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Cash Trends

Cash is continuously moving into and out of banks, cash registers, and wallets. The following infographic demonstrates how Reserve Bank cash operations work to meet demand for cash while ensuring the quality and integrity of notes in circulation.

Does your use of cash, credit cards, debit cards, and e-pay reflect national trends? Play our Payment Diary Game to find out.

A recent survey shows that 30 percent of American consumers prefer cash out of all payment methods. Consumers who generally prefer debit and credit cards are 49 percent likely to use cash for purchases less than $20. Get more quick cash facts in this infographic.

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Fed Notes

With the increase in electronic payments, it has been difficult to determine how personal preferences impact the demand for cash as a payment instrument. By analyzing data on demographics and stated payment preferences, this FedNotes paper provides evidence on the determinants of cash usage for small value payments, and particularly how consumers’ stated payment instrument preference and the amount of the purchase affect their propensity to use cash.

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Video: The Cash Lifecycle

Life of a Federal Reserve Note

Where does cash come from and what happens to it once it leaves our wallets? Follow the money from production to destruction with this video.

Cash Facts

Cash Facts About Today's Currency

Explore the design features and security measures in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes that help ensure the integrity of the cash you use.

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