ATM costs struck another record high, in spite of crackdown on scrap costs

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ATM costs increase while overdraft, NSF costs fall

“ATM fees are biting harder than ever,” stated Greg McBride, Bankrate’s primary monetary expert.

The typical ATM charge increased to $3.15, marking the 22nd record high in 25 years, Bankrate discovered, based upon information from non-interest and interest accounts and the additional charges that accompany them. When considering the combined costs for utilizing an out-of-network ATM, the typical charge is $4.73, likewise a fresh high. 

On the benefit, overdraft costs and non-sufficient funds costs are now substantially lower. The typical overdraft charge fell 11% to $26.61 from in 2015’s average of $29.80, while non-sufficient funds costs struck a lowest level of $19.94, typically, according to Bankrate.

However, couple of banks have actually gotten rid of them completely: 91% of banks still charge overdraft and 70% charge non-sufficient funds costs, Bankrate likewise discovered.

Last month, the CFPB purchased Bank of America to pay more than $100 million to its consumers and $150 million in charges for double-dipping on overdraft costs, to name a few infractions.

“Despite recent progress in addressing overdraft fees, the job is far from complete,” stated Nadine Chabrier, the Center for Responsible Lending’s senior policy counsel, in a declaration.

Monthly costs can be tough to prevent

While totally free bank account are extensively readily available, numerous banking consumers are coming across regular monthly service charge and increasing balance requirements, Bankrate discovered.

More than a quarter of examining account holders, or 27%, are frequently struck with costs, which can amount to approximately $24 monthly, or $288 each year, according to another study from Bankrate. 

The typical charge on an interest examining account is usually even greater, while the typical yield is simply 0.05%.

“Avoid accounts that require stranding a balance to avoid fees when you can get a free checking account and move your excess funds into an online savings account at a time when yields exceed 5%,” McBride stated. (Here are a couple of more competitive alternatives worth thinking about.)

“Consumers can almost always avoid other account fees by using direct deposit, maintaining a minimum balance or limiting the use of ATMs that are not affiliated with their bank,” stated Mike Townsend, a representative for the American Bankers Association. “If you must use an ATM outside of your bank’s network, consider a larger withdrawal to avoid having to go back multiple times or using the free cash-back feature on debit card purchases.”

Some banking interest groups likewise countered that offerings such as overdraft defense offer a much-needed safeguard.

Without the alternative of overdraft defense, “people are more likely to turn to predatory lenders, hurting the same people the administration seeks to help,” stated Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association, in a declaration.

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