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Payments and the Underbanked: The Importance of Reaching Millennials

Posted by Lawrence Pruss on Oct 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, approximately 27 percent of all American households are unbanked or underbanked – that’s 50 million individuals.

For purposes of this article, unbanked refers to individuals who don’t have a bank account and underbanked refers to those who supplement their bank account with alternative financial services like check cashers. Both underbanked and unbanked households are typically forced to rely on nonbank financial or high-rate lending solutions such as payday lending, tax refund, and settlement loans. They are out of the mix for traditional banks, which means little to no opportunities for payments and fees from them.

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