The New York Fed launched a new fintech advisory group dedicated to providing Bank leaders with industry insights; Bank of America announced that its Erica virtual assistant now has six million users; IBM rolled out its World Wire real-time global payments network; Amazon partnered with Worldpay to allow the latter’s merchants to pay with Amazon Pay during checkout; Australia outlined a national strategy for blockchain development and implementation; and FIS will purchase Worldpay for $35B.
The SEC announced it will hold a public forum on DLT and digital assets; IBM is working with CULedger on a digital identity blockchain system and signed a deal with the French commercial court; PayPal now offers instantaneous money transfers to U.S. banks; the Basel Committee has warned banks about their exposure to crypto; the U.K. FCA is considering eliminating investment platform exit fees; and micro-investing startup Stash raised $65 million in new funding and rolled out new banking services in partnership with Green Dot Bank.
Thirty-seven community groups called on the FDIC to reject Square’s ILC application; Apple and Goldman Sachs announced their plans to jointly release an iPhone-based credit card; Mizuho clinched support of AliPay and UnionPay for the rollout of its new digital currency platform; Mastercard is working with a domestic partner on a JV to enter the Chinese payments market; the government of Seoul, South Korea set up a $1B investment fund for fintech and blockchain startups; and SoFi is expanding its business lines to include investment services and new types of loans.
Wells Fargo experienced widespread online and mobile banking outages; Facebook acqui-hired key members of a British blockchain firm to advance its blockchain efforts; fintech firm Pagaya announced its AI platform will actively manage $100M in asset-backed securities; controversial crypto evangelist Brock Pierce wants to reboot infamous Japanese crypto exchange Mt. Gox; and SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson said he believes a bitcoin ETF will eventually be approved.
Bitwise filed with the SEC to create a bitcoin ETF; the EBA called on the EU to review its current regulatory stance on crypto assets and consider promulgating new rules; Google was granted an EU payments license; N26 raised $300M, giving it a $2.7B valuation; two prominent UK fintechs are setting up new EU offices ahead of Brexit; China established new anti-anonymity regulations for blockchain firms; and MUFG launched a $185M VC fund focused on fintech.
The SEC settled with DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for improperly promoting ICOs; CLS launched its blockchain-based CLSNet payments netting service; the ECB launched its TIPS platform; Marriott disclosed a data breach affecting up to 500 million customers; Monzo wants to raise £20M through crowdfunding; and SEC Chair Jay Clayton commented on the possibility of an approved crypto ETF.