Real-Time Payments Adoption: Majority of Firms to Utilize RTP in Coming Years, Survey Reveals

The 2023 AFP Real-time Payments Survey, conducted by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), found that corporates plan “to drastically increase their use of real-time payments in the next five years to benefit from lower transaction costs, improved transparency into the payment process, increased efficiency, and better cash flow.”

The Research Department of AFP “surveyed corporate treasury practitioners about their current and planned use of real time payments.”

Key findings of the survey include:

  • 99% of corporates with annual revenues of $1 billion to $9.9 billion expect to send real-time payments in the next five years.
  • 77% of corporates expect they will receive B2B real-time payments in the next five years;
  • 76% expect to send real-time payments within the same time frame;
  • 80% cite payment transparency as a very important feature of real-time payments;
  • 50% of respondents indicate that the lower cost of transactions is a benefit of using real-time payments.

The Clearing House, the sponsor of the survey, “operates the RTP network, which immediately clears and settles payments 24×7 and provides the ability to exchange related payment information through the network and across secure bank channels.”

Currently, more than 150,000 businesses each month “are sending real-time payments over the RTP network, which has over 390 bank and credit union participants and reaches 65% of demand deposit accounts in the United States.”

Jim Colassano, Senior Vice President of Product Development, The Clearing House, said:

“Payment volume from corporates on the RTP network continues to increase month over month. Corporates are leveraging the RTP network to improve cash flow, reduce costs, and have better control of payment timing.”

Colassano also runs the RTP Corporate Advisory Group, which is “comprised of corporate treasury and payments professionals.”

TCH has taken feedback from the RTP Corporate Advisory Group and incorporated it into the RTP network, “such as the need for a higher transaction limit.”

Colassano adds:

“We increased the transaction limit to $1 million, as corporates needed a higher threshold for many payments. It is exciting to see businesses find innovative ways to take advantage real-time payment capabilities to better serve their customers.”

The Clearing House operates U.S-based payments networks “that clear and settle more than $2 trillion each day through wire, ACH, check image, and real-time payments. It is the nation’s most experienced payments company, with a long track record of providing secure and reliable systems, payments innovation, and strategic thought leadership to financial institutions.”

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