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Non-monotonic Tradeoffs of Tiering in a Large Value Payment System

Carlos Alberto Arango () and Freddy Cepeda-Lopez ()

Borradores de Economia from Banco de la Republica de Colombia

Abstract: Even though international authorities encourage open and wide access to large value payment systems, the optimal level of access, or tiering, is still an open question. In the case of real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) the level of access, or tiering, may be limited by the tradeoff between potentially higher liquidity needs of a larger pool of direct participants settling in real time and the lower counter-party credit risks as a result of a lower number of second-tier participants entering in uncovered bilateral credit positions with correspondent banks. Previous literature has evaluated this tradeoff through simulations finding monotonically increasing liquidity savings and increasing credit risk exposures as the level of tiering in the system rises. In contrast, we find that in the Colombian RTGS case the liquidity savings of limited access to direct participation may not increase monotonically but rather show a hump shape where at the margin, tiering of an additional participant may actually increase the liquidity needs of the system. Our results provide insights into the effects of tiering when participants are too-big or too-connected to tier.

Keywords: Tiering; RTGS payment systems; liquidity; Credit risk; network topology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30
Date: 2016-06
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