Final Update for 2019, returning 1/6/2020 Dear readers, this will be our final edition of the year decade! Thank you, as always, for your continued interest and support of this newsletter, and we look forward to another great year ahead. Warmest wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season—and see you again in […]
As we count down the remaining days of 2019, we wanted to lead off our final letter of the year with a deeper look at one of its biggest fintech trends: stablecoins. So, what’s the Big Idea with stablecoins? A “stablecoin” is a cryptocurrency that’s pegged to some underlying asset, whether it’s a sovereign currency […]
Senator Warren sent a letter to several U.S. regulators seeking information on whether algorithmic lending produces discriminatory outcomes; Monzo is planning an “imminent” U.S. launch; Facebook landed commitments from large banks and tech companies in support of its new cryptocurrency; the Bank of England found widespread weaknesses in stress tests of U.K. challenger banks; Circle announced it is discontinuing its payment app; and Revolut launched in Australia.
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.