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ADDENDUM(S) TO RULES AND RULES FOR DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS


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Addendum to Rules for Deposit Accounts for Commercial (Non-Consumer) Deposit Accounts Effective February 21, 2013


FUNDS AVAILABILITY

This disclosure applies to the Bank's commercial checking and savings accounts.

The Bank's policy is to make funds from your deposits quickly available to you according to a schedule which is based on where the check is drawn, where the deposit is made, and the type of account as set forth herein. The types of accounts that this section applies to are: Interest Bearing Checking Accounts and Savings, Certificate of Deposit and Retirement Accounts ("Savings") and Non-Interest Bearing Checking Accounts.

Until funds are available according to the schedule, you may not withdraw the funds in cash, and the Bank may choose not to use the funds to pay checks you have written or other withdrawals or transfers you have authorized.


DETERMINING THE AVAILABILITY OF A DEPOSIT

The day of availability is counted in Business Days from the day of your deposit. Every day is a Business Day except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. If you make a deposit at a branch on a Business Day the Bank is open, the Bank will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. If you make a deposit before 10 p.m. ET at any HSBC ATM on a Business Day that the Bank is open, the Bank will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. However, if you make a deposit after 10 p.m. ET at an HSBC ATM on a Business Day that the Bank is open or you make a deposit on the day the Bank is not open, the Bank will consider that deposit to be made on the next Business Day the Bank is open.

The day of availability varies depending on the type of deposit and is explained below.


SAME DAY AVAILABILITY

Funds from the following deposits are available to you on the Business Day the Bank receives the deposit:

  • Electronic direct deposits
  • Funds (Wire) transfers
  • Cash

NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY

Funds from the following deposits are available to you on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit:

  • U.S. Treasury checks payable to you.
  • Federal Reserve Bank checks, Federal Home Loan Bank checks, and postal money orders, if these items are payable to you.
  • Checks drawn on HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

If you make a deposit in person to one of our employees using a special deposit slip available on request at any branch, funds from the following deposits are available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit:

  • State and local government checks payable to you.
  • Cashier's, certified, and teller's checks payable to you.

If you do not make your deposit in person to one of our employees (for example, if you mail the deposit), funds from these deposits will be available on the second Business Day after the day the Bank receives your deposit.


OTHER CHECK DEPOSITS

Check deposits other than those identified in this disclosure are considered "Other Check Deposits." The first $200 of your "Other Check Deposits" will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit. The remaining balance of your "Other Check Deposits" will be available in accordance with the special funds availability schedule set forth herein (pages 3-7), based on account type and account location.


LONGER DELAYS MAY APPLY

Funds you deposit by check may be delayed for a longer period under the following circumstances:

  • The Bank believes a check you deposit will not be paid.
  • You deposit checks totaling more than $5,000 on any one day.
  • You redeposit a check that has been returned unpaid.
  • You have overdrawn your account repeatedly in the last six months.
  • There is an emergency, such as a failure of communications or computer equipment.

The Bank will notify you if the Bank delays your ability to withdraw funds for any of these reasons, and the Bank will tell you when the funds will be available. They will be available generally by the sixth Business Day after the day of your deposit.


SPECIAL RULES FOR NEW ACCOUNTS

If you are a new customer, the following special rules may apply during the first 30 days your account is open:

  • Funds from electronic direct deposits and funds (wire) transfers to your account will be available on the day the Bank receives the deposit.
  • Funds from the first $5,000 of a day's total deposits of U.S.Treasury checks will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit. The excess over $5,000 will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day after the day of your deposit.
  • Funds from deposits of cash and the first $5,000 of a day's total deposits of cashier's, certified, teller's, traveler's, and federal state and local government checks will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit, if the deposit meets certain conditions. For example, the checks must be payable to you (and you may have to use a special deposit slip). The excess over $5,000 will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day after the day of your deposit. If your deposit of these checks is not made in person to an employee of the Bank, the first $5,000 will not be available until the second Business Day after the day of your deposit.

Funds from all other check deposits will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day following the day of your deposit.


HOLDS ON OTHER FUNDS (CHECK CASHING)

If the Bank cashes a check for you drawn on another bank, the Bank may withhold the availability of a corresponding amount of funds already in your account. Those funds will be made available to you at the time the funds from the check cashed would have been available to you if you had deposited it.


HOLDS ON OTHER FUNDS (OTHER ACCOUNT)

If the Bank accepts for deposit a check that is drawn on another bank, the Bank may make funds from the deposit available for withdrawal immediately but delay your ability to withdrawal a corresponding amount of funds that you have on deposit in another account with the Bank. The funds in the other account would then not be available until the time periods that are described in this disclosure for the type of check you deposited.


FOREIGN CHECKS

The Bank may refuse to accept or delay availability on checks drawn on banks outside the United States (including checks drawn upon foreign HSBC affiliates) and on checks drawn in foreign currencies or handle such checks on a collection basis. You understand and agree that you bear all exchange risk in the event of a returned item. If you want to avoid the exchange risk of a returned item, you can request that the item be processed on a collection basis for the applicable fee.

If a check drawn on a bank outside of the United States uses a dollar sign ("$") but does not indicate the check is drawn in U.S. Dollars, it will be processed as a check drawn in the currency of the country where the bank is located, e.g., a check drawn on a Canadian bank. You will bear the costs associated with any adjustments that must be made if the check should have indicated it was drawn in U.S. Dollars including exchange rate adjustments and fees assessed against the Bank by third parties related to the adjustment. You can avoid this risk by making sure that the issuer of the item clearly identifies checks payable in U.S. Dollars.


CASH WITHDRAWAL LIMITATIONS

We place certain limitations on withdrawals in cash. In general, $200 of a deposit is available for withdrawal in cash on the first Business Day after the day of deposit. In addition, for Checking Accounts, a total of $400 of other funds becoming available on a given day is available for withdrawal in cash on that day. Any remaining funds will be available for withdrawal in cash on the following Business Day.


CHARGEBACK RIGHT

The Bank's funds availability policy does not affect your obligation to repay the Bank for checks that you deposit which are returned unpaid, nor does it limit the Bank's right to charge back your account or to obtain reimbursement for any check that is not finally paid for any reason.


LOCATING THE ROUTING NUMBER TO DETERMINE AVAILABILITY

The routing number is printed along the bottom of the check. See the business check illustrations below for the highlighted location of the routing number. The first four digits represent the geographic location of the bank and determine when funds become available. See schedules listed below to determine your availability.

Business Check:

Routing Number example on check image

Some checks are marked "payable through" and have a four or nine digit number nearby. For these checks, use the four digit number (or the first four digits of the nine digit number), not the routing number on the bottom of the check, to determine when these checks are available. See schedules listed below to determine your availability.

If you have questions, please contact your local branch or account officer.


SPECIAL FUNDS AVAILABILITY SCHEDULES BASED ON ACCOUNT TYPE AND ACCOUNT LOCATION

INTEREST BEARING CHECKING ACCOUNTS (Including IOLA and NOW Checking) and SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

If you have an interest bearing checking account or savings account, funds from your deposits will be made available to you according to the following schedule that corresponds to where you make your deposit.

For deposits made in California

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

1210 1211 1212 1213 1214 1220
1221 1222 1223 1224 3210 3211
3212 3213 3214 3220 3221 3222
3223 3224

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Downstate New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Downstate New York includes deposits made in the five boroughs of New York, Long Island and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.)

