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CIMB StarSaver Account Review: Great For Large Balances

Deborah Gan

Deborah Gan

Last updated 10 January, 2024

Want a savings account that gives you high interest without having to hit multiple requirements? CIMB StarSaver (Savings) Account might be your holy grail, offering up to 3.50% p.a. interest rate.


Best savings accounts on SingSaver

Standard Chartered Bonus$aver Account | OCBC 360 UOB Stash Account | Citi Wealth First Account | UOB One Account | Wealth$aver Priority Banking


When it comes to the best savings accounts in Singapore, I’m sure you’ve heard your fair share of the DBS Multiplier and UOB One Account come up in conversations, and for good reason: they both boast high-interest rates of up to 4.65% and 7.8% p.a. respectively.  

But let’s be real, unless you’ve been in the working world for a long time, are wealthy, or are just stacked with emergency funds, not many people can hit the six-figure bank balance required to reach the highest interest.

Looking for a good high-interest savings account without fussing over minimum credit card spend or large funds? Maybe what you need is the CIMB StarSaver (Savings) Account. Not only does it not require any heavy lifting on your part, but the base interest is actually one of the best out there.

 

 

 

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How does CIMB StarSaver (Savings) Account Work?


The CIMB StarSaver Account works more like a traditional savings account where the only requirement is to park your savings; there's no need to jump through hoops to earn higher interest, whether it's crediting your salary, spending with your credit card, taking a home loan, etc.

You'll earn 1.50% p.a. base interest on your first S$100,000, 2.50% p.a. on the next S$150,000, and 3.50% p.a. for amounts above S$250,000.

This is unlike most savings accounts which offer a "step-up" interest where the base interest usually starts from around 0.05% p.a. and gradually increases for each criterion that you fulfil.  

Account balance

Prevailing interest rates (p.a.)

First S$100,000

1.50%

Next S$150,000

2.50%

Above S$250,000

3.50%

The interest reflected here is as easy as it gets. As soon as you reach the required account balance, you can earn the interest. You can read the full T&Cs here.
Furthermore, unlike other saving accounts which impose an interest cap after a certain amount, the CIMB StarSaver Account doesn't have an interest cap.
This means you can continue to enjoy a high interest rate regardless of the amount you have with a bank, even if you have large balances. 

 


What are the benefits of CIMB StarSaver Account?

#1 No hoops to jump through

What truly makes CIMB StarSaver Account stand out from the rest is the lack of requirements you’ll have to fulfil in order to earn higher interest.

Many savings accounts require you to credit your salary, spend a minimum on their corresponding credit card or increase your balance per month. However, this savings account doesn’t need you to do all that. All you’ve got to do is to park your funds into your account and you’re good to go. The higher the funds, the higher the interest you can earn.

So say goodbye to stressing over the credit card minimum spend and purchasing home loans or insurance plans under the same bank just to qualify for higher interest. 

#2 No fall-below fees

We shouldn’t be punished for having a low bank balance. Besides, everyone has their own financial situation and sometimes, we may just need to withdraw large sums in cases of emergency. We shouldn’t need to worry about paying a fall-below fee.

CIMB recognises this and reaffirms that a savings account should help you earn money and not cost you money. That is why they do not charge any fall-below fees. 

Always worrying about spending too much, so your bank balance doesn’t fall below the required amount? With CIMB StarSaver account, you no longer need to!

#3 Increasing interest with higher balance — perfect for high-earners

Unlike other banks that may offer a lower interest rate when your bank balance becomes too high, CIMB rewards you for parking your large funds with them. You’ll be able to earn the maximum interest rate of 3.50% p.a. even if your balance is above S$250,000. What’s even better is that there is no cap as to how high your funds will go in order to hit the maximum interest.

So unlike other banks that offer lower interest once you hit a certain balance and forces you to switch to another savings account, CIMB Starsaver can be your primary savings account or emergency funds account for high-earners with a high net worth.

Are you a high-net-worth individual? You can consider parking your funds in a priority banking account to enjoy the host of lifestyle and banking perks, including a dedicated Relationship Manager.

 

 

 


Comparison of other savings accounts

If you’re still thinking of which high-yield savings account to pick, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the interest rates you’ll be able to earn with other strong contenders. 

The practical interest to be earned is based on an average Singaporean who credits their salary of S$4,000 to their savings account, spends S$500 on the corresponding credit card, saves at least S$500 monthly, and has S$30,000 in their savings account. Here’s how CIMB’s solution fares against some of its competitors out there. 

Savings account Minimum interest rate (p.a.) Maximum interest rate (p.a.) Practical annual interest rate
CIMB StarSaver 1.50% 3.50% 1.50% 
CIMB FastSaver 1.50% 3.50% 1.50%
DBS Multiplier 0.05% 4.10% 1.80%
UOB One Account 0.05% 7.80% 3.85%
BOC SmartSaver 0.15% 7.00% 3.50%
OCBC 360 Account 0.05% 7.65% 3.85%


UOB One Account

Of the lot, the UOB One Account takes the cake for the highest 'practical' interest that you can earn at 3.85% p.a.

