Who can access MatchIt?
Only broker-dealers, including KCG Americas, may subscribe to MatchIt and have direct access.
KCG Electronic Trading clients, please note, you are a client of the KCG Americas LLC broker-dealer who acts as the subscriber to MatchIt on your behalf. When accessing MatchIt, the KCG Electronic Trading products use a variety of features discussed in this FAQ, including order types and liquidity profiling available to MatchIt subscribers depending on your trading objectives and order instructions. For more detailed information regarding your interaction with our ATS via our electronic trading products, please reach out to your Account Manager.
Do KCG’s other trading desks access MatchIt?
Yes. KCG has various trading desks that transmit orders to the ATS either for KCG’s own account or on behalf of clients. For example, KCG has various desks (Worked Order Desk, ETF Trading, Program Trading, Market Making, etc.) that use the execution algorithms offered by KCG Electronic Trading. These desks may use algorithms and the firm’s smart order routers on behalf of a client order, while liquidating a position KCG accumulated through client trades, or when establishing a position. Our wholesale market maker may send orders to MatchIt when seeking liquidity to fill retail broker clients’ orders or when filling some orders as part of the KCG Acknowledge offering. Our market maker transmits principal orders to source liquidity to fill retail client orders in the KCGA Session before exposing the orders to its market making algorithms, and before routing to the Main Session in MatchIt. KCG also has an electronic market maker that provides liquidity in MatchIt in the same manner as other external electronic market maker subscribers to the ATS.
Can subscribers opt out of interaction with KCG principal orders?
Subscribers may opt out of KCG proprietary market making flow. Orders sent from KCG’s various trading desks in a principal capacity to MatchIt will be eligible for interaction. These orders are sent via execution algorithms and do not have discretion over routing logic inclusive of market center choice.
Do you route orders to other destinations?
No. MatchIt does not route orders out of the ATS.
Do you use IOI’s?
No. MatchIt does not send out or accept IOI’s.
Is Minimum Execution Quantity supported by MatchIt?
Does the Minimum Execution Quantity (MEQ) constraint apply to every execution or is it dropped after the first execution?
The MEQ constraint is applied on every potential crossing opportunity, not just the first execution.
Do you aggregate multiple contra-side orders in order to meet a Minimum Execution Quantity?
MatchIt does not aggregate multiple contra-side orders to satisfy a minimum fill quantity.
In the scenario where an incoming client order executes against multiple resting orders, MatchIt will send back multiple executions to the client sending the incoming order.
Do you execute the leaves quantity below the Minimum Execution Quantity or reject it back?
The balance is rejected back.
What is the default logic if an order is sent without NBBO instructions?
MatchIt will default Peg orders sent without NBBO instructions (i.e. market, mid-point, primary) to the mid-point. IOC orders will default to market.
Do you accept odd lot orders?
Yes, we accept odd lots for both IOC and Day orders.
Do you offer segmentation?
Yes. We use quantitative statistics to segment subscribers into different liquidity profile buckets.
Do you allow subscribers to block counterparties based on type (e.g., MM, Exchange, etc.)?
No, we use a data-driven approach to blocking.
How are MatchIt liquidity profiles generated and how does the blocking work?
Only Removal flow is categorized (IOC and Day orders removing liquidity).
Profiles are updated quarterly but may be reviewed more frequently.
Five liquidity profile buckets are created by sorting subscribers by mark-out score.
Subscribers that rest order flow in MatchIt can elect to prevent various combinations of the quintiles from interacting with their resting orders.
New clients may be placed into a quintile at MatchIt’s discretion.
MatchIt reserves the right to move a participant’s liquidity profile bucket intra-quarter
If I want to utilize blocking, how is it implemented?
Blocking can be done on an order-by-order basis using tag 9137 or at the session level. If you would like to use blocking for your add flow at the session level, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do I care about liquidity profiles and segmentation?
If you add liquidity, you can block any of the buckets below from interacting with your add flow. If you take liquidity, you will potentially interact with the entire pool (no blocking offered). When removing liquidity, others may block your flow based upon your liquidity profile quintile.
Email email@example.com to request blocking for your add flow.
Sample Liquidity Profile:
Do client orders get priority over your principal and proprietary orders?
No, they do not. All subscribers are treated equally in the Main Crossing Session.
Does your ATS have order types or sessions that not everyone has access to?
Yes, the KCGA Crossing Session is reserved for KCG Americas LLC.
Do you execute orders in a locked market?
Yes, in a locked market the default behavior is to execute matching orders. We offer clients the option of choosing whether to cross or not cross in a locked market on an order-by-order basis.
Do you execute orders in a crossed market?
No, MatchIt does not execute in a crossed market.
Do you advertise your dark volume? If so, can we opt out of our orders?
Yes, we do advertise our volumes and yes, you can opt out of doing this by request.
How do you distribute price improvement?
The Remover will receive full PI
Do you support a post-only order type?
Yes. Tag 9135=Y
Does MatchIt make any risk features available?
Yes, max order size and max order notional only.
What securities are available for trading in MatchIt?
MatchIt will generally accept orders in all NMS symbols with the exception of KCG Holdings, Inc. (symbol KCG). MatchIt may also disable specific symbols for crossing on a symbol-by-symbol basis. To view the symbols currently disabled for crossing in MatchIt, please visit our Alerts page.
When is Matching suspended in your ATS?
Anytime there is a single stock or market wide halt.
MatchIt will not execute orders if the NBBO is crossed, if the NBB is below the LULD Lower Limit Price Band, if the NBO is above the LULD Upper Limit Price Band, or if the security is in a LULD Trading Pause.
In the event of a significant systems disruption, MatchIt may, at its discretion, suspend matching in one or more securities.
When would modifying an order result in losing queue position?
Any modification of a resting order will result in losing queue position except in the case of reducing the order quantity.