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April 23, 2014

Headline News from - April 23, 2014

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  • SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger - Business Insider - ""For the first time, two people can exchange a piece of digital property, without any prior relationship, and in a secure way, over the Internet," Jeff Garzik, one of Bitcoin's core developers..."
  • Africa’s Tech Edge - The Atlantic - "How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age..."
  • It's Time for the Industry to Embrace Phased-In, Same-Day ACH - American Banker BankThink (Pat Thelen) - "As an industry, we're at a crossroads on whether to evolve or be left behind. If we choose not to evolve, we risk becoming irrelevant."
  • Beyond their breach - BillGuard Blog - "At this point, we might as well walk around with our credit card numbers plastered on our foreheads."
  • The Mobile Security Journey at Wells Fargo - Bank Systems & Technology - "With mobile adoption growing so fast and providing a constant touchpoint with customers (Wells’ mobile customers log in an average of 13 times each day), embedding security, without hurting the customer experience, is a top priority for the bank, Ajami shares."

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  • IDC Financial Insights Unveils Results from 2014 Consumer Payments Survey - "After several years of growth, the market for 'alternative' payment methods is now entering a period where adoption gains may come more slowly and where simply providing an alternative isn't enough. Instead, providers need to offer products that add value beyond the payment," said James Wester, practice director for Worldwide Payment Strategies and the author of the report.
  • Domino's Pizza® Now Accepting Payment via Google Wallet - "Google Wallet is a great technology that allows customers even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to paying for their Domino's orders."
  • Digital River Extends Its SMB Payments Solution to U.K. Merchants - "The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling."
  • 2Checkout Appoints Shawn Budde as CEO - "Mr. Budde has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry including executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company."

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April 08, 2014

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April 07, 2014

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March 25, 2014

Same Day ACH - A Step (or Lurch) Ahead...

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Same Day ACH – A Step (or Lurch) Ahead" on our blog, Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson writes about last week's announcement by NACHA that it has plans for a phased introduction of same-day settlement for ACH. Carol spoke earlier today with NACHA President and CEO Jan Estep.

Carol writes:

For now, Estep emphasizes that this is the important settlement “layer” – and that products and services will be defined by financial institutions that can rely on the reduced counterparty risks enabled by this initiative. NACHA’s vision is that same day settlement will start with “push” credit transfers – for all ACH types, including P2P, payroll, bill payment and B2B. Receiving banks (RDFI’s in the ACH system) would be required to receive the transactions, and rules are expected to specify same-day posting to recipient accounts.

Be sure to read Carol's article and add your comments on NACHA's new initiative.

March 18, 2014

NACHA Reports Taking Steps Toward Ubiquitous, Same-Day ACH Settlement

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA announced today that "it is taking initial steps towards a ubiquitous, same-day ACH settlement capability. Through a “phased approach” to implementing new functionality, NACHA seeks to move the ACH Network from today’s single, next-day settlement to multiple, same-day settlement options that would be available for virtually any ACH Network transaction." Future rulemaking will be required to actually approve implementation of specific capabilities.

NACHA has conducted extensive work over the past year to outline the parameters and requirements of a ubiquitous, same-day capability for the ACH Network that enables financial institutions, large and small, to provide value to their end-users,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA.

“A phased implementation enables us to introduce new capabilities more quickly, and then continue to build over time, creating value for all participants at each step along the way.”

“The concept of phased implementation is the result of thoughtful exploration of feedback we received over the past year,” said Estep. “This is the next step to help create a rule proposal for the industry to enable same-day ACH through the NACHA rulemaking process.”

NACHA's phased implementation proposes incremental functionality that would include multiple, new settlement windows, and greater certainty around faster funds availability.

  • As currently outlined, a first implementation phase would provide a foundation to better enable same-day ACH credits to support important use cases such as payroll, person-to-person (P2P) payments and expedited billpay.

  • A second phase would introduce same-day ACH debits and enable a wide variety of consumer bill payment use cases like utility, mortgage, loan and credit card payments.

  • A third phase would improve the service level across the ACH Network and reduce counter-party risk by adding a second same-day settlement and accelerating funds availability.

NACHA said it is launching a study to assess the industry’s costs and potential transaction volume for same-day ACH - including gathering specific facts around RDFIs’ investment and operating costs as a result of receiving same-day payments. The study also will fully explore ACH volume potential through detailed interviews and inputs. The information gathered on implementation capabilities, costs and volume will then inform a NACHA rulemaking that could occur as early as fall 2014.

