Editorial Review

HSBC Personal Loan 2019 Review

Amrita JayakumarSeptember 5, 2019

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Our Take

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

The Bottom Line: The HSBC personal loan is an option for good-credit borrowers, and you don't have to bank with HSBC.

HSBC Personal Loan

on HSBC's website

Min. Credit Score

None

Est. APR

5.49-17.29%

Loan Amount

$3,000-$30,000

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Low rates.

  • No origination fee.

  • Fast funding.

  • Choose a payment due date.

Cons
  • Existing customers must visit a branch.

  • Does not offer direct payment to creditors for debt consolidation loans.

  • No co-sign or secured loan option.

Compare to Other Lenders

HSBC Personal Loan
Lightstream
Marcus by Goldman Sachs
Est. APR

5.49-17.29%

Est. APR

5.49-17.29%

Est. APR

6.99-28.99%

Loan Term

2 to 5 years

Loan Term

2 to 7 years

Loan Term

3 to 6 years

Loan Amount

$3,000-$30,000

Loan Amount

$5,000-$100,000

Loan Amount

$3,500-$40,000

Min. Credit Score

None

Min. Credit Score

660

Min. Credit Score

660

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Full Review

To review HSBC, NerdWallet collected more than 30 data points from the lender, interviewed company executives and compared the lender with others that seek the same customer or offer a similar personal loan product. Loan terms and fees may vary by state.

HSBC Bank is a personal loan option to consider if you have good credit. The bank was founded in Hong Kong in 1865, is headquartered in London and now operates in 66 countries.

HSBC tested its U.S. personal loan with existing customers in May 2019 before opening it up to the public in July, says Marcos Meneguzzi, head of cards at HSBC.

HSBC’s personal loan may be a good fit if:

  • You have a good to excellent credit score (690 and above). A majority of HSBC’s existing customers have scores of at least 720, says Meneguzzi. But the bank may accept scores of 680 or below, depending on the applicant’s financial condition.

  • You have experience with credit. More than half of existing HSBC customers who were given early access to personal loans used them to consolidate debt, says Meneguzzi.

  • You already have an HSBC account. HSBC customers are allowed to borrow higher loan amounts and may receive a lower minimum rate than applicants who are new to HSBC.

Other features to consider with an HSBC personal loan:

First payment date extended: You have 50 days until the first payment is due instead of the typical 30. HSBC wants to give borrowers more time to organize their cash flow right after taking a loan, says Meneguzzi. Also, when you accept the loan, you can choose a monthly payment date.

Customer perks: HSBC customers can get their funds as soon as the same day, while new customers can get funded by the next day. HSBC Premier or Advance customers can borrow higher loan amounts (up to $50,000). However, existing customers have to apply at a branch while new applicants can apply online.

Credit scores: All borrowers receive a free copy of their FICO score in their monthly statement, the bank says.  

Loan example: For a borrower with good credit, a $15,000 personal loan with a repayment term of three years at 18.0% APR would carry monthly payments of $542, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.

How to apply for an HSBC loan

Existing customers have to go into an HSBC branch to get a loan. The bank has physical branches only in 10 states, mainly on the East and West Coasts. New applicants can apply online in all states except Wisconsin.

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