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0110 0111 0112 0113 0114 0115
0116 0117 0118 0119 0210 0211
0212 0213 0214 0219 0220 0223
0260 0280 0310 0311 0312 0313
0319 0360 0410 0412 0420 0430
0432 0433 0434 0440 0510 0514
0519 0520 0521 0522 0530 0531
0539 0540 0550 0560 0570 0610
0620 0630 0640 0650 0660 0710
0720 0730 0740 0750 0810 0820
0830 0840 0910 0920 0921 0960
1010 1020 1030 1039 1040 1110
1130 1140 1210 1220 1230 1240
1250 2110 2111 2112 2113 2114
2115 2116 2117 2118 2119 2210
2211 2212 2213 2214 2219 2220
2223 2260 2280 2310 2311 2312
2313 2319 2360 2410 2412 2420
2430 2432 2433 2434 2440 2510
2514 2519 2520 2521 2522 2530
2531 2539 2540 2550 2560 2570
2610 2620 2630 2640 2650 2660
2710 2720 2730 2740 2750 2810
2820 2830 2840 2910 2920 2921
2960 3010 3020 3030 3039 3040
3110 3130 3140 3210 3220 3230
3240 3250

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit, based upon when the Bank would generally receive credit from the Federal Reserve Bank for deposited checks.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Upstate New York

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0110 0111 0112 0113 0114 0115
0116 0117 0118 0119 0210 0211
0212 0213 0214 0219 0220 0223
0260 0280 0310 0311 0312 0313
0319 0360 0410 0412 0420 0430
0432 0433 0434 0440 0510 0514
0519 0520 0521 0522 0530 0531
0539 0540 0550 0560 0570 0610
0620 0630 0640 0650 0660 0710
0720 0730 0740 0750 0810 0820
0830 0840 0910 0960 1010 1020
1030 1039 1040 1110 1130 1140
1210 1220 1230 1240 1250 2110
2111 2112 2113 2114 2115 2116
2117 2118 2119 2210 2211 2212
2213 2214 2219 2220 2223 2260
2280 2310 2311 2312 2313 2319
2360 2410 2412 2420 2430 2432
2433 2434 2440 2510 2514 2519
2520 2521 2522 2530 2531 2539
2540 2550 2560 2570 2610 2620
2630 2640 2650 2660 2710 2720
2730 2740 2750 2810 2820 2830
2840 2910 2960 3010 3020 3030
3039 3040 3110 3120 3130 3140
3210 3220 3230 3240 3250

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit, based upon when the Bank would generally receive credit from the Federal Reserve Bank for deposited checks.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0110 0111 0112 0113 0114 0115
0116 0117 0118 0119 0210 0211
0212 0213 0214 0219 0220 0223
0260 0280 0310 0311 0312 0313
0319 0360 0410 0412 0420 0430
0432 0433 0434 0440 0510 0514
0519 0520 0521 0522 0530 0531
0539 0540 0550 0560 0570 0610
0611 0612 0613 0620 0630 0640
0650 0660 0710 0711 0712 0719
0720 0730 0740 0750 0810 0820
0830 0840 0910 0920 0921 0960
1010 1020 1030 1039 1040 1110
1120 1130 1140 1210 1220 1230
1240 1250 2110 2111 2112 2113
2114 2115 2116 2117 2118 2119
2210 2211 2212 2213 2214 2219
2220 2223 2260 2280 2310 2311
2312 2313 2319 2360 2410 2412
2420 2430 2432 2433 2434 2440
2510 2514 2519 2520 2521 2522
2530 2531 2539 2540 2550 2560
2570 2610 2611 2612 2613 2620
2630 2640 2650 2660 2710 2711
2712 2719 2720 2730 2740 2750
2810 2820 2830 2840 2910 2920
2921 2960 3010 3020 3030 3039
3040 3110 3120 3130 3140 3210
3220 3230 3240 3250

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Florida

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0110 0210 0212 0220 0260 0280
0310 0360 0410 0420 0430 0440
0510 0519 0520 0530 0539 0610
0620 0630 0631 0632 0640 0650
0660 0670 0710 0720 0730 0740
0750 0810 0820 0830 0840 0910
0920 0921 0960 1010 1020 1030
1039 1040 1110 1130 1140 1210
1220 1230 1240 1250 2110 2210
2212 2220 2260 2280 2310 2360
2410 2420 2430 2440 2510 2519
2520 2530 2539 2610 2620 2630
2631 2632 2640 2650 2660 2670
2710 2720 2730 2740 2750 2810
2820 2830 2840 2910 2920 2921
2960 3010 3020 3030 3039 3040
3110 3130 3140 3210 3220 3230
3240 3250

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Illinois

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0110 0210 0220 0260 0280 0310
0360 0410 0412 0420 0430 0440
0510 0519 0520 0530 0539 0610
0620 0630 0640 0650 0660 0710
0711 0712 0719 0720 0730 0739
0740 0750 0759 0810 0812 0815
0819 0820 0830 0840 0865 0910
0918 0919 0960 1010 1011 1012
1019 1020 1030 1040 1049 1110
1130 1140 1210 1220 1230 1240
1250 2710 2711 2712 2719 2812
2815 2865 2759 2110 2210 2220
2260 2280 2310 2360 2410 2412
2420 2430 2440 2510 2519 2520
2530 2539 2610 2620 2630 2640
2650 2660 2710 2711 2712 2719
2720 2730 2739 2740 2750 2759
2810 2812 2819 2820 2830 2840
2865 2910 2918 2919 2960 3010
3011 3012 3019 3020 3030 3040
3049 3110 3130 3140 3210 3220
3230 3240 3250

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Oregon/Washington State

At least 93% of funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

1230 1231 1232 1233 1250 1251
1252 3230 3231 3232 3233 3250
3251 3252

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

NON-INTEREST BEARING CHECKING ACCOUNTS

If you have a non-interest bearing checking account (including, but not limited to, Checking for Professionals, Escrow Accounts, ExtraVantage for Business, Free Business Checking, Regular Business Checking, HSBC Business Direct™ Checking, HSBC Business – Traditional Checking and HSBC Business – Analyzed Checking funds from your deposits will be made available to you according to the following schedule, which is based on where the check is drawn, where the deposit is made, and the type of account as set forth below.

For deposits made in California

Funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

1210 1211 1212 1213 1214 1220
1221 1222 1223 1224 3210 3211
3212 3213 3214 3220 3221 3222
3223 3224

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Downstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania (Downstate New York includes deposits made in the five boroughs of New York, Long Island and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties.)

Funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0210 0212 0214 0219 0260 0280
2210 2212 2214 2219 2260 2280

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Upstate New York

Funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

0213 0220 0223 0410 2213 2220
2223 2410

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

Funds from deposits of checks drawn on all routing numbers with the exception of those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Florida

Funds from deposits of checks drawn on all routing numbers with the exception of those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Illinois

Funds from deposits of checks drawn on all routing numbers with the exception of those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.

For deposits made in Oregon/Washington State

Funds from deposits of checks in which the first four digits of the routing number are

1230 1231 1232 1233 1250 1251
1252 3230 3231 3232 3233 3250
3251 3252

are available to you no later than the next Business Day after the day of your deposit.

All funds from deposits of checks drawn on all other routing numbers with the exception of those listed above and those checks in the NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY section, are available to you no later than the second Business Day after the day of deposit.


RULES FOR DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS


OUR AGREEMENT

These Rules are part of the Agreement between you and HSBC Bank USA, National Association (the "Bank" or "HSBC"), and contain some of the terms and conditions for deposit accounts. The Bank offers a variety of products and services, including checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit (CDs), escrow accounts, retirement plans and electronic banking services. Any Terms and Charges Disclosure applicable to your account is also a part of the Agreement. By signing a contract to open any deposit account or by using a Bank product or service, you agree that these Rules, as amended from time to time, shall apply to all your deposit accounts.

If there is a conflict between these Rules and something one of our employees says, the Bank will follow these Rules. These Bank Rules supersede and replace all prior Bank Rules.


GOVERNING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

These Rules shall be governed by and interpreted according to federal law, and by applicable state law, clearing house rules, ACH rules and general commercial bank practices applicable to the services provided, to the extent not superseded by federal law. The applicable state law (to the extent not superseded by federal law) shall be the law of the state where the deposit account is opened, if opened in person. For deposit accounts opened by telephone, Internet, or through our Payments & Cash Management Division, applicable New York law will govern to the extent not superseded by federal law. If these Rules conflict at any time with the applicable federal or state law or regulation, the Rules will be considered changed to the extent necessary to comply. The Bank's failure to enforce these Rules or waiver of any of the provisions of these Rules in any instance will not prevent the Bank enforcing these Rules at any other time.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person or entity that opens an account.

