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.
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.
Consumer groups voiced opposition to the CFPB’s proposed sandbox; North Dakota issued cease and desist orders against three firms offering ICOs; PwC and Cred are developing a new stablecoin; PayPal and Walmart announced a new partnership; Gary Cohn joined Spring Labs as an advisor; and losses related to crypto hacks in 2018 are approaching $1 billion.
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 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.