March 2012

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 March 2012, over 216,000 items were received as unpaid image returns.  When the March volume is annualized, it totals 54.4 million for $67.1 billion.  The average unpaid image return was $1,232.

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More than 24,400 routing transit numbers are available to receive check images and over 12,000 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 99% as of March to 0.7 million.

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On an average day during March 2012, over 62 million check images were received for posting. When the March volume is annualized, it totals 15.8 billion for $20 trillion.  Also, another 33 thousand checks per day were sent as images and delivered to paying institutions as substitute checks.  The annualized volume of substitute checks received in March totaled only 8.4 million checks for $9.9 billion.

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