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Mastercard to bring crypto trading capabilities to banks

By Edlyn Cardoza

October 20, 2022

  • Compliance
  • Crypto Assets
  • Crypto Source
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Mastercard, Crypto Source, Financial Institutions, Compliance, Crypto Assets, Regulatory, Paxos Trust Company, USAMastercard introduced Crypto Source, a new program to enable financial institutions to bring secure crypto trading capabilities and services to their customers. The 2022 Mastercard New Payments Index reported that 29% of respondents globally hold cryptocurrency as an investment, with another 65% indicating a preference for crypto-related services provided by their current trusted financial institution.

In partnership with regulated and licensed crypto custody providers, Mastercard’s financial institution partners will access a comprehensive suite of buy, hold, and sell services for select crypto assets, augmented with a proven identity, cyber, security and advisory services. This Crypto Source offering is complemented by Mastercard Crypto Secure to bring additional security to the crypto ecosystem and support card issuers in their compliance with complex regulations.

Mastercard’s suite of crypto-related offerings for banks and FinTechs includes:

  • Technology and partnership support to enable buying, holding and selling of select crypto assets
  • Security management, including Mastercard’s identity solutions, crypto analytics, transaction monitoring, anti-money laundering, ‘Know Your Business’ and lifecycle stages, cybersecurity, and biometrics
  • Crypto spending and cash-out capabilities are offered through various products, including crypto cards, open banking and cross-border services. Financial institutions would also be able to offer additional functionality using Mastercard’s technology, such as digital receipts and loyalty solutions
  • Crypto program management, including program design, product development and technology implementation, as well as go-to-market optimisation and marketing consultancy services,  providing end-to-end support for banks, FinTechs and issuers to offer crypto programs at scale

“At Mastercard, trust is our business. What we are announcing today is a connected approach to services that will help bring the next billion users safely and securely into the crypto ecosystem,” said Ajay Bhalla, President, Cyber & Intelligence at Mastercard. “Our recent investments in this space, such as the acquisition of CipherTrace and Ekata, are providing us with a unique set of capabilities to help provide our customers and consumers with the most technically advanced solutions available in the market.”

To support this program, Mastercard is expanding its partnership and work with Paxos Trust Company, a leading regulated blockchain infrastructure platform. The partnership aims for Paxos to provide crypto-asset trading and custody services on behalf of the banks, while Mastercard will leverage its technology to integrate those capabilities into banks’ interfaces, resulting in a seamless experience for the consumer.

“Mastercard has a powerful network of financial institutions around the world. This exciting offering developed by Paxos and Mastercard will give FIs the fastest and most trusted way to offer safe, reliable crypto access for their consumers globally. We’re thrilled to partner with Mastercard to further accelerate the mainstream adoption of digital assets,” said Walter Hessert, Head of Strategy at Paxos.

Over the past few years, Mastercard has been working alongside its customers and partners to bring new services and capabilities that help make crypto more accessible, safe and secure. These efforts have been complemented by adding new technologies through Finicity, Ekata, RiskRecon and CipherTrace. This unique combination of services allows eligible financial institutions to directly manage consumer crypto asset investments. Mastercard also supports banks, governments, and others through its Crypto & Digital Currencies Consulting Practice.

“Our commitment is simple – to explore crypto and the underlying digital assets technology to support consumer choice in payments. Today is an exciting step in our crypto journey that draws on the strengths of our global businesses, from open banking and identity verification to analytics and fraud monitoring to settlement solutions,” said Jorn Lambert, Chief Digital Officer at Mastercard. “We’re excited to build on our long-term partnership with Paxos – co-innovating to bring safe and secure technology to financial institutions. Our crypto product innovations will provide choice at scale and continue to bring one-of-a-kind opportunities to financial institutions as they seek to offer new, advanced services to their customers.”

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