Authorized Settlement Agent


DEFINITION of 'Authorized Settlement Agent'

A bank that is authorized to submit checks and other cash items to the Federal Reserve for collection. The 12 reserve banks collect and pay checks for depository institutions; payments are also made through the automated clearing house (ACH) network and private clearing arrangements.

BREAKING DOWN 'Authorized Settlement Agent'

The Federal Reserve plays a primary role in the in the U.S. payments system. Federal Reserve payment services are available to all depository institutions, including smaller institutions in remote locations that other providers might choose not to serve.

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