January 24, 2014

Headline News from - January 24, 2014

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November 13, 2013

Headline News from - November 13, 2013

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  • Stress Test Prepares VisaNet for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Visa Viewpoints - "This year’s “mug number” – as we like to call it – is 47,000 transaction messages per second, which is a huge step forward from 2012’s peak capacity of 30,000 transaction messages per second!"
  • No plastic, no problem: Square does away with deposit limits for U.S. businesses - GigaOm - "Square is eliminating holds on funds taken from payments where no physical card is present."
  • How Big Banks Killed a Plan to Speed Up Money Transfers - American Banker - "The plan, known as Expedited Processing and Settlement, may not have been a step into 21st Century..."
  • EMV: America, What Took You So Long? - Emerging Payments Strategies (FIS) - "So why has the U.S. not embraced EMV sooner? Part of the reason is because our fraud problem, while significant, has typically been among the lowest rates in the world among highly developed economically mature countries."
  • What Android's KitKat means for NFC - Mobile Payments Today (Cherian Abraham) - "HCE means a lot more for private label issuers — who have a very inspired base of merchants looking to bridge the gap between private label cards and mobile — and now there is an alternative to clumsy, costly and complex orchestrations for provisioning cards."
  • The power of love - TMG Blog - "When I switched credit cards recently, I started feeling love the first time I logged into my personal account page. I noticed that things I had purchased only minutes before were already listed, which was something I’d never seen with my previous provider."
  • The challenge of being a Bitcoin trader - Financial Services Club Blog - "There is not attainable indication that the government understands Bitcoin correctly."

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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November 12, 2013

NACHA Invites Comments on Proposed Rules to Improve ACH Network Quality

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA has announced two proposed rules that it says are "complementary approaches to improving ACH Network quality by reducing the incidence of exceptions. As components of NACHA’s Risk Management Strategy, the proposed rules are intended to protect the safety, security and integrity of the ACH Network and the consumers, governments, businesses and financial institutions that move their money via ACH."

The NACHA Operating Rules provide for the safe, secure, and efficient exchange of electronic payments,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA.

“These amendments provide new ways to reduce incidents of returned transactions and exceptions, thus increasing overall ACH Network quality. Through rulemaking efforts such as these, we look to continually improve our processes and strengthen ACH payments.”

The first proposal - the “ACH Network Risk and Enforcement” proposal - would improve NACHA’s ability to identify and enforce the Rules against “outlier” Originators that are responsible for the highest, and most disproportionate, levels of exceptions. The rule would also expand NACHA’s authority to initiate enforcement proceedings against Originators that introduce unauthorized transactions into the ACH Network. Further, the proposal would establish additional standards for the use of the ACH Network to collect debits returned for insufficient funds.

The second proposal - “Improving ACH Network Quality” - would establish economic incentives for Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFIs) and their Originators to improve origination quality, and provide partial cost-recovery to Receiving Depository Financial Institutions (RDFIs) for handling exceptions. By establishing economic incentives for specific types of exceptions, ODFIs would have direct incentives to implement processes and tools with their Originators to reduce the number of such returns and exceptions. ODFIs with the highest return rates would have the greatest incentives to work with their Originators to reduce those rates. By reducing exceptions in the ACH Network, the proposed rule would provide a cost-reduction benefit to RDFIs and improve their customers’ experience with ACH payments.

All NACHA Requests for Comments are open for public comment, and NACHA encourages responses from ACH Network participants, including financial institutions, service providers, business users, government entities, associations, and other interested parties. The comment period will last 60 days and end on January 13, 2014.

October 28, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
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June 10, 2013

The Moves Toward Faster Payments

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxGlenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry sends this note along:

Here at Glenbrook we’re closely following the moves toward faster payments taking place around the world. Nearly a year has passed since the NACHA community said "no" to speeding up the U.S. ACH (see Carol Coye Benson’s take on that vote here) but the discussion has not let up.

Now the folks at Digital Transactions have picked up the debate in their June edition, presenting views on why the NACHA initiative did not pass, why there is a need for speeding up the payments process, and the risks associated with faster payments.

What’s next? Recently we presented the views of other "payments geeks" on this topic as you had shared them with us. The article cites NACHA CEO Jan Estep: “Developing a ubiquitous solution, available to all financial-institution endpoints, is the goal”.

What are you seeing in the market? Are we getting closer to defining a clear direction for speeding up the tried-and-true but dinosaur-speed messaging and settlement that typifies retail payments in the US today?

May 24, 2013

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May 22, 2013

Direct Payment via ACH is the Leading Consumer Bill Payment Method in US

NACHA logo 140pxAccording to a study of 1,000 billers released by NACHA, Direct Payment via ACH is the leading method consumers in the US currently use to pay their bills.

The study found that the great majority of billers – more than three-quarters of those that offer electronic payment options – offer Direct Payment via ACH with almost 50% of consumer bills paid through this method. Of the rest, 42% percent of consumer bills are still paid through the mail, and 11 percent are paid with credit/debit cards.

