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Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE)

The Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine is the FINRA-developed vehicle that facilitates the mandatory reporting of over-the-counter transactions in eligible fixed income securities.

All broker-dealers who are FINRA member firms have an obligation to report transactions in TRACE-eligible securities under an SEC-approved set of rules. 

TRACE for Treasuries Re-platform live February 26, 2024. Please refer to FINRA Technical Notice for details and testing opportunities.


Technical Notices

Keep track of service alerts, changes to documentation and system upgrades.

Technical Documentation

Download user guides and API specifications for the various TRACE reporting systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions regarding TRACE.

Fees

FINRA Rule 7730 explains the charges required for using TRACE.

TRACE Data & Licensing

Download data tables, independent research and the TRACE Fact Book.

Report Cards

TRACE report cards help firms monitor their reporting obligations.

TRACE Legal Agreements and Forms

Download the FINRA Participation Agreement (FPA), release forms, and other legal agreements pertaining to TRACE.


TRACE NOTIFICATIONS

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CONTACT TRACE

FINRA Operations: (866) 776-0800


Technical Support: (212) 231-5180


  • FINRA Adopts Amendments to Enhance Post-Trade Transparency in the U.S. Treasury Securities Market
    03/08/2024
  • FINRA Adopts Amendments to Require Reporting of Transactions in U.S. Dollar-Denominated Foreign Sovereign Debt Securities to TRACE
    12/13/2022
  • FINRA Adopts Enhancements to TRACE Reporting for U.S. Treasury Securities
    12/01/2022
  • FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Changes to TRACE Reporting Relating to Delayed Treasury Spot Trades
    11/29/2022
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposal to Shorten the Trade Reporting Timeframe for Transactions in Certain TRACE-Eligible Securities From 15 Minutes to One Minute
    08/02/2022
  • Exemption From Trade Reporting Obligation for Certain Transactions on Alternative Trading Systems
    06/14/2022
  • FINRA Adopts Amendments to TRACE Reporting Rule to Require Identification of Portfolio Trades
    05/24/2022
  • FINRA Modifies TRACE Dissemination Protocols for Specified Pool Transactions
    02/02/2021
  • FINRA Requests Comment on Enhancements to TRACE Reporting for U.S. Treasury Securities
    12/23/2020
  • FINRA Requests Comment on the Practice of Pennying in the Corporate Bond Market
    08/17/2020
  • FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Changes to TRACE Reporting Relating to Delayed Treasury Spot and Portfolio Trades
    07/16/2020
  • SEC Approves Amendments Relating to Transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities Executed to Hedge a Primary Market Transaction
    09/19/2019
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposal to Require Reporting of Transactions in U.S. Dollar-Denominated Foreign Sovereign Debt Securities to TRACE
    07/26/2019
  • FINRA Reminds Firms of Their Obligations Regarding TRACE Reporting
    07/19/2019
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposal to Publish ATS Volume Data for Corporate Bonds and Agency Debt Securities on FINRA’s Website
    07/09/2019
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Pilot Program to Study Recommended Changes to Corporate Bond Block Trade Dissemination
    04/12/2019
  • TRACE Reporting of OTC Transactions in Listed Bonds
    01/22/2019
  • U.S. Treasury Security Auction Awards
    01/09/2019
  • SEC Approves Rule Change to Modify the Dissemination Protocols for Agency Debt Securities
    10/16/2018
  • SEC Approves Amendment to Require Alternative Trading Systems to Identify Non-FINRA Member Subscribers in TRACE Reports for U.S. Treasury Securities
    10/04/2018
  • FINRA Updates Designation Criteria to Require Firms Reporting U.S. Treasury Securities to TRACE to Participate in FINRA's Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Testing
    03/07/2018
  • SEC Approves Rule Amendment to Create a New TRACE Security Activity Report and End-of-Day TRACE Transaction File Effective Date: February 1, 2018
    11/03/2017
  • FINRA Issues Guidance on the Enhanced Confirmation Disclosure Requirements in Rule 2232 for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities
    07/12/2017
  • SEC Approves Rule Change to Reduce the Delay Period for the Corporate and Agency Debt Historic TRACE Data Sets
    07/11/2017
  • Effective Date for Required Use of TRACE for Treasuries Modifiers
    06/12/2017
  • FINRA Updates the Transparency Services FINRA Participant Agreement
    04/03/2017
