Personal Financial Aggregation and Social Media Mining: A New Framework for Actionable Financial Business Intelligence (AFBI)

Personal Financial Aggregation and Social Media Mining: A New Framework for Actionable Financial Business Intelligence (AFBI)

Vipul Gupta (Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA), Sameer Khanna (Computer Science Department, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA) and Iljoo Kim (Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/IJBIR.2014100102
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Consumers have been banking and trading online for several years now. More ambitious and tech savvy consumers have also been constructing an overview of their financial life by using Personal Finance software like Quicken and online tools such as Yodlee and Since late 1999, Personal Financial Aggregators (PFAs) have started offering internet based services to automate this process of account aggregation. This web account aggregation allows individuals to log onto one Web site and view all of their online accounts in one place. Online accounts that can be aggregated include financial sites (bank, credit card, brokerage, insurance, etc.) as well as lifestyle-based sites (travel awards, email, chat rooms, etc.). The idea behind Personal Financial Aggregation is to offer consumers their own personal portal from which they can see all their finances at a glance, balance and rebalance accounts, make investments, pay bills, etc. In addition to this Web data aggregation, consumers are relying on social media sites such as facebook, tweeter and other internet forums to get financial advice from each other and also to critique various financial products and services. As a result, many Financial Institutions (FIs) are using social media analysis and mining to shape their businesses. FIs include consumer banks, brokerages, insurance, wealth management firms, etc. This paper presents a framework for financial institutions that combines social media mining, web mining, online advice engines, and web aggregation. This framework can be utilized by FIs to analyze online buzz about their products/services and combine those insights with web aggregation and online advice to create different revenue streams and to offer personalized bundled products and services. The authors conducted interviews with various executives at the Global Financial institutions and insurance companies to test and validate this framework. A comprehensive review of top service providers and vendors that can enable and drive this framework is also discussed in this paper, followed by managerial implications, benefits and challenges.
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2. Actional Financial Business Intelligence [Afbi] Framework

In this article, we present a new framework (see Figure 1), titled Actionable Financial Business Intelligence (AFBA) that can be leveraged by FIs to integrate various aspects of Social Media Mining (SMM) and Personal Financial Aggregation (PFA). Instead of using a piecemeal approach for SMM and PFA, this framework provides a strategy for FIs to integrate their BI operations. Below, we discuss the various aspects of this framework.

Figure 1.

Actionable Financial Business Intelligence (AFBI) framework


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