Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions about finance data sources, API access, subscription plans and more .

How to get access to the API?

If you are looking to develop or upgrade your business application and website, our powerful, financelayer API is right for you. A free trial is available. Please sign up for a free API key and one of our team members will get back to you with more details.

What is financelayer API?

This is a simple API providing live finance news, news API headlines, and blog articles from leading sites like Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Bloomberg and etc. which provides a seamless live data stream/feed of real-time financial news and market statistics. In addition, as this is a truly REST API, with correct design and implementation, you can scale this API to your own needs. There is nothing to stop you from integrating other external APIs say from the official exchange websites to provide extra information about stocks just for example.

How soon will I get my free trial version?

Since we value your time, financelayer free trial version is available immediately after you place and confirm your order. At the end of your free trial, you can securely store data on your account, ready to implement.

Where does the News data comes from?

Financelayer provides continuously updated data with global coverage. Our interface allows developers to pull real time news from thousands of sources across the web, including blogs, TV broadcasters, and newspapers. We monitor all our sources closely to ensure they meet our high quality standards. This ensures you can create powerful products quickly and easily.


  • What is financelayer?

    The financelayer service provides common information about financial news and stock markets news via a REST API. With this API, users will be able to get detailed information about current and historical news articles associated with specific stock tickers, companies, sources, etc.

  • Who runs the API?

    The financelayer API is a product built and maintained by apilayer, a technology company that provides a variety of reliable and essential APIs for developers. apilayer’s APIs are affordable for both startups and larger companies. apilayer GmbH is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

Data & Sources

  • How accurate is financelayer data and where does it come from?

    To ensure accuracy, financelayer gets all the information from a reliable financial data source.

  • How often is the data refreshed?

    To ensure accuracy, financelayer data gets refreshed every 5 minutes.

  • How many years of historical data does the API provide?

    Financelayer is able to provide historical financial news and stock market news from up to 5 years ago.

API Access & Features

  • How do I get an API access key?

    Every registered user is assigned a personal access key, a unique key that can be used to access and query the API. If you are logged in, you can find it in your Account Dashboard, in the 3-Step Quickstart Guide, and in all interactive links contained in the API's Documentation. In your account dashboard you can reset your access key at any given time.

  • What is an API request?

    Pricing is based on the number of monthly API Requests offered for each individual Subscription Plan. Accessing any type of financelayer data using a valid API Access Key counts as one "API Request". Unlike most other providers, any API Endpoint or feature requested counts as only one API Request.

  • What happens if I exceed my API request volume?

    Users will be automatically notified via e-mail and on their Account Dashboard once at least 75%, 90%, and 100% of their monthly API Request allowance has been reached. After reaching 100% of the allowance, API access will be disabled.

  • What is the API’s uptime?

    The financelayer API's system status is closely monitored around the clock. Every effort is made to ensure the highest possible level of availability and consistency, and we are proud to have an average uptime rate of nearly 100% (99.9%), calculated based on testing and previous experience with the other APIs we run.

    There is a public API status page available at the following URL:

Plans, Pricing & Payments

  • What is the difference between free and paid subscription?

    The Free Plan is set out to be a "trial version" without a time limit, offering some very basic API functionalities, such as delated news data and only 3-month historical data.

    Paid Subscription Plans feature significantly more historical data, live news data, include basic to unlimited and prioritised technical support, and secured encryption.

  • What subscription plan fits my needs?

    In order to test the API and to get an idea of the product, you can simply sign up for the Free Plan.
    As soon as you or your application requires more than 250 API Requests per month, you would be well-advised to sign up for one of the paid Subscription Plans, starting at Startup-friendly $59.99 per month, or at a 20% discount - if you decide to pay annually.

  • What payment methods are supported?

    Payments can be made via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diner's Club, American Express). Enterprise and high-volume customers may request annual bank transfer payments to be enabled. You can change your payment method at any given time in the "Payment" section of your account dashboard.

  • Can I also pay yearly?

    Yes. If you choose annual billing, the total price of your subscription plan will be 20% lower than the total amount you would pay with a monthly payment frequency.

  • How can I change my payment frequency?

    In order to change your billing frequency from monthly to yearly or from yearly to monthly, you will be required to downgrade your account back to the Free Plan.

    Step 1: Navigate to the Subscription page, click "Downgrade" in the Free Plan section and confirm your downgrade. Downgrades are not effective immediately, your premium subscription will remain active until the end of the current billing period.

    Step 2: Once your billing period ends and your account downgrade has become effective, navigate back to the Subscription page and click "Upgrade" in your preferred subscription plan's section. You will now be asked to choose a new billing frequency.

    If you need any assistance changing your billing frequency, please do not hesitate to contact us.