Analysis of Underbanked Population in U.S. – Banking the Underbanked with Prepaid Cards
The unbanked and the underbanked together spend around $10.4 billion on more than 324 million alternate financial services (AFS) products; this is due to lack of knowledge on part of the banks to target and market banking products to the underserved. Economic inclusion of the underbanked population (approximately 43 million in 2009) into the traditional banking cycle will have a significant financial impact on the federally insured banks that have traditionally stayed out of this market.
Wooing the Underbanked – Need, Behavior, and Attitude Analysis is a market research study designed specifically to profile underbanked populace/households. The aim of this report is to analyze the reasons behind the low adoption of traditional banking products by underbanked and their preference for alternate financial services (AFS) and products (transaction/credit).
The underbanked are educated and employed but are reluctant to use traditional banking products such as debit / credit cards and short term loans primarily due to the fear of hidden costs and convenience issues. They make little use of the services provided by mainstream financial institutions; and are limited to traditional banking where they usually have a checking / savings account. They also frequently use AFS offered by non-banking institutions. AFS products are non-bank money orders, payday lending, check cashing facilities, rent-to-own agreements, and refund anticipation loans.
The objective of the report is to provide vital marketing information about the underbanked that also use AFS products; and the traditional and novel banking and financial services that banks can render to them. The report will provide new insights and give recommendations for banks intending to capitalize on this untapped market segment. Intensive bifurcation of the underbanked customers on the lines of income, age, education, region, race, etc. will enable product development and provide a roadmap to the future of novel banking practices for the underbanked.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHY TARGET THE UNDERBANKED?
AFS USE BY UNDERBANKED
PRODUCT INNOVATION TO PENETRATE THE UNDERBANKED MARKET
CHALLENGES & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
INTRODUCTION OF A NEW FINANCIAL VEHICLE TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIP
1.1 REPORT PURPOSE
1.1.1 REPORT CATALYST
1.1.2 REPORT STRUCTURE
1.2 RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
1.3 STUDY METHODOLOGY
2 MARKET OVERVIEW
2.1 KEY FINDINGS
2.1.1 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE UNDERBANKED
2.2 MARKET DEFINITION
2.2.1 REASONS FOR BANKS TO TAP THE UNDERBANKED
2.2.2 NEED FOR EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION
2.2.3 USE OF ALTERNATE FINANCIAL SERVICES
2.2.4 DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS
220.127.116.11 Underbanked households by race and ethnicity
18.104.22.168 Underbanked households by household type
22.214.171.124 Underbanked households by education, income and age
2.3 DRIVERS & OPPORTUNITIES
2.3.1 EASE OF TAPPING THE UNDERBANKED
2.3.2 HIGH COST OF AFS PRODUCTS
2.3.3 GROWTH OF MINORITIES
2.4.1 LOW CREDIT SCORES & PROFITABILITY ISSUES
2.4.2 COMPETITION FROM AFS-PROVIDERS
3 STRATEGY FORMULATION
3.1 KEY FINDINGS
3.3 CHALLENGES IN SERVING THE UNDERBANKED
3.4 OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
3.4.1 EFFECTIVE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TO TACKLE PROFITABILITY ISSUES
3.4.2 STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH AFS TO AVOID FRAUDS
3.4.3 KIOSKS IN RETAIL STORES TO MITIGATE COST OF CUSTOMER ACQUISITION
3.5 REACHING THE UNDERBANKED
3.5.1 AWARENESS PROGRAMS
3.5.2 TARGETED MARKETING PRACTICES
3.5.3 OTHER STRATEGIES TO CATER TO THE UNDERBANKED
3.6 IDENTIFYING SWEET SPOT FOR BANKS TO WOO THE UNDERBANKED
