Millennials More Likely to Overdraft

Younger bank customers tend to spend more than they have

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Are you frequently plagued by overdraft fees? A recent report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that millennials (those in the 18 to 35 age range) are four times more likely than those 65 and over to incur 10 or more overdraft fees each year.

In this report, the CFPB took a look at consumers’ banking experiences at several large banks. The results found that overdraft and insufficient funds fees made up most of the checking account fees paid by consumers. When it came to consumers who chose to opt-in to overdraft protection, overdraft and insufficient funds fees made up 75% of total checking account fees and comprised an average of $250 each year.

Additional report findings:

  • A small percentage of bank customers pay most of the overdraft fees. The CFPB found that 8% of customers pay 75% of all overdraft fees.
  • As account holders get older, the tendency to overdraft reduces. Roughly 10.7% of millennials had more than 10 overdrafts per year, while 2.8% of the 62 and over age group had over 10 overdrafts annually.
  • Purchases that result in an overdraft are usually a small amount. The CFPB finds that when it comes to debit card use, the median amount is $24. The median transaction amount that results in an overdraft fee for all types of debits is $50.

For more on this topic, see Consumers Saddled by Credit Card Debt and Overdraft Fees.

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