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Mobile Money has Limited Impact on Cash in Uganda

An International Monetary Fund paper uses data from Uganda to understand whether digital payment innovations, particularly mobile money payments, will increase financial inclusion and if it will reduce people’s preference for cash.

Cash Usage - January 25, 2024 midnight

New Year, New Name!

Cash & Payment News™ (CPN) was first published in July 2018 as the successor to Payment News Quarterly. While Currency News™ focuses on the product that is ‘cash’, CPN has concentrated on the use of cash once issued.

Free - January 25, 2024 midnight

CBDC Round-Up

The ECB is looking to sign five agreements worth about €1.1 billion for a four year pilot of a Digital Euro starting early 2025.

CBDC - January 25, 2024 midnight

Cash Use Rises in the UK

For the first time in years, cash usage has risen in the UK, and not by a small percentage. The British Retail Consortium conducts an annual Payments Survey which covers 35% of the UK’s retailers, and this is the first time since it started the survey in 2013 that it has seen an increase.

Cash Usage - December 29, 2023 12:01 a.m.

PSR Recommends Payment Fee Cut

In addition to the British Retail Consortium providing detailed information on the cost of payments in the UK, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has recommended a cap on cross-border interchange fees, following its market review of the fees.

Mobile Payments - December 20, 2023 midnight

Reliability of Payment Networks Under the Spotlight

We report all too frequently on payments system failures – see the end of this article for a recent example. But it is interesting that the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has recently chosen to draw attention to the performance and reliability of Australia’s new payments platform (NPP), particularly noting the need and priority of improving the ‘resilience of Australia’s payments and market infrastructure’.

Mobile Payments - December 20, 2023 midnight

News in Brief

Perhaps a minority story, but a real life example of the strange things people do with banknotes. In Uganda, there is a trend for florists to design bouquets using banknotes.

News - December 20, 2023 midnight

Payment News

The Chief Minister for Bengal has questioned the government’s focus on cashless transactions.

News - December 20, 2023 midnight

CBDC Round Up

Mastercard’s Asia-Pacific lead for blockchain and digital assets has spoken about CBDCs in the region. He argues that consumers are so comfortable with existing payment options that a CBDC is not justified.

CBDC - December 20, 2023 midnight

Cash Usage in Canada

A Payments Canada survey has found that 31% of Canadians use cash for day-to-day purchases, with speed (38%), wide acceptance (38%) and the ability to pay without borrowing (25%) the key motivators. Budgeting, privacy, convenience, cost of paying and security are also important.

Cash Usage - December 20, 2023 midnight

IMF CBDC Virtual Handbook

The latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a blog which highlights its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Virtual Handbook. It draws attention to the explosion of interest in CBDCs and the need to design them appropriately.

CBDC - November 28, 2023 midnight

Exploring the Role of AI in the Central Banking Domain

Artificial Intelligence (AI) roared into the public consciousness in 2023. Its widespread use and, more importantly, its potential have become visible to all, not just the small specialist user community that has been working on it for years. Clearly, AI is of great interest to central banks from the policy makers through the cash issue department.

Free - November 28, 2023 midnight

Making The Case for Cash

If a general can choose the battlefield, they can shape what happens next in the fight that follows. At the Future of Cash conference Brett Scott, the author, explained how the digital leaders have created and driven the story that digital is good and analogue is bad.

Free - November 28, 2023 midnight

News in Brief

A new paper has looked at the cash in circulation in 17 economies between 2001 and 20221.

News - November 28, 2023 midnight

Payment News

Japan has recently experienced a system failure that affected credit card payments at transportation hubs and shops.

News - November 28, 2023 midnight

CBDC Round Up

A paper published by the Munich Personal RePEc Archive has carried out secondary research on Africa’s adoption of CBDCs.

CBDC - November 28, 2023 midnight

Cash Cycle in a Digital World

It is unusual for a commercial bank to describe its cash strategy, and so it was particularly good to hear NatWest, one of the UK’s big four high street banks, do this at the Future of Cash conference in Istanbul.

Cash Usage - November 28, 2023 midnight

Shaping the Future of Cash in an Uncertain World

The Future of Cash conference in Istanbul, which took place 6-8 November, saw some big conversations about cash today and its future. The mood was more upbeat than in recent years as transactional demand for cash has largely rebounded from the lows of the pandemic and the access to cash agenda has gathered pace in countries facing the reality of less cash.

Future of Cash - November 28, 2023 midnight