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FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF NEW YORK
("Circular No. 1 6 4 1 , February 6, 1936T
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Superseding Circular No. 616
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Telegraphic Transfers of Funds Through the Federal Reserve System
Revised Rules Effective February 6, 1936
To all Member Banks and Nonmember Clearing Banks
in the Second Federal Reserve District:

This circular sets forth revised rules, and schedule of time limits, effective from and after
February 6, 1936, with respect to inter-Federal reserve district telegraphic transfers of funds
between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and other Federal reserve banks made at the
request of, or for credit to, member banks and nonmember clearing banks located in the
Second Federal Reserve District, and supersedes Circular No. 616 of this bank dated July 1,1924.
The principal change made by the revised rules set forth in this circular is that telegraphic
transfers of bank balances in round amounts, that is multiples of $100, will be made over the
commercial telegraph wires at the request of, or for credit to, nonmember clearing banks. The
schedule on page 3, showing the hours up to which we will receive requests to make telegraphic
transfers, is the same as the schedule accompanying our Circular No. 616, except that the
time limits for transfers to the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and
the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas have been added to conform to
our present practice.
Telegraphic transfers of funds will be made at the request of member banks and nonmember
clearing banks subject to the terms and conditions of this circular as set forth below and
to the time limits stated in the schedule printed on page 3.
Transfers Over Leased Wires
1. Only transfers of bank balances in round amounts, that is multiples of $100, will be
made over the Federal reserve leased wires. The term "bank balance" shall be construed to
mean an accumulation of funds comprising an established account maintained by a member
bank with its Federal reserve bank or with another member bank.
2. Telegraphic transfers of funds over the leased wires will be made for and paid to
member banks only. Such transfers will be made without cost to member banks.
3. The descriptive data in telegrams transferring bank balances over the leased wires
must be limited to the amount to be transferred, name of the member bank to receive credit,
and when necessary, name of its correspondent member bank, and name of member bank with
which request originated.
4. Transfers of the proceeds of individual collection items will not be made over the leased
wires.
5. The Federal reserve banks maintain, at large expense, a leased wire system over
which it is necessary to transmit a heavy volume of important communications. Member
banks are requested to cooperate with us in attempting to avoid overcrowding the leased wires
by not making requests for telegraphic transfers of small amounts, or those which can be made
as well through the mails.
Transfers Over Commercial Wires
1. Telegraphic transfers of funds for any purpose and in any amount and without limitation as to descriptive data will be made over the commercial telegraph wires for member



banks. While such transfers will be accepted from and paid to member banks only, they may
be for the use of any bank, individual, firm or corporation.
2. Telegraphic transfers of bank balances in round amounts, that is multiples of $100,
will be made over the commercial telegraph wires for nonmember clearing banks. Such transfers will be accepted from any member bank for the credit of any nonmember clearing bank,
and from any nonmember clearing bank for the credit of any member bank or any other nonmember clearing bank.
3. The cost of all telegrams between Federal reserve banks transferring funds over the
commercial telegraph wires will be charged to the member and nonmember clearing banks for
which the transfers are made. Member and nonmember clearing banks should prepay the
cost of telegrams requesting such transfers, and telegrams to member and nonmember clearing banks advising credit will be sent "Collect".
Time Limits
Requests to us to make telegraphic transfers to other Federal reserve banks or branches
thereof on the same business day such requests are received should reach us not later than
the hours specified in the schedule printed on the following page. Requests may be received
by us in our discretion on any business day after the hours specified in the schedule printed
on the following page, but will be so received only on the understanding that the consummation of the transfers on that day will be discretionary with us and with the receiving
Federal reserve banks or branches.
Operation
1. Telegraphic transfers will be made by us only from collected funds on deposit with us to
the credit of the bank making the request.
2. On a telegraphic transfer from us to an other Federal reserve bank, the account of the
member bank or nonmember clearing bank requesting us to make the transfer will be charged
with the amount of such transfer on the day we receive such request. On a telegraphic
transfer from another Federal reserve bank to us, we will credit the amount of the transfer
to the account on our books of the member bank or nonmember clearing bank for whose
credit the transfer is made on the receipt of the telegram from the sending Federal reserve
bank, provided such telegram is received by us within banking hours.
3. In addition to the usual mail advice to the member bank or nonmember clearing bank
receiving credit for a telegraphic transfer of funds, immediate advice by telegraph, or otherwise, will be given by the Federal reserve bank receiving the transfer in cases where the
sending or receiving member bank or nonmember clearing bank has stated that other than the
usual mail advice is necessary, or where the nature of the transaction or the amount involved
indicates that the additional expense is justified, as to which the receiving Federal reserve
bank will exercise its discretion. All such wire advices will be at the expense of the member bank
or nonmember clearing bank receiving credit and, therefore, will be sent collect.
4. When a request to transfer funds is sent to us by telegram, the American Bankers
Association Code should be used with our test word, and a letter of confirmation over an
authorized signature should follow.
Liability of the Federal Reserve Bank
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will use due diligence and care in the transfer
of funds by telegraph to the receiving Federal reserve bank for credit to the account of the
payee bank, but will not be responsible for errors or delays caused by circumstances beyond
its control.




GEORGE L. HARRISON,

Governor.

FEDERAL RESERVE B A N K OF N E W YORK

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Telegraphic Transfers
Schedule of Time Limits Effective February 6, 1936
(Eastern Standard Time)
This schedule shows the latest hours at which instructions will be received and accepted at
Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York City or at its Buffalo Branch in Buffalo, N. Y.,
from member banks and nonmember clearing banks in the Second Federal Reserve District for
telegraphic transfers of funds.

Federal
Reserve
City

District
No.

Instructions to reach
Federal Reserve Bank
of New York
not later than

Transfer of Funds to
On
Saturdays

Boston . .
Philadelphia
Cleveland .
Richmond .

.
.
.
.

1

Atlanta

. .

6

Chicago

. .

7

3
4

5

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston . .
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland .
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond .
Baltimore Branch .
Charlotte Branch .

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta . . .
New Orleans Branch .
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
. .
Detroit Branch

St. Louis . .

8

Minneapolis .

9

Kansas City .

10

Dallas . . .

11

San Francisco

12




.
.
.
.
.
.

. . .

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . .
Little Rock Branch . .
Louisville Branch . .
Memphis Branch . .
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Helena Branch . . .
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City .
Denver Branch . . .
Omaha Branch . . .
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas . . .
El Paso Branch . . .
Houston Branch . . .
San Antonio Branch
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco .
Seattle Branch . . .
Spokane Branch . . .
Portland Branch . . .
Salt Lake City Branch .
Los Angeles Branch

(a.m.)
11:30
11:30
11:30
11:30
11:30
11:30
(noon)
12:00
12:00
12:00
(a.m.)
11:30
(noon)
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00
12:00

On Other
Business
Bays

(p.m.)
2:30
2:30
2:30
1:30
1:30
1:30
2:30
3:00
2:30
2:30
2:30
2:30
2:30
2:30
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00
3:00


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102