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More people around the world are gaining access to financial services — and that's good news for the fight to end poverty on a global scale. In order to save money, start small businesses, advance their educations and manage a bout of unemployment or unexpected expenses, people need to be able to participate in the financial system. New data from the World Bank's 2014 Global Findex report offers reason to be optimistic about the future of financial inclusion — and plenty of suggestions about how to navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Read on for seven big takeaways from the survey of 150,000 adults ages 15 and up in 143 countries.

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