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People without checking accounts are nearly twice as likely as those who do have checking accounts to own a general-purpose, reloadable prepaid card, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Twenty-four percent of the banked have a prepaid card, while 45 percent of the unbanked do, they found.


The Federal Reserve on Friday named Gordon Werkema as the system’s payments strategy director, responsible for leading the Fed’s efforts to move toward faster payments and improve the U.S. payments system. Werkema is currently first VP and COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.


The new .bank and .insurance domains coming online this year will provide an “incredible opportunity” to provide a more secure payments infrastructure, ABA and the Financial Services Roundtable said in a letter to the Federal Reserve officials leading the Fed’s faster payments initiative.

Compliance and Risk

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday circulated a summary of his proposal to clarify the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s restrictions on autodialed calls and texts. One item to be addressed is ABA’s petition to the agency for an exemption from TCPA’s requirement for “prior express consent” for autodialed calls to alert bank customers to fraudulent transactions, data breaches and actions required to complete funds transfers.

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