Research & Analysis
In addition to CRL’s extensive research documenting unfair overdraft practices, the FDIC and the Government Accountability Office have both produced reports outlining the abuses. CRL’s latest estimate of the overall cost of unauthorized overdrafts to Americans every year is $23.7 billion. We have also found that debit overdrafts cost $2 for every dollar “borrowed” from the bank to cover them.
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- Support H.R. 3904, the Overdraft Protection Act of 2009
October 29, 2009
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney proposed the Overdraft Protection Act of 2009, which would reform out-of-control bank and credit union overdraft practices. Fees for debit card transactions and other types of overdrafts have reached well over $20 billion per year.
- The Overdraft Protection Act of 2009
October 29, 2009
Eric Halperin, director of CRL's DC office, submitted testimony to the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House on H.R. 3904, the Overdraft Protection Act of 2009. He called the Act a crucial measure for protecting consumers from abusive bank overdraft fees, which have reached $23.7 billion per year. The Federal Reserve Board has failed to address the problem, and reform is urgently needed.
- Senate bill S 1799 would reform out-of-control overdraft practices
October 23, 2009
The Center for Responsible Lending strongly supports the FAIR Overdraft Coverage Act as it would represent a major advance in overdraft reform.
- Overdraft Explosion: Bank fees for overdrafts increase 35% in two years
October 6, 2009
Banks and credit unions collected $23.7 billion in overdraft fees in 2008.
- Quick Facts on Overdraft Loans
April 9, 2009
Brief facts about overdraft loans, largely derived from CRL research