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Stripe Connect vs Fidel: Which is best?

Heron doesn't offer account aggregation but 75% of our customers do leverage account aggregators in order to provide world-class financial services. We are often asked to recommend the best API to get bank transactions, so we want to share the feedback we hear on the different options.

Here we'll be comparing Stripe Connect against Fidel. Stripe Connect is best for US consumer connections, while Fidel is stronger for real time rewards for credit cards. Here are the key differences.

The pros of Stripe Connect are:

  • Uses Finicity and MX under-the-hood which might mean greater coverage
  • Ease of integration and excellent documentation

However there are some drawbacks:

  • Very new so not much feedback on performance
  • Keeping connections live is a lot of work

And the benefits of Fidel are:

  • Realtime data
  • Live Merchant Category Codes
  • Great for rewards

But again there are some drawbacks:

  • Only works on card data

No account aggregator has perfect coverage and great connectivity. When selecting your first vendor, it probably makes sense to go for the one with the best coverage for your target population (coverage varies between business and consumer accounts). If all goes well and you end up building a big business you should be ready to build software to:

  • Ask customers which institutions they want to connect to
  • Route your customers to different account aggregators based on the institution they select
  • Have a hierarchy e.g. Stripe Connect, Fidel as a fallback, and Yodlee as a reserve

We specialize in normalizing and deriving insights from raw transaction data pulled from any aggregator. So if you would like tailored recommendations of what provider to choose, book a demo.