UnBanked – They don’t need Banks!
It's SIBOS!! For me this the best time of my year. I have been to 17 of the last 22 SIBOS’s. For some, their event is the Super Bowl, the Olympics or FIBA Basketball Championship or for many more it’s the World Cup, but me, SIBOS is my Super Bowl.
This year many people are talking about SWIFT falling behind, at the end of its life or just plain obsolete. I think that SWIFT suffers from the consortium of banks that are afraid of what the future needs. If they were to let SWIFT loose, SWIFT could easily
be one of the most dynamic FinTech’s globally.
I am not here to talk about what SWIFT is or isn’t today as most are. I hear to much every day of new way banks and credit card companies can and want to help the unbanked.
I am not buying it. I have been spending time in Africa and South East Asia. People there do not use banks or credit cards, not because they are left out, but simply that they do not need to. Their economic community has done without banks, so who says they
need banks now. I know many people that spout out about the unbanked are left out of the economy. They are not, they have a different system, so why force them into a system that will cost them fees they cannot afford to give up. Credit Cards are highly interested
in the estimated 1.5 billion plus unbanked not as they say to advance them into to the world financial system. Their motives are strictly profits. For both the banks and credit cards they are living in saturated markets where literally they need young adults
to turn 18 so that they can get new customers and make more fee and interest income. When they think about the unbanked, they only see what fee generation would be if they were able to bank everyone and put a credit card in each of those approximately 1.5
billion unbanked pockets.
What is so very sad is that we are talking about people whose income is between $50 and maybe $200 per month. The very idea that banks and credit card companies want to take 3, 4 or 5% from them is at least immoral and should be considered criminal.
It’s simple the unbanked need an inexpensive way (penny’s) to pay and get paid using a cheap phone that is quick and easy. The arguments ends there. There is no place for bank fees or credit cards interest rates. Not today, not ever, leave the unbanked with
the ability to do without our costly financial system and give them technology that gives them a better way to survive that does not look at them as a source of new blood income as the banks and credit card companies do. We can help the unbanked but not by
taking from them, maybe a SWIFTCoin is the answer.