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 is the encounter of cashMoney in physical form such as banknotes and coins. More 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 cycleRepresents the various stages of the lifecycle of cash, from issuance by the central bank, circulation in the economy, to destruction by the central bank. More for all stakeholders.
Comprised mostly of dynamic young start-ups, such as Sonect (Switzerland), SoCash (Singapore); viafintech (Germany) and Shrap (United Kingdom), CashTech realised early that cash services must integrate seamlessly into the lives of users to stay relevant, as cash retains its importance in an increasingly digital world.
As banks reduce their cash infrastructure (branches, ATMs and cash centres) in most advanced economies, CashTech has moved quickly into the open lane. Increasingly, it appears as a compelling addition and complement to traditional channels for the distribution and circulation of cash.
Yet CashTech start-ups are intent on bringing banks further into the CashTech tent – together with retailers and consumers – to keep cash viable amid height- ened global awareness of its enduring role, in terms of inclusion, fairness, resil- ience and the protection of privacy.
Cash continues to hold dominant market positions. Though the amount of cash in circulationThe value (or number of units) of the banknotes and coins in circulation within an economy. Cash in circulation is included in the M1 monetary aggregate and comprises only the banknotes and coins in circulation outside the Monetary Financial Institutions (MFI), as stated in the consolidated balance sheet of the MFIs, which means that the cash issued and held by the MFIs has been subtracted (“cash reserves”). Cash in circulation does not include the balance of the central bank’s own banknot... More is growing faster than GDP in most countries, investor and media interest has focused more on those seeking to displace cash, than innovators working to facilitate its use.
This White PaperSee Banknote paper. More seeks to redress the balance. During the coronavirus pandemic, central banks have recorded exceptional spikes in cash demand, as people in- crease their precautionary holdingsBanknote demand motivated by the store of value function of banknotes, for saving purposes or as a precaution for uncertainties. See Hoarding. More. This has confirmed the prevalent role of cash as a store of valueOne of the functions of money or more generally of any asset that can be saved and exchanged at a later time without loss of its purchasing power. See also Precautionary Holdings. More in a crisis (Heinonen). Citizens on tenterhooks, in the face of a pandemic, have turned en masse to the “rainy day” safeSecure container for storing money and valuables, with high resistance to breaking and entering. More haven of cash and the sense of stability it provides in uncertain times.
But cash-users are holding more and spending less. In the era of the smartphone, the pandemic has changed the way we shop, dramatically reducing consumption as large sections of the economy have shut down. The pandemic has also boosted online shopping and contactless payments, in part due to mislaid fears about cash as a vector of viral transmission.
Long central to its appeal, the tactile nature of cash – helping us budget, spend more wisely and educate our children about the value of 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 – must not be allowed to become a performance handicap for physical money. As with any financial product, the capacity for cash to changeThis is the action by which certain banknotes and/or coins are exchanged for the same amount in banknotes/coins of a different face value, or unit value. See Exchange. More will be integral to its continuing success.
Cash is universal; anonymous; trusted and resilient; a mainstream paymentA transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. More and monetary instrument that is also a bedrock for the unbanked, elderly and vulnerable.
Retail payments have experienced unprecedented innovation and diversification during the last decades, driven by evolving retail models, technological innovation and deregulation. Yet despite the increased use of electronic payments around the world, there is scant evidence that a shift away from cash has occured. Quite the opposite. Never has there been so much cash in circulation.
Innovation, driven by more progressive market incumbents as well as new entrants, has contributed substantially to making cash more accessible and sustainable for business. It has also served to make the cash cycle shorter, more efficient, and bring cash closer to the people for whom access to cash is a fundamental right.
This is the technology we call, CashTech,making cash perfectly suited to the digital world.
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