Norges Bank

Circular 4/2010

Changes in the operating schedule for Norges Bank’s Settlement System (NBO) as from 24 September 2010

[NOT IN FORCE]

The NICS Management Office has laid down new rules for clearing and settlement of transactions in the Norwegian Interbank Clearing System (NICS). Under the new rules, effective as from 24 September 2010, three daily clearings in NICS (NICS Net) will be completed and sent to Norges Bank for settlement in NBO. Norges Bank has therefore decided to change the NBO operating schedule by adjusting the times for settlement of NICS Net to the new NICS operating schedule. Norges Bank has also determined times and procedures for rejection of NICS Net in situations where one or more banks do not have cover for their position in these settlements.

Norges Bank has decided to abolish the fee for banks with insufficient cover for their position in NICS Net.

As a result of these changes in the NBO operating schedule, there will no longer be special opening times for NBO on the Wednesday before Maundy Thursday and New Year’s Eve. As previously, NBO will be closed on Christmas Eve.

The changes in operating schedule have been laid down in accordance with the agreement between the banks and Norges Bank on account management, settlement and collateral, cf.  Section 6 of the agreement.

This circular replaces Circular no. 1/5 May 2010.

Operating schedule for Norges Bank’s settlement system (NBO) applicable from 24 September 2010.

Time

Event

Comment

Approx 05:05

Banks’ borrowing facility adjusted based on changes in market values for securities and other changes in collateral

 

05:30

NBO opens for main account settlement. Daily settlement of interest on deposits and overnight loans (D-loans). Monthly prices are charged second business day each month  

 

05:31

NBO LOM account opens for settlement

 

05:32

VPO LOM account opens for settlement

 

05:33

CLS LOM account opens for settlement

 

Approx 05.45

Receipt and settlement of NICS Net (morning settlement)

 

05:59

Deadline for depositing liquidity for VPO 1

 

06:00

Deposits in VPO LOM account locked

 

Approx 06:10

VPO 1 settled and VPO LOM account opened 

 

Approx 06:45

Receipt and settlement of derivatives clearing from Oslo Clearing

 

06:55

Earliest time for regular emptying of VPO LOM  account1

Can be emptied when VPO1 has been settled

07:00

NBO is manned (tel. 22 31 60 78)

 

07:10

Norges Bank will notify NICS Operations of any bank with insufficient cover for NICS Net (morning settlement)

 

08:00

Deadline for cover of NICS Net (morning settlement)

If one or more banks still have insufficient cover, the clearing will be rejected2

09:45

Deadline for settlement of VPO 1. VPO LOM account opened3

Applies when settlement delayed by operating problems in VPS

11:59

Deadline for depositing liquidity for VPO 2 

 

12:00

Deposits in VPO LOM account locked

 

Approx 12:10

VPO 2 settled and VPO LOM account opened

 

12:30

Earliest time for regular emptying of VPO LOM  account1

Can be emptied when VPO2 has been settled

Approx 12:45

Receipt and settlement of the security lending-pool from Oslo Clearing

 

Approx 13:45

Receipt and settlement of NICS Net (afternoon settlement)

 

13:55

Norges Bank will notify NICS Operations of any bank with insufficient cover for NICS Net (afternoon settlement)

 

14:00

Deadline for settlement of VPO 2. VPO LOM account opened4

Applies when settlement delayed by operating problems in VPS

14:30

Deadline for settlement of NICS Net (afternoon settlement)

If one or more banks still have insufficient cover, the clearing will be rejected2

15:00

Deadline for repayment of loans and return of deposits related to Scandinavian Cash Pool (SCP)

If collateralised deposits in Norges Bank are not returned, a fee of NOK 50.000 will be charged. If loans related to SCP are not repaid, a fee of NOK 25.000 will be charged

15:00

Payment orders with insufficient cover in the VPO LOM account or CLS LOM account are cancelled. Any balance remaining in the VPO LOM account and the CLS LOM account is transferred to the main account

 

15:30

Bilateral limit cut off

 

Approx 15:45

Receipt and settlement of NICS Net (final settlement)

 

16:00

Deadline for cover of NICS Net  (final settlement)

If one or more banks still have insufficient cover, the clearing will be rejected2 and NICS Operations will be notified of any banks with insufficient cover

16:35

NBO closes. Queued payment orders with insufficient cover in the NBO LOM account are cancelled. Deposits in the NBO LOM account are transferred to the main account.

Norges Bank can extend opening hours in special cases

 

Footnotes

1 To avoid emptying the VPO LOM account before VPO settlement in the event of delays in the VPS, the earliest time banks may return deposits from the VPO LOM account is set at 06:55 for VPO 1 and 12:30 for VPO 2. If the VPO LOM account is not already locked at these times, Norges Bank will lock the liquidity banks have transferred to the VPO LOM account manually, so that the liquidity is available to VPO up to the deadlines specified in footnotes 3 and 4. This does not apply when the relevant securities settlement has been completed.

2 Cf. Rules for clearing and settlement of transactions in the Norwegian Interbank Clearing System (NICS), paragraph 5.2, laid down by the NICS Management Office 6 July 2010.

3 The deadline for completion of securities settlement 1 (VPO 1) is 09:45.If VPO1 has not been settled in Norges Bank by 09:45, the funds set aside by banks in the VPO LOM account for VPO 1 will be made available to the banks and VPS will transfer all trades in this clearing to securities settlement 2 (VPO 2).

4 The deadline for completion of securities settlement 2 (VPO 2) is 14:00. If VPO2 has not been settled in Norges Bank by 14:00, the funds set aside by banks in the VPO LOM account for VPO 1 will be made available to the banks and VPS will transfer all trades in this clearing to VPO 2 on the next settlement day. To enable at least one securities settlement to be completed each day, Norges Bank may move the deadline for VPO 2 to a later time on days when VPO1 has not been completed.

Published 24 August 2010 10:00
Edited 12 October 2012 10:53