The CFPB has a new head of its Office of Innovation and is developing a regulatory sandbox; Coinbase received SEC and FINRA approval to offer tokenized securities on its platform; challenger bank Revolut reported suspected money laundering on its platform to U.K. authorities; Columbia University and IBM partnered on a new blockchain research center; and PayPal led a $50M investment round in merchant payments firm PPRO.
Citizens Financial launched a new digital bank; IBM is building a blockchain-based corporate filing system for Delaware; former CFPB deputy director Raj Date launched a new consulting firm for fintech regulatory issues; a16z’s new crypto venture fund made its first investment; and Uber will begin allowing users to pay for rides using Venmo.
Square withdrew its ILC application to the FDIC; SIX is building an end-to-end DLT platform to manage trading and settlement; the FCA welcomed new firms into its regulatory sandbox; PayPal completed the multi-billion dollar sale of its consumer credit portfolio; and the EBA published new fintech reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court backed American Express in an antitrust case; California passed a stringent new privacy law; Andreessen Horowitz launched a cryptocurrency fund; JP Morgan took its mobile-only bank, Finn, nationwide; Facebook reversed its decision to ban all cryptocurrency ads; and Ant Financial launched a cross-border remittance service.
SEC reaffirms Ethereum is not a security; House committee calls for study on crypto use in illicit activities; Singapore is developing a code of ethics for AI; Bitcoin price fell sharply after South Korean crypto exchange hack; Wells Fargo limited cryptocurrency purchases on credit cards; a study found rampant price manipulation in crypto markets; and Apple banned cryptocurrency mining on iPhones.