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IEX Exchange Retail Program

IEX Exchange’s Retail Program is designed to bring high-quality trading at the midpoint to the retail community.

We do this by incentivizing midpoint liquidity specifically for retail, and underpinning the trading experience with the same performance-focused tools and infrastructure for which IEX Exchange is known.

Retail Program

Overview

Broker-dealers that serve individual retail investors can apply to be Retail Member Organizations (RMOs), which can send Retail orders to IEX Exchange on behalf of their clients. Individual retail investors cannot trade directly on IEX Exchange. Any broker-dealer Member of IEX Exchange can send Retail Liquidity Provider (RLP) orders, which operate as M-Peg orders that can only execute against Retail orders.

Order Type

Retail Order Type

Any order submitted by a Retail Member Organization that is designated with a “Retail order” modifier.

Overview

Any order submitted by a Retail Member Organization that is designated with a “Retail order” modifier. Retail orders must reflect trading interest of a natural person, with no change made to the terms of the underlying order of the natural person with respect to price (except in the case of a market order that is changed to a marketable limit order) or side of market. Additionally, they must originate from individuals and cannot originate from a trading algorithm or any other computerized methodology.

Retail Order Details

Retail orders must be submitted as D-Peg or M-Peg orders with a Time-in-Force (TIF) of Immediate or Cancel (IOC) or Fill-or-Kill (FOK) and are eligible to interact with Retail Liquidity Provider orders (RLP orders, see below) as well as other orders priced to execute at the midpoint or a more aggressive price. Any unexecuted portion of Retail orders will be canceled once all eligible available liquidity on IEX Exchange is exhausted.

Retail orders submitted by RMOs that are not designated D-Peg or M-Peg orders with a TIF of IOC or FOK are not eligible for interaction against RLP orders. For these orders, the Retail order modifier will be disregarded, and the order will be handled (and executions priced) like any other order on IEX Exchange, as described in the IEX Rule Book.

Order Type

Retail Liquidity Provider

Retail Liquidity Provider (RLP), which can be submitted by any Member, is a variation of a Midpoint Peg (M-Peg) order that only executes against eligible Retail orders.

Retail Liquidity Provider Details

Like M-Peg, RLP is a non-displayed order type that is priced at the less aggressive of the midpoint price or the order’s limit price. Eligible Retail orders are those that are designated with a “Retail order” modifier, are either an M-Peg or D-Peg with a Time-in-Force (TIF) of Immediate or Cancel (IOC) or Fill-or-Kill (FOK), and are submitted by a Retail Member Organization (RMO).

RLP orders interact with eligible Retail orders in price-time priority at the midpoint price, outranking D-Peg orders, which rest outside the NBBO. When there is at least one round lot (in aggregate) of RLP interest available and eligible to trade at the midpoint price that offers at least 10 mils of price improvement, a Retail Liquidity Indicator (RLI) will be disseminated via IEX market data feeds (TOPS and DEEP) and the SIP.