The latest fintech disruptor: The US government

FedNow me!


August 11, 2020

Next time you pay back your pals for a drive-in concert ticket, don’t be alarmed if they ask you to “FedNow me.”

Forget Venmo. The Fed is launching the next big thing in fintech — a 24/7 payments platform called “FedNow Service.” It charges no transaction fees, and you don’t even need an app to use it.

Call it a fintech public option

Right now, Venmo and Zelle run on a platform called The Clearing House. Basically, it’s a group of major banks that have agreed to allow instant deposits.

The problem? A lot of regional banks and credit unions don’t use The Clearing House. Only about 50%+ of the US has access.

FedNow wants ALL the banks at the party

And it’s got relationships with 10k+ financial institutions, so pretty much all of them could go.

It sounds good, but it’s going to be a while before your friends make fun of you for forgetting your FedNow username. The service isn’t hitting the market until at least 2023

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