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.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell joined the growing chorus of regulators raising flags about the Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency; German digital bank N26 launched operations in the U.S. market; payments processor Stripe suffered downtime issues that halted online sales for many businesses; British Airways and Marriott were both fined over $100 million by the U.K. ICO for data breaches, while Facebook faces a $5 billion fine from the FTC; and the EU and U.K. are looking for ways to stem the use of cryptocurrency services to launder money.
The New York Fed launched a new fintech advisory group dedicated to providing Bank leaders with industry insights; Bank of America announced that its Erica virtual assistant now has six million users; IBM rolled out its World Wire real-time global payments network; Amazon partnered with Worldpay to allow the latter’s merchants to pay with Amazon Pay during checkout; Australia outlined a national strategy for blockchain development and implementation; and FIS will purchase Worldpay for $35B.
U.S. Fed governor talks banks and fintech; Synchrony buys $6B in PayPal loans; U.S. banks set up a vendor management JV; U.S. banks finally get real-time payments; Coinbase rolls out custodial services; and Kabbage gets $200M from Credit Suisse. Plus, what’s the Big Idea with global regulators and ICOs?
SEC Chairman affirms stance on ICOs; Cleveland Fed says P2P loans look “predatory”; bug potentially freezes over $100M of Ethereum; Apple gets into in-app P2P payments; Revolut applies for an EU banking license; and Deutsche Bank CEO says robots are coming for your bank jobs.
Fed Governor Lael Brainard spoke about banks’ place in the fintech ecosystem; Juniper Research projected that the total value of digital payments will reach $3.9 trillion in 2017; the American credit unions are studying how to leverage DLT; the Center for a New American Security examined the risk that virtual currencies may be used to finance terrorism on a wide scale; and White & Case examined the ability of AI to improve bank compliance functions.