Money on the Move: Understanding Traditional vs. Instant Transfers

Amazon’s same-day delivery option has met increased consumer expectations by finding a faster and more customer-centric way to provide what the traditional 3-5 business day delivery window previously offered customers. This same thought process can be applied to the payments landscape, as customers want to be able to send and receive money not in a matter of days, but in a matter of minutes. Traditional ways of transferring money, such as wire transfers, still provide avenues for customers to send and receive money, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle.

Customers now expect their banking options to align with other aspects of their lives. Just like same-day deliveries, consumers want same-day payments. Instant payments (also frequently referred to as instant transfers or real-time payments) help address this customer need. As the name so kindly implies, instant payments enable consumers to make payments instantly. Unlike traditional transfers that typically move money within a few days, instant payments send and receive funds in a matter of seconds. Unlike traditional money transfers, instant payments are not processed in batches. When banks process transfers in batches, they process all of their transactions in large groupings at specific times throughout the day (designated by the individual bank), regardless of what time the transfer was initiated. Instant payments, on the other hand, are processed in real-time. When a customer initiates a payment, the bank processes that transaction as it comes through their system — allowing the funds to be available in real-time.

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