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CSDI

Central Securities Depository of Iran

Founded in 2005 as a public joint stock company, Central Securities Depository of Iran (CSDI) is the sole registry entity and custodian in the Iranian capital market using the hybrid registry system with a fully dematerialized book entry system.

Enjoying a history of 45 years, the Iranian capital market was demutualized in 2005 and as a result, CSDI was legally segregated from the rest of the capital market and commenced to work as an independent and separate entity. It is the central registrar and clearing house for all the exchanges in Iran including Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE), Iran Fara Bourse (IFB), Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME), and Iran Energy Exchange (IEE).

It takes over the registry, clearing, and settlement issues related to equity, Islamic securities (Sukuk), derivatives, energy contracts, electricity, mercantile products by means of a full-fashioned registry system and multi-currency (USD, IRR, Euro) with a high netting efficiency of 85 percent.

The prospects of CSDI are to prepare the infrastructures indispensable for the efficiency, continuity, and growth of the economy of the markets under its cover. CSDI provides thriving and secured financial investment infrastructures to contribute to the development of a fair and transparent capital market both nationwide and worldwide by guaranteeing security and efficiency in the capital market and safekeeping investors’ financial properties.

Responsible for taking care of post-trade-related tasks, ranging from the deposit and registration of securities to the clearing and settlement of the transactions carried out in the financial market, it plays a significant role in managing systemic risk. To this purpose, CSDI has designed and launched the service of Settlement Guarantee Fund (SGF), along with other measures, towards managing the risks related to the clearing house.

Not only is IT a crucial element in CSDI roles, but also developing the capital market infrastructures in the pre- and post- trade functions is not achievable unless through IT solutions.