Walmart Makes a Bet on the Future of Banking

By Sicily Axton
Originally posted on BankDirector.com October 10, 2014

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced its partnership with Pasadena, Calif.-based Green Dot Corp. to launch the online and mobile-only banking alternative GoBank, the retailer was also placing its bet on where the future of banking is heading. But with all its other financial ventures up to this point still in place, like in-store branches and prepaid debit cards, Walmart is keeping a hand in all possible outcomes.

Not only is GoBank designed with modern features that would be appealing to any consumer looking for more advanced mobile banking, the account is low cost and open to almost anyone over 18 with i.d. verification. This makes the account extremely attractive to customers who simply aren’t satisfied with their current bank relationship or have limited access to traditional banking.

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