Opening A Bank Account

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by jamie_m » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:17 pm

Yep, happens very often. I sometimes try again and it works. Usually I just swear at it and try again later :) It's a very clumsey site showing it's age.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by tiagoabner » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:23 pm

Just for the sake of checking what's going on, I called their customer service. It seems their system is unstable right now (words right out of the CS rep's mouth). Guess I will try again later.

At least I'm not paying maintenance fees for this account. Otherwise I would be pretty pissed with their crappy service.
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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by Space Cat » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:59 pm

I got problems with 3rd party transfers 2 times (Webpay) – the site said I need to verify my data (it's verified and everything was working before). So I called to the suggested number and confirmed all my data to a support person.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:31 pm

I usually encounter problems like this with the Safari browser, when I do a quick switch try on Firefox, it works like a charm. If it also fails in Firefox, then they really are working on issues at that moment.
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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by Space Cat » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Hah, thanks for the tip! I'm using Safari.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by Space Cat » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:47 am

Any recommendation for an investment account for the Chilean stock? I hope it's easier to get than corriente.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by RuneTheChookcha » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:59 pm

Only 24 brokers are currently listed on the Santiago Exchange site, namely: http://www.bolsadesantiago.com/actores/ ... dores.aspx

Financial statements for each of them are available: http://www.bolsadesantiago.com/actores/ ... /EEFF.aspx

Speaking of their terms and commissions, anyone used to the US brokerages, would be just speechless.

This one looks funny, however: http://www.mbitrading.cl/estudios/

Claims affiliation with Saxo (so they allow trading worldwide markets through Saxo Trader, web, PC or mobile).

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by Space Cat » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:38 am

Thanks! I wonder if it will be easier and cheaper to invest via something international instead.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by Britkid » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:01 pm

TIme to update this thread about my failed attempts to get a bank account.

Keep in mind I earn foreign currency to a foreign bank account from a foreign company with no Chile connection, and that is the real issue.

I did originally get a Cuenta RUT at Banco Estado in 2014 but was rejected for a current account by BCI and Santander in 2014/2015 (page 1-2 of this thread).

More recently (throughout this year) I've approached all the other banks close to where I live for a current account. I was rejected by Scotiabank. When I walked in to enquire, I was told "no te la va a dar" "ningun banco te va a acceptar" - an unusually firm rejection compared to the more usual which is to engage, requests info/documents, and later stop bothering to reply to you.

Itau said something about my payslips. I didn't follow that up. I decided against Itau because I want a branch within a reasonable distance of my house.

BBVA said that I should get the paysips validados por "embajada o consulado, del pais de origin de los ingresos, establecido en Chile, y luego validadas por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores en Chile." However I wasn't able to do that (see below).

Banco de Chile originally said that there is a 90% chance they will give me a bank account if I agree to deposit 2 million pesos to cover a credit limit of 1 million pesos, and that they might review allowing me to have the deposit back after 6 months, and might even consider giving me a mortgage after 1- 2 years if I wanted one. However by the time I got 2 million pesos cash in hand a few weeks later and went back to the bank the person who had said all that had moved to a different branch and the new person disagreed with the deposit of 2 million idea and instead told me to get my salary validated at the British consulate/embassy instead. However it turns out the British consulate/embassy doesn't do that (they told me directly), and they suggested a letter from my company or some notary process. I went back to the bank with this suggestion, and they said to send my bank statements showing my salary coming in, which I did (in English) and since then she didn't reply.

I notice (see page 2 of this thread) that Banco de Chile was some years ago the one bank where some forumites had some success, and I have been possibly closer to getting an account there than elsewhere, so maybe they are more open in general. That may be one to try first for people in a similar situation.

I did a few years ago meet a couple of contacts who worked at banks who were in my social circle, and was going to try and use the contacts to get an account later on, but I was busy on other things, and eventually lost touch with them. Now I can't even remember who they were and have no contacts at present in banks.

I also think I could get an account if I was willing to take a very careful planned approach to every time I walk into a bank, invest a lot of time, try and persuade, and jump through endless hoops. If I really needed an account I reckon I could get one with months and months of effort, but I can just about get along with only Cuenta RUT.

So I am getting pretty close to giving up (for now).

This may also mean that I give up on the idea of getting a mortgage also, since if I can't get a current account, a mortgage ought to be even harder. I have actually been asking for a mortgage alongside a current account, and the response was even more lukewarm (I don't really want one right now, but I am testing the waters incase I need it later).

