Fee for early termination of term deposits
Term deposits tend to allow early termination by the customer in exchange for a fee, entirely at the bank’s discretion. A penalty in the form of a percentage of the interest rate may also be agreed instead of a fee.
In the case of
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What requirements must be met in order to charge this fee?
- The fees charged by banks are unrestricted, except in cases where they are limited by law. In the case of early termination of a traditional term deposit, the limit of this fee is the maximum of the interest accrued from the arrangement of the deposit until the termination date.
- In order to be able to apply a fee or penalty to a term deposit, this must be provided for in the contract.