Visa to use stablecoin, backed by US dollar, to settle transactions

By Jenny Surane

(Bloomberg) – Visa Inc. said its payments network will use a stablecoin backed by the US dollar to settle transactions, as cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology gain more acceptance in the established financial system.

As part of a pilot programme, Visa is using USD Coin to settle transactions over Ethereum, with the help of the platform and Anchorage, a digital-asset bank, according to a statement Monday by the San Francisco-based payments giant. Visa will offer the service to more partners later this year.

Traditional financial companies are beginning to embrace cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects more than a decade after the creation of Bitcoin in 2009. Jack Forestell, Visa’s chief product officer, said the firm’s move is partly an effort to serve financial-technology companies.

“Crypto-native fintechs want partners who understand their business and the complexities of digital currency,” Forestell said in the statement. “The announcement today marks a major milestone in our ability to address the needs of fintechs.”

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