In today's episode of MarketFoolery, our top analysts answer a viewer's question, "Will eBay spin off Paypal?" Joe Mayger seems very confident that this will happen in the next few years. He expects them to hang onto Paypal until after the discover deal comes to fruition, and then do an equity carve out, where they sell a small part of the business to create a currency for the stock, and then sell off the rest at a higher price. 

Realistically, there is no reason to wait for the spinoff, though, as both companies continue to perform well in their current state.

If eBay should decide to spin off Paypal, it also frees up the payments platform to operate more freely with  competitors like Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN). Doing so would be an enormous win for Paypal, as Amazon has forever changed the retail landscape. 
 
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