from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Physical cash seems to be a bit less popular than it once was. Some European countries are even contemplating completely digital currencies to combat the potential side effects of negative interest rates (i.e. people taking out all of their savings as cash). At the same time, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could provide other means of payments without dealing with physical cash. So are we ready for a cashless society? (No, probably not for some time.) However, digital currencies could take away the importance of centralized banking, bit by bit. Perhaps some older forms of savings will make a comeback.
- A sou-sou is a kind of informal savings club where a small group of people agree to contribute cash regularly and distribute lump sums on a schedule. This kind of arrangement is not uncommon for immigrants or people who can’t build credit with centralized banking systems. [url]
- Lending circles or Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) is the academic term for a savings club like a sou-sou. Related savings vehicles are also called a huay, tanda or chit fund — and some organizations are helping to document the transactions of these informal groups so that more formal credit histories can be established. [url]
- The tontine is an old kind of retirement fund (or financing scheme, actually) that was much more popular over 100 years ago. People would contribute money to a tontine with many other investors, get regular distributions… and each member’s distributed share would increase as members died off (hopefully due to old age), so the longer you lived, the more you could profit. A new kind of tontine could be revived to replace the pensions and annuities that people nowadays don’t seem to be participating in. [url]
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