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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fees Schedule

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Start Preamble April 7, 2015.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on March 27, 2015, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (the “Exchange” or “CBOE”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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 Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.com/​AboutCBOE/​CBOELegalRegulatoryHome.aspx), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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 Exchange 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 Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.Start Printed Page 19706

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

1. Purpose

The Exchange proposes to adopt a Trading Permit Holder Regulatory Fee of $90 per month, per Regular Trading Hours [3] (“RTH”) Trading Permit, applicable to all Trading Permit Holders (“TPHs”). Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to adopt this fee as the Exchange's regulatory costs have increased and in order to help more closely cover the costs of regulating all TPHs and performing regulatory responsibilities. The Exchange believes the proposed fee amount is modest, as well as reasonable for TPHs of all sizes. The Trading Permit Holder Regulatory Fee will be non-refundable and assessed through the integrated billing system during the first week of the following month. Additionally, the Exchange notes that if a Trading Permit is issued during a calendar month after the first trading day of the month, the Trading Permit Holder Regulatory Fee for the Trading Permit for that calendar month will be prorated based on the remaining trading days in the calendar month.

Finally, as noted above, the proposed fee is applicable during RTH only. As such, the Exchange proposes to remove “(Also applies to ETH)(37)” from the Regulatory Fees header and relocate that language next the “Options Regulatory Fee (“ORF”)” and “DPM's and Firm Designated Examining Authority Fee” so that it is clear which Regulatory fees are applicable during ETH. The Exchange notes that no substantive change is being made by this change. Rather, the Exchange believes this proposed rule change will maintain clarity in the Fees Schedule and avoid potential confusion.

The proposed rule change is to take effect on April 1, 2015.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”) and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.[4] Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[5] which provides that Exchange rules may provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its Trading Permit Holders and other persons using its facilities. Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) [6] requirement that the rules of an exchange not be designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers.

The Exchange believes the proposed fee change is reasonable because it is designed to recoup costs associated with performing its regulatory obligations with respect to TPHs. The proposed rule change will help the Exchange offset increased regulatory expenses, but not result in total regulatory revenue exceeding total regulatory costs. The Exchange believes it is equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it will apply to all TPHs. Additionally, the Exchange believes it is reasonable, equitable and not unfairly discriminatory to assess the fee per Trading Permit because there is generally a correlation between an increased number of Trading Permits and business on the Exchange, which in turn requires more resources to regulate that business. As such, the Exchange believes assessing this fee on a per Trading Permit basis is the most equitable method of assessing this fee.

The Exchange also believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(1) of the Act,[7] which provides that the Exchange be organized and have the capacity to be able to carry out the purposes of the Act and to enforce compliance by the Exchange's TPHs and persons associated with its TPHs with the Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and the rules of the Exchange. The proposed rule change is designed to fund the Exchange's regulatory program and to help more closely cover the costs of regulating TPHs for which the Exchange has a regulatory responsibility. Thus, the proposed changes will help the Exchange to enforce compliance of its TPHs with the Act and Exchange rules.

Finally, the Exchange believes the proposed change to relocate the language “(Also applies to ETH)(37)” makes clear to market participants which Regulatory fees apply during ETH and reduces potential confusion. The alleviation of potential confusion will remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, protect investors and the public interest.

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

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes any burden on competition imposed by the proposed rule change is outweighed by the need to help the Exchange to adequately fund its regulatory activities to ensure compliance with the Exchange Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change.

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 [8] and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 [9] 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission will institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved.

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 Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
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All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2015-032. 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-CBOE-2015-032 and should be submitted on or before May 4, 2015.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Brent J. Fields,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  Rule 1.1(qqq) defines “Regular Trading Hours” as the hours during which transactions in options may be made on the Exchange as set forth in Rule 6.1 (which hours are from 8:30 a.m. to either. 3:00 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Chicago time).

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