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Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on September 30, 2013, EDGA Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or “EDGA”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III 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 Exchange proposes to amend its fees and rebates applicable to Members  of the Exchange pursuant to EDGA Rule 15.1(a) and (c) (“Fee Schedule”) to decrease the rebate for orders yielding Flag RZ. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Internet Web site at www.directedge.com, at the Exchange's principal office, and at the Public Reference Room of 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 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to decrease the rebate for orders yielding Flag RZ. In securities priced at or above $1.00, the Exchange currently provides a rebate of $0.0025 per share for Members' orders that yield Flag RZ, which routes to the BATS Exchange Inc. (“BATS”) and adds liquidity. The Exchange proposes to amend its Fee Schedule to decrease this rebate to $0.0020 per share for Members' orders that yield Flag RZ. The proposed change represents a pass through of the rate that Direct Edge ECN LLC (d/b/a DE Route) (“DE Route”), the Exchange's affiliated routing broker-dealer, is rebated for routing orders to BATS when it does not qualify for a volume tiered rebate. When DE Route routes to BATS, it is rebated a standard rate of $0.0020 per share. DE Route will pass through this rate on BATS to the Exchange and the Exchange, in turn, will pass through this rate to its Members. The Exchange notes that the proposed change is in response to BATS's October 2013 fee change where BATS decreased the rebate it provides its customers, such as DE Route, from a rebate of $0.0025 per share to a rebate of $0.0020 per share that are routed to BATS.
The Exchange proposes to implement these amendments to its Fee Schedule on October 1, 2013.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the objectives of Section 6 of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4), in particular, as 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 its proposal to decrease the pass through rebate for Members' orders that yield Flag RZ from $0.0025 to $0.0020 per share represents an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among Members and other persons using its facilities because the Exchange does not levy additional fees or offer additional rebates for orders that it routes to BATS through DE Route. Prior to BATS's October 2013 fee change, BATS provided DE Route a rebate of $0.0025 per share for orders yielding Flag RZ, which DE Route passed through to the Exchange and the Exchange passed through to its Members. In October 2013, BATS decreased the standard rebate it provides its customers, such as DE Route, from a rebate of $0.0025 per share to a rebate of $0.0020 per share for orders that are routed to BATS. Therefore, the Exchange believes that the proposed change in Flag RZ from a rebate of $0.0025 per share to a rebate of $0.0020 per share is equitable and reasonable because it accounts for the pricing changes on BATS. In addition, the proposal allows the Exchange to continue to charge its Members a pass-through rate for orders that are routed to BATS. The Exchange notes that routing through DE Route is voluntary. Lastly, the Exchange also believes that the proposed amendment is non-discriminatory because it applies uniformly to all Members.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
These proposed rule changes do not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that any of these changes represent a significant departure from previous pricing offered by the Exchange or pricing offered by the Exchange's competitors. Additionally, Members may opt to disfavor EDGA's pricing if they believe that alternatives offer them better value. Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed changes will impair the ability of Members or competing venues to maintain their competitive standing in the financial markets.
The Exchange believes that its proposal to pass through a rebate of $0.0020 per share for Members' orders that yield Flag RZ would increase intermarket competition because it offers customers an alternative means to route to BATS for the same price as entering orders on BATS directly. The Exchange believes that its proposal would not burden intramarket Start Printed Page 62855competition because the proposed rate would apply uniformly to all Members.
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) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder. 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.
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:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-EDGA-2013-30 on the subject line.
- 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-EDGA-2013-30. 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 the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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-EDGA-2013-30 and should be submitted on or before November 12, 2013.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
3. The term “Member” is defined as “any registered broker or dealer, or any person associated with a registered broker or dealer, that has been admitted to membership in the Exchange. A Member will have the status of a “member” of the Exchange as that term is defined in Section 3(a)(3) of the Act.” See Exchange Rule 1.5(n).Back to Citation
4. The Exchange notes that to the extent DE Route does or does not achieve any volume tiered discount on BATS, its rate for Flag RZ will not change.Back to Citation
5. See BATS Exchange Pricing Effective October 1, 2013, http://cdn.batstrading.com/resources/fee_schedule/2013/BATS-BZX-Exchange-Pricing-Effective-October-1-2013.pdf (offering a standard, non-tiered rebate of $0.0020 per share).Back to Citation
8. See BATS Exchange Pricing Effective October 1, 2013, http://cdn.batstrading.com/resources/fee_schedule/2013/BATS-BZX-Exchange-Pricing-Effective-October-1-2013.pdf (offering a standard, non-tiered rebate of $0.0020 per share).Back to Citation
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