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Leading Crypto Firm in Latin America, Ripio, Partners with Circle to Answer Surging Regional Demand for Digital Dollars

Josh Hawkins Josh Hawkins October 14, 2020
We are thrilled to announce a wide-ranging partnership with Ripio, a leading crypto firm in Latin America that is using Circle platform services to support USD Coin (USDC) liquidity and fund flows across its exchange and wallet products. 
 
Many currencies have strained under macro conditions, and with increased volatility, businesses and institutions are pursuing strategies to access US dollars. USDC has emerged as one of the most efficient and effective vehicles in the flight to safety. Global demand for USDC has grown by nearly 500% year-to-date from just over $400 million in circulation at the beginning of the year to a market cap of nearly $2.8 billion today. 
 
One of the regions experiencing the most significant growth in stablecoin demand is South America, where the urging for US Dollars as a store of value -amidst high inflation and devaluation rates, plus fierce capital controls in the case of Argentina- has ballooned over the last couple of years. Ripio has emerged as a go-to destination and source for accessing digital dollars with stablecoin transactions last quarter increasing over 800% compared to the previous quarter.
 
To service increasing demand for USDC across the region, Ripio is working with Circle in order to implement Circle's transactional services, business accounts, and platform APIs to support the conversion of local currencies into and out of USDC, manage liquidity and custody funds, and automate associated treasury operations across Ripio’s exchange and wallet products. 

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As a value-added feature being rolled out to the firm's more than 500,000 users in Argentina and Brazil, Ripio has introduced an innovative USDC yield account that provides a six percent annual interest rate return.
 
Ripio CEO and Co-Founder, Sebastian Serrano, commented:
 
“From crypto traders and investors to freelance workers and small business owners, the rush to stable assets is growing rapidly, and Ripio continues to be at the forefront of this trend with product and services that make the acquisition and usage of ‘crypto dollars’ fast, efficient and low cost. The addition of Ripio Earn for our customers in Argentina and Brazil is an enormous leap forward for those who want to participate in the DeFi economy and generate additional income from our interest-bearing accounts. We are very happy to have a partner like Circle with a powerful and flexible stablecoin platform that keeps pace with our rapidly evolving product suite, and shares our vision for a more fair and inclusive financial system." 
 
Circle CEO and Co-Founder, Jeremy Allaire, added: 
 
“Ripio is a fintech pioneer that continues to be in the vanguard of not only the crypto industry, but also the broader consumer and B2B finance sectors in Latin America. We are excited to see Ripio take advantage of our platform services to accelerate the adoption of digital dollars and introduce innovative new products like Ripio Earn. From investors to gig-economy workers, the broad availability of digital dollars championed by Ripio promises to increase access to new economic opportunities for many more people than previously possible.”