August 11, 2021
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle – Kahlil Gibran
Open banking just got a giant goose from the President of the United States. In an executive order, President Biden strongly suggested that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) endorses guidelines forcing banks to loosen their grip on consumers’ bank data. Time for banks to “give it up” to the actual account owners so they can download their banking information and share it with other banks and 3rd party service providers. Wow, this is big!
Giving authentic ownership and accessibility to account holders for their bank transactional information shines a spotlight on the future of financial data sharing in our country, opening doors to innovative apps that will benefit consumers and banks. Data portability is the essence of the open banking model that is resounding all through Europe. The CFPB’s focus on portability will accelerate the current U.S. movement towards open banking and fire-up service providers to create innovative, value-added services for consumers and banks.
The president added “Even where a customer has multiple options, it is hard to switch banks partly because customers cannot easily take their financial transaction history data to a new bank, and it increases the cost of a new bank extending credit to customers.” According to the White House administration, the executive order will make it easier and cheaper for consumers to choose the most effective, economical, and secure providers of their bank transactional data.
Competition, the cornerstone of American business, has finally arrived in the banking world. It will be a new era for banks anxious to serve their customers by meeting consumer needs on a more insightful, holistic scale. Third party service providers will dramatically raise the bar for consumer expectations and demands. Doors will fly open for more players to jump into the arena investing in research, improvements, innovation, execution, and security. Service providers and banks will be seeking their competitive edge and consumer demand will rule who jumps to the forefront. Product bells and whistles will flourish and many will benefit!
Shawn Princell, CEO of RIBBIT.ai says “Open banking is the gateway to open finance – where consumers control their own data and improve access to quality financial services. RIBBIT.ai is on a mission to make sense of open banking data so lenders and fintechs don’t have to rely exclusively on credit systems. Our advanced technology, supported by data science and artificial intelligence, relies on bank transaction data, turning banking attributes of consumers into evaluated intelligence for assessing risk and making loans. A win-win for the borrower and creditor.”
Storing a consumer’s financial footprint wields an enormous responsibility, putting a target on provider products, unfortunately inviting hackers drooling with anticipation, to a data dinner. Trust and security will be strong components of the competitive advantage, who has it, who doesn’t. When it comes to execution of information, specific sharing will require consumer permission, all related to what a provider will do with the data. Consumers will be looking for solutions to store their bank data, plus applications that simplify and connect the information to their everyday financial lives.
Stay tuned . . .
The word remote is such a lonely word, bringing up images of an isolated cabin in the woods, hungry wolves prowling about, and potentially a shortage of food and supplies. Today’s remote office/branch office (ROBO) is often the polar opposite of the Hansel and Gretel version. ROBO is usually set up in the employee’s house often located in a separate town, state, or country from the company’s main office.
Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement ~ Tony Jaa
I remember my young daughter’s disheartening basketball coach yelling at the team “don’t shoot the ball unless you are going to make it.” Naturally, the team was afraid to shoot the ball so they never scored enough points to win. An enlightened coach would have said “shoot the ball until you make it.” Giving the girls permission to miss the basket without fear of blame would have released their potential. This same philosophy in the workplace is liberating: push yourself, learn from mistakes, and use your knowledge to improve. Slam dunk!
It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human ~ Will Rogers
One of my father and husband’s favorite TV characters was Andy Rooney, who appeared at the end of every 60 Minutes episode with a short critique on the condition of the world. Andy was the dessert at the end of the informative and serious news program, culminating with a rise of his bushy eyebrows, a twinkle in his eyes, and his witty, often acerbic insights about the way things were. And was often said, he could say so much with just a few words.