Clearing and Settlement
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The clearing and settlement functions are two activities that relate to the finalisation of a transaction or trade. Traditionally these activities were in the domain of the back office but recent initiatives, including MiFID, have placed increased visibility on the clearing and settlement functions.
Essentially, clearing refers to the movement of the item to its intended destination – for example, delivering a cheque to the drawer’s bank, or delivering securities to the designated custodian. The clearing is often done through recognised clearing networks that specialise in that form of instrument – for example, a foreign exchange transaction could be cleared through FXAll or similar, or a European security trade could clear through Euroclear in Brussels, or a cheque through a local or national clearing house.
Settlement normally refers to the exchange of value associated with a transaction i.e. transfer of cash.
There are two types of settlement – gross and net. In gross settlement, each item clears as an amount in its own right, quite often in real-time. In net-settlement, items are aggregated throughout a defined period (possibly four hours or the entire working day and the net differences between the amounts owed and due between organisations are exchanged. An example of a net settlement system is that used for settling cheques exchanged between the UK clearing banks. In this system, cheques are exchanged between those banks which received the cheques into their customers’ accounts (receiving bank) and those whose customers actually wrote the cheques (drawing bank). The net difference is paid (or received) through an exchange of funds in their Bank of England accounts that represents the net difference between the cheques received and given between them.
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16 May 2013
Euroclear and Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) have announced they will launch new collateral processing services based on the former's Collateral Highway offering and the latter's equivalent, Margin Transit Utility.
07 May 2013
The number of new players in the payments sector seems to multiply by the week. They are queuing up to try to dismantle long-standing value-chains. Just about all of the newcomers are focused on the C2C or B2C spaces, whether domestic or cross-border....
29 April 2013
Euroclear's Collateral Highway has similar aims to Clearstream's Global Liquidity Hub and is gaining a similar set of takers, with Standard Chartered the latest to sign.
26 April 2013
US-based market maker, Getco, has added EuroCCP to the list of interoperable central counterparty (CCP) clearing partners for its trading platform, GETMatched Europe.
25 April 2013
BNP Paribas Securities Services is to integrate Swift's new collateral flow messages into its Margin Protect service to try to remove fax and email-based processes ahead of the expected leap in volumes as a result of new regulations.
24 April 2013
As BNP Paribas nears go-live, Standard Chartered has signed as the third institution to seek to provide a global collateral pool for clients by working with Clearstream's Global Liquidity Hub service.
23 April 2013
The Direct Debit Scheme (DDS), a national initiative in the UAE for electronically processed payments, is set to launch on 15th June 2013. Initially, the DDS will cover loan and mortgage repayments, with credit cards and utility payments expected...
15 April 2013
Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) is getting to grips with its new trading platform from Swedish provider, Cinnober. The system, dubbed EOS Trader, provides DGCX's brokers with a new front-end option, as well as new clearing and matching...
09 April 2013
European Banking Association Clearing (EBA) has launched its new MyBank e-payments channel. The system is underpinned by technology from Italy-based payments provider, SIA, and 28 institutions have joined the initiative in the first phase. Two...
27 March 2013
Pan-European cash equities clearing giants EMCF (owned by ABN Amro and Nasdaq OMX) and EuroCCP (owned by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation) have announced an agreement to join to create a single, more robust central counterparty for...
12 March 2013
London Stock Exchange (LSE) has outlined its plans for the Italian trading solutions provider, Gatelab, which was acquired at the end of last year. Antoine Shagoury, COO at LSE, says that the company will be developed through a joint R&D process,...
20 February 2013
Peru-based Bolsa de Valores de Lima (BVL) is preparing to kick off its implementation of the Millennium Exchange and MillenniumSOR platforms owned by the London Stock Exchange (LSE). As well as this, BVL is close to finalising an agreement for a...
19 December 2012
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) is implementing MillenniumSOR from Sri Lanka-based technology solutions provider, MillenniumIT (owned by the London Stock Exchange), to drive its new Orion Central Gateway. The system is scheduled to go live in...
03 December 2012
The likely make-up of the post-trade market with the arrival of Target2-Securities (T2S) is starting to take shape. Far from the predicted reduction in the number of Central Securities Depositories (CSDs), it looks as though there will be an...
22 November 2012
Already delayed, Target2-Securities (T2S) has effectively been pushed back further as a result of a revision to the migration waves for Central Securities Depositories (CSDs). Few CSDs wanted to go in the first two of the three scheduled waves and,...
19 November 2012
TCS Financial Solutions is about to kick off the implementation of Bancs Market Infrastructure at South Africa-based central securities depository (CSD), Strate, for fixed income operations. Meanwhile, upgrade work is underway at other CSDs:...
05 November 2012
Long beset by manual processes, the funds sector has taken a number of steps forward in the last few years. Under pressure, there has been a new focus on cost efficiency and risk reduction. Nevertheless, there is still some way to go before all...
01 November 2012
France-based payments processor, STET, has made its first step outside the domestic market with the deployment of a new CSM for Belgian banks, underpinned by STET's Java and Unix-based platform, Core. It is now bidding for a similar project in...
01 November 2012
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01 October 2012
Swift has been working for some time to create a new payment instrument that promises to finally drive out much of the paper and inefficiencies around trade. With ratification by the ICC on the way, can the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) live up to...
