The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has completed the first leg of a post-trade distributed ledger trial conducted in partnership with startup Digital Asset Holdings.
The DTCC, which oversees the clearing and settlement of more than $1qn in US securities each year, said that it would look to expand the trial – which focused on the netting process for US Treasury and agency repurchase agreement transactions – by including more parties in the next planned phase.
As part of that step, DTCC and Digital Asset will convene a Stakeholder Working Group dedicated to this purpose. There, the two firms will solicit feedback on the technology, with an eye to use that input to inform the development process.
In statements, DTCC struck a bullish tone about the future prospects of its blockchain work.
Michael Bodson, president and CEO of the company, said of the trial:
The firm is projecting a completion date for its second test phase by June, and from there, it will assess whether to push ahead and develop the repo transaction solution further.
As reported by CoinDesk last March, the first phase of the trial saw the two firms working to ensure that its processes could operate on a multi-mode blockchain while integrating with existing internal processing systems.
The DTCC will now migrate its "start" leg of same day trades to a blockchain system.
"While DTCC’s Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) currently provides the matching and verification of repo transactions, only the 'close' leg of same-day settling trades is netted and settled by FICC with the 'start' leg settling outside of the system. With this project, DTCC seeks to also net the 'start' leg, further reducing settlement risk and costs to members by allowing additional netting and offsets," a release said.
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