Morning Brief 10.9.19: Barclays dumps Post Office cash access

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The U.K.'s cash decline manifests in several ways, such as new technology for street performers or disputes over ATM declines.

Barclays is part of the latest controversy, as consumer groups and regulators have slammed its decision to end support for free cash withdrawals at the Post Office. The Guardian reports 28 other banks have agreed to a deal with the Post Office, which is designed to address the "cash desert" problem that is a particular problem in rural areas.

Barclays told The Guardian it would support other financial services at the Post Office, and pledged not to close branches in communities in which it is the "last bank in town."

Government push

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs is investing about $14 million in a mobile payments reward program to encourage domestic commerce.

The agency will partner with mobile payment service firms Taiwan Pay, Line Pay, Jkos Pay and Pi to subsidize the incentives at about 200 shopping districts, reports Taipei Times.

The government predicts the increase in mobile payments can boost overall shopping, reporting mobile payments jumped to $47.8 billion in 2018 from $14.8 billion in 2017.

New market

Citing an expanding business travel market, WEX has expanded to the United Arab Emirates, where it plans to issue virtual cards.

The company is partnering with Mastercard to tap an addressable travel market of about $18.7 billion in the UAE, WEX said, citing government data. The company will target procurement and general travel payments, as well as use local partnerships to avoid exchange rate markups and cross-currency fees.

WEX also recently entered an agreement with Visa to expand virtual travel cards globally.

Political crypto

Japanese politicians can accept cryptocurrency donations without limit, the government has ruled.

Crypto donations do not have to be disclosed under the Political Funds Control Law, unlike cash and securities, reports Coindesk, adding the country's political parties will still need to address taxonomy rules. Cryptocurrency is generally more regulated in Japan than in other countries, and as such there are more controls.

The U.S. lags behind Japan in this regard, where very few of the 2020 presidential candidates accept crypto donations.

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