If you find that you have been turned down for a bank account by one of the high street banks, you are very unlikely to be alone. Everyday people get turned away due to bad credit, or some aspect of their financial history that affects their credit rating and hence, they are unable to get access to a credit card or a bank account.
This adds stress to what is becoming an increasingly complicated lifestyle anyway but now, a number of firms are popping up with the reported aim of taking the stress out of managing your finances by providing a prepaid credit card linked to a basic bank account.
ClearCash and OneBanking are just two such companies which offer a basic bank account with a prepaid card or offer some sort of facility such as the ClearCash Budgetmaster to manage personal finance.
What do these firms actually provide?
In essence, what these firms really offer is a service that does not provide a bank account, but emulates some of the functions and features that you would expect from your bank account provider with the ability to pay all of your bills online and help you budget responsibly.
No credit facility is actually offered and there is usually a small monthly fee which may be chargeable but this is compensated by the fact that you cannot get overdrawn with these accounts or cards and do not incur any fees such as those that you might typically incur as a result of bank charges.
With all such accounts, you also have a number of extra benefits in addition to enjoying all the benefits of having access to an electronic piece of plastic.
A number of such services even provide you with the opportunity to build your credit history by offering Credit Builder and Credit repair tools which means that even if your credit history is not up to scratch today, you could build it up by using these products responsibly and overtime, actually become eligible for other credit enabled products.
One of the other benefits that most of these companies offers is cashback and purchase protection at on extra cost making this an even more attractive proposition for consumers.
Banks not doing their bit yet
The question most consumers ask is that with prepaid card companies showing initiative and branching into providing banking type services, why banks have not shown the same initiative to offer more prepaid card services. The involvement of banks within prepaid seems to be limited to a few products and the major role that banks are playing seems limited to being BIN sponsors and providing processing services. Is anyone from the banks listening!
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