The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives (Paperback)

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" A] startling and absorbing expos . . . Required reading for fans of muckraking authors like Barbara Ehrenreich."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Exceptional . . . thorough, and even gut-wrenching. A significant contribution."--American Prospect

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. 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 lower- 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 engaging, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many of us.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781328745705
ISBN-10: 1328745708
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English