PayPal confirms its interest in cryptocurrencies
The move marks a major milestone for the American behemoth, after it began offering digital asset services just a year ago.
Today, we are announcing the launch of a new service that will enable eligible customers in the UK to buy, hold and sell #Cryptocurrency directly from their PayPal account. Terms apply. pic.twitter.com/RG5xoqlHmr
– PayPal UK (@PayPalUK) August 23, 2021
UK customers will be able to buy crypto-currencies worth as little as £1 ($1.3) using their bank account, PayPal balance or debit card. A dedicated tab will be added to PayPal’s website and mobile app.
The UK is the second nation to get access to the services after the digital payments giant rolled it out in the US in October 2020. It offers the same four assets as it does to US customers – namely Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
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Over 2 million potential new investors
In its statement, PayPal explains that the move towards digital, and in particular the adoption of digital payment systems, has been greatly accelerated by the global pandemic. For Jose Fernandez da Ponte, general manager blockchain at PayPal, the American giant has a duty to accompany this transition:
“Our global reach, expertise in digital payments and knowledge of consumers and businesses, gives us the unique opportunity, and responsibility, to help people in the UK explore crypto-currencies.”
In addition, PayPal is aware of the growing need to regulate the cryptocurrency industry. Da Ponte is committed to working collaboratively with regulators in the UK and around the world. He wants to “make a significant contribution to shaping the role that digital currencies will play in the future of global finance and commerce.”
This new initiative is undeniably a huge vector for the democratization of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. According to the latest figures, the UK is the European country where PayPal is the most established with over 2 million monthly active users.
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