Visa Now Settling Transactions with USD Coin on Ethereum

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In Brief
  • Visa announced the use of USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network.

  • A pilot program is being launched with Crypto.com, with plans for other partners later this year.

  • This will facilitate payments for crypto native companies and support Visa’s plans to handle CBDCs in the future.

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Visa announced it will allow the use of the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin to settle transactions on its payment network. The company is launching a pilot program with payment and crypto platform Crypto.com, with plans for more partners later this year.

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According to the announcement, Visa spent the last year enabling the capacity for digital currency settlement within its existing infrastructure.

Anchorage, the United States’ first federally chartered digital asset bank, will facilitate the pilot program launched with Crypto.com.

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The trio completed the first transaction earlier this month, with Crypto.com sending USDC to Visa’s Ethereum address at Anchorage.

Crypto.com Visa Cards

These efforts are a part of the ongoing partnership between Visa and Crypto.com. Users of the crypto platform may receive a Visa card for staking a certain amount of Crypto.com’s native token (CRO).

After receiving the card, users can make typical payments and top-up their balance by buying more CRO.

Until now, purchases made with the Crypto.com Visa card, had to convert CRO into fiat money. The user’s Crypto.com wallet deposited traditional fiat currency in a bank account, which was then wired to Visa at the end of the day to settle the transaction. For companies dealing primarily with cryptocurrencies, this can be an added cost and complication. 

According to Visa’s announcement, the ability to settle payments in USDC helps “crypto native companies evaluate fundamentally new business models without the need for traditional fiat in their treasury and settlement workflows.”

The upgrades to enable this capability, as well as Visa’s integration with Anchorage, put the payment company in a prime position to directly support emerging central bank digital currency (CBDCs).

Continued Crypto Integration

This news is just the latest in Visa’s foray into facilitating payments in cryptocurrency. In addition to Crypto.com, it also issued payment cards in partnership with crypto exchange Binance.

Late last year, Visa announced it had integrated USDC into its payments system. Earlier this year, Visa CEO Al Kelly suggested the company would begin to add cryptocurrencies to its payments network.

Cuy Sheffield, Head of Crypto at Visa added;

“We see increasing demand from consumers across the world to be able to access, hold and use digital currencies and we’re seeing demand from our clients to be able to build products that provide that access for consumers.”

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Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage. He can best be described as an optimistic center-left skeptic.

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