Consumer Banking

Pew's consumer banking project studies the accounts that Americans rely on every day to manage their finances, including checking accounts, prepaid cards, and mobile payments. The initiative builds partnerships with key stakeholders to advocate for effective consumer protections and a level playing field in the financial marketplace.

Pew's Model Disclosure Box for Checking Accounts

Since Dec. 2011, 29 financial institutions have worked with Pew to adopt a simple disclosure box.

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  • Have You Ever Overdrafted?

    Checking accounts are the most widely used financial product in the United States. But as Pew found, consumers often are in the dark about their bank’s debit card overdraft policies—including the size of a typical overdraft fee, opt-in requirements, transaction reordering, and overdraft options. Read More

  • Overdraft

    Checking accounts are the most widely used financial product in the country. Yet poorly regulated bank overdraft practices continue to cause consumers to unknowingly incur multiple costly fees for a single transaction. Pew is promoting new rules to make overdraft programs safer and more transparent. Read More

  • 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households

    The Pew Charitable Trust’s consumer banking project studies the transaction accounts that Americans rely on to manage their finances and develops research-based policy recommendations that promote safe and transparent products. We have published a series of reports examining several aspects of checking and prepaid accounts and have begun research into how new mobile banking and payment features... Read More

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Sultana Ali

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