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14 Best Fixed Deposit Rates in Singapore to Lock in Your Savings (2024)

SingSaver team

SingSaver team

Last updated 03 February, 2024

Here's everything you need to know about fixed deposits in Singapore, from the best fixed deposit rates, how fixed deposits work and whether they are the best place to stash your cash. 

Fixed deposits (also known as time deposits) earn you guaranteed interest for the money you deposit in the bank over a specified duration. The money in the fixed deposit will earn interest during this fixed period of time, with interest paid out at regular intervals, often quarterly or annually. 

While you can withdraw your money from fixed deposits, if you withdraw before the tenure is up, you will earn less interest or no interest at all. 

Fixed deposit rates differ monthly, depending on when you open the fixed deposit account, and the interest rate you earn would depend on your deposit amount and tenure. Tenures can range from one month to four years, with more attractive interest rates being given to longer tenures of two to three years. 

A low-risk investment type, fixed deposits are practically risk-free, making them a great place to store your emergency funds. But if you're in any doubt, you'll be glad to know that your deposits are insured by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC), for up to S$75,000.


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Overview of the Best Fixed Deposit Rates in Singapore (February 2024)

Here are the best fixed deposit rates for SGD deposits. 

Bank Best interest rate (p.a.) Tenure Minimum SGD deposit
Bank of China

3.45% (mobile banking placement)

3.35% (over the counter placement)

3 months S$500 (mobile banking)
S$10,000 (over the counter)
CIMB

3.50% (personal banking)

3.55% (preferred banking)

6 months S$10,000
Citibank

3.70% (Citigold Private Client/Citigold)

3.50% (Citi Priority, Citibanking or Citi Plus)

3 months

S$10,000 (Citi Private Client/Citigold)

S$50,000 (Citi Priority, Citibanking, or Citi Plus)

DBS / POSB 3.20% 12 months S$1,000
Hong Leong Finance 3.05% 5/6 months S$20,000
HSBC 3.50% 3 months S$200,000
ICBC 3.35% (e-banking)
3.30% (over the counter)
3 months S$500 (e-banking)
S$20,000 (over the counter)
Maybank

2.65%

3.50% (Deposit Bundle Promotion)

12 / 15 months S$20,000
OCBC 2.70% (branch)
3.10% (online)
6 months S$30,000
RHB

3.30% (Premier Banking)

3.25% (Personal Banking)

6 months S$20,000
SBI

3.55% 

6 months S$50,000
Sing Investments & Finance LTD (SIF)

3.08% (CNY promo)

12 months S$50,000
Standard Chartered

[CNY online exclusive]: 3.38% (Priority Private banking) 

[CNY online exclusive]: 3.28% (Priority banking)

[CNY online exclusive]: 3.18% (Personal banking)

8 months S$25,000
UOB 3.10% 6 / 10 / 12 months S$10,000

Looking at the summary of the fixed deposit rates, you'll see that 3% p.a. appears to be average in the current interest rate climate and has been improving ever since.

Some of these promotional rates also require you to put in a minimum deposit amount to be eligible.  

Here's a closer look at the fixed deposit rates for 14 of the best providers. Note that rates are subject to change without notice.


Besides fixed deposit, you could also consider stashing your spare cash in a high-interest savings account.


Bank of China Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

Bank of China Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Interest rates (p.a.) (over the counter) Interest rates (p.a.) (mobile placement)
1 month 2.80% 2.90%
2 months 3.10% 3.20%
3 months 3.35% 3.45%
4 months 3.30% 3.40%
5 months 3.25% 3.35%
6 months 3.25% 3.35%
7 months 3.20% 3.30%
8 months 3.10% 3.20%
9 months 3.10% 3.20%
10 months 3.05% 3.15%
11 months 3.05% 3.15%
12 months 3.05% 3.15%
18 months 2.85% 2.95%
24 months 2.60% 2.70%

Bank of China offers up to 3.45% p.a. interest rate with a 3-month tenure if you open an account via mobile placement and make a minimum deposit of S$500. 

