TFU | April 15-21, 2017

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.

FU | April 8-14, 2017

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.

FU | April 1-7, 2017

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.

FU | March 11-17, 2017

The OCC released new guidance on how “fintech charter” applicants will be evaluated; the NYDFS appears to want greater authority over fintech firms; SWIFT announced new technology-enabled compliance offerings; the SEC denied the Winklevoss twins’ application to create a bitcoin ETF; Dubai selected IBM to help it build the world’s first “blockchain-powered government;” 40 blockchain firms formed a defensive patent coalition; and Euronet topped Ant Financial’s $880M bid for MoneyGram.

FU | February 4-10, 2017

The SEC has a March 11 deadline to decide on a potential rule change that could allow for a bitcoin ETF; the EU’s securities regulator said it would be “premature” to create new DLT regulations; Citibank partnered with IBM to launch a public sector-focused fintech initiative; Ant Financial is reportedly raising $3 billion to help finance new acquisitions and global expansion efforts; and Scotiabank partnered with a Toronto-based AI startup in a pilot project to identify high-risk credit card customers.

TFU | January 21-27, 2017

FINRA published a new DLT white paper and requested public comment on DLT-related policy issues; several fintech firms launched the Consumer Financial Data Rights group, aiming to protect consumers’ access to their own financial data; China’s Ant Financial announced its intent to buy U.S.-based money transmitter MoneyGram; JPMorgan and Intuit formed a data-sharing partnership; and the Wall Street Journal profiled Chinese messaging app WeChat in its battle for mobile-internet market share in China.