HSBC Multi Currency Account

Information verified correct on December 6th, 2016

Things to consider about this account

This account could be ideal for people who live overseas and it also gives account holders the option to switch between currencies to benefit from favourable exchange rates. You can access funds in this account in different ways.

What are the features of the HSBC Multi Currency Account?

  • Funds in different currencies. This feature is the highlight of this account. This account allows you to keep you money in currencies which include Australian Dollars, United States Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Great Britain Pound sterling, Hong Kong Dollars, New Zealand Dollars, Singapore Dollars, and Japanese Yen. You can also hold RenMinBi from China in this account, although certain restrictions apply in this case.

  • Easy access to account. You can access your HSBC Multi Currency Account in different ways. These include visiting a HSBC branch; through internet, mobile, and phone banking; and through telegraphic transfers. HSBC sends all account holders statements every six months, and you can opt to receive quarterly or monthly statements as well. You can also switch to e-Notifications and e-Statements for simpler access to information about deposits, withdrawals, and transfers.

  • Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. You can make as many deposits and withdrawals as you like, although there are certain limitations when it comes to making them at HSBC branches. When it comes to depositing cash at an HSBC branch, you can only deposit Australian, United States, and Hong Kong Dollars. If depositing US or Hong Kong Dollars, you can only deposit notes, all notes should be in multiples of 10, and these deposits attract cash handling fees. If you plan to make cash withdrawals, bear in mind that withdrawing more than the equivalent of 1,000 AUD is subject to branch availability or a 24 hour notice period.

  • Interest. Depending on how much money you have in your account and in which currency, this account enables you to earn interest on the different account balances. Balances of over $9,000 AUD earn 0.05%  p.a. If you have more than 4,000 GBP in the account, it earns 0.05 % p.a. When it comes to New Zealand dollars, balances of more than 10,000 dollars earn interest of 0.15% p.a.

  • No minimum balance. You can open this account with any of the acceptable currencies, and with as little money as you have. Not only does this account offer a no opening balance facility, it does not require you to maintain a minimum balance in any currency at any time.

What fees and charges are payable for this account?

This account does not attract any monthly account-keeping fees, but note that making an international transfer with this account will come with fees listed in the table above. You do not have to pay any fee to make withdrawals, deposits, and transfers at branches either. An overdraft arrangement fee of nine Australian dollars applies if you choose to use this service, and it also attracts daily interest at the given excess rate.

How to apply

Applying for the HSBC Multi Currency Account is easy, and you can initiate the process by clicking on ‘Go to Site’. You don’t have to be a citizen of Australia to apply for this account, but you should have a residential address in Australia. You should be no less than 18 years of age.

The application process requires you to choose between a single and joint account. As part of the application process you have to part with personal information such as your name, phone number, address, and email address. You also have to give information relating to your employment, and this includes mentioning what you do for a living. You have to submit details of one form of ID, which can include an Australian passport, an Australian driving license, or a valid passport.

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