On June 12, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is seeking public comment on the listing and trading of new, novel or complex exchange-traded products (“ETPs”). Specifically, the request deals with key issues that arise when market participants seek an exemption in order to trade a new ETP or when a securities exchange is looking to establish standards for the listing of new ETPs.

ETPs have become an important investment vehicle to market participants. Given the significant increase in the number and complexity of new products, the SEC has determined that broad public input is necessary regarding certain issues, including arbitrage mechanisms and market pricing for ETPs, legal exemptions and other regulatory positions related to the trading of ETPs and securities exchange listing standards for ETPs. The request also solicits comment on how market professionals sell ETPs, especially to retail investors, and on investors’ understanding of the nature and use of ETPs. The public comment period will remain open for 60 days following publication of the comment request in the Federal Register.

The press release is available at: http://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2015-118.html and the request for comment is available at: http://www.sec.gov/rules/other/2015/34-75165.pdf