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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC; Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change To List and Trade Options on Certain iShares ETFs

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I. Introduction

On June 17, 2014, Miami International Securities Exchange LLC (“MIAX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to list and trade options on shares of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF, iShares MSCI Chile Capped ETF, iShares MSCI Peru Capped ETF, and iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF (collectively “iShares ETFs”). The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on July 3, 2014.[3] No comments were received on the proposed rule change. On August 13, 2014, the Commission extended the time period in which to either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed change, to October 1, 2014.[4] This order institutes proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.

II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change

The Exchange proposes to list for trading on the Exchange options on shares of the iShares ETFs. According to the Exchange, the iShares ETFs are registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940 as management investment companies designed to hold Start Printed Page 59339a portfolio of securities that track the MSCI Brazil 25/50 Index (“Brazil Index”), which consists of stocks traded primarily on BM&FBOVESPA; MSCI Chile Investable Market Index (IMI) 25/50 (“Chile Index”), which consists of stocks traded primarily on the Santiago Stock Exchange (“SSE”); MSCI All Peru Capped Index (“Peru Index”), which consists of stocks traded primarily on Bolsa de Valores de Lima (“BVL”); and MSCI Spain 25/50 Index (“Spain Index”), which consists of stocks traded primarily on Bolsa de Madrid (“BME”).[5]

MIAX Rule 402 establishes the Exchange's initial listing standards for equity options (the “Listing Standards”) that must be satisfied for the Exchange to list and trade options on the shares of open-end investment companies, such as the iShares ETFs.[6] Options on the iShares ETFs do not meet the Listing Standards. In particular, options on the iShares ETFs do not meet the requirement concerning the existence of a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement (“CSSA”) between MIAX and its foreign counterpart.[7] Accordingly, the Exchange may not list and trade options on the iShares ETFs.

According to the Exchange, it has attempted, but not entered into, CSSAs with the applicable foreign markets. In its proposal, the Exchange requested that the Commission allow the listing and trading of options on shares of the iShares ETFs without a CSSA. Instead, the Exchange proposes to rely on agreements between the Commission and the applicable foreign regulators. Specifically, the Exchange cited to the agreements between the Commission and the Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios (“CVM”),[8] which has responsibility for the Brazilian exchanges and over-the-counter markets; the Superintendencia de Valores y Seguros de Chile (“SVS”),[9] which has the responsibility for the Chilean securities markets; and the Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores (“CNMV”), which has the responsibility for the Spanish stock exchanges.[10] In addition, the Exchange noted that the Superintendencia del Mercado de Valores, which has responsibility for Peruvian stock exchanges, and the Commission are signatories to the International Organization of Securities Commissions Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding.

III. Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove SR-MIAX-2014-30 and Grounds for Disapproval Under Consideration

The Commission is instituting proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act [11] to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change, as discussed below. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described in greater detail below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide additional comment on the proposed rule change.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act,[12] the Commission is providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under consideration. The Commission is instituting proceedings to allow for additional analysis of, and input from commenters with respect to, the proposed rule change's consistency with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[13] which require that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed, among other things, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

IV. Procedure: Request for Written Comments

The Commission requests that interested persons provide written submissions of their views, data and arguments with respect to the concerns identified above, as well as any other concerns they may have with the proposed rule change. In particular, the Commission invites the written views of interested persons concerning whether the proposal is inconsistent with Section 6(b)(5) [14] or any other provision of the Act, or the rules and regulation thereunder. Although there do not appear to be any issues relevant to approval or disapproval which would be facilitated by an oral presentation of views, data, and arguments, the Commission will consider, pursuant to Rule 19b-4, any request for an opportunity to make an oral presentation.[15]

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments regarding whether the proposal should be approved or disapproved by October 22, 2014. Any person who wishes to file a rebuttal to any other person's submission must file that rebuttal by November 5, 2014. The Commission asks that commenters address the sufficiency and merit of the Exchange's statements in support of the proposed rule change, in addition to any other comments they may wish to submit about the proposed rule change.

Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-MIAX-2014-30. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your Start Printed Page 59340comments 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 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-MIAX-2014-30 and should be submitted on or before October 22, 2014. Rebuttal comments should be submitted by November 5, 2014.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[16]

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72492 (June 27, 2014), 79 FR 38099 (“Notice”). The Commission notes that MIAX also submitted a similar proposed rule change to list and trade options on shares of certain Market Vectors ETFs. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72777 (August 6, 2014), 79 FR 47165 (August 12, 2014) (MIAX-2014-39). The Commission is similarly instituting proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove that proposed rule change as well.

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72835 (August 13, 2014), 79 FR 49140 (August 19, 2014).

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5.  See Notice, supra note 3. Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (“MSCI”) created and maintains the Brazil Index, Chile Index, Peru Index, and Spain Index.

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6.  MIAX Rule 402(i) provides the Listing Standards for shares or other securities (“Exchange-Traded Fund Shares”) that are traded on a national securities exchange and are defined as an “NMS stock” under Rule 600 of Regulation NMS.

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7.  See MIAX Rule 402(i)(5)(ii)(B). This rule requires that “component securities of an index or portfolio of securities on which the Exchange Traded Fund Shares are based for which the primary market is in any one country that is not subject to a comprehensive surveillance agreement do not represent 20% or more of the weight of the index.”

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8.  See Notice, supra note 3 (citing to MOU with the CVM dated as of July 24, 2012).

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9.  See Notice, supra note 3 (citing to MOU with the SVS dated as of June 3, 1993).

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10.  See Notice, supra note 3 (citing to MOU with the CNMV dated as of July 22, 2013).

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12.  Id. Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Exchange Act also provides that proceedings to determine whether to disapprove a proposed rule change must be concluded within 180 days of the date of publication of notice of the filing of the proposed rule change. See id. The time for conclusion of the proceedings may be extended for up to 60 days if the Commission finds good cause for such extension and publishes its reasons for so finding. See id.

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15.  Section 19(b) (2) of the Act, as amended by the Securities Act Amendments of 1975, Pub. L. 94-29 (June 4, 1975), grants the Commission flexibility to determine what type of proceeding—either oral or notice and opportunity for written comments—is appropriate for consideration of a particular proposal by a self-regulatory organization. See Securities Act Amendments of 1975, Senate Comm. on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, S. Rep. No. 75, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 30 (1975).

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[FR Doc. 2014-23309 Filed 9-30-14; 8:45 am]

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