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A rule issued by Federal Reserve Board that took effect in 2010 requires that banks get explicit permission from their customers before enrolling them in high-cost overdraft systems that cover debits and ATM transactions. They received thousands of comments from consumers asking for the stronger of two proposed rules, which is a step in the right direction, but fails to address abuses in systems when customers do opt in. The FDIC has addressed one of the most egregious practices, re-ordering transactions from highest to lowest in order to charge more overdraft fees, but its guidance applies only to the state-chartered banks it regulates. The OCC and the Fed should stop re-ordering as well, and all bank regulators should take steps to keep financial institutions from assessing unfair and excessive overdraft fees.

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  • Banks Should Disclose Overdraft Fees
    Published: May 9 2013      Issue: Overdraft Loans

    Today banks are allowed to report overdraft fees as part of general service charge income, but CRL supports greater transparency. In this comment letter to the Federal Financial Institutions...

  • Comments to CFPB on Overdraft Practices
    Published: Jul 6 2012      Issue: CFPB, Overdraft Loans

    CRL joined with CFA and NCLC to provide the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) with documentation of bank overdraft practices and their impact on consumers. The CFPB should stop banks from...

  • Comment to the Federal Reserve on Notice by Capital One to Acquire ING Bank
    Published: Sep 20 2011      Issue: Overdraft Loans

    The Center for Responsible Lending commented on Capital One's proposed acquisistion of ING Bank at a public meeting held by Federal Reserve on September 20, 2011.

  • Comments to OCC on Overdraft and Bank Payday Loans
    Published: Aug 9 2011      Issue: Overdraft Loans

    CRL filed comments to the OCC on August 8, 2011 urging them to strengthen rules on overdraft and bank payday lending. Automatic debit overdrafts, re-ordering of account transactions and direct...

  • AFR Sign-on to OCC on Overdraft and Bank Payday
    Published: Aug 9 2011      Issue: Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans

    Consumer groups fear OCC proposed guidance may legitimize and facilitate the spread of payday lending by national banks, and banks would continue abusive overdraft practices—harming bank customers,...

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