Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Exchange proposes to adopt certain Routing Fees to recoup costs incurred by the Exchange when routing to the NASDAQ Options Market LLC ("NOM").
While the changes proposed herein are effective upon filing, the Exchange has designated these changes to be operative on September 4, 2012.
The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web site at
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.
The purpose of this filing is to recoup costs that the Exchange incurs for routing and executing certain orders in equity options to NOM, specifically, options on Facebook, Inc. ("FB"), Google Inc. ("GOOG") and Groupon, Inc. ("GRPN").
The Exchange's Pricing Schedule at Section V currently includes the following Routing Fees for routing Customer, Professional,
The Exchange is proposing to adopt NOM Routing Fees when routing options overlying FB, GOOG and GRPN to NOM to account for the new NOM fees for removing liquidity and other routing costs incurred by the Exchange when routing to NOM in FB, GOOG and GRPN, as follows:
NOM recently filed an immediately effective rule change to adopt Fees for Removing Liquidity applicable to FB, GOOG and GRPN which will become operative on September 4, 2012.
In May 2009, the Exchange adopted Rule 1080(m)(iii)(A) to establish Nasdaq Options Services LLC ("NOS"), a member of the Exchange, as the Exchange's exclusive order router.
As with all fees, the Exchange may adjust these Routing Fees in response to competitive conditions by filing a new proposed rule change.
The Exchange believes that its proposal to amend its Pricing Schedule is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act
The Exchange believes that the proposed NOM Routing Fees are reasonable because they seek to recoup costs that are incurred by the Exchange when routing Customer, Professional, Firm, Broker-Dealer, Specialist and Market Maker orders to NOM on behalf of members, respectively. Each destination market's transaction charge varies and there is a standard clearing charge for each transaction incurred by the Exchange along with other administrative and technical costs that are incurred by the Exchange. The Exchange believes that the proposed Routing Fees would enable the Exchange to recover the remove fees assessed to market participants by NOM on options overlying FB, GOOG and GRPN, plus clearing and other administrative and technical fees for the execution of Customer, Professional, Firm, Broker-Dealer, Specialist and Market Maker orders when routed to NOM. The Exchange also believes that the proposed NOM Routing Fees are equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because they would be uniformly applied to all Customer, Professional, Firm, Broker-Dealer, Specialist and Market Maker orders that are routed to NOM.
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.
No written comments were either solicited or received.
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 is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
* Use the Commission's Internet comment form (
* Send an email to
* Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.