News & Updates
The FDIC regularly provides news and updates on public sector efforts to bring all Americans into the financial mainstream.
For additional lists of press releases and materials on economic inclusion and related issues, please visit the News & Events section on FDIC.gov.
FDIC Calls Upon American Consumers to Save and Build Wealth America Saves Week Is February 25 - March 2, 2013
America Saves Week (February 25 to March 2, 2013) is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for consumers to begin saving more effectively. Typically, more than 2,000 organizations participate and reach millions of consumers. For a look at how the FDIC is supporting America Saves Week, see our press release. To learn more about America Saves Week, go to www.americasavesweek.org.LEARN MORE
FDIC Launches Community Affairs Webinar Series Highlighting Community Development and Inclusion Opportunities for Bankers
FDIC's Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection (DCP) Community Affairs Branch will host a webinar series for bankers in 2013. The series will highlight strategies for institutions to consider to promote community development and expand access to the banking system. The free webinars will be held every other month; the first webinar will be held on February 6, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET), and will discuss how financial institutions can promote savings during America Saves Week. Registration is required.LEARN MORE
2011 FDIC Survey of Banks' Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked Published, Catalogs Basic Bank Account Features & Activities Targeted to Underserved Populations
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released the results of its 2011 FDIC Survey of Banks' Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked. The results provide insight into the cost and availability of basic checking and savings accounts, as well as auxiliary products and services offered by banks that are used by underserved consumers. The report also identifies educational, outreach, and marketing activities targeted to unbanked and underbanked consumers as well as retail strategies used by banks to be more welcoming or convenient to customers in general. Finally, banks report on the challenges they perceive to serving unbanked and underbanked consumers.LEARN MORE
FDIC Launches Northeastern Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI)
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) launched the Northeastern Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI) initiative in partnership with the Greater Tulsa United Way, tribal, state and federal agencies, financial institutions, and community-based stakeholders. The Northeastern Oklahoma AEI serves the city of Tulsa and the entire Northeastern region. It will focus on: enhancing consumer financial stability through financial education and access to appropriate credit and deposit services, providing the technical expertise and capital needed by small businesses to prosper and grow, and addressing the financial needs of Native Americans.LEARN MORE
2011 FDIC Nation Household Survey Shows Slight Increase in Unbanked, Encourages Banks to Expland Access to Safe Bank Accounts
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporate (FDIC) today released the results of its 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, the most comprehensive research on the unbanked and underbanked in the United States. The survey indicates that more than one in four U.S. households (28.3) are either unbanked or underbanked, a slight increase from the findings of the FDIC’s 2009 inaugural survey.LEARN MORE
FDIC Advisory Committee to Discuss Model Safe Accounts Pilot Program Results and Consider Mobile Financial Services Opportunities
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion (ComE-IN) met on April 26, 2012 to discuss the results of its Model Safe Accounts Pilot program; opportunities for banks offering mobile financial services to meet the needs of unbanked and underbanked consumers; and differences in consumer protections for debit, credit, and prepaid cards.LEARN MORE