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Visa Plans to Build Out Its Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

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Wed, 07/07/2021 - 13:43
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Alex Dovbnya
Financial services corporation Visa is set to build an ecosystem that will make crypto more accessible
Visa Plans to Build Out Its Cryptocurrency Ecosystem
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Vasant Prabhu, Visa’s chief financial officer, recently said that the global credit card behemoth is creating “an ecosystem” to make crypto more usable, CNBC reports:

We are doing a lot to create an ecosystem that makes cryptocurrency more usable and more like any other currency.

While volatility remains a problem, Prabhu claimed that people had started using digital assets for things that they would typically buy with fiat currencies.

Visa cards recorded a whopping $1 billion worth of crypto transactions during the first sixth month of 2021.

As reported by U.Today, Visa CEO Al Kelly predicted that cryptocurrencies could become ”extremely mainstream” back in March.

Meanwhile, Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga has been critical of Bitcoin for years, giving preference to central bank digital currencies.  

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies is currently sitting at $1.45 trillion after shedding 58 percent from its April peak last month.    

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50 partners in the pipeline 

Coinbase, the largest North American exchange, rolled out a Visa debit card in October 2020 in the U.S, offering its customers an opportunity to get cashback in Stellar Lumen and Bitcoin.

In December, crypto startup BlockFi also joined forces with the financial services giant a credit card that also allows its users to earn rewards in Bitcoin.  

Visa plans to ink partnerships with over 50 companies to allow customers to seamlessly spend digital currencies at roughly 70 million merchants around the globe, according to Business Insider.   

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.