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Chair of House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters Comments on Trip to Switzerland & Facebook’s Libra Plan: “My Concerns Remain”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Chairwoman of the influential House Financial Services Committee, has issued a statement on her Bipartisan trip to Switzerland to learn more about Facebook’s plan to launch a stablecoin dubbed Libra. Facebook has incorporated Libra in the crypto-friendly jurisdiction of Switzerland like… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

People’s Bank of China issues “Fintech Development Plan (2019-2021)” On August 22nd, the People’s Bank of China issued a three-year development plan for the country’s emerging Fintech industry. According to the plan, China will improve the top-down design of the Fintech industry, further boost the… Read More

Dutch Banks Not Serving Blockchain Firms Due to Concerns About Money Laundering

Dutch banks are refusing to serve not only cryptocurrency trading platforms, but also “blockchain consultancies” or any firm using the terms “crypto” or “blockchain” in business filings, Nextens reports. According to the outlet: “An inventory was made in the Cryptocast program of BNR Nieuwsradio. When a… Read More

Report: Three Companies Backing Facebook’s Libra Crypto Project Getting Cold Feet

At least three companies that threw their support behind Facebook’s bid to create a global cryptocurrency network within its apps are considering leaving the Libra Association as regulators level on the project, Financial Times reports. The disquieted companies are not named, but some reportedly fear… Read More

Fintech Emma Says Some Banks are Not Meeting Open Banking Rules

Beginning September 14, 2019, European Union rules regarding “Strong Customer Authentication” (SCA), part of PSD2, kick in. These rules, which also impact the UK, involve the way in which banks or payment services providers verify their customers’ identity and validate specific payment instructions. Mandated API… Read More

Revolut Boosts Executive Leadership with New Hires from Traditional Banking

Digital bank Revolut has added to its executive team with several new hires harkening from traditional finance. According to Revolut, the Fintech bank has hired Philip Doyle as Director of Financial Crime Risk, Wolfgang Bardorf as Treasurer and Stefan Wille as Deputy Chief Financial Officer…. Read More

Authorities Find Stealth Cryptomining Set Up in Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant

The Security Service of Ukraine has found unauthorized cryptomining set ups in facilities South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant facilities Internet UA reports. One system was found in “Office 104” and another in dormitory facilities housing members of the Ukrainian National Guard, who are tasked with protecting… Read More

N26 Moves Out of Beta & Fully Launches to U.S. Consumers

Less than a month after it opened its platform in the U.S., digital-only banking group N26 announced it has made its mobile banking app available to U.S. consumers nationwide. Starting today, U.S. residents may now download the app and apply for an N26 account and… Read More

EU Antitrust Regulators Examining Facebook’s Libra

Antitrust regulators from the EU’s European Commission are currently examining possible monopoly implications of Libra, Facebook’s proposed global currency system, Bloomberg reports. Facebook announced in June that it would roll out the Libra “stablecoin” cryptocurrency through its WhatsApp and Messenger apps in 2020. They said the… Read More

Still Undaunted by New York Investigation, Tether to Issue Offshore Yuan

Tether is continuing its bid to sell synthetic versions of world currencies by issuing yet another “stablecoin,” this time in the form of CNHT, which will act as a proxy for offshore Chinese yuan (CNH). Tether, its parent company iFinex and sister company, crypto exchange… Read More

Digital Bank Arival Struggles to Hit $3 Million Goal in Crowdfunding Offer but Reportedly on Track to Top Minimum

Arival, a digital bank that seeks to be crypto-friendly, has apparently only raised $210,000 of a funding round of $3 million on SeedInvest. The securities offering is being cross-listed on Crowdcube which indicates a larger amount of £348,912 being raised on a hurdle of £700,000…. Read More

SyndicateRoom Founder Gonçalo de Vasconcelos Plans Insurtech Startup Rnwl

Several weeks ago, the co-founder of crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom and past CEO Gonçalo de Vasconcelos announced his departure from the company. At the time, de Vasconcelos indicated his interest in pursuing another startup. He remains a non-executive director of SyndicateRoom so he is still engaged… Read More

Report: 97% of Korean Crypto Exchanges Close to Bankruptcy

97% of Korea’s 200 cryptocurrency exchanges are at risk of bankruptcy as low volume and tightening regulations temper what was once one of the world’s busiest crypto-trading markets, Business Korea (BK) reports. Local exchange revenues are also being diminished as Korean crypto-coin projects increasingly seek to… Read More

Report: Led by Fintech, UK Tech Sector Attracts More Foreign Investment Than Year Prior, Tops US for Foreign Investment per Capita

A new report published by Tech Nation and Dealroom indicates the UK is experiencing a robust market for investment in early-stage firms. In fact, the UK is going gangbusters in comparison to the year prior. The report states that the UK tech sector has attracted… Read More

Saudi Finance Ministry: Virtual Currencies Not Approved

The Saudi Ministry of Finance has warned Saudi citizens that transactions involving cryptocurrencies could have “negative consequences” for traders because they occur, “outside the monitoring umbrella within Saudi Arabia,” Zawya reports. According to FX Street, the country’s “Special Governmental Committee for Awareness on Dealing with… Read More

Alleged Paid Pump House ICO Rating Settles Charges with SEC with $270,000 Fine

ICO Rating, a Russia based initial coin offering and research firm, has paid a fine to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding allegations that it failed to disclose payments received from issuers for publicizing their digital asset securities offerings. According to a statement from… Read More

Fintech: The Reserve Bank of India Posts Framework for Regulatory Sandbox

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has published the final “Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox,” as it joins a growing legion of government entities seeking to facilitate Fintech innovation in a compliant manner.  The draft Framework for the Regulatory Sandbox (RS) was published in April… Read More

Israel Capital Markets Authority Expected to Expedite Fintech Licenses to Boost Innovation

According to a report, the Capital Markets, Insurance and Savings Authority of Israel is seeking to expedite the approval of Fintech licenses including blockchain-focused firms. Calcalist reports that the Authority is “working quickly to arrange licenses for Fintech companies” as it aims to boost innovation… Read More

Unauthorized Telegram Token Secondary Market Transferring Risk

Accredited investors who bought into Telegram’s $1.7 billion USD ICO (initial coin offering) in February and March 2018 have been selling the tokens in secondary markets without authorization, meaning buyers could “end up with nothing,” Coindesk reports. According to a GRAM token purchase agreement obtained… Read More

US Lawmakers, Led by Maxine Waters, in Switzerland to Discuss Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

A delegation of US lawmakers, led by Representative Maxine Waters, will be in Switzerland this week, on a trip that may have been spurned by Facebook’s decision to domicile it’s Libra cryptocurrency project in a nation known for both progressive financial policies and money-laundering, NZZ… Read More

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