TFU | Nov. 13 – 19

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?

TFU | Oct. 30 – Nov. 5

The FSB has a report on AI and machine learning in financial services; Visa brings real-time payments to Europe; the U.S. will get bitcoin futures contracts; the SEC told celebrities to cool it on their ICO endorsements; and Quartz has a great report on how Amazon’s cloud is changing the economics of financial services entrepreneurship.

TFU | April 29 – May 5, 2017

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.

TFU | April 15-21, 2017

MoneyGram’s board unanimously approved Ant Financial’s latest bid, topping rival bidder Euronet for the coveted U.S. money transfer firm; robo-advisor Wealthfront launched a secured lending product for its investment account holders; PayPal signed a new deal with Google’s Android Pay, expanding its digital wallet services to physical stores; and the NY Times writes on Canada’s attempt to keep its top AI scientists and startups from being lured away to Silicon Valley.

FU | March 4-10, 2017

OCC’s Thomas Curry delivered the keynote address at the 2017 LendIt Conference, sharing his agency’s “responsible innovation” agenda with the borrowing and lending community; the Canadian Securities Administrators launched a regulatory sandbox to attract more blockchain and digital currency startups to the country; CurrencyCloud raised £20 million to fund global expansion; and digital payments firm Align Commerce changed its name to “Veem” and announced $24 million in new funding.

FU | February 18-24, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives relaunched its “Blockchain Caucus,” which focuses on issues related to DLT policy; BoA became the first bank to launch mobile payments on the Zelle network; Facebook now offers cross-border payments in its Messenger app, thanks to a new partnership with Transferwise; China’s largest P2P lender, Lufax, will offer online wealth management tools to China’s retail investing market; Goldman Sachs was named “Most Innovative in Finance” by Fast Company; and Bill Gates argues that governments should tax companies that replace human workers with AI-enhanced robots.