Why The World Would End Without Currency
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In the case of American money, cash has value beyond the borders of the country.
People store up cash for emergencies, to keep a safety net, and to ensure that whatever happens, their chunk of cash will be there for them.
In the United States, cash in circulation grew 42% between 2007 and 2012, and the amount of American money floating around in bills is expected to grow by about 5% each year.
People value cash differently than they value electronic money, even though the two have the exact same value.
Our psychological attachment to money, the infrastructure available to banks, and the need to create systems that are compatible with lots of vendors and users, all make progress away from cash more of a drag than a sprint.
"Frankly, based on the continued growth rate of cash, we don't anticipate the disappearance of cash in the possible near term, or even medium term," says Eric Ziegler at Crane Currency, a money design and manufacturing company.
The fight against counterfeiters goes all the way back to the 4th Century BC. Of course, saying that cash isn't going away isn't the same as saying cash is going to look the same forever.
Many who think about cash like to use Mark Twain's quote "Reports of my death have been exaggerated." In one paper, the authors compare cash to a kind of Cinderella.
This article originally appeared on bbc.com
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