Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

U.S.: Bald Benutzungsgebuehr fuer Geldscheine?

[Derzeit scheint kein mit IT realisierbarer Schwachsinn zu abwegig zu sein, um zur Realisierung angedient zu werden. Letztlich ein Plot zur effektiven Elimination von "anonymen" Geld: Der Luxus, anonyme Geld- Tokens statt nachvervolgbarer Baknbuchungen zu verwenden, soll in Zukunft etwas kosten. Diese Geldwaeschehysterie geht mir allmaehlich auf die Nerven. -AHH]

------- Forwarded message follows ------- Date sent: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 10:28:29 -0400 To: From: Declan McCullagh <> Subject: FC: Fed official wants expiration dates, tracking devices for bills Send reply to:,1283,32121,00.html

No Deposit, Less Return by Declan McCullagh (

3:00 a.m. 27.Oct.99.PDT WASHINGTON -- US currency should include tracking devices that let the government tax private possession of dollar bills, a Federal Reserve official says.

The longer you hold currency without depositing it in a bank account, the less that cash will be worth, according to a proposal from Marvin Goodfriend, a senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

In other words, greenbacks will get automatic expiration dates.

"The magnetic strip could visibly record when a bill was last withdrawn from the banking system. A carry tax could be deducted from each bill upon deposit according to how long the bill was in circulation," Goodfriend wrote in a recent presentation to a Federal Reserve System conference in Woodstock, Vermont.

The 34-page paper argues a carry tax will discourage "hoarding" currency, deter black market and criminal activities, and boost economic stability during deflationary periods when interest rates hover near zero.

It says new technology finally makes such a scheme feasible. "Systems would have to be put in place at banks and automatic teller machines to read bills, assess the carry tax, and stamp the bills 'current,'" the report recommends.

Goodfriend said in an interview that banks might place a kind of visible "date issued" stamp on each note they distributed. "The thing could actually stamp the date when the bill comes out of the ATM," he said.


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