Virtual Wallet is a combination checking account and savings account accessible via mobile app. It features 3 integrated accounts: a checking account called Spend, an interest-bearing checking account called Reserve, and a savings account called Growth. It was launched in July 2008 and was aimed primarily to the tech-savvy members of Generation Y. In June 2012, the product had 1 million users.
PNC Asset Management Group (AMG) provides Institutional Asset Management and Wealth Management services to high-net-worth individuals and has approximately $282 billion in assets under administration, of which $151 billion is directly under management. PNC Wealth Management is the 16th largest wealth management firm with $48.8 billion in private client assets under management. Hawthorn Family Wealth provides asset management services for family offices with over $20 million in net worth and directly oversaw almost $31 billion as of 2017.
As of December 31, 2017, PNC had $220 billion in outstanding loans, including $147 billion in commercial loans and $73 billion in consumer loans.
As of December 31, 2017, PNC had $5.3 billion in outstanding credit card loans. In 2016, PNC ranked as the 12th largest credit card issuer, with $33 billion in purchase volume.
PNC Mortgage (formerly National City Mortgage) is credited with the 1st mortgage in the United States and has offices across the country. The company had $17.212 billion in mortgage loans outstanding as of December 31, 2017.
This is the 2nd mortgage division to be named PNC Mortgage. In 2001, PNC sold the original PNC Mortgage to Washington Mutual due to volatility in the market. In 2005, PNC began outsourcing mortgages to Wells Fargo until the National City deal.
PNC provides acquisition, development and permanent financing for commercial and real estate clients including term loans and treasury management and capital markets services.
PNC is ranked 7th on the list of largest direct lenders by National Real Estate Investor, with $16.9 billion in annual real estate lending.
Midland Loan Services
Midland Loan Services, a division of PNC Real Estate, is a third-party provider of service and technology for the commercial real estate finance industry. It specializes in commercial loan and CMBS portfolio servicing. Founded in 1991, its headquarters are in Overland Park, Kansas.
PNC Financial Services traces its history to the Pittsburgh Trust and Savings Company which was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 10, 1845. Due to the long recovery from the Great Fire of Pittsburgh, PNC was not fully operational until January 28, 1852. It originally opened offices at Liberty Avenue and 12th Street. The bank was renamed The Pittsburgh Trust Company in 1853. In 1858, the company located its corporate offices to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Pittsburgh, where they remain to this day. The bank changed its name to First National Bank of Pittsburgh in 1863, after it became the first bank in the country to apply for a national charter as part of that year's National Banking Act. It received the 48th charter on August 5, 1863, with other later banks receiving charters sooner due to paperwork problems and the fact that the bank was already in business.
In 1946, First National merged with Peoples-Pittsburgh Trust Company, with whom it had worked closely since the 1930s, to form Peoples First National Bank & Trust. In 1959, Peoples First merged with Fidelity Trust Company to form Pittsburgh National Bank. At this time, the bank adopted the first version of its present logo–a stylized triangle representing the Golden Triangle. In 1969, the bank reorganized as a holding company, Pittsburgh National Corporation.
Another branch of the current bank, the Philadelphia-based Provident National Corporation, dates back to 1865.
In 1982, Pittsburgh National Corporation and Provident National Corporation merged into a new entity named PNC Financial Corporation. It was the largest bank merger in American history at the time and created a company with $10.3 billion in assets. Between 1991 and 1996, PNC purchased more than ten smaller banks and financial institutions that broadened its market base from Kentucky to the New York metropolitan area.
In 1998, PNC acquired Hilliard Lyons for $275 million in cash and stock. Hilliard Lyons was sold in 2008.
In 2006, PNC got back into the credit card business by marketing and issuing credit cards under the MasterCard brand in partnership with U.S. Bancorp. After the National City merger in 2008, the U.S. Bancorp products were converted to PNC Bank products.
The deal helped PNC double in size and become the 6th largest bank in the United States by deposit and 5th largest by branches. It also made PNC the largest bank in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky, as well as the second largest bank in Maryland and Indiana. It also greatly expanded PNC's presence in the Midwest as well as entering the Florida market. National City complemented PNC's presence, as Western Pennsylvania, Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky were among the few markets in which both banks had a major presence.
