FDATA North America December Newsletter

by rebecca

FDATA North America Newsletter December 2023

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. Know someone who’d like to receive these monthly updates? Send them here to sign up.

FDATA North America News

FDATA NA Statement On Canada’s FES Implementing Consumer-Driven Finance. On November 21, 2023, the Canadian Government released its 2023 Fall Economic Statement, which included a comprehensive framework for consumer-driven finance and open finance directives. The Canadian Government’s implementation plan includes a data portability right for financial institutions and fintechs, a third-party accreditation regime with audits and a public registry, an overseeing government-led entity, a single technical standard deemed fit for purpose, and a liability framework for consumer harm in cases of data misuse or fraudulent account access. FDATA released a statement on the inclusion of consumer-driven finance in the FES, which can be found here.

Member News & Activity

API Metrics announced it launched a free service level agreement (“SLA”) monitoring feature for popular API suppliers like Amazon Web Services, Azure, and Google Cloud, aimed at helping application owners track API performance and automatically request service credits for issues. This new capability allows easy integration and monitoring without coding, providing insights into API quality for both technical and business users.

Basis Theory published a blog post emphasizing the importance of continuously enhancing payment performance for businesses, highlighting strategies such as diversifying Payment Service Providers, employing tokenization for data management, and optimizing transactions through automated processing and specific payment method routing.

Envestnet Yodlee published a blog post detailing the expansion of Australia’s Consumer Data Right (“CDR”) into open finance, emphasizing the inclusion of non-bank lending in the statutory data sharing regime from November 2024. This development highlights significant steps for non-bank lenders to become compliant data holders under new CDR rules.

Experian announced it expanded its digital verification service, Work Report™, by partnering with Datagraphic, enabling employees using Epay to consent to digital payroll information sharing for identity verification. This integration now covers 82% of UK employees, significantly streamlining financial processes like mortgage and car finance applications.

Fiserv published its consumer survey, “Expectations & Experiences: AI and Payments Innovation,” highlighting the increasing role of conversational and generative AI in personal finance management, with consumers using these technologies for various financial insights. The survey revealed the growing opportunities and challenges for AI in banking, emphasizing the need for financial service providers to adapt to evolving consumer preferences.

Flinks announced that the Large Credit Union Coalition (“LCUC”) in Canada has chosen Caspian One as their preferred partner to create a customized Open Banking platform, tailored to the Canadian credit union system.

Intuit announced new e-commerce innovations for QuickBooks Online, designed to aid small businesses in managing their inventory across multiple sales channels from a single platform.

Method posted a blog on how their partnership with Budge enabled the launch of a financial management solution for millennials struggling with personal debt and savings. Budge’s platform, supported by Method’s technology, offers tailored financial advice and seamless integration of users’ debt accounts.

MX was featured in a B FinTec Buzz article announcing their new open finance product innovations, including advanced data-driven insights, budgeting tools, and a mobile banking SDK to enhance financial health and enable customized mobile banking app development.

Plaid was featured in a Alkami Technology press release announcing their partnership to provide financial institutions direct API access to Plaid via the Financial Data Exchange Aligned (“FDX”) API Core Exchange.

Questrade published a press release welcoming the Canadian Government’s Fall Economic Statement, which outlines steps towards establishing Canada’s open finance framework in Budget 2024.

Trustly published a blog outlining five key use cases of Open Banking for merchants. These use cases include providing instant payouts for quick consumer refunds, verifying account information efficiently, enhancing “Know Your Customer” (“KYC”) processes through bank-grade data, preventing payment fraud with secure ACH transactions, and modernizing subscription payments with stable bank account alternatives.

Xero was featured in a Open Banking Expo article for unveiling two new payment features aimed at aiding UK small businesses with cash flow management. These features, including a bill payments tool powered by Open Banking, enable businesses to efficiently handle bills directly within Xero, marking Xero as the first major small business cloud accounting software in the UK to offer such Open Banking-enabled functionalities.

Events and Submission Deadlines