One of the hallmarks of 2020 is that global economies are seeing lots of instability, and this is true at every level of society. For individuals, there may be more options available, but this hasn’t necessarily translated into more people being able to access banking services. In some regions, great ideas like micro-lending have taken off, and this has helped. But globally, as we move away from standard Monday-Friday, 9-5 jobs, millions of people are turning to non-traditional forms of work. For many of these independent workers, the result has been that personal finance is getting even further away.
At a global level, we’re still seeing huge numbers of underserved people. Even in developed nations, the gulf between banked vs. unbanked can be deep: in the US, as many as one quarter of all households are unbanked or underbanked, without easy access to savings, credit, or loans. There are also