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'Unbanked' but No Longer Ignored

• Washington Post
For years, the country's makeshift network of payday lenders and check cashers has operated with little competition or federal regulation.
But as the financial crisis sparks a new wave of consumer protections, lawmakers and the private sector alike are training their sights on an industry that caters to the most vulnerable of populations: the estimated 40 million households on the margins of the nation's financial system, with limited, if any, access to banks or credit. 

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