S&P Downgrades DTCC SubsidiariesPrinter Friendly Email Reprints Reader Comments Share | August 8, 2011Chris Kentouris Just hours after it said that Standard & Poor's downgrade on the triple A rating of U.S. government debt would not impact its valuations on collateral, Depository Trust & Clearing Corp was hit with its own downgrade.Like what you see? Click here to sign up for Securities Technology Monitor's weekly newsletter to get the latest news and analysis that matters to the effective operation of capital markets.S&P downgraded its triple-A rating on DTCC's subsidiaries Depository Trust Company, Fixed Income Clearing Corp and National Securities Clearing Corp to double A+, the same as U.S. government debt.The three organizations are critical to the U.S. financial market: DTC is the U.S. central depository system which settles U.S. equity and fixed income transactions while FICC and NSCC clear those transactions. In 2010 alone, DTC settled nearly $1.66 quadrillion worth of trades.S&P's decision to downgrade DTCC and its subsidiaries was pretty much expected based on the rating agency's announcement on Friday evening. S&P made it clear that its move to downgrade U.S. government debt could affect insurers, mortgage agencies and securities clearinghouses. At the time S&P characterized the target organizations as "entities with direct links to, or reliance on, the federal government."In a statement issued on Monday morning DTCC downplayed the impact of S&P's downgrade. "We do not anticipate any changes in our operations as a result of this revision of our credit rating," said DTCC. The market-owned utility also cited comments made by S&P that the ratings downgrade of its depository and clearinghouses did not reflect a change in S&P's view of the "fundamental soundness" of DTC or the clearinghouses but incorporate "potential incremental shifts in the macroeconomic and long term stability of the U.S. capital markets as a consequence of the decline in the creditworthiness of the federal government."Prior to the downgrade today, DTC and NSCC had received S&P's Triple A rating for nine consecutive years and FICC for siJust hours after it said that Standard & Poor's downgrade on the triple A rating of U.S. government debt would not impact its valuations on collateral, Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. was hit with its own downgrade.S&P downgraded its triple-A rating on DTCC's subsidiaries Depository Trust Company, Fixed Income Clearing Corp. and National Securities Clearing Corp. to double A+, the same as U.S. government debt.

The three organizations are critical to the U.S. financial market: DTC is the U.S. central depository system which settles U.S. equity and fixed income transactions while FICC and NSCC clear those transactions. In 2010 alone, DTC settled nearly $1.66 quadrillion worth of trades.

S&P's decision to downgrade DTCC and its subsidiaries was pretty much expected based on the rating agency's announcement on Friday evening. S&P made it clear that its move to downgrade U.S. government debt could affect insurers, mortgage agencies and securities clearinghouses. At the time S&P characterized the target organizations as "entities with direct links to, or reliance on, the federal government."

In a statement issued on Monday morning, DTCC downplayed the impact of S&P's downgrade. "We do not anticipate any changes in our operations as a result of this revision of our credit rating," said DTCC. The market-owned utility also cited comments made by S&P that the ratings downgrade of its depository and clearinghouses did not reflect a change in S&P's view of the "fundamental soundness" of DTC or the clearinghouses but incorporate "potential incremental shifts in the macroeconomic and long term stability of the U.S. capital markets as a consequence of the decline in the creditworthiness of the federal government."

Prior to the downgrade today, DTC and NSCC had received S&P's Triple A rating for nine consecutive years and FICC for six.

 

 

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