by Michael Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer, InAuth
When the European Banking Authority (EBA) speaks, financial institutions listen. And organisations throughout the EU are listening intently right now as the EBA is poised to release a new round of regulations in their annual Payment Services Directive (PSD2).
This latest round of regulation is expected to be a boon for consumers by encouraging non-traditional parties to participate in electronic payments and accelerating competition within the banking community through multi-banking. It is expected to increase convenience for consumers, while simultaneously lowering transaction costs for financial institutions.
PSD2 also represents a step towards making the ‘cashless economy’ a reality. At its core, cash is an expensive instrument for running an economy. Paper and other ‘real’ forms of currency incur significant printing, storage, and other circulation logistics costs. According to the European Central Bank, the total cost of cash in the European Union is 1% or more of GDP.
While cash is currently the fastest way to pay for something, many experts are predicting it will eventually give way to real-time payments. This edict will no doubt have significant implications for treasury management functions at financial institutions worldwide.