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Аргументы против наличных денег

КЕМБРИДЖ (США) – Мир тонет в бумажных деньгах: каждый год центральные банки крупнейших стран мира выпускают наличные на сотни миллиардов долларов, причём в основном это крупные купюры, например $100. В США на долю банкнот номиналом в $100 приходится почти 80% общей суммы наличных денег (в пересчёт на душу населения это ошеломительные $4200). На долю купюры в 10 000 иен (примерно $100) приходится около 90% суммы наличных денег в Японии, размер которой в пересчёте на душу населения приближается к $7000. Как я доказываю уже на протяжении двух десятилетий, в основном все эти наличные деньги способствуют росту подпольной экономики, а не легальной.

Я не защищаю идею безналичного общества, в обозримом будущем это нереализуемо и нежелательно. Однако общество, где наличных денег будет меньше, станет более справедливым и безопасным.

На фоне роста популярности дебетовых карт, электронных переводов и мобильных платежей использование наличных в легальной экономике уже давно снижается, в первую очередь при проведении транзакций среднего и крупного размера. Исследования центральных банков показывают, что лишь очень маленький процент крупных купюр хранят и используют обычные граждане или предприятия.

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