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The Engine for FinTech Innovation Uses APIs as the Fuel [71 Profiles]

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It won’t be wrong to say that APIs are powering a lot of new FinTech innovation. Apart from the huge drivers for FinTech innovation that we have seen – Mobility, Cloud, commerce innovations, analytics and big data I think use of APIs is another driver that is helping FinTech a lot. Most FinTech companies now float their products on cloud services so that they can enable access to API data as if it was an on-premise database. In the second half of the article you will see 71 FinTech APIs that you could use today. I have talked to most of them and I am really excited about the value they can add to the FinTech eco-system.

So what are the enablers for API Economy? Consumer Apps in every segment of FinTech, Opening up of data by Govt. & Regulatory bodies to enable market transparency, opening up of data by companies large and small, faster networks, better cloud services, ease of generating increased user base and asset light business models and I have heard many more. But let’s get to the more exciting part…

Financial services was the first industry to embrace automation and computers much before the 90s. You would see IT systems, mainframes, processes and all kinds of computers and applications being used for last 30+ years. But there was no “second coming” after the initial revolution. In 1998-2000 when Paypal was formed it was a lone star and one of the very few (new) financial technology success story. Currently what we are witnessing is actually a true “second coming”. Something we have all waited for and this second coming is being led by nimble startups that focus on 1-2 key features while using APIs already available in the market. Financial and Payments segment have the most number of APIs along with Ecommerce. Look at the following charts from programmable web and you will get an idea.

Another example – In Europe a big API revolution is on the way with PSD2. New challenger banks and FinTech companies will most probably focus on a single high-value financial offering, allowing them to establish clear price or quality differentiation from a broad commercial bank.  The emerging API Economy will enable access to data assembled by another application or monitoring a customer activity that is worth observing. Exciting times ahead right? Surely, Asia and Americas are catching up.

Now, let’s go to the most important part of this research article. The “Do-ers” who are making their APIs available. Following is a curated list by segments. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

For company profiles, visit the original Let's Talk Payments article. 

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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.

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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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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

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 http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite

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