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Starling Bank to introduce new overdraft pricing

16th December 2019

The app showing the overdraft slider

London, 16 December 2019. Starling, the leading digital bank, is revising its overdraft pricing on personal current accounts, replacing its flat rate of 15% with a rate of 15%, 25% or 35% EAR (variable), dependent on customers’ credit scores, commencing 1 April.

In a blog post announcing the change, Anne Boden, the bank’s founder and chief executive, said that Starling’s overdraft rate will remain extremely competitive, in the face of rates approaching 40% being introduced by some high street lenders.

For a customer who receives an EAR of 15% and goes £100 overdrawn for 30 days, the monthly overdraft charges will remain at £1.16. This will increase to £1.86 on an EAR of 25% and to £2.52 on a rate of 35%. That’s still well below the £2.79 they would face with a 39.9% rate.

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At the same time, Starling is removing the interest rate and the maximum monthly charge on unarranged overdrafts, currently capped at £2 per month, and setting it at £0. So customers will not be charged for accidentally slipping into an unarranged overdraft.

“Starling will remain one of the most competitive banks for overdrafts,” Ms Boden said. “We understand that for many of our customers it’s important to be able to dip into an overdraft. That’s why I wanted to explain these changes myself.

“The new pricing structure is designed to reflect the true cost to us of offering overdrafts and to ensure that we can continue offering the best current account possible.”

Many other banks and building societies are changing their overdraft structure to comply with the Financial Conduct Authority’s forthcoming ban on daily or monthly charges and on unarranged overdraft fees from April 2020. The FCA changes are designed to make overdrafts “simpler, fairer and easier to manage”. In response to the new rules, at least four high street lenders have opted for 39.9%, while one other digital bank has opted for variable pricing with rates of 19% to 39%.

Starling’s overdraft charges have been in line with the new FCA rules from day one and the bank has never had daily fees or additional charges on top of the interest customers pay.

Notes to editors

EAR means Equivalent Annual Rate. This is a representative interest rate that shows what the customer would pay if they go into their overdraft and remain overdrawn for a year. Interest is accrued daily and charged monthly. It doesn’t include fees, but as Starling has no additional fees, it represents what customers actually pay.

Starling’s maximum overdraft will remain at £5,000, subject to status.

About Starling Bank

Starling is a leading digital bank, founded in 2014 and voted Best British Bank in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Its retail banking app offers personal, business and joint current accounts on Android and iOS. Starling also offers groundbreaking B2B banking and payments services.

Starling is a fintech business with a banking licence, fully regulated by the FCA and PRA. It is directly connected to major payment schemes, including Faster Payments, SEPA, Bacs and MasterCard.


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