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Mar 30, 2021 • Press Releases

DTCC's ALERT Surpasses Ten Million Standing Settlement Instructions

New York/London/Hong Kong/Singapore/Sydney, 30 March 2021 ‒ The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, today announced that DTCC’s ALERT, the industry’s largest and most compliant web-based global database for the maintenance and communication of account and standing settlement instructions (SSIs), has passed a key milestone with over ten million SSIs now included in the service— an increase of 12% in the past twelve months.

“SSIs represent a substantial pain point for firms, as missing or incomplete SSIs can lead to trade failures. The increased use of ALERT is confirmation of the financial service industry’s continued focus on automation and addressing this important area of the post-trade process,” said Moira Kiernan, DTCC Director, Product Management. “With ten million SSIs now in ALERT, the service has become the central SSI utility to reduce trade fails and increase operational efficiencies, creating significant benefits from the centralization and automation of high quality, golden source data.”

Of the ten million SSIs, thirty percent are now administered by data source providers through its custodian-managed model, Global Custodian Direct (GC Direct). Through the GC Direct workflow, custodian banks and prime brokers become the owner and manager of SSIs for their buy-side clients, further automating the maintenance of SSIs and driving the prevalence of reliable source data.

Increasing efficiencies and reducing touch points are high priorities for the financial services industry, further amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and in anticipation of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation’s (CSDR) Settlement Discipline Regime to be implemented in February 2022, which introduces penalty fees for failing transactions. ALERT significantly reduces trade failure by enabling a community of investment managers, broker/dealers and custodian banks to share accurate account and SSI data automatically worldwide including automated enrichment of transactions within DTCC’s Margin Transit Utility (MTU) offering as well as within DTCC’s CTM central matching service through a rules-based engine called ALERT Key Auto Select (AKAS). With 3,325 clients, ALERT provides broad market coverage supporting all the depositories across the globe (150+ as published by SMPG) and more than 30 derivatives exchanges.

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 15 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 2019, DTCC’s subsidiaries processed securities transactions valued at more than U.S. $2.15 quadrillion. Its depository provides custody and asset servicing for securities issues from 170 countries and territories valued at U.S. $63.0 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.

Madiha Arsalan

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Eric Hazard, Vested
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Ana Reynaud, Greentarget
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Yuri van der Leest, Teneo 
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Emma Cullen-Ward, OneProfile
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