The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives

The Unbanking of America How the New Middle Class Survives An urgent absorbing expos why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did What do an undocumented immigrant in th

  • Title: The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives
  • Author: Lisa Servon
  • ISBN: 9780544602311
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An urgent, absorbing expos why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did.What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high net worth entrepreneur, and a twenty something graduate student have in common All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit syAn urgent, absorbing expos why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did.What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high net worth entrepreneur, and a twenty something graduate student have in common All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low and middle income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America s banks, together with eye opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us Banks were once essential pillars of our lives now we can no longer count on them to do right by us.

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    1. As someone who spent his whole working life in the employ of a large retail bank in the UK, the title of this book intrigued me. How could anyone considered to be middle class (almost regardless of the precise definition) survive without using a bank? Well, in this book Lisa Servon (Professor of Urban Policyan at Milano School of International Affairs) delves deep into the issues confronting potential bank customers in America today. She starts by stating that there are, in essence, three avenue [...]

    2. The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives was very interesting, I like many people look at check cashing and payday loan operations as near criminal. Lisa Servon, begs to differ, she takes us on a imitate look at how these companies function with the communities they serve. We have been led to believe that check cashing and payday loan stores are just a step above mob loan sharks. The author paints a totally different picture of how these operations function within their commun [...]

    3. Wow. That's all I have to say. Banks and credit card companies are possibly more evil than payday lenders and check cashiers, despite what the media says. Who knew?Well, if you believe the media, I have a bridge to sell you. But I digress.Now, just to be fair, the author isn't saying banks and credit card companies are evil, just that they are no longer customer oriented and more profit oriented. Which in my book, IS evil, especially when the profits come from screwing over customers, especially [...]

    4. Any thoughts on payday loan stores? I had it all figured out, that they are a scourge that should be eliminated immediately. Then I read The Unbanking of America, and I had to change my mind. First off, Lisa Servon differentiates the payday loan providers from the check cashing and money wiring services. In many states, payday loans are illegal and the storefront stores that cash checks also transfer funds, print money orders, and do other legitimate services for a clearly posted fee. Many peopl [...]

    5. It's not often you find a book that educates while delivering a strong, personal narrative. The author shows how the banking industry has become a haven for the wealthy and through her own personal experiences working at a check cashier and payday lender introduces us to middle class Americans who find it cheaper and easier to pay fees for check cashing rather than open up a checking account. Great read. Made me angry and helped me think. Gave me great ideas for how to improve my own banking sit [...]

    6. I got this book from the library and read about a third of it. What’s interesting about Servon’s approach is that she actually got a job as a teller at RiteCheck, which is a check cashing service in the South Bronx.“Before working as a teller, I assumed that mainstream and alternative financial services were separate,” she writes in the introduction to the book. “I soon learned that the reality is much more complicated.”And so the book begins its course, charting how the banks consol [...]

    7. This is really a 3.5 rating. I learned of this book when the author was interviewed on Fresh Air. The first half of the book is great, chronicling her time working in the alternative financial services market. It was really insightful to learn why people, acting as rational actors, use check cashers and payday lenders. Also glad to see she covered immigrant communities' financial practices. I usually criticize books for not offering solutions to the problems they highlight. However it was exactl [...]

    8. In 2000, Robert Putnam wrote Bowling Alone, which traced the decline of an integrated American society into one of segmented and stratified sub-societies. This book continues that vein by looking specifically at its impact on financial services.According to Lisa Servon, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, "more than one million people with low incomes have been deemed ineligible for bank accounts" by the credit scoring system. For this and other reasons, [...]

    9. The Unbanking of America is better than a treatise on US consumer financial services has any right to be. Author Lisa Servon, a university professor, has dedicated a large part of her life to this book, exploring “unbanked” America from every possible aspect: the data (which she found inadequate), the literature (often straight from the author, such as Sudhir Venkatesh of Freakonomics fame), the history of the relevant regulation (again, under the guidance of experts), a survey of fintech in [...]

