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what is open banking?

and how can it make your life a whole lot simpler?


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  • Open Banking is a regulated way to control your transaction data for simpler money management.
  • For example, you can connect multiple bank accounts to the Good With app, meaning you can see comprehensive insights into your balances and transactions. All in read-only mode too!
  • Authorised companies have to prove they’ll keep your info safe and secure and they aren’t allowed to casually rifle through your data. It’s all based on your explicit permission.

Ever connected an app to your bank account? If so you’re probably one of millions in the UK already making use of the beauty that is ✨Open Banking✨ And if not, get ready for some seriously eye opening stuff on just how Open Banking is the next step towards financial wellbeing, as well as just making your life a whole lot simpler.

what is open banking?

Open Banking is a process, regulated by the FCA, designed to put you in control of your own transaction data. It requires banks to let you share your data with other banks and third parties so they can help you budget, save, compare financial products, and manage your personal finances simply. 

why does it exist?

Essentially, it stemmed from a lack of innovation in the banking and financial service sector. Back in 2016, the CMA (Competition and Market Authority) outlined how big banks weren’t competing enough and small banks were struggling to grow. This ultimately meant people were paying more than they should and not benefiting from ✨innovation✨

The CMA proposed Open Banking as a solution and its implementation began in 2018. Now, hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are using Open Banking every month.

what can open banking do for me?

Open Banking is fuelling some serious innovations in the realm of FinTech. For example, you can connect multiple bank accounts to the Good With app, meaning you can see comprehensive insights into your balances and transactions. You can also see how your mood impacts your spending and understand just how your financial behaviour affects your wellbeing. 

how does open banking work? is it safe?

Banks can share your data with third parties using something called an application programming interface (API). APIs allow software at one company to talk to software at another company. This technology has been around for ages and is actually used everywhere. It’s the reason you can watch YouTube videos on other websites, or use your Facebook login to create an account on some apps. 

By law, every bank has to make an API available to third parties. But you can't just waltz in and use it. Companies need authorisation to access a bank’s Open Banking API, which is authorised and controlled by Open Banking regulations. This strict authorisation process is crucial for maintaining the safety and integrity of transactions within the realm of Open Banking.

Authorised companies have to prove they’ll keep your info safe and secure. Also, they aren’t allowed to casually rifle through your data. They can only access the info they need to specifically provide the service you’ve asked for. So, let’s say you use the Good With app to set a budget. We’ll glance over your transaction history (in read-only mode, of course 😎) and categorise that data to help visualise your spending, but this data is carefully processed and stored safely in a secure database. Third parties can’t view your Open Banking data or do anything with your money, and the same goes for us! 

✅ To do this, we use TrueLayer, a trusted API, to securely link your bank account.

does good with use open banking?

Oh yes. Right now, 60% of our users are taking advantage of the Open Banking functionality in our app. We operate strictly in read-only mode, which is a fancy way to say we can’t actually do anything with your money except see it with rose tinted lenses. We’re currently using the best of Open Banking, statistics, and machine learning to provide insights about users’ relationships with money as well as provide tailored recommendations. We call this our Readiness Score™. Although the final thing is still under construction, here are some of the groovy things you can do with our app right now thanks to open APIs working under the hood.

see multiple bank accounts at once

You can connect multiple current accounts and credit accounts so everything’s all in one, easy place! This lets you see categorised payment histories and trends for all your bank accounts in the same place. Simply tap “my connections” on the profile details page to connect another account.

budgets made for peace of mind

From there, you can set personalised budgets for any category so you can keep track of what’s important to you right now. Easily tailor things to your specific needs so you can stay in your control, your way.

visualise how your mood affects your spending

Did you know that our mood can heavily influence how we spend (or not spend) our money? Anytime you’re feeling low you might be more prone to impulse spending. On the flip side, you might be strictly forbidding yourself a little pick-me-up that could break through your blues. By tracking your mood and your spending together, you can unlock deeper insights into how your brain works and reacts to your personal finances.

how do I use open banking?

Explicit permission from you 🫵 is needed in order for Open Banking to do its thing. For example, we’ll ask for your consent before redirecting you to TrueLayer to hook up your account and unlock more insights. 

From there, you’ll be redirected to your banking app to explicitly give the thumbs up for TrueLayer to retrieve this carefully curated data. No login details or unnecessary sharing of info needed from your end.

Afterwards, we’ll start crunching the numbers so you don’t have to! We’ll work out your incomings and outgoings so you can get straight to living your life. You can always edit or personalise this further, though.

You never have to share your data if you don’t want to. This may limit which features you can use, but it’s always your choice. 

Not just a boring ol’ budgeting app. And certainly not your boring ol’ bank app. We're excited about how we’re using Open Banking to unlock deeper insights that can improve your financial wellbeing, and ultimately change the game on how you can stay on top of your money. Want in?

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