Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Crypto Scams, Frauds, Hacks etc. Stole $1.36 Billion in First 5 Months of 2020: Report

The cryptocurrency sector of finance has long been a hotbed for fraud, scams, hacks, and crimes. The relative anonymity (or perceived anonymity) along with the ability to seamlessly transfer value in seconds has been catnip for crooks. Industry participants have struggled in the ongoing cat… Read More

HM Treasury Reports Over £31 Billion Approved in COVID-19 Business Support Schemes

HM Treasury has published an update on the various COVID-19 support schemes for UK businesses. Published today, UK lenders have now approved over £31.3 billion in loans for more than 745,000 businesses. The three programs include; The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), the Coronavirus Business… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Lists COVID-19 Support for Fintechs

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has recently created a section of its website outlining the support programs for domestic Fintechs. Singapore has long advocated on behalf of innovation in financial services and MAS has a long history of public-private partnerships in support of the… Read More

Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency Says its New Digital Identity System will Verify Users to Access Wide Range of Online Services

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has been focused on developing the Australian digital identity system, so that locals can access essential government services in a simple and secure manner. The new digital identity platform will allow individuals and Australian companies to verify their identities through… Read More

In First Move as Acting Comptroller, Brian Brooks Clarifies the Madden Rule that Impacts Online Lenders

Last Friday, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian P. Brooks quickly moved to clarify a longstanding point of contention within the online lending industry. Brooks issued a statement regarding the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) final rule on when a national… Read More

Wallis Bank Provided $347.5 Million in PPP Loans to More Than 3,500 Small Businesses

U.S. banking group Wallis Bank recently announced it has provided $347.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to more than 3,500 small businesses throughout the country that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported, The PPP was established by Congress under… Read More

Non-Custodial Exchange Uniswap Recorded $1.9 Million in 24-Hr Stablecoin DAI / Ethereum (ETH) Trading Volume, Coinbase Pro Only $0.2 Million

  Hayden Adams, the inventor of Uniswap, a widely-used non-custodial digital asset exchange, claims that decentralized trading platforms are “already beating centralized ones for a ton of ETH/ERC-20 pairs.” Adams acknowledges that trades involving fiat and cross-chain cryptocurrency pairs are still mostly being done on… Read More

Digital Dollar Team: COVID-19 Socio-economic Crisis Is a “Call to Action” for Fintech to Address “Persistent Deficiencies” in Money Distribution

The developers of the Digital Dollar project have published a detailed whitepaper that outlines the steps required for the US to issue its own virtual currency. As confirmed in the paper, the Digital Dollar Project is being developed with the assistance of the Digital Dollar… Read More

Virtual Congress: House Financial Service Committee Fintech Task Force Schedules Meeting on Inclusive Banking

  The House Financial Services Committee has posted its list of hearings for the month of June. The Committee like other Congressional committees has migrated to a virtual meeting due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. One of the meetings is for the Fintech Task Force…. Read More

What’s Going on with Peer to Peer Lender Grupeer?

  A couple of months ago Grupeer, a peer to peer lender ostensibly based in Latvia, shut-down all lending and allegedly halted all investor redemptions. In multiple statements, Grupeer management claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed its ability to operate. At the end of March,… Read More

Another ICO Returns Money to Investors as SEC Files Charges Against BitClave for an Unregistered Digital Security Offering

BitClave, a blockchain-based firm that completed an initial coin offering (ICO) for “Consumer Activity Tokens” (CAT) in 2017, has agreed to return investor money, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is just the latest ICO that has had to backtrack on a… Read More

The French Competition Authority has Released a Consultation Paper, Seeking Feedback on Fintech, Blockchain, and Digital Asset Regulations

The French competition authority (ADC) has launched a public consultation on the Fintech industry in the country. The ADC is looking for feedback on the potential role of large digital platforms in the payments sector. It’s also seeking input regarding  new payment service providers and… Read More

People’s Bank of China Confirms there’s No Definite Launch Date Set for Virtual Yuan, Despite Rumors

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) recently noted that it has not yet provided a definite timetable on a formal or official virtual yuan launch. During a recent interview, PBoC Governor Yi Gang clarified that the institution was only performing “routine work for the research and… Read More

CBILS and Bounce Back Loan Data Dashboard Launched by Rangewell

Rangewell, a business finance firm that assists SMEs in accessing capital, has launched a dashboards tracking the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Bounce Back Loans – two UK government programs providing support to smaller firms that have struggled in the wake of… Read More

Blockchain Adoption: China’s National People’s Congress and Parliament to Review DLT Fund Proposal

The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference recently began conducting their annual sessions. Both government bodies are considered the most powerful or influential political groups in the country. These meetings are commonly referred to as the “Two Sessions”… Read More

P2P Lender Lendy, which Shut Down in 2019 and Went into Administration, Needs Investors to Clear More AML Checks Before Getting Refunds

Peer to peer (P2P) lender, Lendy, which shut down last year and went into administration, will be requiring previous investors to pass certain anti-money laundering (AML) checks again, before they qualify to get refunds. As confirmed on the firm’s website (which is not offering any… Read More

European Regulators Only Issued 34 Payment Institution and E-Money Licenses During First 5 Months of 2020, and 131 Such Permits During Same Period in 2019

The global economy has slowed down considerably during the past few months due to COVID-19. Many businesses and industries have been negatively affected, including financial services providers. The pandemic has destabilized private capital markets. Investments in new initiatives and early-stage companies have decreased significantly. During… Read More

Joseph Otting to Step Down as Comptroller of the OCC, Former Coinbase Chief Legal Officer & Current OCC First Deputy Brian Brooks to Become Acting Comptroller

Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting will step down from the office on May 29, 2020, according to a release posted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).  Current OCC First Deputy and Chief Operating Officer Brian P. Brooks will take… Read More

Led by Twino, Latvia Adopts Crowdfunding Guidelines

The Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia has published Latvia’s Crowdfunding Industry Guidelines. The association seeks to provide industry rules to foster a transparent and sustainable sector of finance. Twino, a well-established peer to peer investment platform, is the first crowdfunding operator to adhere to the… Read More

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