Open banking has had a massive impact on the financial industries. Businesses ranging from gaming and lending, e-commerce and travel, streaming services and SaaS platforms have all enjoyed the benefits of smooth modern payments and detailed insights in customer bank accounts for years. The principle is great; more data and simpler transactions. 

But it has not been inclusive.  

Most small and medium-sized businesses have been left out of this evolution, as the implementations are deemed too costly or too hard to do. The technical threshold is simply overwhelming.  

Another group left out are the curious, but careful businesses. Those who want to try out the benefits or customer acceptance, before committing to a full implementation. The process and programming required are still daunting and need to be addressed before any payments or data insight transactions can be made. 

Recognize yourselves in either of these scenarios? Fear not, a solution is here, and it’s called Streams! Launched by Finshark in October 2022, the self-serve open banking platform enables any business, big or small, curious or cautious, to get started with the click of a button. Zero integration, no code and nada tech-skills are required! 

What is open banking?

Before we can understand Streams and the powers they give your business, we must understand open banking. There’s a regulatory and a technical explanation to why open banking has become a game changer the last few years. 

The European Union decided on a directive called PSD2. The short explanation of its effect is that banks must open up their data (hence open banking) to licensed partners, like Finshark. This gives the end-users more power over their data and financial freedom while opening up for new innovations in the space.  

Parallel with this the technical reality has rapidly changed with the introduction and adoption of e-commerce, high-speed internet, smartphones, internet of things and online payment and banking. Companies and individuals demand is changing, and new, innovative businesses meet that demand, even within the banking scene. 

Open banking basically consists of two different types of offers; Payment Initiation (also known as PI) and Account Information (also known as AI).  

Open banking payments are basically like a bank transfer, where money is sent from one account to another. But, with open banking, these transfers, known as account-to-account payments, can be initiated in any channel, outside of the banks proprietary systems. 

Account Information through open banking gives businesses like yours a possibility to get insights that previously were completely reserved only for the banks; a snapshot view in to customers bank accounts. Encrypted, and secured with authentication methods like BankID or MitID, but accessible! 

What can it do for my business?

To answer that question, let’s talk about the two open banking categories in separate: 

Account-to-account payments

When you’re getting paid or paying out, Finshark is allowed to withdraw funds from one account and transfer it to another. It’s that simple. No middlemen, no extra costs. And it works for recurring payments as well!  

The end-user is faced with a payment flow similar to popular payment apps like Swish, Vipps or MobilePay. The flow can be embedded on your website or stand-alone without any installation or other apps beside an authorization app like BankID or MitID. 

We’ve written, and talked, tons about this before, so if you want the in-depth knowledge, please see our links below. 

Account Information

In the age of information, it comes as no surprise that trustworthy data is dead important to most businesses. However, companies in need of financial data have often had to rely on customers own estimations, pdfs or paper copies of salary statements or even year-old tax declarations. 

This is crucial information for companies like lenders, online gaming, tenants and more, yet it has been so prone to fraud, human error, or cheating. Open banking solves that as individuals can grant companies access to a snapshot of their bank accounts. The information can be used to verify someone’s income or erase doubts about their financial risks. 

The power of data is now in the hands of the individual customer, and not locked away in some digital bank vault. 

Businesses in demand of financial information from their customers won’t find a simpler way to get it than through Streams. And there are two strings to that bow, because users won’t find a simpler way to give access than through Finshark’s authorization flow. All they really need is a smartphone and a way to identify themselves, normally with a Strong Customer Authentication (ASC) like BankID or MitId. 

How do I get started?

For most open banking projects, you would need to have several planning and scoping meetings, set up requirements, read our detailed API documentation, create an app, integrate it to your system, test it, and launch it. For big, or tech-savvy, companies, this is not an issue, and it gives any website, app or SaaS financial superpowers! 

For small or medium enterprises, it used to be tough. Without the tech muscles in-house, it even could be expensive. With Streams, everything has changed. Needless to say, large enterprises are welcome as well! 

To get started with modern payments, instant payouts, account information, salary verification and more, all you have to do is follow these steps. 

  1. Go to finshark.io/streams and book a demo for a detailed view of Streams and full pricing information. (…or just hit this link!). 
  2. Our helpful customer success managers, will hook you up with an account, perform a KYC and set up the few settings required. 
  3. You login on streams.finshark.io and set up your first transaction. 

That’s it! That’s all it really takes to wield the power of open banking with Finshark. 

Summary

Open banking is safe, protected by licenses and SCAs. It enables modern payments and pay-outs that are future-proof, uncomplex and fast. It opens for new possibilities, decreases the risk of fraud and enhances reliability in financial account information. 

And now, it’s also easy to get started, with zero integration, no coding and nada tech-skills.  

 

Welcome to Streams!


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Experienced in business development and sales. 5+ years working in the tech industry with a focus on FinTech, RegTech and anti-money laundering.

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