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Require Mark-Up/Mark-Down Disclosure on Confirmations for Trades With Retail Investors in Corporate and Agency Bonds
    02/15/2017
  • SEC Approves Rule Amendment to Create a New Academic Corporate Bond TRACE Data Product
    11/16/2016
  • SEC Approves Rule Change to Require Reporting of Transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE)
    10/19/2016
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Disseminate Collateralized Mortgage Obligation (CMO) Transactions and to Reduce the Reporting Time for CMO Transactions
    10/17/2016
  • FINRA Reminds Firms of their Obligation to Report Accurately the Time of Execution for Transactions in TRACE-eligible Securities
    08/10/2016
  • Exemption from Trade Reporting Obligation for Certain Transactions on Alternative Trading Systems
    04/27/2016
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Require Firms to Add a No-Remuneration Indicator in TRACE Trade Report
    11/23/2015
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Require Firms to Report Transactions in TRACE-Eligible Securities As Soon As Practicable
    10/27/2015
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a New Academic TRACE Data Product
    07/16/2015
  • FINRA Requests Comment on the Reduction of the Delay Period for Historic TRACE Data
    06/23/2015
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Require Firms to Identify Transactions with Non-Member Affiliates in TRACE Trade Reports
    05/06/2015
  • FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposal to Disseminate Additional Securitized Products and to Reduce the Reporting Time Frame for These Products
    02/09/2015
  • FINRA Reminds Alternative Trading Systems (ATSs) and ATS Subscribers of Their Trade Reporting Obligations in TRACE-Eligible Securities
    11/21/2014
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Disseminate Additional Asset-Backed Securities Transactions and to Reduce the Reporting Time for Such Transactions
    08/26/2014
  • FINRA Issues an Interpretation to Clarify the Classification and Trade Reporting of Certain "Hybrid" Securities to FINRA
    05/16/2014
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rules and Dissemination Protocols to Disseminate Rule 144A Transactions in TRACE-Eligible Securities and Related Fees
    10/30/2013
  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding TRACE Reporting
    08/01/2013
  • FINRA Announces Modifications Regarding Historic TRACE Data
    07/22/2013
  • Reduction of Reporting Times for Agency Pass-Through Mortgage-Backed Securities Traded TBA
    04/17/2013
  • SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA Rule 6730(d) (2) Requiring Firms to Report Factor in Asset-Backed Securities Transactions Executed in Agency Capacity and Subject to Commission Charges
    04/12/2013
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Establish Two Optional TRACE Data Delivery Services and Related Fees
    02/28/2013
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rules and Dissemination Protocols to Disseminate Specified Pool Transactions and SBA-Backed ABS Transactions and to Reduce the Time to Report Such Transactions
    12/20/2012
  • FINRA Waives Certain Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) Late Trade Reporting Fees in Connection With Hurricane Sandy
    12/03/2012
  • for Amendments to TRACE Rules Relating to the Reporting and Dissemination of Agency Pass-Through Mortgage-Backed Securities Traded To Be Announced and Related TRACE Fees in FINRA Rule 7730 from November 5, 2012, to November 12, 2012
    11/01/2012
  • FINRA Requests Comment on TRACE Dissemination Issues
    09/05/2012
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Reporting Requirements and Dissemination of Agency Pass-Through Mortgage-Backed Securities Traded To Be Announced and Related Fees
    05/21/2012
  • FINRA Addresses Frequently Asked Questions About TRACE Reporting Issues
    12/21/2011
  • Reporting Asset-Backed Securities to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE)
    05/10/2011
  • FINRA Establishes a New Effective Date for Reporting Asset-Backed Securities to TRACE and Related Rule Changes
    10/27/2010
  • SEC Approves Reporting Asset-Backed Securities Transactions to TRACE and Related Fees
    04/23/2010
  • SEC Approves Access to Historic TRACE Data and Related Fees Effective Date: March 31, 2010
    03/05/2010
  • SEC Approves Amendments Expanding TRACE to Include Agency Debt Securities and Primary Market Transactions
    09/29/2009
  • SEC Approves Amendments Expanding the Definition of "TRACE-Eligible Security"
    05/15/2009
  • FINRA Adopts Amendments Relating to Reporting Transfers of Proprietary Positions in Debt and Equity Securities in Connection With Certain Corporate Control Transactions
