The rise of cryptocurrencies and what it means for credit card users

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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on January 27th, 2023       

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There’s no doubt that as Australians we love our plastic and the numbers don’t lie. As of October 2017, there were 16,719,143 credit cards in Australia. However, with the rise of cryptocurrencies will this spell the end of our obsessive use of credit cards?

Physical money is dead

When was the last time you whipped out cash to pay for something? It’s most likely that we will make payments using our cards and rarely whip out the cash unless if we want to pay for some obscure bill or offer as pocket money to your children.

You might not be surprised to know that only 8% of the world’s money is physical, the rest is digital. Then maybe it won’t come as a shocker to realise that credit cards could become obsolete.

The rise of Peer-to-peer payment and Bitcoin

We love looking for ways that can make our lives more convenient, especially when it comes to spending our money. You might as well call us the shortcut species while you at it. Peer-to-Peer spending is becoming an accepted form of payment through applications like PayPal that boast 218 million active users.

In our own backyard banks such as Westpac are now currently offering their customers the option of making payments through iMessage.

Bitcoin is also another digital currency that appears to be on every corner that you turn. They are similar to credit cards but have lower transaction fees. You can also use it to make and receive payments. Soon it will just be a matter of making payments even if you accidentally left your wallet with your credit card in it at home.

Be safe while going digital

Just because it is going digital does not mean that it won’t have a few glitches in the system. A recent report by Finder found that US$534 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen from a major Japanese exchange Coincheck. This is why it is important that you protect your private information when online, and be careful in terms of where you store your digital currencies.

While we still have our credit cards…

The stage is set for changes to occur with how we use and spend money, but for now, we still have our credit cards to rely on. To make the most of it while it last is t know how to use it effectively.

If you realised that your credit card is not living up to the standard that you like you can always compare online for one that has a low interest rate that will see you through life’s payments. You can always check its features, along with the terms and conditions to see if it is a card that will work for you in the long run.

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