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Top Banking APIs Enabling Access to Aggregated Rich Financial Data

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Article by Elena Mesropyan

Banking APIs constitute the core of innovative approach to building financial products. Enabling access to data for all relevant participants of the market creates an opportunity for each of them to build a superior offering as well as for consumers to make better choices of financial products.

As the Competition and Markets Authority states in the report on retail banking, APIs “make life simpler for millions of us every day by enabling us to share information, for example, about our location. They are the hidden technological drivers behind digital applications such as Facebook, Google Maps and Uber.”

A variety of banking APIs providers has expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to build solutions for different segments of the financial services industry:

Financial data aggregators are some of the most interesting elements of financial APIs ecosystem as they drive valuable insights on customers’ financial behavior and enable a data-driven approach to building financial products. Financial data aggregators also comprise the basis of a responsible approach to personal finance management and are in the foundation of consumer-empowering products.

Over the past several years, FinTech innovators have been enriching the banking APIs list with exquisite examples of advanced solutions aimed to empower financial institutions and customers. In fact, the concept of open API approach became one of the centerpieces of innovation in the financial services industry largely because of the companies we will be speaking of further.

Banking APIs are known to enable banking customers – through a single application – to manage accounts held with several providers. They also allow customers to authorize the movement of funds between current and deposit accounts to help avoid overdraft charges or to benefit from higher interest payments. They let customers make simple, safe and reliable price and service quality comparisons tailored to their own usage patterns.

For businesses/institutions, banking APIs allow to monitor a current account and forecast a customer’s cash flow. Using businesses’ transaction history, API providers allow a potential lender to reliably assess business’s creditworthiness and offer better lending deals than they would without this information.

Leading providers of data aggregation APIs:

Kontomatik API

Kontomatik offers a read-only API for financial institutions, enabling them to import personal data, account balances and full statements from any supported bank to their system. To do that, Kontomatik uses end-user bank credentials (a bank login and password). The solution ensures top-notch security as Kontomatik servers store very little data. Bank passwords are never stored and financial data is removed ASAP (financial data is removed from Kontomatik servers in a 24-hour moving window. API clients, however, can force data removal at any time). Kontomatik API requires two-factor authentication based on an API key and IP whitelist.

Kontomatik supports all major banks in ten countries on three continents and is ready to develop APIs for other countries upon request. Kontomatik supports the accessing of personal data of the account owners, current and saving accounts and transaction history from those accounts.

Under the hood, Kontomatik o mimics a human using a Web browser. By using the very same protocol as a Web browser, Kontomatik can potentially support any bank worldwide in a permissionless way. Kontomatik does not need agreements with all the supported banks as it exemplifies permissionless innovation. Kontomatik natively supports hardware tokens, SMS codes, mobile-application-generated one-time passwords, CAPTCHA pictures, anti-phishing pictures and other types of user authentication

Kontomatik is known for speed among competing solutions because the company does not run a farm of headless browsers and does not run any JavaScript as well as not download any assets. Kontomatik reverse engineers how HTTP requests are put together and then recreates them directly in Java with no overhead.

Among the banks supported by Kontomatik technology in various countries are Deutsche Bank, mBank, Raiffeisen Bank, Santander, Citibank, HSBC, BBVA, Scotiabank, Alpha Bank, Lloyds, Barclays, etc. Kontomatik is the fastest-growing banking API provider and has been distinguished by BBVA among the three most interesting examples in the data aggregation APIs segment. Next to this, Kontomatik has been defined as one of the five most useful APIs in the financial world by Huffington Post.

Xignite

Xignite APIs are used by over 40 startups with the clientele including companies such as Betterment, Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Yodlee, Oracle, SAS, Sungard, Charles Schwab, Navy Federal Credit Union, TD Ameritrade, Brinks, GE and Starbucks.

A particular API of the company called the ‘FactSet Fundamentals’ is one of the first REST-based APIs to provide accurate and trusted historical financials, fundamentals, earnings and more across more than 170 global exchanges. FactSet Fundamentals joins more than 40 other APIs for financial services in Xignite’s API library. APIs from Xignite provide back-end data integration, powering a lot of financial service ventures.

Plaid

Plaid gives developers the tools to integrate with bank infrastructure and the ability to access and authorize user bank accounts. Plaid offers two primary products through its APIs that allow users and developers to effortlessly interact with financial institutions: Plaid ACH Auth and Plaid Connect.

Plaid Connect allows developers to dig into the narrative by collecting transactional data from credit, debit, checking, savings and more accounts in a clean, usable format. It intelligently matches the merchant name, category, location and address of each purchase.