    04/15/2009
  • FINRA Announces Modifications to the TRACE System Relating to Certain Securities with Equity CUSIPs and Reminds Firms of Their Reporting Obligations Regarding Equity-Linked Notes and Convertible Debt
    02/22/2008
  • SEC Approves Exemption from TRACE Reporting Requirements for Certain "Derivative-Related Transactions"
    12/11/2007
  • Reporting of Transactions in TRACE-Eligible Securities With Execution Dates More Than T+365 Days Before Date of Report
    05/04/2007
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Reporting Exempting Trades in TRACE-Eligible Securities Conducted on a Facility of, and Reported to, the New York Stock Exchange
    04/26/2007
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rules to Reflect the Availability of TRACE "Snapshot" Data for a Reduced Monthly Fee
    03/26/2007
  • SEC Approves Immediate Dissemination of Information on TRACE Transactions
    01/03/2006
  • Transactions in TRACE-Eligible Securities That Occur in Connection with Options, Credit Default Swaps, Other Swaps or Similar Instruments Must Be Reported to TRACE
    11/09/2005
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Fee Structure Establishing an Enterprise Fee and Lowering Fee for Receipt of Real-Time TRACE Transaction Data via Web Browser
    08/17/2005
  • NASD Restructures Certain TRACE Fees for Market Data and Amends the Definition of "Non-Professional" in Connection with TRACE Market Data
    05/17/2005
  • NASD Reminds Members that the TRACE Reporting Period Will Be Reduced to 15 Minutes on July 1, 2005, and Rescinds Interpretive Guidance Regarding Rejected TRACE Transaction Reports
    04/14/2005
  • NASD Eliminates the TRACE Bond Transaction Data Service (BTDS) Non-Professional Real-Time Data Display Fee and the BTDS Professional Delayed-Time Data Display Fee Pilot Program
    01/25/2005
  • Stage Two of the Expansion of Dissemination of TRACE Transaction Data to Begin on February 7, 2005 Instead of February 1, 2005
    01/04/2005
  • NASD Issues Interpretive Guidance Regarding Various Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) Rules
    12/08/2004
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rules to Disseminate Transaction Information on All TRACE-Eligible Securities, Modify and Supplement Defined Terms, and Enhance Notification Requirements
    09/08/2004
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rule 6230 to Reduce the Reporting Period to 30 Minutes on October 1, 2004, and to 15 Minutes on July 1, 2005
    07/14/2004
  • SEC Approves Amendments to Clarify the Term "TRACE-Eligible Security" and to Expand the Scope of an Exemption from TRACE Reporting Requirements
    05/19/2004
  • NASD Issues Interpretive Guidance to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine Rules (TRACE Rules)
    09/30/2003
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rule 6260 to Require New Issue Notifications to Include Dissemination Eligibility Information and Be Submitted in Writing
    08/19/2003
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rule 6230 to Reduce the Reporting Period to 45 Minutes
    06/30/2003
  • SEC Approves Amendments to TRACE Rule 6250 and Other TRACE Rules: Transaction Information to be Disseminated on More than 4,000 Corporate Debt Securities
    02/14/2003
  • NASD Issues Interpretive Guidance to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine Rules (TRACE Rules)
    10/31/2002
  • SEC Approves Rules To Require Fixed Income Transaction Reporting And Dissemination
    03/11/2001
  • Guidance
    Beginning Monday, November 6, 2023, FINRA will require firms to report transactions in U.S. dollar-denominated foreign sovereign debt securities to TRACE.
    June 01, 2023
  • Guidance
    Beginning Thursday, September 1, 2022, certain depository institutions (Covered Depository Institutions) will be required to report transactions in U.S. Treasury securities, agency debt securities and agency mortgage-backed securities (Covered Securities) to FINRA’s Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).
    February 15, 2022
  • Guidance
    Effective Feb. 3, 2020, FIX will be the only protocol supported for reporting trades to FINRA's TRACE and ORF platforms.
    February 13, 2019
  • FAQ
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) covering reporting of corporate and agencies debt, reporting of mortgage and asset backed securities to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE)
    September 14, 2018
  • Guidance
    In the near-future, FINRA is introducing a new TRACE Markup/Markdown Analysis Report on the Report Center. The report displays a firm's markup and markdown behavior compared to the industry and provides the underlying details used to calculate the markup or markdown.
    May 23, 2018
  • Guidance

