Overdraft Cap

DEFINITION of 'Overdraft Cap'

The maximum dollar limit that a bank will send to another financial institution in one day. The overdraft cap limits the amount that banks will send via private payment or the Fedwire network. This cap limits a bank's daylight-overdraft exposure.

BREAKING DOWN 'Overdraft Cap'

The overdraft cap varies from one bank to another. It is a multiple of each bank's risk-based capital. The cap applies not only between banks but also between banks, brokerage firms and credit unions, as well as other financial institutions.