Federal authorities arrested the leaders of OneCoin on charges including money laundering and securities fraud; Congress held hearings on whether and how to create a federal privacy law; the Bank of England plans to take supervisory action against Visa for a 2018 European data center outage; Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city to ban cashless stores; Ant Financial unveiled a new banking platform; and MasterCard dropped its bid to acquire Earthport.
Thirty-seven community groups called on the FDIC to reject Square’s ILC application; Apple and Goldman Sachs announced their plans to jointly release an iPhone-based credit card; Mizuho clinched support of AliPay and UnionPay for the rollout of its new digital currency platform; Mastercard is working with a domestic partner on a JV to enter the Chinese payments market; the government of Seoul, South Korea set up a $1B investment fund for fintech and blockchain startups; and SoFi is expanding its business lines to include investment services and new types of loans.
Wells Fargo experienced widespread online and mobile banking outages; Facebook acqui-hired key members of a British blockchain firm to advance its blockchain efforts; fintech firm Pagaya announced its AI platform will actively manage $100M in asset-backed securities; controversial crypto evangelist Brock Pierce wants to reboot infamous Japanese crypto exchange Mt. Gox; and SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson said he believes a bitcoin ETF will eventually be approved.
Kik is expected to challenge the SEC over an ICO enforcement action; Coinbase rolled out crypto institutional services in Asia; Alipay was granted an EU e-money license; Bitcoin ATM startups reported growth; the EU and Japan finalized a data flow agreement; and IBM landed a $260m IT infrastructure deal with the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
The CFPB proposed a “product sandbox” and certain safe harbors for fintechs; Revolut received an EU banking license; Robinhood faced scrutiny over its plan to offer SIPC-insured checking and savings accounts; Bitwala established Germany’s first “crypto bank”; Facebook could be facing over $1B in fines for recent data breaches; and Plaid raised $250M in new funding.
The SEC reached settlements with two firms that conducted unregistered ICOs; Bitcoin Cash split over concerns around proposed network changes; the NYDFS granted a new BitLicense to the New York Digital Investment Group; France intends to introduce new ICO rules early next year; Revolut hopes to raise $500 million to bankroll its expansion into the U.S. market; the head of the IMF encouraged central banks to consider adopting cryptocurrencies; and the Economist explores the impact of quantum computing on encryption and data security.