Mastercard will accept cryptocurrencies, but would marginalize Bitcoin | Digital Trends Spanish


The credit card and payment processing company Mastercard announced that it will begin to support some cryptocurrencies during 2021, adding to the trend set by Tesla, which confirmed a million-dollar purchase of bitcoins and will soon accept it as a form of payment.

That Mastercard is joining the wave of cryptocurrencies is an indication of the interest that currencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum generate in the main traditional financial players –Mastercard has 30 percent of the credit and debit card market in the United States-.

However, Mastercard said it will condition the use of cryptocurrencies, drastically limiting the options it could accept. In fact, the most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is most likely not accepted by Mastercard.

An analysis carried out by the portal Ars Technica points out that, given the conditions indicated by Mastercard for the use of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin may not be part of the list of accepted cryptocurrencies.

The payments company indicates that it will only accept cryptocurrencies that meet various requirements, including stability in their value and that comply with the anti-money laundering policies set by the authorities of various countries, among other points.

While defining the stability of a financial asset may be debatable, complying with an anti-money laundering regulation is not subject to interpretation: it is met or not. Bitcoin and its decentralized nature make it difficult, if not impossible, to meet this requirement.

According to the review by Ars Technica, the only cryptocurrency that meets this criteria is USD Coin, a cryptocurrency based and whose current value, at the time of writing, is $ 0.996 cents, far from the valuation of $ 47,500 dollars per Bitcoin or $ 1,805. dollars for Ethereum.

Part of the value of cryptocurrencies resides in the trust that investors place in the asset from the possible uses it could have in the future. That was precisely the reason why Bitcoin rises in value every time Elon Musk makes any action or statement that supports the use of the cryptocurrency.

Then then the question arises… will the value of USD Coin go up if Mastercard endorses it?

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