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A Cautionary Tale: Don’t Put Important Service Initiatives on Auto-Pilot

You may think everything is fine with your overdraft privilege program if no new policies have been issued and it is generating income. But, if you are allowing it to operate with little or no additional oversight, you could be setting yourself up for potential missteps or even violations that can result in costly consequences or poor performance. Learn more about the consequences of putting your overdraft program on auto-pilot.

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Why Proper Training Makes All the Difference to Your Bottom Line

Everybody has questions the first day on the job. Likewise, bank and credit union employees will certainly have questions when you launch a new overdraft program. You’ll want to be able to answer these questions accurately so they are well-equipped to communicate information to your account holders, thus building trust and fostering a relationship. Learn about the value of proper training in this situation, and why it may not cost you any extra money to provide thorough and ongoing training—but it could greatly improve your bottom line. 

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What’s on your ‘overdraft program’ checklist?
Though a basic concept―helping an account holder overcome a checkbook oversight or emergency situation―overdraft programs involve several moving parts for your organization: notification, sign-up, and usage to name a few. Accordingly, having an implementation checklist can help you achieve compliance and avoid charges of deceptive practices. Read on to learn if your overdraft program is one that checks all the boxes for organizational and account holder success.

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Fairy Godmothers: Every account holder should have one

A financial institution that watches out for its account holders' best interests? That earns fairy Godmother status. When it comes to the fixed-versus-dynamic overdraft limit debate, it’s easy to see that the former provides peace of mind and predictability while the latter leads to confusion and headaches all around.

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Matrix overdraft systems: more risk than reward?

By Richard Miller, Executive Vice President


Overdraft programs with dynamic limits can be short-sighted by placing profit over principle at unfair and consequential expense to account holders. Their undisclosed methods can lead to higher charge-offs and account holder turnover. In contrast, a fully-disclosed overdraft program promotes transparency and responsible use, providing your account holders with a financial safety net at an established price, one designed to solve a short-term liquidity situation with your account holders.

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