Click below to see FDATA Europe’s response to the Financial Conduct Authority’s Consultation paper 18/25 – Approach to final Regulatory Technical Standards and EBA guidelines under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2).
FDATA North America has published a submission to the Global Financial Innovation Network’s (GFIN) consultation, via the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
American Banker and Finextra cover launch of FDATA North America
Sept. 21, 2018, Washington, DC— The launch of the Financial Data and Technology Association’s (FDATA) North America chapter was covered in two major financial publications today.
FDATA-North America to Advocate for Open Banking Rules in Canada, Mexico & the United States
Sept. 20, 2018, Washington, DC— The Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA), which played a pivotal role over the last five years in crafting the design and implementation of open banking standards in the United Kingdom and in Europe, announced today the launch of a North American arm, FDATA North America. FDATA North America will advocate for the adoption of open banking frameworks in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and will encourage global standards for consumers to access and share their financial data safely and securely with whatever providers they choose.
North American policymakers and industry participants have begun an earnest dialogue about open banking. FDATA North America will work with lawmakers, regulators, financial institutions, and other industry and consumer stakeholders to advance and implement this framework. Gavin Littlejohn, who led the organization during the implementation of PSD2 across Europe and the launch of Open Banking in the United Kingdom, is the group’s global chairman and Steve Boms, who serves on the board of FDATA Global and has been an
outspoken advocate for the fintech industry, will act as executive director.
FDATA North America members include Equifax Canada, Intuit, Kabbage, Morningstar, Moven, Onist, Questrade, Quicken Loans, and Envestnet Yodlee, among others.
“Our members provide technology-based products and services that make it easier for individuals, families, and small businesses to make smarter financial decisions. To fully realize these benefits, however, consumers must be able to decide how to access and share their data.” explained Boms. “Our goal is to develop a framework within North American markets that balances safeguards with consumers’ rights to have access to these third-party tools.”
“With FDATA as the fintech industry leader since 2014, Europe has made great strides in advancing open banking rules,” said Littlejohn. “For the sake of both consumer choice and global competition, North American policymakers now must catch up. Our North American advocacy efforts, though nascent, have already been incredibly impactful. We have been pleased with our initial engagement with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican government officials. There’s a
strong will and desire to bring the open banking revolution in North America.”
Littlejohn, based in Edinburgh, is a tech entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Money Dashboard, a personal finance software company. He’s led FDATA since it’s inception in 2014. Boms, a former U.S. congressional staffer, has led global advocacy efforts for equity options exchanges, large U.S.-based financial institutions, and leading fintech firms.
FDATA has been named as a media partner for the 2nd UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit.
The digital transformation of the financial services industry is continuing apace, and robo-advice and digital wealth management are a fast-growing part of this digital transformation. Originally conceived as a means of extending financial advice to the mass market, the technology’s real potential lies in its use being extended to insurance, pensions and other sectors. As robo-advice matures and expands from innovative start-ups to incumbents who are increasingly adopting or integrating the technology into their business models, having a clear perspective, not only of how the market is developing and where the opportunities will lie in the future, but also of regulatory expectations, will become increasingly critical. The latter point is particularly relevant given the FCA’s recent, multi-firm review of automated investment services.
Attendance at the second edition of the UK Robo Advice and Digital Wealth Summit, which is to take place on 20th September in London, will therefore be invaluable for both incumbents and start-ups that want to know how to adjust their business models to take full advantage of the significant opportunities presented by robo-advice and digital wealth management. This year’s conference will also involve a keynote address by the FCA’s Anna Wallace among many other high-level speakers.
