The growing positivity towards open banking in Europe

How has the attitude towards open banking changed since last year? Do bankers feel they have a clear strategy to reap the benefits? Just how much are financial institutions across Europe investing in their open banking efforts? We asked these questions – and many more – in our newest survey.

TL;DR – Quick summary

  • The first report based on our 2020 survey of financial executives in Europe shows that the attitude towards open banking is more optimistic than ever before. 

  • Financial institutions are flocking to form fintechs partnerships to accelerate the path towards value creation.

  • Read the full report for more on how the views on open banking vary across different countries and our recommendations for creating short-term value.

Open banking attitudes and fintech partnerships

In the beginning of the year, we surveyed 290 senior executives and decision makers in the financial industry across Europe about their views on open banking. The results came back with so many interesting findings that we decided we’d need to split it up into a couple of different reports.

The first report based on our 2020 survey focuses on open banking attitudes and fintech partnerships – and it shows that financial executives are more excited about open banking than ever before. 

Almost two-thirds (61%) of financial institutions in Europe are feeling positive about open banking, which is up by 6 percentage points compared to the results from last year’s survey. In addition, over half (52%) of the respondents say they feel more positive about open banking than they did last year.

Fintech partnerships are a key priority 

The general confidence in open banking is not just reflected by a positive sentiment and an understanding of the opportunity, but also by the growing number of fintech partnerships that financial institutions are forming to realise their open banking objectives.

Over one-fifth (22.4%) of respondents have at least one fintech partnership to access open banking technologies. And out of those who are already partnering, 69.2% increased their number of fintech partnerships over the last year. (With almost one-fourth of those reporting having more than 5 open banking partnerships.)

And those who have not yet partnered with fintechs are likely to change that soon. The majority (69.8%) of the as-of-yet unpartnered indicate that they want to establish a partnership over the next 12 months. 

The increased appetite from those who are already partnering as well as the high interest from the organisations that haven’t yet formed partnerships is a strong sign that these institutions are seeing a positive impact from teaming up with fintechs. 

On the journey towards value creation 

While there is ample confidence in open banking, it is not always widely understood within some organisations. Institutions where the executives are able to translate the opportunity of open banking into a clear strategy will be in the best position to start realising its benefits.

The good news is, the majority (57.6%) of respondents indicate their organisation has a clear strategy for open banking. Of course, this means there are 40% on the other side. While some financial institutions may approach open banking as a long-term strategic play that involves a significant shift in their business model over time – others see the opportunity for short-term, quick-win value creation. And it can be both.

The benefits of open banking are not just in some distant future – they’re ready for the picking. 

Find out more about the results, how the views on open banking vary across different countries and our recommendations for creating short-term value in the full report:

We have more reports based on our 2020 survey coming out throughout the year. Stay tuned for more insights into how companies are looking to create value, and how much they’re investing towards their open baking efforts.

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