ID Net



Affirmation Processing

DTC may accept eligible affirmed institutional transactions (“Affirmed Transactions”) from a utility that provides a matching service1   (“Matching Utility”).  The Matching Utility must be (i) a clearing agency registered pursuant to Section 17A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”), (ii) an entity that has obtained an exemption from such registration from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or (iii) a “qualified vendor” for trade confirmation/affirmation services as defined by the rules of a self-regulatory organization.  A Matching Utility must establish a connection to DTC in accordance with DTC’s reasonable requirements in order to be able to submit Affirmed Transactions to DTC.  In this regard, in order for a Matching Utility to establish and maintain a connection with DTC the Matching Utility must be able to balance with DTC in an automated way2 and communicate transactions to and from DTC with the necessary mandated fields3.    Also, Matching Utilities that intend to establish a new connection with DTC must promptly contact DTC in order to start planning for establishment of the connection and allow adequate time to develop and adequately test the interface prior to the date it expects to implement its connection to DTC.
A Participant that is a counterparty to an Affirmed Transaction as submitted to DTC by a Matching Utility is deemed to have authorized the Matching Utility to provide an instruction to DTC, on the Participant’s behalf, to process the Affirmed Transaction in accordance with DTC’s Rules and Procedures.  The submission of such Affirmed Transaction by the Matching Utility to DTC, on behalf of such Participant, constitutes the duly authorized instruction of the Participant to DTC to process the Affirmed Transaction in accordance with the Rules and Procedures. 
A Matching Utility that elects to enter into an arrangement to interoperate with another Matching Utility (“Interoperability Arrangement”) maintains the sole responsibility to ensure that its customers, including DTC Participants that are their customers, are operationally prepared to process Affirmed Transactions relating to the Interoperability Arrangement prior to the submission of such Affirmed Transactions to DTC.
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1A “matching service” is an electronic service to match trade information, centrally, between a broker-dealer and its institutional customer.

2For each Matching Utility interfacing with DTC, DTC requires the Matching Utility to deliver a daily message on each business day shortly after noon from the Matching Utility with their accepted item counts of institutional delivery and ID Net (defined below) transaction totals for Settlement Date minus one transactions. DTC’s system will compare the totals from the Matching Utility to its accepted item counts. If the totals match, an “acknowledged balance” balance file will be sent to the Matching Utility. If the totals do not match, DTC will respond with the list of Settlement Date minus one control numbers received from the Matching Utility, along with their respective transaction types for the originating Matching Utility to compare.

3The mandated fields for this purpose are the transaction control number, DTC receiver and deliverer account number, CUSIP, message type, share quantity, market type, buy-sell indicator, broker ID, ID agent internal account number, broker internal account number, agent bank ID, settlement amount, origination entity, recipient of message, institution, and settlement date.

 


ID Net Overview

Unlike exchange trades and most prime broker trades, most institutional delivery transactions do not currently flow through NSCC’s Continuous Net Settlement system (“CNS”). Rather these institutional transactions settle at DTC. The ID Net Service allows subscribers to the service to net all eligible Affirmed Transactions against their CNS transactions, if any.

Eligibility for the ID Net Service requires that a participating entity be: (i) a Member of NSCC and a Participant of DTC (“ID Net Firm”), or (ii) a bank that is a Participant of DTC (“ID Net Bank”) (collectively, “ID Net Subscribers”). In addition, eligibility for ID Net processing is based on the underlying security being processed, the type of transaction submitted for processing and the timing of affirmation/matching. Participation in the ID Net Service is voluntary and is governed by the DTC Rules and Procedures applicable to the ID Net Service. All ID Net Subscribers are required to enter into separate ID Net Subscriber agreements with NSCC and/or DTC, as applicable which govern their use of the ID Net Service.

