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Sep 11, 2019 • Press Releases

DTCC Re-imagines the Institutional Post-Trade Lifecycle and Charts Path For Achieving Optimal ‘No-Touch Processing’

Shares vision for institutional trade processing that achieves straight-through processing by eliminating inefficient manual touch points

New York/London/Hong Kong/Singapore/Sydney, September 11, 2019 ‒ The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, today outlined a vision for institutional trade processing that realizes the goal of straight-through processing by eliminating inefficient manual touch points.

In a new white paper “Re-Imagining Post-Trade: No-Touch Processing Within Reach,” DTCC explains the need for the new approach and lays out a path for achieving no-touch processing, including the most effective way to leverage existing infrastructure.

“We have a plan to create an open, integrated and resilient post-trade infrastructure that eliminates redundancies and manual processing across an increasing set of asset classes. It is designed so the entire trade lifecycle — from post-execution to settlement — can be managed from one platform,” said Matthew Stauffer, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Trade Processing at DTCC. “With a no-touch processing infrastructure, reference data is centralized and enrichment occurs automatically from golden data sources, which would facilitate downstream processes and eliminate the need for local data stores. Parties would agree on trade economics and SSIs on trade date, resulting in an authoritative trade record. All parties (buy-side, sell-side, depositories) would be notified with the same authoritative instruction and receive the settlement status to ensure settlement finality.”

Enabling firms to reduce the number of “touches” in their post-trade processing and leverage consolidated exception and settlement management capabilities will drive settlement finality.

Fortunately, many of the components of this no-touch processing vision are already in place today. This improved path to settlement finality will become increasingly important when new regulations such as the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR), which aims to increase the safety and efficiency of securities settlement, and the settlement infrastructures in the EU takes effect. CSDR’s Settlement Discipline Regime (SDR) will require investment firms to put in place measures to mitigate settlement fails. Under the SDR, market participants will be liable to pay daily penalties or charges against each transaction that fails to settle, along with corresponding mandatory buy-ins for failing transactions after the prescribed number of days.

About DTCC

With over 45 years of experience, DTCC is the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. From operating facilities, data centers and offices in 16 countries, DTCC, through its subsidiaries, automates, centralizes and standardizes the processing of financial transactions, mitigating risk, increasing transparency and driving efficiency for thousands of broker/dealers, custodian banks and asset managers. Industry owned and governed, the firm simplifies the complexities of clearing, settlement, asset servicing, data management, data reporting and information services across asset classes, bringing increased security and soundness to financial markets. In 2018, DTCC’s subsidiaries processed securities transactions valued at more than U.S. $1.85 quadrillion. Its depository provides custody and asset servicing for securities issues from 170 countries and territories valued at U.S. $52.2 trillion. DTCC’s Global Trade Repository service, through locally registered, licensed, or approved trade repositories, processes over 14 billion messages annually. To learn more, please visit us at or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Jim Binder

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Eric Hazard, Vested
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Indre Hessant, Greentarget
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Yuri van der Leest, Teneo 
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Emma Cullen-Ward, OneProfile
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