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Tandem Chooses Token as Open Banking, PSD2 Partner

Digital U.K. challenger bank Tandem is working with open banking platform provider Token.io to ensure PSD2 compliance and take advantage of the opportunities of open banking. Tandem will integrate a variety of solutions from Token, ranging from PSD2 compliant APIs to direct payment options like Token BankPay, into its core platform in order to better serve its more than 500,000 customers.

Tandem CEO Ricky Knox differentiated his bank’s approach to open banking, saying that Tandem goes “much further” than simple account aggregation and basic PSD2 compliance – especially thanks to the partnership with Token. “This means we can focus our efforts on differentiating ourselves with an improved user experience,” Knox said, “leveraging both AISP and PISP use cases to provide smarter, more personalized banking products that solve real people’s problems with money.”

“Our turnkey, cost-effective PSD2 compliance and open banking solutions will enable Tandem to accelerate growth through new and better products,” Token founder and CEO Steve Kirsch said. “Token offers the industry’s simplest and most secure transaction-based open banking API, which, being cloud-based, gives Tandem both flexibility and scalability when initiating and managing transactions.”

Tandem offers consumers a money management app, credit card, and fixed-rate savings accounts. Founded in 2011, the challenger bank launched its Autosavings account earlier this month. The new feature automatically sets aside user-determined amounts using “round ups” from transactions and “save to save” calculations based on the user’s income and anticipated spending. Autosavings also pays 0.5% interest, and users can add to their Autosavings account whenever they choose.

Token demonstrated its PSD2 compliant, open banking platform at FinovateEurope 2017. The company began the year with the hiring of new Chief Technology Officer, Gaurav Kohli. Back in December, Token announced a partnership with MENA-based infrastructure development company Almoayed Technologies to help drive open banking on the Arabian Peninsula. Also that month, the company partnered with thinkmoney to support PSD2 compliance and open banking for the U.K.-based current account provider.