What this means to you: If you open a personal account, we will ask for your name, address, taxpayer identification number, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. Additionally, we will take certain steps to verify your identity, such as asking for your driver's license or other identifying documents or checking other sources. Similar identification requirements apply to non-personal accounts such as corporations and partnerships. Be assured that we recognize the importance of protecting your privacy and safeguarding the confidentiality of the information you provide to us.


CHECKING ACCOUNTS

TYPES

The Bank offers interest bearing and non-interest bearing accounts to eligible consumers. The Bank also offers a variety of non-consumer checking accounts. See Terms and Charges Disclosure for details.


INTERNAL ACCOUNTING OF BALANCES

Your checking account may consist of two "sub-accounts" on the books of the Bank. In that event, one sub-account will be a checking account and the other a savings account. The two will be treated as a single account for customer use, and will not affect your Bank statement, your account balance or the interest, fees, and features of your account. For interest bearing checking accounts, we will pay the same rate of interest on balances in both sub-accounts.

All deposits and other credits will be posted to, and checks and debits will be deducted from, the checking sub-account. Whenever the checking sub-account balance exceeds a "threshold amount" (which we may establish and change at our discretion), we may transfer funds above that amount to the savings sub-account. As these funds are needed to pay items presented against your checking account, the appropriate amount will be transferred back to the checking sub-account, up to six times per statement period. If the sixth transfer is needed, the entire balance of the savings sub-account will be transferred into the checking sub-account. This process may be repeated each month.

Although the Bank has no present intention to exercise this right, federal regulations require the Bank to reserve the right to require at least seven days written notice prior to withdrawal or transfer of any funds in a savings account.


WRITING CHECKS

The Bank requires you to use the Bank's checks. Depending on style and number of checks you order and what kind of checking account you have, the Bank may charge a fee to your account for your checks.


SIGNATURES ON CHECKS OR DRAFTS

The Bank may, in its discretion, return unpaid a check or draft that does not bear a signature reflected on the signature card unless you have notified the Bank in advance you want the check or draft to be paid.


CONVENIENCE CHECK CASHING FEE

You agree that the Bank may impose a fee on the payee or other holder of a check or other item drawn against your account that is presented for payment over the counter at the Bank.


REMOTELY CREATED CHECKS

If you authorize a third party (such as a telemarketer) over the phone or via the Internet to debit from your account the amount(s) of one or more "remotely created checks," the third party may create a check drawn on your account that the Bank may pay, although it does not bear your signature. While the Bank is authorized to honor such remotely created checks, the Bank is not required to do so and may refuse to honor any such remotely created checks at its discretion. The Bank may return such remotely created checks even if it has honored similar remotely created checks in the past. You agree that the Bank is not liable to you for any losses that may result from either honoring or dishonoring any such remotely created checks drawn on your account. You are responsible for reviewing your statement in a timely fashion and reporting promptly to HSBC any claims of unauthorized remotely created checks.

For HSBC business account-holders who originate and deposit remotely created checks into an HSBC account you affirm that such items are properly authorized in accordance with applicable law and that you will provide evidence of such authorization to the Bank upon request. In the event such items are not properly authorized or you are unable to provide proof of proper authorization, you agree to hold the Bank harmless from any losses arising from this deficiency.


OVERDRAFTS AND OVERDRAFT FEES

An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction, but we pay it anyway. We can cover your overdrafts through our standard overdraft practices or through an overdraft protection plan. Through our standard overdraft practices, we authorize and pay overdrafts for checks and overdrafts for preauthorized automatic bill payments. We do not authorize and pay overdrafts for ATM and everyday debit card transactions for consumer checking accounts other than HSBC Premier unless you are using an overdraft protection plan to cover these transactions. Under our standard overdraft practices, we will charge you the associated Insufficient Funds (NSF) or Unavailable Funds (UNA) fees listed on our Terms and Charges Disclosure when an overdraft occurs. For HSBC Premier checking accounts, checks, pre-authorized debits, ATM and everyday debit card transactions that result in an overdraft are not charged NSF or UNA fees. We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction for any type of account. Any resulting negative balance regardless of cause must be repaid promptly. If we do not authorize and pay an overdraft, your transaction will be declined.

If you have a consumer or qualifying business deposit account, you can use the available balance on your qualifying credit account with the Bank to fund any overdraft amount automatically. The overdraft protection plan is subject to application and credit approval.

Your account may be debited on the day an item is presented, or at such earlier time as notification is received by the Bank by electronic or other means, that an item drawn on your account has been deposited for collection in another financial institution. You understand that the Bank reserves the right to pay items into overdraft, to impose overdraft fees as permitted by law, and to apply any later deposits (including direct deposits of social security or other government benefits) to those overdrafts or overdraft fees, by way of setoff. An "item" includes checks, substitute checks, remotely created checks, withdrawal slips or other in-person transfers or withdrawals, service charges, electronic items or transactions, including withdrawals made from an automated teller machine, everyday or recurring debit card transactions, pre-authorized payments or transfers, ACH transactions, telephone initiated transfers, online banking transfers or bill payment instructions, and any other instruments or instructions for the payment, transfer or withdrawal of funds including an image or photocopy of any of these. A determination of your account balance for purposes of making a decision to dishonor an item for insufficiency of available funds may be made at any time between the receipt of such presentment or notice and the time of return of the item, and no more than one such determination need be made.


PAYMENT OF YOUR ITEMS FOR YOUR ACCOUNT

For checking accounts (other than those commercial checking accounts opened by the Payments & Cash Management (PCM) division and maintained on the Bank's Wholesale Deposit Account (WDA) system):

Generally, for each Business Day we will:

  • First: add deposits and credits to your account
  • Second: subtract from available balance account withdrawals performed at the branch from lowest to highest dollar amount
  • Third: subtract from available balance transaction amounts that are authorized based on your available balance at the time you performed the transaction in lowest to highest dollar amount. Transactions include everyday debit card transactions, ATM withdrawals, and online transactions. (Note: The amount authorized for debit card transactions might vary from the actual amount of the transaction that posts to your account at settlement.)
  • Fourth: subtract all other items in lowest to highest dollar amount

For those deposit accounts opened by the PCM division and maintained on the Bank's WDA system, the Bank will pay debit items upon presentment and in no particular size order.


STOPPING PAYMENT

You can ask the Bank to stop payment on a check drawn on your account in person, by mail, by phone, or by using HSBCnet, the Bank's internet banking product and secure Bank e-mail. The Bank needs a reasonable amount of time to apply the stop payment request to your account and to verify that the check has not already been paid. You (or an authorized signer on your account) must give the Bank the account number, payee, date, exact amount of the check, and the correct check number. Without completely accurate information on the amount of the check and the check number, the Bank cannot ensure a stop payment will occur. Your stop payment request takes effect when the Bank records it on your account. If you phone in your stop payment, you must confirm it in writing within 14 days. Your written stop payment request is good only for six months unless you renew it in writing. Special procedures apply to a stop payment for a funds transfer. Please refer to the "Amendment and Cancellation" paragraph in the "Funds Transfers" section of these Rules. The Bank may charge you the fee shown on your Terms and Charges Disclosure for each stop payment request.


POST-DATED CHECKS

The Bank may certify or pay a check before the date written on it and charge your account without being liable to you. The Bank can also refuse to certify or pay a post-dated check before its date. The Bank may dishonor and return unpaid other items drawn, accepted or made by you as a consequence of the Bank having certified or paid a post-dated item.


CHECKS MORE THAN SIX MONTHS OLD

The Bank is not required to pay an uncertified check six months after its date. The Bank may pay it, however, and not be liable to you.


INTEREST BEARING CHECKING

The Bank's interest bearing checking accounts are really savings accounts against which you can write checks. The Bank has the right to ask you for seven days advance notice of withdrawal. If the Bank does, the Bank will not be liable to you for dishonoring your checks during the seven-day notice period.


EARNINGS CREDIT ANALYZED ACCOUNTS

Positive earnings credit is the amount of credit earned depending on the positive investable balance maintained throughout the cycle, which will be applied toward the payment of service expense. Negative investable balance is the total of all days with a negative available balance, averaged over the total number of days in the current analysis period; reserves are not deducted from this balance.


