NAFCU, others urge Fed to play ‘operational role’ in payments

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU and two other financial trades, in a letter Tuesday, jointly urged the Federal Reserve to serve an “operational role” in the process of improving real-time payments.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger was joined by Independent Community Bankers of America President and CEO Camden Fine and CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle in calling on the Fed to “to go one step further” beyond its leadership role in having created the Faster and Secure Payments Task Forces.“Beyond settlement capabilities, our organizations see three possible operational roles for the Federal Reserve,” the trades wrote. “First, the Federal Reserve could serve as an on-ramp to real-time payments, leveraging its connectivity among financial institutions to provide all financial institutions access to real-time payments.“Second, the Federal Reserve could serve as an operator for real-time payments,” the signers continued. “This is a role that the Federal Reserve currently serves for checks, ACH payments, and wire transfers. Lastly, the Federal Reserve could operate a payments directory which could link to financial institutions, as well as to other private-sector payments directories.” continue reading »last_img

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