In our last post, we shared the two emerging business models that are powered by Open Banking application programming interfaces (APIs) and open data—banking as a platform and banking as a service.

Power plays for monetizing open banking APIs: Turning open banking into an opportunity to drive growth and reduce costs
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The future of any Open Banking or Consumer Data Right (CDR) offering will depend on the value it provides, or the monetization options it creates. Participants can bundle or unbundle offerings and services. The value generated will depend on several factors, including overall market proposition, customer ownership model, partner value-adds and the share of risk and liability.

How to monetize banking as a platform

The banking-as-a-platform model initially helps banks grow their customer base and expand their offerings. Over time, platforms and partnerships help banks maintain brand relevance and long-term sustainability.

Direct monetization for this model involves the banks charging third parties a referral fee for listing and selling their products via the banking distribution channel. In some cases, especially for more complex products like investments and commercial loans, the third party may reach agreement with the bank on a shared-revenue model.

Banks can also indirectly monetize the banking-as-a-platform model by increasing their customer base, lowering their operating costs and improving efficiency.

How to monetize banking as a service

Banks that pursue a banking-as-a-service model can charge third parties for the use of their APIs and CDR data, or they can use the third parties to distribute their APIs on their behalf for a fee.

Indirect monetization from banking as a service includes increased reach and awareness, improved partner integration and reduced costs.

In all of the monetization models, partnerships are key. Neo and digital banks are already aggressively pursuing partnerships with fintechs. Some are positioning themselves as digital marketplaces that consolidate a wide range of financial services in one place, while others are pursuing non-financial marketplaces.

For more information, read our full report on Power Plays for Monetizing Open Banking APIs.

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