RECORDCHECK® SERVICE

By choosing this service that does not provide image copies of the front of cancelled items with your statement, you have instructed the Bank to hold copies of the cancelled items for you in accordance with the applicable terms of service. If you need a copy of a cancelled check, the Bank will mail it to you. A reconstruction fee may apply if you request a total reconstruction (copies of all checks and/or statements) for one or more statements. The Bank will hold copies of your checks for six years (seven years for accounts at our Washington State branches). Copies of your checks are available during the foregoing period in accordance with the Terms and Charges Disclosure.


IMAGE STATEMENT SERVICE

By choosing this service that provides image copies of the front of cancelled items with your statement, you have instructed the Bank to hold copies of the cancelled items for you in accordance with the applicable terms of service. If you need a copy of a cancelled check, the Bank will mail it to you. A reconstruction fee may apply if you request a total reconstruction (copies of all checks and/or statements) for one or more statements. The Bank will hold copies of your checks for six years (seven years for accounts at our Washington State branches). Copies of your checks are available during the foregoing period in accordance with the Terms and Charges Disclosure.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONSUMER CHECKING ACCOUNTS RECEIVING PAID CHECKS WITH STATEMENTS — SUBSTITUTE CHECKS AND YOUR RIGHTS.

What is a substitute check?

To make check processing faster, federal law permits banks to replace original checks with "substitute checks." These checks are similar in size to original checks with a slightly reduced image of the front and back of the original check. The front of a substitute check states: "This is a legal copy of your check. You can use it the same way you would use the original check." You may use a substitute check as proof of payment just like the original check.

Some or all of the checks that you receive back from us may be substitute checks. This notice describes rights you may have when you receive substitute checks from us. The rights in this notice do not apply to original checks or to electronic debits to your account. However, you have rights under other law with respect to those transactions.


What are my rights regarding substitute checks?

In certain cases, federal law provides a special procedure that allows you to request a refund for losses you suffer if a substitute check is posted to your consumer checking account (for example, if you think that we withdrew the wrong amount from your account or that we withdrew money from your account more than once for the same check). The losses you may attempt to recover under this procedure may include the amount that was withdrawn from your consumer checking account and fees that were charged as a result of the withdrawal (for example, bounced check fees). The amount of your refund under this procedure is limited to the amount of your loss or the amount of the substitute check, whichever is less. You also are entitled to interest on the amount of your refund if your account is an interest bearing consumer account. If your loss exceeds the amount of the substitute check, you may be able to recover additional amounts under other law.

If you use this procedure, you may receive up to $2,500 of your refund (plus interest if your account earns interest) within 10 Business Days after we received your claim and the remainder of your refund (plus interest if your account earns interest) not later than 45 calendar days after we received your claim.

We may reverse the refund (including any interest on the refund) if we later are able to demonstrate that the substitute check was correctly posted to your account.


How do I make a claim for a refund?

If you believe that you have suffered a loss relating to a substitute check that you received and that was posted to your consumer checking account, please contact us at 1-800-975-HSBC (4722). You must contact us within 40 calendar days of the date that we mailed, or made available to you, the substitute check in question or the account statement showing that the substitute check was posted to your consumer checking account, whichever is later. We will extend this time period if you were not able to make a timely claim because of extraordinary circumstances.

Your claim must include —

  • A description of why you have suffered a loss (for example, you think the amount withdrawn was incorrect);
  • An estimate of the amount of your loss;
  • An explanation of why the substitute check you received is insufficient to confirm that you suffered a loss; and
  • A copy of the substitute check and/or the following information to help us identify the substitute check: identifying information, for example the check number, the name of the person to whom you wrote the check, the amount of the check.

SUBSTITUTE CHECK DEPOSIT OR ENCASHMENT LIMITATIONS

The Bank is not obligated to accept unwarranted substitute checks for deposit or to cash a substitute check over the counter.



SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

TYPES

The Bank offers a variety of savings accounts that earn a preferred rate of interest as well as regular savings accounts. See your Terms and Charges Disclosure for details.


NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL

The Bank has the right to ask you for seven days advance notice of withdrawal.


NOT TRANSFERABLE

Savings accounts are not transferable except on the Bank's books.



CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

TYPES

The Bank offers Certificates of Deposit in various maturities, including but not limited to 7 days to 10 years. See your Terms and Charges Disclosure for details.


AUTOMATIC RENEWAL

Unless you specify otherwise, the Bank will automatically renew CDs at the then current rate and subject to the terms described in the then current Terms and Charges Disclosure. If you do not want the Bank to renew your CD, notify the Bank before the maturity date. The Bank can refuse to renew your CD. If this happens, the Bank will send a notice before the maturity date.


EARLY WITHDRAWAL PENALTY

If you withdraw principal from your CD before the maturity date, you may be charged a penalty shown on your Terms and Charges Disclosure. The penalty may reduce principal if there is insufficient interest available.

In the past, the Bank has usually permitted CDs to be cashed in before the maturity date, but the Bank reserves the right not to do so in the future. For consumer accounts, the Bank may not assess a penalty if an owner of the account dies or is declared legally incompetent, but the Bank will require proof of death or incompetency before a withdrawal is allowed.



SPECIAL DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS

The Bank offers a number of special purpose accounts, as well as trust, custodial, retirement, and fiduciary accounts. A Bank representative can provide details.



DEPOSITS

HOW TO DEPOSIT

You can make deposits in person or by mail. If you are a consumer or qualifying business, you can also use your HSBC MasterCard® Card, Visa® Credit Card, Debit MasterCard® Card or ATM card to make deposits at HSBC Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and certain other electronic facilities. The Bank is not obligated to accept unwarranted substitute checks for deposit. For more information about electronic banking, refer to the Bank's electronic banking services disclosures for the services you are using.


DIRECT DEPOSIT

You can arrange to have funds, such as your Social Security or other Federal payment(s) and your paychecks, directly deposited into your checking or savings account.


ENDORSING CHECKS

Be sure to endorse all checks and other items exactly as they are made out. The Bank has the right to endorse items you deposit to your account. The Bank will chargeback to your account any item that is returned for any reason, including endorsement irregularity or forgery.


RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BACK OF A CHECK

The diagram below shows where you should place your endorsement on the back of your check. The endorsement area is limited to the area 1 ½" from the trailing edge of the check, which is at the top in the diagram.

Check Endorsement example

You are responsible for any loss resulting from your improper endorsement of a check if it causes a bank endorsement to be illegible.


FINAL PAYMENT OF ITEMS

The Bank chooses the method of obtaining final payment of a deposited check, draft, note, acceptance or other instrument ("item") and may use other banks in the process. The Bank is not responsible for actions taken by other banks, nor for the loss or destruction of any item in the possession of other banks or in transit. Any bank may refuse to honor a deposited item or may honor one refused by another bank.


VERIFYING DEPOSITS

The Bank will verify that the figure on your deposit ticket agrees with the amount of your deposit. If there is a discrepancy, the Bank may adjust your account for the amount of the difference without notifying you.


RETURN OF DEPOSITED ITEM (CHARGEBACK)

If you deposit an item to your account and it is returned unpaid, returned as an administrative return, or is lost or destroyed, the Bank will charge the amount of the item back to your account. The Bank may charge your account the fee shown on your Terms and Charges Disclosure.


CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

Your Terms and Charges Disclosure explains when and how deposits may be made to your certificate of deposit.



FUNDS AVAILABILITY

This disclosure applies to the Bank's consumer checking and savings accounts.

The Bank's policy is to delay the availability of funds from your check deposits. During the delay, you may not withdraw the funds in cash and the Bank may choose not to use the funds to pay checks you have written or other withdrawals or transfers you have authorized.


DETERMINING THE AVAILABILITY OF A DEPOSIT

The length of delay is counted in Business Days from the day of your deposit. Every day is a Business Day except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. If you make a deposit at a branch in person on a Business Day the Bank is open, the Bank will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. If you make a deposit before 10 p.m. ET at any HSBC ATM on a Business Day that the Bank is open, the Bank will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. However, if you make a deposit after 10 p.m. ET at an HSBC ATM on a Business Day that the Bank is open or you make a deposit on a day the Bank is not open, the Bank will consider that deposit to be made on the next Business Day the Bank is open.

