Friday 16 November, 2018

JMMB aims at financial inclusion with new Express Finance company

JMMB Express Finance opened on  Wednesday in Chaguanas.

JMMB Express Finance opened on Wednesday in Chaguanas.

JMMB is aiming to embrace those members of the public who are not part of the formal banking sector. 

The Group on Wednesday launched a new Express Finance company to offer soft, unsecured loans from $2500 to $40,000 for up to three years.

The loans will be offered at interest rates from 20 percent to a maximum of 30 percent. 

Speaking at the launch of the company at the first branch at 86 Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas, Elson James, Chief Executive Officer of JMMB Express Finance, said they intend to drive greater financial inclusion by encouraging clients to refinance higher priced debt and putting the monthly saving in either a JMMB Bank Step Up Account or Mutual Funds at JMMB Investments.

In his address, Archibald Campbell, Chairman of the JMMB Group, said World Bank statistics show that no more than an estimated 34 percent of the population over the age of 18 is financially literate and only approximately 75 percent of the population over 15 have a bank account. 

He said approximately 58 percent of the population over the age of 15 have indicated saving any money at all and only 8.4 percent has ever borrowed from a financial institution.

"Coming out of those statistics, the conclusion, to us, was clear, more people needed to be included in the formal financial sector and more persons are in dire need of being empowered through financial education," he said. 

With JMMB Express, clients can pay their loans via Sure Pay and all JMMB Bank, JMMB Investments and JMMB Express Finance locations. 

Applications can be made online, via phone or in person.