TFU | Dec. 16 – 22

Final Update for 2019, returning 1/6/2020 Dear readers, this will be our final edition of the year decade! Thank you, as always, for your continued interest and support of this newsletter, and we look forward to another great year ahead. Warmest wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season—and see you again in…

The Big Idea | Stablecoins (Dec. 22, 2019)

As we count down the remaining days of 2019, we wanted to lead off our final letter of the year with a deeper look at one of its biggest fintech trends: stablecoins. So, what’s the Big Idea with stablecoins? A “stablecoin” is a cryptocurrency that’s pegged to some underlying asset, whether it’s a sovereign currency…

TFU | Dec. 9 – 15

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.

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 | Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

The SEC delivered a no-action letter to Paxos concerning its blockchain-based stock settlement platform; Uber launched a new division aimed at developing new financial products for its drivers; Telegram is moving forward with its crypto wallet, despite a pending SEC lawsuit; David Marcus talked up Libra at Money20/20; Bakkt is getting into consumer products with a partnership with Starbucks; and former Deputy Comptroller Jo Ann Barefoot launched a new venture aimed at modernizing financial regulation.

TFU | Oct. 21 – 27

A federal judge ruled in favor of the NYDFS in its ongoing suit to prevent the OCC’s “fintech charter”; Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Libra; Apple Pay is now the most popular U.S. mobile payments app; Kabbage expanded its product mix to include payments; Revolut launched in Singapore; and the Economist considers whether negative press and regulatory scrutiny have doomed the Libra project.