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Many residents of different countries own Bitcoins, but not everyone can use them for their intended purpose. However, there are cities where those who own them can fully enjoy their advantages over other currencies. Analysts ranked such cities.
San Francisco is in the first place. In this city, there are more than thirty ATMs working with Bitcoin and hundreds of stores where they can pay for goods and services. It is here the largest crypto-exchange Coinbase located. In addition, there are many programmers working with cryptocurrencies.
Vancouver is in the second place. The city has more than a hundred stores that accept coins as well as about fifty cryptoATMs. Anyone who owns Bitcoin can easily pay them off and not feel deprived of their rights.
The third place went to Amsterdam. This city is considered one of the most loyal to cryptocurrency. There are dozens of outlets and shops where you can pay, there is also an ATM that works with Bitcoin.
Fourth place - Ljubljana. Despite the fact that the city has just over 250,000 inhabitants, it has 5 cryptoATMs and dozens of small shops that accept Bitcoin as a means of payment. In addition, they can pay in some hotels.
Tel-Aviv is in the fifth place. It has several Bitcoin ATMs, more than sixty stores which accept a leading coin.
Zurich is in the sixth place. Since a large number of banks work here, they decided to install 8 ATMs operating with Bitcoin in the city and residents can pay them in several dozen outlets.
Seventh place was taken by the city of Tampa. Despite the fact that it is very small, there are 13 Bitcoin ATMs and almost a hundred stores where everyone can pay Bitcoin for the goods.
Buenos Aires is on the eighth line. This city has more than a hundred stores where tourists and residents can pay with Bitcoin. There are a few cryptoATMs.
New York is in ninth place. Bitcoin takes several hundred stores and more than a hundred cryptoATMs work here.
London is in the last place. Here you can find more than eighty stores and several dozen ATMs working with bitcoin.
Perhaps in a few years there will be even more cities where residents and tourists can use Bitcoin for their own purposes.
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2013 Starbucks cup with coins. GETTY
Here’s something to think about the next time you are swigging down a frothy Double Mocha Macchiato at the viridian mermaid’s: your Starbucks Rewards app is one of the main reasons why the U.S. is a global laggard when it comes to mobile fintech adoption.
Venmo might be cool, but cash is king
The average American consumer makes 41 payments per month, amounting to approximately 1.3 transactions per day. When it comes to the number of transactions, cash remains the undisputed king. In fact, more than a quarter of our monthly payments are dealt with by an exchange of greenbacks. However, cash-based transactions tend to be smaller, with an average value of $23 per exchange.
Number of transactions per instrument — 2017FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ATLANTA, THE 2017 DIARY OF CONSUMER PAYMENT CHOICE
At the same time, almost half of transactions in the U.S. are executed with a swipe of credit or debit car. However, none of the above come close to the amount of dollars pushed by the granddaddy of U.S. transactions: checks. Based on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s latest figures, the average American spent four times as much with checks per transaction as they did with credit cards, and a whopping ten times as much as they did with cash.
Now, I can already hear my friendly neighborhood millennials interjecting with their rebuttals along the lines of “but, like, my crew only uses Venmoand I haven’t had a checkbook since ever.” True, in 2017 “other” payment methods had already reached an average monthly payment value of $180 per consumer — more than cash, credit and debit combined. However, these other methods include income deductions (e.g., child support payments) that significantly skew the statistics. As a result, it is hard to discern the actual share the Zelles, Venmos and PayPals of this world in reality command.
Whatever their share might be, it is most certainly growing in double digits. For instance, Venmo alone saw its net payment volume grow 78% year-on-year to $17 billion in the last quarter of 2018. With the majority of Americans foreseeing the death of cash in their lifetime it’s hard to dismiss the push towards mobile payments and fintech in general as mere hype. At the same time, it is painfully clear that the U.S. will be playing catch-up with countries like China, Sweden and South-Korea for quite some time.
Keeping up with the Middle Kingdom
In 2017, approximately 45% of U.S. consumers had a non-bank account such as PayPal. At the same time in China, the adoption rates of non-bank payment platforms, such as WeChat Pay and AliPay, as the primary payment methodhad reached a whopping 92% in certain metropolitan areas. Recent predictions have 80% of the entire Chinese population using mobile payments, with only 23% of U.S. consumers doing the same.
