The new digital checking accounts will launch for Goldman’s Marcus clients later this year, though there is no word on the exact timing.
Goldman selected Marqeta for its open APIs and webhooks and its developer experience, which was designed to power future-proofed banking experiences. The two also have a prior relationship, as Goldman Sachs is one of Marqeta’s previous investors.
“We’re incredibly proud to work with Marcus by Goldman Sachs to help power this work, which we think is a true validation of the power of our technology,” said Marqeta Founder and CEO Jason Gardner. “Our modern card issuing platform helps digital innovators build the sorts of customer experiences that can be industry game changers, and we’re looking forward to working alongside Marcus to bring a powerful new digital banking experience to life.”
Marcus currently offers limited consumer banking tools, including savings, certificates of deposits, and loans. The bank also partnered with Apple in 2019 to serve as the banking partner behind the Apple credit card. Expanding into checking accounts will help Goldman Sachs diversify from its traditional investment banking offerings and move further into the everyday financial lives of consumers.
Goldman’s expansion into checking accounts comes as no surprise. The bank announced its intentions in February of last year. And the partnership with Marqeta is a logical one. The California-based company offers a tech-forward approach and counts fintechs such as Square and Klarna among its clients.
Should other banks– challenger banks and traditional banks alike– be worried? Jim Marous answers that question in his piece Marcus: A Digital Bank That Should Keep Rivals Up At Night. “In the future, the Marcus brand will only grow,” said Marous. “With the addition of wealth management and eventually checking accounts that are 100% supported by a mobile app, financial institutions of all sizes should take note of the potential for Goldman Sachs to be a major player in the marketplace. If banks and credit unions are not paying attention today (when there is time to react), there is a good chance Marcus will be the source of nightmares going forward.”