Shorter settlement cycles could hit non-US firms hard

As efforts continue to shorten the settlement cycle for US securities to T+1, market participants in Asia worry about the potential implications.

Future of Trading

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the Investment Company Institute (ICI), and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma) are currently engaged in a joint effort to shrink the settlement cycle for US securities from T+2 to T+1. Moving to a shorter settlement cycle will entail a lot of preparation on the part of market participants—and there are fears that it could place additional burdens on firms outside the US.

In April, the group announced that it

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