For over-the-counter transactions, the highest you can earn is 3.35% p.a. for a 3-month placement, with a minimum deposit of S$10,000.

The fixed deposit rates for BOC are updated every few months, and the rates above are based on the promotional rates listed on 29 January 2024.
 
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CIMB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

CIMB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Personal banking online promo interest rates (p.a.) for S$10,000 and above Preferred banking online promo interest rates (p.a.) for S$10,000 and above
3 months 3.45% 3.50%
6 months 3.50%  3.55%
9 months 3.35% 3.40%
12 months 3.15% 3.20%

Personal banking: CIMB currently offers a fixed deposit rates of up to 3.50% p.a. for fixed deposits with a 6-month tenure. This requires a minimum deposit of S$10,000. The promotion is from 1 February till 29 February 2024.

Preferred banking: the highest interest rate for CIMB Preferred banking customers is 3.55% p.a. for fixed deposits with a 6-month placement, again with a minimum deposit amount of S$10,000.

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Citibank Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

Citibank Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Citigold Private Client and Citigold Citi Priority, Citibanking or Citi Plus
3 months 3.60% p.a. (S$10,000 to <S$250,000)

3.70% p.a. (S$250,000 to S$3 million)
3.50% p.a. (S$50,000 to S$3 million) 
6 months 3.30% p.a. (S$10,000 to <S$250,000)

3.40% p.a. (S$250,000 to S$3 million)
3.20% p.a. (S$50,000 to S$3 million)

The interest rates for Citibank are quite generous and arguably one of the highest fixed deposit rates in the market.

Citi Private Client and Citigold members can earn up to 3.70% p.a. on deposits of S$250,000 to S$3 million for a 3-month tenure. But note that the deposits must be placed through a Relationship Manager. Citi Private Client customers need to have an asset under management (AUM) of S$1,500,000 or more, while the minimum AUM for Citigold members is S$250,000. 

Meanwhile, Citi Priority/Citibanking/Citi Plus can earn 3.50% p.a. on a 3-month tenure with Citibank, with a minimum placement of S$50,000. 

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DBS / POSB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

DBS/POSB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Interest rate 3.20% p.a.
Tenure 12 months
Minimum deposit amount S$1,000

The highest interest rate for DBS fixed deposit is 3.20% p.a. for a 12-month tenure, with a deposit of S$1,000 to S$19,999. You can check out the full DBS fixed deposit rates here.

For applicants of new placements, DBS/POSB is only accepting placements for tenures 12 months and below. This means that new applicants will still be able to enjoy the highest fixed deposit rate.

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Hong Leong Finance Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

Hong Leong Finance Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024) 
Deposit amount 5 months 6 months 8 months
S$20,000 and above 3.05% p.a. 3.05% p.a. 3.00% p.a.

Hong Leong Finance typically offers promotional rates that usually change monthly.

As of 3 February 2024, the 5- and 6-month promotional rates are 3.05% p.a. for deposits S$20,000 or more.   

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HSBC Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

HSBC Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Placement amount Promotional time deposit
3 months S$200,000 to S$2,000,000 3.50% p.a.
3 months S$30,000 to <S$200,000 3.00% p.a.
6 months S$200,000 to S$2,000,000 3.30% p.a.
6 months S$30,000 to <S$200,000 3.00% p.a.
12 months S$200,000 to S$2,000,000 3.10% p.a.
12 months S$30,000 to S$200,000 2.90% p.a.

HSBC currently offers promotional fixed deposit rates of 3.50% p.a. for a 3-month tenure with a minimum deposit of S$200,000. However, you can also make a minimum deposit of S$30,000 to earn an interest rate of 3.00% p.a..

The promotional rates are valid till 29 February 2024.

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ICBC Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

ICBC Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure E-banking (S$500 and above) Over the counter (S$20,000 and above)
1 month 2.90% p.a. 2.85% p.a.
3 months 3.35% p.a. 3.30% p.a.
6 months 3.20% p.a. 3.15% p.a.
9 months 3.10% p.a. 3.05% p.a.
1 year 3.10% p.a. 3.05% p.a.

