In November and February, 2.9 million customers and 560 branches of National City were converted to PNC Bank throughout western Pennsylvania, Youngstown, central and southern Ohio, the entire state of Kentucky, southern Indiana and Florida. Another 1.5 million customers and signs at some 420 branches, including more than 235 in Michigan, were converted last week as part of the biggest acquisition in the bank’s 157-year history.
Although National City offered online updates via Direct Connect for Microsoft Money, PNC doesn’t provide this service without going through a third-party (Yodlee) which requires a Microsoft Live sign-on, so I’m happy to report that the Python OFX scripts work great with PNC Bank to return the online update function to Microsoft Money users.
If you had a Checking account at National City, you should have automatically received a Quicken enrollment kit in the mail, which contains the information needed to setup your account. First of all, setup your site data…
SiteName : PNC
AcctType : BASTMT
fiorg : ISC
fid : 4501
url : https://www.oasis.cfree.com/4501.ofxgp
bankid : 041000124
Then you need to add your account information in the setup script using your account number, your userID identified in the kit, and your password – which is the PIN number identified in a subsequent mailing. What I found very confusing (until a very patient and friendly customer service rep gave me the clues needed to rectify the resultant errors):
- If you sign up for Online Banking on the PNC website, the username and password changes that are required do not affect your OFX access account setup, just your web access.
- The statement: “During initial sign on you will be required to change your PIN number”. This might lead you to believe that the changes made for web access are relevant to these scripts, but they are not; perhaps the PIN number change is applicable if you are actually using Quicken, but you won’t be changing your PIN for OFX downloads via these scripts.