Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Equity Trader Alert #2008 - 130
NASDAQ OMX BX Scheduled to Launch January 12, 2009; Saturday Testing Available

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What you need to know:

  • NASDAQ OMX plans to launch NASDAQ OMX BX (BX) on Monday, January 12, 2009.
  • The last weekend testing dates available before the launch of BX are December 13, 2008 and January 10, 2009.

Who you should contact:

When will NASDAQ OMX BX launch?

NASDAQ OMXSM plans to launch NASDAQ OMX BXSM (BX) on Monday, January 12, 2009, subject to approval of the rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Will I be required to participate in testing?

Yes, prior to trading on BX, all firms are required to perform a basic certification test in order to verify proper functionality. Order entry and execution testing can be performed anytime during regular trading days. BX will also support weekend testing one Saturday a month. The remaining dates for weekend testing prior to launch are December 13, 2008 and January 10, 2009.

Firms should contact the Trading Services Group at +1 212 231 5180 (option 1) prior to production to schedule the certification test.

Where can I get additional information?

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