Envestnet® | Yodlee® – a leading data aggregation and analytics platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services – has today begun onboarding Australian personal finance financial wellness and budgeting app, WeMoney, as its first existing customer to move from traditional data aggregation to Envestnet | Yodlee’s fully accredited and “Active” Open Banking solution Fastlink 4. The partnership with WeMoney becomes one of the first Outsourced Service Provider (OSP) and Accredited Data Recipient (ADR) relationships under Australia’s Consumer Data Right (CDR) regulation, which is a significant step in Australia’s open banking journey.
FastLink 4 User Interface, which soft launched in Australia in October 2021, has made Envestnet | Yodlee the first provider with two distinct advantages in-market: access to the most comprehensive CDR and non-CDR data sets, and access to multi-country, global open banking connections in regions including the UK and the U.S.
Envestnet | Yodlee’s FastLink 4 is the latest version of the user interface that enables consumers to securely and easily connect all their financial accounts in seconds, allowing financial service providers (FSPs) to optimise consumer experience. FastLink 4 supports Open Banking, complimenting the company’s existing data aggregation capabilities. This enables FSPs to access both CDR and non-CDR data, and offer personalised digital banking, lending, verification, and financial wellness experiences that rely on aggregated data. The result of this hybrid approach to data provisioning, is that Envestnet | Yodlee can provide the broadest coverage of financial data in the local market, including data streams such as superannuation, which are not yet covered under Australia’s CDR.
“FastLink 4’s presence in the Aussie market and onboarding WeMoney as Envestnet | Yodlee’s first local Open Banking customer marks an important milestone in our Open Banking journey,” said Tonia Berglund, Director of Product at Envestnet |Yodlee. “We are now able to provide a truly hybrid solution – meaning that Australian financial organisations like WeMoney can tap into both CDR and non-CDR data sets under one roof: the perfect solution during these early stages of CDR.”
Berglund continues, “Because of our size as an organisation as well the 20 years’ experience in aggregating data, we are able to offer the advantages and experience of a large company alongside some of the broadest data coverage and support available in the market.”
Speaking about becoming the first customer of FastLink 4 in Australia and following WeMoney’s recent CDR accreditation, Founder & CEO at WeMoney, Dan Jovevski, said: “The WeMoney Community and our team are incredibly excited about the direction of the Consumer Data Right and how tools like FastLink 4 will empower consumers to take advantage of more streamlined ways to improving financial wellness. We are very optimistic about the future developments in this space and the expansion of our partnership with Envestnet | Yodlee.”
Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy, and Women’s Economic Security, Jane Hume said, “This is an exciting development and demonstrates the importance of the changes to rules introduced last year to increase participation in the CDR and the direct flow-on benefits to consumers. New CDR-powered apps that support financial wellness will help grow Australia’s financial literacy.”
Envestnet | Yodlee has been a collaborative partner in shaping Open Banking and open finance technologies and policies across the AU, UK and U.S. and holds a unique position in being able to support companies of all sizes – from large banks to the smallest FinTechs – to innovate and best serve their customers both domestically and overseas.
This announcement follows a number of new regulatory developments unveiled by the Australian government that will allow for increased participation in the country’s Open Banking regime. The six new accreditation models will reduce barriers to participation by enabling organisations to securely access CDR data via accredited providers, such as Envestnet | Yodlee, without needing to become accredited data recipients themselves.