A Countervailing Member Trading Agreement (CMTA) is an agreement whereby an investor can enter into derivatives transactions with a limited number of different brokers, but can then consolidate those trades with a single clearing broker at the end of the trading day. As part of a countervailing member trading agreement (CMTA), several brokers also enter into an agreement for only one of them to trade for a single client, whether or not the client enters derivatives transactions with all brokers. With this agreement, an individual investor may have commercial relationships with many brokers at once, but all the trades of different brokers are settled by a single brokerage company. A CMTA is an agreement between different brokers to allow and settle the trades of all brokers involved through a single broker. As an investor can have relationships with several brokers, they can launch trades with several of them at the same time. But when it comes time to remove these trades, they can stand out with only one broker. Without the countervailing member trading agreement, the investor would make transactions with different brokers and the trades would be clear to several brokers. This can be complicated and time-consuming when it comes to closing positions. With a CMTA on site, one of the brokers will present all trades to the clearing house for settlement. The terms of the typical clearing agreement allow an investor to explore investment options through a number of different brokers. The use of multiple brokers can occur due to several factors. A particular broker may have expertise with a particular sector of one market, while another broker may be considered more competent with options or shares related to another market.
For an investor who wants to create a diversified equity portfolio, using the expertise of different brokers can be an effective strategy. Compensation is necessary to compensate for all purchase and sale orders that are traded on the market. Compensation offers smoother and faster markets, as the parties transfer to the clearing company and not to all the parties with whom they have negotiated. First, the CCO`s member transfer process (“CMTA”) allows a compensator member who completes a securities options contract (i.e. the performance countervailing member) to send the trade directly through oCC to another countervailing member for customs clearance and settlement (i.e., the carrying trimer member).  As part of the CMTA process, a countervailing-exporting member may send options transactions directly to the omnibus accounts of a pallor member with OCC for settlement and settlement, without providing information on the specific accounts to which trading should be allocated. Second, a broker may, as part of the “give-up” process, make a transaction on a stock market and assign that transaction to the omnibus account of a countervailing member. In particular, a broker who is not a countervailing member of the OCC may trade a client in client transactions and then “abandon” trading with the client`s countervailing broker who must be a countervailing member of the CCO, without identifying the client for whom the transaction was made. Similarly, a trading window within a compensatory member group can conduct a non-customer trade and send it to a compensatory member`s omnibus business account without clearly identifying the account to which the trading is to be allocated.  Finally, a broker who participates in a joint back-office agreement with a compensatory member could conduct a non-client trading that ends directly on a compensatory member`s omnibus business account.