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What are the different balances in Anytime Internet Banking?

Recently we’ve changed the way we display your accounts and balances in Anytime Internet Banking to give you a clearer view of your money.

Current accounts

The main change you will see is the balance that was previously called “Available balance” has changed into two separate parts:

  • Balance including pending transactions – this is now the prominent balance you will see for your current account (and will be shown in bold)
  • Arranged overdraft limit (if you have one)

What do my balances include?

Balance including pending transactions - this is the amount of your own money including any pending transactions outstanding. It doesn’t include cheques until they are cleared (for more detail on pending transactions and cheque clearing see below).

Overdraft Limit - this is your arranged overdraft limit. If you do not have one, this will not show.

Overdraft Remaining - this shows the remaining amount of your arranged overdraft, this will only be displayed if you are using your limit.

Account Balance - this is how much money you have in your account before any pending transactions are processed and includes uncleared cheques paid in. This was previously called ‘Today’s balance’.

Examples of current account balances

Example of an account in credit with no overdraft facility

Account balance Balance including pending transactions Overdraft limit Overdraft remaining
€100 €75 This will not be shown This will not be shown

The account is in credit and has €25 pending transactions. The customer can spend another €75.

Example of an account in credit with arranged overdraft

Account balance Balance including pending transactions Overdraft limit Overdraft remaining
€100 €75 €500 €500

The account is in credit and has €25 pending transactions and an overdraft limit of €500. The customer can spend another €75 without going into their overdraft and paying interest.

Example of an account overdrawn with arranged overdraft

Account balance Balance including pending transactions Overdraft limit Overdraft remaining
€100 -€150 €500 €350

The account is overdrawn and has €250 pending transactions. The customer now has €350 remaining of their €500 Arranged Overdraft limit remaining (use of Arranged Overdraft will include paying interest).

Why has my current account balance been changed?

This change is so that customers have a clear view of when they are using their own funds and when they are using their arranged overdraft which will incur a charge.

How will balances be displayed for all other account types?

For other account types such as savings, loans, mortgages and credit cards the prominent balance (in bold) is still the Account balance (which was previous called Today’s balance).

How will my current account balance show if I have an Auto Transfer set up to a subsidiary account?

If you have an agreement set up between your current account and subsidiary account, you will see the prominent balance (balance including pending transactions) as a combination of the current account balance and funds available to spend from the subsidiary account.

This is the same combined balance you saw previously as ‘available’ just minus any overdraft funds, which are now displayed separately (if you have one). The individual balance for the current account will still be visible as ‘account balance’.

Understanding pending transactions

Pending transactions are transactions you have made with your debit card which are waiting to be deducted from your account. The merchant normally tells us about your transaction as soon as it happens and we set aside those funds by taking them off your balance to make sure you don’t spend the money again.

However, this process can occasionally be delayed if the merchant takes longer to notify us. This is what is called a ‘pending transaction’ and you will see this reflected in your ‘Balance Including Pending Transactions’.

The transaction normally completes in full a day or two later when it will then also be reflected in your ‘Account Balance’. Occasionally you won’t see a debit card payment as a pending transaction. This can be down to timing or where the merchant has not been able to contact us immediately because you have made an ‘offline’ transaction. These are usually on planes, boats, trains or for parking or tolls so it’s important you always ensure you have enough funds in your account before making a transaction.

My balance at the weekend

Your balance might not be what you were expecting over the weekend and bank holidays.

How can I keep track of my debit card transactions so that I do not go overdrawn?

Log in to Anytime Internet Banking (opens in a new window).

Changes to when payments go into and come out of your account(s) at the weekend

Payments out of your account at the weekend (like Direct Debits and Standing Orders)

Any payments due out of your account on a Monday will leave your account on the Monday, meaning this money will be still available to you over the weekend.

An uncleared cheque example

If you have €350 in your account and have just paid in a cheque for €50 the Account Balance column will increase to €400 the next day. Once the cheque has cleared, the value of the cheque will be reflected in the balance including pending transactions. If you have an overdraft, this will also be shown.

Before cheque clearing

Account balance Balance including pending transactions Overdraft limit Overdraft remaining
€400 €350 €500 €500

After cheque clearing

Account balance Balance including pending transactions Overdraft limit Overdraft remaining
€400 €400 €500 €500

More information on cheques