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Real-time payments and Open Banking help banks to grow revenue and attract customers

Friday 15 March 2019 | 09:11 AM CET

Banks, processors and merchant acquirers must adopt holistic real-time and Open Banking strategies in order to monetize real-time payments, according to a new white paper.

Get More from Real-Time Payments - a new white paper published by ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, and payments consultancy Lipis Advisors - sets out recommendations for banks, processors and merchant acquirers and outlines services that allow all participants in the payments ecosystem to create new revenues, increase margins, and shorten the time to ROI.

The paper outlines new use cases, spanning retail and wholesale payments, that can benefit the entire value chain including:

Benefits of real-time payments and Open Banking for consumer services

The convergence of real-time payments and Open Banking will allow for the creation of new types of digital overlay services, such as Request to Pay (RtP), whereby a biller can send an electronic request for payment and customers can respond via their mobile phone to make the payment. India is an example for how digital overlay services can create an explosion in cashless payments. The paper predicts that RtP is set to revolutionize billing in sectors such as utilities, local government or mortgage payments. Other services could combine real-time payments with related financial services; for example, banks could offer faster decision on short-term loans by combining real-time payment systems and data on credit worthiness.

Benefits of real-time payments and Open Banking for corporate services

Real-time payments and Open Banking have the potential to address inefficiencies for corporate customers in accounts receivable and payable departments, where the reconciliation process of incoming payments to outstanding invoices remains highly manual. API-enabled systems and more functionally-rich data standards can solve this, by providing invoices and payments that map to the needs of the corporate customer.

Benefits of real-time payments and Open Banking for regulatory compliance

For many banks compliance with Know-Your-Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) sanctions often involve manual steps that prevent straight through processing, which drives up the cost and reduces the speed of payments. APIs could allow for two-way communication with centrally held and up-to-date sanctions lists, allowing for always up-to-date automated screening. Furthermore, anti-fraud measures can also be shared among consortium banks, allowing mule accounts to be identified more efficiently.

For more information about ACI Worldwide, please check out a detailed profile of this company in our dedicated, industry-specific online company database.

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