The SEC plans to release “plain English” guidance on ICOs; American Express became the first foreign card provider to be approved to enter the Chinese card market; Credit Karma acquired Noddle and entered the U.K. market; HSBC disclosed a data breach affecting some of its U.S. retail customers; and Vox profiled Initiative Q, a new cryptocurrency and payments network.
The OCC will begin accepting national bank charter applications from fintechs; the U.S. Treasury released a wide-ranging fintech report; the WSJ found massive manipulation of cryptocurrency markets; IBM and CLS are building a blockchain “app store”; and TechCrunch profiled P2P lending in China.
The CFPB has a new head of its Office of Innovation and is developing a regulatory sandbox; Coinbase received SEC and FINRA approval to offer tokenized securities on its platform; challenger bank Revolut reported suspected money laundering on its platform to U.K. authorities; Columbia University and IBM partnered on a new blockchain research center; and PayPal led a $50M investment round in merchant payments firm PPRO.
A federal judge dismissed the CSBS claim against the OCC regarding its proposed “fintech charter”; The FTC sued LendingClub for alleged deceptive practices; GreenSky filed for an IPO; and The New Yorker looks at efforts to revise the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The SEC is on “high alert” for ICOs; the CFTC sued My Big Coin for an alleged Ponzi scheme; Coincheck was hacked for over $500M; Coinbase brought in over $1B in 2017; and blockchain was buzzy at Davos this year.
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.”