“The only thing that has changed in past seven months is that community banks have increased their overdraft fee in anticipation of a sharp drop in revenue, due to the upcoming loss of interchange fees that is mandated in the Durbin Amendment to the Frank-Dodd bill,” said Mike Moebs, economist and CEO of Moebs Services.
This most recent Moebs Study included a survey of 1,000,000 checking accounts nationwide. “The overall consumer opt-in rate for overdrafts on debit cards and ATMs is 75 percent and is rising,” pointed out Moebs. “The consumer views overdrafts as a safety net and not a penalty anymore. In order to profitably leverage this service, banks should consider lowering overdraft fees. Lower fees at community banks and credit unions reflect their better cost control.”
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