December 14, 2018.
On April 16, 2018, NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Exchange” or “NYSE Arca”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,
a proposed rule change to amend the listing requirements applicable to the shares (“Shares”) of the Natixis Loomis Sayles Short Duration Income ETF (“Fund”). The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 3, 2018.
On June 5, 2018, the Commission extended the time period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change to August 1, 2018.
On June 6, 2018, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change, which replaced and superseded the proposed rule change as originally filed. On July 27, 2018, the Commission noticed filing of Amendment No. 1 and instituted proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.
On July 27, 2018, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,
the Commission designated a longer period within which to issue an order approving or disapproving the proposed rule change.
On December 6, 2018, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change, which replaced and superseded the proposed rule change as modified by Amendment No. 1.
On October 22, Start Printed Page 653872018, the Commission extended the time period for Commission action to December 29, 2018.
The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. This order approves the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 2.
II. Description of the Proposal 11
Pursuant to Commentary .01 to NYSE Arca Rule 8.600-E,
the Exchange listed and began trading the Shares on December 28, 2017. The Shares are offered by Natixis ETF Trust (“Trust”), which is registered as an open-end management investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”).
Natixis Advisors, L.P. (“Adviser”) is the investment adviser for the Fund. Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. is the Fund's sub-adviser (“Sub-Adviser”). The Fund's investment objective is current income consistent with preservation of capital. The Exchange filed this proposed rule change because the Fund would like to invest in assets that may not satisfy all of the requirements of Commentary .01 to NYSE Arca Rule 8.600-E, as discussed further below.
A. The Fund's Contemplated Investments
While the Fund may hold any portion of its assets in cash (U.S. dollars, foreign currencies or multinational currency units) and/or cash equivalents, under normal market conditions,
the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in the following:
- U.S. Government Securities, including U.S. Treasury Bills, U.S. Treasury Notes and Bonds, U.S. Treasury Floating Rate Notes, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, and obligations of U.S. agencies or instrumentalities (e.g., “Ginnie Maes”, “Fannie Maes” and “Freddie Macs”);
- agency and non-agency asset-backed securities (“ABS”); 
- U.S. dollar-denominated foreign securities, including emerging market securities;
- Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Securities;
- junior and senior loans; 
- bank loans, loan participations and assignments;
- agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities (“MBS”); 
- zero coupon and pay-in-kind securities;
- corporate bonds;
- Non-US government securities, supranational entities obligations issued by foreign governments, or international agencies and instrumentalities;
- inflation-linked and inflation-indexed securities;
- money market instruments; 
- mortgage-related securities (such as Government National Mortgage Association or Federal National Mortgage Association certificates);
- mortgage dollar rolls;
- variable and floating rate securities;
- Rule 144A securities;
- taxable municipal securities;
- step-coupon securities; and
- stripped securities (collectively, “Fixed Income Securities”).
Additionally, under normal market conditions,
the Fund may invest its remaining assets in the following:
- short sales of Fixed Income Securities;
- exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) 
and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”); 
- the following swaps: Interest rate, credit default, credit default swaps index (“CDX”), commodity, equity-linked, fixed income, credit default, credit-linked and currency exchange swaps or an index or indexes of the foregoing;
- the following options: U.S. exchange-traded and over-the-counter (“OTC”) options on Fixed Income Securities, domestic and foreign equity and fixed income indices, CDX, U.S. Treasury futures contracts, interest rates and currencies;
- futures on Fixed Income Securities, domestic and foreign equity and fixed income indices, interest rates and CDX; and
- shares of non-exchange-traded open-end investment company securities.
B. The Contemplated Investments' Possible Non-Compliance With the Generic Listing Requirements
The Exchange filed this proposed rule change to allow the Fund's portfolio to not satisfy the two “generic” listing criteria of Commentary .01 to NYSE Arca Rule 8.600-E going forward.
First, as noted above, the Fund desires to invest in non-exchange traded investment company securities (e.g., mutual fund shares). Such shares, which could comprise at most up to 20% of the Fund's net assets, would not satisfy the requirements of Commentary .01(a)(1) to Rule 8.600-E.
