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Are banks missing out on the benefits of real-time cash liquidity reporting, asks Deutsche Bank paper

Thursday 24 October 2019 14:26 CET | News

The value of real-time cash-balance reporting is being overlooked by many banks – perhaps due to its regulatory origins, has argued a new white paper from Deutsche Bank.

Looking back to 2013, when the concept first gained real momentum through the publication of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s BCBS 248-paper, the report (Real-time cash-balance reporting: No need to wait) notes that the lack of a common regulatory mandate may have put the brakes on full-scale industry adoption, with only a few banks – typically the very largest – bound by regulation under individual mandates.

And while one fewer regulatory obligation will generally be taken as something to cheer about for banks, the resultant neglect of real-time cash liquidity reporting has left considerable efficiencies on the table. Fortunately, while adoption has been underwhelming, the industry has not stood still.

Advantages of real-time reporting range from the originally stipulated boost to stability in stress scenarios, a clear view over incoming and outgoing flows, giving complete control over intraday cash positions, and the necessary data to build and test strategies for managing and optimising liquidity at all times throughout the day. These are clear to see in the paper’s central study, which compares the intraday cash positions of two groups of banks – one using real-time cash-balance reporting and the other not. While the patterns exhibited by the non-user banks are seemingly random (with long periods of over- and under-funding on the accounts), the user banks exhibit far more ordered and consistent patterns, with fewer and shorter periods of over- and under-funding.


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Keywords: Deutsche Bank, cash liquidity, banks, regulation, real-time reporting, whitepaper
Categories: Banking & Fintech | Payments General
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