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The Federal Reserve’s FedNow Instant Payments Service Will Provide Great Benefits but Must Also Consider Enhanced Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Contact: Doug Walker at 202-618-6430 or dwalker@bettermarkets.com 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Phillip Basil, Director of Banking Policy at Better Markets, released the following statement on a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board led by the National Consumer Law Center:  

“Better Markets joined efforts led by the National Consumer Law Center to ensure the Fed more fully considers consumer and small business protections in its proposed regulations that would govern its FedNow instant payments service. Faster payments can provide greatly increased convenience, competition to traditional payment methods, and access to financial services, but the speed of funds transfer could lead to more opportunities for fraudulent activities.

Without a delay in payments settlement, there is no time to reverse payment if fraudulent activity has been discovered, and there is very limited recourse once a payment has settled. Consequently, accurate and instant verification of payment details and payment recipients as well as algorithmic detection of fraudulent activity are key aspects of ensuring consumers and business are protected.

“The Fed should look to incorporate these in its operations and regulations while minimizing any potential disruption to the instant payment process. Maintaining a safe and secure instant payments system through the FedNow service will benefit millions of American households and small businesses and enable them to enhance their financial wellbeing.” 

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