The length of the delay varies depending on the type of deposit and is explained below.


SAME DAY AVAILABILITY

Funds from the following deposits are available to you on the Business Day the Bank receives the deposit:

  • Electronic direct deposits.
  • Funds (Wire) transfers.
  • Cash.

NEXT DAY AVAILABILITY

Funds from the following deposits are available to you on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit:

  • U.S. Treasury checks that are payable to you.
  • Federal Reserve Bank checks, Federal Home Loan Bank checks, and postal money orders, if these items are payable to you.
  • Checks drawn on HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

If you make the deposit in person to one of our employees using a special deposit slip available on request at any branch, funds from the following deposits are also available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit:

  • State and local government checks that are payable to you.
  • Cashier's, certified, and teller's checks payable to you.

If you do not make your deposit in person to one of our employees (for example, if you mail the deposit), funds from these deposits will be available on the second Business Day after the day the Bank receives your deposit.


OTHER CHECK DEPOSITS

Check deposits other than those identified in this disclosure are considered "Other Check Deposits." The first $200 of your "Other Check Deposits" will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit. The remaining balance of your "Other Check Deposits" will be available on the second Business Day after the day of your deposit.


LONGER DELAYS MAY APPLY

Funds you deposit by check may be delayed for a longer period under the following circumstances:

  • The Bank believes a check you deposit will not be paid.
  • You deposit checks totaling more than $5,000 on any one day.
  • You redeposit a check that has been returned unpaid.
  • You have overdrawn your account repeatedly in the last six months.
  • There is an emergency, such as a failure of communications or computer equipment.

The Bank will notify you if the Bank delays your ability to withdraw funds for any of these reasons, and the Bank will tell you when the funds will be available. They will generally be available no later than the sixth Business Day after the day of your deposit.


SPECIAL RULES FOR NEW ACCOUNTS

If you are a new customer, the following special rules may apply during the first 30 days your account is open:

  • Funds from electronic direct deposits and funds (wire) transfers to your account will be available on the day the Bank receives the deposit.
  • Funds from the first $5,000 of a day's total deposits of U.S. Treasury checks will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit. The excess over $5,000 will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day after the day of your deposit.
  • Funds from deposits of cash and the first $5,000 of a day's total deposits of cashier's, certified, teller's, traveler's, and federal, state and local government checks will be available on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit if the deposit meets certain conditions. For example, the checks must be payable to you (and you may have to use a special deposit slip). The excess over $5,000 will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day after the day of your deposit. If your deposit of these checks is not made in person to an employee of the Bank, the first $5,000 will not be available until the second Business Day after the day of your deposit.

Funds from all other check deposits will be available to you no later than the ninth Business Day following the date of your deposit.


HOLDS ON OTHER FUNDS (CHECK CASHING)

If the Bank cashes a check for you that is drawn on another bank, the Bank may withhold the availability of a corresponding amount of funds that are already in your account. Those funds will be made available to you at the time funds from the check the Bank cashed would have been available if you had deposited it.


HOLDS ON OTHER FUNDS (OTHER ACCOUNT)

If the Bank accepts for deposit a check that is drawn on another bank, the Bank may make funds from the deposit available for withdrawal immediately but delay your ability to withdraw a corresponding amount of funds that you have on deposit in another account with the Bank. The funds in the other account would then not be available until the time periods that are described in this disclosure for the type of check you deposited.


FOREIGN CHECKS

The Bank may refuse to accept or delay availability on checks drawn on banks outside the United States (including checks drawn upon foreign HSBC affiliates) and on checks drawn in foreign currencies or handle such checks on a collection basis. You understand and agree that you bear all exchange risk in the event of a returned item. If you want to avoid the exchange risk of a returned item, you can request that the item be processed on a collection basis for the applicable fee.

If a check drawn on a bank outside of the United States uses a dollar sign ("$") but does not indicate the check is drawn in U.S. Dollars, it will be processed as a check drawn in the currency of the country where the bank is located, e.g., a check drawn on a Canadian bank. You will bear the costs associated with any adjustments that must be made if the check should have indicated it was drawn in U.S. Dollars including exchange rate adjustments and fees assessed against the Bank by third parties related to the adjustment. You can avoid this risk by making sure that the issuer of the item clearly identifies checks payable in U.S. Dollars.


CASH WITHDRAWAL LIMITATION

We place certain limitations on withdrawals in cash. In general, $200 of a deposit is available for withdrawal in cash on the first Business Day after the day of deposit. In addition, for checking accounts a total of $400 of other funds becoming available on a given day is available for withdrawal in cash on that day. Any remaining funds will be available for withdrawal in cash on the following Business Day.


CHARGEBACK RIGHT

The Bank's funds availability policy does not affect your obligation to repay the Bank for checks that you deposit which are returned unpaid, nor does it limit the Bank's right to charge back your account or to obtain reimbursement for any check that is not finally paid for any reason.



WITHDRAWALS

HOW TO WITHDRAW

You can withdraw from your checking account by presenting a signed check payable to yourself or to "cash." You can also withdraw from your checking or savings account in person or by mail with a signed withdrawal order. In addition you can withdraw interest credited, during the current term or at maturity, on CDs in person, by mail or through other electronic facilities. You can withdraw or transfer funds at our HSBC ATMs and other electronic facilities on your checking or savings account. A withdrawal is deemed to be made when recorded on the books of the Bank which is not necessarily the date that the account holder initiated the transaction.


AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUALS

The Bank is authorized to rely upon any document provided by you to the Bank which indicates the person(s) authorized to act on your behalf.


REASONS THE BANK MAY REFUSE YOUR WITHDRAWAL REQUEST

The Bank may refuse to allow a withdrawal from any account in certain cases including, but not limited to, the following cases:

  • The Bank decides to require seven (7) days advance written notice and the Bank has not received that notice.
  • The withdrawal would consist of money deposited in the form of a check or money order that is not available for withdrawal.
  • Another owner of a joint account or CD tells the Bank in writing not to allow a withdrawal.
  • A court orders the Bank not to allow a withdrawal.
  • The withdrawal would consist of money the Bank has taken to pay an overdue debt to the Bank.
  • The withdrawal would consist of money the Bank has been ordered to pay or hold for someone else.
  • An account or CD owner dies, and the Bank has not received all documents required by law.
  • The Bank has not received any documents or identification required for access to the account.
  • The account or CD is pledged as collateral.
  • The account or CD has not matured.
  • Endorsement irregularity or possible forgery.
  • There is a dispute regarding the authority of an authorized person to transact business on the account.

TRANSFER LIMITS (SAVINGS, INCLUDING MONEY MARKET ACCOUNTS)

Only six preauthorized, automatic, computer or telephone transfers can be made from your savings account to another account in any calendar month. If permitted by your account, checks, drafts, debit card transactions, or similar orders made payable to a third party are included in this limit of six. If you exceed this limit, the Bank may be required to close your account or convert your account to a checking account.



FUNDS TRANSFERS

You may transfer funds from your account or receive funds into your account by funds transfer. Service fees may apply to your funds transfers and there are limitations on transfers from certian types of accounts. If your transfer is a remittance transfer, additional rules apply which will be provided in the disclosures we give you when you use that service. Remittance transfer has the meaning set forth in Subpart B of Regulation E (12CFR section 1005.30 et. seq.).


AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE

You agree that any rules or regulations of any automated clearing house ("ACH") used shall be fully applicable to and binding upon you and that transfers may not be initiated that violate the laws of the United States.


AUTHORIZATION TO PAY

Your instruction to transfer funds from your account to a third party is a Payment Order. The Bank is authorized, at its option, to charge your account in the amount of any Payment Order and to execute a Payment Order, even if the Payment Order conflicts with any other instructions received by the Bank from you or results in an overdraft or payment to or for the benefit of a person authorized by you to sign checks or transfer funds for you. If there are not sufficient available funds in your account, the Bank may, without prior notice or demand, charge any account maintained by you with the Bank or setoff against any amount the Bank owes you in order to obtain payment of your obligations.


SECURITY PROCEDURES

The following Security Procedures are offered by the Bank to each customer for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of a Payment Order or a communication amending or cancelling a Payment Order. The Security Procedures are not used to detect an error in the transmission or content of the Payment Order.


