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What is the timeline for FedNow?

FedNow launched on July 20th, 2023. According to the Fed, in April, early adopters completed a customer testing and certification program. Product validation activities took place in June with the Federal Reserve and certified participants.

Preparations for FedNow have been occurring for some time now. An ongoing pilot program that includes over 110 banks and payment processors has been in place for FedNow since January of 2021. Adoption will potentially be swift given that the Fed has relationships with over 10,000 different financial institutions, and all financial institutions eligible to hold accounts at Reserve Banks will have access to FedNow.

Technically, the rise of faster payments has been a long time coming, when you consider the (brief) history of domestic payments outlined below.

An abridged timeline of payments in the US, from the gold standard to FedNow

Connie Theien, SVP at the Federal Reserve System, explains the differences between FedNow and other payment rails. Watch the full conversation here.

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FedNow is a new payment rail that enables faster bank payments for financial institutions of any size, in any community, 365 days of the year.

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No, FedNow does not use blockchain technology and is not a blockchain payment rail.

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Both businesses and consumers can access FedNow if their bank offers it.

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One primary benefit of FedNow is that it will likely open up instant payment services to more financial institutions, including smaller, community banks.

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The maximum amount for a FedNow credit transfer will be $100,000.

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FedNow is different from RTP because they are each distinct payment rails.

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