Open banking will start a revolution, but it is taking its time

Born in a sea of hype on January 13, has so far fallen short of delivering the promised financial revolution. We have yet to see any “killer apps”, dramatic changes in consumer behaviour, sudden doses of competition or tectonic shifts in the UK banking market.

Mandated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), open banking forces the UK’s biggest banks to share their data securely with approved third parties in areas including account information and payments, using a statutory set of application programming interfaces (APIs).

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