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Why can't I transfer from savings?

Regulation D or “Reg D” is one of those pesky bank regulations that seems to confuse. This government regulation limits the number of transfers out of your Savings Account to six per month. 

If you made a transfer from your savings account on Online Access, it tells you how many online transfers you’ve made. If you click on the “Explain” link, the Reg D Description pops up. Click on that for a full description and chart about what Reg D is and how it affects you.

Transactions that count towards the Reg D limits include: Transfers from savings using Online Access or Phone Access, transfers made by calling an Alternatives staff person and requesting a transfer, pre-authorized, automatic, scheduled, or recurring transfers, and overdraft protection transfers from savings to cover overdrafts. 


Why this limit? The federal government requires financial institutions to reserve a percentage of funds in transaction accounts, like checking accounts. Since the balances on these accounts can change rapidly with no notice, reserving funds acts as a stabilizing tool. Financial institutions are not required to reserve for funds held in non-transaction accounts, like savings accounts.


Exempted from Reg D limits are transactions by mail, Quick Drop or Night Drop with an original signature, transfers made to loans at Alternatives, ATM transactions, and transactions done in person at Alternatives. 


For more information, see the explanation on Online Access. If you have questions, please call a Member Service Specialist at (607) 273-4611.

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