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PayPal is taking a significant step into the realm of cryptocurrencies by introducing a stablecoin, marking a notable move among major financial institutions. This initiative occurs amidst heightened regulatory scrutiny of digital assets by US authorities.

The company, headquartered in San Jose, announced the introduction of PayPal USD, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. This latest development further signifies PayPal’s expansion of its services within the digital currency domain.

Despite stringent regulatory actions and concerns from investors, PayPal’s decision to venture deeper into the crypto market stands in contrast to the actions of other enterprises. Notably, fintech firm Revolut recently suspended its crypto activities in the US, citing uncertainties in the American crypto market.

Stablecoins are a specialized type of cryptocurrency designed to maintain a one-to-one value parity with a major fiat currency, such as the US dollar. They facilitate the connection between conventional financial markets and the world of cryptocurrencies. Traders often utilize stablecoins as a form of cash to execute trades without incurring significant fees, and for cross-border transfers without requiring multiple bank accounts.

PayPal has been enabling trading in the two most widely recognized cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, since 2020. According to Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal, the shift towards digital currencies necessitates a stable instrument that aligns with the characteristics of digital ecosystems while being seamlessly connected to fiat currencies like the US dollar.

Despite attempts by traditional financial and technology companies, the establishment of a universally adopted cryptocurrency payments network has been limited. For instance, Meta (formerly Facebook) abandoned its contentious Diem stablecoin project, which had garnered participation from PayPal and credit card giants like Mastercard, due to regulatory challenges.

On Wednesday, Maxine Waters, a Congresswoman from the Democratic Party, expressed significant worry regarding PayPal’s (PYPL.O) introduction of its own stablecoin. She emphasized that her concern stems from the lack of a federal regulatory structure for digital assets. Given the extensive scale and influence of PayPal, she underscored the necessity for federal supervision and the enforcement of regulations pertaining to the company’s stablecoin initiatives.

Gautam Chhugani, a senior analyst specializing in global digital assets at Bernstein, pointed out that digital asset payments have primarily thrived within cryptocurrency companies. However, he emphasized the importance of mainstream adoption facilitated by platforms like PayPal, which eliminate the need for intermediaries like Mastercard and Visa, ultimately allowing users to transact money with minimal fees.

Chhugani anticipates that if PayPal’s endeavor proves successful, other payment apps and consumer financial service brands will likely follow suit in creating their own stablecoins, signifying a potential shift in the landscape of financial transactions.

August 9, 2023
Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst

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