Fidelity customers can share financial data securely with third-party apps and services
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – September 27, 2018 – Finicity, a leading provider of real-time financial data aggregation and insights, has agreed to use an application programming interface (API)-based method for sharing Fidelity Investments customer information, after the customer authorizes such sharing, with financial apps and services that Finicity supports.
Finicity is the first data aggregation provider to sign on to use Fidelity Access℠, Fidelity’s new data sharing API. Fidelity Access will allow Fidelity customers to provide third parties access to customer data through a secure connection without providing log-in credentials. The log-in process is replaced with direct authorization by the customer through Fidelity and the use of tokens for authentication and access.
“As a leading financial data aggregator, we’re constantly looking for ways to provide consumers, like Fidelity customers, with more control of and better insights into their data,” said Finicity CEO Steve Smith. “This agreement will further empower Fidelity customers to use their financial data to manage and enhance their financial lives, while expanding security for when they choose to share this data.”
Consumer control is a key benefit of using APIs such as Fidelity Access. It enables consumers to provide explicit authorization to their financial services firm for the use of their data by third parties. Fidelity Access includes a control center on Fidelity.com and other Fidelity websites, where customers can grant, monitor and revoke third party data access at any time, meaning Fidelity customers can now securely permission the use of their data to assist with investing, retirement planning, college savings and more.
“We seek to make our customers’ financial decisions, from investing to retirement planning, easier and more transparent,” said Stuart Rubinstein, President, Fidelity Wealth Technologies. “When firms like Finicity use Fidelity Access, we are able to serve our customers better by allowing them to share and access their data in a more secure and simple manner.”
Finicity has established relationships with a variety of service and application providers that allow individuals and organizations to manage financial processes. This includes providing data aggregation for several of the most popular personal financial management (PFM) tools, as well as digital asset and income verification solutions.
Once the API-based method of data sharing is in place, expected to go live in the next few months, Fidelity customers can authorize Fidelity to permit third parties to access their financial information for use through Finicity’s data aggregation and insights platform.
To learn more about Finicity data services and their commitment to fast, reliable and high-quality data, visit www.finicity.com.
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Finicity’s mission is to help individuals, families and organizations make smarter financial decisions through safe and secure access to fast, high-quality data. The company, which launched its first financial product in 2000 and has since grown to provide financial data APIs, credit decisioning tools and financial wellness solutions, partners with influential financial institutions and disruptive fintech providers alike to give consumers a leg up in a complicated financial world. Finicity was awarded API World’s 2016 Finance API of the Year and is a 2018 HousingWire Tech100 winner. To learn more or test drive its API, visit www.finicity.com.
About Fidelity Investments:
Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $7.3 trillion, including managed assets of $2.6 trillion as of August 30, 2018, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 28 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 13,000 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit https://www.fidelity.com/about.