The Richmond Fed produces features, reports, and other payments-related analysis to enhance our understanding of the payments system.
Report on survey of fraud experienced by Fifth District businesses and financial institutions
Feature on expanding use of mobile payments and how the Fed is studying this changing environment.
Feature on currency redesigns and the role of the Richmond Fed’s Currency Technology Office
Report on how changes in the gaming industry have changed people’s use of coin and currency in U.S. casinos
When consumers use debit or credit cards to make purchases, merchants are assessed fees for processing the transactions, the largest of which is called an "interchange" fee. Rising interchange fees, along with the growing dominance of card transactions in the payments system, have brought increasing scrutiny from regulators on the appropriate level of interchange fees and the competitive aspects of card networks. This Economic Brief looks at the trends, mechanics, and economic role of interchange fees and finds that the issue may be more complicated than it initially appears.
Working papers and other articles from the Richmond Fed’s research economists
Articles on the Chicago Fed's Payments Conference in June 2008:
• Overview of payments fraud issues
• Technology and innovation in fraud prevention
• Responsibilities and incentives for fraud prevention
Other articles from FedFocus:
• Reserve Banks adapt to Check-21
• Contingency planning tips for financial institutions
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