Open Banking February Highlights

Commenting on the February highlights for Open Banking, Trustee of the OBIE, Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBE said:

“Since open banking regulation came into effect, we’ve seen a host of innovative products launch to help people manage their finances – whether that’s through better budgeting, automating savings, comparing products, or finding ways to clear debt. Open Banking continues to grow rapidly and has surpassed one million customers who are already connecting their bank accounts with trusted third parties.  

Innovation and agility are a cornerstone of Open Banking and we are impressed and humbled that during these current challenging times many members of the Open Banking community are determined to step up and play their part in helping the country weather the COVID-19 crisis. A meaningful number of third-party providers are developing new propositions, enabled by Open Banking, to help people and businesses deal with the unprecedented economic circumstances that have resulted from the lockdown. They are innovating and adapting products to the new economic environment to better serve consumers and SMEs.“

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Information correct as at 29 February 2020. Produced by Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE).

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Open Banking is a new, secure way for customers to take control of their financial data and share it with organisations other than their banks. Open Banking has the power to revolutionise the way we move, manage and make more of our money. For businesses, it is about making the management of cash flow and receiving payments cheaper and easier. Open Banking will make things simpler, faster and more convenient.

Open Banking follows the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the supply of personal current accounts (PCAs) and of banking services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Open Banking was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition in UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will enable developers to harness technology, making it easy and safe for individuals and SMEs to share the financial information held by their banks with third parties.

Open Banking will bring substantial benefits. It gives customers and SMEs greater market choice and greater control over their money and associated data, along with better and easier access to new financial services providers in a secure environment.

Notes to Editors:

1. Open Banking Ltd was set up by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in September 2016 to fulfil one of the remedies mandated by the CMA following an investigation into UK retail banking.

2. The CMA’s investigation into the retail banking market (whose findings were published in August 2016) concluded that older and larger banks do not compete hard enough for customers’ business and that Open Banking should deliver a new, secure option for customers to be able to compare the deal they are getting from their bank.

3. Open Banking was created to enable innovation, transparency and competition to UK financial services. It is tasked with delivering the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data structures and security architectures that will make it easy and safe for customers to share their financial records by January 2018.

4. The data provided by Open Banking will enable developers to harness technology that allows individuals and businesses to share their financial records held by their banks with third parties.

5. Open Banking is a private body; its governance, composition and budget was determined by the CMA. It is funded by the UK’s nine largest current account providers and overseen by the CMA, the Financial Conduct Authority and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

6. The 9 mandated institutions (referred to as the CMA9) are: Barclays plc, Lloyds Banking Group plc, Santander, Danske, HSBC, RBS, Bank of Ireland, Nationwide and AIBG.