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#1666409 - 02/16/12 02:08 PM Ad for bonus without specific account info
CC Poppy Offline
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Registered: 05/04/06
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If we are advertising bonuses when opening checking account, does the statement "receive $ 100 bonus when you open any checking account" trigger the bonus disclosures? Lets say we change the statement to just "receive a bonus for opening any checking account" does that trigger the bonus disclosures?

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#1666451 - 02/16/12 02:52 PM Re: Ad for bonus without specific account info [Re: CC Poppy]
Bob The Banker Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
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Reg DD 1030.8 Advertising:
(d) Bonuses. Except as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, if a bonus is stated in an advertisement, the advertisement shall state the following information, to the extent applicable, clearly and conspicuously:

Reg DD 1030.8 Advertising Commentary:
(d) Bonuses.
1. General reference to “bonus.” General statements such as “bonus checking” or “get a bonus when you open a checking account” do not trigger the bonus disclosures.

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With that being said, what is the advertising medium? If the advertisement is indoor sign (signs inside the premises of a depository institution), then the 1030.8(d) Bonus disclosures are not required. Rather, a statement to contact an employee about terms and fees would suffice.

Furthermore, if you have such a large giveaway such as $100 bonus, why would you not want to mention it in your advertisement? Seems to defeat the purpose of advertising the promotion just for the sake of not having to do the work of writing the triggered disclosures.


Edited by Bob The Banker (02/16/12 02:54 PM)

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