TFU | Nov. 18 – 24

Dear readers, we will be off next week in celebration of Thanksgiving in the U.S. (read: we expect to be in a four-day turkey-induced food coma). To those of you in the U.S., warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!; and to everyone, best wishes for a good week ahead. We’ll return on December 9th. Best,…

TFU | Nov. 11 – 17

Leading Off Google will begin offering checking accounts to users through a partnership with Citi and a Stanford University credit union; Facebook announced its new Facebook Pay P2P payments service; FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco discussed the applicability of the “travel rule” to crypto firms; the Fed highlighted the risks posed by stablecoins in its November…

TFU |Nov. 4-10

FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra encouraged the Fed on its proposed FedNow Service; the NYDFS is investigating Apple Card’s algorithms for gender discrimination; a glitch gave some Robinhood users access to “infinite leverage”; Nasdaq implemented AI monitoring; Ireland’s DPC is investigating Revolut over concerns about its new privacy policy; and Vanity Fair explored the robbery of an Icelandic Bitcoin mining facility.

TFU | Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

The SEC delivered a no-action letter to Paxos concerning its blockchain-based stock settlement platform; Uber launched a new division aimed at developing new financial products for its drivers; Telegram is moving forward with its crypto wallet, despite a pending SEC lawsuit; David Marcus talked up Libra at Money20/20; Bakkt is getting into consumer products with a partnership with Starbucks; and former Deputy Comptroller Jo Ann Barefoot launched a new venture aimed at modernizing financial regulation.

TFU | Oct. 21 – 27

A federal judge ruled in favor of the NYDFS in its ongoing suit to prevent the OCC’s “fintech charter”; Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Libra; Apple Pay is now the most popular U.S. mobile payments app; Kabbage expanded its product mix to include payments; Revolut launched in Singapore; and the Economist considers whether negative press and regulatory scrutiny have doomed the Libra project.

TFU | Oct. 14-20

Global regulators, including FATF and the FSB, weighed in on the risks posed by stablecoins; the U.S. government is reportedly considering creating its own cryptocurrency; EU regulators are looking into potential antitrust violations by Apple Pay; the FT brought new evidence of fraudulent accounting practices at Wirecard; Venmo will launch its first credit card; Revolut is looking to raise $1.5B in debt and equity; and digital bank Chime experienced a service disruption affecting millions.