Here are some of the highlights since January 1.
In an op-ed published in The Telegraph, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Griffith, writes, “2023 will see communities benefit from a regulated right of access to cash, enshrined in law via the Financial Services and Markets Bill currently going through Parliament. It will cover withdrawals and the ability to make cashMoney in physical form such as banknotes and coins. More deposits, which is particularly important to small businesses.”
The Financial Times’s correspondent in Rome, Amy Kazmin – who previously lived in India – compares the Indian and Italian policies to nudge consumers away from cash. The controversial Indian demonetization of 2016 is described as a bizarre experiment “which had Indians queueing for weeks at banks to exchangeThe Eurosystem comprises the European Central Bank and the national central banks of those countries that have adopted the euro. More their useless old notes for newly printed ones.”
In Italy, since mid-2022, businesses have been required to accept card payments and face a penalty of €30 plus 4% of the transaction value if they refuse. Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni proposed to drop the obligation for transactions below €60. The initiative was abandoned after criticism from the European Commission and the Bank of Italy, which called it counterAutomatic device for the counting of banknotes or coins. More to Italy’s pledge to fight tax evasion.
“I get that Meloni — never a fan of big banks — wanted to side with small business owners raging against big capital. Yet Italy, with its precarious public finances, cannot afford to drive economic activity underground, beyond the taxman’s reach,” writes Kazmin.
According to Zee Business, the controversial decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetize notes of 500 and 1,000 rupees in 2016 was upheld by India’s Supreme Court, with a 4:1 majority, asserting that the decision-making process had not been flawed nor hasty. The Court had received fifty-eight petitions challenging the demonetization.
Justice B.V. Nagarathna dissented from the majority judgment and said, “Parliament should have discussed the law on demonetisationSee Demonetised banknote. More, the process should not have been done through a gazette notification. Parliament cannot be left aloof on an issue of such critical importance for the country.”
The Jerusalem Post reports that archaeologists have found silverWhite, shiny, and soft metal used to mint coins or medals. More coins made in Anatolia (Turkey) in the 17th century BC at various digging sites in Israel. “Their discovery proves the use of silver coins as moneyFrom the Latin word moneta, nickname that was given by Romans to the goddess Juno because there was a minting workshop next to her temple. Money is any item that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, such as taxes, in a particular region, country or socio-economic context. Its onset dates back to the origins of humanity and its physical representation has taken on very varied forms until the appearance of metal coins. The banknote, a typical representati... More in the southern Levant and precedes by 500 years what was thought to be the use of such coins.” writes the Post.
Red envelopes containing cash, called lai see in Cantonese (利是 or 利事) and hong bao in Mandarin (紅包), are a traditional gift exchanged during the celebration of the Lunar New Year, which falls on January 22, 2023. The envelope symbolizes a wish for luck for the recipient.
Long queues were seen at some branches of the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Bank of China, according to The Standard. Some people said they had exchanged more new banknotes for handing out red envelopes this year as they expect to meet more relatives and friends after the city lifted Covid-19 curbs.
Asiaone.com reports that long queues are forming at ATMs in Singapore, including DBS pop-up-ATMS dedicated to issuing new notes for the Lunar Year. The pop-up ATMs received CashEssentials‘s Best CashTechThe expression was first coined by CashEssentials and is the encounter of cash and technology. It brings together innovative companies who leverage software and modern communications technology to improve cash services: access to cash; acceptance of cash; and the efficiency of the cash cycle for all stakeholders. More Award in 2022. This year, to reduce carbon emissions from issuing new notes, the Monetary AuthoritySee Central Bank More of Singapore encourages people to adopt ‘fit-for-gifting’ notes of similar quality.
According to Bitcoin.com, the United States remains the dominant leader in bitcoinBitcoin is commonly said to be a cryptocurrency, a digital means of exchange developed by a set of anonymous authors under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, which began operating in 2009 as a community project (Wikipedia type), without the relationship or dependency of any government, state, company or body, and whose value (formed by a complicated system of mathematical algorithms and cryptography) is not supported by any central bank or authority. Bitcoins are essentially accounting entries i... More ATMs, with 88%, or 33,041 devices out of 38,609, installed in the country. However, the US has seen negative growth for the first time, with 188 ATMs or 0.6% of the fleet, removed last year.
Canada follows the US with 2,558 crypto ATMs, or 6.6% of the total. Spain is the third largest hub, albeit far behind, with 226 units. Australia is in 4th position with 219 crypto ATMs and has overtaken El Salvador with 212.
Here’s what’s new and curated on the web since January 1.