Trading Rules.Treasury securities options will trade on the Exchange's electronic options platform, Phlx XL,6
and settle like equity options on theExchange. Exchange rules applicable to equity options trading generally will be applicable to Treasury securities options unless a specific rule in the 1000D Series is to the contrary or supplements an existing rule. Trading hours will correspond to the hours during which equity options are normally traded on the Exchange, which currently are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.
Terms and Criteria for Listing and Trading.Treasury securities may be initially approved by the Exchange as underlying securities for Exchange transactions in specific CUSIP options, subject to requirements as to size of original issuance (the original public sale of an underlying Treasury security must be at least $1 billion in principle), aggregate principal amount outstanding, and years to maturity. Additionally, approval will extend only to the settled, on-the-run Treasury securities.7
The Exchange will not approve a subsequent on-the-run Treasury security until after the expiration of all the options that are listed pursuant to this described options listing timeframe.
The expiration month and exercise price of each series will be determined by the Exchange at the time that the series is first opened for trading. The Exchange will open a minimum of one expiration month and series for each class of options. The Exchange may open and add Treasury options in one or all of the months in the options listing timeframe. Treasury security options opened for trading on the Exchange will expire on a monthly basis.
Minimum Price Variation.Treasury securities options will have a minimum increment of $0.01.8
The Exchange asserts that the proposed $0.01 increment is appropriate for Treasury securities options to allow traders to make the most effective use of the product for hedging purposes. The Exchange also represents that the proposed $0.01 increments will not cause any capacity problems.
Series Open for Trading.The Exchange proposes that the exercise price of each series of Treasury security options will be fixed at a price denominated in $0.50 increments. The exercise price will be reasonably close to, and no more than 20% away from, the price at which the underlying security is traded in the primary market at the time the series of options is first opened for trading.
Settlement.Treasury securities options will be physically settled, European-style options that may be exercised only on the day that they expire. Trading in Treasury securities options ordinarily will cease on the business day (usually a Friday) preceding the expiration date. The expiration date will be the Saturday immediately following the third Friday of the expiration month. The settlement process for Treasury securities options will be the same as the settlement process for equity options under current Exchange rules (e.g.,Phlx Rule 1044). Payment of the aggregate exercise price must be accompanied by payment of accrued interest on the underlying Treasury security.
Additional information relating to options on Treasury securities--including definitions, listing standards, expiration, exercise, settlement, margin rules, positions limits, doing business with the public, and surveillance--can be found in the Notice.III. Discussion and Commission Findings
After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.9
In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,10
which requires that the rules of an exchange be designed, among other things, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, to remove impediments to and to perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the proposal appropriately balances, on the one hand, the Exchange's desire to offer a new product to investors with, on the other hand, the necessity of having appropriate rules for listing, trading and margin, among other considerations relevant under the Act. The Commission notes that it has previously approved similar rules permitting other options exchanges to list and trade options on Treasury securities.11
It is therefore ordered,pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,12
that the proposed rule change (SR-Phlx-2012-105), as modified by Amendment No. 1 thereto, be, and it hereby is, approved.
1317 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
Kevin M. O'Neill,