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HSBC Direct still safe?
April 15, 2008
12:41 pm
Ricardo
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Hi,

There has been lots of news about HSBC struggling and also lots of cases of fraud. Some are recent but I was wondering if I should take my money out of HSBC Direct Canada? Anyone else feel the same way?

Thanks.

April 16, 2008
12:00 pm
Craig
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Can you post some links? I haven't heard anything.

I'll probably be pulling my funds out of their High Interest Savings Account on May 2, but that's only because their 4.75% promotion ends on that date. Their regular rate is currently 3.30%, and there are plenty of banks that can beat that.

April 16, 2008
12:31 pm
Ricardo
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http://www.innercitypress.org/hsbc.html

http://hsbc-sux.com/

You are right there rate is not that great anymore. Who are you going to use? I have accounts with HSBC,ING and PC Finan but think I am just going to use my TD account to keep my funds for now.

Thanks.

April 17, 2008
1:08 am
Tiff
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TD account? What kind of rate is TD offering?

April 22, 2008
12:30 pm
Ricardo
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Not a good one.... I just meant it was easier to stay there then trust HSBC etc...

April 26, 2008
12:40 pm
Salty Bob
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I still don't like HSBC's website - very frustrating to use and not user friendly. Have my money there now, only til the end of their promotional rate of 4.75% is over 2 May. Then I will switch.

Would have locked into a higher 1 yr GIC, but will need access to my $ later this year for a big purchase.

April 29, 2008
12:42 pm
Maxime
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I guess on May 2nd they will have to declare bankcrupcy, we will all remove our money from HSBC the same day, haha.

May 2, 2008
6:55 am
djino
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Is there gonna be much better out there now that its May 2nd?

May 7, 2008
1:00 am
Pete
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So let me get this straight, based on a couple of opinion pieces on the web by private individuals, HSBC is in trouble and we all could lose our money? LOL! Even if those websites weren't crap, there's a little thing in Canada called the CDIC.

Think of any company, any, and google "company" sucks, you'll almost certainly find a website (or 2 or 3) telling tales of woe of how the big bad corporate giant squashed the little guy.

There are not lots of banks offering way better rates out there. There are a few, very few, offering equal or better rates, but none come close to the accessibility the HSBC Direct Savings offers while giving you 3% daily interest.

Every bank has its disgruntled customers, and I'm harldy trying to be an apologist for HSBC, but the "evidence" here of its demise, and the promise of larger, greener pastures elsewhere in today's economic climate, are simply false.

May 7, 2008
10:05 am
bruno
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i like hsbc more than any of the 5 Canadian majors although i prefer dealing with our local credit unions.
hsbc has already taken some write downs and with their diversified business platform ( in many countries and a concentration on retail banking) should be in good shape --and certainly better than the US banks---
i agree with the previous post on this bank--

May 8, 2008
12:29 pm
djino
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Could not have said it any better.

djino
"Yup"

May 14, 2008
1:46 pm
Salty Bob
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I still prefer Canadian Tire's High Interest acct in terms of speed of transactions, user-friendliness and rates. Have no complaints about them at all, and may switch to them if I don't tempted to "risk" moving my money to ICICI for their 3.6% (or was it 3.5?)...

..as we are probably all familiar with the complaints on them..!

;p

September 8, 2008
10:25 pm
Maxime
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HSBC is the safest place to lose your money because of their politics that lack common sense.

Read their manual and you'll get some suprises. Call them and ask for the latest Guide, they've made some modifications on the fees they charge for different kind of services.

September 10, 2008
1:26 am
Doug
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Actually, HSBC Bank Canada is, in addition to being a member institution of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, backed by and is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the world's largest, most conservative and best capitalized financial institutions, HSBC Holdings plc. It isn't going anywhere and your deposits are fully protected and guaranteed. It's as safe, if not more than, as putting your money in RBC Financial Group or TD Bank Financial Group or any of the "Big Five" banks.

If anything, I worry about some of the upstarts, like this Peoples Trust Company of Canada. If any financial institution were to fail, it would be that one. One only needs to look at their website. Financial institutions in Canada do fail from time to time and if you look at the history, with the exception of the Bank of British Columbia (a provincial Crown corporation) in the mid 1980s, on the CDIC's website, they've all been small institutions and trust companies. Interestingly, the Bank of British Columbia's depositors and loan holders were saved by HSBC Group when HSBC swooped in and acquired the assets and liabilities of the Bank of British Columbia.

So not to worry, HSBC Direct, the direct banking operation of HSBC Bank Canada, is absolutely safe.

Hope this helps,
Doug

September 11, 2008
9:57 am
CM
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Well said about HSBC, as I have dealt with them for years originally with my mortgage and day to day banking, moving more of my savings from them, VanCity & BMO to Achieva Financial. Prior to moving my primary savings to Achieva I did my own research on the financial performance and deposit guarantee of many institutions. HSBC is very sound and protected by the CDIC --- they just couldn't match the rates at Achieva. However, I too would avoid the Peoples Trust and ICIC given their exposure to a very loosly regulated environment in other geographic regions over seas.

Yes, HSBC is safe.

October 5, 2008
4:51 pm
Jean Hoch
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Why is HSBCs Bank Rate going down? HSBC has only 2 stars now, and Countrywide went from U = unrated to one star, now. HSBC used to be 4 stars. (I'm in California)

October 5, 2008
4:54 pm
Jean Hoch
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Here is the link for BankRate.com for online savings and money markets.

http://www.bankrate.com/gookey....._K_savings

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