The findings also show that billers prefer receiving ACH payments over cards 48 percent to 21 percent. Specifically, billers prefer recurring ACH payments, citing this option as the most favorable payment method.

Consumers, on the other hand, prefer one-time ACH payments for bill pay. Of the 47 percent of consumer bills paid via Direct Payment, 25 percent are one-time ACH payments, 11 percent are recurring ACH payments, and another 11 percent are ACH payments originated by biller service providers.

Direct Payment via ACH provides the control, security, and simplicity that consumers are looking for when paying their bills,” said Janet O. Estep, NACHA president and CEO.

“Additionally, for billers, Direct Payment via ACH transactions provide costs savings, improve operating efficiencies, and make a positive impact on the environment. There are still many checks being mailed today, so there is a significant opportunity to increase Direct Payment adoption, and during May – Direct Deposit and Direct Payment via ACH Month – we direct both billers and consumers to the available resources and proven practices expanding Direct Payment usage.”

NACHA says that financial institutions have an important role for expanding Direct Payment. Billers in the study report positive results from cross pollination efforts, where billers and banks combine marketing efforts.

April 24, 2013

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April 23, 2013

A Vote of Support for Same Day ACH in the US

ICBA logo 140pxThe Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) has released a new white paper - “Same-Day ACH: An Opportunity for Leadership” - expressing its support for same-day ACH capabilities and encouraging community banks and other institutions to adopt same-day ACH services.

“Same-day ACH capability helps community banks stay at the center of serving their customers’ payment needs, particularly as they strive to remain competitive in their marketplace, where same-day payments are already supported in many cases,” said Bill Loving, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank in Franklin, W.Va. “ICBA strongly believes that an accelerated transition to same-day ACH is vital to all financial institutions and customers.”
Last August 2012, NACHA’s membership did not approve the Expedited Processing and Settlement Rule that would have supported the same-day settlement of Automated Clearing House (ACH)transactions as a ubiquitous capability of the ACH network. (See Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson's commentary on that vote in her post: Bankers to NACHA: 1978 Is Modern Enough for Us!)

April 22, 2013

Glenbrook at NACHA's Payments 2013 Conference in San Diego

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA's Payments 2013 Conference is underway this week in San Diego. Glenbrook's Erin McCune, Elizabeth McQuerry and George Peabody are attending - be sure to reach out to them if you're also attending Payments 2013!

Lots of tweets are coming today on Twitter from Payments 2013 attendees - you can follow along by searching for the hashtag #payments2013 and by following @NACHA_Payments.

April 17, 2013

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April 10, 2013

NACHA Announces 2012 ACH Annual Volume Statistics

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA — The Electronic Payments Association has published its annual summary of the largest originators and receivers of ACH payments in 2012. Wells Fargo was the #1 originator in 2012 while Bank of America was the #1 receiver.

Total ACH payment volume grew to over 21 billion transactions in 2012, up 4.19 percent over 2011 representing a total of $36.9 trillion, an increase of 8.76 percent. That rate equates to over 660 ACH transactions per second over the full year with an average ACH ticket size of about $1760 per transaction.

Native electronic payments — those payments which start as an electronic payment (i.e., non-check conversion applications) — increased 6.38 percent over 2011. These payments now make up 85 percent of total ACH Network volume. Conversely, check initiated transactions decreased by 6.75 percent.

“This data clearly shows that consumers and businesses choose electronic payment options over paper checks,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “Direct Deposits and Direct Payments via ACH provide the convenience, control, and flexibility that end users want. As end user needs evolve, the ACH Network will continue to enable the innovation necessary to meet the changing needs of ACH Network participants.”

January 28, 2013

NACHA Issues Final Guidelines For Use Of QR Codes in Consumer Bill Pay

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA's Council for Electronic Billing and Payment (CEBP) has issued the final guidelines for the use of Quick Response (QR) codes in consumer bill payment. "The guidelines, developed in collaboration with CEBP members and refined through industry input, describe the use of QR codes in a variety of bill payment functions such as viewing bills, making bill payments, enrolling for eBills and setting up payees in online banking."

November 27, 2012

New NACHA Rule Supports Electronic Health Care Claims Payments via ACH

NACHA logo 140px NACHA announced that its membership has adopted a new health care payments rule as part of the NACHA Operating Rules.

“Any health care provider with a bank account will be able to receive a health care electronic funds transfer (EFT) via ACH, just like a Direct Deposit,” said Janet O. Estep, NACHA president and CEO. “Providers will benefit from faster deposits and access to funds, and cost savings from not having to deposit paper checks. Payers will also benefit from replacing the printing and mailing of paper checks with electronic payments via ACH.”