The admin made a comment on this thread (March 6th, 2016) that "All Checking accounts in Chile, are a complete credit facility". That is true to my experience, and it's part of the problem. I just want slick internet banking and the ability to store and send larger amounts than a Cuenta RUT. However, when I ask if it is possible an account without the credit card or overdraft to increase my approval chance, it never is. They always go together.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:24 pm

Britkid wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:01 pm
TIme to update this thread about my failed attempts to get a bank account.
Did you try getting a cuenta vista, or just a cuenta corriente? I think the cuenta RUT is a cuenta vista, and other banks have similar accounts without the 3 million limit. But I could be wrong.
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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by scandinavian » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 pm

Britkid wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:01 pm

BBVA said that I should get the paysips validados por "embajada o consulado, del pais de origin de los ingresos, establecido en Chile, y luego validadas por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores en Chile." However I wasn't able to do that (see below).

the part about getting them validated by Relaciones Exteriores en Chile is possible and not that complicated. I have done it some years ago - I can't remember whether I got them stamped by the embassy first, but I don't think so - It was accepted as valid at the time to get a hipotecario at BBVA in 2013. I already had a checking account.

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Re: Opening A Bank Account

Post by admin » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:05 pm

Britkid wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:01 pm
TIme to update this thread about my failed attempts to get a bank account.

Keep in mind I earn foreign currency to a foreign bank account from a foreign company with no Chile connection, and that is the real issue.

I did originally get a Cuenta RUT at Banco Estado in 2014 but was rejected for a current account by BCI and Santander in 2014/2015 (page 1-2 of this thread).

More recently (throughout this year) I've approached all the other banks close to where I live for a current account. I was rejected by Scotiabank. When I walked in to enquire, I was told "no te la va a dar" "ningun banco te va a acceptar" - an unusually firm rejection compared to the more usual which is to engage, requests info/documents, and later stop bothering to reply to you.

Itau said something about my payslips. I didn't follow that up. I decided against Itau because I want a branch within a reasonable distance of my house.

BBVA said that I should get the paysips validados por "embajada o consulado, del pais de origin de los ingresos, establecido en Chile, y luego validadas por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores en Chile." However I wasn't able to do that (see below).

Banco de Chile originally said that there is a 90% chance they will give me a bank account if I agree to deposit 2 million pesos to cover a credit limit of 1 million pesos, and that they might review allowing me to have the deposit back after 6 months, and might even consider giving me a mortgage after 1- 2 years if I wanted one. However by the time I got 2 million pesos cash in hand a few weeks later and went back to the bank the person who had said all that had moved to a different branch and the new person disagreed with the deposit of 2 million idea and instead told me to get my salary validated at the British consulate/embassy instead. However it turns out the British consulate/embassy doesn't do that (they told me directly), and they suggested a letter from my company or some notary process. I went back to the bank with this suggestion, and they said to send my bank statements showing my salary coming in, which I did (in English) and since then she didn't reply.

I notice (see page 2 of this thread) that Banco de Chile was some years ago the one bank where some forumites had some success, and I have been possibly closer to getting an account there than elsewhere, so maybe they are more open in general. That may be one to try first for people in a similar situation.

I did a few years ago meet a couple of contacts who worked at banks who were in my social circle, and was going to try and use the contacts to get an account later on, but I was busy on other things, and eventually lost touch with them. Now I can't even remember who they were and have no contacts at present in banks.

I also think I could get an account if I was willing to take a very careful planned approach to every time I walk into a bank, invest a lot of time, try and persuade, and jump through endless hoops. If I really needed an account I reckon I could get one with months and months of effort, but I can just about get along with only Cuenta RUT.

So I am getting pretty close to giving up (for now).

This may also mean that I give up on the idea of getting a mortgage also, since if I can't get a current account, a mortgage ought to be even harder. I have actually been asking for a mortgage alongside a current account, and the response was even more lukewarm (I don't really want one right now, but I am testing the waters incase I need it later).

The admin made a comment on this thread (March 6th, 2016) that "All Checking accounts in Chile, are a complete credit facility". That is true to my experience, and it's part of the problem. I just want slick internet banking and the ability to store and send larger amounts than a Cuenta RUT. However, when I ask if it is possible an account without the credit card or overdraft to increase my approval chance, it never is. They always go together.

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