MasterCard’s CFO: Cryptocurrency purchases are boosting our customer spending

Mastercard has seen an increase in usage partly due to users purchasing cryptocurrency.

The payment network’s cross-border volumes – a measure of customer spending abroad – have risen 22 percent so far this year, fueled partly by clients using their cards to buy digital currencies, said Chief Financial Officer Martina Hund-Mejean on Thursday. Higher spending on travel in Europe also contributed, she said.

“Just to be clear, we do not switch or settle cryptocurrency transactions over our network,” Hund-Mejean said on a call with analysts. “Our plans do not presume this type of activity will continue as we have no line of sight as to how cardholders will view cryptocurrencies in the future.”

Author: Richard Abermann