To facilitate the processing of ID Net transactions, NSCC maintains two securities accounts at DTC on behalf of all ID Net Firms that have elected to use the ID Net Service: the “ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account” and the “ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account” (collectively referred to as the “ID Netting Subscriber Accounts”). NSCC is the owner of both accounts and acts as agent for the ID Net Firms. NSCC processes ID Net transactions through these accounts on behalf of participating ID Net Firms. While NSCC directs transactions through these accounts on behalf of ID Net Firms, the ID Net Firms, not NSCC, are responsible for satisfying applicable DTC risk management controls and Participant Fund requirements for their respective activity through the ID Netting Subscriber Accounts.

The ID Net Service offers netting efficiency and reduced security movements for ID Net Subscribers that are NSCC Members. NSCC Members, however, may need to make system changes to reflect how institutional deliveries are processed through their system. For ID Net Banks the ID Net service was specifically designed to minimize development and to make ID Net processing as transparent as possible.

 

Note- A Participant should contact its Relationship Manager for more information.  

The ID Net Service, or “ID Net”, is a service that ultimately benefits all parties involved in institutional trading. ID Net processing:

  • Reduces the aggregate value of settlements system wide through netting efficiencies
  • Presents cost savings for banks and brokers through reduced fees and/or deliveries
  • Increases the certainty of settlement for matched institutional trades
  • Encourages early affirmation

ID Net Firms must be NSCC Members eligible for CNS processing as well as Participants in DTC. ID Net Banks must be DTC Participants. All agent ID numbers associated with a given ID Net Bank are included for processing.

  • A subscriber to the ID Net Service must submit an ID Net subscriber form to both DTC and NSCC in order to become an ID Net Subscriber.
  • Upon receipt of the form, DTC’s Account Administration reviews it for all required information and authorization.
  • If acceptable, the appropriate master file update takes place that evening at approximately 8 p.m.
  • Once the update has occurred, Affirmed Transactions from that evening between the new ID Net Subscriber and other eligible ID Net Subscribers are routed into the ID Net process. Thus, the earliest time that eligible Affirmed Transactions of the new ID Net Subscriber are processed in ID Net is on the following night.

Note- A Participant should contact its Relationship Manager about testing with DTC and NSCC prior to signing up for ID Net.

Most equity securities that are eligible for CNS are eligible for ID Net processing.

 

In addition to Participant and security eligibility requirements, for a transaction to be eligible for ID Net:

  • The trade must be affirmed/matched by a Matching Utility.
  • DTC should receive the Affirmed Transaction from the Matching Utility no later than 11:30 a.m. eastern time on the business day immediately preceding settlement date (“SD-1”) to be considered for ID Net eligibility.
  • The transaction must be between an ID Net Firm and an ID Net Bank, on behalf of an institutional customer.

Authorization, Exemption and Cancel Processing for ID Net Banks

When an institutional delivery from a bank is affirmed, the delivery is sent to DTC’s Inventory Management System (IMS). ID Net was developed to minimize systemic changes required by ID Net Banks.

If a trade is flagged as ID Net eligible, DTC will automatically “flip” the original clearing firm from the receiver field into the third-party field of the ID trade and will put the ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account (# 719) in the receiver field. ID Net Banks will only be notified of this change if they elect to receive new messages that are produced by DTC specifically for ID Net.

  • ID Net Banks may exempt, authorize or cancel ID deliveries before the night cycle. However for the day cycle, it is recommended that ID Net Banks authorize their individual ID deliveries and discontinue the practice of sending Deliver Orders (DO) for these trades. Otherwise, the contra Participant may reclaim, subject to DTC’s risk management controls and applicable RAD limits, the DOs since these trades are set up for settlement in ID Net. Authorization of individual ID deliveries versus sending DOs is more cost effective for banks.
  • If an ID Net Bank cancels an ID trade, it can no longer be acted upon. If a trade is in the ID Net process and is cancelled the trade can no longer be acted upon and the trade will be immediately exited from ID Net processing.
  • Transactions exempted by an ID Net Bank remain in ID Netting until 11:30 a.m. on settlement date. At 11:30 a.m., if still exempted, the delivery is removed from the ID Net Service. IMS will return the original clearing firm’s Participant number back to the receiver field and populate the third-party field of the delivery with the ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account (#719). If a transaction is subsequently authorized by the bank, it will be delivered to the original clearing Participant on a trade-for-trade basis with all applicable comment information remaining intact.

