Varo won preliminary approval for a US national bank charter; HSBC is reportedly launching a digital bank startup; IBM plans to demonstrate a blockchain-based cross-border payments service in October; British Airways was hacked, exposing customers’ personal and financial information; and U.K. challenger bank Monese raised $60 million in Series B funding.
Fintechs are getting into subprime credit card lending; Tether is facing scrutiny about its cash reserves; Coinbase acquired blockchain identity startup Distributed Systems; the WEF reported on AI and financial services; and Monzo is close to $150M in new funding, which would value it at nearly $1.5 billion.
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.
J.P. Morgan launched a new digital bank for millennials. Zelle partnered with IBM. The U.K. said that crypto-currencies are a “low risk” for terrorist financing. The DTCC published a white paper on the current state of fintech. And what’s the Big Idea with America’s fintech lag? Plus, Happy Halloween!