As everyone in the financial services industry, and many consumers are now aware, Bank of America announced they are ending overdraft fees on Debit Card transactions beginning this summer. You know it's a big deal when the story makes it to the Today Show. This is their answer to the recent Regulation E changes enacted by the Federal Reserve that take place later this year.
On the surface, this appears to be a consumer friendly solution from a bank that has been battered in the public relations arena. They've taken a lot of heat (often unfairly) for the bank bailout and the mortgage crisis. They really need something to repair their image.
Our bank, on the other hand, is taking a different approach. We see this as an opportunity to both educate consumers and allow them to make the decision, not us. For more information, take a look at this post on our bank's web site. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.