In an article titled "Chase and Bank of America Revise Fee Policies
", Ron Lieber writes for the New York Times about announcements from Bank of America
and Chase regarding changes both banks are planning to their overdraft fee policies.
In a press release, Bank of America announced changes to be implemented October 19 including not charging overdraft fees when a customer's account is overdrawn by a total amount less than $10 for one day, not charging overdraft fees on more than four items per day and making it easier to opt out of overdrafts altogether. Next June, the bank plans additional changes including providing customers a choice with respect to opting in or out of overdraft capability.
According to Lieber's reporting, Chase is planning changes in the first quarter including not charging a fee when the overdraft is for less than $5 and not sorting items in descending amounts prior to posting - a technique that maximizes the overdraft fees charged and has drawn criticism from consumer groups. Chase also plans to allow its customers to opt out of overdraft coverage.