Technical Notice

Reminder: TBA Transaction and SPDS Testing Information

September 21, 2012

This is a reminder that beginning Monday, September 24, 2012, through Friday, November 2, 2012, FINRA will allow firms to test the modifications to support securitized products TBA trade reporting and dissemination. The modifications include a change to the required reporting timeframe of TBA transactions, as well as the dissemination of eligible TBA transactions via the new Securitized Products Dissemination Service (SPDS) data feed (available to authorized subscribers), scheduled to go live in production on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Testing Details—NTF

Authorized firms may enter and process TBA test transaction data in the NASDAQOMX Testing Facility (NTF) and download a new Securitized Products Application Programming Interface file for TBA closing prices. The IP and port information below is for connecting to SPDS in the NTF environment.

Subject Information Contact
Testing hours Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., ET
Note: Due to software release maintenance the start of testing may occur later than 8 a.m. ET on Monday, September 24, 2012.
Connectivity requirements (NTF trade reporting) To enter test trades and receive acknowledgements via FIX and CTCI, ensure you are routing messages to the NTF environment.

To enter test trades of TBAs and view transactions on the TRAQS test website, located at
Test Connectivity requirements (SPDS)

To receive streaming test TBA data, firms may purchase a circuit to directly connect to the feeds or contact their extranet provider to request access to the test data stream.
Group IP =
Port = 50084
Source IP =

To purchase a circuit, contact NASDAQ OMX Subscriber Services at (212) 231-5180, Option #3

If you connect via extranet, please contact your provider.
Web API To process the test closing prices for TBA securities traded for a specific day, visit

Query parameters in the API specification must be used in order for test reference data to be published.

Please direct questions and comments regarding this notice to FINRA Product Management or call (866) 899-2107.