ICBC offers one of lowest minimum deposit requirements for their fixed deposits, at just S$500 via e-banking. If you do the placement over the counter, the minimum deposit is S$20,000.

By applying via e-banking, you can receive 3.35% p.a. for a fixed deposit with a 3-month tenure. For over-the-counter placement, you'll enjoy an interest of 3.30% p.a. for a 3-month tenure. This promotion is available from now till further notice. 

With ICBC, 12 months is the longest tenure that they offer. Upon renewal of your fixed deposit, when it reaches the end of the tenure, the prevailing e-banking promotional rate for fixed deposits will automatically apply.

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Maybank Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

 iSAVvy Time Deposit Promotion - Online Placement (February 2024)
Tenure Promotional rate (p.a.)
9-month 2.55%
12-month 2.65% 
15-month 2.65%
18-month 2.35%
24-month 2.35%

For fixed deposits with Maybank (online placement), the highest available interest rate offered is 2.65% p.a. for both 12-month and 15-month tenures, with a minimum deposit amount of S$20,000.

Similarly, for branch fixed deposits, the same minimum deposit allows you to enjoy up to 2.65% p.a. for 12 and 15-month tenures. 

 Fixed Deposit Rates Promotion - Placement in Branch (February 2024)
Tenure Promotional rate (p.a.)
9-month 2.55%
12-month 2.65% 
15-month 2.65%
18-month 2.35%
24-month 2.35%

However, you can enjoy up to 3.35% p.a. interest with the Deposit Bundle Promotion (placement in branch). 

 Deposit Bundle Promotion - Placement in Branch (February 2024)
Tenure Promotional rate (p.a.)
12-month 3.35%
15-month 3.35% 
18-month 2.80%
24-month 2.80%

Here's how this bundle works:

  • Every S$1,000 deposited into selected Maybank Current or Savings accounts (min. S$2,000)
  • You can deposit S$10,000 into Deposit Bundle Promotion (min. S$20,000)
  • Receive up to 3.35% p.a. on your Deposit Bundle Promotion

The minimum deposit is S$20,000 and this bundle is available to individual, SME, and commercial banking customers.

The fresh fund required for selected Maybank Current and Savings accounts as follows:

  • Passbook Savings Account
  • Privilege Plus Savings Account
  • SaveUp Account
  • PremierOne Account
  • Current Account
  • FlexiBiz Account
  • PremierBiz Account 

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Plus, get free shares worth up to S$2,500 when you fund at least S$2,000 by 29 February 2024 and fulfil the requirements. Valid till 29 February 2024. T&Cs apply.

Also, get up to S$3,000 worth of free shares when you transfer in over USD 5,000 worth of free shares and fulfil the requirements. Valid till 29 February 2024. T&Cs apply.

 


OCBC Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

OCBC Fixed Deposit Rate (February 2024)
Tenure Promotion interest rate (p.a.)
6 months 2.70% (branch)
3.10% (online)

OCBC's fixed deposit rate is 2.70% p.a. for a 6-month tenure if you apply at an OCBC branch. However, you can enjoy 3.10% p.a. if you open an account via Internet Banking. The minimum deposit amount is S$30,000. 

Alternatively, you can also check out the OCBC 360 Account, which offers an interest rate of up to 7.65% p.a. (EIR 4.65% p.a.) on your savings.

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RHB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

RHB Fixed Deposit Rate (February 2024)
Tenure Personal Banking online placement (p.a.) Premier Banking online placement (p.a.)
3-month 3.00% 3.10%
6-month 3.25% 3.30%
12-month 3.15% 3.20%

RHB is offering a 3.30% p.a. interest rate for fixed deposits with a 6-month tenure for Premier Banking online placements.

For personal banking, you can earn 3.25% p.a. with a 6-month placement. Note that the promotional rates are subject the change without prior notice. 

You need to place a minimum deposit of S$20,000 to enjoy the fixed deposit promotional rat and apply via the RHB Mobile SG app. 

