Depository Trust Company


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Depository Trust Company (DTC)

DTC is the world's largest central securities depository. It accepts deposits of over 2 million equity and debt securities issues (valued at $23 trillion) from over 65 countries for custody, executes book-entry deliveries (valued at over $116 trillion in 2000) records book-entry pledges of those securities, and processes related income distributions DTC is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, a limited-purpose trust company under New York State banking law, a registered clearing agency with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and is owned by the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), which is in turn owned primarily by most of the major banks, broker-dealers, and exchanges on Wall Street.

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

A clearing house that is the largest security depository and post-trade financial services company in the world. Based in New York, the DTCC settles the large majority of securities transactions in the United States, totaling $1.86 quadrillion in value in 2007. Along with its subsidiaries, the corporation provides services on mutual funds, insurance, corporate and municipal bonds, equities, mortgage- and government-backed securities, and various other derivatives. Its main competitors are Euroclear and Clearstream.

Depository Trust Company (DTC)

A national depository for security certificates that records, maintains, and transfers securities for member firms. The DTC seeks to reduce the movement of certificates by arranging for computerized transfers.