The CFPB proposed a “product sandbox” and certain safe harbors for fintechs; Revolut received an EU banking license; Robinhood faced scrutiny over its plan to offer SIPC-insured checking and savings accounts; Bitwala established Germany’s first “crypto bank”; Facebook could be facing over $1B in fines for recent data breaches; and Plaid raised $250M in new funding.
The SEC reached settlements with two firms that conducted unregistered ICOs; Bitcoin Cash split over concerns around proposed network changes; the NYDFS granted a new BitLicense to the New York Digital Investment Group; France intends to introduce new ICO rules early next year; Revolut hopes to raise $500 million to bankroll its expansion into the U.S. market; the head of the IMF encouraged central banks to consider adopting cryptocurrencies; and the Economist explores the impact of quantum computing on encryption and data security.
The NYSE’s parent is developing a Bitcoin trading platform; Bloomberg created a cryoto index; Apple and Goldman announced a new credit card; Australia adoted Open Banking rules; the IOSCO created a “Fintech Network”; and Robinhood raised $363M.
The U.S. House heard testimony on fintech and regulation; Zelle is adding 100,000 new customers per day; Lightning Network could mean much more efficient crypto transactions; S. Korea is not banning crypto exchanges; and Alibaba is taking a 33% stake in Ant. Also: what’s the Big Idea with the SEC and CFTC stepping up crypto scrutiny?
Digital currency and ICO regulation continues to dominate the news: The SEC set up a new unit dedicated to it and brought charges for ICO-related fraud; Overstock has a new SEC-compliant exchange platform in the works; Japanese banks are making a national digital currency; and South Korea banned ICOs.
The Basel Committee publishes a new paper on fintech. Square applies for an ILC charter. And what’s the Big Idea with ICOs?