This is the opinion of Massimo Buonomo, a UN global blockchain expert who added that the need for a bank account may soon be "fully removed by digital currencies and especially the central bank's digital currencies (CBDCs). Buonomo said that banks and credit card companies have had a duopolistic approach to digital payments for many years, but the advent of digital currencies can mean that users can circumvent them completely, he said in an online board on Thursday about the future global post-coronavirus economic structure.
He said that low-interest rates, which central banks are needed to facilitate increased borrowing, will speed up the cycle because they enable account holders to chase other countries for returns. For one, the Bank of England discusses the idea that interest rates are paying in negative territories, which suggests savers can compensate the banks to keep funds in their bank accounts. American President Donald Trump recently called them a "gift" for negative rates.
Interest rates are the one remaining killer feature of bank accounts, according to Buonomo. Yet in the context of digital currencies that can accept online purchases as quickly, they are in danger of being redundant.