The NYDFS approved two new stablecoins and sued the OCC; leading crypto firms formed a DC lobbying group; there is now a searchable database of global blockchain projects; Blend appointed former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to chair its board of advisors; and LabCFTC will host an emerging trends event on Oct. 3-4 in D.C.
Varo won preliminary approval for a US national bank charter; HSBC is reportedly launching a digital bank startup; IBM plans to demonstrate a blockchain-based cross-border payments service in October; British Airways was hacked, exposing customers’ personal and financial information; and U.K. challenger bank Monese raised $60 million in Series B funding.
Fintechs are getting into subprime credit card lending; Tether is facing scrutiny about its cash reserves; Coinbase acquired blockchain identity startup Distributed Systems; the WEF reported on AI and financial services; and Monzo is close to $150M in new funding, which would value it at nearly $1.5 billion.
State groups are not pleased about the OCC’s decision to accept bank charter applications from fintech firms; IBM and Maersk are partnering on a blockchain-based global supply chain management platform; the NYDFS will begin enforcing new cybersecurity regulations next month; the U.K. FCA established a Global Financial Innovation Network; and China’s Bitmain is on track to become the first blockchain-focused company with $10B in annual revenue.
The OCC will begin accepting national bank charter applications from fintechs; the U.S. Treasury released a wide-ranging fintech report; the WSJ found massive manipulation of cryptocurrency markets; IBM and CLS are building a blockchain “app store”; and TechCrunch profiled P2P lending in China.
The House passed a bill establishing a fintech task force; the SEC rejected the Winklevoss application to list a crypto ETF on the BATS BZX exchange; Google banned cryptocurrency mining apps from its app store; the U.K. FCA tightened crowdfunding rules; the NYT looked at Figure and what it says about #MeToo in Silicon Valley; and Flywire raised $100M.