According to Start Printed Page 65388the Exchange, the Fund would utilize such investments to help the Fund meet its investment objective and to equitize cash in the short term.
Second, the Fund seeks to modify the limit on non-agency, non-government-sponsored entity (“GSE”) and privately-issued mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities. Instead, of the 20% limit in Commentary .01(b)(5),
the Exchange proposes that up to 30% of the weight of the Fixed Income Securities portion of the Fund's portfolio consist of non-agency, non-GSE and privately-issued mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities, provided that: (1) Up to 25% of such weight may be in ABS, provided that up to 5% of the weight of its Fixed Income Securities investments may be in CBOs, CLOs and CDOs, in the aggregate; (2) up to 15% of its Fixed Income Securities investments may be in MBS, including CMOs but excluding CMBS; and (3) up to 15% of its Fixed Income Securities investments may be in CMBS. The Exchange asserts that these limits would provide additional diversification to the Fund's ABS and MBS investments and reduce concerns that the Fund's investment in such securities would be readily susceptible to market manipulation. According to the Adviser, permitting such investments: (1) Would be in the best interest of the Fund's shareholders because such investments have the potential to reduce the overall risk profile of the Fund's portfolio through diversification; and (2) would afford the Fund greater flexibility to invest in the most liquid available Fixed Income Securities issues.
The Exchange would require the Shares to satisfy all the other requirements of Rule 8.600-E.
III. Discussion and Commission Findings
After careful review, the Commission finds that the Exchange's proposal to amend the listing requirements applicable to the Shares is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 2, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,
which requires, among other things, that the Exchange's rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 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.
As mentioned above, the Shares would continue to satisfy all of the generic listing criteria except for the requirements of Commentary .01(b)(5) to NYSE Arca Rule 8.600-E,
and Commentary .01(a)(1)(A) through (E) to Rule 8.600-E.
The Commission believes that permitting the Fund to invest up to 20% of its net assets in non-exchange traded investment company securities would not render the Shares susceptible to manipulation. The Commission has previously approved listing rules for other series of Managed Fund Shares that permit investments in such securities.
With respect to the proposed 30% limit on non-agency, non-GSE and privately-issued mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities, the Commission believes that the proposed sub-limits described above, are sufficient to diversify the Fund's portfolio of such securities and mitigate manipulation concerns. The Commission notes that it recently approved a similar limit for an issue of Managed Fund Shares permitted to invest in fixed income securities.
In support of this proposal, the Exchange has also made the following representations:
(1) The Fund will only purchase U.S. dollar denominated non-agency ABS and MBS that are settled through DTC.
(2) All statements and representations made in this filing regarding (a) the description of the portfolio, (b) limitations on portfolio holdings or reference assets, or (c) the applicability of Exchange listing rules specified in this rule filing shall constitute continued listing requirements for listing the Shares on the Exchange.
(3) The issuer will advise the Exchange of any failure by the Fund to comply with the continued listing requirements, and, pursuant to its obligations under Section 19(g)(1) of the Act, the Exchange will monitor for compliance with the continued listing requirements. If the Fund is not in compliance with the applicable listing requirements, the Exchange will commence delisting procedures under NYSE Arca Rule 5.5(m)-E.
(4) The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Shares during all trading sessions.
(5) The Exchange has in place surveillance procedures that are adequate to properly monitor trading in the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and federal securities laws applicable to trading on the Exchange.
(6) For continued listing, the Fund will be in compliance with Rule 10A-3 under the Act, as provided by NYSE Arca Rule 5.3-E.
This approval order is based on all of the Exchange's representations, including those set forth above and in the Amendment No. 2.
For the foregoing reasons, the Commission finds that the proposed Start Printed Page 65389rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 2, is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 
and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,
that the proposed rule change (SR-NYSEArca-2018-25), as modified by Amendment No. 2, be, and it hereby is, approved.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
[FR Doc. 2018-27509 Filed 12-19-18; 8:45 am]
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