November 27, 2018.
Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”),
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
notice is hereby given that on November 13, 2018, Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or “EDGX”) 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
Cboe EDGX Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or “EDGX”) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change to modify certain Routing Fees.
The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange's website (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 parts of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule to amend pricing for orders routed to Cboe EDGA Exchange, Inc., (“EDGA”) for securities at or above $1.00, which yield fee codes A, I, RA and RR.
Particularly, as of November 1, 2018, EDGA implemented pricing changes for transactions that add and remove liquidity.
The filing generally proposes that orders that add liquidity will be assessed a fee of $0.00300 per share and orders that remove liquidity will be provided a rebate of $0.00240 per share. Based on the changes in pricing at EDGA, the Exchange proposes the pricing changes described below.
First, the Exchange notes that orders routed to EDGA using ALLB routing strategy (which yield fee code AA) and orders routed to EDGA using DIRC routing strategy (which yield fee code RR) are currently assessed $0.00030 per share. The Exchange proposes to eliminate this fee and instead provide a rebate of $0.00240 per share for these orders. Similarly, orders routed to EDGA (which yield fee code I) are currently assessed $0.00290 per share, but the Exchange proposes to eliminate the fee and instead provide a rebate of $0.00240 per share. Lastly, the Exchange notes that orders routed to EDGA that add liquidity (which yield fee code RA) are assessed $0.00030 per share. The Exchange proposes to increase the rate from $0.00030 per share to $0.00300 per share.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6 of the Act,
in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4),
in particular, as it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its Members and other persons using its facilities.
The Exchange believes the proposed changes are reasonable because they reflect a pass-through of the pricing changes by EDGA described above. The Exchange further believes the proposed fee change is non-discriminatory because it applies uniformly to all Members. The Exchange lastly notes that routing through the Exchange is voluntary and that it operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily direct order flow to competing venues or providers of routing services if they deem fee levels to be excessive.
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 Exchange believes the proposed routing fee changes will not impose an undue burden on competition because the Exchange will uniformly assess the affected routing fees on all Members. Start Printed Page 62395Additionally, Members may opt to disfavor the Exchange's pricing if they believe that alternatives offer them better value or if they view the proposed fee as excessive. The Exchange also notes the proposed changes to the EDGA-related routing fees are meant to pass through the fees and rebates associated with executing orders on that market, and is therefore not designed to have any significant impact on competition. Further, excessive fees for participation would serve to impair an exchange's ability to compete for order flow and members rather than burdening competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any written comments from members or other 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) of the Act 
and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 
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:
- 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-CboeEDGX-2018-055. 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 submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CboeEDGX-2018-055 and should be submitted on or before December 24, 2018.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
[FR Doc. 2018-26144 Filed 11-30-18; 8:45 am]
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