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High denominations also play a role in transactions. According to the Federal Reserve Diary of Consumer A transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. Choices, the share of transactions of $100 and over settled in cash reached 11% in 2015, up from 9% in 2012. According to the ECB household survey on the use of cash, 20% of purchases between €200 and €1,000 are paid in cash. And 4% of respondents use cash for purchases of over €10,000! And this is perfectly legitimate.
And then we have interest rates. The Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates on February 16th, a move that triggered a sharp increase in demand for ¥10,000 notes. Likewise, the demand for CHF 1,000 in Switzerland is correlated to short-term interest rates. The Bank of Korea summarizes the situation well in its 2014 annual report, « the main driving factors behind the recent increase in demand for large-denomination banknotes in Korea can be summarized as low interest rates and the outbreak of the financial crisis, which were also the common macroeconomic factors that affected other major economies.»
Eliminating high denomination notes will not reduce crime or tax evasion. Criminals already make use of other, less tangible, payment methods. Tax evaders don’t need cash to conceal their earnings – tax havens already take care of that. Eliminating high denominations will only make cash less efficient and increase the overall cost of payments to society. The danger is that this might be the first step to eliminating cash altogether, and that is a totally different kettle of fish.