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.

TFU | Oct. 7-13

Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on Libra and Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans, while several more large companies dropped out of the project; CFTC Chairman Tarbert said the ether cryptocurrency should be treated as a commodity; the SEC halted Telegram’s $1.7B token offering;  Robinhood rolled out interest-bearing accounts; BIS and the Swiss National Bank are exploring the potential for a central bank digital currency in Switzerland; and UNICEF established a fund for donations made in cryptocurrencies. 

TFU | Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

E-Trade followed Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade in dropping its transaction commission fees; PayPal has withdrawn from the Libra Association amid regulatory and legal concerns, and others may follow; the FSB is scrutinizing the concentration of bank services in three major cloud providers; PayPal became the first non-Chinese company to gain a Chinese payments license; and a Wells Fargo study concluded that new technologies will replace 200,000 bank jobs in the next decade. 

TFU | Sept. 16-22

Libra faced a new round of criticism at the G-7 summit, while maintaining that it will go live in 2020; Wells Fargo partnered with Plaid to allow customer financial data; Deutsche Bank signed on to the JPMorgan-backed IIN; Wells Fargo plans to pilot a stablecoin; and Stripe raised $250M at a $35B valuation.