To achieve this, you’ll need:

  • A bank balance of maximum S$30,000; 
  • Spend a minimum S$500 on a UOB card; and 
  • Credit your salary through GIRO 
Account monthly average balance 
Spend min. S$500 per calendar month on eligible UOB Card
Total interest (p.a.)
Spend min. S$500 per calendar month on eligible UOB Card and make 3 GIRO debit transactions
Spend min. S$500 on eligible UOB Card and credit your salary via GIRO
Total interest (p.a.)
First S$30,000 0.65% 2.5% 3.85%
Next S$30,000 0.65% 3% 3.9%
Next S$15,000 0.65% 4% 4.85%
Next S$25,000 0.05% 0.05% 7.8%
Above S$100,000 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%

Any balance above S$30,000 will earn you an even higher interest rate. However, once your funds hit above S$100,000, your interest rate will be dropped to the base interest of 0.05% p.a.

Though they both have a higher interest rate, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops to get it. So it really depends on whether you’re willing to commit to the minimum spend on the corresponding credit cards. 

Additionally, if your bank balance hits a certain amount, your interest rate drops significantly.

OCBC 360 Account

Account balance Credit your salary of at least S$1,800 through GIRO Increase your average daily balance by at least S$500 monthly Charge at least S$500 to selected OCBC credit cards each month Purchase an eligible insurance product form OCBC Purchase an eligible investment product from OCBC Maintain an average daily balance of at least S$200,000
First S$75,000 2% 1.2% 0.6% 1.2% 1.2% 2.4%
Next S$25,000 4% 2.4% 0.6% 2.4% 2.4% 2.4%
Effective interest rate* 2.5% 1.5% 0.6% 1.5% 1.5% 2.4%

Aside from the UOB One Savings Account, the OCBC 360 Account also offers an interest rate of up to 3.85% p.a. on your first S$75,000 if you meet the following criteria:

Condition

Interest rate (p.a.)

Credit at least S$1,800 of your salary monthly

2.00%

Increase your average daily balance by at least S$500 monthly

1.20%

Charge at least S$500 to your OCBC credit card each month

0.60%

Base interest rate

0.05%

Total interest

3.85%

*For maximum EIR illustration purposes for your first S$100,000:
Salary + Save: You will earn a maximum EIR of 4.05% a year.
Salary + Save + Spend: You will earn a maximum EIR of 4.65% a year.
Salary + Save + Spend + Insure / Invest: You will earn a maximum EIR of 6.15% a year.
Salary + Save + Spend + Insure + Invest: You will earn a maximum EIR of 7.65% a year.

Note that eligible OCBC Cards include the OCBC 365, OCBC NXT, OCBC 90°N or OCBC Titanium Rewards Credit Card

 

CIMB FastSaver: best no-frills savings account 

Similar to the CIMB StarSaver Account, the CIMB FastSaver Account is a no-frills account where you don't have to jump through hoops to earn high interest.

But unlike the StarSaver Account, the CIMB FastSaver Account has lower requirements; you can earn 3.50% on your first S$75,000.

However, the downside is the interest rate drops to 0.80% p.a. for balances above S$75,000. As such, the CIMB FastSaver Account isn't ideal for those with balances above S$75,000.  

Account balance

Prevailing interest rates (p.a.)

First S$25,000

1.50%

Next S$25,000

2.50%

Next S$25,000

3.50%

Above S$75,000

0.80%

That said, if you prefer a low-maintenance savings account where you don't need to worry about requirements such as meeting a minimum crediting card spending, crediting your salary, etc., then the CIMB FastSaver Account is also worth considering.

 

Related to this topic:
DBS Multiplier Review
UOB One Savings Account Review 
CIMB FastSaver Account Review 
OCBC 360 Account Review
UOB Stash Account Review 

 

 


How do I apply for CIMB StarSaver (Savings) Account?

To apply for the CIMB StarSaver (Savings) Account, you need to be at least 16 years old and make a minimum deposit of S$1,000. But since CIMB doesn’t charge a fall-below fee, you can withdraw the money anytime. If you’re below 16 years old, you need to open an In-Trust account with a parent or legal guardian.

  • Step 1: Apply through MyInfo
  • Step 2: Upon successful application, activate your account by transferring a minimum deposit of S$1,000 via FAST
  • Step 3: Download CIMB Clicks to access your account and set up your Digital Token

Are there any ongoing promotions?

Though there aren’t any promotions for opening a CIMB StarSaver account, there are ongoing CIMB credit card sign-up promotions on SingSaver, including the CIMB Visa Signature.

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SingSaver Exclusive Offer: Receive Apple AirPods Pro (worth $365.70) or +PLUS Chelsea Check-In 22" Luggage (worth S$449) or S$280 cash via PayNow upon activating and spending min. $988 for 60-day periods following card approval. Valid until 31 March 2024. T&Cs apply.

Our Best Deal Guarantee promises you the best deal only with SingSaver. If you find a better offer elsewhere, submit a claim, and we'll reward you with double the difference. Valid till 31 March 2024. T&Cs apply.

Else, there are many other attractive sign-up promotions for other credit cards too.

A mahjong addict with an undying love for dogs, Deborah is always on the hunt for cheap deals because she is always broke. That is why she is attempting to be more financially savvy to be.. less broke

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