Leading Off California’s financial regulator established an Office of Innovation based in San Francisco; New York City became the latest city to ban cashless stores; Citi rolled out its new robo-advisory service; Wawa experienced a data breach exposing 30 million credit card records; Klarna raised $200M; and the NYT profiled the rising use of Bitcoin…
New York regulators approved Bakkt to offer Bitcoin futures; Barclays has ended its relationship with Coinbase in the U.K.; Venmo rolled out instant bank transfers; the woman responsible for hacking Capital One may have targeted 30 other firms; TransferWise has launched a debit card in Australia and New Zealand; and Funding Circle surpassed the $10 billion mark in its combined global lending.
The Senate Banking Committee is seeking details from Facebook about its reported stablecoin project; the Binance crypto exchange was hacked, causing a loss of about $40M; Nordea launched its IBM-built we.trade blockchain platform; Facebook is ramping up its Whatsapp-based mobile payments plans, centering its efforts in London; the HKMA approved four new virtual banking licenses; and SoFi launched two new ETFs.
The Fed is considering adding a bitcoin crash to stress test scenarios; British banks published outage details; Facebook is testing its own cryptocurrency; the European Commission weighs a regulatory push for the TIPS payment system; and JP Morgan is testing a new ethereum-based platform that could mitigate privacy concerns.
U.S. regulators are encouraging banks to explore innovative compliance tools; the SEC fined CoinAlpha Investors failures related to an unregistered securities sale; Abu Dhabi’s financial regulator found blockchain “radically simplified” the traditional KYC process; Signature Bank won NYDFS approval to offer blockchain-based RTP; and Monzo raised £20M in new funding through crowdfunding.