ASX Delays Launch of DLT System Over Coronavirus Trading Volatility

ASX said it was eyeing a new date of April 2023 due to higher levels of demand than expected.

Oct 28, 2020 at 9:56 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:24 a.m. UTC

Australia's largest stock exchange operator, ASX Ltd., has once more opted to delay the rollout of its in-development blockchain-based trading platform.

  • As reported by Reuters on Wednesday, the operator of the Australian Securities Exchange said it was eyeing a new date of April 2023 due to higher levels of demand than expected.
  • “The industry ... requested substantially more post-trade processing capacity than what had been contemplated pre-COVID-19,” the operator said in Reuters' report.
  • ASX said there had been "extreme increases" in trading volumes on stock exchange during the "most volatile period of the pandemic in March.”
  • The distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based system is intended to replace the aging Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS), and is intended to provide a range of benefits including making settlements on the exchange much faster.
  • ASX Ltd has pushed back the release of its new systems on multiple occasions including in September 2018 and this year where it again cited the COVID-19 crisis.
  • At the start of October, Australia's central bank and securities regulator had called on ASX to launch the DLT system as soon as safely possible.
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