The House approved a bill mandating FinCEN to study how blockchain and other technologies could improve its operations; Freddie Mac is working with ZestFinance to test AI-enabled mortgage underwriting software; HSBC implemented an automated AML and sanctions screening system; TransferWise launched a service for U.S. banks to allow their customers to make in-app international transfers; and 85 fintech firms have applied to operate in Mexico under the new Mexican fintech law.
Libra is facing scrutiny from European antitrust regulators; N26 launched in the U.S. market; Mark Carney suggested potentially replacing USD with crypto as the world’s reserve currency; Apple launched its credit card to U.S. consumers; Mastercard experienced a data breach affecting mostly German customers; and Tala raised $110M in Series D funding.
New York regulators approved Bakkt to offer Bitcoin futures; Barclays has ended its relationship with Coinbase in the U.K.; Venmo rolled out instant bank transfers; the woman responsible for hacking Capital One may have targeted 30 other firms; TransferWise has launched a debit card in Australia and New Zealand; and Funding Circle surpassed the $10 billion mark in its combined global lending.
The Federal Reserve plans to launch a real-time payments system within the next five years; Robinhood received approval from the U.K. FCA to operate as a broker in the country; Walmart is seeking a patent for a digital currency that customers could use within the retailer’s ecosystem; Apple updated its website ahead of the launch of Apple Card; Swedish payments firm Klarna raised $460M, making it the most valuable European fintech; and the FT discusses India’s importance as a battleground for digital payments market share between American and Chinese competitors.
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.