PayPal sued the CFPB regarding its prepaid card rule; Goldman is planning to launch a small-investment digital wealth management service; PNC blocked data aggregators from using its customers’ data; newly revealed documents showed that, for years, the FBI has secretly demanded consumer information from credit agencies; and Robinhood rolled out fractional share trading.
Leading Off Google will begin offering checking accounts to users through a partnership with Citi and a Stanford University credit union; Facebook announced its new Facebook Pay P2P payments service; FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco discussed the applicability of the “travel rule” to crypto firms; the Fed highlighted the risks posed by stablecoins in its November…
The Federal Reserve plans to launch a real-time payments system within the next five years; Robinhood received approval from the U.K. FCA to operate as a broker in the country; Walmart is seeking a patent for a digital currency that customers could use within the retailer’s ecosystem; Apple updated its website ahead of the launch of Apple Card; Swedish payments firm Klarna raised $460M, making it the most valuable European fintech; and the FT discusses India’s importance as a battleground for digital payments market share between American and Chinese competitors.
The Fed is considering adding a bitcoin crash to stress test scenarios; British banks published outage details; Facebook is testing its own cryptocurrency; the European Commission weighs a regulatory push for the TIPS payment system; and JP Morgan is testing a new ethereum-based platform that could mitigate privacy concerns.
The U.S. House heard testimony on fintech and regulation; Zelle is adding 100,000 new customers per day; Lightning Network could mean much more efficient crypto transactions; S. Korea is not banning crypto exchanges; and Alibaba is taking a 33% stake in Ant. Also: what’s the Big Idea with the SEC and CFTC stepping up crypto scrutiny?
The SEC is on “high alert” for ICOs; the CFTC sued My Big Coin for an alleged Ponzi scheme; Coincheck was hacked for over $500M; Coinbase brought in over $1B in 2017; and blockchain was buzzy at Davos this year.