Fidor Bank

The Germany-based bank offers a standardized set of RESTful APIs and management systems handled with OAuth for authentication. With Fidor, each user can receive a specific customer ID and associated bank account. Deploying the Fidor API, requests can be made for third party payments or transfers. Single transactions, as well as batch transfers or direct debit withdrawals, can be made using a single API-driven procedure. Web-based requests can be made to retrieve user information such as ID & customer email. The API enables developers to access general account management features.

Fidor combines a full banking license with its own technology and open bank APIs. The fidorOS has been designed to work with an existing core banking system and is expandable beyond traditional banking services. The banking platform is a middleware that provides support for social trading and lending, virtual currencies and emergency loans without being tied to any legacy code.

Figo

Figo Connect API allows to easily access bank accounts including transaction history and submitting payments. Bank accounts are the central domain object of this API and the main anchor point for many of the other resources. This API does not only consider classical bank accounts as accounts but also alternative banking services, e.g. credit cards or PayPal. The API does not distinguish between these two in most cases.

Figo Connect is a completely RESTful API and aims to follow as many best practices as possible. The API and its online tools are only available via HTTPS. In addition, its SDKs employ certificate pinning to validate the certificate of the API server to extend beyond the SSL trust chain.

Yodlee

Yodlee Interactive, a division of Yodlee, builds APIs to help customers bring innovative FinApps to market more quickly using rich consumer transactional data. It primarily offers the following two APIs: Instant Account Verification API and Aggregation API, which enables developers to get access to randomized and securitized bank data through the ability to aggregate accounts, whether it’s an investment account, a bank account, a credit card account, a rewards account, an insurance account or some other account.

Besides the above two, the company has launched an Enterprise API, custom-built and co-branded for individual financial institutions. Yodlee’s API also allows geolocation information to be added to financial data. Yodlee developers launched a new set of restful APIs called “FastLink” that helps a user link multiple bank accounts and cards in one place with an easy drag and drop feature at the back-end.

Pich

Pich is banking and financial data provider. The company organizes, collects and aggregates this data for businesses and developers so that they can use it in their services. With the help of Pich’s API, the user can quickly integrate to the banking infrastructure and benefit from the reliable data of these financial institutions.

Pick Link API allows aggregating user-mandated data from accounts across multiple financial institutions. The Pich API provides business and developers with reliable, clean, and enriched transaction data in a machine-readable format. Pich maintains a dormant connection that becomes active the next time the user accesses the application, providing them with the most up-to-date information associated with the account.

Instantor

Instantor provides online identification and financial data reports based on real-time technology, giving insight to customer’s financial situation (i.e. salary level, spending habits, payday loans, other credits and gambling, etc.) over the last 12 months. This is done through a connection to the bank in which the customer is a client.

Open Bank Project

The Open Bank Project is an open-source API and app store for banks that empower financial institutions to securely and rapidly enhance their digital offerings using an ecosystem of third-party applications and services.

The Open Bank Project offers an easy-to-use RESTful JSON API that can be connected in minutes to enable integration of bank account information via REST API and use of secure authentication via OAuth implementation. The Open Bank Project exposes transaction data in a simple and consistent structure by abstracting away the peculiarities of each banking system. This is achieved by “connectors” that interface between the OBP API and each core banking system. This enables application developers to write an app once, and use it for many banks.

The Open Bank Project API supports transparency services via multiple configurable views on transaction data so that, for instance, the public may see most details of an NGO’s transactions whilst still preserving privacy where required. It also supports transaction data enrichment: comments, tags and images may be added to transactions by authorized users, creating a dialogue around the data.

Spectre API by Salt Edge

Salt Edge provides account data aggregation, automatic categorization, customer-oriented money management, screen scraping software, omnichannel banking solutions with client analysis and targeted marketing.

Spectre API by Salt Edge is designed both for startups and innovative enterprises who need permission-based access and bank-level security to access their customers’ multiple account types including checking, savings, credit cards, e-wallets, money-market accounts, prepaid cards, investments, insurance, loans and mortgages.

 

Source: Let’s Talk Payments

RECENT NEWS

Xignite, Inc., a provider of market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, announced today it has enhanced the data coverage for its’ interbanks and interest rates APIs in preparation for the required transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) benchmark interest rate at the end of 2021.

