Banks Collecting From Overdraft Fees


    When you write a check and it bounces, it makes your bank that much richer. According to a new study, banks are bringing in big bucks from overdraft fees.

    FOX News Radio’s Bill Vitka reports:

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    Overdraft fees cost you money, but they make a lot of money for the banks. Last year banks took in $32 billion in overdraft fees. That is $400 million more than the year before.

    A new study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the median overdraft fee at the 33 biggest banks is $34. It’s a little bit less at smaller banks.

    While some of this is not unfamiliar territory, what is eye-raising is that banks get 61% of their profit from consumer checking accounts from fees for overdrafts and insufficient funds.

    Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.

    CLICK HERE to read the CFPB Study of Overdraft Programs.

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