LEVEL ONE SECURITY PROCEDURES

HSBCnet provides encryption of banking and transaction data sent from the customer's computer to the Bank. Multilevel authentication of users is provided and HSBCnet's administrative options allow the customer to control user access according to corporate, compliance and audit needs. The security procedures are more specifically described at www.hsbcnet.com.


Internet Banking:

The Internet Banking security procedures include encryption, a password and a security device or key that allows the Customer to transfer funds and conduct banking transactions as more specifically described in the Terms and Conditions for Internet Banking and the Security Statement available online at www.us.hsbc.com/1/2/home/business/bib/tc (for Business Accounts) or www.us.hsbc.com/1/2/home/personal-banking/pib/pib-tc (for Personal Accounts).


Authenticated SWIFT:

The security procedure for authenticating Payment Orders sent through SWIFT is explained in the SWIFT Handbook. Authenticator keys are provided to the Customer by the Bank.


Tested Telex:

The security procedure using Tested Telex is explained in the Global Test Key booklet available from the Bank. A test key number is provided to the Customer by the Bank.


LEVEL TWO SECURITY PROCEDURES

The Level Two Security Procedures may involve the use of a call-back procedure by the Bank and/or the use of an identification code by the Customer (or their authorized users).


ACCEPTANCE OF SECURITY PROCEDURES

By using any of the Level One Security Procedures, you have accepted that security procedure as described above or as modified from time to time by the Bank. The Level One Security Procedure will be used for the purpose of verifying that a Payment Order or a communication amending or cancelling a Payment Order was issued by you. If the Bank accepts a Payment Order by means other than through HSBCnet, Internet Banking, authenticated SWIFT or tested telex, and you communicate a Payment Order to the Bank in writing, or use the telephone to transmit a Payment Order orally or by fax or telex (without a test code), you have rejected the Level One Security Procedures offered by the Bank and have chosen Level Two Security Procedures generally described previously, as such procedure may be modified from time to time by the Bank. This Security Procedure will be used for the purpose of verifying a Payment Order or a communication amending or cancelling a Payment Order issued by you. You acknowledge that the Level Two Security Procedure may be deemed commercially reasonable pursuant to Section 4A-202(c) of the Uniform Commercial Code unless remittance transfer rules apply.

Whenever a Level Two Security Procedure is used, you agree to be bound by any Payment Order, whether or not authorized, issued in your name and accepted by the Bank in compliance with such procedure unless remittance transfer rules apply.


CONFIDENTIALITY OF SECURITY PROCEDURES

You and the Bank agree to keep the Security Procedures confidential and shall not reveal them to any person other than authorized users having "a need to know."


AUTHORIZED USERS

Unless otherwise specified by you in writing, the individuals authorized by you to sign checks on your account are also authorized to issue Payment Orders, cancel and amend Payment Orders, and designate the persons and telephone numbers for use with the security procedure you have chosen.


FUNDS TRANSFERS FEES

Except as otherwise agreed in writing, the Bank may charge your account for the fees and charges for processing Payment Orders and issuing advises relating to Payment Orders, advised to you at the time of the Payment Order, or listed in the Terms and Charges Disclosure as the fee for Funds Transfer, or as set forth in any other applicable rules, disclosures, receipts, or terms.


ACCEPTANCE OF A PAYMENT ORDER

A Payment Order must be received by the Bank's "cut-off time" on a Business Day for action on the date of receipt. Instructions received for value on a non-Business Day will be processed on the next Business Day. A Payment Order is not accepted until the Bank executes it. The Bank reserves the right to reject or delay the execution of a Payment Order under certain circumstances including, but not limited to, the following: (a) if the instructions are incomplete or ambiguous; (b) if there is an insufficient balance of available funds in the account; (c) if any party in the payment order is under restraint or under a regulatory sanction; (d) if a routing system is down and no suitable alternative system is available; or (e) if the Bank believes that the Payment Order may have not in fact been authorized by you.


METHOD OF EXECUTION

If a Payment Order does not indicate it requires expeditious processing via wire or phone, the Bank may transmit the Payment Order by mail or by any other reasonable means.


VALUE DATED PAYMENT ORDERS

Payment Orders may be executed by the Bank on the date of receipt, if received prior to the Bank's "cut-off time", unless a future value date is stated in the Customer instruction.


AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION

Instructions requesting cancellation or amendment of a Payment Order must be transmitted to the Bank using the same level of Security Procedure as used for the original Payment Order unless consumer regulatory restrictions apply. The Bank will honor all requests received by the Bank's "cut-off time" on the Business Day prior to the value date. The Bank shall use reasonable efforts to act on a request received after the Bank's "cut-off time" on the Business Day prior to the value date, unless agreed otherwise in writing.


RELIANCE ON IDENTIFYING NUMBER

If a Payment Order identifies an intermediary bank, the beneficiary's bank or the beneficiary by name and an account or other identifying number, the Bank may act solely on the basis of such number unless remittance transfer rules apply unless remittance transfer rules apply.


RISK OF LOSS ON REMITTANCE TRANSFERS

If your transfer is a remittance transfer and your Payment Order includes an incorrect account number or recipient institution identifier, you could lose the transfer amount.


ROUTING OF A PAYMENT ORDER

You are responsible for full routing instructions. You agree that in executing any Payment Order the Bank may make use of any correspondents, intermediary banks, agents, sub-agents, funds-transfer and communications systems that the Bank deems reasonable under the circumstances. If a Payment Order designates an intermediary bank and/or funds-transfer system, you agree that, where appropriate, the Bank may select a different intermediary bank and/or funds-transfer system on your behalf and the Bank shall have no liability with respect to such selection unless consumer regulatory restrictions apply. To the fullest extent permitted by law, correspondents, agents, sub-agents, systems or intermediary banks shall be deemed to be your agents and the Bank shall not be under any liability for any errors, negligence, suspension or default of any of them, all such risks being borne by you unless consumer regulatory restrictions apply.


NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF ACH PAYMENTS

Under the operating rules of the National Automated Clearing House Association that are applicable to ACH transactions involving your account, the Bank is not required to give next day notice to you of receipt of an ACH item, and the Bank will not do so. However, the Bank will continue to notify you of the receipt of payments in the periodic statements the Bank provides to you.


PROVISIONAL CREDIT

Credit given by the Bank to you with respect to an ACH credit entry is provisional until the Bank receives final settlement for such entry through a Federal Reserve Bank. If the Bank does not receive such final settlement, you are hereby notified and agree that the Bank is entitled to a refund of the amount credited to you in connection with such entry, and the party making payment to you shall not be deemed to have paid you the amount of such entry.



INTEREST

RATES

Interest rates, compounding periods, balance computation methods, and minimum balance requirements are explained in the Terms and Charges Disclosures.


CHANGES

The Bank may change the interest rate on deposit accounts, solely at the Bank's discretion, at any time. The Bank will not change the rate on a fixed-rate CD during its term. We will not notify you of rate changes for variable rate accounts. Current rates are available at your branch. The Bank may change the way the Bank calculates interest on 30 days advance notice.


WHEN YOUR DEPOSIT BEGINS TO EARN INTEREST

Cash Deposits before the "cut-off time" at your branch (or at an HSBC ATM or electronic banking facility) begins earning interest the same day. Cash Deposits after the "cut-off time" or on a Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday, begins earning interest the next Business Day.

NOTE:

  1. Branch "cut-off time" is when it closes.
  2. For ATMs that accept deposits, the "cut-off time" is 10 P.M. E.T.

HOW INTEREST IS PAID

The Bank credits interest to your deposit account monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually or at maturity, depending on what kind of deposit account you have. Credited interest will show on your statement. Interest on savings and CDs can be credited to another HSBC checking or savings account you specify.


INTEREST ON CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT

A CD does not earn interest after the maturity date. However, you will earn interest from the original maturity date on the renewed principal amount if you renew your CD within the grace period as defined in the Terms and Charges Disclosure and the renewal date is back dated to the original maturity date.


