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DTCC, through its subsidiaries, provides clearing, 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 3.6 million securities issues from the United States and 121 other countries and territories, valued at almost $34 trillion. In 2009, DTCC settled more than $1.48 quadrillion in securities transactions.
DTCC operates through 10 subsidiaries - each of which serves a specific segment and risk profile within the securities industry:
- National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC)
- The Depository Trust Company (DTC)
- Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC)
- DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC
- The Warehouse Trust Company LLC
- DTCC Derivatives Repository Ltd.
- DTCC Solutions LLC
- DTCC Loan/SERV LLC
- EuroCCP Ltd.
- Avox Ltd.
This forum is a place for ALL to share and build research and due diligence in the context of the DTCC, it's policies and their impact on securities.
This is not a forum for recommending stocks to buy or sell. It is for information sharing only.
Please do not use this forum to promote stocks. Please start all informational posts with the ticker symbol of the stock followed by the actual company name as it appears on the OTC. A few simple rules to follow:
1: You cannot discuss other posters or try to attack them. TOU still is applied here.
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5: I am in no way affiliated with the DTCC, nor do I know anyone associated with the DTCC, this is simply subject matter expertise using documents from the DTCC and other sources regarding the DTCC and it's actions.
"DTCC Media Statement on Clearance and Settlement
New York, January 3, 2012 - The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) today issued the following media statement in response to inquiries, occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times, which mentioned the process of clearing and settling trades in the U.S. securities markets:
DTCC is a holding company for several regulated subsidiaries, including The Depository Trust Company (DTC), Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) and National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC). These subsidiaries provide centralized clearance, settlement and information services for equities, corporate and municipal bonds, government and mortgage-backed securities and money market instruments traded in the U.S. capital markets.
DTCC's core mission is to manage and mitigate risk for issuers and investors and their financial intermediaries. To achieve this mission, DTCC has helped to automate, standardize and streamline processes that are critical to the safety and soundness of the capital markets.
In the normal course of business, DTCC handles member firms' payments of funds related to two key activities: the settlement of transactions entered into by members on behalf of both their customers and their own accounts, and the deposit of collateral ("margin") in relation to DTCC's subsidiaries' role as the central counterparty for the U.S. securities markets.
Clearance and Settlement
Centralizing the process of clearing and settling transactions through NSCC or FICC is a critical component of today's highly efficient securities markets. Through these centralized processes, trades are cleared - matching the "buy" and "sell" sides of trades - and settled (the buyer receiving securities and the seller the related payment for the transaction). Similarly, the payments for transactions are processed through a centralized system.
After a transaction is executed, the details are reported to NSCC (for equities, corporate and municipal bonds and money market instruments) or FICC (for government and mortgage-backed securities). The applicable subsidiary becomes the "central counterparty" to the trade, guarantying completion of the transaction if either the buyer or seller is unable to fulfill its part of the contract.
NSCC settles trades through DTC's centralized book-entry system (FICC settles trades through the Federal Reserve's National Book Entry System). Selling parties deliver securities to buying parties through DTC against an obligation to pay funds for the transaction. A member's payment obligations (amounts it owes and amounts it is owed) are accumulated throughout the settlement day, and result in a final payment processed at the end of the day (from the member to DTC or from DTC to the member) equal to the total of these payment obligations.
Counterparties cannot withhold cash or securities from trades, or no settlement occurs. DTC itself is not involved in deciding how payments are processed or who receives what amounts; further, the total of settlement moneys received from members by DTC equals the total settlement payments DTC makes to other members, with none of these moneys retained at DTC. Payments may relate to transactions settled on behalf of a member firm's customers or transactions for the firm's own account; this transactional information is not reported to DTC.
Securing the Trade Guaranty
As a central counterparty, NSCC or FICC guarantees a member's performance on trades reported to the clearing house. To provide underlying security for this guaranty, NSCC and FICC require members to post Clearing Fund deposits (or margin) collateralizing their guaranteed trades.
DTCC constantly reviews and assesses the amount of collateral (cash and/or securities) required to be posted from each firm. As DTCC's subsidiaries guarantee each trade, the amount of collateral required can vary throughout the day, depending on trading volume, market volatility and a view of the potential risk of a default by a particular member firm.
Clearing Fund deposits and payments relating to transaction settlements are handled through completely separate processes and are not commingled; all deposits and payments are kept separate and distinct. In addition, when a firm sends funds through DTCC to complete its transactions and settle trades, DTCC does not "hold back" any funds for purposes of collateral or margin - all funds are remitted to the parties to whom they are due.
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), through its subsidiaries, provides clearing, 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 3.6 million securities issues from the United States and 121 other countries and territories, valued at almost $34 trillion. In 2010, DTCC settled more than $1.66 quadrillion in securities transactions"
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