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Published Category: Info for consumers

New insights on bank overdraft fees and 4 ways to avoid them

For the first time in 2015, large banks began reporting separately certain categories of fees—including overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees. The new fee revenue information is helping us understand the magnitude and diversity of banks’ overdraft programs. Here are some tips to help you reduce or avoid overdraft and NSF fees.

Published Category: Policy & Compliance

Fall 2015 rulemaking agenda

An important part of the CFPB’s mandate from Congress is to make rules governing consumer finance markets more effective and to create new rules when warranted. Today, we’re posting a semiannual update of our rulemaking agenda as part of the federal government’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

Published Category: At the CFPB

Spring 2015 rulemaking agenda

An important part of our mandate is to make rules more effective and create new rules when necessary. Today, we’re posting a semi-annual update of our rulemaking agenda as part of the federal government’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

Published Category: Info for consumers

Consumer advisory: You’ve got options when it comes to overdraft

We’re announcing an enforcement action against Alabama-based Regions Bank for charging overdraft fees to consumers who had not opted-in for overdraft coverage. We’re requiring Regions Bank to fully refund all affected consumers – hundreds of thousands of consumers have already been refunded $49 million in fees. Learn more about your choices when it comes to overdraft protection programs, as these programs can be costly.

Published Category: Policy & Compliance

Fall 2014 rulemaking agenda

Today, we’re posting a semi-annual update of our rulemaking agenda in conjunction with a broader initiative led by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to publish a Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions across the federal government. Our regulatory agenda includes rulemaking actions in the following stages: pre-rule, proposed rule, final rule, long term actions, and completed actions.

Published Category: Info for consumers

Meet Greg from Michigan

Since we launched on July 21st 2011, we’ve heard directly from consumers about the challenges they face in the marketplace, brought their concerns to the attention of financial institutions, and helped address their complaints. Accepting, resolving, and analyzing consumer complaints is an integral part of our work. This week, we’ll be featuring stories from consumers […]

Published Category: Policy & Compliance

Comment period on overdrafts extended to June 29

In February, we launched a public inquiry and an industry research study to gain insight into overdraft practices. Both initiatives are continuing and will provide us with great perspective on how overdraft programs work. The Notice and Request for Information originally called for all public comments by the end of this month. While we’ve already […]

Published Category: Info for consumers

What’s your status when it comes to overdraft coverage?

As we begin our inquiry into overdraft practices, we’ve issued a consumer advisory on overdraft coverage and fees. Institutions can’t charge you for overdrafts on ATM or point-of-sale debit card transactions unless you have opted in. Knowing your status can help you decide what’s best for you.

Gail Hillebrand, our Associate Director for Consumer Education and Engagement, suggests four simple ways you can reduce or eliminate overdraft fees.