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Clearing & Settlement - Equities


NSE Clearing carries out clearing and settlement functions as per the settlement cycles provided in the settlement schedule.

The clearing function of the clearing corporation is designed to work out a) what members are due to deliver and b) what members are due to receive on the settlement date. Settlement is a two way process which involves transfer of funds and securities on the settlement date.

NSE Clearing has also devised mechanism to handle various exceptional situations like security shortages, bad delivery, company objections, auction settlement etc.

Clearing is the process of determination of obligations, after which the obligations are discharged by settlement.

NSE Clearing has two categories of clearing members: trading clearing members and custodians. Trading members can trade on a proprietary basis or trade for their clients. All proprietary trades become the member’s obligation for settlement. Where trading members trade on behalf of their clients they could trade for normal clients or for clients who would be settling through their custodians. Trades which are for settlement by Custodians are indicated with a Custodian Participant (CP) code and the same is subject to confirmation by the respective Custodian. The custodian is required to confirm settlement of these trades on T + 1 day by the cut-off time 1.00 p.m. Non-confirmation by custodian devolves the trade obligation on the member who had input the trade for the respective client.

A multilateral netting procedure is adopted to determine the net settlement obligations (delivery/receipt positions) of the clearing members. Accordingly, a clearing member would have either pay-in or pay-out obligations for funds and securities separately. In the case of securities in the Trade for Trade – Surveillance segment and auction trades, obligations are determined on a gross basis i.e. every trade results into a deliverable and receivable obligation of funds and securities. Members pay-in and pay-out obligations for funds and securities are determined by 2.30 p.m. on T + 1 day and are downloaded to them so that they can settle their obligations on the settlement day (T+2).

Auto Delivery Out facility

For pay-in through NSDL / CDSL a facility has been provided to members wherein delivery-out instructions will be generated automatically by the Clearing Corporation based on the net delivery obligations of its Clearing Members. These instructions will be released on the T+1 day to NSDL / CDSL and the securities in the Clearing Members’ pool accounts will be marked for pay-in. Clearing members desirous of availing this facility shall send a letter in the format provided in the Annexure.

Download Format of letter for Auto Delivery Out (.pdf)

Cleared and non-cleared deals

NSE Clearing carries out the clearing and settlement of trades executed on the exchange except Trade for trade - physical segment of capital market. Primary responsibility of settling these deals rests directly with the members and the Exchange only monitors the settlement. The parties are required to report settlement of these deals to the Exchange.

More about Clearing & Settlement

  1. Settlement Cycle
  2. Shortages Handling
  3. Securities Settlement
  4. Funds Settlement
  5. Data and Reports Download
  6. Penalties
  7. Electronic Reporting
  8. Non-cleared (Trade for Trade) Deals
  9. Inter-Institutional Deals and Block Deals
Updated on: 14/02/2020
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