Hsbc sold

Discussion in 'Panama Banks' started by nakedguydb, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. nakedguydb

    nakedguydb New Member

    so where is our banking wizard Ed Bowers on this , your thoughts Ed? , other than service can only improve
  2. adamruns

    adamruns New Member

    I was happy with HSBC. Received free wires from my HSBC account in Canada. Never money lost like other talk about. Thankfully never have to wait in line for dozens of others. Would be nice if there was more atms in the interior. 3 of the 4 are in walking distance to each other. The mall had the ATM frame for months before it was hooked up.
  3. holl1

    holl1 Member

    On a side note Citibank in Panama is still using Grupo Uno's outdated online banking system from 2006. Even the copyright notice is from 2007 still.

    Let's assume that combined incompetence of HSBC and Bancolombia will produce equally poor results.

    Whenever I deal with Panamanian banks I expect the worst banking experience ever and they have always managed to come in way below.

    Let's face it, HSBC and whatever other bank draw their talent from the same group of people as all the other banks. There is none and will never be any good banks in Panama as they all need Panamanians to operate.
  4. Opinion

    Opinion New Member

    I have banked with both for many years. Bancolombia is light years ahead of HSBC Panama in systems and quality of service. Bancolombia is by far the best bank that I have had experience with.
  5. BalaBeacher

    BalaBeacher New Member

    Has your experiecnce been with Bancolombia in Panama? How about their online banking? HSBC actually moved up to 1980 recently by allowing download of your account in a pdf. Woooo
  6. holl1

    holl1 Member

    The questions are the following about Bancolombia.

    1. Can you conveniently pay for taxes and tasa unica online?
    2. Can you buy credits with Movistar and other companies?
    3. Can you pay your bills to Gas Fenosa, IDAAN?
    4. What do they charge exactly for outgoing/incoming wire transfers?

    The next question is what will happen? Do they intend to transfer all HSBC clients and offices over to Bancolombia? I don't think so as their platform cannot possibly support the legacy systems HSBC uses.

    So, 8 years from now you will still be using HSBC's shitty online banking for your existing accounts unless you physically close it and manually open a new one with Bancolombia.

    Bancolombia appears to have an international banking license so I guess they don't even have sistema clave, ACH and a lot of other stuff you could expect from the local banks.

    It will just be a bunch of farmers sitting around just like Citibank with outdated technology and slow/useless websites. Or they whip out a new platform and put all customers through 2 years of hell with bugs/mistakes/account issues.
  7. BalaBeacher

    BalaBeacher New Member

    Hey Opinion, can you answer?
  8. FromPanama1

    FromPanama1 Member

    Where should the employees come from to be up to your standards? How about a bank run by a computer? (remember HAL?)
  9. FromPanama1

    FromPanama1 Member

    Let s hope you are right. When Panama was a nicer place to live with less traffic, Chase Manhattan Panama provided great service. Then HSBC bought their Panama portfolio and fired all the good Panamanian manages which Chase had trained in the US. Finally, some British genius ordered that MEXICANS should manage the Panama branch. The rest is history which you can read about when you google the words "HSBC", "Panama" and "sucks".

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