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ID Net, a joint service offering of DTC and NSCC, extends the benefits of netting to institutional trade settlement, allowing broker/dealer users to combine their affirmed institutional equity trades with other trades that they may have in NSCC’s Continuous Net Settlement (CNS) system.

  • About

    ID Net was developed by DTCC in collaboration with Institutional Trade Processing (ITP), at the request of, and in consultation with, industry participants, including a working group of broker/dealer and bank customers.

  • Who Can Use the Service

    ID Net is a voluntary service. To subscribe, broker/dealers must be participants of both NSCC and DTC, and banks must be DTC participants.

    All ID Net customers are required to enter into separate "ID Net Subscriber" agreements with NSCC and/or DTC, as applicable, governing their use of the service.

  • Benefits

    Unlike exchange trades and most prime broker trades, institutional delivery transactions do not typically flow through NSCC’s CNS automated book-entry accounting system. Instead, they generally settle on a trade-for-trade basis at DTC. The ID Net service essentially separates an affirmed/matched institutional trade into two parts, allowing the broker to combine its institutional trades with its other trades in CNS, while the bank, acting as custodian for the investment manager’s client, continues to settle on a trade-for-trade basis.

    As a result, ID Net streamlines clearance and settlement, cuts customer costs and reduces fails associated with affirmed institutional equity trades, benefiting all parties involved in institutional trading. Other benefits include:

    • Encouraging early trade affirmation
    • Facilitates prioritization of settlement for ID Net trades
    • Reducing the aggregate value of settlements industry-wide through netting efficiencies.

    Although not considered participants in the service, investment managers and their clients ultimately benefit from ID Net when participants – the settling broker/dealers and banks – subscribe to the service.

  • How the Service Works

    Each transaction is confirmed and affirmed/matched through ITP’s TradeSuite system, which distributes the affirmed confirmation to appropriate parties of the trade. ITP then sends eligible trades to the ID Net service, which nets them with the subscribing broker’s other CNS activity, reducing that firm’s total value of settlement. Simultaneously, the custodian bank either receives from or delivers to the broker shares vs. payment on a trade-for-trade basis via two omnibus accounts created by NSCC.

    Upon receipt of the affirmation of an eligible trade from ITP, ID Net automates the following steps:

    • For bank deliveries, ID Net moves the "original clearing broker" from the receiver's field to the Third Party field of the ID delivery instruction and replaces it with a new NSCC omnibus account (# 719).
    • For bank receives, ID Net moves the "original clearing broker" from the deliverer's field to the Third Party field of the ID delivery instruction and replaces it with a new NSCC omnibus account (# 919).

    The ID Net process flow has been designed to minimize IT development. Banks are provided with Machine Readable Output (MRO) containing the original receiving or delivering broker in the same fields that they read today. Optionally, banks may program to read the Third Party field to determine if the trade was processed through ID Net.

    NSCC reports ID Net trades to broker/dealers at the end of the night cycle on the CNS Miscellaneous Activity Report.

  • Eligibility for ID Net Processing

    Only equity or Unit Investment Trust (UIT) CUSIPs eligible for CNS – which have also been affirmed before 11:30 a.m. on S-1 – are being processed through the ID Net service. Corporate and municipal bonds are currently excluded. Also excluded are transactions settling on the distribution day of a new issue; in issues undergoing a mandatory or voluntary reorganization; in CUSIPs with a CNS buy-in.

  • Additional Information for Custodian Banks

    • Custodian banks can continue to exempt or authorize ID deliveries before the night cycle as they do today. However for the day cycle, custodian banks need to authorize their ID deliveries and discontinue the process of sending Deliver Orders (DO) for these trades. Authorization (versus submission of a DO) also reflects more cost effective processing for banks.
    • Trades that are eligible for ID Net which are still in a pending state by 11:30 a.m. on settlement date revert to trade-for-trade settlement versus the original clearing broker and do not settle as part of ID Net. Accordingly, if the bank subsequently authorizes the delivery, it is sent to the original clearing broker instead of the NSCC omnibus clearing account.

  • Additional Information for BrokerDealers

    • Broker/dealers are still able to exempt or cancel an ID netted delivery as they do today.
    • Broker/dealers are able to view their completed, pending or dropped receives and deliveries in the omnibus accounts via automated output option or PTS functionality.
    • ID Net transactions not completed by 11:30 a.m. on settlement date are exited from the ID Net service and instead become eligible to settle trade-for-trade versus the custodian bank.
    • Deliveries that do not complete for position or controls are available for immediate reintroduction from the original clearing broker's account at 11:30 a.m. Brokers can update an IMS profile to have these ID Net reintroduced drop deliveries automatically authorized.

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