Open Banking

Interesting read here into the future of banking.

Essentially, Open Banking is the government’s plan to get the big banks working harder for their customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the retail banking sector for years and their definitive conclusion in August was that banks need a kick up the arse.

Soon, the likes of Barclays and HSBC will exist merely as the infrastructure to support new network of financial services, apps and chatbots.

It’s all happening in the next few years, as the banks have to implement the changes by 2020. However, as we are currently seeing such big changes in banking technology in general, and smartphone apps in particular, you will definitely be able to get your paws on new and exciting tech sooner than that.

Though, I still doubt that the quality of infrastructure major banks will be able to come close to that of Monzo, unless they build a fresh system and migrate their data over.


Just to keep everything tied together:

That feeds into this discussion about how this standard relates to Monzo -

And this discussion about the standard itself & how it’s roll out is progressing -

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I must’ve missed them two. Cheers @alexs

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Interesting read :open_book:

Will Monzo be part of open banking and allowing 3rd party apps to view spending on my Monzo account? If yes, when is this expected?

Check this blog post out:

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Nice summary article, thanks @SC95. I admit to sharing these concerns, particularly

“One of the things to be mindful of is that consumers could find themselves in a complicated chain of providers”.

I don’t use the Lloyds app often but I did today and they now have Open Banking on the landing page allowing you to link up with accounts from other banks. I didn’t follow the flow but it looks like you’ll be able to see balances and transactions, not initiate any actions on those accounts

I think open banking is a sticking plaster on a gaping wound, way too little too late. I envisage a day where companies use blockchain for their accounts software. At the end of each day hundreds of thousands of Co’s publish their (enrypted) accounts payables & receivables. These are cross referenced and as much as possible transactions cancel each other out and a few thousand bank payments are made between companies to settle all the debts. Instead of the banks receiving 40p for each of the hundreds of thousands of transactions needed to settle all the accounts, they only get their 40p for the few thousand that are needed, even less when Monzo move into this area. The legacy banks could/should be leading this charge but it spells the end of their gravy train. I think open banking is lip service just to keep it going before their inevitable demise.

Does anyone know if Monzo have plans to enable open banking? Would be kind of nice having my Lloyds account appear as another pot.


So what’s in it for the banks? Do they get access to all your data to snoop on you further?

No, they get to comply with the law/rules forcing them to do it so don’t get fined. (As far as I understand it.)

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Hmm, yer banks always follow the law and never have a trail of scandal following them. cough PPI, libor rate, forcing companies into bankruptcy to asset strip cough

I really like the idea of open banking and already use in Barclays app and Yolt, and want to be able to add other accounts into the Monzo app, but I can already see a massive data scandle on the horizon like the Facebook Cambridge Analytics one. The purchase history data would be invaluable for advertisement, i wouldnt be surprised if Google was already data mining Google Pay data, combine that data with Flux receipt data and the temptation will be too great to resist.

This sounds like things going backwards. You’ve basically described cheque clearing


I have seen open banking popping up a bit over the past few weeks and it makes me wonder again when Monzo will get on this?

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I don’t know but I would suggest that Monzo arent getting too excited about what is at the moment very basic functionality provided by the legacy banks. The reg deadline for providing your open API under PSD2 is September and from what I know a lot of banks are going to struggle to be fully compliant by then - they have to evidence the API works for 3 months before Sept so the deadline is June in reality. The current offerings are often screen scraping and not PSD2 compliant. I would suggest Monzo are probably holding off because the quality of what they can plug into at the big banks is poor. But that’s my speculation

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The reg says they have to let others in to get their data, not necessarily be able to aggregate others data. The first part of that equation has proved hard enough for them. Big banks already have heaps of their own data - more data wont help them when they dont know how to manage what they allready have a lot of the time.

This is correct. Most banks are working to complience rather than commercialisation. Some CMA9 banks have worked on commercialisation of Open Banking and then have recently realised ‘shit, we aren’t PSD2 compliant’ and the fun stuff has been put on the backburner until they are compliant


When Monzo start to implement more banks, can I be selfish and suggest Natwest goes first, just sorted my Mortgage with them and would love it in the Monzo app :yum:

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Seems like @kieranmch had a nice day behind the keyboard

Looking noice