ANNUAL INTEREST EARNED

If required by IRS regulations based on the interest earned on your deposit accounts on an annual basis, a combined year-end statement will be sent to you by the Bank.



JOINT ACCOUNTS

This is a summary of some of the important legal rules governing your joint account. The law regarding joint deposits is very complicated, and this summary does not try to answer all the questions that could arise. The rules stated in this summary apply to accounts and CDs in the names of two or more persons or the survivor of them.

They do not apply to trust accounts, custodial accounts, "Totten Trust" accounts or any other account that is not a joint account with the right of survivorship.



RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JOINT DEPOSITORS

JOINT OWNERSHIP OF ACCOUNT

All funds deposited in a joint account, including any interest earned, become the property of all joint tenants. Even if only one depositor puts in all the money or puts in more than the other(s), all money on deposit will be owned jointly.


RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP

The Bank will assume that when you open a joint account you intend to create a right of survivorship, unless you establish the account under the Bank's procedures for Tenants in Common. A right to survivorship means that if one joint depositor dies, the money in the account belongs entirely to the surviving depositor(s).


TENANTS IN COMMON

A joint account may be held as Tenants in Common if when the account is opened the joint owners enter into the Bank's agreement for accounts held as Tenants in Common and designate the percentage of the funds to be paid to the survivor(s) on the death of a joint owner. Until the Bank receives notice of the death of a tenant, all funds in the account may be treated as the property of each of the tenants in common without any limitation.



YOUR AGREEMENT WITH THE BANK

WITHDRAWALS FROM ACCOUNT

While all the joint depositors named on the account are living, the Bank will honor checks, other Payment Orders and withdrawal requests made by any one of them, unless the Bank receives a written, signed notice from another joint depositor telling us not to. If the Bank receives such a notice, the Bank may require the signatures of all the joint depositors before the Bank allows any further withdrawals (of principal or interest) to be made from the account.


THE BANK'S OBLIGATION SATISFIED BY PAYMENT

If the Bank honors a check, other Payment Order or withdrawal request made by a joint depositor before the Bank receives written notice from another joint depositor telling the Bank not to, the Bank has satisfied its obligation with respect to all money the Bank paid or delivered and is not liable to other joint depositors. (Although the joint depositors may be liable to each other for withdrawing more than their shares of the account, the Bank is not responsible for making sure a depositor does not withdraw more than his or her share.)


DEBTS OWED THE BANK AND LEGAL PROCESS

If one joint depositor owes the Bank money and the debt becomes due, the Bank can use any money in the joint account to pay the debt. Further, if a depositor has an account, in that depositor's name solely, and that depositor owes the Bank money, you agree that any money held in a joint account with that depositor and you may also be used to pay the debt.

If one joint depositor has a judgment or other debt against him or her, the Bank may be required by legal process to pay out money from the joint account to satisfy that judgment or debt. The Bank is not responsible for determining or otherwise claiming funds in your account are exempt from the reach of a third party, unless otherwise expressly required by applicable law.

If one joint depositor overdraws the joint account, you agree that the Bank may use any funds in any other accounts of either joint depositor to pay the debt.



MORE ABOUT YOUR ACCOUNT

STANDARD OF CARE

You agree the standard of ordinary care and good faith which the Bank will use in handling your account is to be measured against the practice of other commercial banks similar to HSBC in size.


BALANCE INFORMATION

Balances may change frequently throughout a Business Day. You hereby waive any claim against the Bank based on representations made by the Bank, either orally or in writing, to you, or your authorized person, or to any other party, regarding balance information.


FEES

You agree to pay and to have your account charged for all maintenance fees and service fees incurred by you including, but not limited to, all usual and customary fees that the Bank may, from time to time, charge for any products and services provided.


REIMBURSEMENT OF BANK IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE

You agree to be liable to the Bank for any losses, costs, or expenses the Bank incurs as a result of any dispute involving your account. You authorize the Bank to deduct any such losses, costs, or expenses from your account without prior notice to you. This obligation includes disputes between you and the Bank involving the account and situations where the Bank becomes involved in disputes between you and an authorized person, another joint owner, or a third party claiming an interest in the account.


LIEN AND SETOFF

You give the Bank a continuing lien on any account or other personal property of yours which is in the possession or control of either the Bank or any of the Bank's affiliates, including, but not limited to, Bank deposits and securities. This lien shall be in the amount of any and all liabilities and obligations that you may owe to the Bank or any of the Bank's affiliates whether such liabilities and obligations exist now or are incurred in the future. You agree that the Bank and its affiliates may setoff against your accounts and may sell your personal property which is not an account, by public or private sale at its discretion, and use the funds in such account or the proceeds of such sale to satisfy such liabilities or obligations whether or not such liabilities or obligations are then in default or subject to a contingency to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.


PERIODIC STATEMENTS AND ADVISES

Upon receipt of your monthly or periodic statement (which may include a record of transactions and images of cancelled items) or advises, you shall exercise reasonable care and promptness in examining the statement or advice. By using a product or service that does not return copies of cancelled items, you agree that the Bank will hold copies of the cancelled items for you in accordance with the applicable terms of service. You acknowledge that copies of cancelled items held for you are available at the same time as your statement is first mailed, or made available to you, by the Bank. You agree that you cannot make any claim against the Bank arising from your account unless you promptly review your statement, and notify the Bank of any errors, forgeries, or alterations within fourteen (14) days from the date the Bank first mailed, or made available to you, your statement or advice. However, if the error involves an electronic service, refer to the Bank's electronic banking services disclosures for the services you are using. If you cannot balance your statement and do not bring it to the Bank's attention before you receive your next statement, the Bank may charge you an hourly reconcilement fee to locate the error.

The Bank may stop sending account statements if you stop using your account or have not given the Bank your current address. If the post office returns as "undeliverable" any statement that the Bank sent you, and if you do not provide the Bank with a correct mailing address, the Bank will retain only images of the statements and enclosures, not the original items, for six years. Copies of your statement are available by request during this six year period in accordance with the Terms and Charges Disclosure.


CHANGE OF ADDRESS

You (or an authorized person) must notify the Bank promptly of any change of your address. The Bank may require written notice or written confirmation of this change. All statements and advises will be sent to you by ordinary mail at the address last recorded by the Bank.


DORMANCY AND ABANDONED PROPERTY

When an account is inactive the Bank follows special procedures.

An account is considered inactive when:

No customer initiated deposits or only direct deposits by a third party are made to your account; no withdrawals or only preauthorized automatic withdrawals are made from your account; AND the Bank does not receive anything in writing from you that indicates that you knew your account exists.

When a checking or savings account remains inactive for three (3) consecutive years it is considered dormant. If your account is considered dormant, the Bank may prohibit access to your account until you contact the Bank in person or in writing. Before your account is classified as dormant, the Bank may try to contact you to reactivate the account.

If your account remains inactive for the time period specified by law, it may be deemed abandoned. If your account is considered abandoned, the Bank may cease to pay interest on the account, may close the account, and, if required, turn the funds over to the appropriate state abandoned property administrator. Note: Consecutive inactivity periods for determining actual escheatment requirements vary by the abandoned property laws of the individual states, and by type of account. The Bank is required to base the period for escheatment on the state of the depositor's last known address on the Bank's records, and that state's corresponding consecutive inactivity period.

At any time after the funds in the abandoned account have been turned over to the appropriate state abandoned property administrator, the depositor (or other person entitled to the funds) may reclaim this money from the state abandoned property administrator.


TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

Federal regulations require the Bank to record your taxpayer identification number (Social Security Number). If you do not give the Bank your number on or shortly after the day you opened your account, federal law requires the Bank to withhold a portion of the amount of interest paid on your account each time interest is credited.


CURRENCY TRANSACTION REPORTING

Federal regulations require the Bank to disclose certain transactions involving your account. The Bank may request information from you and disclose information about your account whenever the Bank believes it is necessary or appropriate to comply with those federal regulations. Until you provide sufficient information, the Bank may hold your account or refuse any transaction.


