ASX Clear is approved as a ‘netting market’ for the purposes of the Payment Systems and Netting Act. This enables the netting of settlement obligations in each individual equity, providing greater market efficiency at the time of settlement and reducing participant transaction and funding costs.
The left-hand diagram below depicts participant A’s trading activity in a single stock. At a gross level, participant A has sold $100 of shares to, and bought $50 of shares from, participant B. Participant A has also sold $30 of shares to, and bought $50 of shares from, participant C. Post novation, participant A’s trades with participants B and C are replaced with trades between participant A and ASX Clear. Post netting, this becomes a net sale of shares for $30 from participant A to ASX Clear (right-hand diagram).