Open Banking

Open Banking, explained

Make or receive online payments directly from your bank account. Just sign in to your bank from the merchant’s site/app in a snap.  No app to download, no manual entries, no account to create.

What it is

What is Open Banking?

Open Banking is a secure way for consumers to share their financial information with merchants or service providers via secure application programming interfaces (APIs). By giving merchants secure, regulated access to select financial information, consumers can utilize their data to make payments directly from their bank accounts. Financial data, like balance history, identity information, etc., can make financial services faster and more convenient.

For a comprehensive breakdown of Open Banking terms, check out the Trustly Open Banking Glossary.

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Why It Matters

Open Banking’s Value

Lower payment processing costs

Open Banking enables account-to-account payments, reducing costly swipe fees associated with card schemes.

Improve the customer experience

By leveraging a simple and safe UX, with no account registration, merchants can improve payment conversion and deliver streamlined financial services.

Harden data security

Strong consumer authentication is inherent to Open Banking, significantly reducing fraudulent activities.

Personalize financial experiences

By accessing real-time, accurate financial data from consumer bank accounts, merchants can better tailor their financial products and services.

How It Works

How it works

With Open Banking, third-party providers connect with banks via APIs. The third-party provider (Trustly) establishes consumer consent to retrieve financial data from consumer bank accounts. Rules established by third-party providers tell the API to extract specific data according to the use case: initiate account-to-account payments or facilitate financial services.

There are five key players in the Open Banking ecosystem:
Banks: build and maintain APIs, making consumer financial information available
Licensed third-party providers (TPPs) or Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs): Integrate with bank APIs
Merchants: work with TPPs to offer innovative pay-with-bank payments or financial services
Consumers: Final beneficiaries of Open Banking solutions
Regulators: Ensure a fair, consumer-centric Open Banking ecosystem

Open Banking by the numbers

132.2 million
The amount of global Open Banking users by 2024
Expected growth in Open Banking from 2023 to 2027
$330 billion
Open Banking Payments expected value in 2027

Trustly and Open Banking

Since 2008, Trustly has remained committed to the global expansion and adoption of Open Banking. As a leading Payment Service Provider, we remain committed to the opportunity Open Banking affords merchants and consumers. Trustly has been a driving force for Open Banking in Europe and is continuing the momentum in the United States and Canada.

Our digital account-to-account platform allows consumers to pay for purchases by signing into their bank accounts, bypassing the card networks. We leverage APIs to establish industry-leading banking connectivity and deliver a complete solution that includes payments, KYC, underwriting, instant payouts, identity verification, and more.

Three images: one showing Trustly connecting to your bank, one showing three banks to choose from, and one showing a user logging into Online Banking.

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