Payment systems

Payment and settlement systems are a core element of the financial infrastructure at the national as well as the international level. The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems periodically publishes reference works on payment arrangements in various countries, widely known as Red Books. The Red Book refers to the publication on Payment and settlement systems in selected countries – the CPSS countries. The statistics included in the Red Book are updated yearly and published separately.

The statistics include indicators of retail payment systems and payment instruments as well as of wholesale systems used amongst banks. Moreover, they include data on trading platforms, clearing houses and settlement systems for securities as well as on the systems used to perform cross-border transactions. All data are national data collected by the central banks participating in the exercise.