The CFE Fund recently submitted a comment letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System regarding their proposal to update the maximum interchange fees that can be charged by covered debit card issuers. The letter notes the CFE Fund’s learnings from our national Bank On initiative, which partners with financial institutions, community organizations, government leaders, and banking regulators to create pathways for un- and underbanked individuals to enter or reenter the financial mainstream with safe banking accounts; Bank On certified accounts have played a key role in programmatic banking access connections from local summer youth jobs programs to the U.S. government’s emergency pandemic relief funds. The fee limitations and features designated under the Bank On Standards were designed not just to meet consumer need but to be economically sustainable for financial institutions. The CFE Fund noted that our experience shows that interchange fees are a key part of that market sustainability. Read the full comment letter here.  

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