Wagestream lets people see what they have earned in real-time and can provide access to their wages at any time during their pay cycle. This can prevent people from going into overdraft or taking out expensive payday loans – particularly important during the financial uncertainty of the pandemic.
Access to credit tends to be based on financial history. The X1 card is hoping to change that with access dependent on earnings, rather than credit score. With the pandemic leaving many worried that missed payments will impact their financial health, providers offering flexibility are likely to resonate.
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