The NYDFS approved two new stablecoins and sued the OCC; leading crypto firms formed a DC lobbying group; there is now a searchable database of global blockchain projects; Blend appointed former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to chair its board of advisors; and LabCFTC will host an emerging trends event on Oct. 3-4 in D.C.
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.
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 House passed a bill establishing a fintech task force; the SEC rejected the Winklevoss application to list a crypto ETF on the BATS BZX exchange; Google banned cryptocurrency mining apps from its app store; the U.K. FCA tightened crowdfunding rules; the NYT looked at Figure and what it says about #MeToo in Silicon Valley; and Flywire raised $100M.
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.
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.