DTCC plans go live of blockchain stock settlement Project Ion in 2022
Today the DTCC, the world’s largest securities settlement organization, announced the successful completion of a proof of concept of its Project Ion blockchain solution to shorten stock settlement times. Subject to regulatory approval, it plans to go live in the first quarter of 2022.
“Cryptocurrency, digitized assets, DLT and other innovations increasingly are integral parts of the evolving financial services industry, and we are excited about the future opportunity in each of these areas,” stated Murray Pozmanter, Head of Clearing Agency Services and Global Business Operations at DTCC.
“Project Ion has demonstrated that settlement in a T+1 or T+0 environment are effective use cases for DLT, and we look forward to working with our clients and the industry to launch the new platform.”
Currently, stocks are settled in two days (T+2). This creates counterparty risks if a company suffers financial difficulties within that two-day window. Hence there’s a move to change the default settlement period to T+1 and eventually shorter than that. Project Ion was designed for a netted T+0 settlement but also supports T+1 and T+2.
The DTCC will enable T+1 settlement on its classic systems but is offering the DLT based solution Project Ion for those that want to “ready their firms for the future operating model”.
This isn’t the DTCC’s only blockchain project. It’s also working on upgrade its derivatives settlement platform, the Trade Information Warehouse.
More to follow.