    10. Lisa Servon’s timely new book, The Unbanking of America, explains how and why Americans are using “alternative financial service providers” to circumvent traditional banks. The how is told through her engaging first hand account of working at check cashers and retail payday loan establishments. Thy why is basically…half of America is broke, and millions of Americans do not have bank accounts.When you have to pay your construction workers, but can not wait until the money is transferred i [...]

    11. Solid deep dive into why millions choose to spend what might seem to be crazy interest rates on check cashing and payday loans (they get money faster and are cheaper than mainstream banks with shady hidden fees).I love the hands on approach and interviews to help dig into the problem with real life examples. I liked the overview of various new approaches companies are trying to solve some of the problems as well.I'm not as convinced on the regulatory solutions proposed though as it seems humanit [...]

    12. I was drawn to this book by its title, cover picture (a jar of loose change will always get me to at least take a closer look) and its availability on my library's e-lending system.It's not a polemic against major banks and credit unions (maybe more of a mild rebuke) so much as an insight into alternative financial systems (check cashing stores, payday lenders, tandras/ROSCAs, digital wallets and the like). This is the book's strength. Servon is an academic/researcher and she explains these alte [...]

    13. An interesting account of alternative financial options, why they're used, who's using them, and a breaking of the stigma that surrounds some of these services (payday lenders, check cashers). Highlighting how corporate financial big banks have left behind many consumers (not to mention screwed them over), and also highlighting some newer players in the alternative finance sector. This was a fairly easy read, with some interesting facts and observations, I wouldn't strongly recommend it but if y [...]

    14. Unbanking is a term that is pregnant with meaning in the new America, where we have entered the beginnings of a post-capitalist state. Much like how Deconstructionism has overtaken the Post-modernist movement in the last century, capitalism as an ideology has been deconstructed into its component parts in this century. Now economic issues dominate the headlines and modern journalism has taken a turn toward long form sociological studies such as that contained in this book.All things considered, [...]

    15. The new middle class that Servon describes isn’t, really. That is, its members may have good incomes, but even if they do they lack significant savings or other wealth, and often job security as well, and thus they are vulnerable to sudden shocks. Servon talks to one man whose database of consumers with subprime credit scores included many with relatively high incomes, college degrees, and homes in their own names; seven years ago, the people in his database experienced a “destabilizing even [...]

    16. Interesting book about how the banking system in America is failing the middle and lower class. The author discusses alternatives such as payday loans and check cashing services. She actually went out into the filed to get first hand experience and talk to people using these services. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about this issue and these alternatives to using a bank and especially to anyone who is feeling that they are no longer being served by their bank.I rec [...]

    17. Overall, I enjoyed her perspective and information. Parts of the book were a tad dry. And other parts were very biased. But I did enjoy tremendously her description of working in the check cashing and payday loan environments and the stories she was able to convey. Overall, I would recommend.

    18. I run a janitorial firm in the Phoenix area. For better than 30 years, we've been based on small, usually owner-operated independent contractors for much of our small client work. They're straight, down to earth hard working folks, often immigrants or their children, trying to make a decent living for their families. Good people. I've noticed that quite a number of them use check cashing firms to cash their monthly payments; it's seemed to me, repeatedly, that the couple of points charged, plus [...]

    19. This was an impulsive grab while at the library. It was not on my reading list, but the subject was right in line with things I've been interested in learning more about. I'm glad I picked it up. Servon has provided a very good, brief examination of the state of the financial industry's service to the broad public, including the alternative financial services that are so often reviled (payday loans and check cashers) and informal financial service arrangements.I find it interesting to see how di [...]

    20. This book documents the uncomfortable truth that nobody seems to be talking about. Set in the United States, it talks about the underbanked population. How people have lost faith in the big banks and how big-banks are solely focusing on the rich, trying to make good quarterly numbers thus leaving the less-well to do outside the system. And once you’re outside the system – the maze of credit ratings and credit-worthiness makes a person’s life doubly hard.As the biggest banks have grown larg [...]