POWER OF ATTORNEY

If the Bank receives a power of attorney authorization in a form the Bank determines complies with applicable state law, the Bank may allow the person who you choose ("your agent") to disburse the funds in your account without notifying you. The Bank may refuse to act on your agent's instructions if the Bank, in its sole discretion, deems them to be contrary to the express terms of the power of attorney on file. The Bank may at any time require your agent to attest that the power of attorney is still in full force and effect and to indemnify the Bank for relying in good faith thereon. The Bank is not required to seek the consent of the other persons named on your joint account before acting your agent's instructions.

The Bank does not have to accept an out-of-state power of attorney or a power of attorney which does not comply with applicable state law.


ACCOUNT CLOSING

You can close your account at any time by notifying the Bank during normal business hours. The Bank also has the right to close your account at any time for any reason or no reason. If your account is closed, you remain responsible for any transactions you previously arranged for, including those that arrive after your account is closed and any which the Bank returns unpaid. If the Bank exercises its right to close your account, the Bank will send your final collected account balance, if applicable, and a final statement or notice to your most recent address as reflected in the Bank's records. The Bank may return unpaid any items presented on your account after it is closed.

The Bank may charge you a fee shown on the Terms and Charges Disclosure.


SERVICE

The Bank may terminate any service at any time without notice. If you wish to terminate a service, you shall give the Bank prior written notice of your intention to terminate. Termination by you shall become effective no sooner than five (5) Business Days after the Bank's receipt of the termination notice. The Bank may complete all requests and instructions accepted on the day termination is to become effective.


LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Unless the Bank receives an order from a court of competent jurisdiction that directs the Bank not to act, the Bank will comply with legal proceedings in any jurisdiction in which the Bank has offices even if the legal proceeding occurs in a jurisdiction where you are not located.

You agree that if you and/or your account become involved in legal proceedings and the Bank receives a legal document or other notice that the Bank believes requires it to supply information on your account, to restrict your account or to pay money from your account, the Bank is authorized to do so regardless of whether you appeared in those proceedings and regardless of whether those proceedings occurred within the jurisdiction where you and/or your account are located. If this occurs, use of your account or services that access your account may become restricted and the Bank may charge you the fee shown on your Terms and Charges Disclosure.


LIMITATION OF CLAIMS

You agree to make any claim or bring any legal action relating to the Bank's handling of your account, in writing, within one (1) year of the date the problem occurred, unless these Rules or applicable law or regulation require earlier action by you. You agree that if the problem involves a series of events, such as a number of forgeries over a period of time, then the date the first event occurred shall be the date by which the period to make any claim or bring any legal action shall begin to run.


LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

THE BANK ASSUMES NO LIABILITY FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR INDIRECT LOSS OR DAMAGE TO YOU INCLUDING LOST PROFITS WHETHER OR NOT THE BANK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. You agree the Bank shall be liable only for damages which are the direct result of the Bank's misconduct. If the Bank's conduct results in an inappropriate delay of transfer or withdrawal, the Bank's liability, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty, shall be an amount equal to the interest, at the Federal Funds rate, payable on the amount of the funds which were directed by you to be transferred in the Payment Order for the period of delay.


COOPERATION WITH INVESTIGATION

You agree, in the event of any claim arising from your account to cooperate and assist both the Bank and any law enforcement authorities in connection with any investigation and prosecution of any suspected wrongdoer. You understand and agree that failure to cooperate may result, in the Bank's sole discretion, in the Bank dishonoring any claim which you have made.


INDEMNITY AGAINST ACTIONS OF AUTHORIZED PERSONS

In order to induce the Bank to honor requests for services, including but not limited to those enumerated above, you hereby agree to indemnify and hold the Bank, its successors, assigns, correspondents, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless for all losses, costs, damages, expenses (including attorney's fees) and liability for any claim or demand occasioned by or action brought by virtue of any misconduct, negligence, action or omission on the part of any individual who has been listed as a person authorized to act on your behalf in any document provided by you to the Bank.


FORCE MAJEURE

The Bank shall not be liable for any loss or damage to you caused by the Bank's failure to provide any service requested by you resulting from an act of God, fire, catastrophe, electrical, mechanical or computer failure, telecommunications failure or failure of any agent or correspondent or any other cause beyond the Bank's control, provided it exercises such diligence as the circumstances may require.


NOTICES

Any notice we send you will take effect when it is personally delivered to you or mailed to the last address we have for you in our records. A notice from you will be considered received when received at the Bank's Customer Service Department and will take effect following the expiration of any notice period that may be specified in the Deposit Account Agreement.


CHANGES TO THE RULES

The Bank can change these Rules or impose other restrictions on your account, as the Bank deems necessary or appropriate, in the course of its business at any time.

Before the change goes into effect you will be notified:

  • either by mail,
  • by a posting in your branch, or
  • by a published statement in the newspaper.

If notice is sent to you, use of ordinary mail or in-branch notification shall be sufficient. Changes to these Rules which are required by law may be implemented immediately or as required by law.


SEVERABILITY

If any provision(s) of these Rules shall be held to be illegal or unenforceable, the validity of the remaining portions of these Rules shall not be affected.


WAIVER

No waiver of any term, provision, or condition of this Agreement, whether by conduct or otherwise, in any one or more instances, will be deemed, or shall constitute, a waiver of any other provision hereof, whether or not similar, nor will such waiver constitute a continuing waiver, and no waiver shall be binding unless executed in writing by the party making the waiver.


QUALITY CONTROL

You agree that our supervisory personnel may listen to and record telephone calls between you and our representatives in order to evaluate the quality of our service to you and to other customers.


OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Other terms and conditions, not stated herein, may apply to your account. All such other terms and conditions remain in full force and effect and continue to govern your account except as stated in these Rules.


BANK SECRECY ACT — REGULATORY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

As part of the Bank Secrecy Act recordkeeping requirements, the Bank is responsible to obtain, verify and record customer information for certain transactions and report this information to U.S. Government agencies. The information obtained includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name and home address (photo identification required) for an individual or Business name and business address
  • Social Security or taxpayer identification number
  • Date of birth for an individual
  • Occupation
  • Information for anyone on whose behalf you are conducting transactions

The above information may be required when conducting certain cash transactions, including, but not limited to:

Currency Transaction Reports

If you make cash withdrawals, cash deposits, currency exchanges or other payments or transfers with cash, exceeding $10,000, the Bank is required to complete a Currency Transaction Report.

Monetary Instrument Reports

The Bank reserves the right to obtain identification and additional information from customers who purchase U.S. Dollar Drafts (Cashier's Checks) or Foreign Drafts for any amount.

Structuring Transactions

Any person who conducts or assists in transactions designed to evade U.S. Government reporting requirements, which may include splitting transactions into smaller amounts, can be subject to criminal penalties, including fines, imprisonment or both.

The Bank complies with recording and recordkeeping requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act including monitoring accounts on a periodic basis for compliance.

The Bank reserves the right to close any account that attempts to avoid these requirements.


TAX COMPLIANCE

You are solely responsible for understanding and complying with your tax and other filing obligations with respect to your U.S and non-U.S. accounts in all countries in which those obligations may arise. You should consult a tax adviser for more information. You acknowledge and agree that, in order to comply with United States tax laws, the Bank may (i) disclose information about you and your account (including transactional information) to the United States Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"); (ii) request certain documentation (including IRS Forms W-8 or W-9) and additional information from you with respect to your account; (iii) withhold U.S. tax from your account or from payments made to you or your account; and (iv) close your account if you have not provided requested documentation or information.


PROHIBITED TRANSACTIONS

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) prohibits any person engaged in the business of betting or wagering from knowingly accepting any payment in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling (a "restricted transaction"). You acknowledge and agree that you are prohibited from processing a restricted transaction through your account or banking relationship with HSBC. Your participation, or attempted participation, in any restricted transaction through your account or banking relationship with HSBC may result in the termination of your banking relationship with HSBC and/or the closure of your account.


WAIVER OF TRIAL BY JURY

YOU AND THE BANK AGREE TO WAIVE THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BEFORE A JURY IN ANY ACTION FOR ANY CLAIMS THAT MAY ARISE FROM OR RELATE TO YOUR DEPOSIT ACCOUNT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, USE, ATTORNEYS-IN-FACT, RESTRAINT AND EXECUTION.


G 2333 SF (Rev. 12/13)

APS # 074767

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