The ID Net processing cut-off time of 11:30 a.m. eastern time will allow ID Net to give the obligations back to the original parties with sufficient time to allow them to complete the delivery from their account or borrow the security to complete the transaction.

Authorization, Exemption and Cancel Processing for ID Net Firms

ID Net Firms may exempt a receive before the night of SD-1 from a bank that is in the ID Net Service via a new IMS capability. This receive exemption will only be permitted on a trade-for-trade basis. This exemption will exit the transaction from ID Net by returning the original clearing firm number back into the receiver field and making the appropriate CNS adjustment entries. The transaction will then be available for trade-for-trade settlement.

ID Net Firms should continue to authorize/exempt/cancel their deliveries from their account as they do today.

  • Authorization of ID Net Firm deliveries by the ID Net Firm is not necessary.
  • ID Net Firms may exempt their deliveries in the ID Net process either through an IMS function option or systematically on a trade-for-trade basis by submitting the Institutional Delivery (ID) control number.
  • Global exemptions of ID Net deliveries are only available via the Settlement User Interface. If an ID Net Firm sends in a global exemption systematically for its account, it will not apply to its ID Net deliveries.
  • If an ID Net Firm’s delivery is exempted or pend cancelled by the ID Net Firm, the transaction will be exited from ID Net. For exempted transactions, the ID Net Firm can no longer act upon that delivery, i.e., authorize it at a later time.
  • If an ID Net Firm’s trade is exited from the ID Net process, it will not revert back to an original ID trade from the ID Net Firm’s account. The ID Net Firm will need to submit the delivery itself or use the re-introduced drop feature described below.

ID Net Settlement and Risk Mgt Processing

Changes to Risk Management Control Updates for ID Net Firms

ID Net processes an ID Net Firm’s DTC debits and credits for its eligible ID trades through the NSCC ID Netting Subscriber accounts. These ID trades have offsetting debits and credits in the CNS system. As a result, NSCC may owe DTC on any given day for the net of all the ID Net trades processed for all ID Net Firms. In order to protect DTC from having a failure exported from NSCC for liquidity purposes, updates to Participants’ net debit caps and collateral monitors are necessary as described below:

An ID Net collateral monitor and net debit cap balance is recorded in the processing system. The ID Net collateral monitor records the net balance of collateral generated for all ID transactions processed through the ID Net service. If the balance of collateral generated by all ID Net receives and delivers is positive, the ID Net Firm’s collateral monitor will not be increased by that amount. However, if an ID Net transaction requires collateral, the system will use the ID Net collateral surplus for that ID Net Firm before attempting to use other collateral from that ID Net Firm. If there is insufficient ID Net collateral for that ID Net Firm, the system will look to the ID Net Firm’s excess collateral in its account.

Similar to collateral, the system creates an ID Net settlement balance. When this balance is a net credit from deliveries on the ID Net Firm’s behalf through the #919 account, it is only used to offset incoming ID Net receives to the #719 account. If there is an insufficient ID Net credit to absorb the debit of the ID Net delivery to the #719 account for that ID Net Firm, the system will create an ID Net debit that will effectively treat the ID Net debit as a reduction of the ID Net Firm’s net debit cap and will be displayed via the Risk Management Control Inquiry function. The ID Net debit is only used for net debit cap calculation purposes and does not represent a Participant’s actual settlement balance.

  • If the ID Net Firm has insufficient collateral or net debit cap, the transaction will pend until 11:30 a.m. eastern time on settlement date.

