What is a Central Securities Depository?

What is a Central Securities Depository?

Peter Eisenhardt

30 years: Capital markets & investment banking

Central Securities Depositories, or CSDs, were developed in the 1960s from a crisis built on excessive trading volumes which threatened to swamp settlement systems. In this short video, Peter explains how CSDs function and their uses.

Central Securities Depositories, or CSDs, were developed in the 1960s from a crisis built on excessive trading volumes which threatened to swamp settlement systems. In this short video, Peter explains how CSDs function and their uses.

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What is a Central Securities Depository?

1 min 38 secs

Overview

Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) were developed so that the securities industry could move towards “dematerialisation” and avoid swamping the settlement systems.

Key learning objectives:

  • Explain why CSDs were developed

  • Describe the scope and additional features CSDs provide

  • List examples of major CSDs

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