USD Pax is a crypto asset 100% backed by funds held in regulated US banks. 1 PAX equals 1 US Dollar.
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What is USD PAX?
A Paxos USD token is not itself a US dollar, but Paxos Trust Company, LLC is responsible for backing every token with a US dollar held in segregated accounts at FDIC-insured, U.S. banks. Paxos Trust Company, LLC is also responsible for issuing and redeeming each token in exchange for $1.00. USD PAX (represented in the Wallet as PAX) is known as a “stablecoin” and is fully supported in the Blockchain Wallet.
In general, a stablecoin is a cryptocurrency asset designed to minimize the price volatility typically associated with cryptocurrencies. To that end, a stablecoin will typically be pegged to another asset or group of assets, such as another currency or commodity.
Holding USD PAX in your Blockchain Wallet means that you can easily transition between volatile cryptocurrencies and a token pegged to USD. While the fiat estimation of your other cryptocurrency balances will change with the market, the value of your USD PAX balance will always remain the same, and change only with transactions that add to or subtract from your PAX balance.
PAX is an ERC20 token (read more about these here), which means that any transactions with it will cost an additional, small fee in ETH. You can learn more about USD PAX transaction fees and ETH minimum balance here.