BANKS ON BOARD? "Our plans announced late last year to build an ubiquitous, national, feature-rich, secure real-time payment service will help fulfill the Fed's objectives," said Steve Ledford, a senior v.p. at The Clearing House, which is owned by the nation's largest banks. Meanwhile, Janet Estep, the president of Nacha, the bank-industry group that sets the rules for ACH transactions, said that she sees the Fed's vision as "complementary" to the ACH network.
In a new detailed report, the Federal Reserve laid out four options for upgrading the creaky U.S. payment system. The study raised questions about how far the Fed can, and should, go to bring about change.

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