August 2011

Key Messages:

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This CheckImage Collaborative image clearing report reflects transactions settled through the Federal Reserve, Viewpointe, The Clearing House and local / regional exchanges.  Effective January 2011, we are able to include direct exchanges between banks as well as on-us image volumes.

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Implementation of check image exchange for check collections is almost completed across the industry and the implementation of check image exchange for returns is rapidly approaching full implementation and stabilization of volume growth has begun.

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Institutions are receiving electronic delivery of their unpaid image returns.   On an average day in August 2011, over 253,000 items were received as unpaid image returns.  When the August volume is annualized, it totals 63.7 million for $67 billion.  The average unpaid image return was $1,051.

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More than 24,300 routing transit numbers are available to receive check images and over 10,800 are available to receive returns.

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The monthly volume of substitute checks peaked in the month of October 2007 and then declined by 98% as of August 2011 to 3.2 million.

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On an average day during August 2011, over 63 million check images were received for posting. When the August volume is annualized, it totals 15.9 billion for $20.8 trillion.  Also, another 137 thousand checks per day were sent as images and delivered to paying institutions as substitute checks.  The annualized volume of substitute checks received in August totaled only 34.7 million checks for $40 billion.

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