- Australian exchange partners with PayPal to counter increasing bank restrictions.
- Users can fund crypto accounts directly from PayPal wallet, withdraw funds to PayPal.
- Collaboration boosts options for Australian crypto investors and minimizes potential risks.
In response to escalating restrictions imposed by conventional banks on crypto exchange payments, an Australian exchange has entered into a strategic collaboration with PayPal, a prominent player in the payments industry.
Independent Reserve, the Australian crypto exchange, has forged a partnership with PayPal, introducing a seamless on-ramp for its users. This innovation empowers customers to directly fund their cryptocurrency accounts using fiat from their PayPal wallets. Additionally, the collaboration enables the option to withdraw funds from the crypto exchange back to PayPal.
Adrian Przelozny, CEO of Independent Reserve, explained that the newly established partnership not only expands the choices available to Australian crypto investors but also acts as a safeguard against potential future actions by banks to further constrict the industry.
Numerous major Australian banking institutions, including Bendigo Bank, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), Westpac, and ANZ, have recently implemented various limitations and barriers for customers engaging in crypto-related transactions. Among these, Commonwealth Bank’s restrictions stand out as particularly stringent, featuring a monthly limit of $10,000 on all deposits to crypto exchanges, as well as a prohibition on certain “high-risk” payments and the elimination of instant deposits from crypto exchanges.
Przelozny highlighted that the collaboration between PayPal and a cryptocurrency exchange in the APAC region marks a significant milestone. He commended PayPal for adopting a positive approach toward the crypto sector, in contrast to the risk-focused stance taken by most traditional banks.
He further noted that depositing funds via PayPal or credit card to the exchange would carry a daily limit of $5,000, a significantly more lenient restriction compared to those imposed by major banks.
Peter Cowan, Managing Director of PayPal Australia, emphasized that the partnership aimed to simplify the process of moving funds to and from digital asset exchanges for Australian crypto investors. By integrating PayPal wallet functionality for deposits and utilizing the PayPal platform for card processing, Independent Reserve and Bitcoin.com.au, the collaborative effort will streamline cryptocurrency accessibility. Additionally, withdrawals to PayPal wallets will be expedited in real time.
Cowan also expressed an optimistic view on digital currencies, stating that PayPal anticipates a digital future for money. He believes that digital currencies hold the potential to drive financial technology innovation, ultimately enhancing economic opportunities and financial inclusion.
On August 7, PayPal introduced its own USD-pegged stablecoin, PYUSD.