DTC’s Look-Ahead process runs on fifteen minute intervals and selects pairs of transactions that, when processed simultaneously, will not violate the involved Participants net debit cap, collateral, or other Risk Management system controls.
The Look-Ahead process reduces transaction blockage for securities by identifying a receive transaction pending due to a net debit cap insufficiency and determines whether an offsetting delivery transaction pending because of a quantity deficiency in the same security would permit both transaction pending because of a quantity deficiency in the same security would permit both transactions to be completed in compliance with DTC’s Risk Management system controls. DTC’s processing system, Account Transaction Processor (ATP), calculates the net effect to the collateral and net debit cap controls for all three Participants involved and if the net effect will not result in a deficit in the collateral or net debit cap for any of the three Participants, ATP processes the transactions simultaneously.
DTC’s Look-Ahead process also allows Money Market Issuance Deliveries pending for a Custodian’s or Dealer’s net debit cap to complete against Maturity Presentments pending for an Issuing/Paying Agent’s net debit cap. The processing system calculates the net effect of the dollar amount of offsetting transactions in the accounts of the two Participants involved. If the net of the transactions results in positive risk management controls in those two accounts, the transactions will be completed.
Note: The Look-Ahead process is not utilized during the Night Batch Process.