The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, has announced that the community leveraging DTCC’s Central Trade Manager (CTM) service for US domestic trade matching has grown to over 1,800 firms, as organisations further consolidate global post-trade flows on a single platform.
With this adoption, 99 per cent of US trade flow volumes on the legacy DTCC OASYS service have migrated or are in the process of migrating to CTM.
CTM, DTCC’s platform for the central matching of cross-border and domestic transactions, automates the trade confirmation process across multiple asset classes, including equities, fixed income, repurchase agreements (repos) and listed options. The service enables users to take advantage of configurable matching rules, enrichment from DTCC’s ALERT database of 11.5 million standing settlement and account instructions, SWIFT messaging and, for US trades, direct integration with DTC settlement. As a result of this automation, firms are now able to manage their entire post-trade matching process on a single best practice solution, across asset classes and jurisdictions, and benefit from an average 95 per cent same day matching rate.
Adopting a single global central matching platform further supports US efforts to accelerate the settlement cycle. CTM’s Match to Instruct (M2I) workflow automatically triggers trade affirmation and delivery to DTC for settlement when a trade match between an Investment Manager and Executing Broker occurs, eliminating the need for either party to take further action. Clients using this workflow achieve a near 100 per cent affirmation rate by 9PM on trade date, demonstrating that the adoption of the CTM M2I workflow is a critical enabler to achieving T+1 settlement. This automation can also reduce certain post-trade processing costs for cash securities at large broker-dealer firms by 20-25 per cent, according to DTCC’s recent survey of nine of the world’s leading broker-dealer firms.
Additionally, the higher affirmation rates achieved with the CTM central matching service results in a reduction of trade exceptions (ie Don’t Know, or DK transactions), fails and financing charges. DTCC analysis has shown that unaffirmed trades are 54 times more likely to result in a trade not being authorised by the counterparty in the DTC trade settlement process than affirmed trades.
“It is exciting and rewarding to see the industry embrace CTM as the highly-efficient single global platform for trade matching,” says Matthew Stauffer, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Trade Processing at DTCC, and President & CEO of DTCC ITP LLC. “The benefits of migrating the US volume from the legacy OASYS service to CTM are being realised based upon the exceptional match rates and reductions in downstream settlement exceptions.”