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

The Federal Reserve Board recently issued a Service Announcement setting forth the details of its FedNow Service, a new 24x7x365 interbank settlement service with clearing functionality to support instant payments in the United States.

The Fed announced its decision to develop the FedNow Service in a notice and request for comment issued in August 2019. 

The Federal Reserve Board has determined that the Federal Reserve should take the following two actions:

  • Develop a new interbank 24x7x365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service to be offered by the Federal Reserve Banks to directly support faster payments and to be called the FedNow Service
  • Explore expanding the hours of the Fedwire Funds Service