Last year, Facebook announced the Libra Association, an ambitious plan to reshape the global cross-border payments space. Since then, Libra has been beset by regulatory challenges, failed partnerships, and, most recently, a complete re-working of the Libra token. So this week we’re taking a closer look and asking ourselves, what’s the big idea with Libra?
We look at the recent news and reactions to the Libra cryptocurrency in our “Big Idea”; the CFTC established its LabCFTC Accelerator to further support its fintech R&D efforts; Congress investigated the use of algorithms in lending decisions; TransferWise announced it will launch in the U.S. market; Monzo raised £113M to support its U.S. expansion; and JPMorgan is rumored to be launching a digital banking operation.
What’s The Big Idea with Circle, Coinbase, and Revolut all making moves to expand their capabilities? Also: The CFTC subpoenaed several crypto exchanges; Ant raised $14B in the largest fundraising round in history; Google published its AI “code of ethics”; Facebook took another privacy hit; and the CFSI unveiled its 2018 FinLab cohort.
What’s The Big Idea with the the CFPB and CFTC’s new sandbox? Also: a small blockchain startup in the Cayman Islands is raising $4B through token sales; Amex is using blockchain to support a rewards program; Visa’s European network had an outage; and Chime pulled in $70M in new funding.
The SEC subpoenaed dozens of firms over ICOs; Coinbase will divulge info on 13,000 customers to the IRS; Equifax identified an additional 2.4 million people affected by last year’s hack; the FDIC is a gatekeeper to fintech ILCs; and what’s the Big Idea with Bitcoin mining?
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?