Real-Time Impact: FedNow & RTP

Reshaping business with instant payments


It (FedNOW) needs a channel jump all the way over to ACH when it becomes reoccurring because it just works better It's more efficient

Kevin Olsen, Payments Professor

In this episode of Fintech Confidential, host Tedd Huff and guest Kevin Olson, the Payments Professor, discuss fast payment systems like FedNow and RTP (Real-Time Payments). They cover how these systems are useful for immediate needs, such as paying bills quickly when time is critical.

The discussion highlights how faster payments can make everyday financial activities easier and more secure for both consumers and businesses. Kevin points out that these systems are not just for emergencies; they also help businesses handle money more efficiently during regular operations.

They also address common misunderstandings, such as the misconception that FedNow acts as a digital currency, which it does not. Instead, it's a system designed to speed up transactions securely and reliably.

Lastly, the talk turns to the importance of understanding new payment technologies. Kevin emphasizes that proper knowledge and use of these technologies are crucial in preventing fraud and ensuring everyone benefits from the advancements in payment systems. This episode offers clear insights into how new payment methods are improving how we manage money, focusing on accessibility and security.

Key Highlights:

  • Are Your Payments Up to Speed? Find Out Why It Matters!

    • Tedd and Kevin explain why quick payments are crucial, especially for urgent bills like rent and utilities, ensuring you don't fall behind in today's fast-paced world.

  • Busting Myths: FedNow is NOT a Digital Currency!

    • Kevin clears up a common confusion about FedNow, emphasizing that it is a system for speedy transactions, not a new type of money.

  • How Quick Payments Empower Small Businesses

    • Discover how technologies like RTP help small businesses manage their finances better by providing faster access to funds, which is essential for their growth.

  • The Hidden Costs of Sticking to Old Payment Methods

    • Kevin discusses how older payment methods might be holding back efficiency, encouraging listeners to consider modern solutions that match today's speed of business.

  • What Everyone Gets Wrong About Payment Speed and Fraud

    • Debunking myths, Kevin explains why faster payments don't necessarily mean increased fraud, pointing out the real factors that contribute to security risks.

  • Can Fast Payments Save You Money?

    • Explore how using faster payment methods can reduce costs associated with late payments and inefficiencies in traditional banking.

  • From Checks to Real-Time: How Payment Methods Have Evolved

    • Kevin gives a brief history of how payment methods have transitioned from checks to real-time systems, highlighting the benefits of staying current.

  • Why Education is Key in the Payment Industry

    • They discuss the importance of understanding new payment technologies, not just for businesses but also for consumers to fully benefit from them.

  • Do Faster Payments Mean Less Waiting for Everyone?

    • Learn about the community benefits of adopting new payment technologies, which promise less waiting time and more reliability.

  • Cut Through the Jargon: Making Payments Understandable

    • Kevin talks about his role in simplifying complex payment terms and technologies, making them accessible to everyone without the technical speak.


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1️⃣ Exposed! FedNow Isn't What You Think! - Clearing up misconceptions, Kevin explains that FedNow is not a digital currency but a system designed to make payments faster.

2️⃣ Unlock the Secret: Why Faster Doesn't Mean Riskier! - Kevin debunks the myth that quicker payment systems increase fraud, emphasizing that the real issue lies in understanding and utilizing the technology correctly.

3️⃣ Stop Overpaying with Slow Payments – Here’s How! - Learn how adopting faster payment methods like RTP can save money by reducing costs linked to delays and outdated processes.

4️⃣  Small Businesses Rejoice: Faster Payments Could Be Your Savior! - Explore how technologies like RTP and FedNow can drastically improve cash flow for small businesses, enabling them to operate more efficiently.

5️⃣ Simplifying Payments: How to Make Sense of Financial Tech Speak - Kevin discusses his role in breaking down complex payment jargon, making the latest financial technologies accessible and understandable for everyone.


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Time Stamps:

00:01:34 - Welcome to UNCUT

00:02:17 - Meet The Payments Professor

00:04:53 - The Evolution From ACH to FedNow

00:08:21 - Navigating from Instant to Recurring Payments

00:10:02 - Business Payments: Channel Jumping and Efficiency

00:13:13 - Demand for Faster Payments and Its Implications

00:31:39 - Directory Services and Confirmation to Payee

00:32:06 - Friction and Fraud Prevention

00:33:05 - Potential for Real-Time Merchant Payments

00:35:12 - Immediate Settlements and Fraud Risks Challenges

00:36:36 - Consumer Preferences

00:38:57 - FedNow and Beyond

00:51:54 - Addressing Fraud Education

01:02:27 - Thoughts on Payment Innovations

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About The Guest:

Kevin Olsen “Payments Professor”:

Kevin Olsen: Kevin Olsen - "Payments Professor" AAP, APRP, CHPC, NCP

For the more significant part of the past two decades, Kevin has been managing the development and delivery of education services, including in-person classes, web conferences, and webcasts. Kevin develops programs, presentations, and articles designed to orient and educate financial professionals on various electronic payment topics. As the Payments Professor, Kevin brings enthusiasm and motivation to presentations. Viewing the world as a classroom, which is exemplified by the professor’s “edutainment” style of training, Kevin seeks to educate and inform everyone on the latest developments in the fascinating world of electronic payments.

ed-u-tain-mint (noun\ When education is motivating, informative, and fun).

Kevin Olsen is a certified AAP (Accredited ACH Professional), APRP (Accredited Payments Risk Professional), NCP (National Check Professional), as well as a certified NCP Instructor with additional computer network, database, and security settings. Over the past couple of decades, Kevin has been involved with product creation, design, implementation, education, and consulting for multiple platforms within remote deposit capture, ACH, and faster payments. Kevin has worked with financial institutions of all sizes in multiple countries to create products, services, departments, systems, teams, and results that help financial institutions become more productive, compliant, and secure.

About the Host:

Tedd Huff: Tedd Huff is the Founder of Voalyre, a professional services advisory firm focused on global payments and DD3 Media.

Over the past 24 years, he has contributed to FinTech startups as an Advisory Board Member, Co-Founder, and Chief Experience Officer, providing strategic and tactical direction for Global Payments OpenEdge, Heartland Payments, Nuvei, and TSYS, among others, focusing on growth while delivering innovation, process improvements and user experience-driven value to simplify the complexity of payments.

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