MasterCard Survey - Financial Inclusion Remains an Unaddressed Issue for Americans

  MasterCard Survey - Financial Inclusion Remains an Unaddressed Issue for
  Americans

    MasterCard Continues Cashless Conversation Series, Convening Financial
     Inclusion Stakeholders for Public-Private Dialogue on November 13^th

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Business Wire

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- November 08, 2012

As the world watched the U.S. Presidential election come to a conclusion on
Tuesday, a new MasterCard (NYSE:MA) survey confirms the economy, health care,
and taxes remain top of mind for Americans.

But the findings also uncovered an outlier: when the 1,000 plus Americans
surveyed learned that as many as 88 million Americans* lack access to basic
financial services including a traditional savings or checking account or
access to credit, two-thirds said it’s an issue to be addressed.

When asked how financial inclusion would factor in determining their vote,
about one-third of Americans interviewed said it would be important. The vote
importance is higher among males ages 18-54 with 41% stating that financial
inclusion would be important as well as unmarried Americans (single, never
married, divorced, separated and widowed) with 42% considering the issue
important. Interestingly, the survey found no difference in opinion on
financial inclusion as a voting issue by income level.

“Lack of access to the global economy excludes people from being able to buy
goods and services, to borrow and save, or to invest in their future,” said
Walt Macnee, vice chairman, MasterCard Worldwide. “It is important to advance
the dialogue between public, private and government entities in order to
ensure that 2.5 billion** people who are unbanked globally have the same
services as those in the financial mainstream.”

In an effort to advance a public-private dialogue on the issue, MasterCard is
hosting a Financial Inclusion Dialogue as part of its Cashless Conversations
Series on November 13^th^. The Company will convene experts across financial
services, non-governmental organizations – including The World Bank, academia
and other key stakeholders to discuss strategies and share best practices for
increasing financial inclusion.

The cashless conversation will evaluate the progress in developing new
business models as well as products and partnerships to reach the “last mile”
toward reaching the 2.5 billion adults in the U.S. and around the globe
currently underserved by traditional financial services.

To follow the dialogue, follow @MasterCardNews on Twitter: #CashlessConvo
#FinancialInclusion. An edited version of the dialogue will be available on
November 14 as part of MasterCard’s Morning Brew news series.

* KPMG 20122 -
http://www.kpmg.com/US/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Documents/serving-underserved-market.pdf

**World Bank August, 2012 -
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/FINANCIALSECTOR/Resources/General_Guidelines_Govt_Payment_Aug2012.pdf

Survey Methodology

A nationally-representative online survey was conducted among 1,034 adults in
the United States from October 23-25, 2012. This American Financial Inclusion
survey is sponsored by MasterCard Worldwide and was conducted by APCO Insight,
an international opinion research consultancy. The theoretical sampling error
for the full sample is ±3.1 percentage points at a 95% confidence interval.
Data have been weighted according to key demographic information from the U.S.
Census Bureau.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a global payments and technology
company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network,
connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and
businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products
and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling,
running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more
efficient for everyone. Follow MasterCard on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the
discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest
news.

Contact:

MasterCard Worldwide
Marcy Cohen, 914-249-2214
marcy_cohen@mastercard.com
 
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