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Exploring the Impact of Aave’s PayPal Integration on Stablecoin Adoption

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In Brief

  • The Aave community secured a 99.9% quorum to include PayPal's PYUSD stablecoin in Ethereum-based DeFi pool to boost activity on Curve.
  • Trident said Paxos and others would supply PYUSD to the Aave pool that could be borrowed to deposit into Curve Finance for high yields.
  • High interest rates could boost PYUSD adoption, similar to rival USDC's success, as these can improve the health of an issuer's assets.
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The Aave community has voted to include PayPal’s PYUSD stablecoin in its Ethereum-based pool. The December proposal has reached a 99.9% quorum and is soliciting further feedback before being finalized later today.

The original proposer, Trident, said liquidity providers will add around 15 million PYUSD to the pool within the first two days of launch. Among the contributors to the pool will be the Paxos Trust, the issuer of the PYUSD stablecoin.

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The new proposal follows the inclusion of PYUSD on the decentralized stablecoin application Curve. Trident is offering high-interest rates for PYUSD on Curve. This offering will fuel demand for PYUSD borrowing on Aave.

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The move comes as PayPal’s stablecoin has struggled to keep up with older rivals. In September, PayPal tapped the exchange to boost PYUSD adoption after the stablecoin was ranked 61 in terms of overall market cap compared to rivals. PYUSD has a circulating supply of around 260 million, according to DeFiLlama.

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PayPal’s PYUSD Circulating Supply | Source: DeFiLlama

PYUSD was deemed a bellwether of crypto’s mainstream acceptance when it dropped in August 2023. Amid an ongoing crypto bear market and high levels of regulatory hostility, it came out of nowhere to revive hope of crypto becoming mainstream. Former Binance US CEO Brian Brooks said the asset could help restore US dollar dominance as China and India considered moving away from the currency for trade.

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The environment of high US interest rates could also be a boon for adoption. The issuer of PYUSD’s rival USDC, Circle, has benefited much from interest rates that have boosted the value of the assets used to back its stablecoin. However, high interest rates could bolster confidence that PYUSD users would be able to exchange their holdings for fiat at any time

In decentralized finance, the Curve and Aave pools will add greater incentives for people to use the stablecoin. The coin’s higher liquidity on-chain could cause it to gain favor as a settlement layer. Already, EU laws have moved USDC issuer Circle and Societe Generale to launch euro-based stablecoins.

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Furthermore, Solana also unveiled a team that will help make the financial rails in Brazil more efficient through a local stablecoin. Circle recently floated a cross-chain feature to transfer its USDC assets between blockchains seamlessly.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...