September 16, 2021
Time to settle
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📰 FEATURE STORY
Pros and cons of SEBI’s T+1 plan to shorten settlement time
Stock market trading is a fast-growing industry in India. Recently, it has gained more interest among the people. We invest our money in shares and trade them at the opportune moment. When we buy or sell shares, it takes a couple of days or more to get our returns.
We have got to wait for those few days to do our next move. As investors, we would be benefited if we get the shares or money as soon as we buy/sell the shares. Keeping in mind the benefits, SEBI has allowed stock exchanges to opt for a reduced settlement period. However, foreign investors, brokers and few experts oppose this move. They claim that it involves a lot of risks and challenges.
On September 9, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced the T+1 settlement cycle as an option in place of the T+2 settlement cycle. It released a circular allowing the stock exchanges to either opt for T+1 or T+2.
Breaking down, T in T+1 and T+2 refers to ‘Trading Day’. So, In T+2, the settlement cycle will take two more days other than the trading day to get completed. The T+1 settlement cycle means the settlement will be completed one day after the trading. The T+1 cycle option will be rolled out from January 1, 2022.
If any stock exchange chooses T+1, they have to stick to it for a mandatory minimum period of six months. If the stock exchange plans to shift back to T+2 they can do so by giving one-month advance notice to all of its stakeholders. Thereafter, for any subsequent shifts, they will have to stick to the minimum period and notice period as mentioned by SEBI.
Several investors and market experts have welcomed this move as it will reduce the settlement period and will provide liquidity to them. On the other hand, foreign investors and brokers complain that this move will adversely affect the stock market and also cause more chaos in the market system.
The T+1 settlement plan is a boon
As of now, the T+2 settlement is in practice. Under this settlement system, if you have sold your shares, the due money will be credited to the broker’s account only on the third day. You might receive it only on the fourth morning.
Say, you sold the shares on Monday. If your order is executed the same day, it will take a trading day plus two working days (T+2) for your broker to receive the settlement. In such a case, you will receive the payment by Thursday. Whereas in the new settlement plan of T+1, you will receive the settlement the very next working day. If you sold the shares on Monday, the settlement will be done on Tuesday.
So, as an investor, you will get the money a day earlier. This will help you plan and invest in other shares in your Demat account a day earlier than you can do right now. So, is this move profitable only for the seller, you ask? No, even as an individual who buys the shares, you will be benefitted. The shares purchased by you will be credited to your Demat account a day earlier as well. This will give you the option to sell the purchased shares immediately on the next day and will help you reap more profits.
Speeding up the settlement process leaves no room over the uncertainty of transactions made. It will also reduce the percentage of outstanding unsettled trade. If you think that such a shift will require changes at the base level, experts say that’s not the case. This move does not require large technical or operational changes. Additionally, this is not the first time SEBI has reduced the settlement time. It had earlier reduced the settlement period from T+5 to T+3 in 2002 and to T+2 in 2003.
When the number of outstanding unsettled trades are on the rise, there is a higher possibility of systemic risk. SEBI says that the reduction in the settlement period, in turn, will reduce the systemic risk involved. So, what are the other benefits of a shortened settlement cycle?
First off, this will boost the number of transactions happening in the stock market. More liquidity and quicker settlements ensure more security and additional days for investing. There is a possibility of more trades being undertaken, this will increase the retail investment.
As the turnover gets high, the brokers will benefit as well. This will lead to increased fees and will do good to all stakeholders in the market. More transactions will also favour economic development and will positively affect the GDP.
The T+1 settlement plan raises concern
Having said that, brokers, experts and foreign investors raise concern over the shortened settlement plan. Over 900 stockbrokers have written to SEBI regarding the same. What are their concerns?
To begin with, the brokers say that it would increase the working capital requirements of the brokers. This is because most clients who reside in remote villages or districts opt to pay through a cheque facility. This means that the broker might receive the payment late. In the end, the responsibility will fall upon the brokers to pay in and pay out within the settlement period. Pay in is the process of transferring the shares from the client’s Demat account to the exchange while selling. Payout is transferring the shares to the client’s Demat account while buying.
Banks and brokers might have to work for additional hours to help clients move the funds and securities on the trading day itself. Experts also say that some clients have a trading account and depository participant account with different entities. They will have to give instructions in transferring securities and it will be a tedious process to do within a day.
Broker associations claim that the available infrastructure is not equipped enough to meet timely issuance of pay in and payout. Sometimes the delay is at depository levels and sometimes it is at the Clearing Corporation level. With such operational difficulties, if SEBI shrinks timelines, it may result in a chaotic system. Additionally, experts assert that same-day payments will increase the workload and can lead to more errors.
It is also said that the shift to T+1 will result in the global investors facing multiple issues. The foreigners opine that foreign investment works differently and shortening the settlement time will affect their trade. The difference in geographical timings might affect the trade process and force foreign investors to pre-fund the transactions. They also have to predict the entry price in advance which is very difficult. By the time the transaction is tallied in a foreign place, it will exceed the transaction time allotted in India. The foreign investors keep their money generally in interest-earning investments. If they pre-fund (i.e.) deploy these funds a day in advance for the trade, they will lose out on the one-day interest. This makes trading in India more expensive for them.
The fact that the T+1 settlement cycle will boost retail investment is in itself seen as a major drawback. Experts say even if T+1 is a good move, it has come at the wrong time. The retail investment has been increasing by the day. More liquidity in the hands of new and amateur investors will encourage them to speculate more. It will cause more volatility in the market.
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