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On Oct. 11, the Biden Administration unveiled a crucial set of proposals aimed at curbing excessive consumer fees, such as overdraft and nonsufficient fund (NSF) fees, often called “junk fees.” This move represents a significant step toward rectifying an issue that has long burdened consumers, particularly low-income consumers and consumers of color.

By now, the general public may have experienced or at least may be aware of the substantial consumer fees banks collect, as well as the exorbitant “service” and “convenience” fees charged by the retail and hospitality industries. Together, these sectors generate millions in junk fees – all at the expense of consumers, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck. One of the more surprising culprits of these fees is credit unions.

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