With the direct acceptance of payments in USD Coin, Visa forges new connections between digital & traditional currencies.

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Visa Becomes First Major Payments Network lớn Settle Transactions in USD Coin (USDC) (Graphic: Business Wire)

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Visa (NYSE: V) today announced a major industry first in bridging the worlds of digital và traditional fiat currencies: the use of USD Coin (USDC), a stablecoin backed by the US dollar, to lớn settle a transaction with Visa over Ethereum—one of the most actively used open-source blockchains.1 Visa is piloting the capability with Crypto.com, a Visa partner và one of the world’s largest crypto lớn platforms, & plans to lớn offer the USDC settlement capability to lớn additional partners later this year.

Support for digital currencies as a new type of settlement currency marks an important step forward for Visa’s network of networks strategy, which is designed to lớn enhance all forms of money movement, whether on the Visa network, or beyond. By harnessing its global presence, partnership approach, và trusted brvà, Visa is focused on adding differentiated value to lớn the ecosystem and making cryptocurrencies more secure, useful, và applicable for payments.

Visa has spent the last year establishing a pathway for digital currency settlement within Visa’s existing treasury infrastructure, a platform that moves billions of dollars each day across thousands of institutions in more than 200 markets và 160 currencies. Working with Anchorage, the first federally chartered digital asmix bank and an exclusive Visa digital currency settlement partner, Visa has launched a pilot that allows Cryplớn.com lớn skết thúc USDC to Visa lớn settle a portion of its obligations for the Crypkhổng lồ.com Visa thẻ program.

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Visa’s standard settlement process requires partners to lớn settle in a traditional fiat currency, which can add cost & complexity for businesses built with digital currencies. The ability khổng lồ settle in USDC can ultimately help Cryplớn.com and other cryplớn native companies evaluate fundamentally new business models without the need for traditional fiat in their treasury & settlement workflows. Visa’s treasury upgrades and integration with Anchorage also strengthen Visa’s ability to lớn directly support new central bank digital currency (CBDC) as they emerge in the future.

“Crypto-native fintechs want partners who understand their business and the complexities of digital currency size factors,” said Jachồng Forestell, executive sầu vice president & chief hàng hóa officer, Visa. “The announcement today marks a major milestone in our ability lớn address the needs of fintechs managing their business in a stablecoin or cryptocurrency, and it’s really an extension of what we vì chưng every day, securely facilitating payments in all different currencies all across the world.”

Kris Marszalek, Co-founder và CEO of Crypto.com said: “We’ve sầu seen record-breaking growth in our business and the broader crypto lớn ecosystem over the last year. To continue accelerating the world’s transition khổng lồ cryptocurrency, we need partners who understand the opportunity và the tools that will help us get khổng lồ market faster và more efficiently. Having been a Visa partner for several years, we’re excited lớn deepen that relationship through our global agreement và lớn pioneer an exciting world-first in stablecoin payments.”

“Anchorage’s platform has been purposefully built for institutions like Visa to lớn build new products in cryplớn. We’ve sầu been with Visa every step of the way since 2019 và are extremely pleased to see these first stablecoin payment rails come lớn life through Anchorage APIs,” said Diogo Mónica, Co-Founder và President of Anchorage.

David Puth, CEO of Centre, which oversees the licensing of USDC, said: "Visa is leading the market with its innovative approach khổng lồ payments in many forms. We are very impressed with their efforts. Having USDC on the Visa network is an outstanding next step in our mission khổng lồ connect the world using stablecoins built on Centre standards, starting with USDC."

To learn more about today’s news and the settlement process at Visa, visit the Visa blog.

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About Visa

Visa (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is khổng lồ connect the world through the most innovative, reliable & secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies khổng lồ thrive sầu. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure và reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog khổng lồ digital, Visa is applying our brvà, products, people, network & scale to lớn reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About Visa, visa.com/blog &

1 “Settlement” refers to lớn the daily exchange of funds between Visa’s issuing và acquiring partners over VisaNet to exchange value for cleared & settled transactions—it does not refer khổng lồ the movement of funds from individual consumer accounts.

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