Faster Payments Services Developing Rapidly in the U.S.

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Mercator Advisory Group releases an update on the rapid progress of development of faster payment services in the United States.

The launch of new solutions and the growth of faster payments in the United States compelled an update to our report earlier their year forecasting the trajectory of faster payments.

The financial services industry is aligning resources behind the development of faster payment services and beginning to launch products that have a faster payments component. Mercator Advisory Group projects that faster payments in the U.S. will reach $255 billion by year end 2018 considering business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to- business, and person-to-person channels and all currently available faster payment types including same day ACH.

In a new research report, U.S. Faster Payments Forecast, 2017–2021, Update: The Consequences of Faster Payments, Mercator Advisory Group discusses the impact of this initiative on all participants.

“The launch of new solutions and the growth of faster payments in the United States compelled an update to our report earlier their year forecasting the trajectory of faster payments”, comments Sarah Grotta, Director, Debit and Alternative Products Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group and author of the report. This documents will be a touchstone for upcoming reports on adjacent topics including fraud mitigation in the era of faster payment and the role of cryptocurrencies.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Review of concepts and definitions that are critical to the understanding faster payments and real-time payments
  • Review of current faster payment platforms in the U.S., how they operate, and current transaction volumes.
  • Analysis of impact of faster payment’s evolution on payment industry stakeholders.
  • An update to Mercator Advisory Group’s faster payments projections

This report has 20 pages and 5 exhibits.

Companies mentioned in this report include: Early Warning Systems, Faster Payments Scheme, Ltd., Mastercard, NACHA, The Clearinghouse, Visa, and Vocalink.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group’s Debit and Alternative Payments Advisory Service have access to these reports as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits.

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Mercator Advisory Group is the leading independent research and advisory services firm exclusively focused on the payments and banking industries. We deliver pragmatic and timely research and advice designed to help our clients uncover the most lucrative opportunities to maximize revenue growth and contain costs. Our clients range from the world's largest payment issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants and associations to leading technology providers and investors. Mercator Advisory Group is also the publisher of the online payments and banking news and information portal

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