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Cash Increases Risk for Central Banks

A recent paper, ‘COVID Cash*’, by Kenneth Rogoff and Jessica Scazzero considers the implications for advanced economies in the long-term trend of value being stored in cash, a trend accelerated by, and highly visible due to, the pandemic. They make two arguments.

Central Banks - April 12, 2021 midnight

Payments Leadership Council

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Financial, as well as industry counterparts FIS, Fiserv and Global Payments, have formed the Payments Leadership Council to represent their position to the government and in the media on a range of issues. Card payments are in the spotlight currently.

Cards - April 12, 2021 midnight

Retailers as Bankers

While the activity of retailers may, at first glance, appear of secondary importance to the world of payments, in today’s changing economic landscape it could have big implications, particularly when retailers of the scale of Walmart are involved and with card and payment fees rising.

Retail - April 12, 2021 midnight

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

News in Brief

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has reorganised to combine its cash department and its payment department.

News - April 12, 2021 midnight

Diebold Nixdorf Positions Itself for the Future

In 2016 Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf joined forces to form Diebold Nixdorf, creating a company with global reach in the self-service market. Diebold Nixdorf serves retailers and retail banks providing ATM and point of sale (POS) technology and software to run and integrate the technology and behind the scenes payment platforms. It also offers management services for all these products.

Cash Management - 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

New CBDC Project Announcements

The number of central banks announcing work on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) continues to rise. This month there have been reports about CBDC activity by the central banks of the ECCB, Jamaica, Korea and Russia.

CBDC - April 12, 2021 midnight

Payment News

Google Pay is changing. The existing Google Pay will shut down in the US on 5 April and a new app has to be downloaded if you want to continue paying with Google on your phone.

News - April 12, 2021 midnight

CBDC Conference 2021

With the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank announcing the world’s first CBDC based on blockchain technology, the CBDC activity level around the world continues to grow.

Conferences - April 12, 2021 midnight

The Flight to Cash in a Crisis

Gerhard Rösel and Franz Seitz have published a paper, ‘Cash and Crises: No Surprises by the Virus’, as a working paper for the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability. This paper looks at cash usage across a number of key economies since the 1990s. It notes the trend towards cash being hoarded as a store of value, reflected an increasing proportion of cash in circulation being high value notes, but looks, in particular, at what happens to cash when there is crisis.

Staff Papers - April 12, 2021 midnight

Cash – the ‘Anchor of Stability’ Which Needs Safeguarding

A recent working paper entitled ‘Institutional Hostility to Cash and COVID-19’ by economists Doris Neuberger of Germany’s University of Rostock and Eduardo Beretta from the Swiss Institute of Economics examines how the pandemic has boosted commercial incentives and government policies to nudge consumers away from cash.

COVID - March 5, 2021 midnight

Cardtronics Accepts NCR’s Offer

January’s edition of Cash & Payment News™ covered NCR’s bid for Cardtronics. NCR – which describes itself as ‘a technology provider for the financial, retail and hospitality industries’ – has now announced that it has entered into a definitive acquisition agreement to buy the company, paying $39 per share, valuing Cardtronics at $2.5 billion. NCR justifies this in its statement as accelerating its shift to ‘NCR-as-a-Service’ strategy, moving its mix of revenues across its business more to software, services and recurring revenue.

ATMs - March 5, 2021 midnight

CashTech News Round-Up

The Dhaka Tribune reports that between March and the end of November 2020, the number of Cash Recycling Machines (CRMs) increased from 266 to 684 in an attempt to make branches less crowded and to lower costs since less cash loading and replenishment of ATMs is needed, along with reduced cash movements, sorting and handling.

Cash Management - March 5, 2021 midnight

CashTech: Taking Cash Forward

This is the title of a new Cash Essentials paper. The paper considers the role cash plays in economic and social life, the challenges it faces and how innovation is improving the efficiency of the cash cycle. The paper includes the line, ‘the capacity for cash to change will be integral to its continuing success’, and it goes on to explore what the future holds.

Free - March 5, 2021 midnight

News in Brief

On 26 January the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgement on the Hessischer Rundfunk case.

News - March 5, 2021 midnight