3.6.1 PREPAID CARDS HAS MAXIMUM POTENTIAL
3.6.2 UNDERBANKED SEGMENTS AND PRODUCT MATCHING
126.96.36.199 Cash supreme
188.8.131.52 The aggressors
184.108.40.206 Active money managers
220.127.116.11 The learner
18.104.22.168 Nearly there
22.214.171.124 To Borrow
3.7 PREPAID CARDS – FINANCIAL VEHICLE TO ENABLE ECONOMIC INCLUSION
3.7.1 OPEN-LOOP CARDS TO SURPASS CLOSED-LOOP CARDS
3.7.2 BANKS TO MINIMIZE COST
3.7.3 CREDIT BUILDER ASPECT OF PREPAID CARDS
3.7.4 SMALL DOLLAR LOANS AVAILABLE THROUGH PREPAID CARDS
4 BUSINESS CASE STUDIES
4.1 KEY FINDINGS
4.2 PREPAID SOLUTIONS – TAPPING THE UNDERBANKED WITH RELOADABLE PREPAID CARDS
4.2.2 LEVERAGING INFRASTRUCTURE OF AFS-PROVIDERS FOR PREPAID CARDS
4.2.3 BENEFITS ACHIEVED BY PIGGYBACKING ON CHECK CASHING CENTERS
4.2.4 SUCCESSFUL VENDOR RELATIONSHIP WITH FIS
4.3 USE OF WAL-MART FLOOR SPACE TO CROSS-SELL FINANCIAL SERVICES
4.3.2 WAL-MART OFFERS A DIVERSIFIED PRODUCT SET AT COMPETITIVE PRICES
4.3.3 CUSTOMER ACCEPTANCE THROUGH SPECIAL FOCUS ON CONVENIENCE
4.3.4 INTRODUCTION OF WAL-MART PREPAID CARDS
5 VENDOR SELECTION
5.1 VENDOR BENCHMARKING
5.1.1 FUNCTIONAL BENCHMARKING
5.1.2 OPERATIONAL BENCHMARKING
5.1.3 TECHNOLOGICAL BENCHMARKING
5.1.4 COMMERCIAL BENCHMARKING
5.2 VENDOR SELECTION FOR PREPAID CARDS
126.96.36.199 Product & Service
188.8.131.52 Recent Developments
5.2.2 FIDELITY NATIONAL INFORMATION (FIS)
184.108.40.206 Product & Service
220.127.116.11 Recent Developments
5.2.3 FIRST DATA
18.104.22.168 Product & Service
22.214.171.124 Recent Developments
5.2.4 FSV PAYMENT SYSTEMS
126.96.36.199 Product & Service
188.8.131.52 Recent Developments
5.2.5 GREEN DOT
184.108.40.206 Product & Service
220.127.116.11 Recent Developments
5.2.6 I2C INC.
18.104.22.168 Product & Service
22.214.171.124 Recent Developments
126.96.36.199 Product & Service
188.8.131.52 Recent Developments
184.108.40.206 Product & Service
220.127.116.11 Recent Developments
18.104.22.168 Recent Developments
LIST OF TABLES
TABLE 1 FULFILLING BANK OBJECTIVES WHILE SERVING THE UNDERBANKED
TABLE 2 AGE-WISE PREFERENCE FOR AFS/BANKING PRODUCTS
TABLE 3 RODUCTS WITH RELATIVE ATTRACTIVENESS
TABLE 4 TOP U.S. ISSUERS OF PREPAID CARDS, BY PURCHASE VOLUME (2008)
TABLE 5 VOLUME OF LOADED AMOUNT IN PREPAID CARDS ($BILLION)
TABLE 6 PRICE COMPARISON OF PREPAID CARDS
TABLE 7 PRICE COMPARISON OF MONEY SERVICES (JUNE 2007)
TABLE 8 ROLES OF PROFILED VENDORS
TABLE 9 BANK ACCOUNTS WITH SPECIAL INTEREST FOR THE UNDERBANKED
TABLE 10 LOANS FOR THE UNDERBANKED
LIST OF FIGURES
FIGURE 1 U.S. HOUSEHOLDS’ BANKING STATUS
FIGURE 2 IDENTIFYING SWEET SPOT FOR BANKS
FIGURE 3 AFS PRODUCTS USAGE BY UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS
FIGURE 4 UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY
FIGURE 5 U.S. HOUSEHOLDS VS UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS, BY RACE AND ETHNICITY
FIGURE 6 UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE
FIGURE 7 UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS BY EDUCATION
FIGURE 8 UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS BY INCOME
FIGURE 9 UNDERBANKED HOUSEHOLDS BY AGE
FIGURE 10 CROSS-SELL AND UP-SELL STRATEGIES TO TAP THE UNDERBANKED
FIGURE 11 CHALLENGES FACED BY BANKS
FIGURE 12 MARKETING FINANCIAL PRODUCTS TO UNDERBANKED
FIGURE 13 STRATEGIES TO ATTRACT UNDERBANKED CONSUMERS
FIGURE 14 CHECK CASHING FOREMOST DEMANDED SERVICE
FIGURE 15 RELATIVE IMPACT OF BANKING PRODUCTS
FIGURE 16 UNDERBANKED CUSTOMER SEGMENTS AND PRODUCT SELECTION
FIGURE 17 POSITIONING THE SAME PRODUCT TO DIFFERENT MARKET SEGMENTS
FIGURE 18 SHIFT IN THE PREPAID CARD INDUSTRY (2008-2014)
FIGURE 19 VENDOR BENCHMARKING, BY MAJOR END-USER SERVICES
FIGURE 20 VENDOR BENCHMARKING, BY VALUE-ADDED SERVICES
FIGURE 21 VENDOR BENCHMARKING, BY OPERATIONAL STRENGTH
FIGURE 22 VENDOR BENCHMARKING, BY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS
FIGURE 23 RELOADS ON GENERAL PURPOSE PREPAID CARDS