Date Released: CFPB-PR-240116-1

January 16, 2024


CFPB-PR-240116-1 – Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Rohit Chopra on Overdraft Lending Press Call


Overdraft loans – along with the hefty and often surprising fees that come with them – affect families across the country. For many of those charged overdraft fees, the market is not working for them, even if they are happy a bank processed a transaction instead of declining it. Compared to credit cards and other forms of credit, overdraft lending is very expensive.

More than a half-century ago, overdrafts began as an occasional convenience with a modest fee. Over the course of several decades, many of the nation’s largest banks morphed this market into a junk fee harvesting machine. That’s why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking action to close regulatory loopholes that will bring long-overdue transparency and competition for overdraft lending.

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