The Federal Reserve's "regulation D" places a limit of six withdrawals per month from a savings account:
allow no more than six transfers or withdrawals per calendar month or statement cycle of at least four weeks for the purpose of transferring funds to another of the depositor’s accounts at the same institution or making third-party payments by means of preauthorized, automatic, or telephonic transfers or transfers or withdrawals made by check, debit card, or other similar order made by the depositor and payable to third parties
(quoted from the Regulation D Consumer Compliance Handbook)
The text of the regulation itself, in section 204.2(d)(2):
The term “savings deposit” also means: A deposit or account, such as an account commonly known as a passbook savings account, a statement savings account, or as a money market deposit account (MMDA), that otherwise meets the requirements of §204.2(d)(1) and from which, under the terms of the deposit contract or by practice of the depository institution, the depositor is permitted or authorized to make no more than six transfers and withdrawals, or a combination of such transfers and withdrawals, per calendar month or statement cycle (or similar period) of at least four weeks, to another account (including a transaction account) of the depositor at the same institution or to a third party by means of a preauthorized or automatic transfer, or telephonic (including data transmission) agreement, order or instruction, or by check, draft, debit card, or similar order made by the depositor and payable to third parties.
Does that "per calendar month or statement cycle" mean that each bank picks a rule to apply, and as long as I stay under 6 transactions in a calendar month at a bank that uses the calendar month, and 6 transactions in a cycle at a bank that uses a cycle, I'm in compliance? Or do I need to stay under 6 transactions in each calendar month, and also 6 transactions per cycle?
I opened a savings account in the middle of the calendar month, and setting up ACH links to my existing banking and investment accounts caused verification transfers (two deposits followed by a withdrawal for the sum) that took up most of my available transactions, and I'd like to know if I can perform additional transactions starting on the first of the new month, or have to wait for my statement cycle.
For my immediate situation, "bank's option and they chose to use the statement cycle" would be equivalent to "both rules apply". But in general I'd like to know whether both definitions of "month" apply to all savings accounts at all banks.