Top fintech stories this week – 3 March 2017

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Catch up on Banking Technology’s top five fintech stories of the week – all in one place!

Starling Bank launches open banking hackathon

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UK challenger bank Starling is to host its first hackathon, opening up its API to outside developers. According to Starling, the hackathon makes it the first UK licenced bank to launch a public API in keeping with the ambitions of the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the open banking initiative. Megan Caywood, chief platform […]

Standard Chartered launches open banking API developer portal

Standard Chartered on a major cost- and job-cutting spree

Standard Chartered has unveiled its Open Banking Application Programming Interface (API) Developer Portal for transaction banking. The launch is part of its “digitisation agenda” and to increase collaboration with corporates, fintech firms and developer communities. The portal will initially provide a repository of API services focused on cash management and then roll out other API […]

Wells Fargo teams with Intuit for data exchange

Wells Fargo turns to SigFig for robo-advisory

Wells Fargo has signed an agreement with financial software firm Intuit to help customers import their bank account data to financial management tools such as QuickBooks Online, Mint and TurboTax Online, via their application programming interface (API). Data imported via these APIs is intended to help customers save time and avoid potential data-entry errors. Brett […]

Modern payments and banking APIs


Modern banking is not limited to banks anymore. It’s not only about online or mobile banking, it’s about all the things you would do in your banking system, but now you can do in apps or other solutions provided by third parties, not banks. Payments are one of such functionalities.

Arkéa Banking Services first to partner with fintech start-up Railsbank

Railsbank onboards first banking partner

Fintech start-up Railsbank has signed its first partner, Arkéa Banking Services (Credit Mutuel Arkéa’s subsidiary), to use its platform to deliver SEPA payment services and IBANs across Europe.

Will an open banking API kill commercial APIs?

Banking API is now a reality Image source: Serpstat

The PSD2 directive will let third parties use the information stored in financial institutions and the only path to achieve this leads through an open API. The API is now being discussed and developed, but it’s not clear when it will be finalised, released and deployed.

Wipro launches open banking API platform

Wipro goes API

Wipro has unveiled its Open Banking API Platform as its “expects a large number of banks and financial institutions to adopt open banking initiatives to conform with evolving banking regulations, meet customers’ digital expectations, and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive fintech industry”.

MasterCard unveils new blockchain


MasterCard has unveiled its own blockchain as it reacts to arch-rival Visa’s partnership with Chain and seeks to use the technology in payments and trade finance. Its version is currently at the testing stage and offers the usual things in this corner of the fintech world. These include smart contracts – scriptable transactions that automate […]

Deutsche Bank opens data store to developers

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Deutsche Bank is opening its data store to software developers from Germany and abroad as it looks for more digital solutions for its bank clients. Its site, developer.db.com, will from tomorrow (1 November) provide access to the bank’s proprietary development environment, allowing programmers to test their ideas for “digital services of the future”. The bank […]