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Plus, get free shares worth up to S$2,500 when you fund at least S$2,000 by 29 February 2024 and fulfil the requirements. Valid till 29 February 2024. T&Cs apply.

Also, get up to S$3,000 worth of free shares when you transfer in over USD 5,000 worth of free shares and fulfil the requirements. Valid till 29 February 2024. T&Cs apply.

 



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SBI Singapore fixed deposit rates (February 2024)

SBI Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Interest rate (p.a.)
6 months 3.55%
12 months 3.30%

In February 2024, SBI is offering an attractive interest rate of 3.55% p.a. for 6-month tenures. You'll need to make a minimum deposit of S$50,000.

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Sing Investments & Finance LTD (SIF) Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

SIF Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenure Interest rate (p.a.)
3 months 3.00%
6 months 3.00%
12 months 3.05%

If you haven't heard of Sing Investments & Finance, it's time to get acquainted with their name if you're looking to grow your cash. 

For a limited time, they offer a competitive interest rate of 3.05% p.a. for a 12-month tenure with a minimum deposit of S$20,000

However, as part of their CNY promo, SIF is offering up to 3.08% p.a. on your deposits, with a minimum placement of S$50,000. You'll also get a free abalone as part of the deal. 

SIF Fixed Deposit Rates (CNY promo)
Tenure Interest rate (p.a.)
5 months 3.00%
12 months 3.08%

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Standard Chartered Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

Standard Chartered Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
  Priority Private Banking  Priority Banking  Promotional
Interest rate 3.30% p.a. 3.20% p.a. 3.10% p.a.
Tenure 6 months 6 months 6 months
Minimum deposit amount S$25,000 S$25,000 S$25,000

For fresh funds deposits, Standard Chartered's Priority Private banking clients enjoy the highest interest rate of 3.30% p.a. for their fixed deposits with a 8-month tenure. 

For the same duration, SCB priority banking customers get to enjoy 3.20% p.a. while personal banking customers can earn 3.10% p.a. for fresh deposits from now till 29 February 2024.

That said, Standard Chartered is running its CNY fixed deposit promo for 8-month tenures; Priority Private banking customers can enjoy 3.38% p.a. while priority banking and personal banking customers can get 3.28% and 3.18% p.a., respectively. 

Standard Chartered CNY Online Exclusive (February 2024)
  Priority Private Banking  Priority Banking  Promotional
Interest rate 3.38% p.a. 3.28% p.a. 3.18% p.a.
Tenure 8 months 8 months 8 months

Regardless of your banking tier, the minimum deposit is S$25,000. If you're looking for tenures longer than nine months, Standard Chartered only offers tenures of nine months and above to existing time deposits that are on auto-rollover. It's currently not available for new placements.

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UOB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)

UOB Fixed Deposit Rates (February 2024)
Tenor 6 / 10 / 12 months
Deposit amount S$10,000 and above
Promotional interest rate (p.a.) 3.10% 

For February, UOB's promotional fixed deposit rate has been revised to 3.10% p.a. for a 6/10/12-month tenure, with a minimum deposit of S$10,000. The promotional period is from 1 February to 29 February 2024.

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What are the pros and cons of using fixed deposits?

Before you go hunting for the best fixed deposit rate in Singapore, do keep in mind both the benefits and pitfalls of keeping your money in fixed deposits. 

Fixed deposits aside, other low-risk products you can consider include: Singapore Savings Bonds, fixed-income products, savings accounts, endowment plans, insurance savings plans and cash management accounts

Low risk low returns investment vehicles

However, with low risk also comes low returns. 

If you're looking to grow your wealth, you can instead consider investing in a globally diversified portfolio offered by robo-advisors, or do it yourself by purchasing securities using a brokerage account

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Fixed deposits vs Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs): Which is better?  

Another popular low-risk investment product you can find in Singapore is the Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB). 

Both fixed deposits and SSBs require you to invest a fixed amount of cash, for a predetermined period of time in order to earn returns.

For fixed deposits, the tenure can range from one month to three years. For SSBs, you earn higher interest only in the later years — this encourages applicants to hold on to their SSBs for the entire ten-year duration.

