SEC Chairman affirms stance on ICOs; Cleveland Fed says P2P loans look “predatory”; bug potentially freezes over $100M of Ethereum; Apple gets into in-app P2P payments; Revolut applies for an EU banking license; and Deutsche Bank CEO says robots are coming for your bank jobs.
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.
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?
The SEC shortened to two days from three the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions; IBM is working with Swiss financial exchange operator SIX on a cybersecurity compliance tool, and with Canadian banks on digital identification management; global software and IT firm SAP joined the Hyperledger project; and two OnDeck executives penned an op-ed advocating for regulatory change.
The OCC released new guidance on how “fintech charter” applicants will be evaluated; the NYDFS appears to want greater authority over fintech firms; SWIFT announced new technology-enabled compliance offerings; the SEC denied the Winklevoss twins’ application to create a bitcoin ETF; Dubai selected IBM to help it build the world’s first “blockchain-powered government;” 40 blockchain firms formed a defensive patent coalition; and Euronet topped Ant Financial’s $880M bid for MoneyGram.