Members of CHAPS Clearing Company Ltd (also known as CHAPS Co), the organisation responsible for the operation of the UK's same-day high-value payment system, have begun to use a new Liquidity Savings Mechanism (LSM) to significantly improve liquidity efficiency when sending CHAPS payments.
Developed by the Bank of England, the LSM was launched in April 2013 to ensure CHAPS Members are able to meet financial demands in a more cost-effective way. This means CHAPS members will be able to offset the majority of payments in batches (matching cycles) run sequentially throughout the day. This enhances the functionality within the Real Time Gross Settlement system (RTGS system), which eliminates settlement risk between members.
Simulation studies by The Bank of England have suggested that the introduction of the LSM could reduce a system-wide intraday liquidity needed for CHAPS settlement by around 30% in the long-term. Members are now working to use the new LSM functionality to achieve these outcomes.
Phil Kenworthy, Managing Director of CHAPS Clearing Company said:
"The new Liquidity Savings Mechanism is an important enhancement to an already robust and efficient system. The changes The Bank of England has introduced will provide real benefits to all CHAPS users and create more stability within the current financial market. We shall continue to work with the Bank and our members to introduce further initiatives designed at decreasing risk."
The introduction of the LSM comes on the back of the recent financial crisis which prompted regulators to call for banks to reduce the risks of liquidity shortfalls. The LSM will help member banks lower intraday liquidity over the long run which in turn may reduce the size of liquid buffers that a financial regulator demands of them.
The move comes a year after the introduction of CHAPS new Tiering Criteria, which also introduced measures aimed at further strengthening the payment system.