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Natalia Cruz
November 13, 2023
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How to Capitalize on Open Banking, CFPB, and the FDX

Introduction to Open Banking

In early 2021, Open Banking made its official debut in Brazil, sparking conversations about the broader concept of openness. This idea expanded its influence into various sectors, such as Open Insurance, Open Health, and Open Logistics, culminating in today's ongoing discussions about Open Finance in North America.

Financial institutions rushed to comply with the regulations set by the Central Bank while also exploring opportunities in data sharing and services. Their goal was to offer more customized solutions to customers, harnessing the potential of Banking APIs.

This trend has since extended across Latin American regions, including Chile, which introduced its Fintech Law earlier this year. It has also begun to make its mark in the United States through initiatives like Financial Data Exchange (FDX).

Evolution of Open Banking

Since 2021, significant developments and milestones have taken place. Sensedia organized the panel "Open Banking around the world: What do Colombia, Brazil, and the US have in common?" at our APIX 2023 event in São Paulo, held at the WTC. 

This panel featured Don Cardinal, Managing Director at FDX; Edwin Zacipa, Founder at LATAM Fintech Hub; Leandro Nobrega, Head of Products at Chicago Advisory Partners & Natalia Cruz, Head of Open Finance at Sensedia.

One of the key points discussed was the success and evolution of Open Banking and how institutions adapted to frequent updates and standardization of information. As Leandro highlighted, the dynamic nature of this evolving ecosystem, with more than eight hundred institutions already participating in South America, and multiple working groups and teams simultaneously shaping its development, demands a hands-on approach and preparedness for changes.

Don Cardinal adds that the U.S. and Canada have been closely following the evolution of Open Banking globally, and FDX’s current focus is “how do we solve business problems, and do so in a way that is scalable, that you can afford day-after-day” and that “putting the customer first” is the catalyst for the adoption of Open Banking in North America.

Challenges and Opportunities in Open Banking

As Open Banking matures globally, institutions are beginning to explore ways to leverage its potential. They are essentially building a "service shelf," creating an ecosystem that offers more than just competitive pricing. This is challenging as financial data is highly sensitive, and it is crucial to protect it from unauthorized access and cyber threats. Another major hurdle is the complexity of open banking systems, which can be difficult to understand. Clear communication and education are essential to help everyone grasp how open banking works and the implications of sharing their financial data.

However, open banking also presents numerous opportunities. It enables consumers to have greater control and insight into their finances, potentially leading to better financial decisions. By allowing trusted third-party providers to access their financial information, users can benefit from personalized financial advice, more competitive banking products, and innovative services tailored to their needs. Institutions that focus on delivering the best customer experience, service provision, and support that meets customer demands will have a significant advantage in this fast-evolving landscape.

Future Perspectives and the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent actions highlight the progress of open banking in the United States. While the country has seen organic growth in account aggregation and money dashboard services, further development signals the need for regulatory intervention. 

After more than a decade, open banking has become a top priority. The CFPB's spring 2023 rulemaking agenda, published in June, scheduled the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Rule on Personal Financial Data Rights for October 2023. This regulatory oversight is expected to enhance protection, drive innovation, and empower consumers to have more control over their financial lives.

For more insights and discussions from APIX 2023, you can explore additional talks here.

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