Open banking: Catalyst for collaboration and partnership
Open Banking - the challenge
Opening Banking was a popular theme at the annual Scottish Fintech conference and it was analysed from numerous angles e.g. likely changes in the market landscape that might be triggered by Open Banking, how banks are losing the control over the purchasing process of financial products, and PS2D regulation.
During the conference, Phill Gillespie from Money Dashboard and I had the opportunity to host a workshop about Open Banking and the API ecosystem in the FS industry.
The underlying challenge we face in the FS industry is plain and simpleâ€¦for most people FINANCES ARE BORING! But it is also true that without financial products we would not be able to protect ourselves and our families, we would not be able to sustain our lifestyle or achieve our personal goals. We do not think how cool buying a insurance is and we certainly do not brag with our friends about our pension plan, but we need these products because we want to travel safely and enjoy our retirement.
The power to re-organise the industry
At Inbest.ai, we think that Open Banking will allow companies to place FS products and services where they belong, co-piloting our lives and checking that we are taking the right decisions to protect our families, maintain our lifestyles or make our hard-earned salaries go further.
FS companies must be humble and flexible to seamlessly embed their propositions into the products and services we use throughout our lives i.e. banking should be a mean to improve our lives, not a goal on its own. To deliver this strategy, FS companies should understand intimately customersâ€™ needs and behaviours as well as collaborate with companies in other industries to distribute their products and services. If FS companies keep working in isolation, non-financial players with large Balance Sheets will be more than happy to fill this market gap, as Bill Gates famously stated, â€œBanking is necessary, banks are notâ€.
Another alternative will be reducing their front-line exposure and focusing on a core part of the banking stack e.g. trading, foreign exchange, settlement. To succeed in this strategy, these specialised banking services should be easy to consume by companies that are downstream in the value chain.
All in all, regardless of the strategic route, partnering and collaborating should be a core foundation on the way modern FS providers operate, and APIs are the technological framework that makes this possible. FS providers should embrace the use of APIs across their different teams and divisions as well as with their suppliers and customers.
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Inbest.ai is on a mission to automate, simplify and personalise long-term financial planning to make financial advice & guidance accessible and affordable. APIs are the backbone of our company and we use them not only to build, market and sell our Financial Planning platform but also to manage our business.