What Gets Lost When Our Finances Go Paperless

Companies are pushing to send only online statements — and what we lose in the process

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Banks, credit-card companies and other financial firms are doing everything they can to wean us off paper. Tracking our accounts online is better for the environment, they say, more convenient and safer too, since we won't have sensitive data sitting in our mailboxes. (The fact that firms save about $1 per statement tends not to make it into the pitch.)

Companies are asking, cajoling, even paying people to ditch paper--and it's working. Two years ago, 13% of us got credit-card statements online only; today, 24% do. But as we stop holding that information in our hands once a month in favor...

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