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What Is CHIPS: Clearing House Interbank Payments System?

CHIPS stands for Clearing House Interbank Payments System, and it’s the largest private-sector, US dollar-based, money transfer system in the U.S. It’s a privately operated, and bank owned, system for electronic payments that are transferred and settled in US dollars.


As a competitor and customer of the Fedwire service of the Federal Reserve, CHIPS allows banks to make transfers of international payments efficiently, as there’s no need for bank checks.


When it comes to large transactions, CHIPS is the main clearing house in the United States. By using electronic bookkeeping entries, it settles, on average, more than $1 trillion USD every day. The average transaction using CHIPS is over $3,000,000.


Many people prefer CHIPS to the Fedwire service because it’s more affordable, even though it isn’t as fast. Transfers could be made internationally or domestically, but they’re usually very large sums.

The limitations of CHIPS

One of the main limitations associated with CHIPS is the fact that it only operates from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. As of 2016, there were just 48 member banks in CHIPS whereas roughly 50,000 member banks use the Fedwire system.

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