On March 2, 2007, PNC acquired Maryland-based Mercantile Bankshares, making PNC the 8th largest bank in the United States by deposits. On October 26, 2007, PNC acquired Yardville National Bancorp, a small commercial bank centered in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. On April 4, 2008, PNC acquired Sterling Financial Corporation, a commercial and consumer bank with accounts and branches in central Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and Delaware.
On August 14, 2009, PNC took over Dwelling House Savings & Loan and its only branch location in Pittsburgh's Hill District after Dwelling House suffered from bank failure and was placed under receivership by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Dwelling House had been known in Pittsburgh to provide low-income African Americans loans that other banks would deny. The branch was closed and accounts were transferred to the existing PNC branch in the Hill District.
Established in 1973, PNC's Global Investment Servicing subsidiary (GIS) was the second largest full-service mutual fund transfer agent in the U.S and the second-largest full service accounting and administration provider to U.S. mutual funds. With 4,700 employees, GIS operated from the Republic of Ireland, the United States and the Cayman Islands, and Luxembourg. GIS serviced $1.9 trillion in total assets and 58 million shareholder accounts. In 2007, GIS was awarded a license allowing it to expand further into Europe. PNC Global Investment Servicing was known as PFPC until July 2008.
On May 23, 2011, PNC unveiled plans for the Tower at PNC Plaza, a new $400 million headquarters building, originally planned to be 40 stories, to be constructed by the company on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, catercorner to the former headquarters, One PNC Plaza. The modern, environmentally friendly, 33-floor, 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) building designed by Gensler opened on October 2, 2015. PNC owns the building and occupies all its space, except for street-level storefronts which are leased to retail tenants. It is one of the world's most environmentally friendly skyscrapers. Some of its features include a double glass facade to reduce cooling costs and promote natural airflow into the building, a high-efficiency climate-control system to heat or cool specific zones of the building as needed, and a pair of living rooftops to collect and channel rainwater and reduce heat gain.
In 2018, the company acquired Fortis Advisors, which provides post-merger shareholder services. The company ranked 165th on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by revenue.
Overcharging of Black and Hispanic borrowers by National City
In December 2013, the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that they had reached an agreement with National City Bank to resolve allegations that the bank had charged Black and Hispanic borrowers higher prices for mortgages between 2002 and 2008, before the acquisition by PNC. Regulators claimed that National City had violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act by charging more than 75,000 borrowers higher loan rates based on their race or ethnicity rather than their risk level. National City's lack of pricing guidelines resulted in black borrowers being charged an average of $159 more in extra upfront fees or higher interest than white borrowers. Black borrowers also paid an average of $228 more annually over the life of the loan than white borrowers. Hispanics paid $125 more upfront and $154 more annually than white borrowers. Under the terms of the settlement, PNC was required to pay victims $35 million.
Retailer breach forced PNC to reissue customer cards
In March 2006, PNC and other large banks were forced to reissue hundreds of debit cards to customers after card numbers were disclosed by a breach at an unknown retailer.
Lawsuit from Military Channel
Also in March 2006, PNC Bank was sued by Paul Bariteau, an investor in the Military Channel. Bariteau claimed PNC let the chairman of the Military Channel make unauthorized withdrawals of millions of dollars from the company's account for personal use.
Securities fraud settlement
In June 2003, PNC Bank agreed to pay $115 million to settle federal securities fraud charges after one of its subsidiaries fraudulently transferred $762 million in bad loans and other venture capital investments to an AIG entity in order to conceal them from investors.
According to a lawsuit, funds entrusted to National Prearranged Services (NPS), a St.Louis-based company that sold prepaid funerals, were diverted and embezzled. PNC Bank is the successor to Allegiant Bank, which served as a trustee for NPS from 1998 to 2004. In 2015, a jury ordered PNC to pay $391 million. In 2017, a federal judge overturned the decision.
Municipal Bonds Disclosure Violations
In 2015, PNC was one of 22 companies that violated disclosure requirements for municipal bonds by failing to divulge that the issuers had filed late financial reports. It was fined $500,000.