Key discussion areas include:
- Robo-advice: progress so far and opportunities ahead
- Meeting the developing expectations of regulators
- Robo-advice in the UK: a country specific perspective
- Customer acquisition and engagement
- Increasing the granularity and quality of advice
- Outlook for robo-advice in the pension and insurance sectors
- Robo-advice from two different angles: established financial institutions and fintech start-ups
Anna Wallace, Head of Department, Innovate, Financial Conduct Authority
Helena Morrissey DBE, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management
John Barrass, Deputy Chief Executive, PIMFA
Giovanni Dapra, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moneyfarm
Andrew Firth, Chief Executive, Wealth Wizards
Adam French, Co-founder & Director, Scalable Capital
Michael Gruener, Managing Director & Head of EMEA Retail Business, BlackRock
Jack Knight, Deputy Chief Executive, Investment Association
Tomasz Krzywicki, General Counsel (Europe & US), Wealthsimple
Hemal Mehta, Founder and Chief Executive, AtomInvest
Janine Menasakanian, Head of Distribution Strategy, Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management
Kevin Mountford, Chief Executive, Raisin UK
Uday Nimmakayala, Chief Executive, WealthObjects
Joe Parkin, Head of Wealth and Retail – UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands, iShare
Darren Philp, Head of Policy, Smart Pension
Romi Savova, Chief Executive, Pension Bee
Joe Seunghyun Cho, Co-founder and Founding CEO of LATTICE80, Chairman at Marvelstone Group
David Stevens, Life Advice Director, LV=
Daniel Tammas-Hasting, Managing Director and Founder, RiskSave
Daniel Thomson, Digital Product Owner – Retail Investments, Lloyds Banking Group
Christopher Truce, Head of FinTech, Saxo Bank Group
Caroline Vaughan, Head Of New Business, Innovate Finance
Delegate fee: £595 + VAT
Small company and Fintech rate £199 + VAT
This report catalogues some of the technical challenges encountered by Third Party Providers (TPPs) during their initial connections with the Open Banking Directory and in particular thereafter with the API connections identified in a technical workshop organised by FDATA .
FDATA, together with the Electronic Money Association, techUK and UK Finance, have published a set of voluntary guidelines and encouraged market behaviours under PSD2 in the ‘transitional period’. You can download them below.
This paper sets out a number of amendments to the Proposed Amendments to the Agreed Arrangements to fulfil the objectives of the Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017.
Open Banking Standards to Expand Functionality and Cover all PSD2 Products
The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE), the body set up by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to enable a new, secure way for customers to take control of their financial data and share it with organisations other than their banks, today announces a series of important enhancements to its original scope as set out in the CMA Order (published in August 2016).
As referenced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Budget today, the OBIE has now been asked by the CMA9 and Her Majesty’s Treasury to create open banking standards for all payment account types covered by the European Union’s second Payments Services Directive (PSD2). This means customers using credit cards, e-wallets and prepaid cards will also be able to take advantage of open banking services. In parallel, the CMA has today approved amendments to the agreed arrangements under the CMA Order, to include a programme of enhancements to ensure that Open Banking delivers maximum benefits for retail customers and SMEs.
The Open Banking project was created in 2016 by the CMA to bring competition and innovation to the personal and small business current account markets. The CMA mandated the nine largest current account providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the ‘CMA9’) to create the OBIE and work with it to build a common set of API standards that would allow regulated companies safe and secure access to their accounts with the explicit permission of the customer.
The enhancements announced today will build on the core requirements of the CMA Order, which come into force in January 2018, and form a programme of releases throughout 2018 and into 2019.
Imran Gulamhuseinwala, Trustee of the OBIE, said:
“This is a truly innovative project and the UK is leading the world in opening up the banking system to new services and, ultimately, re-shaping it around the customer. Key to any innovation is the process of discovery and it became clear through the second half of 2017 that there is much more the OBIE could do to drive adoption of Open Banking and create a richer environment for new services. These enhancements should give even greater confidence to the FinTech community to seize the opportunity to participate fully in the financial services ecosystem.
“They will create standards for future dated, recurring and international payments as well as all the payment and product types covered by PSD2. These enhancements will maximise the benefits of open banking services for the customer. The OBIE will continue to work with the CMA, HMT, CMA9 and other stakeholders to drive this forward.”
Adam Land, Senior Director at the CMA, commented:
“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the delivery of open banking, which will transform UK banking for retail customers and small businesses. This will make it easier for customers to manage their money, find the best deal for their needs and avoid overdraft charges.
“There is huge interest globally in the way that UK regulators have worked together with the banking industry, the FinTech sector, consumer groups and others to drive this project forward at pace. This plan, which the CMA has approved today, is both deliverable and bold in scope.”
The full details of the enhancements will be made available today on the Open Banking website which can be accessed here.
A copy of the CMA’s Notice of approval of changes to the Agreed Timetable and Project Plan will be made available today on the CMA website which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/review-of-banking-for-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-smes-in-the-uk.
This note aims to address some of the market confusion in relation to the rights of firms to move between EU jurisdictions when performing operations related to the second EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2).