Electronic funds transfer

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Electronic funds transfer (EFT) is the electronic transfer of money from one bank account to another, either within a single financial institution or across multiple institutions, via computer-based systems, without the direct intervention of bank staff.

EFT transactions are known by a number of names. In the United States, they may be referred to as "electronic cheques" or "e-cheques". In the United Kingdom, the term "bank payment" is commonly used term. "Bank transfer" is also used.

When made within the same financial institution, EFTs are technically known as peer-to-peer transfers.

Types of EFT[edit]

The term covers a number of different payment systems, for example:


An EFT transaction requires the following steps:

  1. Making application
  2. Data preparation
  3. Data transmission
  4. Debiting remittance banks
  5. Crediting receiving banks
  6. Crediting beneficiary
  7. Task at service branch
  8. Task at beneficiary branch

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