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?
The SEC is on “high alert” for ICOs; the CFTC sued My Big Coin for an alleged Ponzi scheme; Coincheck was hacked for over $500M; Coinbase brought in over $1B in 2017; and blockchain was buzzy at Davos this year.
The SEC questioned SIFMA about crypto ETFs; Zelle is facing consumer complaints; TechCrunch gives a GDPR primer; Goldman tries to grow its consumer lending portfolio; SC and BB&T have new fintech investment units; and the NYT looks at crypto-mania through the lens of history.
A federal judge dismissed the New York’s challenge to the OCC fintech charter; the SEC halted an in-progress ICO; Bitcoin futures trading debuted; JPMorgan and Barclays joined IBM’s quantum computing initiative; and Wired looks at China’s social credit scoring platforms “for everything in your life.”
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.