on filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [8] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [9] thereunder. 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-CBOE-2011-109. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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 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 offices of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does Start Printed Page 75586not 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-CBOE-2011-109, and should be submitted on or before December 23, 2011.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  An FBW aggregation group is a grouping of FBW users within a CBOE Trading Permit Holder firm. Each FBW user has an FBW Login ID.

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7.  See Exchange Fees Schedule, Section 8(F)(10).

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[FR Doc. 2011-30994 Filed 12-1-11; 8:45 am]

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