Have you ever had to pay an overdraft penalty? You're far from alone if you have incurred such a fee, according to a survey of consumers commissioned by by Pew's Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project.
In Overdraft America: Confusion and Concerns about Bank Practices, the Pew survey found that about one-fifth (18 percent) of consumers were hit with an overdraft penalty fee in the past year. As you can see from the chart, almost three-quarters of those with an overdraft incurred a penalty fee. The typical penalty is $35.
The study reports that the overdraft rules are poorly understood. Two groups in particular run into trouble: the young and low-income consumers.
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- Safe Checking in the Electronic Age