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Citibank pushing ahead with aggregation service

Citibank is pushing ahead with plans to launch the UK&#39s first account aggregation platform this summer despite warnings that such a service may breach criminal law.

FSA managing director Phillip Thorpe warned in May that although the regulator would not police aggregation services, FSA-regulated firms should not launch any service which may breach the law, regardless of the chances of prosecution.

But the US bank is going ahead with the platform after recently commissioning a report by City lawyers Rosenblatt, which concluded that the legal risks were minimal.

Aggregation services let consumers view all their financial affairs through one website.

Following the FSA&#39s comments, both Fidelity and Virginmoney put aggregation launches on hold.

Fidelity, which also plans to offer aggregation facilities to IFAs, says it is unlikely to launch a service before the end of the year.

Citibank&#39s service will be powered by US aggregator Yodlee. It has been welcomed by rival aggregators, which believe it will be a catalyst for further launches.

However, Ian Giles, director of international marketing for the aggregator Corillian, has warned that although aggregation should stimulate demand for advice, IFAs need to be aware of the risks. He says: “Links between the customer and IFA could potentially be broken.”

Citibank sales & marketing director Jonathan Mindell says: “This marks the beginning of a new era in personal finance.”


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