November 1, 2018.
Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that on October 23, 2018, Nasdaq ISE, LLC (“ISE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II 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 (a) relocate the ISE Schedule of Fees and current Rule 213 to the Exchange's rulebook's (“Rulebook”) shell structure,
and (b) make conforming cross-reference changes throughout the Rulebook.
The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's website at http://ise.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to relocate the entire ISE Schedule of Fees and Rule 213 to the Exchange's shell structure; specifically, the Exchange will relocate the aforementioned rules to the Options 7 (“Pricing Schedule”) section of the shell. In addition, the Exchange will make conforming cross-reference changes throughout the Rulebook.
(a) Relocation of Rules
As indicated, the Exchange, as part of its continued effort to promote efficiency and the conformity of its processes with those of the Affiliated Exchanges, and the goal of harmonizing and uniformizing its rules, proposes to relocate the Schedule of Fees and ISE Rule 213 under Options 7, Pricing Schedule, of the shell structure.Start Printed Page 55762
Therefore, to improve the readability of the relocated Pricing Schedule rules, the Exchange proposes to update their current “Preface” section and rename it “Section 1. General Provisions.”
Next, the Exchange proposes to mark current ISE Rule 213 as “Reserved” and relocate its contents and title (“Collection of Exchange Fees and Other Claims”) under Section 2 of the Options 7, Pricing Schedule.
ISE Rule 213 was added to the Rulebook to permit the Exchange the collection of undisputed or final fees, fines, charges and/or other monetary sanctions or other monies due and owing to the Exchange or other charges related to Rules 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, and 210.
The Exchange believes that, unlike other rules in Chapter 2 (“Organization and Administration”) of the Rulebook, which generally refer to the powers of the Board of Directors and the authority it delegates to Senior Management of the Exchange, the direct debit process established in Rule 213 will be better situated among the relocated rules of the Pricing Schedule.
The Exchange is also proposing to move all the remaining sections, I thorough IX, in the current Schedule of Fees, renumber them as provided in the table below, and add the word “Section” to each of their titles. Relatedly, the Exchange will update all references to the “Schedule of Fees” or “Fee Schedule” in the proposed rule text and replace them with the term “Pricing Schedule” where appropriate.
Finally, the Exchange will update all references to “NASDAQ” in proposed Section 8, I., of the Pricing Schedule with the word “Nasdaq,” to keep the proposed rule text consistent with changes to the names of the Affiliated Exchanges.
|Options 7—Pricing schedule (proposed)||Schedule of fees (current)|
|Section 1. General Provisions||PREFACE|
|Section 2. Collection of Exchange Fees and Other Claims||Rule 213. Collection of Exchange Fees and Other Claims.|
|Section 3. Regular Order Fees and Rebates||I. Regular Order Fees and Rebates.|
|Section 4. Complex Order Fees and Rebates||II. Complex Order Fees and Rebates.|
|Section 5. Index Options Fees and Rebates||III. Index Options Fees and Rebates.|
|Section 6. Other Options Fees and Rebates||IV. Other Options Fees and Rebates.|
|Section 7. Connectivity Fees||V. Connectivity Fees.|
|Section 8. Access Services||VI. Access Services.|
|Section 9. Legal & Regulatory||VII. Legal & Regulatory.|
|Section 10. Market Data||VIII. Market Data.|
|Section 11. Other Services||IX. Other Services.|
The relocation of the Pricing Schedule rules will facilitate the use of the Rulebook by Members 
of the Exchange, including those who are members of other Affiliated Exchanges, and other market participants. Moreover, the proposed changes are of a non-substantive nature and will not amend the relocated rules, other than make the updates previously explained.
(b) Cross-Reference Updates
In connection with the changes described above, the Exchange proposes to update all cross-references in the Rulebook that direct the reader to the current location of the Pricing Schedule rules and/or any of their subsections.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,
in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,
in particular, in that it is designed 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, by promoting efficiency and structural conformity of the Exchange's processes with those of the Affiliated Exchanges and to make the Exchange's Rulebook easier to read and more accessible to its Members and market participants. The Exchange believes that the relocation of the Pricing Schedule rules, updating the name “NASDAQ” to “Nasdaq,” and related cross-reference updates are of a non-substantive nature.
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 not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The proposed changes do not impose a burden on competition because, as previously stated, they (i) are of a non-substantive nature, (ii) are intended to harmonize the structure of the Exchange's rules with those of its Affiliated Exchanges, and (iii) are intended to organize the Rulebook in a way that it will ease the Members' and market participants' navigation and reading of the rules.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.
A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act 
normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) 
permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposed rule change may become operative upon filing. Waiver of the operative delay would allow the Exchange to promptly relocate the Pricing Schedule rules, which the Exchange believes will improve the Start Printed Page 55763organization and readability of the Exchange's Rulebook. The Commission believes that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Accordingly, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.
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 shall 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:
- 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-ISE-2018-89. 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 website (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 website 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. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2018-89, and should be submitted on or before November 28, 2018.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
[FR Doc. 2018-24310 Filed 11-6-18; 8:45 am]
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