The relationship between the overnight interbank unsecured loan market and the CHAPS Sterling system

Quarterly Bulletin 2004 Q1
Published on 19 March 2004

By Stephen Millard and Marco Polenghi of the Bank's Market Infrastructure Division. 

This article uses data on CHAPS Sterling transactions to describe the segment of the unsecured overnight loan market that settles within CHAPS. It assesses the size, timing and importance of these transactions for the underlying payments infrastructure. Advances and repayments of overnight loans are estimated to have accounted for around 20% of CHAPS Sterling activity by value over our sample period; four CHAPS Sterling members send and receive virtually all payments corresponding to these loans; and, finally, the value of CHAPS Sterling payments associated with this market rises towards the end of the CHAPS day.

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