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Stored-value cards: challenges and opportunities for reaching emerging markets
In recent years, the financial services industry has become very inventive around new uses of technology to improve the structure and delivery of retail products. One relatively new type of payment product, stored value cards (SVCs), serves as a cash or check alternative. At this point in the industry's development, many of these cards do not provide a platform for saving, saving, building assets, or establishing (or repairing) credit. However, SVCs could pave the way for individuals to have both transactional services and links to broader financial opportunities. This paper discusses the ...
Householder response to the earned income tax credit: path of sustenance or road to asset building
This study seeks to gain a more complete picture about how the Earned Income Tax Credit program influences consumer expenditure and saving decisions. Based on survey data collected from over 18,000 taxpayers participating at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites administered by the Community Food Resource Center, a nonprofit organization in New York City, we find that a fairly large proportion of lower-income taxpayers expect to use the majority of their refund for the purpose of paying debt and other more immediate expenses. Even so, almost 11 percent of these taxpayers reported that ...