NFX Connectivity

Technical support for NFX connectivity, certification, and the NFX external test environment.

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CONNECTIVITY

The primary NFX trading platform is located in Chicago, IL within close proximity to other major futures exchange market centers. The disaster recovery site is co-located with other Nasdaq U.S. markets in Carteret, NJ. NFX offers market participants and Independent Software Vendors (ISV), Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to create custom applications and services to suit specific needs, including customized algorithmic trading, risk management, data services and straight-through processing.

Download our NFX Connectivity Guidelines for more information, such as IP and Prts ranges applicable for Production and Test, and connectivity to the external test environment Ext1. (NFX supports order entry via FIX, while market data can be obtained using ITCH.)


 

EXTERNAL TEST ENVIRONMENT

The NFX external test environment now known as “Ext1” supports market participants in their preparations and readiness for the launch of the NFX market. Ext1 is a scale-down version of the pre-production environment and is therefore not intended to be used for performance and disaster recovery (DR) testing. 

Connectivity

Connectivity to the external test environment Ext1 is outlined in the NFX Connectivity Guidelines document. NFX supports order entry via FIX, while market data can be obtained using ITCH.

Ordering Ports, Usernames and Passwords

Participants and ISVs can request access by submitting the Port Request forms to NFX Market Operations.


 

CONNECTIVITY GUIDELINES

The NFX Connectivity Guidelines provide the main procedures and information to prepare client infrastructure and connectivity to the platform. Included in the document are the IP and Prts ranges applicable for Production and Test.


 

TRADING SCHEDULE AND WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

FIX Failover

FIX Failover tests are scheduled every Wednesday at 12:00 P.M. EPT. The primary FIX gateway will become unavailable during the tests and clients need to re-connect using the secondary FIX gateway. The primary FIX gateway will not be available again until the following day.

External Test Timetable 

Pre-Open Session Commences Open Session Commences Close Session Commences Post-Close Session Commences
18:45 (Closes at 19:00) 19:00 (Closes at 18:00 the next trading day) 18:00 (Closes at 18:00) 18:00 (Closes at 18:07)

Weekly Activities

Day of Week Activity 1 EPT Activity 2 EPT
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Fix Failover 12:00 P.M.
Thursday
Friday

Production Trading Hours

Pre-Open Session Commences Open Session Commences Close Session Commences Post-Close Session Commences
18:45 (Closes at 19:00) 19:00 (Closes at 18:00 the next trading day) 18:00 (Closes at 18:00) 18:00 (Closes at 18:07)

 

CERTIFICATION

Certification is mandatory for all applications that will connect to NFX, with specific requirements for order management applications. 

Certification is required for each application that connects to NFX, i.e. an ISVs application is certified rather than the participants that use the application. All in-house developed software that connects directly to NFX requires certification. It is possible to request exclusion of selected test cases where functions are not used. 

Certification is carried out by reserving time for certification with NFX. During certification the client will be requested to execute specified certification cases and NFX will verify that the client application meets the necessary requirements and behaviours. 

To arrange for certification, please contact technicalsupport@nasdaq.com; or call +1 212 231 5990 to schedule a time. Please see the Certifications Test Cases.

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