EMURGO Introduces First USD-Backed Stablecoin for the Cardano Ecosystem

The stablecoin is the first offering in its ‘Anzens’ suite of products designed to connect traditional financial services to crypto .

SINGAPORE – November 18, 2022 – EMURGO, the official commercial arm and a founding entity of the Cardano blockchain, announces the planned launch of its new U.S. Dollar-backed stablecoin, USDA. USDA is the first fully fiat-backed, regulatory compliant stablecoin in the Cardano ecosystem.

Fueled by Cardano and designed to safeguard Web3 companies and consumers from crypto market volatility, USDA leverages the stability of the U.S. Dollar combined with Cardano’s security, low fees, and eco-friendly blockchain. This new stablecoin offering locks in the value of investors’ crypto assets by pegging 1:1 to the U.S. dollar, reducing volatility, and unlocking fast global transactions without legacy banking and payment infrastructure delays.

“The Cardano ecosystem was built on the ethos of bringing real-world applications to crypto and creating the foundation to build the economy of the future. The introduction of a fully fiat-backed, regulatory compliant stablecoin is the next step in realizing the future for our community,” said EMURGO Fintech Managing Director Vineeth Bhuvanagiri. “USDA is a native asset, freely exchangeable on Cardano, and backed by U.S. currency. This stablecoin not only offers stability to investors conducting financial transactions on the blockchain, but advances a path forward for the Cardano ecosystem to address a problem we are uniquely positioned to solve — banking the underbanked,” added Bhuvanagiri.

EMURGO has partnered with a regulated financial services company based in the United States to custody cash deposits, assuring the stablecoin is fully compliant and adheres to regulatory guidelines. Backed by “real-world” assets, USDA provides strong, long-term price stability that may eventually lead to unlocking more reliable financial services to the Cardano ecosystem.

USDA is the first product being brought to market within Anzens, EMURGO’s new product suite which aims to bridge the gap between traditional finance (TradFi) and DeFi. Anzens will provide a portal to regulated financial services products offered within the Cardano ecosystem wherein anyone can tokenize their dollars and move them as a Cardano-native asset.

“Anzens is the next step in utilizing the Cardano ecosystem to address some of the biggest challenges the crypto industry faces in creating real-world solutions that seamlessly connect to the traditional financial services world,” continued Bhuvanagiri. “From managing Web3 balance sheets, to making card payments directly with crypto, to better lending and borrowing services, Anzens will set the standard for safe and secure portals between TradFi and DeFi.”

USDA is planned to launch on the Anzens platform in Q1 2023 where users will be able to tokenize their USD into USDA via credit/debit cards, Wire Transfer, ACH, or conversion of ADA. Alongside the tokenization of USD, EMURGO will soon enable the safe and convenient conversion of other stablecoins including USDC and USDT to USDA, with further plans to enable conversion and swaps of cryptocurrencies such as BTC, ETH, amongst others. The goal is for Anzens suite of products to include regulated borrowing and lending services, crypto to USD currency conversion for immediate card payments, and stake pools that pay out rewards in USDA. To learn more and join the waitlist, visit www.anzens.com.

About EMURGO

EMURGO is the official commercial arm of Cardano and provides socially impactful solutions to solve some of the most intricate problems of organizations. As a founding entity of the Cardano protocol, EMURGO is able to leverage its abilities for large-scale blockchain development and rapid solutions deployment to benefit its global clients.

EMURGO has worldwide offices in the U.S., Singapore, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Africa, and a roster of global clients and partners.

To connect and learn more, visit emurgo.io

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Hello @William.Emurgo

Thanks for this post. I was just trying to get more info on Anzens. So… soooo many questions. :slightly_smiling_face:

Is “Fully fiat backed” same as saying that for every 1 USDA there is 1 USD in custody?

Or is it less then 100% + “real-world” assets = 100%?

What are these “real-world” assets?

Can users do revers of that as well? Can I buy USDA with my debit card and covert it back to USD?

Will you also allow conversion of USDA to ADA, so people don’t need to use exchanges to buy ADA?

If so, then :star_struck: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: , If not, then why not?

Who is the team in charge of Anzens? Isn’t Vineeth Bhuvanagiri in charge of Yoroi and Staking or does this bring reorganization of Emurgo?

Why no talk of security of these locked fiat assets? Who watches the reserves of this “regulated financial services company based in the United States”? Does Emurgo have access or ability to lock out this company if they turn shady?

On a side note:

While looking for info on Anzens first thing you see is basic Firebase site with some shady disclaimer:


Using the same basic webpage set up as many NFT and token rug pulls.
Combine that with brand new website that is not declared as Emurgo property:
whoisanzens
…kind of looks sketchy. If I wasn’t already part of Cardano this would raise red flags for me.

If this is the moment when EMURGO- Cardanos sleeping giant - “awakes” and starts competing with likes of other billion dollar stable coin companies… maybe the basic template website is a wrong choice. :man_shrugging:

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I expect to be able to convert from USDA into ADA on one of the many DEXes on Cardano. Being able to buy USDA with USD is mentioned in the article (via credit/debit, wire transfer, etc.). The also mention conversion into ADA.

I don’t see a reason that this works only one way. If you have service partner with a bank licenses you can transfer both ways (from and to cards, wire transfers).

Real world assets can be cash, t-bills, commercial papers, or gov. bonds.

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Im curious as weather Djed will be accepted on the new USDA platform. As Emergo manages both platforms it could possibly provide access to staking there in an easier format.