Used in financial products such as adjustable-rate mortgages, consumer loans, credit cards and derivatives, LIBOR has been the world's most widely used benchmark for short-term rates. But after the 2008 financial crisis the U.S. Federal Reserve recommended a new benchmark interest rate to replace the outdated and problematic LIBOR. In the U.S market the new benchmark is Secured Overnight Funding Rate (SOFR), which is based on transactions in the U.S. Treasury repurchase, or repo, market, where banks and investors borrow or lend Treasuries overnight. Other countries are introducing their own local-currency-denominated alternative reference rates for short-term lending.

Xignite banking, and Fintech customers that build apps for capital markets, investment management, financing, and foreign currency exchange purposes, require interbank and interest rates data to manage exchange and interest rate risk. Xignite enhanced its Interbanks and Rates APIs with SOFR earlier this year and has now added four of the alternative overnight risk-free rates (RFRs) recommended to replace LIBOR for currencies in respective markets. The new rates include Euro Short-Term Rate (ESTR), Swiss Reference Rates (SARON), Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA), and Tokyo Overnight Average Rate (TONAR). These additional rates are available now at no additional cost to customers.

“Our rates and InterBanks APIs were the first REST APIs ever released to serve the needs of the lending and banking industries. They uniquely aggregate rates that are used by dozens of firms globally in critical business processes,” said Vijay Choudhary, Vice President of Product Management for Xignite “Given the major shift the industry is experiencing regarding reference rates, it was critical for us to support those new rates to give our clients the data they need to run their businesses,” added Choudhary.

Xignite’s Interbanks API offers real-time and historical interbank and deposit rates for currencies in 40 countries. Xignite’s Interest Rates API provides interest rate data for over 600 global treasury, money market and private capital market instruments and benchmarks. The new alternative T+1 (24hr+ delayed) rates include:

  •         Europe: Euro Short-Term Rate (ESTR) is an interest rate benchmark that reflects the overnight borrowing costs of banks within the eurozone. The rate is calculated and published by the European Central Bank.
  •         Switzerland: Swiss Reference Rates (SARON) represents the overnight interest rate of the secured money market for Swiss francs (CHF). The rate is calculated and published by SIX.
  •         United Kingdom: Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) is the effective overnight interest rate paid by banks for unsecured transactions in the British sterling.
  •         Japan: Tokyo Overnight Average Rate (TONAR) is an unsecured interbank overnight interest rate and reference rate for the Japanese yen. The rate is calculated and published by the Bank of Japan.

About 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 to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite.

06/09/2021

Xignite, Inc., a provider of cloud-based market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, today introduced XigniteGlobalCorporateActions, a new advanced API providing detailed corporate actions data for events such as stock splits, dividends, mergers, and spinoffs. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in corporate actions, annual meetings canceled, dividend payouts suspensions, and an accelerated company mergers and acquisitions rate. Knowing when a company plans to offer a split or undertake an acquisition is critical for buy-side and sell-side firms.

Corporate action processing is one of the “last frontiers of pain” for investment management, and one of the most manual and complex parts of back-office operations. The lack of uniformity and standards makes it difficult to identify and interpret information correctly. Obtaining accurate and timely information is challenging, and errors can result in painful financial losses. The XigniteGlobalCorporateActions is the first cloud-based REST API to eliminate the pains and complexity caused by legacy data feed and files. The API provides a single-source data stream with consistent information gathered from more than 190 exchanges and over 30,000 U.S. mutual funds.

The recent split of TSLA and AAPL stock on the same day illustrates the complex and far-reaching impact of corporate actions. If a firm does not do this correctly, it will show on historical charts, and their customers will notice. Xignite’s Data Quality team cross-validates our corporate actions data across sources and proactively detects and fixes any missing information. This prevents missing issues such as the TSLA and AAPL splits.

“The industry is facing a ‘perfect storm’”, says Vijay Choudhary, Vice President of Product Management for Xignite. “On one hand you have a massive wave of corporate actions fueled by the pandemic and the rising markets, and on the other you have millions of new retail investors eyeballing their investment applications all day long. One bad corporate action can send your customer service department into a tailspin,” added Choudhary. Additional detail on the Corporate Actions API endpoints:

GetDistributions - Returns cash and stock dividends as declared by the company for a requested security and date range.

GetDistributionsByExchange - Returns cash and stock dividends as declared by the company for a requested exchange and date.

GetEventSummaries - Provides a high-level overview of events for a requested security and date range.

GetMergers - Returns merger events for a given identifier and date range.

GetSpinoffs - Returns spinoff events for a given identifier and date range.

GetSplits - Returns the stock split history for a security for a specified date range.

GetTakeovers - Returns takeover events for a given identifier and date range.

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 specialized microservices-delivered modules to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite

05/18/2021

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

02/25/2021