The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. is recommending daily trade netting for TBA MBS transactions.

The DTCC said the move would cut what have been high costs in processing the trades and increase risk protection for the market. "The idea is to streamline the somewhat complex current `balance order' netting process," said Murray Pozmanter, DTCC's managing director, clearance and settlement/fixed income. "The industry's process today requires trading firms to allocate pools of mortgages against the TBA obligations we establish, and then to settle all those pools with multiple counterparties at different prices."

He said the DTCC is recommending this be changed to a process where trades would be netted daily and the DTCC's Fixed Income Clearing Corp. subsidiary would "step in as the allocation and settlement counterparty."

Currently, MBS trades are netted only once a month, beginning 72 hours prior to the monthly settlement date established for each kind of TMBA security. Because this forces trading firms to meet a netting cut-off on the "72 hour day," the number of trades incorporated in the current netting process can be limited, according to a DTCC report.

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