Risk Controls for the ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account:

  • Authorized bank deliveries are checked for position and collateral. The original clearing firm, which is identified in the third party field, is responsible for collateralizing the ID Net securities being processed into the ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account #719.
  • Receives into the ID Netting Subscriber Deliver Account #719 for the ID Net Firm are available for immediate delivery to CNS. The original clearing firm’s memo seg, if any, is not applicable.

Risk Controls for ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account:

  • Receives from CNS into the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919 for the original clearing firm are available for immediate delivery to ID Net Banks. The original clearing ID Net Firm’s memo seg, if any, is not applicable.
  • An ID Net Firm can also cancel a pending ID Net delivery (referred to as a pend cancel) from the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919 account through the Settlement User Interface.

Deliveries from the CNS account to the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account # 919 will be on a higher priority basis except for buy-in receives, corporate actions and other delivery types as determined periodically by the clearing corporation. By placing the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919 on a higher priority for long allocations, the number and value of ID Net fails is reduced.


Trades Exited from ID Net

A previously eligible ID Net trade can be exited from the ID Net process for a number of reasons.  If an ID Net trade is exited from the ID Net Service, it will revert back to an original ID trade from the ID Net Firm’s account, despite the fact that the ID Net Firm or IMS may have already performed the authorization or exemption process for ID trades from its account. Trades that are exited from ID Net before settlement processing begins on the night of SD-1 will be placed back into an unprocessed state in IMS and the ID Net Firm has to authorize these trades if it intends to deliver them. Applicable output messages are available for all exited ID Net trades.

If an ID Net trade is exempted or pend cancelled, the transaction will be exited from ID Net. For exempted transactions, the ID Net Firm can no longer act upon that delivery, i.e., authorize it at a later time.

Some of the reasons that a trade may be exited from ID Net are as follows:

Change of Eligibility

After a trade has been affirmed and deemed eligible for ID Net, the ID Net process will continue to check the transaction’s eligibility up until 8 p.m. on the night of SD-1. If a trade becomes ineligible, for example, a Reorganization is announced, the trade will be removed from the ID Net process regardless of whether it is in an authorized or an exempt state. The trade will be staged for trade-for-trade settlement between the ID Net Firm and the ID Net Bank and will maintain its current state, i.e., authorized trades will remain authorized and exempted trades will remain exempted.

Attempts to Cancel

After an ID trade is affirmed, ID Net Firms, on occasion, generate an attempt to cancel and exempt the ID trade because the trade may no longer be valid. If the trade is in the ID Net process and is being staged for delivery from the ID Net Subscriber Receive Account #919, ID Net Firms should continue to exempt transactions when an “attempt to cancel” message is generated. Automated exemptions on a trade-for-trade basis via the Institutional Delivery (ID) control number will still be accepted for ID Net trades from the ID Net Subscriber Receive Account #919.

Cut-off of 11:30 a.m. on Settlement Date

Trades that are eligible for ID Net but are still in an exempt or unprocessed state or are pending for position or risk management controls at 11:30 a.m. on settlement date will automatically revert to trade-for-trade settlement versus the original clearing firm. They will be exited from the ID Net process at NSCC through a new “Miscellaneous” adjustment to their CNS position. Any exits from ID Net after the start of the night cycle that create a short or increases an existing short in CNS, are subjected to the one-day settling trade exemption indicator (the default for this indicator is level 1, i.e., the position is exempted). The exit processing for ID Net Banks and ID Net Firms differs as follows:


ID Net Operations

ID Net Bank deliveries that remain exempt at 11:30 a.m. eastern time on settlement date will be exited from ID Net as follows:

