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PayPal Stock Outlook: Digital Wallet Battle Versus Square To Heat Up - Investor's Business Daily

PayPal Stock Outlook: Digital Wallet Battle Versus Square To Heat Up - Investor's Business Daily | The Marteq Alert | Scoop.it
Electronic payment players PayPal Holdings (PYPL) and rival Square (SQ) are clashing in a critical race to improve digital wallet apps. It's a contest that could have a profound effect on both PayPal stock and Square stock for 2021 and beyond.

The two payment companies are marketing apps that let shoppers get discounts, make installments and buy cryptocurrencies. Both compete in the digital wallet space with technology giants, including Apple (AAPL), Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google and Amazon.com (AMZN), as well as feisty financial technology startups.

But it's the head-to-head battle between PayPal and Square — and their respective fast-growing Venmo and Cash App services — that draws the most interest on Wall Street.
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Those digital wallets are key to fully embracing cryptocurrencies.

 

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PayPal Gets Into Bitcoin But Draws Mixed Response | The Fintech Times

Others are concerned that while PayPal says it is ‘eager to work with central banks and regulators around the world,’ for now, it is restricting users to purchasing cryptocurrencies on its platform. Plus, existing digital coin owners can’t transfer the contents of other digital wallets over to PayPal’s.

Satoshi Labs, inventor of crypto hardware wallet Trezor, suggests that while PayPal’s announcement may bring a promise of greater regulation, consumers should not use PayPal for Bitcoin transactions.

“Long-term, if PayPal proceeds without consulting the community and letting their users control their own keys, it offers no value to the space. The greatest risk is that the clout they carry in traditional electronic payments will be interpreted as expertise in crypto. This would threaten the expert advice so carefully crafted by our community, which could be drowned out by the misinformed masses that PayPal brings to the space.”
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It's restrictive, i.e., the benefits to acquiring BTC via PayPal is to use it as a currency. There's no ability to trade it on an exchange. Which may very well be the next step.

 

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PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL) CEO Dan Schulman: “Rise of Digital Wallets Will Drive PayPal’s Growth”

PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL) CEO Dan Schulman: “Rise of Digital Wallets Will Drive PayPal’s Growth” | The Marteq Alert | Scoop.it
Finally, I’d like to discuss our recent announcement to increase the utility of cryptocurrencies, as well as embrace new forms of Central Bank digital currencies. We are entering a new era of financial services where our wallets and all the services around them are moving from physical to digital. These include identity management, new forms of commerce and fully digital payments and financial services. As such, we recently announced that PayPal will allow account holders to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencies first, in the U.S. and then expanding to international markets in the Venmo platform in the first half of next year.

Importantly, we are doing this in close partnership with regulators. As you saw, the New York Department of Financial Services granted PayPal, a first of its kind conditional bit license. With this foundation in place, we will rapidly move at the beginning of next year and allow consumers to use cryptocurrencies as a funding instrument to shop across all 28 million of our merchants. This solution will not involve any additional integrations, volatility risk or incremental transaction fees for either consumers or merchants and will fundamentally bolster the utility of cryptocurrencies. This is just the beginning of the opportunities we see as we work hand in hand with regulators to accept new forms of digital currencies…”
CYDigital/marteq.io's insight:

Straight from the source. What's especially exciting is the level of simplicity that will be built-into the PayPal digital wallet. 

 

This is a huge step towards the massification of crypto, opening it up to all types of brands to adopt it as the basis for digital rewards.

 

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Cryptocurrency Trading On PayPal Now Available - PYMNTS

Cryptocurrency Trading On PayPal Now Available - PYMNTS | The Marteq Alert | Scoop.it
PayPal announced in a press release Thursday (Nov. 12) that all PayPal users can officially hold, buy and sell cryptocurrencies on the app, a feature that previously had been waitlisted for many users.

The feature was first introduced on Oct. 21 after PayPal was approved for a BitLicense from the New York Department of Financial Services in June, but it is now officially available for all PayPal users. Users will also be able to make payments at any of PayPal’s 26 million merchants using cryptocurrency beginning in 2021, the release stated.

Due to the demand from users for the service, PayPal has also increased the weekly purchase limit from $10,000 in cryptocurrency to $20,000, according to a statement emailed to PYMNTS. There are no service fees for holding cryptocurrency in a PayPal account, and no fees for trading it through Dec. 31.

The move brings cryptocurrency further into the mainstream, thanks to PayPal’s large size and reach. The company has 346 million active accounts and processed over $222 billion in payments in the second quarter, PYMNTS previously reported.
CYDigital/marteq.io's insight:

The operative phrase" "Due to the demand from users..." It's a mistake to think that consumers are not ready for cryptocurrency as the basis for digital rewards!

 

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How PayPal’s approach to crypto payment breaks with precedent - PaymentsSource

How PayPal’s approach to crypto payment breaks with precedent - PaymentsSource | The Marteq Alert | Scoop.it

"Unlike certain other payment networks working with third parties to enable cryptocurrency transactions, PayPal users will be able to buy, hold, sell and make purchases at 26 million merchants with cryptocurrencies directly from their PayPal account, the San Jose-based company announced on Wednesday.

 

PayPal also said it has obtained a conditional Bitlicense from the New York State Department of Financial Services, which could open additional doors for PayPal. The conditional Bitlicense allows companies like PayPal to partner with already licensed companies — Paxos in this case — to bring services to market more quickly, a PayPal spokesperson said by email.

 

PayPal’s move to enable cryptocurrency transactions is a significant turning point for crypto to finally begin to leave the shadows and go mainstream."

CYDigital/marteq.io's insight:

More on the PayPal move into crypto. Watch for further moves by PayPal to expand its footprint, possibly even become an exchange. Two things happening: (1) PayPal legitimizes crypto; and (2) Competitors will also enter the space.

 

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Why PayPal Could Kickstart Bitcoin Mass Adoption - Decrypt

Why PayPal Could Kickstart Bitcoin Mass Adoption - Decrypt | The Marteq Alert | Scoop.it

Online payments giant PayPal sent shockwaves through the crypto community today, announcing that its customers will soon be able to buy, sell and spend Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As well as sending the price of Bitcoin soaring, it’s being hailed as a watershed moment for the wider cryptocurrency industry.

According to Statista, the number of active PayPal user accounts reached 346 million in the second quarter of 2020. Even if the new crypto features will only be available to US residents initially, that’s still a significant number of people that will be exposed to crypto, many for the first time.


As data collected by Australian digital marketing agency E-Web Marketing shows, roughly 43% of PayPal users are from the US, while 87% of millennials in the US use PayPal for receiving and sending money. This means that at launch, around 150 million people will be able to buy, sell and spend cryptocurrencies within the familiar environment of their PayPal wallets.

CYDigital/marteq.io's insight:

If you still don't think crypto can play a role in the economy, think again. This is significant, and a watershed moment that validates cryptocurrency. All of a sudden, it's mainstream.

 

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