11 Sep '12, 3pm

World Bank Study Shows How Anti-Money Laundering Rules Hurt the Poor by Daniel Mitchell Forbes #bit

World Bank Study Shows How Anti-Money Laundering Rules Hurt the Poor by Daniel Mitchell Forbes #bit

The data show that 50 percent of adults worldwide have an account at a formal financial institution… Although half of adults around the world remain unbanked, at least 35 percent of them report barriers to account use that might be addressed by public policy. …The Global Findex survey, by asking more than 70,000 adults without a formal account why they do not have one, provides insights into where policy makers might begin to make inroads in improving financial inclusion. …Documentation requirements for opening an account may exclude workers in the rural or informal sector, who are less likely to have wage slips or formal proof of domicile. …Analysis shows a significant relationship between subjective and objective measures of documentation requirements as a barrier to account use, even after accounting for GDP per capita (figure 1.14). Indeed, the Financial Action Task Fo...

Full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielmitchell/2012/04/20/wor...

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