FDATA North America September 2022 Newsletter

by rebecca

Welcome to FDATA North America’s monthly newsletter! These regular dispatches will share developments from our organization and our 30+ member companies, all of which are promoting financial access and inclusion with open finance use cases. We also include a list of upcoming industry events, and coverage of any market developments that impact fintech innovators.

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Monthly FDATA Member Spotlight: Betterment

In this Member Spotlight, Betterment’s Associate General Counsel Josh Rubin explains how access to consumer-permissioned financial data is critical to Betterment’s ability to offer high quality, low-cost advice to everyday investors:


FDATA To Host Virtual US Reporter Briefing on Open Banking and Section 1033 Rulemaking

Later this month, FDATA North America will host a virtual reporter briefing covering open banking in the United States and the status of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Section 1033 rulemaking. As the CFPB works to convene a SBREFA panel as part of this rulemaking, the briefing will feature insights from FDATA North America Executive Director Steve Boms, and representatives from five member companies including Plaid, MX, Trustly, Envsetnet, Morningstar, and Petal. Individuals interested in attending should contact [email protected].

FDATA NA Welcomes Newest Member Atomic Financial

FDATA North America is excited to announce its newest member Atomic Financial. Atomic is a Utah-based fintech that builds infrastructure for connecting payroll accounts to other apps, which can help with money management and income verification for lending.

Member News & Activity

Basis Theory published a new primer entitled “Data Security 101”, complete with visuals and examples, to help explain how encryption works to business leaders and product managers. Since there are many different ways to encrypt and decrypt data, uderstanding the fundamentals of data encryption can help design those solutions and remove some of the pain points.

BillGO published a new blog post entitled “Four Ways Your Consumer Benefit from Modern Bill Pay,” which details how easy, centralized biller set-up, secure payments using a virtual card, and instantaneous payments, confirmations, notifications and reminders provide value to customers.

Codat has joined the consortium of fintech and security compliance companies, supporting the Open Finance Data Security Standard (OFDSS), a proposed framework of requirements that address security risks commonly encountered by emerging fintechs that manage consumer financial information. The OFDSS is focused on setting a common standard for data security in the Open Finance industry and is designed to be a living document that will evolve over time to meet the needs of the industry, incorporate new technology, and mitigate emerging risks.

Envestnet has released a new report entitled “The Intelligent Financial Life: The Unexpected Intersection Between Technology, Clarity, and the Human Connection.” This report explores how clients’ attitudes toward financial advice, technology, and behaviors differ from one generation to the next.

Fiserv General Manager of Aggregation and Information Services , Jamie DelMedico, joined the Tearsheet Podcast to discuss how the evolution of data processes are helping drive the push toward open finance. Jamie explained how “the whole idea of open finance is powered by data, whereby the data from a financial institution or brokerage is pulled into an experience that then powers some other third-party experience…data is the crux of open finance.” He also shared some of Fiserv’s open finance use-cases and the potential of “alternative” financial data to expand access to credit.

Kabbage has been listed on this year’s Top 100 Financial Technology Companies by The Financial Technology Report. This recognition showcases its dedication for small businesses and its efforts to provide them with innovative products.

Morningstar announced an upcoming webinar entitled “Why open banking data access is essential for wealth management”, which will feature speakers from two FDATA NA Members as well as its Executive Director Steve Boms. The discussion will focus on how the current state of open banking in the US is rapidly evolving, why open banking is so significant for advisors and investors, how high-quality data makes a difference in powering investment solutions, and what to look for when partnering with a wealth data experts.

MX’s Lexi Hall sat down for a Q&A with Insider Intelligence, where she discussed the state of open banking regulation in the United States and the CFPB’s Section 1033 rule. She noted that “what’s exciting about open finance is that there is consensus around it….the industry has consensus on about 85% or 90% of the 1033 rule that the CFPB is considering. Some of the nuts and bolts that are still being decided, but we got here because the industry figured quite a lot of it out on its own.”

Petal was included in Forbes and TrueBridge Capital’s list of the US’s 25 venture-backed startups most likely to become unicorns. Using machine learning to analyze bank transactions, Petal offers credit cards to people who might previously have been disqualified. Since its 2017 launch, the New York City-based company has issued more than 300,000 cards with its banking partner WebBank.

Plaid’s Global Head of Policy John Pitts joined the Breaking Banks fintech podcast with Brett King to discuss how open banking can drive financial services toward a more consumer-centric model to build trust among users.

Trustly announced a new partnership with Conotoxia to give users a fast, safe way to transfer funds internationally via Open Banking. The company also published a blog post on the status of the developing Open Banking regulations in North America, and another that examines how new account-to-account payment trends are driving up the demand for more Open Banking solutions.

Validify published a new blog post entitled “Say No to Friction! Leverage Bank Data Without the Login” which explains how its frictionless, no login required, banking and payment solutions provideaccess to powerful bank and payment information without the associated friction.

Vopay published a new blog post entitled “Faster Payments: Fund Loans In Real-Time 24/7” which describes how lenders can benefit from real-time payments to rapidly fund their loans, avoid manual bank and credit card disputes, and save on transaction fees.

Xero announced a new partnership with the Canadian bank BMO to help small businesses further automate their bookkeeping tasks. This integration will enable BMO customers to connect directly and help gain back time previously spent on data entry and reconciliation. It will also introduce some new features, including tools to help customers automatically receive their latest transactions and account balances in their Xero account daily, a 1-year transaction and balance history right upon starting, and the ablity to modify or deactivate this integration at any time from their BMO account.

Events and Submission Deadlines