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What is the EAR overdraft rate?

Category: Banking
Author: Tim Leonard
Updated: 30/11/2017

EAR means the Equivalent Annual Rate, which is the interest rate you are charged if you go overdrawn on your current account.

How is the EAR worked out?

EAR is a representative interest rate that shows the rate you would pay if you remained overdrawn for a year. It is determined by:

  • The simple rate of interest you are charged if you go overdrawn,
  • The frequency with which interest is charged, and
  • The effect of compound interest on your debt.

So if you are charged 2.20% for every month you're overdrawn, it isn't as simple as 2.20% x 12 because of the effect of compound interest. Instead, the EAR would actually be 29.80%!

EAR doesn't include overdraft fees

Bear in mind that the equivalent annual rate doesn't take into account any overdraft fees, which, if you go over your agreed overdraft limit, are very likely to be charged.

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