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Log2Orchestra upgrade to Version 1.1

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) announces the availability of a new version of the Log2Orchestra utility. Log2Orchestra is the first in a series of tools related to the FIX Orchestra Technical Standard. It supports the automatic creation of an Orchestra XML file by using FIX engine logfiles as input. It is intended to be the starting point for someone who...

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Next Generation of FIXimate available

FIXimate stands for FIX Interactive Message and Tag Explorer and is the visualization tool for the FIX Repository, which contains the meta-data for the FIX application and session layer. Introduction FIXimate makes the FIX Repository easily accessible and serves as a quick reference to lookup information about FIX messages, components, fields and values. FIXimate has been available for many years...

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EP265-EP269 added to FIX Latest

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) announces the addition of five new Extension Packs to the FIX Latest specification, the normative specification of the FIX application layer, since the last blog post in November 2020. The artefacts for the individual Extension Packs described below are available here. EP265 Previous Quote Identifier This Extension Pack is a follow up to EP253 Extensions for CAT/FIX Mapping. Some...

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Log2Orchestra available to FIX members

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is proud to announce the availability of Log2Orchestra. If you are a FIX member, you can request access from the FIX Program Office. It can then be invoked either via its own URL or through the FIX website (“Log2Orchestra” in the new dropdown menu “Tools” or from the Orchestra landing page). You have to be...

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Transition from FIX 5.0 SP2 to FIX Latest completed

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) announces the successful transition of the FIX application layer from FIX 5.0 SP2 to FIX Latest. Extension Pack EP260 introduced an  application version identifier for FIX Latest by adding a new value 10="FIXLatest" (note that there is no space in the value) to ApplVerID(1128). FIX Latest is the term used to describe the latest version...

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EP259-EP264 added to FIX Latest

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) announces the addition of six new Extension Packs to the FIX Latest specification, the normative specification of the FIX application layer. The artefacts for the individual Extension Packs described below are available here. New Extension Packs EP253 Extensions for CAT/FIX Mapping This extension pack has actually already been published but needed to be republished due to...

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FIX Session Protocol submitted to ISO

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is pleased to announce the submission of the FIX tagvalue encoding standard and the FIX session layer standard (including session testcases) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for standardization. The submission has been made to the ISO/TC68/SC 9 subcommittee (Information exchange for financial services) as a Draft International Standard (DIS). ISO 3531 has been...

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FIX Online Specification updated to FIX Latest

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is proud to announce the addition of all 258 Extension Packs to the FIX Latest online specification. FIX Latest is the first official release of FIX since FIX Version 5.0 Service Pack 2 (FIX 5.0 SP2) was released in 2010. FIX Latest makes available the use of all application layer messages over the FIX4...

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Extension Packs now with Orchestra XML File

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is proud to announce the availability of a FIX Orchestra XML file with every Extension Pack (EP) starting with EP255. The file follows Version 1.0 of the new FIX Technical Standard FIX Orchestra published in February 2020 (https://www.fixtrading.org/standards/fix-orchestra/). It is a metadata standard that defines all elements of a messaging application as well as...

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UPDATE: FIX Online Specification

The FIX Global Technical Committee is happy to announce an update to the baseline version of the normative FIX Specification, initially published under https://fixtrading.org/online-specification in early December 2019. The update includes a number of enhancements described below. It does not yet include Extension Packs beyond EP97 but is intended to facilitate the understanding of FIX concepts and enhance navigational support inside...

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The Orchestra has begun to play….

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is proud to announce the availability of Version 1.0 of the new FIX Technical Standard FIX Orchestra. It is a metadata standard that defines all elements of a messaging application as well as the syntax for the rules that govern these elements. The term FIX Orchestra file stands for the physical representation of an...

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FINRA drops support of CTCI Protocol for TRACE and ORF, FIX Protocol recommended

Any clients, including Service Bureaus, that currently utilize CTCI and wish to continue to deliver electronic transactions should migrate to the FIX Protocol by Monday, 3rd of February 2020. FINRA announced their termination of CTCI protocol (CTCI/TCP; CTCI/MQ) support for both TRACE and Over-the-Counter Reporting (ORF) transaction reporting in August 2018, for more information please click here. Supporting Documentation: FINRA...

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