Plaid, Xignite or Yodlee: Choices for Financial APIs


Let's Talk payments xignite Yodlee Plaid APIsConsidering the amount of financial APIs present in the market today, it is very important to recognize what we are exactly looking for. The important factors to consider while choosing an API include functionalities, services and pricing. Developers around the world integrate these API’s to their financial applications to make their work easy and efficient by extracting high-quality data. Developers look for certain functionalities while choosing an API. These API’s also target some selected markets based on the functionalities they provide. Three of the most talked financial API companies present in the market today are compared in this article. They include Bay area start-ups gaining momentum on the basis of the demand these financial applications generate nowadays.

Plaid offers two API products for the current market. Plaid AUTH and Plaid CONNECT are the current Plaid offerings. These APIs are more focused on institutions and investment centers, wherein; developers can integrate these APIs into the financial institutions and pullout high quality financial data and set-up ACH payments swiftly. AUTH and CONNECT work seamlessly with financial applications, leading to minimal human intervention. AUTH and CONNECT can be used together to make it a more powerful API which helps in streamlining the application set-up process and detecting fraud.

Xignite, founded in 2006 is another fast growing company that provides financial market data and financial web services. They have come a long way to offer a large suite of solutions. Xignite forays into cloud API that makes it even easier to integrate their API into our financial applications. According to the company’s website, cloud APIs eliminates the need for setting up costly infrastructure and rather high quality data can be gathered from their cloud API with just few lines of codes. Xignite markets solutions for financial applications in the wealth management, multi-currency e-commerce, ERP and hedge fund sectors.

Yodlee is the most matured company out of the three. Yodlee was established in 1999 and powers financial applications for 99% banks in the US. Yodlee enjoys direct access to banking data, whereas other APIs rely on extracting data from banking websites. Yodlee also offers two APIs for the finance market. Aggregation API is tailored for clients who need permission based access and bank level security to access their customers’ bank, credit card, investment and loan accounts. Instant Account Verification (IAV) API allows real-time verification of accounts enabling quick digital transactions. IAV API verifies more than 35,000 accounts each day.

The future of these companies depends on how quickly they adapt to ongoing developments in the tech sector. Xignite has captured the hot and trending cloud technology sector that can help them grow in the coming years. Plaid is still in private beta phase (LTP has been hearing great things about them) and email requesting access needs to be sent to gain access. Yodlee is the leading API provider for financial institutions but it needs to innovate and adapt to ongoing changes in the digital finance industry to avoid stagnation.

Source: Let's Talk Payments


In the foreign metal market and the world of international rates, currencies play the crucial role of acting as the medium of exchange in the transactions that take place.

Currencies like the United States dollar, the Euro, or the British Pound are commonly used around the world in order to get a metal rate. Some companies that offer precious metal live and historical rates have exposed their APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to allow developers to integrate current and historical metal rates, currency conversion, or other capabilities into their applications.

In order to know about precious metals live and historical rates, there’s a lot of APIs available online, and if you want to try one, Barchart is going to be one of your first options. But if you take a look at what else is in the market, you’ll find alternatives so many great alternatives:

Xignite Market Data Cloud Platform

Xignite Market Data as a Service was one of the first market data services built to run in AWS and they are one of the few vendors that is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner with a Financial Services Competency.

With more than a decade of cloud expertise in building, scaling and operating cloud-based market data technology, it is no surprise that leading financial services and capital markets firms rely on this company to empower their journey to the cloud. Their Metals API Service offers real-time prices and quotes for metals including Gold, Silver, Palladium, Platinum and other base metals. In addition to real-time precious metals prices, the service provides daily London Fixing prices as well as historical precious metal prices and metal news. 

Xignite Cloud APIs are sourced from leading providers such as FactSet and Morningstar as well as Xignite’s own curated, high-quality data.

Read the article Top 3 Alternatives for Barchart Precious Metals Rates


Each year, Bobsguide asks the market to vote for fintech companies they believe stand out from the competition – those who have gone the extra mile in terms of development and servicing their clients. Xignite is proud to be listed as the "Best API Management" vendor on the Bobsguide 2020 Rankings.

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Web services data provider Xignite captured the AFTAs judges’ attention on the infrastructure front with its release of Xignite Enterprise Microservices in July 2020, a suite of cloud-based microservices for data management, storage and distribution in the cloud, designed to help financial firms migrate from monolithic legacy data architectures to more agile and less expensive cloud services and data sources.

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Xignite, Inc., a provider of market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, today revealed the results of its collaboration with StockCharts, a leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. The collaboration involved a move from an on-premise market data provider to Xignite’s cloud-native technology hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS). Download the case study containing the full results.

StockCharts requires vast quantities of financial data to power its visualization, charting and tracking tools, which investors use to analyze the markets to help with investment decisions. The company was frustrated by the limits of its on-premise market data center, which was forcing the team to make architectural decisions based on what its data center could handle in terms of speed and storage, not on their technology. Its previous market data provider was just starting to build out some cloud offerings, but they were far away from what the business required. StockCharts decided to migrate its infrastructure to the AWS cloud and partner with Xignite to gain access to endlessly scalable market and financial data delivered through innovative cloud APIs.

The collaboration made an immediate impact as StockCharts was able to expand its offerings and customer base by pursuing growth strategies enabled by Xignite’s cloud-based approach, which provides easy access to data and eliminates architectural limits on storage and speed.

The pandemic provided further validation. Seattle-based StockCharts was in one of the first areas hit by COVID-19 and was forced to quickly shut down its office. Pandemic-driven market volatility followed and StockCharts customers wanted to visualize what was happening. The company’s ability to scale quickly and accommodate a high volume of new requests would not have been possible without Xignite.

“The move to the AWS cloud and Xignite has unlocked tremendous new potential for us in a lot of architectural ways, and has given us a lot of data options that we could not even consider before,” said Grayson Roze, Vice President of Operations at StockCharts. “It relieved us of the burden of figuring out how to source things. Instead, we know exactly where we need to go to get the data and can access it instantly. That is a huge, huge benefit for our business.”

“We are proud to have played a role in transforming how StockCharts approaches data,” said Stephane Dubois, CEO and Founder of Xignite. “The events of this year unleashed a massive spike in retail trading and a host of other unexpected forces that reinforced the need for financial services firms to leverage the cloud. Despite the disruption of this year, StockCharts was positioned for success, and we look forward to continuing to deliver our financial and market data solutions to the industry at large.”


Xignite has been disrupting the financial and market data industry from its Silicon Valley headquarters since 2006 when it introduced the first commercial REST API. Since then, Xignite has been continually refining its technology to help fintech and financial institutions get the most value from their data. Today, more than 700 clients access over 500 cloud-native APIs and leverage a suite of specialized microservices-delivered modules to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit or follow on Twitter @xignite