What is it: SSBs are a type of Singapore Government Securities (SGS) issued and backed by the Singapore government. At issuance, interest rates for the entire 10-year term are fixed and locked in for each issue. This interest rate differs with every month’s issue and is fixed based on the average SGS yields the month before.

SSBs allow you to earn step-up interest on your savings. The interest rate starts low, increasing every year until Year 10. The longer you hold onto your SSB, the more interest you receive. Interest is paid every six months and will be automatically credited into the bank account that is linked to your CDP Securities account. 

Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) investors can also use their SRS funds to invest in SSBs. 

Read more about fixed-income products such as SSBs.

This month's SSB rates: 

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ssb feb 2024

Source: MAS

Like fixed deposits, the interest returns for SSBs will differ each month.

Pros of Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs) Cons of Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs)
Risk-free, fully backed by the government of Singapore.  Low interest rates, with higher interest rates only earned towards the end of the 10 years
Low minimum amount of S$500 required  Up to S$200,000 per individual 
High liquidity. You can withdraw your money at any time, with no penalties. You will, however, lose out on the higher interest rates in the later years. SSB interest rates change every month for every issuance
Can use your SRS funds to purchase SSBs Transaction fee of S$2 charged for each application and redemption request
How to apply for SSBs in Singapore

However, the current low interest rates have made both savings types less attractive, with insurance savings plans and cash management accounts growing in popularity by offering higher rates of returns.

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Fixed deposits vs savings accounts: Which to choose? 

Besides fixed deposits and SSBs, you can also consider savings accounts to keep your cash liquid. These savings accounts can earn an interest rate of up to 7.88% p.a. However, many of these accounts require you to jump through hoops to earn the higher interest rates.

 

What is it: Savings accounts allow you to earn interest on the money you keep in the account. With yields of up to 7.88% p.a., how much interest you earn depends on the conditions of the savings account. 

Some savings accounts, such as the CIMB FastSaver, do not set any conditions to earn interest, apart from you keeping your money in the account. 

Other accounts, such as the DBS Multiplier, OCBC 360 and UOB One, make you work for your money. These high-yield savings accounts have a level-up criteria such as crediting your salary, spending on one of the bank's credit cards, purchasing insurance or investment products, or taking up a loan to earn higher interest rates.

Current rates: Savings accounts have more unpredictability. Over the past year, the interest rates of savings accounts have seen downward revisions. Unlike fixed deposits or SSBs where the interest rate you earn over the months and years is set in stone from the start, savings accounts can see changes on short notice. 

Earn higher interest on your savings with that Citi Plus Account that goes beyond a regular savings account.

Here's an overview of the interest rates you can potentially get with the various banks in Singapore. 

Savings account 
Maximum interest rate (p.a.)
Bank of China Smart$aver
7.00%
3.50%
Citi Interest Booster
4.00%
4.10%
GXS Savings Account
2.68% 
Maybank Save Up
4.00% 
7.65%
RHB High Yield Savings Account
7.00%
Standard Chartered Bonus$aver
7.88%
Trust Savings Account
2.50%
7.80%
UOB Stash Account
5.00%

Again, do keep in mind that many of these savings accounts have multiple criteria for you to earn higher interest. 

Pros of savings accounts Cons of savings accounts
Higher interest rates than fixed deposits and SSBs Might have to jump through hoops to earn higher interest
High liquidity. Money can be put in and taken out anytime. Interest rates subject to change anytime, although banks tend to give a few weeks notice before the change
No minimum period required to earn interest. You earn interest every day the money is in the account.  Could incur fall-below fees or early account closure fees

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Frequently Asked Questions about fixed deposits

How can I get the maximum returns from a fixed deposit?

Fixed deposit interest rates are dependent on the tenure of the fixed deposit. To get the highest possible interest rate on offer, you'll have to look at the tenure the bank is offering and whether you're comfortable with that tenure for your fixed deposit.

Promotional fixed deposit interest rates could also have higher minimum deposits required, such as S$10,000 or S$20,000. You'll need to be willing to deposit that amount for that specific tenure in order to enjoy those interest rates. 

