The Countries That Love Cash

High for the Swiss and low in Portugal, the average amount of money that we keep in our wallets for cash payments varies from country to country.

Where Cash (sort of) Rules

Like Mark Twain saying, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” non-cash payments have not eliminated currency.

Weekly Roundup: From Sweden’s Tax Evaders to Libya’s Safe Crackers

Ranging from a U.S. cheese glut to Taiwan’s healthcare, our weekly roundup included behavioral economics, fiscal policy and opportunity cost.

Weekly Roundup: From Nibbling Nachos to Sipping Starbucks

Our everyday economics includes risk, externalities, purchasing power, complementary goods, capitalism, money supply, human capital, and innovation.

What Money Should Look Like

The currency part of a money supply needs three basic characteristics that relate to value and also usually a design that reflects a national identity.

Weekly Roundup: From Desirable Currency to Rejected Coins

Our everyday economics includes gender gap, human capital, competition, regulation, opportunity cost, money supply, currency and conspicuous consumption.

What Gorgeous Money Looks Like

Although paper currency is just one part of a money supply, a special design like Norway’s new kroner notes conveys an inspirational message.

How the Fed Solves the Old Money Problem

Part of keeping the money supply at the right level involves the Fed monitoring the paper money that enters circulation and recycling cash that leaves it.

The Money Supply: The New Hundred Dollar Bill

Our story begins in 2010 when the United States announced that it would be issuing a state-of-the-art $100 bill. Designed to thwart counterfeiters, the new bill has 3-D interactive features. When you move it, certain shapes and colors shift. There…

Money Supply: A Cash Mystery

While the demand for cash is up… We are using it less to pay for things… So, what are people doing with their cash? (Hint: Compare the total currency in circulation to denominations up to $50.) Our clue is the…