    21. In The Unbanking of America, Lisa Servon, a professor of urban planning, takes a dive into alternative financial services. I admire her thoroughness. This book records her time working for check cashing companies and payday lenders, her experience volunteering for a financial help hotline for those wishing to escape aggressive payday lenders, as well as her assistant's experience participating in a neighborhood savings club. This book has one important observation: people who use these services [...]

    22. Taking jobs at a check cashing service in New York, and at a payday lender in California, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania (and a writer and lecturer on consumer financial services) attempts to obtain some ground truth on the plight of financially insecure Americans.I think it comes as no surprise that a great many Americans are struggling financially. The economy isn't what it once was. Adjusted for inflation, wages have declined since 1972. Secure jobs with benefits are relatively [...]

    23. A pretty interesting viewpoint on how the middle class (as its defined here) in the US has moved away from banking to other forms - not necessarily cos the other forms offer better and more relevant services (they do) but due to the fact that bank are increasingly looking to focus on well-off, wealthy customersAs someone part of this industry and possibly someone who is able to view things from the entire prism of digital, it was indeed an interesting read looking into what goes into people esch [...]

    24. This book is one that had a ton of promise but falls short of delivering. There are some good parts where you learn about why people use these services and start to identify more with the people of the communities that are serviced by alternative banking services. However it also falls short in some areas. For one the book is pretty short, with a large part at the end being a bibliography which is fine, but the book kind of ends abruptly. Some of the services described at the end as solutions do [...]

    25. I didn't actually finish because this book was a bit unbearable to read. Servon's stories about working in payday loan and check cashing places were very interesting. Also, this book makes me think about people whose lives I really have no experience with. For that, I think it's good.But the overwhelming tone is, "Someone else is causing my problems and they should fix it." And that drives me nuts. I don't dispute the claim that other people (including the government and other institutions) can [...]

    26. Eye opening and thought provoking. I've been bothered by the rise of payday lenders in my community and looked at many solutions for curbing their growth (from crusading against them to lobbying legislators for increased regulations to creating alternative lending options). This book explained why these lenders have grown so quickly and how they service a population that most banks won't touch. Turns out the issue is way more complex and nuanced than I first believed. It's not as simple as belie [...]

    27. The subtitle, "How the New Middle Class Survives" probably ought to have been the main focus of the title, and that is less than totally accurate. Servon worked hard at understanding how those who no longer go to banks conduct their financial dealings, but I would make the case that her subjects were aspiring, but not yet quite in, the 'middle class.' Plus, with "Unbanking" in the title I would like to better have understood what, and how, specific services the traditional banks had conducted we [...]

    28. Thought-provoking and important, and at the same time, an approachable and enjoyable read.The author explores the question of why people can't or choose not to use traditional banking services. The reasons are a lot more varied than I thought. She explores the use of payday loans, and the change in US banks over the last decade. As an aside, I follow a budgeting forum and remember a comment from a trucker, who was rejected for a bank account, because he did not have a permanent address. (He stay [...]

    29. The strongest parts of the book were the looks into the types of people that were using alternative financial services, the descriptions of the payday lenders and the check cashers (serving a market need, not being "predatory" whatever that means), and some of the author's personal narratives.Lisa is not an economist though, and she simultaneously appreciates the contribution of the free market (enterprises like check cashing facilities serving under-served communities out of their own free will [...]

    30. Very informative piece that seeks to alter our perceptions of the current banking model and who the middle class really is. The biggest takeaways: big banks serve people with plenty; check cashers are not inherently bad, and, when compared to banks's overdraft fees, low balance fees, and borderline discriminatory practices, check cashers are often a cheaper and more transparent alternative for those who can't hold a bank account or don't want one. Worth a read. The author is especially good at s [...]

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