The Global Cash Index™, a Cardtronics collaboration, focuses on the use of cash for making payments and as a payment method that equally plays a role with cards, checks, direct debit and other methods of settling up between consumers and businesses. Unlike most reported estimates of cash, our proprietary data analysis focuses on the use of cash for making payments rather than hoarding.


  • Cash share accounted for 60 percent of South Africa’s GDP, as well as 37.5 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP.
  • Overall, the Middle East’s GDP is expected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2021.
  • Middle Eastern consumers made $0.9 trillion in cash payments in 2016. This is expected to rise to $1.4 trillion by 2021.
  • In South Africa, 75 percent of adults now possess bank accounts, compared to just 60 percent of adults in Turkey.