    On May 14, 2018, amendments to FINRA Rule 2232 will take effect, which require a member firm to disclose on the customer confirmation the amount of mark-up or mark-down it applies for certain trades with retail customers in corporate or agency debt securities. Disclosed mark-ups must be calculated consistent with existing Rule 2121.

    April 03, 2018
  • Filing and Reporting

    TRACE Reporting Timeframes and Transparency Protocols1

    Type of TRACE-Eligible SecurityOther Transactions - Reporting TimeframesList or Fixed Offering Price Transaction (as defined in FINRA Rule 6710(q)), or Takedown Transaction (as defined in FINRA Rule 6710(r))- Reporting TimeframeTransparency2
    Corporate Bond (see FINRA Rule 6710(a))Within 15 minutes of time of execution (see FINRA Rule 6730(a)(
    July 10, 2017
  • Guidance
    On-Demand Recording: Phone-In Workshop | Original Program Date: June 8, 2017
    June 27, 2017
  • Webinar
    On this recording of a June 8, 2017, TRACE Phone-In Workshop, FINRA staff review relevant rules and regulations, and discuss testing and other relevant technical information related to the July 10 requirement for to begin reporting transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities to FINRA via the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).
    June 27, 2017
  • Guidance
    On-Demand Recording: Phone-In Workshop and WebEx Presentation; Original Program Date: April 6, 2017
    May 04, 2017
  • Guidance

    The fixed income distributions file is a cumulative list of distributions that have been announced per calendar year going back to 1/1/2017. Distributions include cash, stock and in kind distributions as a result of a bankruptcy reorganization plan, default interest payments, or other distributions in fixed income securities.

    February 24, 2017
  • Guidance
    On this free, on-demand recording of a WebEx presentation, FINRA staff members discuss new and updated fixed income-related Report Cards.
    November 25, 2015
  • FAQ
    1. Q: If I am an existing subscriber or vendor of the SPDS (Structured Products Dissemination Service) will I automatically receive the new ABS data set on June 1, 2015?
      A: Existing subscribers or vendors of SPDS will automatically receive disseminated transactions in publicly traded ABS. No changes to the vendor agreement are required. Please note: Rule 144A ABS transactions will be disseminated over the SPDS144A feed, which requires a subscription to the 144A data set.
    February 17, 2015
  • Guidance
    Administrative Use
  • Guidance
    This document provides guidelines regarding the use of the Trace Reporting and Compliance Engine and TRACE trademarks. Any use of these trademarks must be in accordance with these guidelines.
  • FAQ
    Reporting of Corporate and Agencies Debt Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • FAQ
    FAQ regarding Reporting of Mortgage and Asset Backed Securities (Securitized Products)
  • Compliance Tools
    The TRACE Detail Data Download is designed to accompany the TRACE Quality of Markets Summary Report Card as a tool to help a firm analyze and improve its compliance-related activities associated with reporting transactions via TRACE.
  • Compliance Tools

    The TRACE Markup/Markdown Analysis Report is a monthly report designed to assist firms in their supervision activities by providing transparency into a portion of FINRA's surveillance program of corporate and agency fixed income transactions customer pricing.  

    The TRACE Markup/Markdown Analysis Report is built upon logic developed to pair purchase and sale transactions reported to TRACE.  

  • Compliance Tools

    The tables below provide a reference description for all of the elements found in all views of the TRACE Quality of Markets Corporate Bond and Agency Debt Report Cards. (See TRACE Quality of Markets Report Card Figures 1 - 3 for a sample report.)

    Term

    Definition

  • Compliance Tools

    The TRACE Quality of Markets Report Card for Securitized Products is a monthly status report for the reporting of transactions in Asset Backed Securities, Mortgage Backed Securities and other similar securities, collectively defined as "Securitized Products", to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE). Firms are required to report trades in accordance with established FINRA rules and regulations.

  • Compliance Tools

    The TRACE Quality of Markets Report Card for Treasuries is a monthly status report for treasuries transactions that a firm reported to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE). Firms are required to report trades in accordance with established FINRA rules and regulations. Firms should make no inference that the staff of FINRA has or has not determined that the information contained on the TRACE Quality of Markets Report Card does or does not constitute rule violations.

  • FAQ
    Frequently asked questions about Structured Product Reports
  • Compliance Tools
    The TRACE Treasuries Execution Time Difference report is a monthly summary of execution time comparisons for inter-dealer trades in U.S. Treasury Securities reported to TRACE. Firms are required to report trades in accordance with established FINRA rules and regulations.
  • Compliance Tools
    These monthly reports cover trades of Treasuries, Securitized Products, Agency Bonds, and Corporate Debt that a member firm reported to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).
  • Investor Education
    When securities are listed on a centralized exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, transaction information such as price and trade history is readily available to investors through the exchange. But how can you get information about bonds and other fixed income securities that are not listed on a national securities exchange? Information about these securities, known as over-the-counter (OTC) debt securities, is provided by TRACE®—the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine®.
  • Investor Education
    When securities are listed on a centralized exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, transaction information such as price and trade history is readily available to investors through the exchange. But how can you get information about bonds and other fixed income securities that are not listed on a national securities exchange? Information about these securities, known as over-the-counter (OTC) debt securities, is provided by TRACE®—the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine®.