Credit cards are one of the most common financial products in our country, providing the bulk of short-term credit for families. Interest rates on credit cards have risen substantially, with average interest rates going over 20%. Given the trends for the 175 million Americans with credit cards, the CFPB estimates that outstanding credit card debt may continue to set records and could even hit $1 trillion.
A number of large banks are eliminating non-sufficient fund (NSF) fees on checking accounts, cutting total NSF fee volume by about 50%, or $1 billion, annually. Other banks continue to charge these fees. The Bureau is closely scrutinizing whether and when charging these fees may be unlawful.