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Mastercard Will Assist Banks In Crypto Trading

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Mastercard is working on making crypto investment easier for its users. Recently Mastercard announced that they are partnering with Paxos to help traditional banks to offer crypto trading services. Paxos is a New York-based crypto trading platform where it provides trading and custody services on behalf of the banks. Mastercard and Paxos will be responsible for regulatory compliance and security, verifying transactions, providing anti-money laundering and identity monitoring services, etc. 

The industry leader in payments will serve as a “bridge” between banks and Paxos, which is already being used by PayPal. The two main reasons banks are willing for avoiding the asset class are regulatory compliance and security, which will be handled by Mastercard’s program. Initially, this project will be launched in US, Israel, and Brazil through pilot programs. The project is named as “crypto course” and will be active in the early days of next year. 

The company claimed that it can help the banks in keeping compliance with regulations by adhering to crypto compliance guidelines, confirming transactions, and offering anti-money laundering and identity monitoring services. In the first quarter of 2023, Mastercard will test the product, after which it will “crank the handle” to expand internationally. Lambert declined to disclose the information about which banks have thus far signed up for this.

According to the chief digital officer of Mastercard, there is still demand for crypto assets, but almost 60% of respondents said they would prefer to test the waters with their current banks.

According to Jorn Lambert, a chief digital officer of Mastercard, “there are many people out there who are genuinely interested in this and fascinated by crypto but would feel a lot safer if those services were supplied by their financial institutions like banks. He further added 

“For some people, it’s still a little scary.”

Although the sector is currently experiencing a bear market or “crypto winter,” Lambert stated that in the future, increased activity may result in more transactions, and that would support Mastercard’s main business.

He further added

“It would be shortsighted to think that a little bit of a crypto winter heralds the end of it — we don’t see that,” he said. “As regulation comes in, there is going to be a higher degree of security available to the crypto platforms and we’ll see a lot of the current issues getting resolved in the quarters in the years to come.”

Mastercard inclining to become a crypto-based platform

Mastercard and Visa are seen showing much interest in crypto in the last few months.  Mastercard recently enabled banks and merchants in its network to provide services linked to cryptocurrencies. They also released the crypto secure to deal with crypto frauds. To offer cryptocurrency debit cards in 40 countries as of last week, Visa teamed up with FTX. Visa currently has more than 70 crypto partnerships.

Mastercard is just starting in the crypto industry but do be available to do more the company is planning to hire more than 500 employees to expand its data and service units. They are also planning to launch a consulting practice that will be focused solely on crypto. 

Lambert claimed that the industry has not objected to their engagement. Crypto is “on the edge of actually going mainstream,” but to get there, it still needs to work with the established players, he added. He further shared that “Without accepting the financial industry, it is difficult to think that the crypto will reach the mainstream.”

By signing a contract with Bakkt last year, the Purchase, a New York-based startup made it simpler for the banks to provide bitcoin incentives on their credit and debit programs. Mastercard is working to get one step ahead of that not only that it also started enabling crypto and digital asset-focused startups to enroll in its start path program, which allows budding businesses access to the network’s executives and technology to support their growth.

 

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