How has the Liquidity Saving Mechanism reduced banks’ intraday liquidity costs in CHAPS?

Quarterly Bulletin 2014 Q2
Published on 16 June 2014

By Nick Davey and Daniel Gray of the Bank’s Market Services Division.

Banks require intraday liquidity to settle payments in CHAPS, the United Kingdom’s high-value sterling payment system. In April 2013, the Bank of England introduced a Liquidity Saving Mechanism (LSM) into the infrastructure used to settle CHAPS payments. The LSM has reduced CHAPS banks’ intraday liquidity requirements by around 20% (or £4 billion). The LSM has reduced incentives for banks to adopt adverse behaviours to economise on their intraday liquidity requirements, thus enhancing the resilience and efficiency of CHAPS.

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