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High-fee fury bypasses smaller banks, overdraft plan makes no impact.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a rule to restrict overdraft fees, but it will primarily impact larger banks and may not affect smaller banks that heavily rely on overdraft fees. The proposal would subject banks and credit unions with $10 billion or more in assets to overdraft fee caps, and any fees exceeding these limits would have to be disclosed under the Truth in Lending Act. However, smaller banks may not be subject to these regulations and could continue to charge high fees for overdrafts.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a proposal that aims to restrict overdraft fees charged by banks and credit unions. However, the rule is likely to have a limited impact on smaller banks that heavily rely on overdraft fees for revenue.

Under the proposal, banks and credit unions with $10 billion or more in assets would be subject to overdraft fee caps set by the CFPB or by the lenders themselves based on the costs of covering overdrafts. Any fees exceeding these caps would have to be disclosed under the Truth in Lending Act.

Larger banks have already taken steps to limit or eliminate overdraft fees to avoid scrutiny and regulatory action. However, smaller banks, which often don’t have the same resources or regulatory scrutiny, may still continue to charge high fees for overdrafts.

Overdraft fees have been a significant source of revenue for banks, particularly for smaller institutions. These fees are typically charged when a customer’s account balance falls below zero and the bank covers the negative balance. Critics argue that overdraft fees disproportionately affect low-income individuals and can lead to a cycle of debt.

The CFPB’s proposal is part of a broader effort to address predatory lending practices and protect consumers from excessive fees. The bureau has previously cracked down on payday lenders and implemented rules to regulate the mortgage and credit card industries.

However, some experts argue that the proposed rule may not have a significant impact on overdraft fees overall. While it could lead to lower fees for customers at larger banks, smaller banks may not be subject to the same regulations and could continue to charge high fees.

Consumer advocates have called for stricter regulations on overdraft fees and argue that they should be eliminated altogether. They argue that these fees disproportionately affect vulnerable populations and can lead to financial instability.

Overall, the CFPB’s proposal to restrict overdraft fees will mainly impact larger banks, while smaller banks may remain unaffected. The rule aims to protect consumers from excessive fees but may not address the underlying issues of financial inequality and predatory lending practices.

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