Because of the expansion of the clearXchange platform, US Bank is making the service available to customers with no fee, effective 6 July.

In early 2016, US Bank became the first bank to offer real-time, person-to-person payments through the security of the clearXchange network, the largest bank-offered digital payments network in the US.

Since US Bank introduced this service to its customers, several other financial institutions have been added to the clearXchange platform, making real-time payments more broadly available.

US Bank omnichannel banking executive vice president Gareth Gaston said: "Customers’ demand for real-time, person-to-person payments is growing and the network is expanding – it’s a perfect demonstration of how the banking industry is working together to deliver safe and easy solutions for customers’ evolving financial preferences.

"US Bank has long been a pioneer in innovative payment solutions and we remain focused on providing an exceptional customer experience wherever and however they want to send money securely to their family or friends."

US Bank’s real-time, person-to-person service requires only an email address or mobile phone number to start, and once set up, money can be sent easily and safely online or through a mobile device.

The real-time feature is available through US Bank Send Money for any customer who is enrolled in US Bank Online Banking. US Bank Send Money utilizes U.S. Bank’s strong authentication steps to ensure secure transactions.

The US Bank Send Money service is powered by Early Warning’s clearXchange network. US Bank became a member and co-owner of Early Warning in 2016, and began using the clearXchange network on 21 February 2016.