In this changing financial and economic environment, people are being forced to switch to cashless payments. Although most prefer to use traditional banking cards, some people prefer alternative means such as cryptocurrency. In fact, the interest in the latter is steadily growing, making users speculate it might replace bank cards over time.
Last month (May 25, 2020), a US white policeman Derek Chauvin killed a 46-year-old black man George Floyd from Minneapolis, Minnesota, after the victim was suspected of using a fake currency of $20 USD bill to purchase a cigarette at one of the shops in the area. If the digital payments services such as credit cards, mobile money, cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, were in place, George wouldn’t have died.
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Several credit card firms have started forbidding Bitcoin and cryptocurrency purchases with various decent reasons. This very week, Apple Inc. in collaboration with two American multinationals financial services firms Mastercard Incorporated and Goldman Sachs Group, officially rolled out a new card providing customers 3% cash-back (discount) on products and services bought directly from Apple, and 2% discount on any products bought using Apple Pay – Apple’s electronic wallet service - and 1% on other related transactions.
The United States based giant cryptocurrency exchange platform, Coinbase, has rolled out its Credit Card in Italy, a Visa card which a customer can use to pay in stores by drawing on his or her online digital currency portfolio.
A lot of agricultural projects in Italy have difficulty accessing credit and lack technological skills. Help could come from startups and from blockchain technology which promises to significantly change the future.
The U.S. technology giant, in partnership with MasterCard and Goldman Sachs, has announced its new product known as Apple Card, which is largely a digital credit card and will be ready to start working in summer of this year. The card is created for convenience and to help the company’s customers gradually appreciate the concept of crypto currency and other financial payment forms.