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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Regarding Modifications to Its OTC IRS Fee Schedule

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Start Preamble October 29, 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 October 20, 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 primarily prepared by CME. CME filed the proposal pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,[3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [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. More specifically, the proposed rule changes would modify the fee schedule applicable to its over-the-counter (“OTC”) interest rate swap (“IRS”) 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 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 derivatives clearing organization with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and currently offers clearing services for many different futures and swaps products. With this filing, CME proposes to modify the fee schedule (the “Fee Schedule”) that applies to OTC IRS cleared at CME.

The propose fee changes relate to back-loaded trades submitted by IRS Clearing Members. The proposed changes are limited to the current CME OTC Interest Rate Swaps IRS Clearing Member Fee Schedule and would not impact the corresponding OTC IRS Customer Fee Schedule. The proposed modifications would simply make amendments to certain exceptions that apply to the basic transaction fee charged to IRS Clearing Members for OTC IRS. Currently, transaction fees are eligible for waiver on all back-loaded trades, which are defined as trades “where the Trade Date is prior to the Cleared Date”—the amendments would change this definition so that backloaded trades for these purposes would instead be defined as trades where the Trade Date is at least five days prior to the Cleared Date. In addition, the amendments would make clear that transaction fees will be waived on all trades executed to facilitate client terminations, defined as where the Effective Date is no more than the Standard Day Offset for that currency denomination after the Trade Date, rather than Cleared Date.

The changes that are described in this filing impact fees that are limited to CME's business as a derivatives clearing organization 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 fee changes would become effective immediately but would be operationalized on November 1, 2014. CME notes that it has already submitted the proposed rule changes that are the subject of this filing to its primary regulator, the CFTC, in CME Submission 14-442.

CME believes the proposed rule changes are consistent with the requirements of the Exchange Act including Section 17A of the Exchange Act.[5] More specifically, the proposed rule changes establish or change a member due, fee or other charge Start Printed Page 65464imposed by CME under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) [6] of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [7] thereunder. CME believes that the proposed fee change is consistent with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules and regulations thereunder and, in particular, to 17A(b)(3)(D),[8] because the proposed fee changes apply equally to all OTC IRS Clearing Members at CME and therefore the proposed changes provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among participants. CME also notes that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct business to competing venues. For these reasons, the proposed changes are appropriately filed pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) [9] of the Act and paragraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.[10]

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 change to the definition of a back-loaded trade for purposes of establishing a fee waiver that applies equally to all IRS Clearing Members at CME. Back-loaded transactions will now be defined as where the trade date for the transaction is at least five days prior to the cleared date and, thus, by definition, are transactions which have already occurred well before clearing. Back-loaded transactions promote the general goal of increasing central clearing of OTC derivatives products. Further, OTC IRS are swaps under the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC, and, as such, these proposed fee changes do not affect the security-based swap clearing activities of CME in any way and therefore do not impose any burden on competition that is inappropriate 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

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)(2) 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 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CME-2014-44. 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/​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-2014-44 and should be submitted on or before November 25, 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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[FR Doc. 2014-26126 Filed 11-3-14; 8:45 am]

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