[Video] How the Poor Manage Money

Aug 11, 2015 9:10 AM ET

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Like everyone, poor people want financial predictability. They want a reliable income and regular expenses. But they face challenges and risks: low and fluctuating income, health issues, erratic weather conditions and uncertain crop performance. So how do the poor cope financially? They seem to rely heavily on rules of thumb, conventional wisdoms and habitual practices.

CGAP’s new video illustrates four behaviors that characterize poor people’s money management.

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Nandika Madgavkar
Assistant Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for MetLife, Inc.
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