  • ID Net will move the original clearing firm back into the receiver field and the ID Net Subscriber Deliver Account #719 will be placed into the third-party field by the ID Net Service. Thus, if a bank authorizes the delivery after the 11:30 a.m. (eastern time) ID Net cutoff, the ID delivery will go directly to the original clearing firm.
  • Authorized ID Net Bank deliveries that are pending for position or the deliverer’s or receiver’s risk management controls will also be exited from ID Net and will continue to recycle in the system to the ID Net Firm. The ID Net Bank delivery will be systematically updated so that the original clearing firm will be moved back from the third party field to the receiver field and the ID Net Subscriber Deliver Account #719 will be placed into the third-party field. The transaction will continue to recycle with the same Relative Block Number (RBN – the unique transaction number applied by the processing system); however, if it re-pends or completes, it will be assigned a new RBN # that will point to the original RBN.
  • ID Net Firm deliveries from the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919 that are pending for position or because of risk management controls will drop at 11:30 a.m. eastern time on settlement date

 

Re-introduction of ID Net Deliveries for ID Net Firms

Deliveries that do not complete for position or controls will be available for immediate re-introduction from the original clearing firm’s account through an optional IMS function at 11:30 a.m. eastern time.

The ID Net reintroduced drop will appear and will be charged as a regular ID trade (MITS transaction type in IMS). The reintroduced drop can be viewed by the ID Net Firm in the “Transaction Authorization Inquiry” option in IMS. An ID Net reintroduced drop will remain in an Unprocessed state (will not be processed) unless the ID Net Firm authorizes the delivery in IMS. ID Net Firms can elect to have their ID Net reintroduced drops automatically authorized by setting their “ID Net Drop Authorization Profile” to passive. ID Net Firms should use the new “ID Net Drop Auth Profile Update” option in the IMS function to switch their ID Net drop profile from Active (the default) to Passive. ID Net Firms can view their ID Net drop authorization profile in the IMS function by selecting the “ID Net Drop Auth Profile Inquiry” option.

ID Net same-day reclaims are only applicable to deliveries from the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919. These reclaims will be directed to the original clearing firm rather than the omnibus account #919 and are subject to DTC’s risk management controls and applicable RAD limits.

 

DTC strongly recommends that ID Net reclaims of receives from the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919 include the Relative Block Number (RBN) and Original Date Pend Holds

ID Net Banks will be permitted to place holds on their ID Net deliveries that are pending for insufficient position in the Pending Transaction function.

ID Net Firms will not be permitted to place pend holds on their ID Net deliveries that are being processed from the ID Netting Subscriber Receive Account #919.

ID Net transactions will be used to offset the balance of any other CNS transactions, and the “net” of those transactions will be used for purposes of determining Clearing Fund obligations pursuant to NSCC’s current procedures, subject to a revised mark-to-market calculation applicable to ID Net Firms.

ID Net transactions will receive their own separate mark-to-market (MTM) calculation. This ID Net MTM total will be added to each member's daily clearing fund requirement.

DTC’s Participants Fund calculation is based upon a Participant’s legal entity net debit peaks. DTC will continue to include the debits and credits associated with ID Net deliveries that are processed on behalf of an ID Net Firm in its fund calculation.

If an ID Net Subscriber wanted to terminate their participation in ID Net, the following procedure would apply:

  • A subscriber to the ID Net service will need to submit an ID Net exit notification to DTC’s Account Administration area.
  • Upon receipt of the form, it will be reviewed for all required information and authorization.
  • If acceptable, the appropriate masterfile update will take place that evening at approximately 7 p.m. eastern time.
  • Once the update has occurred, affirmed trades would no longer be routed to ID Net after the masterfile update. If an ID Net Subscriber wanted to exit all the trades it had in ID Net, it could do so.
  • ID Net Firms and ID Net Banks can cancel or exempt their future ID Net transactions where they are the delivering party.
  • ID Net Firms can cancel or exclude their future ID Net transactions where they are the receiving party.
  • An ID Net Firm’s or ID Net Bank’s ID Net receives can also be exited by the Settlement department at DTC by notifying the Settlement Operations department. This request will be processed on a best efforts basis.