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The Future of Banking as a Service Will Include Localized Payment Ecosystems

Published: April 2, 2024

The Future of Banking as a Service Will Include Localized Payment Ecosystems

In the breakneck-paced world of financial tech, digital money movement has become fully intertwined with advancements in banking. As digital banking has become the norm, the field has adapted through the inception and implementation of a new concept: Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS).

What is BaaS and Why Does it Matter?

Simply put, Banking as a Service refers to the provision of banking services, such as payments, deposits, and lending, by third-party companies rather than traditional banks. It enables non-banking entities, such as FinTech companies or other businesses, to offer financial services without having to build and maintain a full-fledged banking infrastructure.

However, this evolution in the landscape has created new and emerging challenges. Namely, the need for a more robust, far-reaching, and secure approach to BaaS. This has given rise to BaaS 2.0—a BaaS model centered around enclosed financial ecosystems.

BaaS 1.0, witnessed rapid expansion, driven by collaborative efforts between FinTech companies and smaller/neo banks. These partnerships aimed to leverage technology to enable seamless money mobility from companies to client’s bank accounts. 

But the success of BaaS 1.0 created risks and regulatory scrutiny. Issues such as compliance, risk management, and fraud have surfaced, prompting a reassessment of the model’s sustainability, and particularly its scalability and security, as well as the opportunity for a more localized, self-contained banking mindset which keeps money moving within a business, instead of moving it back and forth from clients to businesses and beyond.

Why BaaS 2.0

This is where BaaS 2.0 comes in. BaaS 2.0 marks a pivotal shift from the API-centric approach of its predecessor towards sender-centric banking ecosystems. This evolution aims to embed digital banking capabilities directly into a business’s internal payout workflows, while also mitigating risks associated with the myriad of third-party dependencies and creation of a maze-like tech stack just to enable money movement.

The core of BaaS 2.0 lies in how banking services are being redefined for consumers and businesses alike. With instant payments becoming ubiquitous, the focus is shifting towards capitalizing on revenue opportunities while ensuring safety and accessibility.

One strategy involves embedding instant account issuance within payout experiences, thereby offering banking services with minimal barriers to entry. Our company, for example, exemplifies this approach by leveraging proven, proprietary technology to create enclosed mini-ecosystems.

BaaS 2.0: Mitigating Risks

By siloing accounts and owning both the tech stack and risk management together, a BaaS 2.0-based strategy minimizes exposure to external risks while delivering a seamless banking experience for clients. An emphasis on enclosed ecosystems sets companies with this existing infrastructure farther along on the BaaS 2.0 path than many more traditional approaches to banking ecosystems.

In general, BaaS 2.0 presents opportunities for businesses to rethink their banking strategies. Rather than solely focusing on cost reduction, companies are now exploring ways to foster recurring relationships within their ecosystems. By providing a complete digital banking experience under a fully functional, internalized framework, a BaaS 2.0 model enables corporate partners to drive adoption while retaining control and scalability.

Demand will Increase. Will Your Business Be Ready?

As the demand for embedded banking capabilities continues to grow, the transition to enclosed, user-centric, scalable solutions is imperative. Ingo is poised to address these needs for companies looking to get started while also offering a migration path to full API ownership for those seeking greater control over their financial operations and a more streamlined experience.

Banking as a Service 2.0 represents more than a single step forward. It’s a paradigm shift towards fully or partially enclosed financial ecosystems. By prioritizing safety, accessibility, and scalability, this model paves the way for a new era of banking innovation, where partnerships thrive, and customer-centricity takes center stage.