Differentiation between three UK’s Payment Systems

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  •   Bulk Electronic Debit and Credit
  •   ACH service for non-urgent payments;
  •  Sterling-denominated standing orders, DD and CT; domestic Euro CT
  •  Payments can be scheduled for up to 31 days in advance of the payment date, and can also be recalled as late as day 2 of the cycle.

Liquidity and Risk Management

  •  There are no limits and controls in the system
  •  Arrangement for funding/outflow to be decided bilaterally between banks.


  •  Electronic interbank system for sending irrevocable, guaranteed and unconditional sterling/euro credit transfers.
  •  Banks themselves use CHAPS to move money around the financial system,
  •  CHAPS Sterling for UK
  •  CHAPS Euro connects to Target2
  •  Businesses:
  •  Solicitors/licensed conveyancers:

Liquidity and Risk Management features

  •  Use of enquiry link on CHAPS to facilitate queuing.
  • Receiving settlement member to send offsetting transfer for erroneous payments.
  • Non settled erroneous payments can be cancelled by sending bank.
  • Circles processing – queues payments for gross settlement.
  • Banks have access to additional intraday liquidity
  • Remote standby site to avoid systemic failure in central RTGS at BOE.
  • CHAPS clearing can operate as net EOD if primary and secondary site of BOE fails.
  • Use of cash ratio deposits as collateral for more liquidity.
  • Repo and reverse repo of eligible assets

FPS(Faster Payments)

  •  UK banking initiative to reduce payment delays in BACS
  •  High volume, low value
  •  Handles  Single  immediate payment, Forward-dated Payments ,Standing order & Corporate Bulk Payments (Bacs files)

Liquidity & Risk Management

  •  Transaction Limits ,Retail & corporate


  •  RTGS System owned and operated by Federal Reserve banks.
  •  Generally used to make large-value, time-critical payments.
  •  Operating hours overlap with EU and APAC.
  •  Same day transfer and STP
  •  Payments are final and irrevocable
  •  Online or offline transfer

Liquidity & Risk

  •  Daylight account overdraft, normally w/o collateral but with fees
  •  Net debit caps based on capital adequacy and creditworthiness
  • 4% additional overnight draft charges
  •  Participants should have sufficient funds or overdraft capacity.
  •  Security agreement with participant.

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