Consumer groups voiced opposition to the CFPB’s proposed sandbox; North Dakota issued cease and desist orders against three firms offering ICOs; PwC and Cred are developing a new stablecoin; PayPal and Walmart announced a new partnership; Gary Cohn joined Spring Labs as an advisor; and losses related to crypto hacks in 2018 are approaching $1 billion.
The CFPB has a new head of its Office of Innovation and is developing a regulatory sandbox; Coinbase received SEC and FINRA approval to offer tokenized securities on its platform; challenger bank Revolut reported suspected money laundering on its platform to U.K. authorities; Columbia University and IBM partnered on a new blockchain research center; and PayPal led a $50M investment round in merchant payments firm PPRO.
Square withdrew its ILC application to the FDIC; SIX is building an end-to-end DLT platform to manage trading and settlement; the FCA welcomed new firms into its regulatory sandbox; PayPal completed the multi-billion dollar sale of its consumer credit portfolio; and the EBA published new fintech reports.
The CFPB restructured Project Catalyst; Coinbase is making moves; PayPal is buying iZettle for $2.2B; the WSJ found hundreds of fraudulent cryptocurrency offerings; California is considering a new data protection bill; and Circle gained unicorn status after raising $110M in new funding.
The SEC charged a startup with fraud related to an initial coin offering (ICO); Coinbase is considering becoming an SEC-regulated brokerage; PayPal is rolling out a new debit card and direct deposit service; Monex acquired embattled crypto exchange Coincheck; and India imposed strict constraints on digital currency activities in the country.
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?