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If you have multiple DTC accounts, you can group them into families and instruct DTC to allocate a specified portion of your collateral and Net Debit Cap to each family. You must submit instructions in writing to DTC to group your accounts into separate families. Otherwise, all of your accounts will be grouped into one family.

The accounts you designate as a family share a single CM and Net Debit Cap. Securities and cash credited to one of these accounts increase the shared CM and the family's settlement balance, and could therefore serve to benefit transactions of other accounts in the family.

Sharing collateral and Net Debit Caps has advantages and disadvantages. Sharing can be an efficient account structure because it allows accounts to use the available collateral and settlement credits of other accounts in the family. However, you will not be able to designate which account should benefit from specific credits incurred by a member of the family. For example:

Suppose you maintain two accounts, A and B, which are grouped into one collateral family. Assume that both accounts have recycling transactions because of insufficient Net Debit Cap. If account A sends an SPP to DTC, its settlement account is credited. However, because the accounts are set up so that either account can use the available credits, if account B's transactions have a higher priority on the recycle queue, they will complete as a result of the funds that account A sent to DTC. 

Conversely, assigning a separate collateral group for every account allows you to segregate your accounts and to allow the accounts to use only a specific portion of your collateral and Net Debit Cap. However, segregating can decrease processing efficiency and increase your intraday financing requirements because excess collateral in one family is not automatically available to an account belonging to another family. You should carefully evaluate your internal procedures and determine which method is most efficient for your operations.

Note- If you group your accounts into families and do not provide DTC with instructions on the specific percentage of collateral and Net Debit Cap to be allocated to each family, DTC allocates collateral and Net Debit Cap to each family based on your intraday net debit peaks relative to your other families.

You can maintain separate families of accounts to allocate your cap among your families at your own discretion. However, DTC will apply a forced-allocation formula to major issuing paying agents, which are defined as IPAs with average daily maturity presentments measured over the most recent month equal to or greater than 5 percent of DTC's total MMI maturity presentments. A major IPA must allocate up to 40 percent of its total Net Debit Cap to its IPA family.

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