January 2021 Pulse Newsletter


Announcing Participants of the New FedNowSM Pilot Program

The Federal Reserve Banks recently announced that more than 110 organizations from the FedNow Community (Off-site) will participate in the FedNow Pilot Program. With representation across financial institutions and service providers, the new program will support development, testing and adoption of the FedNow Service, as well as encourage development of services and use cases that leverage FedNow functionality.

Accelerating Faster Payments Amid COVID-19

From the latest Faster Payments Barometer, 59 percent of payments stakeholders say COVID-19 has not impacted their plans to implement faster payments, and 4 in 5 respondents are either accelerating or maintaining faster payments implementation plans. Explore the survey findings from the U.S. Faster Payments Council.

Recent Announcements

ICYMI: Community Member Spotlight with Rachel Siegel

Rachel Siegel of The Pew Charitable Trusts offers perspectives on inequalities in the payments system, including how some households can lack access to digital payments. Hear more on her work to promote financial inclusion in a digital, pandemic era.

It’s a New Year: Resolve to Get Ready for Instant Payments

The new year is the perfect time to start thinking about the move to instant payments. Read the first article (Off-site) in a two-part series highlighting the benefits of instant payments, three key steps to take to prepare for instant payments and the opportunities for new services, customer experience enhancements and automation efficiencies that instant payments can offer.

Your Voice Matters – Stay Engaged

Join FedPayments Improvement on Social Media

Stay up to date on the latest news, initiatives and engagement opportunities — connect with us on Twitter (Off-site) and LinkedIn (Off-site)!

Hear from Federal Reserve Experts at Upcoming Industry Events

Women in Payments Virtual Symposium – Feb. 9-11, 2021

Nacha Payments Innovation Alliance Meeting – Feb. 23-25, 2021

Visit our Events page to learn more.

In The News – Top Headlines

Digital Transactions – 1/25/21
A Planned Pilot for FedNow Spurs More Than 110 Banks And Processors to Sign up (Off-site)

Progressive Grocer – 1/7/21
The Future of Payments is Instant (Off-site)

PaymentsJournal – 1/7/21
Fraudulent Activity is the New Virus, and Here Are Some Possible Solutions (Off-site)

Digital Transactions – 1/1/21
Prime Time for Real Time (Off-site)

View more articles on our News page.