SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa (NYSE: V) today announced a major industry first in bridging the worlds of digital and traditional fiat currencies: the use of USD Coin (USDC), a stablecoin backed by the US dollar, to settle a transaction with Visa over Ethereumone of the most actively used open-source blockchains.1 Visais piloting the capability with, a Visa partner and one of the worlds largest crypto platforms, and plans to offer the USDC settlement capability to additional partners later this year.
Support for digital currencies as a new type of settlement currency marks an important step forward for Visas network of networks strategy, which is designed to enhance all forms of money movement, whether on the Visa network, or beyond. By harnessing its global presence, partnership approach, and trusted brand, Visa is focused on adding differentiated value to the ecosystem and making cryptocurrencies more secure, useful, and applicable for payments.
Visa has spent the last year establishing a pathway for digital currency settlement within Visas existing treasury infrastructure, a platform that moves billions of dollars each day across thousands of institutions in more than 200 markets and 160 currencies. Working with Anchorage, the first federally chartered digital asset bank and an exclusive Visa digital currency settlement partner, Visa has launched a pilot that allows to send USDC to Visa to settle a portion of its obligations for the Visa card program.
Visas standard settlement process requires partners to settle in a traditional fiat currency, which can add cost and complexity for businesses built with digital currencies. The ability to settle in USDC can ultimately help and other crypto native companies evaluate fundamentally new business models without the need for traditional fiat in their treasury and settlement workflows. Visas treasury upgrades and integration with Anchorage also strengthen Visas ability to 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 form factors, said Jack Forestell, executive vice president and chief product officer, Visa. The announcement today marks a major milestone in our ability to address the needs of fintechs managing their business in a stablecoin or cryptocurrency, and its really an extension of what we do every day, securely facilitating payments in all different currencies all across the world.
Kris Marszalek, Co-founder and CEO of said: Weve seen record-breaking growth in our business and the broader crypto ecosystem over the last year. To continue accelerating the worlds transition to cryptocurrency, we need partners who understand the opportunity and the tools that will help us get to market faster and more efficiently. Having been a Visa partner for several years, were excited to deepen that relationship through our global agreement and to pioneer an exciting world-first in stablecoin payments.
Anchorages platform has been purposefully built for institutions like Visa to build new products in crypto. Weve been with Visa every step of the way since 2019 and are extremely pleased to see these first stablecoin payment rails come to life through Anchorage APIs, said Diogo Mónica, Co-Founder and President of Anchorage.
David Puth, CEO of Centre, which oversees the licensing of USDC, said: “Visa is leading the market with its innovative approach to 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 to connect the world using stablecoins built on Centre standards, starting with USDC.”
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1 Settlement refers to the daily exchange of funds between Visas issuing and acquiring partners over VisaNet to exchange value for cleared and settled transactionsit does not refer to the movement of funds from individual consumer accounts.