The rule supports health plans’ and health care providers’ use of the ACH Network for electronic health care claims payments, and the electronic “reassociation” of these payments with electronic remittance advices (ERAs).

August 30, 2012

NACHA Issues RFC on QR Encoding for Consumer Bill Pay

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA has issued a request for comment (RFC) on proposed guidelines for the use QR codes in a variety of bill payment scenarios.

“There has been growing interest in applying QR technology to transaction applications like bill payment to provide consumers with the opportunity to view statements, enroll for eBills, make payments, and set up payees in online banking applications,” said Eric Dunn, senior vice president, Strategic Payment Initiatives for Intuit. “As a member of the council, Intuit is pleased to work with NACHA and the CEBP membership on this particular initiative, as it has the industry representation of bill pay stakeholders and the forum needed to develop effective QR guidelines for bill pay.”

Comments are due by September 19, 2012. Issuance of the final guidelines are expected in Q42012.

August 29, 2012

NACHA Issues RFC on P2P ACH Rules

NACHA logo 140pxNACHA has issued a request for comment (RFC) on a proposal to amend the NACHA Operating Rules to standardize the use of the ACH Network for person-to-person (P2P) payments. The proposal notes that while the current NACHA rules do not specifically address PSP payments, many financial institutions and non-financial institutions are already either offering P2P payments over the ACH Network already or plan to in the near future. Comments are due by October 1, 2012.

August 19, 2012

Payments Views - Bankers to NACHA: 1978 Is Modern Enough for Us!

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxGlenbrook's Carol Coye Benson is disappointed at the lack of banking industry support for moving to same day ACH. According to Carol, she files this kind of banker thinking in her “don’t worry about online music, CD’s work just fine” folder. Read Carol's full commentary on this issue over on our sister site.

May 07, 2012

Payments Views - The Dawn of a New Era for Small Biz Banking?

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxGlenbrook's Erin McCune is back from NACHA Payments 2012, and the most interesting things she heard and saw had to do with small business banking and payments, a long suffering, underserved segment of the market. Why underserved?

Small businesses are traditionally ill served because the consumer platform is inadequate and treasury management solutions are overkill. They are stuck in the middle, with too few features or way too much complexity. This is ironic given that small businesses are a prized, profitable, customer segment.

Over on Payments Views, Erin wonders if this might be "the dawn of a new era for small biz banking".

April 18, 2012

April 16, 2012

NACHA Reports ACH Purchase Volume of $33.9 Trillion in 2011

NACHA logo 140pxThe ACH Network handled over 20.2 billion transactions in 2011, up 4.35% over 2010, according to new statistics released by NACHA. ACH payment volume was reported as $33.91 trillion.

“These statistics show that more and more consumers and businesses are making the conscious decision to use electronic payment options over paper checks or cash,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “As advancements within the payments industry continue, ACH payments also continue to adapt to meet various needs of both consumers and businesses alike.”

February 09, 2012

Survey Says Many "Paperless" Consumers Still Receive Paper Statements

NACHA logo 140pxA new study released today by NACHA and PayItGreen says nearly 30% to 40% of consumers who receive their financial statements and bills online also receive paper versions. The study finds that this trend surprisingly exists primarily among Gen Y and Early Adopters.

February 01, 2012

Upcoming Payments-Related Conferences


SmartCard Alliance 2012 Payments Summit
The 5th annual SmartCard Alliance conference will be held February 8-10 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FinovateEurope 2012
The FinovateEurope 2012 Conference returns to London on February 7th, 2012 at the Old Billingsgate Market Hall in the heart of London.

Discover PAYMENTS 2012
The NACHA Payments 2012 Conference will be held April 29-May 2, 2012 in Baltimore, MD at the Hilton Baltimore.

January 10, 2012

Regions Bank Joins the Secure Vault Payments Network

Svp logo 140x60px Secure Vault Payments announced it has added Regions Financial Corporation to the Secure Vault Payments (SVP) Network. Regions will offer the online payment option to customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas.

“Merchants and consumers alike are increasingly seeking convenient and secure online payment options, particularly for large dollar transactions,” said James Hicks, head of Treasury Services for Regions Financial. “Regions’ participation in Secure Vault Payments will allow us to provide additional payment choices and benefits to our customers.”

Secure Vault Payments is the only online payment method that links consumers directly to their bank account without a middleman. Secure Vault was developed by NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association and eWise, a provider of online and mobile payment solutions.

July 14, 2011

April 06, 2011

Study Shows Ample Room for Direct Deposit Growth in Small Businesses

NACHA logo 140pxTwo-thirds of small businesses in the United States don’t offer Direct Deposit to employees, according to a new study from NACHA and eCom Advisors. "That is just over three million companies that are still issuing payroll by check and 18 million employees who don’t have the option to be paid electronically."

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