Efforts by banks and banking trade groups—together with federal government assistance—have actually assisted drive the variety of unbanked Americans to a brand-new low, FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg stated Wednesday. Speaking throughout a real estate market conference, Gruenberg kept in mind that the firm’s newest study of unbanked and underbanked homes discovered that the portion of the unbanked dropped to 4.5% in 2021, which was the most affordable rate considering that the biennial study started in 2009. One factor was the FDIC partnered with the internal revenue service throughout the pandemic to support customers as they opened accounts so that they might get stimulus payments, he stated. The acting chairman likewise credited ABA and other not-for-profit groups, efforts such as Bank On, and banks for using more alternatives to customers.
“Over the last decade, an increasing number of institutions have offered accounts specifically designed to help address the needs of a wide range of consumers, including low- and moderate-income consumers,” Gruenberg stated.
Since ABA motivated every bank in the nation to use Bank On accounts 2 years earlier, the number has actually increased almost 700%, with qualified accounts now offered in more than 40,000 retail banking areas throughout the U.S., according to the association.