View Full Version : Do Banks Hang on to Big Transfer Amounts?

03-20-2004, 05:11 AM
Is this normal banking practice? We are paid three bank transfers every month from Germany. One is usually about 2k, the second about 3k and the third about 30k.

They are all initiated at exactly the same time, but the biggest almost always hits our account 2 days after the first two. In other words, the bank hold on to the money and bag the interest for themselves for 48 hours.

Is this normal? Is there a threshold beyond which they decide to grab some interest and delay the payment?

I have complained twice but it still happens, and frankly I am getting pretty annoyed about it. Any input is welcome.

06-24-2014, 04:15 AM
You might find its related to anti money laundering rules that the bank has. During university I worked in a bank's compliance department and they monitor accounts according to a set of rules. eg. any amount of 10k is scrutinised. Also, amounts that are not consistent with other transactions in the account raise red flags. If account behaviour doesn't conform to their security rules, they may put a hold on transactions until further investigation.

Interesting note: the 911 bombers transferred cash to America in small denominations (<5k) to avoid being detected by these security flags.

09-15-2014, 03:13 AM
If you have ever tried to deposit a large cheque at the bank then you have to run into issue to hold up. One cab be frustrate by this problem, the money that you will deposit is not credited to the bank right away and must go through some central clearhouse to the bank.

03-14-2016, 12:39 PM
They often do (especially the smaller banks), but it depends on a few things:
1) What is YOUR BANK's history with the TRANSFERRING Bank. In other words, if they exchange quite a bit, they are not likely to put a hold on the funds.
2) Is this a new transaction for YOU? In other words, have you been receiving the same type transfer (from the same source) for a while? If not, they may put a hold on the funds.
3) Is the amount unusually high... for YOUR BANK or for YOU. If so, this could end up resulting in a hold.

But your bank should be able to quickly tell you exactly WHY they are holding the funds, and exactly how/when they will release them. It wouldn't be unusual for them to release the funds over the course of a few days.

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11-26-2019, 07:24 AM
Sometimes banks ask you for too much, even for information that they do not need.

If you have other options to earn money - you should avoid banks, I think.

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Checks that are for large amounts usually have a hold placed on them. That's so that the bank can protect itself from lost funds if the check doesn't clear.

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05-04-2021, 10:11 AM
Deposits can take even longer to happen at times, in part because the bank wants to ensure that the funds are good. They won't know that the funds are good until the money actually arrives, so many banks will hold deposits for up to 5 business days at times.

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