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Debit rewards programs at big institutions may be few and far between, but industry experts said they’re rapidly becoming the new secret weapon for credit unions interested in snagging market share.

The trigger was the Durbin Amendment, which is part of the Dodd-Frank Act. It capped the interchange rates that financial institutions with $10 billion or more in assets can earn. When Durbin took effect in 2011, many large financial institutions promptly dropped their debit rewards programs to make up for the lost interchange revenue. That’s created what some say is a huge opportunity for credit unions like the Mansfield, Texas-based Texas Trust Credit Union and everybody else below the $10 billion threshold.

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