The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) recently enhanced the payment matching and bi-lateral netting capabilities of Deriv/SERV to accommodate real-time computer-to-computer messaging between DTCC and customers. The move speeds the processing of payments for credit default swaps and other over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, providing greater accuracy and straight-through processing for payments processed through DTCC.
DTCC also announced that it has surpassed the 1 million mark in payment transactions processed for the fourth quarter 2005, with 1.2 million credit derivative payments matched and bi-laterally netted through the system. This reflects a threefold increase from the same period in 2004, when 400,000 payments were processed through the system.
Five major dealers, including Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley adopted the new direct computer-to-computer link as part of their credit derivative transactions payment process since it went live at the end of 2005.
"With the OTC derivatives market – particularly in credit default swaps – continuing to grow at such a rapid pace, the need to strengthen the market’s operational infrastructure takes on even greater importance," said Richard Ingram, executive director, Morgan Stanley fixed-income Operations. "The ability to further simplify our payment processing through an automated computer-to-computer link is another step forward in addressing this need, and we are pleased that DTCC has added this feature to the Deriv/SERV platform."
The new computer-to-computer link allows users of the payment service to transmit credit derivatives payment information directly to DTCC’s computer system in real-time. Previously, this data would need to be submitted to DTCC via an Excel spreadsheet, requiring manual intervention to complete the process.
The five banks now enjoy fully automated integration between their own internal cash management systems and the DTCC central service. Plans are under way to extend the service in the near future to all OTC derivatives asset classes, focusing initially on interest rates and equities, providing the same level of efficiency, accuracy and cost reduction for all OTC payments.
"This most recent enhancement to Deriv/SERV’s payment matching and bi-lateral netting service is another example of how we are working with market participants to deliver automated solutions that bring greater safety and soundness for derivatives processing, from trade confirmation through settlement," said Peter Axilrod, managing director, DTCC New Business Development. "We are committed to continuing to build and enrich our platform to foster a higher degree of automation in the marketplace."
Other enhancements to the Deriv/SERV system in 2005 included:
Real-time, automated matching and reporting;
Electronic messaging capabilities between parties to accelerate the investigation and resolution of exceptions;
Web inquiry and electronic messaging facility;
Automated procedures to modify deal data to facilitate cash flow matching.
DTCC first entered the OTC derivatives market in November 2003 in response to requests from major dealers and banks looking to bring greater efficiently into their operational processing and to safely manage the industry’s rapid growth rate. First supporting real-time, two-sided matching and confirmation for single reference entity credit default swaps and credit default swap indices, there are currently more than 200 global derivatives dealers and buy-side firms live on the platform, more than any other service provider in the market. The platform has since been expanded to support matching and confirmation of interest rate swaps and swaptions, equity index options, equity share options equity swaps and variance swaps, in addition to the payments service.
Axilrod noted that since being launched, Deriv/SERV has been an important driver in helping increase automated processing rates for these products. According to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), automated confirmation of credit derivatives trades has grown from about 6% in the beginning of 2004 to over 40% by the end of June 2005.