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System information

Internet browser support

Clients of HSBC InvestDirect1 are encouraged to use one of the following minimum browser versions when accessing


Widows 7 on Internet Explorer v11, Firefox v67 or Chrome v80


To ensure that current security and browser performance patches are in place, users of Microsoft Internet Explorer with a version below this are encouraged to upgrade their browsers by downloading a new release from

Browser Security

HSBC InvestDirect treats the security and privacy of your online investment account with the highest priority. For your own security, we require all clients to have a 128 BIT encryption certificate within their Internet Explorer browser. You are also encouraged to remain current with browser enhancements and security patches as they become available on

Internet and system reliability

HSBC InvestDirect strives to offer its clients an online trading system that is reliable, secure and capable of meeting their investment needs. From time to time, however, unscheduled outages may occur. These can happen for a variety of reasons including system problems and slowdowns at HSBC InvestDirect, your Internet Service Provider (e.g. Bell Canada, Rogers, etc.) or HSBC InvestDirect's third party providers of market data, research and back office functions.

Scheduled maintenance

The process of ensuring the reliability and accessibility of our systems does require regularly scheduled maintenance time. The scheduled maintenance window that has been established is Saturday mornings between 6am and 7am EST.

However, there may be some instances whereby maintenance may fall outside the scheduled maintenance window.

Availability of order entry for new orders, changed orders and cancellations

Please be aware that HSBC InvestDirect's back office provider (ISM) has specific windows during which the entry of new orders as well as the changing or canceling of existing orders is unavailable. During these times, order entry will be unavailable online. These times are identified below:

Monday through Saturday 04:00 - 06:00 EST
Sunday 01:00 - 05:00 EST

HSBC InvestDirect is a division of HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of, but separate entity from, HSBC Bank Canada. HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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