SIFMA Recommends an Early Market Close on April 7 in the U.S. in Observance of Good Friday

New York, N.Y., March 23, 2023 — SIFMA has confirmed its previous recommendations for an early market close at 12:00 p.m., EDT, on Friday, April 7, 2023, for the trading of U.S. dollar-denominated fixed income securities in the U.S. in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

Consistent with past practice, SIFMA is making an early close, rather than a full close, recommendation due to the scheduled release of Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March 2023 employment data the morning of April 7.

Also consistent with past practice, SIFMA recommends that Friday, April 7, not be treated as a good settlement day for secondary market transactions in U.S. government securities, federal agency debt and mortgage-backed securities, corporate bonds, and municipal bonds. Additionally, SIFMA recommends for U.S. government and federal agency debt a T+2 settlement cycle for trades entered on Friday, April 7. SIFMA is making no settlement recommendations for money market transactions.

SIFMA also notes the following regarding Friday, April 7:

These recommendations apply to trading of U.S. 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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