Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
This is a proposed rule change to: (1) Expand Nasdaq's program for sharing market data revenue with NASD members; (2) reduce the charge for automated give-up ("AGU") trade reports submitted to Nasdaq's Automated Confirmation Transaction Service ("ACT"); and (3) delete the fee schedule for the ReSource Service, a service that Nasdaq had proposed to assist NASD member market centers in meeting their reporting obligations under Rule 11Ac1-5,
(a) (1) No change.
(2) Market Data Revenue Sharing
(A) For a pilot period [commencing on February 1, 2002 and] lasting until October 31, 2002, NASD members shall receive a market data revenue sharing credit. The total credit shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:
(B) Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to this Rule:
(i) "Eligible Revenue" shall mean:
a. the portion of the net distributable revenues that Nasdaq, through the NASD, is eligible to receive under the Nasdaq UTP Plan, that is attributed to the Nasdaq Level 1 Service for Eligible Securities, minus
b. the portion of the fee charged to Nasdaq by NASD Regulation, Inc. for regulatory services allocated to the Nasdaq Level 1 Service for Eligible Securities.
(ii) "Eligible Securities" shall mean all Nasdaq National Market securities and any other security that meets the definition of "Eligible Security" in the Nasdaq UTP Plan.
(iii) "Member's Volume Percentage" shall mean the average of:
a. the percentage derived from dividing the total number of trades in Eligible Securities [conducted on non-Nasdaq transaction systems] that the member reports in accordance with NASD trade reporting rules to the Automated Confirmation Transaction Service ("ACT") by the total number of trades in Eligible Securities reported to ACT by NASD members, and
b. the percentage derived from dividing the total number of shares represented by trades in Eligible Securities [conducted on non-Nasdaq transaction systems] that the member reports in accordance with NASD trade reporting rules to ACT by the total number of shares represented by all trades in Eligible Securities reported to ACT by NASD members.
(iv) "Nasdaq UTP Plan" shall mean the Joint Self-Regulatory Plan Governing the Collection, Consolidation and Dissemination of Quotation and Transaction Information for Nasdaq-Listed Securities Traded on Exchanges on an Unlisted Trading Privilege Basis.
(b)--(f) No change.
(g) Automated Confirmation Transaction Service.
The following charges shall be paid by the participant for use of the Automated Confirmation Transaction Service (ACT):
(h)--(p) No change.
[(q) Nasdaq ReSource
[(1)(A) Subscribers to the Nasdaq ReSource
[(B) During the first year of the Resource
[(C) Members that subscribe to the Resource
[(D) Beginning in July of 2002, and on an annual basis thereafter, Nasdaq will review each subscriber's average monthly trading volume and assign the subscriber to one of the tiers listed in paragraph (A) above based on their average monthly trading volume reported to the tape, during the preceding six month period, in Nasdaq National Market securities for which the subscriber is registered as a market maker.]
[(2)(A) Activation Fees and Annual Subscription Fees shall be as follows:]
[(B) The Activation Fee shall be billed after execution of the Addendum to Nasdaq Workstation II Subscriber Agreement for Nasdaq Resource
[(C) The Annual Subscription Fee shall be charged after execution of the Agreement, and at the beginning of each Subscription Year thereafter. A "Subscription Year" shall mean a 12-month period from August 1st to July 31st. The Annual Subscription Fee will be pro-rated on a monthly basis for those firms that subscribe to the Service other than at the beginning of a Subscription Year. Nasdaq will offer no refunds of the Annual Subscription Fee.]
In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth below in Sections A, B, and C, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
On December 27, 2001, Nasdaq filed a proposed rule change to implement a mechanism for market data revenue sharing.
Under its market data revenue sharing program, which went into effect on February 1, 2002, Nasdaq shares with NASD members a portion of the market data revenue that it receives, through the NASD, under the Joint Self-Regulatory Plan Governing the Collection, Consolidation and Dissemination of Quotation and Transaction Information for Nasdaq-Listed Securities Traded on Exchanges on an Unlisted Trading Privilege Basis (the "Nasdaq UTP Plan" or the "Plan"). Under the Plan, Nasdaq, through the NASD as a Plan participant, receives a share of market data revenues distributed by the Plan's securities information processor, based on reported trades attributable to Nasdaq under the Plan. Nasdaq, in turn, makes a portion of the revenue that it receives available to the members whose trade reporting activity generated the revenue. Under the revenue sharing program that went into effect on February 1, Nasdaq shares market data revenue solely on the basis of trades that were not effected through a Nasdaq transaction system, such as internalized trades, but that are reported to ACT. Nasdaq is now proposing to expand the credit to share a portion of the revenue associated with trades executed through Nasdaq transaction systems, such as SuperSOES and SelectNet.
Under the current program, a member's credit for non-Nasdaq transaction system trades was set at 60% of the net Level 1 revenue attributable to the member's reports of non-Nasdaq transaction system trades in securities covered by the Plan ("Eligible Securities"), with the pool of sharable revenue being comprised of Level 1 revenues distributable to Nasdaq under the Nasdaq UTP Plan minus an allocated portion of the NASDR regulation fee, and the member's non-Nasdaq transaction system trade report activity being measured by total number of trades and share volume. Nasdaq is now proposing to share on the basis of all trades that are reported to ACT and to increase the percentage of the pool of revenue shared to 80%.
The original formula focused on the reporting of non-Nasdaq transaction system trades, such as internalized trades, because Nasdaq expects that members will have increasingly greater options to report such trades to UTP Exchanges in the future. In order to continue to provide an attractive environment for the reporting of these trades, Nasdaq concluded that it is appropriate to share a portion of the data revenue associated with these trades with members that report them to Nasdaq. Although all Nasdaq transaction system trades are automatically reported to Nasdaq through ACT, Nasdaq also faces competition for trade executions. Accordingly, Nasdaq believes that it is also appropriate to share a portion of the market data revenue associated with system trades, as a means of lowering the overall costs incurred by members to execute transactions through Nasdaq systems.
ACT is the Nasdaq system used by members to report and compare trades for clearance and settlement, and transmit trade reports for regulatory purposes and public dissemination. In a "give-up" arrangement, a member reports or accepts a trade in ACT on behalf of another member by identifying in the ACT screen give-up box the member on whose behalf the trade is being reported or accepted. The
As a "housekeeping" matter, Nasdaq is deleting Rule 7010(q), which contains fees for the Nasdaq Resource
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act, including Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,
Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change will not result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
Written comments were neither solicited nor received on the proposed rule change contained in this filing.
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. 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 inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of the filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NASD. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NASD-2002-17 and should be submitted by March 14, 2002.