A U.S. House bill proposed establishing a working group to define blockchain and recommend possible governmental use cases; TD Ameritrade and Virtu are backing regulated digital currency exchange ErisX; Circle is buying SeedInvest in a move that could bring crypto assets to equity crowdfunding; Coinbase is reportedly approaching new funding and an $8B valuation; and German challenger bank N26 launched in the U.K.
A group of U.S. Representatives requested greater clarity from the SEC on ICOs; Facebook discovered that hackers gained access to up to 50 million user accounts; Goldman Sachs launched its Marcus platform in the UK; Bitmain filed for an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Stripe raised $245M, at a $20B valuation; and Circle unveiled USDC, a new stablecoin to facilitate trading on crypto exchanges.
The CFPB restructured Project Catalyst; Coinbase is making moves; PayPal is buying iZettle for $2.2B; the WSJ found hundreds of fraudulent cryptocurrency offerings; California is considering a new data protection bill; and Circle gained unicorn status after raising $110M in new funding.
The IRS and SEC upping the pressure on crypto investors; Gemini established a crypto SRO; Coinbase received an FCA e-money license; Google will ban crypto ads; Robinhood eyes a $5B valuation; and Circle launched its new crypto platform.
The CFTC and FCA set up a transatlantic fintech agreement; Fed’s Dudley warns about crypto “speculative mania”; Zelle is dealing with fraudsters; Circle acquires Poloniex; and Bitcoin mining is becoming big business.
Senators Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley questioned the OCC’s authority to consider national bank charter applications from fintech firms; both DTCC and SWIFT are developing new blockchain initiatives; China’s state-backed banks are joining Alipay and Tencent in the battle for Chinese digital payments market share; and Funding Circle announced it secured $100 million in new equity funding.