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Isn't it interesting that even as our lawmakers are addressing legislation that would require banks to cash checks for people who lack bank accounts and provide more low-cost services to the poor, a survey by the Consumer Bankers Association concludes that such a law would not necessarily benefit low-income people.

When asked why they were using check-cashing outlets instead of banks, people said they were willing to pay more for what they consider to be the convenience of check-cashing facilities. And more than two-thirds of those persons questioned already have relationships with financial institutions.

The conclusion from the study is not that low-income consumers are being victimized by price-gouging check cashers, as some members of Congress have claimed. 57% of those people cashing checks said they know they pay more for check-cashing services than they pay to maintain a bank account. But they are attracted by more convenient hours and locations.

As our marketing people have been telling us for years?the three most important reasons for placement of a branch are location, location and location.

Congress is considering a law which would require banks to cash government checks at no charge to all presenters-whether they have an account or not. We hope this new study will make them think twice about such legislation.

Copyright © 1990 Bankers' Hotline. Originally appeared in Bankers' Hotline, Vol. 1, No. 3, 3/90

First published on 03/01/1990

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