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A growing risk of banking disaster in a cashless economy





With greater ease of transactions comes heightened risk of financial ruin. Cashless interactions allow money to dash across the country with the touch of a button, which accelerates the speed and depth of bank runs. In huge swoops, millions of creditors can either withdraw large sums of money from banks’ deposits at the same time, or switch to different lenders with remarkable ease. If banks don’t have enough cash on hand, there’s a high chance that customers can’t withdraw money from ATMs. That has created a recipe for banking disaster—and regulators haven’t yet smelled the fumes.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view









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