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Crypto Flipsider News – MasterCard Welcomes Crypto, Coinbase Backs Ripple, SEC Approaches the Stablecoins, Dorsey & Musk Fear Hyperinflation

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  • Mastercard Is Integrating Crypto into Its Payment Platforms, PayPal Expands Crypto Services
  • Coinbase CEO Backs Ripple against SEC, Ripple Extends Services to the Philippines with Pyypl Partnership
  • The SEC Could Be Handed More Regulatory Power over Stablecoins
  • Jack Dorsey & Elon Musk Share Concerns about Hyperinflation

Mastercard Is Integrating Crypto into Its Payment Platforms, PayPal Expands Crypto Services

The race to full crypto integration continues, with Mastercard announcing that it will enable cryptocurrency card payments. The announcement comes after a partnership deal between Mastercard Inc. and crypto firm Bakkt Holdings Inc.

The partnership will make it easier for Mastercard’s network of merchants, banks, and fintech companies to buy, sell, and hold Bitcoin. They will also be able to issue crypto debit and credit cards to allow their customers to make payments and earn crypto rewards.

PayPal, another fintech pushing towards mainstream crypto adoption, has expanded support for crypto on its crypto wallet. Venmo, PayPal’s crypto wallet, has added a “cashback to crypto” feature, which lets users convert their cash back to crypto for free.

Flipsider:

  • PayPals push into crypto has been a turnoff for some users, who would prefer to stay away from crypto

Why You Should Care

The integration of crypto services into payment platforms has made crypto more accessible. According to a study, 48% of U.S. residents purchased crypto in the first half of 2021.

Coinbase CEO Backs Ripple Against SEC, Ripple Extends Services to the Philippines with Pyypl Partnership

Despite its tortuous legal issues with the Securities and Exchange Commission, XRP has remained resilient, gathering support. The latest to show support for Ripple is Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. He tweeted;

Armstrong’s support has sparked speculations that Ripple’s XRP could be relisted on Coinbase. In December, Coinbase delisted XRP after the SEC filed a $1.3 billion against Ripple for selling unregistered securities during its coin offering. 

Giving its believers more hope, Ripple has partnered with Pyypl, a Middle East FinTech, to offer RippleNet’s first on-demand liquidity solution for cross-border payments between the Middle East and the Philippines.

On-demand liquidity (ODL) has become the first in-market service in the Middle East. The services will begin with the Philippines, and Pyypl has announced plans to expand to new markets and explore additional use cases.

Flipsider:

  • XRP has failed to recover, now trading 70% lower than its January 2018 all-time high of $3.84

Why You Should Care

Despite its legal battles, Ripple and its blockchain services continue to see traction around the globe.

The SEC Could Be Handed More Regulatory Power over Stablecoins

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may have moved one step closer to achieving significant regulatory power over stablecoins. According to an October 26 report, the SEC will lead regulatory efforts on the stablecoin sector.

The report adds that in this week’s upcoming stablecoin report, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will announce the SEC’s new significant authority over stablecoins.

The report will also call on Congress to specify how stablecoins (backed 1:1 with fiat) will be regulated. Chief of the SEC, Gary Gensler, has reportedly been pushing for the regulatory agency to be given more power over the stablecoins.

Flipsider:

  • The SEC has said that it could permit more stablecoin issuers if it gets to regulate them

Why You Should Care

Stablecoins have seen significant growth in 2021, and this could be a short-term move while awaiting legislative changes to the crypto industry in the long term.

Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk Share Concerns About Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation describes a circumstance when the price of goods and services increases uncontrollably for a sustained period of time. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, believes that the United States could be heading in this direction.

Twitter’s CEO believes that the sudden surge consumers have seen in food and gas prices could be the start of 16% inflation in the U.S. and globally. Dorsey believes that the imminent hyperinflation is going to ”change everything.”    

Technocrat and centibillionaire Elon Musk has echoed Jack Dorsey’s fears, stating that there is a ”strong inflationary pressure” in the short term. Musk tweeted;

Flipsider:

  • Innovation investor Cathie Wood has disputed Jack Dorseys hyperinflation warning, and opines that prices will fall after the holidays

Why You Should Care

The warnings from both billionaires come as consumer price inflation nears a 30-year high in the U.S. and there is growing concern that the problem could be worse than policymakers have anticipated.

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