Celebrity personal finance expert Suze Orman, who has appeared widely for NCUA on behalf of credit unions, has launched a prepaid debit card which, if it becomes truly popular, could wind up costing credit unions significant amounts of money.

Unlike traditional debit cards which make their issuers, such as credit unions, a small amount of money from card interchange whenever they are used, decoupled prepaid cards rely on ACH transactions to move money from card holders’ deposit accounts with financial institutions.  Orman’s Approved Card may also be funded through direct deposit and cash deposit, but to the extent that it is run as a decoupled debit card it will take money away from CU and bank debit card programs.

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