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Demonetisation, digitisation: Will currency become extinct in some time?

Human connection with cash hard to break; the future will be 'less cash', rather than cashless

Bhaskar Chakravorti | The Conversation 

On June 27, the ATM turns 50. Former U. S.

Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker once described it as the “only useful innovation in banking.” But today, the cash that ATMs dispense may be on the endangered list. Cash is being displaced in so many ways that it’s hard to keep track. There are credit cards and electronic payments; apps such as Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash; mobile payments services; cryptocurrencies that operate outside the purview of central banks; and localized offerings such as Kenya’s mPesa, India’s Paytm and Bangladesh’s bKash. ...

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First Published: Mon, June 26 2017. 13:11 IST