- Is it better to hold cash in savings/checking accounts, or securities accounts?
- Where will the dollar likely from here?
- What will likely happen with retirement accounts?
- Ways to diversify your cash risk
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The Role Of Cash In The Informal Economy
In stagnating formal economies burdened by over-regulation, high taxes and financialization, one of the few bright spots for employment and entrepreneurism is the informal or cash economy. The more stultified and elite-dominated the economy, the larger and more vibrant the informal economy. In some highly regulated, high-tax European nations, up to 30% of the economic activity is underground/cash.
The elimination of central bank currency will not eliminate the informal economy. Rather, the participants in this sector will adopt non-central bank issued forms of cash—precious metals, coins, other nations’ paper money, perhaps even digital currencies such as bitcoin or its gold-linked cousins (Bitgold, etc.)
Those with little income often do not have bank accounts, as the fees are costly. Eliminating cash will hit the poor who earn money in the informal economy especially hard. Though the poor are essentially powerless in our influence-is-auctioned-to-the-highest-bidder system, this could change once the working poor who benefit from the cash economy are pushed even deeper into poverty by the banning of cash.
That might spark…