The CFE Fund recently submitted a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) modernization. Citing experiences from the Bank On movement, as well as the FECPublic initiative, the CFE Fund recommended that the CRA examination process should credit financial institutions’ provision of safe and affordable banking accounts and support for meaningful financial inclusion efforts.
Bank On Certified Accounts Help Hundreds of Thousands of Residents Receive Stimulus and Other Emergency Payments Safely and with Social Distance
The CFE Fund announced today that 60 financial institutions with over 28,000 branches across the entire country now offer accounts certified as meeting newly updated Bank On National Account Standards (2021-2022). These low cost, no-overdraft, no-surprise-fee bank and credit union accounts have been highlighted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other federal agencies in connecting people to claiming or depositing their Economic Impact (stimulus) and other emergency payments, and were recently embraced by the American Bankers Association. Products certified as meeting these national Standards are already available in 99 of the largest 100 metro markets, and in 50 states and Washington, DC, at banks and credit unions that range in size from 2 branches to 5,500 branches; financial institutions with Bank On certified accounts already comprise over 45% of the national deposit market share.
Today at the American Banker’s Association’s Unconventional Convention, ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols urged their thousands of members to offer a Bank On certified product. As part of this partnership announcement, the ABA notes working with nearly all of the nation’s core service providers to make it easier than ever for thousands of banks to offer Bank On-certified accounts, significantly growing the market of safe and affordable accounts available to residents across the country. Banks and credit unions across the country can explore and apply for Bank On certification at www.joinbankon.org/certify, joining the 60+ institutions across the country that already provide their communities with a certified account.