On November 22, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or CBOE) filed a proposal to amend CBOE Rules 6.45A, 6.45B and 6.73, specifying that, for transactions between floor brokers and market makers, the “initiator” of an order is the party responsible for ensuring that transactions are executed in accordance with open outcry priority and allocation requirements and trade-through prohibitions. The Exchange’s current rules and interpretations regarding responsibility for trade-throughs were considered ambiguous, and the Exchange has taken the position in enforcement actions that all parties to a trade are liable for any trade-through violation. The filing specifically states that in a typical open outcry transaction, it is the floor broker representing an order and requesting quotes from market makers in the trading crowd. In that circumstance, the floor broker will be deemed to have initiated the transaction.
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