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Multilingual & Regional Industry Guides

ISLA recognises the importance of education, information and guidance in the context of understanding both the mechanics of the industry as well as the broader importance of securities lending within financial markets.

Alongside our involvement in a number of regular training courses (in-person, virtual, and online self-study) run in collaboration with the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) (visit the ISLA Events section for more details), we have also brought together in this section a comprehensive range of industry guides and related documents for lenders, borrowers, service providers as well as regulators and policy makers.

Securities Lending Industry Guides

ISLA has developed its own proprietary range of industry guides on securities lending and financing. Each booklet aims to cover a myriad of relevant content relating to the market. Topics include the role of securities lending within capital markets, basic fundamentals and the business model, regulatory changes and implications as well as risk management.

Asian and Latin American user guides produced by the Pan Asian Securities Lending Association (PASLA) and the Risk Management Association (RMA) respectively can also be found here.

  • ISLA Securities Lending Market Report

    30 June 2021

    The latest (15th) edition of the ISLA Securities Lending Market Report.

  • The Institutional Investor Guide to Securities Lending

    27 April 2021

    An Institutional Investor Guide to Securities Lending, produced by ISLA in association with Finadium (English Version)

  • Guide sur le Prêt/Emprunt de Titres pour les Investisseurs Institutionnels

    27 April 2021

    Guide sur le Prêt/Emprunt de Titres pour les Investisseurs Institutionnels / An Institutional Investor Guide to Securities Lending, produced by ISLA in association with Finadium (French Version).

  • The Regulator & Policy Maker Guide to Securities Lending

    27 April 2021

    A Regulator & Policy Maker Guide to Securities Lending, produced by ISLA in association with Finadium (English Version).

  • Guide sur le Prêt/Emprunt de Titres pour les Régulateurs

    27 April 2021

    Guide sur le Prêt/Emprunt de Titres pour les Régulateurs  / A Regulator & Policy Maker Guide to Securities Lending, produced by ISLA in association with Finadium (French Version).

  • Agent Lender Code of Guidance

    1 September 2010

    Code of guidance in respect of disclosure requirements for agent lenders.

  • RMA/EquiLend - Latin America Securities Finance User Guide 2020

    1 January 2020

    Latin America Securities Finance User Guide, jointly produced by EquiLend and the RMA in association with domestic and international market participants active in Latin America.

  • RMA/PASLA - Asia Pacific Securities Lending Market User Guide 2020

    1 January 2020

    The Pan Asia Securities Lending Association (PASLA), the Risk Management Association (RMA), and EquiLend have joined forces with domestic and international market participants to produce the first annual Asia Pacific Securities Lending Market User Guide.

Agent Lender Disclosure (ALD)

When counterparties agree to a stock loan transaction, the identity of each party is known, and this then implies associated settlement and maintenance aspects of the resulting trade.
Agency Lending Disclosure (ALD) is a process which agent lenders (intermediary) send data files to the borrower identifying each trade, the resulting collateral and which institutional investor is party to that trade.

  • ALD - DTCC SMART Track Overview

    1 May 2008

    Overview of the DTCC SMART Track Service

  • ALD - Industry Classifications

    1 May 2008

    Details of industry classifications to be used within the ALD process

  • ALD - Delivery Before Payment (DBV) Classification List

    1 May 2008

    Details of security classifications to be used for DBV transactions within ALD

  • ALD - Non-Cash Collateral File Template

    1 May 2008

    ALD non-cash collateral file template with sample data.

  • ALD - Loan File Template

    1 May 2008

    ALD loan file template with sample data.

  • ALD - Overview For Borrowers

    1 May 2008

    Overview of ALD requirements for borrowers.

  • ALD - Overview For Agent Lenders

    1 May 2008

    Overview of ALD for agent lenders.

External References & General Best Practice

  • UK Money Markets Code

    The UK Money Markets Code is a voluntary code written by market participants. It incorporates revised relevant sections of the Non-Investment Products (NIPs) Code, and also a revision and update of the Gilt Repo Code and Securities Borrowing and Lending Code.

  • ISLA Best Practice Statement of Market Guidance Paper

    6 July 2009

    ISLA issued a Market Guidance Paper on Billing Compare in November 2008. The aim of that paper was to communicate appropriate standards and best practice for the whole billing process including delivery, reconciliation, payment and claim of funds. This statement of market guidance is intended to support and build on that paper, by proposing a standardised format for billing statements.

  • Securities Lending Performance Measurement - Industry Guidance (Updated)

    7 September 2020

    A set of standards and best practice guidelines in respect of data aggregation and calibration of performance-related metrics for securities lending.

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