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Financial Institution Letters

June 1, 2018

Joint Final Rule:

Securities Transaction Settlement Cycle

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FIL-30-2018 - PDF (PDF Help)


On May 31, 2018, the FDIC Board of Directors approved the attached final rule, issued jointly with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), to shorten the standard settlement cycle for securities purchased or sold by FDIC-supervised institutions, national banks, and federal savings associations from three days to the number of business days in the standard settlement cycle followed by registered broker dealers in the United States. This is two days (T+2) unless otherwise agreed to by the parties at the time of the transaction. The final rule aligns with the new industry standard settlement cycle as implemented by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Statement of Applicability to Institutions with Total Assets under $1 Billion: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised financial institutions. Many FDIC-supervised institutions trade through third parties subject to the SEC's rules.


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