How Third-Party Data APIs Help Financial Services Organizations Keep a Competitive Edge
17 August 2023 13:17
Could 2023 be the year the world rebounds from the 2020 pandemic? The answer is “yes”, according to Deloitte, which predicts that “2023 could be the year the ‘new normal’ fully comes into view. There will be opportunities to help define the future, one in which profits and purpose are inextricably linked. Finding and making the most of opportunities that emerge, however, will require data-driven insights. That’s where third-party data APIs come in. Armed with analytics platforms and the data to power them, Financial Services organizations can uncover timely, relevant information that enables strategic decisions to maintain or gain a competitive advantage.
Where is big data being used across the financial sector?
So how do third-party data APIs help?
Third-party data complements internal data
Financial services organizations already collect a considerable amount of first-party data related to customer interactions and financial transactions. But internal data alone only tells part of a story. You could, for example, see a usage spike, but what’s causing it? Third-party data can help fill in that blank and others.
Now, on to the types of data that can help you strengthen your competitive standing.
News and social commentary
In order to support digital transformation and deliver on consumer expectations for seamless, personalized customer experiences, financial services organizations need to better understand what makes customers tick. In fact, The Financial Brand notes that 66% of customers expect organizations to understand their unique needs and 52% expect personalized offers with every interaction. That’s a tall order.
With access to a wider range of data than you would otherwise have, you gain important context to explain customer behaviors. For example, analyzing news and social commentary offers insights into emerging trends and consumer expectations. You can also leverage transcripts of interviews with industry playmakers and thought leaders. Analyzing statements in combination with news coverage can provide competitive intelligence you need to inform decisions.
By accessing news and social commentary data, financial services organizations can proactively develop products or services to improve customer retention and give you a competitive edge.
ESG news and ratings
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become increasingly important in recent years. According to one study, 89% of investors considered ESG issues as part of their strategy in 2022, a 5% increase over 2021 results. Salvatore Bruno, chief investment officer at IndexIQ notes, “ESG investing went from being a satellite or a fringe type of an investment strategy to much more of a core-type strategy.”
With demand for ESG-friendly investment portfolios gaining more traction, you can integrate ESG news and ratings into advanced analytics platforms to keep informed, identify investment opportunities, and more. For example, you can filter for adverse ESG news mentions that could signal a reputational or regulatory risk within your portfolio. Similarly, you can use ESG ratings data to analyze prospective additions to your portfolio.
Strengthen sanctions compliance
The global sanctions landscape has undergone rapid changes since 2022. FinTech Futures notes, “In fact, in the latter part of 2022, sanctions were updated weekly, and sometimes even daily. The UK amended its Russian Sanctions Regulations 16 times in the last year alone and, in the three months leading up to November 2022, a total of 63 sanctions updates were made across the UK and EU.” As a result, ensuring compliance, especially if you offer financial services across multiple jurisdictions, demands constant vigilance.
Accessing global sanctions, watchlist, and Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) list data via an API offers much greater efficiency over manually pulling data from multiple authorities. This data can be used as part of enhanced due diligence as well as on-going monitoring to help you keep pace with a fast-moving sanctions landscape. Of course, sanctions are just one piece of the compliance puzzle in the highly regulated financial services industry.
Regulatory bodies often issue updates, guidelines, or changes to existing regulations. Data aggregated from current broadcast, print and web news sources—along with regulators’ own publishing channels—can help organizations stay informed about these changes, allowing you to adapt your risk management processes as regulatory requirements change.
Corporate financials and other company-related data APIs offer incredible value as well. As investment firms look for new opportunities, leveraging company data in advanced analytics—such as historical financial performance—can help you predict future performance. This enables you to make informed buy-sell decisions that keep you ahead of the competition.
So, whether you want to garner insights into customer behaviors and needs, inspire innovative new products and services, expand existing markets or enter new ones, leveraging third-party data can help you achieve valuable insights to inform your strategies and gain a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic marketplace.
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