Instant payments significantly boost finances of young adults in Europe

ACI Worldwide has revealed striking new data proving instant payments will boost the financial prospects of young adults in the EU.

New research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) shows that for every 5% increase in the volume of instant payments, the number of 15 to 24-year-olds globally who saved money in the last year increased by 15.6% on average.

According to the latest data, the volume of instant payments in the EU is expected to rise from 7.6 billion transactions in 2023 to 21.2 billion transactions in 2028.

This represents a compound annual growth rate of 17.5%. As a result, instant payments as a share of all electronic payments in the EU will increase by 6.1% (from 5% in 2023 to 11.1% in 2028).

This news comes at a time when young Europeans face serious financial challenges.

Eurostat data shows 24.5% of people aged 15 to 29 are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, which is 2.9 percentage points higher than the rate for the total population (21.6%).

In January 2024, the EU youth unemployment rate was 14.9%. Many young Europeans have been unable to move out of the family home due to a lack of affordable options.

Meanwhile, some young people in the region now earn less than their parents did.

Importantly, on February 7, 2024, the European Parliament endorsed the Regulation on instant payments, which the Council then adopted on February 26.

The Regulation requires payment service providers to offer their customers the possibility of making payments from one account to another within 10 seconds, regardless of the time of day and the member state they are in.

Should charges apply, these must not exceed those applicable for standard credit transfers.

This will accelerate the volume of instant payments made in a region that has lagged. ACI’s 2023 Prime Time for Real-Time report shows the share of instant payments among electronic payments in the EU is significantly behind Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

“Our research proves that moving money around faster drives economic growth and boosts financial inclusion, which in turn allows those facing the greatest financial pressures to save,” comments Craig Ramsey, global head, real-time payments, ACI Worldwide.

“Now that instant payments are mandated and expected to grow significantly, young people in the EU will benefit – as will others.”


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