Broker-dealers that serve individual retail investors can apply to be Retail Member Organizations (RMOs), which can send Retail orders to IEX Exchange on behalf of their clients. Individual retail investors cannot trade directly on IEX Exchange.
Any broker-dealer Member of IEX Exchange can send Retail Liquidity Provider (RLP) orders, which operate as M-Peg orders that can only execute against Retail orders.
Retail orders must be submitted as D-Peg or M-Peg orders with a Time-in-Force (TIF) of Immediate or Cancel (IOC) or Fill-or-Kill (FOK) and are eligible to interact with Retail Liquidity Provider orders (RLP orders, see below) as well as other orders priced to execute at the midpoint or a more aggressive price. Any unexecuted portion of Retail orders will be canceled once all eligible available liquidity on IEX Exchange is exhausted.
Retail orders submitted by RMOs that are not designated D-Peg or M-Peg orders with a TIF of IOC or FOK are not eligible for interaction against RLP orders. For these orders, the Retail order modifier will be disregarded, and the order will be handled (and executions priced) like any other order on IEX Exchange, as described in the IEX Rule Book.
Retail Liquidity Provider (RLP), which can be submitted by any Member, is a variation of a Midpoint Peg (M-Peg) order that only executes against eligible Retail orders. Like M-Peg, RLP is a non-displayed order type that is priced at the less aggressive of the midpoint price or the order’s limit price. Eligible Retail orders are those that are designated with a “Retail order” modifier, are either an M-Peg or D-Peg with a Time-in-Force (TIF) of Immediate or Cancel (IOC) or Fill-or-Kill (FOK), and are submitted by a Retail Member Organization (RMO).
RLP orders interact with eligible Retail orders in price-time priority at the midpoint price, outranking D-Peg orders, which rest outside the NBBO. When there is at least one round lot (in aggregate) of RLP interest available and eligible to trade at the midpoint price that offers at least 10 mils of price improvement, a Retail Liquidity Indicator (RLI) will be disseminated via IEX market data feeds (TOPS and DEEP) and the SIP.