PayPal Plans to Launch its Own Stablecoin

PayPal has confirmed recent rumors regarding plans to launch its own stablecoin. According to Bloomberg, which broke the news last week, a developer found evidence of PayPal’s future stablecoin in the form of the below logo inside the fintech’s iPhone app.

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SVP of Crypto and Digital Currencies at PayPal Jose Fernandez da Ponte later confirmed the suspicion. “We are exploring a stablecoin; if and when we seek to move forward, we will of course, work closely with relevant regulators,” Fernandez da Ponte told Bloomberg.

Developer Steve Moser made the discovery by looking at hidden code inside the PayPal app. The code unveils work on PayPal Coin, a PayPal-specific stablecoin that would be backed by the U.S. dollar. After PayPal was made aware of the discovery, the company confirmed that the code was part of a recent internal hackathon and that details surrounding the project will likely change.

If the project comes to fruition, the stablecoin would be just one initiative among a host of other cryptocurrency efforts. In October of 2020 the company partnered with cryptocurrency company Paxos to allow PayPal users in the U.S. to buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies. And last March, PayPal launched Checkout with Crypto, a tool that enables users with cryptocurrency holdings to transact using crypto at the online point of sale.

When it comes to working on a stablecoin launch, PayPal is in good company. Meta (formerly Facebook) was developing its own stablecoin, Diem, until it experienced regulatory hurdles and pivoted to work with the Pax dollar instead. On top of that, Visa is looking to leverage a stablecoin to settle transactions.

In addition to its stablecoin ambitions, PayPal is also hoping to gain a reputation as the first super app in the U.S. The company revamped its mobile app last September and now offers a range of features including direct deposit, billpay management, rewards, and more. Founded in 1998, PayPal is now listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker PYPL. The company’s market capitalization currently sits at $213 billion.