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Settlement Bank Behavior and Throughput Rules in an RTGS Payment System with Collateralized Intraday Credit


Simon Buckle


Bank of England

Erin Campbell


Bank of England

December 2003

Bank of England Working Paper No. 209

Abstract:     
We present a simple two-period, two-bank model of an RTGS system with collateralized intraday credit. We show that two types of outcome are possible - inefficient or efficient - depending on whether banks care about payments imbalances between them in the first period. If they do, banks delay payments to each other, increasing their aggregate liquidity requirements. We argue that efficiency is not guaranteed even when banks face repeated interaction in a real payment system, largely because of imperfect information and the competitive dynamics of the payment industry. An efficient outcome can be achieved by the imposition of throughput rules on the value of payments banks must make by a certain deadline. These can both reduce aggregate liquidity requirements and increase the contestability of the payments market, encouraging a higher degree of direct access to payment systems. Throughput rules could, therefore, also have risk-reduction benefits if they help to reduce the level of tiering in the financial system. We show that the detailed characteristics of these rules are important and address a number of design issues such as how frequently requirements should be set, and whether throughput rules should apply on an aggregate or bilateral basis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: Payments, settlement, intraday liquidity, competition, regulation

JEL Classification: E58, G21, G28, L1

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Date posted: October 4, 2004  

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Buckle, Simon and Campbell, Erin, Settlement Bank Behavior and Throughput Rules in an RTGS Payment System with Collateralized Intraday Credit (December 2003). Bank of England Working Paper No. 209. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=597602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.597602

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Simon Buckle (Contact Author)
Bank of England ( email )
Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom
Erin Campbell
Bank of England ( email )
Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom
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