The Underbanked Paid $141bn in Fees for 2015

A new study conducted by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and Core Innovation Capital found that the underserved banking customer paid $141 billion in fees while at the same time accounting for $1.6 trillion in economic activity; the underserved or underbanked are defined as the 67 million who do not use a bank account but use prepaid cards and other alternative finance options to handle their money; according to CFSI president and CEO Jennifer Tescher, the biggest driver behind the fees are auto insurance and subprime installment lending.  Source