CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (CDS), Canada’s national securities depository, clearing and settlement hub, has announced the successful transition to a two day securities settlement period, or T+2, from the previous three day period, or T+3. Thursday, September 7, 2017 marked both the final settlement date for T+3 trades and the first settlement date for T+2 trades.
The shift to T+2 is the result of the collective efforts of multiple stakeholders from across Canada’s financial industry. Timed to coincide with the same change in U.S. markets, the move to settle trades more quickly provides significant benefits to CDS’s client base, enabling participants to better mitigate counterparty, market and liquidity risks by reducing both outstanding settlements and associated replacement cost risks. T+2 also spurred an increase in overall efficiency across organizations by streamlining and automating operational processes.
“CDS is proud to play a role in ushering in a new era in Canadian capital markets,” said Glenn Goucher, President, CDS. “The transition to T+2 required more than two years of collaborative work and we would like to thank our clients and partners throughout the industry for helping to make this a success. We continue to pursue new client solutions and to explore meaningful ways to enhance the value of the services CDS provides to the marketplace every day.”