Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors narrowed the timetable for the launch of its instant payments platform—FedNow—to mid-year 2023, specifically targeting a production rollout of the service in a May to July 2023 timeframe. The Fed had previously communicated a 2023 launch. In September 2022, the FedNow Pilot Program will begin technical testing for the service.… Continue Reading
In Director Chopra’s recent interviews with several news reporting organizations, a persistent theme was the CFPB’s concerns about the entry of big tech companies into financial services, particularly in connection with payments and the companies’ ability to collect and monetize data about consumers. Those concerns are the focus of a new CFPB report issued last week titled “The Convergence of Payments and Commerce: Implications for Consumers.”… Continue Reading
CFPB Deputy Director Zixta Martinez recently provided the opening remarks at the CFPB’s Academic Research Council meeting. In her remarks, Martinez emphasized the CFPB’s role as a data-driven agency and welcomed further discussion of state payday extended payment plans and of the inclusion of medical debt in credit reports—two topics that have garnered renewed public interest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.… Continue Reading
At the end of last month, the CFPB sent orders to six large technology platforms offering payment services that directs them to provide information to the Bureau about their payments products and services and their collection and use of personal payments data.
CFPB Director Rohit Chopra has wasted no time in acting on comments he made at his confirmation hearing regarding the risks posed by the collection of data by large platforms. In just his first full week as CFPB Director, the CFPB sent orders to six technology platforms offering payment services directing them to provide information to the Bureau. … Continue Reading
In this podcast we cover upcoming changes to the Nacha Operating Rules as part of the Meaningful Modernization rule which takes effect September 17, 2021. We discuss the payments environment leading to the changes, new disclosures for consumer ACH authorizations, use cases and requirements for Standing Authorizations and changes for Oral Authorizations.… Continue Reading
Last fall, Nacha finalized its Meaningful Modernization rule which provides for significant changes to the Nacha Operating Rules. According to Nacha, the amendments are intended to facilitate adoption of new ACH payments technologies, increase consistency for authorizations, reduce administrative burdens related to authorizations and provide additional flexibility for ACH Originators. The amendments become effective on September 17, 2021.… Continue Reading
On February 2, 2021, the Federal Reserve (“Fed”) announced that the launch date for its instant payments platform—FedNow—would be sooner than originally expected. The announcement narrows the delivery timeframe by a full year.
FedNow provides interbank clearing and settlement, which enables funds to be transferred between banks and credited to accounts in near real-time. … Continue Reading
After discussing what real-time payments are and how they differ from fast payments, we look at the benefits of RTPs and potential for fraud, issues arising from the Fed’s plans to launch a RTP service, the laws and rules applicable to RTPs and how they bear on loss allocation, the pandemic’s effect on RTPs, and our expectations for the use of RTPs and the impact on fast payments generally.… Continue Reading
Among the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic has been COVID-19-related scams targeting businesses and consumers. As real-time payments (RTP) become more popular in the U.S., fraudsters can be expected to increasingly engage in fraudulent RTP transactions.
A new article titled “The Effect of COVID-19 on Real-Time Payments” written by Ballard Spahr Of Counsel Judy Mok and Amy Schwartz and published in the Banking & Financial Services Policy Report discusses the new RTP system, the benefits of RTP, the potential for fraud in connection with RTP, and the laws that may bear on loss allocation.… Continue Reading