American bank-owned digital payments network clearXchange is rolling out a system that enables real-time bank-to-bank transfers.
CleaXchange acts as a clearing house for person-to-person online payments transfer, enabling customers to send funds directly from their bank accounts to the recipients' using only an email address or mobile phone number. The platform is owned by Bank of America, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Capital One and US Bank, making it open to more than 100 million people.
Transactions made through the network already happen in real-time when money is transferred within the same bank but the new system will bring this feature to bank-to-bank payments as it is rolled out by members over the next year.
Mike Kennedy, CEO, clearXchange, says: "As people and businesses increasingly transition everyday activities from traditional to online channels they expect things to be completed faster. This includes financial transactions, particularly those with a need for real-time funds availability such as sending emergency money to kids, paying rent at the last minute or receiving funds for an accident claim or disaster relief."