Approved Publication Arrangement

With MiFID II directive being in force in January 2018, Approved Publication Arrangements (APA) data should increase transparency in the OTC markets by publishing quotes for pre-trade transparency, and trades for post-trade transparency. An APA is an organisation authorised to publish trade reports on behalf of investment firms according to Article (4)(1)(52) MiFID II.[1][2]

In finance, people usually use APA to refer to the data they provide, and not only the organization which provides the data.


APAs, Approved Reporting Mechanisms and Consolidated Tape Providers are new categories of Data Reporting Services Providers (DRSPs) that did not exist under MiFID I.

For the APA data, one distinguishes three asset classes: bonds, derivatives of all kind (interest rate/Credit/FX/Commodity/Equity), and Structured Finance. Each APA data record contains information such as

  1. Agreement Time and Date in the variable TRADING_DATE_AND_TIME in ISO 8601 format, e.g. 2019-08-08T03:14:15.926000+00:00
  2. Publication Time
  3. ISIN to uniquely identify the financial instrument (if INSTRUMENT_ID_TYPE is set to ISIN), for instance INSTRUMENT_ID=HU0000403118 refers to a government bond of Hungary with maturity date 2027-10-27.
  4. Name of the financial instrument
  5. Price (and currency)
  6. Volume
  7. Trade type (INSTRUMENT_ID_TYPE)


A (shortened) example record in JSON format looks like this:

    "TRADING_DATE_AND_TIME": "2019-08-08T03:14:15.926000+00:00",
    "INSTRUMENT_ID": "HU0000403118",
    "PRICE": 111.2548,
    "QUANTITY": 1,
    "NOTIONAL_AMOUNT": 500000000,
    "PUBLICATION_DATE_AND_TIME": "2019-08-08T07:58:31.154134+00:00",
    "TRANSACTION_ID": "12345678-aaaa-bbbb-cccc-1234567890ab",

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Approved Publication Arrangement (APA)". 27 February 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ "What do APAs mean for your MiFID II reporting?". 25 May 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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