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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fee Schedule Applicable to OTC S&P GSCI-ER Swaps Contracts

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May 8, 2012.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 [2] thereunder, notice is hereby given that on April 25, 2012, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (“CME”) 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 CME. CME filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) [3] of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [4] thereunder, so that the proposed rule change was effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

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

CME is proposing to amend the fee schedule that currently applies to its OTC S&P GSCI-ER swaps clearing offering.

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

In its filing with the Commission, CME 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. CME has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[5]

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

CME currently offers clearing for certain OTC swap products. CME proposes to change the fee structure for cleared swap contracts in S&P GSCI-ER, S&P GSCI Gold ER, S&P GSCI Crude Oil ER, S&P GSCI-ER 2 Month Forward and S&P GSCI ER 3 Month Forward. As the proposed changes relate to fees, they became effective when they were filed on April 25, 2012. CME applied the new fee structure, however, only to contract months with a trade date of May 1, 2012 or later.

Currently, fees for these OTC swap products are assessed as a portion (.0005 annually) of the notional value of the open positions in the contracts. This contrasts with the flat fees CME charges on futures and options on futures products. CME believes the marketplace would prefer a fee structure for OTC swap products that charges fees on a per contract basis. This type of fee structure is also easier to support from an operational standpoint. CME expects this change will attract additional interest and liquidity in these products.

CME has also certified the proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), in CME Submission 12-119.

The proposed CME rule amendments establish or change a member due, fee or other charge imposed by CME under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder. CME believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, particularly, Section 17A(b)(3)(D),[6] in that the proposed rule change provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among participants. CME notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct business to competing venues.

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

CME does not believe 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

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. CME will notify the Commission of any written comments received by CME.

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

The foregoing proposed rule change was filed pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) [7] of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [8] thereunder, and thus became effective upon filing because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge applicable only to a member. At any time within 60 days after 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 may be submitted by using the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml), or by sending an email to rule-comment@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR-CME-2012-14 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-2012-14. 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, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CME, and on CME's Web site at http://www.cmegroup.com/market-regulation/files/SEC_19b-4_12-14.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-CME-2012-14 and should be submitted on or before June 4, 2012.

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

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

Footnotes

3.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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5.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by CME.

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6.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(D).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 2012-11532 Filed 5-11-12; 8:45 am]

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