HSBC Transfer Time
Earlier this week, I initiated the process to move my eFund to my new HSBCdirect account. In addition, I had my first recurring deposit in my new account this week.
Transfers A Little Slow.
My recurring deposit is scheduled for every Monday, with this week being the first week of activity. The notice of the deposit being confirmed did not arrive until yesterday, which means it arrived on the 3rd day after initiating the transfer. With ING, my recurring deposits always seemed to be in my account the following business day but no later than the 2nd day. In this day and age, it amazes me to see the delay because the transaction should really be conducted in real-time.
After opening the account, I had read a few reviews that indicated HSBC is on the slow side with the time it takes to complete a transfer. In addition, I had read (but have not confirmed) that HSBC runs transactions through CashEdge and that CashEdge sits on the transfers a little longer than others to squeeze out that little bit of extra money. Does anyone know if this is accurate? I’ve only read this online so take that for what it is worth.
The other transfer that I initiated on Monday was the actual transfer of my eFund from ING to HSBC. That deposit did not arrive in my HSBC account until today, but to be fair the transaction was not initiated until late Monday evening. So the time to complete the transfer is about the same as the time for the recurring deposit.
From what I have read, it is best if you can initiate the transfer to HSBC from the other institution as then it typically will arrive a little sooner. Unfortunately, ING does not permit you to link a savings account as they require a check to be written from a checking account in order to establish the link. So that was not an option for the transfer of the eFund. The recurring deposit could be initiated from my bank or as a change to my direct deposit, but for the time being I will leave it with HSBC.
If you cannot initiate the transfer elsewhere, one tip that I have learned is to initiate the transfer over the weekend or on either Monday or Tuesday. If you wait until Wednesday or later to initiate the transfer, you will have to add the weekend into the time to complete the transfer and that means less money in your pocket.
Overall I am still getting used to some of the quirks with HSBCdirect and I am really missing the feature at ING to log in and get an update on the interest earned up to the previous day, but I will enjoy the extra money due to the higher rate.