Varo won preliminary approval for a US national bank charter; HSBC is reportedly launching a digital bank startup; IBM plans to demonstrate a blockchain-based cross-border payments service in October; British Airways was hacked, exposing customers’ personal and financial information; and U.K. challenger bank Monese raised $60 million in Series B funding.
State groups are not pleased about the OCC’s decision to accept bank charter applications from fintech firms; IBM and Maersk are partnering on a blockchain-based global supply chain management platform; the NYDFS will begin enforcing new cybersecurity regulations next month; the U.K. FCA established a Global Financial Innovation Network; and China’s Bitmain is on track to become the first blockchain-focused company with $10B in annual revenue.
The OCC will begin accepting national bank charter applications from fintechs; the U.S. Treasury released a wide-ranging fintech report; the WSJ found massive manipulation of cryptocurrency markets; IBM and CLS are building a blockchain “app store”; and TechCrunch profiled P2P lending in China.
The CFPB has a new head of its Office of Innovation and is developing a regulatory sandbox; Coinbase received SEC and FINRA approval to offer tokenized securities on its platform; challenger bank Revolut reported suspected money laundering on its platform to U.K. authorities; Columbia University and IBM partnered on a new blockchain research center; and PayPal led a $50M investment round in merchant payments firm PPRO.
Citizens Financial launched a new digital bank; IBM is building a blockchain-based corporate filing system for Delaware; former CFPB deputy director Raj Date launched a new consulting firm for fintech regulatory issues; a16z’s new crypto venture fund made its first investment; and Uber will begin allowing users to pay for rides using Venmo.
A federal judge dismissed the New York’s challenge to the OCC fintech charter; the SEC halted an in-progress ICO; Bitcoin futures trading debuted; JPMorgan and Barclays joined IBM’s quantum computing initiative; and Wired looks at China’s social credit scoring platforms “for everything in your life.”