The SEC delayed its decision on Bitwise’s proposed bitcoin ETF again; Paytm is working with Citi to launch its first physical card in India; Investec shut down its robo-advisory business; the ECB produced a white paper exploring the risk to the EU posed by crypto assets; British MPs called for shared bank hubs; Coinbase expanded global access to the USD Coin stablecoin; and crypto trading platform eToro is expanding to the U.S.
Bitwise filed with the SEC to create a bitcoin ETF; the EBA called on the EU to review its current regulatory stance on crypto assets and consider promulgating new rules; Google was granted an EU payments license; N26 raised $300M, giving it a $2.7B valuation; two prominent UK fintechs are setting up new EU offices ahead of Brexit; China established new anti-anonymity regulations for blockchain firms; and MUFG launched a $185M VC fund focused on fintech.
Square re-filed its ILC charter application; New York established a digital currency task force; Ant is considering acquiring WorldFirst; Google gained an EU e-money license; Robinhood is apparently preparing to expand to the U.K.; and the WSJ profiles the SEC’s Hester Peirce.
VCs are lobbying the SEC for a crypto token safe harbor; digital banks are supporting changes to the CRA; Zelle has become a favorite tool for fraudsters; the SEC subpoenaed Riot Blockchain; Facebook launched new privacy permissions for EU users; and the EU changed its AML rules to better regulate cryptocurrencies.
J.P. Morgan launched a new digital bank for millennials. Zelle partnered with IBM. The U.K. said that crypto-currencies are a “low risk” for terrorist financing. The DTCC published a white paper on the current state of fintech. And what’s the Big Idea with America’s fintech lag? Plus, Happy Halloween!
Europe considers heightened requirements for fintech firms; the SEC reveals that it was was hacked; a former SEC Chairman says SoFi’s recent scandals may cause problems for its ILC application; and what’s the Big Idea with mobile payments in Asia?