New York, October 11, 2008 – The idea that the industry lacks a central registry for over-the-counter (OTC) credit default swaps (CDS) is grossly misleading and has resulted in inaccurate speculation on a number of matters, including the overall size of the market, its role in the mortgage crisis, and the size of potential payment obligations under credit default swaps relating to Lehman Brothers. The extent to which such speculation has fueled last week’s market turmoil is difficult to determine. The facts are these:
Central Trade Registry
Size of the Market
Percentage of the Market Related to Mortgages
Payment Obligations Related to the Lehman Bankruptcy
DTCC has long supported the U.S. and global capital markets as a critical part of their operational infrastructure.We stand ready to play a constructive role in whatever overall regulatory environment ultimately emerges for the credit default swap market. We do believe, however, that whatever environment emerges should be based on assessment of the facts as they stand, rather than speculation.
DTCC, through its subsidiaries, provides clearance, settlement and information services for equities, corporate and municipal bonds, government and mortgage-backed securities, money market instruments and over-the-counter derivatives. In addition, DTCC is a leading processor of mutual funds and insurance transactions, linking funds and carriers with their distribution networks. DTCC’s depository provides custody and asset servicing for more than 3.5 million securities issues from the United States and 110 other countries and territories, valued at US$40 trillion. In 2007, DTCC settled more than US$1.86 quadrillion in securities transactions. DTCC has operating facilities in multiple locations in the United States and overseas.
DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DTCC, provides automated matching and confirmation for OTC derivatives contracts, including credit, equity and interest rate derivatives. According to major market participants, over 90% of credit derivatives traded globally are electronically confirmed through Deriv/SERV. The Trade Information Warehouse, a service offering of Deriv/SERV launched in November 2006, is the market’s first and only comprehensive trade database and centralized electronic infrastructure for post-trade processing of OTC derivatives contracts over their lifecycles, from confirmation through to final settlement.
For more information on DTCC and DTCC Deriv/SERV, visit www.dtcc.com.
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