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2111. Trading Ahead of Customer Market Orders

This rule is no longer applicable. NASD Rule 2111 has been superseded by FINRA Rule 5320. Please consult the appropriate FINRA Rule.

(a) A member must make every effort to execute a customer market order that it receives fully and promptly.
(b) A member that accepts and holds a market order of its own customer or a customer of another broker-dealer in a Nasdaq or exchange-listed security without immediately executing the order is prohibited from trading that security on the same side of the market for its own account, unless it immediately thereafter executes the customer market order up to the size and at the same price at which it traded for its own account or at a better price.
(c)(1) A member that is holding a customer market order that has not been immediately executed must make every effort to cross such order with any market order, marketable limit order, or non-marketable limit order priced better than the best bid or offer, received by the member on the other side of the market up to the size of such order at a price that is no less than the best bid and no greater than the best offer at the time that the subsequent market order, marketable limit order or non-marketable limit order is received by the member and that is consistent with the terms of the orders.
(2) In the event that a member is holding multiple orders on both sides of the market that have not been executed, the member must make every effort to cross or otherwise execute such orders in a manner that is reasonable, and is consistent with the objectives of this rule and with the terms of the orders.
(3) For purposes of this paragraph (c), a member can satisfy the crossing requirement by contemporaneously buying from the seller and selling to the buyer at the same price.
(4) A member must have a written methodology in place governing the execution and priority of all pending orders that is consistent with the requirements of this rule. A member also must ensure that this methodology is consistently applied.
(d) A member may negotiate specific terms and conditions applicable to the acceptance of a market order only with respect to market orders that are: (1) for customer accounts that meet the definition of an "institutional account" as that term is defined in Rule 3110(c)(4), or (2) 10,000 shares or more, unless such orders are less than $100,000 in value.
(e) This rule applies to limit orders that are marketable at the time they are received by the member or become marketable at a later time. Such limit orders shall be treated as market orders for purposes of this rule, however, these orders must continue to be executed at their limit price or better. If a customer limit order is not marketable when received, the limit order must be provided the full protections of IM-2110-2. In addition, if the limit order was marketable when received and then becomes non-marketable, once the limit order becomes non-marketable, it must be provided the full protections of IM-2110-2.
(f) The obligations under this rule shall not apply to a member's proprietary trade if such proprietary trade is for the purposes of facilitating the execution, on a riskless principal basis, of another order from a customer (whether its own customer or the customer of another broker-dealer) (the "facilitated order"), provided that all of the following requirements are satisfied:
(1) The handling and execution of the facilitated order must satisfy the definition of a "riskless" principal transaction, as that term is defined in NASD Rules 4632(d)(3)(B), 4642(d)(3)(B), 4652(d)(3)(B), 4632A(e)(1)(C) or 6420(d)(3)(B);
(2) A member that relies on this exclusion to the rule must give the facilitated order the same per-share price at which the member accumulated or sold shares to satisfy the facilitated order, exclusive of any markup or markdown, commission equivalent or other fee;
(3) A member must submit, contemporaneously with the execution of the facilitated order, a report as defined in NASD Rules 4632(d)(3)(B)(ii), 4642(d)(3)(B)(ii), 4652(d)(3)(B)(ii), 6420(d)(3)(B)(ii) and 4632A(e)(1)(C)(ii), or a substantially similar report to another trade reporting system; and
(4) Members must have written policies and procedures to assure that riskless principal transactions relied upon for this exclusion comply with applicable NASD rules. At a minimum these policies and procedures must require that the customer order was received prior to the offsetting transactions, and that the offsetting transactions are allocated to a riskless principal or customer account in a consistent manner and within 60 seconds of execution. Members must have supervisory systems in place that produce records that enable the member and NASD to reconstruct accurately, readily, and in a time-sequenced manner all orders on which a member relies in claiming this exception.
(g) The obligations under this rule shall not apply to trading for a member's own account that is the result of an intermarket sweep order routed in compliance with Rule 600(b)(30)(ii) of Regulation NMS (“ISO”) where the customer market order is received after the member routed the ISO. The obligations under this rule also shall not apply with respect to trading for a member's own account that is the result of an ISO where the member executes the ISO to facilitate a customer market order and that customer has consented to not receiving the better prices obtained by the ISO.
(h) Nothing in this rule changes the application of Rule 2320 with respect to a member's obligations to customer orders.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2007-039 eff. May 6, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-139 eff. Jan. 9, 2006.
Adopted by SR-NASD-2004-045 eff. Jan. 9, 2006.

Selected Notices: 05-69, 08-31.

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