Banking the Unbanked Joseph A. Smith NC Commissioner of Banks September 27, 2005 Why We Care Whether People Are Banked Asset-based social policies reward work, encourage taking responsibility for financial future & retirement.
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Banking the Unbanked
Joseph A. Smith
NC Commissioner of Banks
September 27, 2005
…earn 60 % of all income,
… own less than 30 % of all net worth, and
… own less than 20 % of total financial assets.
Who are the Unbanked?
Factors Linked to Being Unbanked in NC*
* Controlling for other factors, NC Financial Services Survey 2001
Enormous Growth in Purchasing Power:
Minority purchasing power will rise from 1/5 to nearly 1/3 of US purchasing power by 2040.
US Department of Commerce MBDA Minority Purchasing Power 2000 to 2045
Glenn Canner and Wayne Passmore, The Community Reinvestment Act and the Profitability of Mortgage-Oriented Banks, March 3, 1997
“EFT could soon result in millions of Americans being brought into the banking system for the first time” -Treasury Secretary, Robert E. Rubin
Average Bank Balances of Low Income Families in NC
Frequency of saving in the last year, low income families, NC 2001
At least once per mo.
Did not add to savings last yr.
once every few months