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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is inviting bids from firms that can build a tool that lets it review data from the most widely used blockchain ledgers in order to help it monitor risk and compliance, and inform policy, related to cryptocurrencies.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will give banks and credit card issuers more time to adopt the E-Payments User Protection Guidelines (“Guidelines”).
The Guidelines aim to set standards in the following areas:

A huge cache of financial documents scanned from paper-based mortgage and credit reports was exposed online in an alleged major security lapse at US data and analytics company Ascension.

The ongoing shutdown of the US government, sparked by a disagreement over funding for border security, is starting to impinge on the US fintech industry, according to reports.

A group of US stock exchanges is set to fire Thesys Technologies, the startup it hired in 2017 to build a vast Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) tracking transactions as they pass through US equity and options markets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The European Commission has bashed Mastercard with a EUR570 million fine for obstructing merchant access to low-cost cross-border payment services.
The financial penalty flows from an anti-trust investigation which kicked off in April 2013 and concluded that Mastercard's rules prevented retailers from benefiting from lower fees and restricted competition between banks cross border, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

London – January 7th , 2019 - New research by independent financial regulatory think-tank JWG, in partnership with Inforalgo, the Capital Markets data automation specialist, shows that after years of ‘making do’, financial institutions are now proactively ramping up their regulatory compliance capabilities to cope with intensifying global requirements - and the significant additional demands of MiFID II.

UK consumers' association Which? has hit out at much of the banking industry for failing to protect online customers with two-factor authentication (2FA).

In the past decade the financial industry has rapidly changed and evolved leading to enhanced risk management practices. Operational risk is no different, as new and emerging risks enter the market it is often the strength of people, processes and systems which can enhance effective mitigation and management, but also pose the risk.

New York State is to set up a cryptocurrency task force to study how to properly regulate, define and use alternative digital currencies and the technology that underpins them, blockchain.

The New York Federal Reserve is to assist Bangladesh Bank in a legal challenge to recoup $81 million stolen in a massive cyber heist in 2016.

US authorities have filed charges alleging crooks hacked into a Securities and Exchange Commission database to gain access to non-public information that was then used to make millions of dollars through illicit trades.

Royal Bank of Canada has become embroiled in a privacy scandal engulfing Facebook after it emerged that the social network appeared to provide a raft of Big Tech companies with privileged access to user accounts.

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