The U.S. House heard testimony on fintech and regulation; Zelle is adding 100,000 new customers per day; Lightning Network could mean much more efficient crypto transactions; S. Korea is not banning crypto exchanges; and Alibaba is taking a 33% stake in Ant. Also: what’s the Big Idea with the SEC and CFTC stepping up crypto scrutiny?
Happy New Year! The U.S. denied Ant’s bid for MoneyGram; the CFTC discussed regulating cryptocurrency derivatives markets; Goldman plans to set up a crypto trading desk; Coinbase is looking into possible insider trading; and China is quickly moving towar toward a “cashless society.”
A federal judge dismissed the New York’s challenge to the OCC fintech charter; the SEC halted an in-progress ICO; Bitcoin futures trading debuted; JPMorgan and Barclays joined IBM’s quantum computing initiative; and Wired looks at China’s social credit scoring platforms “for everything in your life.”
MoneyGram’s board unanimously approved Ant Financial’s latest bid, topping rival bidder Euronet for the coveted U.S. money transfer firm; robo-advisor Wealthfront launched a secured lending product for its investment account holders; PayPal signed a new deal with Google’s Android Pay, expanding its digital wallet services to physical stores; and the NY Times writes on Canada’s attempt to keep its top AI scientists and startups from being lured away to Silicon Valley.
The WSJ writes that Goldman Sachs has made $1B from selling data gained after its purchase of credit bureau TransUnion; China’s Ant Financial plans to expand its DLT initiatives to increase the transparency of and access to its financial services; the ECB said DLT is not mature enough to be part of Europe’s market infrastructure; China may pass restrictive data rules for foreign businesses; and digital savings firm Digit decided to charge for its service.
The battle for MoneyGram has sparked a lobbying war in Washington, D.C., that promises to test the new administration’s willingness to accept Chinese investment in American companies; JPMorgan reportedly invested $600 million in fintech last year; over 200,000 retail stores in Japan will begin accepting bitcoin this summer; former LendingClub CEO Renaud Laplanche raised $60 million for his new venture; and online lender Elevate Credit IPO’d on the NYSE.