Digital currency and ICO regulation continues to dominate the news: The SEC set up a new unit dedicated to it and brought charges for ICO-related fraud; Overstock has a new SEC-compliant exchange platform in the works; Japanese banks are making a national digital currency; and South Korea banned ICOs.
Europe considers heightened requirements for fintech firms; the SEC reveals that it was was hacked; a former SEC Chairman says SoFi’s recent scandals may cause problems for its ILC application; and what’s the Big Idea with mobile payments in Asia?
The OCC says it’s not ready for fintech applications; the CFPB approves its first no-action letter; Cagney steps down from SoFi amid scandal; China bans crypto exchanges; and what’s the Big Idea with open banking?
The Basel Committee publishes a new paper on fintech. Square applies for an ILC charter. And what’s the Big Idea with ICOs?
The NYDFS wants state legislators to prevent online lenders from imposing out-of-state interest rates on in-state borrowers; TransferWise announced “borderless” accounts, allowing users to open multiple accounts in different currencies; Canada’s central bank concluded that DLT technology is not ready to “underpin” the financial system; Singapore’s financial regulator helped launch a new network to connect and foster Southeast Asian fintech innovators; and the R3 consortium raised $107 million.
The NYDFS sued the OCC over its proposed “fintech charter,” while the CSBS announced a new initiative to “modernize” state regulation of fintech firms; the CFTC created an internal fintech lab to engage with new products and innovators; SoFi is expanding into the wealth management market; the DTCC produced a new white paper on cloud-based financial markets infrastructure; and IBM is working to build “the world’s first securities lending blockchain platform.”