Shanghai, China — January 23rd, 2017 : Signs indicating the availalbe electronic payment methods in a store : alipay, Wechat pay, Western Union card, and Apple pay. GETTY
The Middle Kingdom’s rapid transition towards a cashless and cardless economy has already become a staple of media exoticism with every other travel section sharing stories of buskers and beggars soliciting payments with QR codes and handheld devices. To be sure, WeChat and AliPay have already become ubiquitous to the point of making life difficult for touristsand the technically-challenged alike. Far less amusingly, China’s deep-dive into mobile payments has shown that the technology presents real risks of casting entire groups of people outside the market economy.
We can expect to see similar paradigm shifts in fintech adoption elsewhere as well. For instance, the use of cash has continued to decline in Sweden to the point that it may soon be so marginalized that it becomes difficult to use cash as a means of payment. The Swedish central bank has virtually stopped minting new coins since 2010 simply because they are no longer needed in circulation, and the number of ATMs has dropped off a precipice. What’s more, Sweden will in all likelihood be cashless within five years, which is in stark contrast with the cash-bound future of the U.S. in 2024.
So what exactly is holding the U.S. back? It certainly isn’t the lack of entrepreneurs given that the vast majority of the top 50 fintech companieshail from the country. It is also unlikely that American consumers themselves are to blame in light of the fact that 42% of them profess to being comfortable with cashless alternatives. Instead, the root of the problem is likely to be the fragmented banking system that has thus far succeeded in warding off systemic disruption.
Thanks for the latte, Starbucks
One thing is true in both homeownership and finance: foundational defects are often best treated with a dose of dynamite. While China has had the opportunity to leapfrog straight into the mobile payment era, U.S. has been tasked with the financial equivalent of open-heart surgery.
Now which one of you Benjamins is the aorta. GETTY
As Markus Lampinen — CEO of the digital finance enabler Difitek that has worked with over 150 digital challengers around the world — notes, transitions in the U.S. are slow not because of a lack of digital challengers and disruptors, but rather because of the relative size of the existing markets. “It’s far easier to start as a digital native than to transform an existing culture to digital,” Lampinen says.
Undoing decades if not centuries worth of financial structures is no small ask indeed, and we can expect the U.S. to continue to be outmaneuvered by nimble upstarts that are not burdened by past lives spent in analog.
The fragmented state of the U.S. mobile payments market has done little to help. Early adopters are currently split between three main handheld ecosystems with Apple Pay leading the pack at 22 million users (Google and Samsung have 11.1 and 9.9 million users respectively). These walled gardens increase the adoption costs for vendors and consumers alike, which in turn has made it difficult for any particular payment service to reach critical mass.
The prospect of locking in customers on their own proprietary platform has tempted many a brand as well. In fact, the Starbucks Rewards app is the most popular mobile payment app with 23.4 users in 2018, and the gap between Starbucks and Apple is expected to widen to more than 2.3 millionusers by 2022. Fragmentation across different devices and brands begets a winner-takes-all type of competition which hurts consumers as much as the competitors that end up with the short end of the stick.
Pick your poison. GETTY
The number of contenders is also a source of acute headaches for merchants as well. Only 12% of U.S. vendors accept mobile payments overall, with many noting that there are no meaningful benefits from switching over from credit cards to, for instance, Apple Pay. Even major retailers that are far better equipped to deal with overlapping payment systems than most have been slow to adopt mobile payments, with only 37% accepting Apple Pay or PayPalas per most recent figures.
Walled gardens can also be a demotivating factor for some consumers. Given the number of credit and debit cards the average U.S. consumer already has, who can blame them for not jumping on the next bandwagon that promises to make payments marginally easier.
Mobile is coming
In a country with 7,000 banks, change must come at its own pace. For the eagle-eyed observers the telltale signs are already there. For instance, 2017 marked the first year where cash lost out to debit cards in the $10–24.99 purchase range, echoing the average American consumer’s confidence in ditching cash in favor of more convenient alternatives. At the same time, the amount of Americans that use cash for all purchases has decreased sharply.
The examples of China, Sweden and others are also emboldening American vendors. In fact, 2019 will see the first Major League Baseball arena — Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field — become fully cashless with visitors required to sign off their purchases with mobile devices, credit cards or gift cards. A further 15% of U.S. vendors are also planning to begin accepting cryptocurrencies in the next three years.
With the cost of handling cash entailing $40 billion worth of losses due to theft alone, and with the average American consumer spending almost half an hour a month just travelling to ATMs, it seems safe to say that the mobile future won’t arrive a moment too soon.
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