CFPB Releases Overdraft Disclosure Prototypes

On August 4th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued 4 new “Know Before You Owe” disclosure prototypes designed to provide consumers with more information about overdraft coverage.  Each prototype is 1 page long and intended to clearly explain the costs and risks of opting into overdraft coverage.  According to the CFPB, consumers who frequently attempt to overdraw their checking accounts pay about $450 more in fees than if they opted into debit card and ATM overdraft coverage.  These prototypes should help consumers understand the potentially significant costs of opting in.  Until these prototypes are finished being tested and potentially adopted into regulation, the current model form from 2010 continues to apply.

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John Zasada is a principal with CLA and leads the firm’s financial institution regulatory compliance practice. He assists banks and credit unions nationwide in establishing regulatory compliance programs, conducting compliance testing, training staff on regulations, and performing website compliance assessments. In addition, John is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and state associations. Prior to joining CLA, he served as managing director at a top-10 accounting firm and as the compliance officer of a large financial institution, where he developed and implemented its first regulatory compliance program.

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