The CFE Fund recently submitted a comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to a Request for Comment on the CFPB’s proposal to update regulations that govern overdraft lending services. Citing evidence from the CFE Fund’s national Bank On initiative, the letter notes the role that overdraft fees play in breeding mistrust and destabilization, and points out  the robust market of over 450 Bank On certified accounts across the country that do not allow overdraft, demonstrating the value of transparency and affordability in banking. This comment letter stresses the value of connecting safe and affordable credit options to basic transaction accounts like those certified through the Bank On National Account Standards, such as with overdraft lines of credit. It is critical that the un- and underbanked, a population overrepresented by people of color, can access transparent and safe short-term credit.

Read the full letter here.

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