TFU | Mar. 23 – 29

Leading Off Rakuten withdrew its application to operate its bank as an ILC—but plans to refile with the FDIC; digital payments and e-commerce continued to surge during the coronavirus pandemic; China continued to draft relevant laws for the circulation of the digital yuan; Revolut launched its app and services in the U.S.; and Robinhood offered…

TFU | Jan. 6 – 12

The SEC found new evidence against Telegram in its ongoing investigation of the firm’s ICO; the White House released new principles to guide regulation of AI in the private sector; China’s central bank passed another hurdle on its way to issuing a ‘digital yuan’ token; Travelex was hacked, exposing customers’ personal financial data and leading to a $6M ransom; Tencent and China UnionPay are working to integrate their mobile payments systems; and HighRadius raised $125M at a valuation greater than $1B.

TFU | Nov. 11 – 17

Leading Off Google will begin offering checking accounts to users through a partnership with Citi and a Stanford University credit union; Facebook announced its new Facebook Pay P2P payments service; FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco discussed the applicability of the “travel rule” to crypto firms; the Fed highlighted the risks posed by stablecoins in its November…

TFU | Oct. 21 – 27

A federal judge ruled in favor of the NYDFS in its ongoing suit to prevent the OCC’s “fintech charter”; Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Libra; Apple Pay is now the most popular U.S. mobile payments app; Kabbage expanded its product mix to include payments; Revolut launched in Singapore; and the Economist considers whether negative press and regulatory scrutiny have doomed the Libra project.

TFU | Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

E-Trade followed Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade in dropping its transaction commission fees; PayPal has withdrawn from the Libra Association amid regulatory and legal concerns, and others may follow; the FSB is scrutinizing the concentration of bank services in three major cloud providers; PayPal became the first non-Chinese company to gain a Chinese payments license; and a Wells Fargo study concluded that new technologies will replace 200,000 bank jobs in the next decade. 

TFU | Aug. 26 – Sept. 8

FIN urged Congress to apply BSA standards to crypto firms; Jay Clayton affirmed his stance that crypto products are subject to existing securities laws; China’s proposed cryptocurrency is taking shape ahead of an expected go-live later this year; Stripe launched a lending product for online businesses; Uber is exploring offering loans to its drivers; the Hong Kong Stock Exchange suffered cyber attacks; and U.K. digital banks are expected to triple their customer base over the next year, but likely will remain unprofitable.