December 15, 2021
Success is a ladder than cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets ~ American proverb
In a country often filled with broken promises and lip service, it’s refreshing to look at the track record of the Electronic Payments Association (NACHA), who introduced Same Day ACH for credits 5 years ago. NACHA, the rule maker and governing body for most financial transactions in the U.S., promised yearly enhancements to Same Day ACH including adding debits, expanding the hours to submit payments, and increasing the dollar limit for each payment. The payment’s world salutes NACHA for their honesty, transparency, commitment, and follow-thru.
Flashback to 2016, NACHA reported $1.3M payments worth $1.5B in the first 6 days of Same Day ACH processing. Wow! The crystal ball couldn’t have been more foretelling. According to Jane Larimer, CEO/President of NACHA, “In the first half of 2021, there were more than 291 million Same Day ACH payments—debits and credits—transferring $439 billion. Those figures are up 86.3% and 123% respectively from the first half of 2020. The tally since launch stands at 1.2 billion payments transferring $1.5 trillion.” Wow, Wow!
Same Day ACH streamlined payroll processing across the board allowing companies to hold onto funds longer and offering employees immediate access to their wages. The same day transfer of funds for consumers reduces late payments, replenishes digital wallets, and corrects financial mistakes quickly. The fast payments process for businesses tightens financial efficiencies, reduces costs, lowers fraud, and enhances liquidity.
Stage right, March 2022, “NACHA increases Same Day ACH dollar limits to $1M, adds supplemental data security requirements, and revises roles and obligations for 3rd party senders.” In the payment’s world, moving money faster is an advantage for most businesses, but it also carries a greater security risk due to the acceleration of processing. The window to transact funds is dramatically reduced with Same Day ACH from the next business day to the current one which means less time for transaction risk reviews resulting in more opportunities for quick unauthorized withdrawals from unsavory individuals.
How secure are ACH payments? There is no fail-proof security in the financial world especially for consumer payments; however, ACH payments are supported by NACHA’s vigilant governing body. Unlike credit card companies, NACHA is a pit bull watchdog that is constantly improving security across the payment system to protect consumers from cyber threats. NACHA reports that “they work with the payments industry to employ a comprehensive Risk Management Strategy that ensures the safety, security, and integrity of ACH payments. NACHA’s work as an industry guarantees that the ACH Network remains one of the safest available means of moving payments and information.”
The financial world has a neon-flashing target on its back for cyber security breaches. RIBBIT is one of the few data analytics companies that has 2 prestigious Accredited ACH Professionals (AAP) on staff, a testament to their focus on risk management and regulation compliance. RIBBIT’s team believes trustworthiness and accountability go together, so the support of two AAPs on staff assures clients of the highest level of regulation scrutiny and the lowest level of risk exposure for their financial data.
Stay tuned . . .
Former FactorTrust Founder/CEO, Greg Rable, Joins RIBBIT Board of Directors
OXFORD, Ohio, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, RIBBIT Inc. announced the appointment of Greg Rable to the RIBBIT Board of Directors. As the former Founder/CEO of FactorTrust, since acquired by TransUnion in 2017, Greg brings over 25 years of management and strategy experience, combined with a history of building successful fintech and alternative data businesses for the consumer finance space. In his role, Mr. Rable is helping guide the RIBBIT leadership team and promote the growth of bank behavior data as a powerful and necessary predictive data solution.
Getting Real with Financial Inclusion
Financial inclusion matters not only because it promotes growth, but because it helps ensure prosperity ~ Sri Mulyani Indrawati
How arbitrary are the words ‘financial inclusion’; who’s in, who’s out and why is it so unfair? If a consumer is ‘in,’ there are financial opportunities for building a better life. If a person is ‘out,’ good luck with climbing out of a deep money pit. Today’s financial institutions think they are building a more inclusive process. However, many are still using information reflective of historical bias so if it didn’t work then, it ‘ain’t gonna work now’.
Why Interpretation of Data Matters
When a man gives you a rose, what you see may not be what he intends~ Patrick Rothfuss
Assessing information is the foundation of most of life’s important decisions. Mistakes are made when the data is unavailable, unclear, inaccurate, insufficient, immaterial, or unjust. How many people have suffered throughout history by poor decision-making? Like it or not, today’s world is data driven, hopefully an information mecca for making insightful, educated, proven and unbiased decisions. However, data is just that, information on a page, it becomes meaningful only when it is wisely analyzed and interpreted.