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Key product information you need to know about our Overdraft Service

Why have an HSBC overdraft?

An overdraft could give you peace of mind by allowing you to make payments when you have run out of money in your account.

It means with an overdraft it can help you through expensive months like December, or paying unexpected costs such as an emergency plumber.

If you arrange a formal overdraft and keep within your limit it can help you prepare for life's unexpected costs.

Informal overdraft usage fees - and how to avoid them

If your overdraft limit is adequate and you don't go above it, all you need pay is the overdraft interest. We only charge a daily informal overdraft usage fee if you are more than £10 in your informal overdraft, see price list for full details.

We will always try to make your payments even if you do not have sufficient cleared funds in your account and the payment would take you over any agreed formal overdraft facility.

Remember, it's more cost effective to arrange an adequate formal overdraft than rely on informal overdrafts.

Agreeing an overdraft limit in advance

A formal request occurs when you approach us to arrange an overdraft limit.

There is no overdraft fee for agreeing a formal limit and it gives you greater control of your finances – you'll have an agreed limit within which you know items will be paid without incurring any overdraft fees. It's important to choose an adequate limit because if you go over it you may be charged daily overdraft usage fees, see price list for full details.

Your overdraft limit will be agreed until further notice, we will review the facility annually and contact you if we will be making any changes.

Going overdrawn without agreeing it in advance

An informal request is when you authorise a payment that would take your account overdrawn or beyond your formal limit without agreeing in advance an overdraft to cover it.

We will always consider an informal request and will make the payment if we can, subject to status. If approved the overdraft will be provided for 31 days to cover the item concerned.

How you can keep track of your balance

To try to help you avoid Overdraft fees, we will send you Overdraft text alerts if we've agreed an informal overdraft on your account. We will also send you a text alert if there isn't sufficient cleared funds available, in your account, to make a payment. You can opt out of receiving these text messages by calling us.

There are also several other ways you can keep an eye on where your balance is in relation to your overdraft limit.

You can get text message alerts sent to your mobile at no extra cost to let you know you when you’re nearing your limit – you can set these up via Online Banking or by calling us on 03457 404 404.

The HSBC Mobile Banking App lets you manage your personal accounts easily and securely from your mobile phone.

You can use HSBC cash machines, which will warn you if you try to make a withdrawal that might result in you being charged. You can use Internet banking to view balances, statements and payment details - plus increase (subject to status), decrease or cancel your overdraft limit. Or you can ring us on 03457 404 404 any time of the day or night to check your balance using our automated service.

The cost of your overdraft

If you keep within your formal overdraft limit the only cost you need pay is interest. Here are the rates that apply to overdrafts on our accounts, at a glance.

Name Of Account EAR (The interest you are charged on your overdrawn balance)
HSBC Premier 0% on first £500 overdrawn then 11.9%
Representative example (assumed overdraft £1,200): 0% EAR variable on the first £500 and 11.9% EAR on the rest.
HSBC Advance 17.9%
Representative example (assumed overdraft £1,200): 17.9% EAR variable
Bank Account 19.9%
Representative example (assumed overdraft £1,200): 19.9% EAR variable
Student Bank Account 0% EAR
Representative example (assumed overdraft £3,000): 0% EAR variable.
Graduate Bank Account 19.9% on balances above your interest-free entitlement
Representative example (assumed overdraft £1,200): 1st year 0% EAR variable on the first £1500, 2nd year 0% EAR variable on the first £1,000 and 19.9% EAR on the rest.

There are various scenarios in which you may be charged a daily informal overdraft usage fee. To know more about the situations in which you may be charged, please see these examples of charges.

For details of the charges that may be applicable, please click here to see the relevant Price List.

Account Management Service

Every month we will review your account to make sure your overdraft borrowing is suitable, based on your salary or other income. If we feel that your overdraft borrowing may be too much compared to your income, we will contact you to let you know an appropriate amount to pay in. We will also explain how we may be able to help, in the short and long term, if you are unable to pay in this amount.

How is Bank Account Pay Monthly different?

Bank Account Pay Monthly was specially introduced to help customers keep a firmer grip on their account.

Customers can request a formal overdraft facility. Whether you have a formal limit or not, we also provide customers with an automatic £50 overdraft 'buffer' as a safety net.

The key difference with Bank Account Pay Monthly is that any payment requests that take you over your formal limit and your £50 buffer will normally be refused. However when payments are returned your credit rating may be affected. Debit interest will still be charged on all overdrawn balances.

To help Bank Account Pay Monthly customers manage their finances, we send text alerts the morning after your balance reaches 60%, 80% or 95% of your overdraft limit. We will send an unpaid text alert when we have made a decision not to pay a Direct Debit, Standing Order, future dated Bill Payment or Cheque due to there being insufficient available balance on your account. You then have until 3.30pm, on the day it is due to be paid, to pay in cleared funds and we will then make the payment. We also offer the Pay Monthly Money Calendar, a quick, interactive tool to help you take an objective look at your spending. Bank Account Pay Monthly is currently available for a fee of £10 a month.

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