Chime Has More Primary Customers Than Chase With More Than 38 Million Customers🤯

Chime Has More Primary Customers Than Chase With More Than 38 Million Customers🤯
Chime Has More Primary Customers Than Chase @ith More Than 38 Million Customers🤯

Hey FinTech Fanatic!

Yesterday I shared with you that Chime is planning to go public in 2025. Soon after the news broke, Cornerstone Advisors big man Ron Shevlin published interesting research data about Chime.

Cornerstone Advisors has determined that Chime boasts over 38 million customers, surpassing the combined customer base of neobanks like SoFi, Dave, MoneyLion, and Current. Despite this, there's a discrepancy with the figures reported by other FinTech companies.

Dave reports catering to 10 million members with services such as banking, financial advice, overdraft protection, credit building, and assisting in finding additional work opportunities. This is in line with MoneyLion, which disclosed in its Q2 2023 securities filing that it has close to 10 million customers.

These statements might both be accurate, yet the Cornerstone survey specifically inquired about customers who have a checking or payment account. It's conceivable that not every one of the 10 million customers of Dave or MoneyLion possesses these types of accounts.

Out of Chime's 38 million customers, approximately half regard the neobank as their main checking account provider. This translates to 8.1% of the adult population in the U.S.—encompassing 12.3% of Gen Zers, 9.5% of Millennials, 7.5% of Gen Xers, and 2.9% of Baby Boomers.

Source stats: Cornerstone Advisors - Ron Shevlin

By comparison, Wells Fargo holds an 8.5% market share, while JPMorgan Chase, the country's largest bank by assets, serves 7.6% of Americans as their primary checking account provider.

Contrary to what one might expect, Ron Shevlin points out that Chime has more primary account customers than JPMorgan Chase & Co. Which sounds hard to believe, but if so, they are definitely ready for an IPO. What do you think? Let me know!

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