Magazine article American Banker

Metavante, Intuit Partner on Financial Management Deal With

Magazine article American Banker

Metavante, Intuit Partner on Financial Management Deal With

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Byline: Daniel Wolfe

Responding to a growing interest among banks in offering online financial management tools, Metavante Technologies Inc. has agreed to offer Intuit Inc.'s FinanceWorks software to its clients.

FinanceWorks is based on Intuit's popular Quicken software, which lets users chart their earnings, savings and spending.

Jeff Lewis, the president of Metavante's ePayment solutions unit, said banks are increasingly interested in offering tools, especially online tools, that can help people keep track of their money.

"The demand we're seeing from the financial institutions is around managing finances," he said. "It is more of a generation that is saying, 'I need to understand basic budgeting. I need to start planning.' "

People of all ages want to manage their money online, Lewis said. "The 20- to 30-year-olds that are beginning to build wealth have been more indoctrinated into saving, making sure you put money aside, those sort of things," and they prefer to bank online.

Lewis contrasted them with "50-and-older" customers, who may not bank online but are now using the Internet to keep track of their retirement accounts. These customers are turning to online tools that "give them more of a real-time view of the world than a monthly statement."

Intuit introduced FinanceWorks in September. It also has a version that banks can offer to small-businesses customers, but Metavante is not offering it.

Metavante has, for four years, offered online banking software from Digital Insight, which Intuit bought in 2007, and Digital Insight has offered Metavante's bill payment services for more than a decade. Lewis said the relationship made FinanceWorks an easy addition to Metavante's menu.

Sasan Goodarzi, the president of Digital Insight and a senior vice president at Intuit, said that his company has seen strong interest in FinanceWorks from banks that do not use Digital Insight's online banking software and has developed a version of the application for them. …

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