HSBC Bank is a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, a London based banking giant which, according to the Forbes magazine, is the largest banking group in the world, and the 6th largest company in the world as of April 2009. HSBC Holdings had been established in Hong Kong in the year 1990 as the parent company to the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). Further, the bank moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to London.
With a loan-deposit ratio of 90%, HSBC Bank is said to be one of the five British banks that claim to have more deposits than loans. Such a high loan-deposit ratio of the bank has been able to retain the trust of its investors and customers, keeping them assured of its financial strengths. The sound financial position of the bank can also be attributed to the fact that its stocks maintained relatively high price even during the credit crunch phase, something not commonly seen to have happened to other banks.
Presence In India
In India, the introduction of HSBC Bank can be dated as early as the year 1853, with the establishment of the Mercantile Bank of India in Mumbai. Currently, HSBC Group operates through a number of its subsidiaries in India, viz. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), HSBC Asset Management (India) Private Limited, HSBC Global Resourcing / HSBC Electronic Data Processing (India) Private Limited, HSBC Insurance Brokers (India) Private Limited, HSBC Operations and Processing Enterprise (India) Private Limited, HSBC Private Equity Management (Mauritius) Limited, HSBC Professional Services (India) Private Limited, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Private Limited and HSBC Software Development (India) Private Limited. The group carries out its Commercial Banking, Banking Technology, Asset Management, Global Resourcing, Insurance and Data Processing operations in the country through its subsidiaries.
HSBC Bank is well known for having established the first ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) in India in the year 1987. As of April 2009, the bank is present in many prominent cities of the country including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh etc.