While consumer fintech in which banks provide deposit accounts, loans and payment products to users of neobanks, trading platforms or digital wallets, has long been the pillar of banking as a service (BaaS), recent reports suggest that those margins are thinning due to compliance requirements. As a result, some banks are shifting to business-to-business (B2B) fintechs to conduct fewer but larger transactions with commercial organizations.

“Managing a smaller number of larger relationships is easier from a compliance perspective,” Regulatory senior counsel Brian Montgomery told S&P Global. “It’s easier for banks to figure out how to think about that and be prepared to deal with them.”

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