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Leaders in the mobile wallet trend

The cashless society is in full swing.

Certain start-ups threaten to make ATMs obsolete, Apple's making a big bet on mobile payments, and American Express's CEO even declared that he doesn't fear the potential demise of plastic. Current trends seemingly point to a future with increasingly less cash floating around.

For certain countries, however, that future is close to becoming a reality, as a number of nations have shifted almost entirely toward nonphysical payment.

Based on the rate of cash-free transactions and the percent of the population that relies on a debit card, here is a look at the 10 countries leading the pack toward a nearly cashless economy.

Nicholas Duva, special to CNBC.com
Posted 21 November 2014

Source: MasterCard "Cashless Journey" Report

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