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Big Banks Made a Ton of Money Last Year From ATM and Overdraft Fees

Feb 23, 2017

ATM and overdraft fees cost Americans dearly in 2016.

The nation's three largest banks — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo — collected more than $6.4 billion in such charges last year, according to an analysis from CNN.

The total sum resulted in an average of more than $25 in fees for every American adult. And the cost isn't showing any signs of decline. 2015's CNN report just topped $6 billion, which means ATM and overdraft fees have risen about $300 million in the span of a year.

For customers, finding an ATM that belongs to their bank can sometimes be inconvenient, leaving some users with little choice but to withdraw funds from an "out-of-network" machine. The average ATM fee is now $4.57, according to a survey from Bankrate.

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