TFU | Nov. 18 – 24

Dear readers, we will be off next week in celebration of Thanksgiving in the U.S. (read: we expect to be in a four-day turkey-induced food coma). To those of you in the U.S., warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!; and to everyone, best wishes for a good week ahead. We’ll return on December 9th. Best,…

TFU | Nov. 11 – 17

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…

TFU |Nov. 4-10

FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra encouraged the Fed on its proposed FedNow Service; the NYDFS is investigating Apple Card’s algorithms for gender discrimination; a glitch gave some Robinhood users access to “infinite leverage”; Nasdaq implemented AI monitoring; Ireland’s DPC is investigating Revolut over concerns about its new privacy policy; and Vanity Fair explored the robbery of an Icelandic Bitcoin mining facility.

TFU | Oct. 14-20

Global regulators, including FATF and the FSB, weighed in on the risks posed by stablecoins; the U.S. government is reportedly considering creating its own cryptocurrency; EU regulators are looking into potential antitrust violations by Apple Pay; the FT brought new evidence of fraudulent accounting practices at Wirecard; Venmo will launch its first credit card; Revolut is looking to raise $1.5B in debt and equity; and digital bank Chime experienced a service disruption affecting millions.

TFU | Aug. 5-11

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.

TFU | July 8-14

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.