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How did Americans Spend During the Pandemic?

In 2020 US consumers each spent $17,095 according to the US census bureau, $2,398 of which was online. CouponFollow surveyed 1,500 Americans in January 2021 about the state of cashless and touchless payment methods during the pandemic.

Country Profile - April 12, 2021 midnight

Top Payment Trends in Turkey in 2021

Alper Sayin, Director Cash Planning and Operations at Garanti BBVA, has summarised the key cash and payment trends facing Turkey in 2021. Cash is increasing but cost control remains high on the agenda, with new cash processing tools being used and an ATM pooling initiative being closely monitored.

Country Profile - April 12, 2021 midnight

Wales Launches Complementary Currency to Boost COVID-Affected Economy

Wales, with a population 3.15 million, along with England 56.3 million, Scotland 5.46 million and Northern Ireland 1.89 million make up UK’s total population of 66.8 million. Although all countries in the Union are governed by the UK government based in Westminster in London, Wales along with Scotland and Northern Ireland each has a devolved Parliament with limited powers.

Country Profile - April 12, 2021 midnight

UK Cash Under Pressure

LINK, the UK’s main cash machine operator, reported a 37% drop in the number of ATM cash withdrawals in 2020, a significant fall. But that is still £1.6 billion withdrawn each week - £1,500 for each adult. With nearly 8% fewer free-to-use ATMs and nearly 18% fewer pay-to-use machines, these figures are even more impressive. John Howells, CEO of LINK, the UK’s largest cash machine network, made the point that ‘the sharp decline in ATM use brings significant problems (the) drop in transactions places enormous strain on the cash infrastructure’.

Country Profile - March 5, 2021 midnight

A Changing Payment Landscape in Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) monitors payments closely. During 2020 there were some interesting variations that HKMA will track in 2021. The priority for 2021 will be to monitor and understand what is happening across a range of indicators so that HKMA can manage the appropriate supply of banknotes.

Country Profile - March 5, 2021 midnight

Pandemic Payment Patterns in the Netherlands

The Dutch National Bank (DNB) studied how an external shock, the COVID-19 pandemic, affected payments in the Netherlands, using an extensive payment diary that ran from January 2018 to October 2020.

Country Profile - March 5, 2021 midnight

Federal Reserve Survey Reflects Changing Cash Usage

In October 2020 the Federal Reserve’s national Cash Product Office (CPO), with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, conducted the annual Diary of Consumer Payment Choice survey.

Cash Usage - March 5, 2021 midnight

Sweden Considers the Future

On 1 January 2021, a new law came into effect in Sweden intended to secure access to cash and payment services.

Country Profile - February 2, 2021 midnight

Call for Higher Contactless Payment Limits

​UK Finance, who represent the banking industry, are reported by The Times newspaper to have asked the Treasury to increase the contactless payment limit from £45 to £100. Prior to the COVID pandemic the limit had been £30. The Financial Conduct Authority would have to approve any change.

Country Profile - February 2, 2021 midnight