American financial technology company PayPal launched a new crypto stablecoin called PayPal USD (PYUSD) on Aug. 7.
The new US dollar-backed stablecoin will be issued by Paxos Trust Co. and fully backed by United States dollar deposits, short-term Treasuries and similar cash equivalents.
The new stablecoin is built on Ethereum and is “designed for digital payments and Web3.”
The firm said that the new stablecoin will be available soon to United States customers.
PYUSD will be redeemable for the U.S. dollar at all times and it can also be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies on PayPal. The payment processor claimed that the new stablecoin will soon be available as a mode of payment for various purchases and will be transferable between PayPal and Venmo.
The launch of a stablecoin could push the company’s bid to become a crypto payment giant, a contention that the company started in 2020 after making way for crypto payments on the platform.
PayPal boasts over 350 million active users and already lets users in the U.S. and the United Kingdom buy, sell and hold Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin while enabling payments in these crypto assets.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman hopes the new stablecoin would become a part of the overall payments infrastructure. The company first confirmed its plan to launch a crypto stablecoin in January 2022 claiming it would develop a stablecoin while working closely with relevant regulators.