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Economy

The case for getting rid of high-denomination bank notes

Softer cashless route would hinder criminals, crack interest rate constraints

| China
Talk of abolishing large-denomination bank notes largely centers on preventing criminals from hoarding cash.   © Reuters

I previously discussed the merits of going cashless to enable central banks, including the Bank of Japan, to set interest rates at more negative levels. While that may not happen any time soon, eliminating large denomination paper currency notes -- a "soft" version of eliminating paper currency altogether -- is a more realistic prospect.

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