SIFMA Fixed-Income Market Close Recommendations for the U.S., the U.K. and Japan for the Christmas & Boxing Day Holidays

New York, N.Y., December 6, 2017 — SIFMA has announced its holiday recommendations for the U.S., the U.K., and Japan in observance of Christmas Day and U.K. Boxing Day holidays.

Note the following: For U.K. Boxing Day 2017/2018 in the U.K., there will be a full market close on December 26 instead of the previously recommended early close. In Japan, there will be an early market close at 3:00 p.m., JST, on December 26 instead of a full market close as previously recommended.

These recommendations apply to trading of US dollar-denominated government securities, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, over-the-counter investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds, municipal bonds and secondary money market trading in bankers’ acceptances, commercial paper and Yankee and Euro certificates of deposit.

The early close will not affect the closing time for settlements.

SIFMA’s recommended early and full market closes are recommendations only; each member firm should decide for itself whether its fixed-income departments remain open for trading. All SIFMA recommendations are subject to change due to market conditions.

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