Thursday, March 08, 2018

Equity Trader Alert #2018 - 20
Nasdaq Receives SEC Approval for Midpoint Extended Life Order & Announces Fee Holiday


  • New Functionality

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Nasdaq has received SEC approval for the Midpoint Extended Life Order (M-ELO) and will launch on March 12, 2018.

M-ELO is a new order type that is designed to attract and enable like-minded investors to interact with each other. M-ELO orders will only execute against other M-ELO orders at the midpoint of the NBBO. For more information regarding M-ELO please click here.

As announced in Equity Technical Update #2017 - 5, entering an M-ELO requires a new Cross Type code of “E” and a Display instruction of “M”.

Cross Type / Cross Trade Flag (FIX) Explanation
E Extended Life Order

Nasdaq will also add a new liquidity code on all M-ELO executions.

Liquidity Code Description
n Midpoint Extended Life Order Execution


  • M-ELO executions will be free from March 12, 2018, through May 31, 2018
  • Beginning June 1, 2018, M-ELO executions will incur a fee of $0.0006
  • Firms that meet the two defined thresholds below, will receive an additional month of free M-ELO executions
    • 10% growth of midpoint (Add regular midpoint + M-ELO) in May vs January activity
    • Average of at least 250k daily M-ELO volume during May

*Subject to SEC approval.

Testing Opportunities

Testing is currently available in the Nasdaq Testing Facility (NTF). Production testing will be available during the March 10 User Acceptance Test (UAT).

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