In December 2022, the UK Government launched an Accelerated Settlement Taskforce (T+1) to explore the potential for faster settlement of financial trades in the UK.

Transaction date + 1 means the settlement date of a trade is one business day after the trade execution date. For example, if a trade is executed on a Tuesday, settlement, when the buyer receives the securities, and the seller receives the proceeds, should occur on Wednesday.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted the rule to shorten their settlement cycle for all US securities transactions selling through the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) to T+1, with effect from 28th May 2024. Trades in the UK and EU are currently settled on a T+2 basis.

No timetable has yet been set for the UK to move towards a T+1 settlement cycle. However, the government has requested that the Accelerated Settlement Taskforce report and provide recommendations by the end of 2024.

The PIMFA T+1 Working Group is raising awareness amongst members and the sector of this future change to trading and settlement processing and identifying what firms will need to consider across their businesses, operations and client-serving.

The US move to T+1 will likely go ahead in May 2024 as planned, and there will be some impact on members who trade in US securities on behalf of their clients. The UK Accelerated Settlement Taskforce will make recommendations to the government by the end of 2024 and, although no dates are confirmed, it could be that the UK will move to T+1 by 2026, possibly sooner. Consideration must also be given to European markets and EU plans for T+1, which have also not yet been confirmed.

PIMFA is collaborating with the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to investigate the impacts of T+1 and is a member of the Accelerated Settlement Taskforce Technical Working Group.

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