18 September 2012
Fundtech, US-based payments system supplier, is implementing its payment processing platform with six of Singapore's major financial institutions. The venture is assisted by BCSIS, local partner, and Vocalink, Fundtech's partner in the UK Faster...
13 September 2012
Invapay, specialist in procurement and e-payment solutions, will unveil a new platform, provided by Earthport, in two weeks. The new software will support international corporate payments.
03 September 2012
A round-up of recent appointments and departures within the industry. Departures at Misys, Temenos and Third Financial; and new hires at Fiserv, Lombard Risk and Calypso, among others.
24 August 2012
A global standard for transaction reporting, the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), has moved a step closer with the DTCC and Swift launching a web portal for an interim identifier under the auspices of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission...
24 August 2012
Swift and SIA/Colt have concluded Proof of Concept phases for Target2Securities connectivity as the long-awaited and much delayed European Central Bank-led project starts to move into view.
14 August 2012
Having recently signed major deals with emerging markets, Cinnober is gathering speed to expand its targets. IBS talks to its new CEO Javier Tordable.
25 July 2012
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18 July 2012
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14 June 2012
The migration date is still to be determined but the four Euroclear central securities depositories inside the eurozone have agreed to sign the framework agreement to implement Target 2 Securities, and outsource their settlement functions to a...
01 June 2012
Belgian debit card scheme operator, Bancontact/MisterCash, is working with SIX Payment Services to become a SEPA-compliant card payment scheme. Go-live is expected mid-2013.
23 May 2012
London Metal Exchange (LME) has shortlisted Cinnober and Calypso as potential technology suppliers for LME's new clearing house project, LME Clear. A five-week design study with each vendor is now under way.
05 April 2012
The Nigerian Stock Exchange is planning a major transformation with the selection of Nasdaq OMX's X-Stream platform. It is the first in sub-Saharan Africa to go this route and might use it to host other exchanges.
03 April 2012
The Syn back office settlement platform roll-out at ANZ is believed to be on the rocks. According to industry sources, Wall Street Systems is a possible replacement.
01 March 2012
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Fundtech, Infosys, Nasdaq OMX and Autosoft Dynamics are among the vendors to sign new deals. Suncorp, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nib...
17 February 2012
Fundtech has landed a deal to underpin automated clearing house (ACH) services at Corporate One Federal Credit Union with its PayPlus ACH and CashPlus payment solutions. Corporate One, which provides services to other US credit unions, has 800...
22 December 2011
Settlement and securities services provider, Euroclear Bank, and financial services and information business, Markit, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly create an operational infrastructure to support the use of loans as...
19 December 2011
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15 December 2011
A new multi-asset risk management platform, Genium Risk, has gone live at Nasdaq OMX Clearing. The platform covers equities and fixed incomes, with commodities to follow next year.
05 December 2011
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. TCS, Forbis and others have gained new deals. Just Bank, Erste Bank Group and Royal Bank of Scotland are among the financial institutions that have acquired new software.
25 November 2011
BM&FBovespa, the largest stock exchange in Latin America, has recently received approval from Brazil's regulators to launch a new registration and clearing service for OTC derivatives. Calypso is providing the technology for it.
21 November 2011
ProgressSoft, the Jordan-based payment system vendor, has completed a project to automate cheque clearing for the Central Bank of Bahrain. The bank is now looking for an ACH offering.
08 November 2011
Torstone Technology, a newly founded company, intends to market its Inferno securities and derivatives processing solution internationally. It already has a presence in New York, Hong Kong and London.
01 November 2011
The SIA Expo 2011, which took place in Milan in mid-October, billed itself as 'the beating heart of the European payments evolution'. It attracted over 600 bankers, who had come to hear from a cross-section of speakers from industry bodies and...
Article: DTCC partners with Clearstream, turns attention to principal and interest payments aggregation for lending
16 September 2011
DTCC and Clearstream are to partner for bilateral and syndicated lending. The former's Loan/Serv platform will be integrated with Clearstream's collateral management platform for bilateral lending; Clearstream will market DTCC's syndicated lending...
20 July 2011
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is preparing for competition, with Chi-X set to be the first to break ASX's monopoly in share trading later this year. The exchange is also searching for a new MD and CEO to succeed Robert Elstone who is...
19 July 2011
Following the recent go-live of a new OTC interest rate swaps clearing platform, LCH.Clearnet is extending its reach to the US. The work is being carried out in partnership with the clearing house's platform supplier, Murex.
18 July 2011
Banca d'Italia has issued a tender to award two seven-year licences for Target2 Securities (T2S) connectivity services. The search is being carried out on behalf of the Eurozone central banks.
06 July 2011
A round-up of recent orders in the financial technology sector worldwide. Polaris, 3i Infotech, Callataÿ & Wouters, Capital Banking Solutions, TCS and others have gained new deals. Housing Bank for Trade Finance, Reserve Bank of India, Unicredit ...
29 June 2011
The OTC derivatives market is worth around $615 trillion globally. Some see it as bad news waiting to happen whilst others view it as an essential part of the framework of managing risk. Regulation is bound to cause a stir.
15 June 2011
St Gabriel's Credit Union has chosen to implement electronic fund transfer (EFT) functionality based on Temenos' T24 core banking system. It is working with Temenos' local partner, CU Plus.
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