Great news: I got married this weekend!
Now I’m getting ready to go on a honeymoon to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
I still have to make the standard travel preparations, such as:
Packing my bags…
Double-checking my ride to the airport…
And, of course, bringing cash in case I need it.
You can never be too prepared when you’re about to go on a trip.
But aside from when I travel, I don’t really carry cash with me.
In fact, I don’t use cash much at all.
And I know I’m far from alone.
According to the Federal Reserve, only 19% of payments were in cash last year.
The pandemic obviously had a role in that. But cash payments were declining before then.
For example, 40% of payments were in cash back in 2012. By 2019, that number had fallen to 26%.
And now, payments processor Stripe is adding another reason not to use cash.
The startup announced on Tuesday that it will enable crypto payments.
Stripe’s platforms are used for transactions in 43 countries.
And over 2 million businesses use Stripe.
So, this news is a HUGE deal for the crypto world.
A Big Step for Crypto Adoption
Stripe is one of the fastest-growing payment platforms.
It’s a convenient way to pay with U.S. dollars and other currencies (and, soon, cryptos as well).
In 2015, it only handled $10 billion in payments. But by 2020, that number grew to $350 billion.
That’s 3,400% growth in just six years!
(Source: CB Insights.)
Stripe’s platforms will make it much easier to spend and accept cryptos.
That’s a big step for crypto adoption. And as more people trade cryptos, their prices will soar.
Cryptos Are Beating the U.S. Dollar
Stripe isn’t the only company that’s joining the crypto space:
Square launched bitcoin trading in 2018.
PayPal added cryptos to its platform last year.
MasterCard said in February that it will support crypto payments.
AMC plans to accept bitcoin and other cryptos at its theaters.
Google Pay will soon allow crypto payments.
Apple even approved NFT marketplace Curate on its App Store.
It’s easy to see why these companies are warming up to cryptos.
As I mentioned earlier, fewer people are carrying and using cash these days.
And the U.S dollar continues to lose value. Just check out its performance in the chart below:
Purchasing Power of 1 U.S. Dollar
As you can see, the U.S. dollar has lost value every year since 1955.
Meanwhile, the crypto market has made incredible gains in the past year.
Total Crypto Market Cap
Since November 2020, the crypto market surged from $500 billion to over $2.3 trillion!
It’s not even a contest anymore. Cryptos are the clear winner.
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