Can I withdraw my fixed deposit before the tenure is up? 

Yes, you can withdraw your fixed deposit before the tenure is up. However, you will likely lose any interest returns that you have earned. Other terms and conditions may also apply depending on the bank policies.

Can I top up a fixed deposit account?

Unlike a savings account, you can't top up your fixed deposit. When you open a fixed deposit account, the sum of money you put into the account stays there until the end of the fixed deposit tenure.

If you want to put more money into a fixed deposit, what you can do instead is open another fixed deposit account. Keep in mind that the interest rates for the new fixed deposit account could differ based on the bank's current promotion.

What are the requirements to open a fixed deposit account?

If you are an existing account holder, you will have to log in to the bank's internet banking platform to open a fixed deposit. If you do not have an existing account with the bank, you might be required to open an account. This would require the following:

  • Front and back of your NRIC (for Singaporeans / PRs)
  • Passport and Employment Pass (for foreigners)
  • Proof of residential address

How do I apply for a fixed deposit account?

You can apply for a fixed deposit with any bank in Singapore. Upon application, you will have to transfer your funds into the fixed deposit account to start earning interest on your money.

Do keep in mind that promotional fixed deposit rates typically also require your deposits to be fresh funds. This means that it can't be money you're transferring from a savings account (with the same bank) to the fixed deposit. 

Are fixed deposits taxable in Singapore?

No, the interest received from deposits with approved banks or licensed finance companies in Singapore is not taxable.

Can foreigners open fixed deposits in Singapore?

Yes. If you are a foreigner, you will need your passport, proof of address, and an Employment Pass/Dependent Pass/S Pass/Student Pass or Long-Term Visit Pass, whichever is applicable.

Can I open a fixed deposit using foreign currency?

Yes, besides Singapore dollar deposits, you can also put your foreign currencies in fixed deposits. Many banks offer fixed deposits for common foreign currencies like the US dollar, Australian dollar, Euro, and British pound sterling. You might even find higher fixed deposit interest rates for foreign currency deposits!

Check the fine print for terms and conditions related to conversion fees or auto-renewal clauses and remember to shop around for the best promotional rate before locking in your savings.

Why should I open a fixed deposit account?

Fixed deposit interest rates are generally low and promotional rates often come with a higher minimum deposit requirement. 

However, there are situations when opening a fixed deposit account could be an attractive option:

  • You're sitting on a considerable amount of cash that is earning a meagre 0.05% p.a. in an ordinary savings account.
  • You want a virtually risk-free investment option. Even if something happens to the bank, your deposits and interest earned are still protected (up to S$75,000 thanks to the SDIC). 
  • You want regular cash flow. Interest payments are paid out regularly at quarterly or annual intervals. 
  • You need liquidity in your investments. A partial or full withdrawal of fixed deposits can be done at any time so your cash remains liquid. However, you might lose out on any interest to be paid if the money is withdrawn before the fixed deposit reaches full maturity. 

Other low-risk, low-returns products include: 

If you're looking to truly grow your money, look away from fixed deposits and towards investing. One way to start is with a robo-advisor that offers a well-diversified portfolio tailored to your investment goals and risk appetite. 

 

When's the best time to open a fixed deposit account? 

Fixed deposit rates are highly dependent on the current interest rate environment. In today's low interest rate environment, you can expect fixed deposits to have lower interest rates, similar to how savings accounts have also been lowering the interest you can earn in the account.

So unless you're sitting on a mountain of idle cash, it's best to wait for an attractive promotional rate from the bank before committing (banks typically change their rates monthly). In general, such interest rates can range from 0.6% to 1.5% p.a., but higher interest rates could also come with higher minimum deposit requirements.  

As with all financial decisions, you should also consider the opportunity costs. In the case of fixed deposits, consider that the money could have been invested in higher yield investment products, or spent on some form of appreciating asset. 

Remember, once your money is deposited, it is locked in until the fixed deposit hits maturity (unless you're willing to forgo any interest you've earned by withdrawing early). 

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