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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Changes Making Changes in the Position Limits and Accountability Levels of CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts

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Start Preamble May 6, 2014.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act” or “Exchange Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 22, 2014, 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 by CME. CME filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)(ii) [4] thereunder, so that the proposal was effective upon filing with the Commission. 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

CME is filing proposed rule changes that are limited to its business as a derivatives clearing organization (“DCO”). More specifically, the proposed rule changes contain amendments to position limits and position accountability levels of certain CME Cleared Over-the-Counter Foreign Exchange Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts.

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 Start Printed Page 27011the 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 IV 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 the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

CME is registered as a DCO with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and offers clearing services for many different futures and swaps products. The proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing are limited to CME's business as a DCO offering clearing services for CFTC-regulated swaps products.

CME currently lists 73 foreign exchange futures contracts and 31 companion option contracts for trading via open outcry and CME Globex and for submission for clearing through CME ClearPort. In addition, CME lists certain cleared-only OTC FX contracts on 38 different currency pairs. These CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts are non-deliverable foreign currency forward contracts and, as such, are considered to be “swaps” under applicable regulatory definitions.[5] CME currently aggregates the position limits/accountability levels of exchange-traded FX futures and options with the position limits/accountability levels of cleared only OTC FX products on the same currency pair.

The proposed rule changes make amendments to the Position Limit, Position Accountability and Reportable Level Table and Header Notes located in the Interpretations and Special Notices Section of Chapter 5 of the CME Rulebook. The amendments reflect changes in the position limits and accountability levels of CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts. The proposed amendments would establish independent position accountability levels for all CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts that will be distinct from the position limits and position accountability levels of the Exchange's FX futures and options contracts, which shall remain unchanged. In addition, the amendments provide that CME will group Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts for the same currency pair as a single product group. For each OTC FX currency pair, CME will define position accountability on an “all months combined futures-equivalent contract” basis and spot or single month position accountability for CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts will cease to exist. Lastly, CME will aggregate and net position accountability levels for each OTC FX currency pair by trading account holder.

The changes that are described in this filing are limited to CME's business as a DCO clearing products under the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC and do not materially impact CME's security-based swap clearing business in any way. The changes will be effective on filing. CME notes that it 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 a separate filing, CME Submission No. 14-103R. The text of the CME proposed rule amendments is attached, with additions underlined 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.[6] CME is amending the CME Rulebook to establish independent position accountability levels for all CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts that will be distinct from the position limits and position accountability levels of the Exchange's FX futures and options contracts and to provide that CME will group CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts for the same currency pair as a single product group. CME will also aggregate and net position accountability levels for each OTC FX currency pair by trading account holder under the proposed changes. The proposed changes will enhance CME's self-regulatory function and as such are designed to promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivatives agreements, contracts, and transactions, to assure the safeguarding of securities and funds which are in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Exchange Act.[7]

Furthermore, the proposed changes are limited in their effect to products offered under CME's authority to act as a DCO. The products that are the subject of this filing are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC. As such, the proposed CME changes are limited to CME's activities as a DCO clearing swaps that are not security-based swaps and forwards that are not security forwards; CME notes that the policies of the CFTC with respect to administering the Commodity Exchange Act 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.

Because the proposed changes are limited in their effect to OTC FX products offered under CME's authority to act as a DCO, the proposed changes are properly classified as effecting a change in an existing service of CME that:

(a) Primarily affects the clearing operations of CME with respect to products that are not securities, including futures that are not security futures, swaps that are not security-based swaps or mixed swaps; and forwards that are not security forwards; and

(b) Does not significantly affect any securities clearing operations of CME or any rights or obligations of CME with respect to securities clearing or persons using such securities-clearing service.

As such, the changes are therefore consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Exchange Act [8] and are properly filed under Section 19(b)(3)(A) [9] and Rule 19b-4(f)(4)(ii) [10] thereunder.

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. The proposed changes simply establish independent position accountability levels for all CME Cleared OTC FX Spot, Forward and Swap Contracts that will be distinct from the position limits and position accountability levels of the Exchange's FX futures and options contracts.Start Printed Page 27012

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

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) [11] of the Act and paragraph (f)(4)(ii) of Rule 19b-4 [12] 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 Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CME-2014-16. 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 or 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/​rule-filings.html.

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-2014-16 and should be submitted on or before June 2, 2014.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[13]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

4.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(4)(ii).

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5.  See Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission Joint Final Rule Defining “Swap,” “Security-Based Swap,” and “Security-Based Swap Agreement”; Mixed Swaps; Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping; Final Rule, 77 FR 48207, 48255 (August 13, 2012).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).

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10.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(4)(ii).

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12.  17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(4)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 2014-10770 Filed 5-9-14; 8:45 am]

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