TechCrunch recently reported that in the next decade, "fintech will become portable and ubiquitous as it moves to the background and centralizes into one place where our money is managed for us," and that with regards to open source, "basic financial services will become simple open-source protocols, lowering the barrier for any company to offer financial products to its customers."
"Prediction: The open protocol layer
Thesis: Basic financial services will become simple open-source protocols, lowering the barrier for any company to offer financial products to its customers.
Picture any investment, wealth management, trading, merchant banking, or lending system. Just to get to market, these systems have to rigorously test their core functionality to avoid legal and regulatory risk. Then, they have to eliminate edge cases, build a compliance infrastructure, contract with third-party vendors to provide much of the underlying functionality (think: Fintech Toolkit) and make these systems all work together.
The end result is that every financial services provider builds similar systems, replicated over and over and siloed by company. Or even worse, they build on legacy core banking providers, with monolith systems in outdated languages (hello, COBOL). These services don’t interoperate, and each bank and fintech is forced to become its own expert at building financial protocols ancillary to its core service.
But... trends point to how that is changing today:
...Industry groups like FINOS are spearheading the push for open-source financial solutions. Consider a Github repository for all the basic functionality that underlies fintech tools. Developers could continuously improve the underlying code. Software could become standardized across the industry. Solutions offered by different service providers could become more inter-operable if they shared their underlying infrastructure."