Privilege Banking: What’s In It For You and Your Money

Ching Sue Mae

Ching Sue Mae

Last updated 22 July, 2022

Made for the affluent, privilege banking services offer luxury at every turn. Here are the perks you can bask in as a privilege banking client. 

A world of personalised wealth management services beckons, if you find yourself drawn to the appeal of privilege banking. Perhaps you are mulling over what the next natural step is in your wealth journey – this might be it; but to enroll yourself into a bank’s privilege banking programme, the requirement is typically a sizable amount in assets. This could be hundreds of thousands of dollars or a couple million dollars.

There are various tiers of privilege banking, all dependent on how much money you are investing with the bank. For example, with Citibank, whether you have a Citigold relationship or a Citigold Private Client relationship all depends on the funds you deposit or invest with Citibank.

  Citigold relationship Citigold Private Client relationship 
Eligibility  >S$250,000 >S$1,500,000

Privilege banking matters in the wealth journey – this is why


#1 Personalised advisory services

Privilege banking clients have the privilege of having a dedicated relationship manager – someone you can reach out to for investment advice, provide you with details on the latest  investment offerings and help you execute your investment transactions.

While the technology and digital tools we have available today make it easier and more convenient to manage finances, this might not be the case for those with a large portfolio size that spans multiple asset classes. 

With hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in assets, it might be worthwhile having your dedicated relationship manager handle your portfolio instead.

For example, Citigold clients can rest easy knowing that the relationship manager will advise you on your investment decisions according to your financial situation, goals and preferences. The Citigold Wealth advisory team will also help you to tap into wealth building opportunities all over the world.

For a more hands-on approach, privileged clients have a direct channel to experts, tapping on their vast investment knowledge and insights to hit a new high in the wealth journey. 

#2 Invest in only the best

Citigold clients get access to the best-in-class investment and insurance products, including unit trusts professionally managed by the world's fund management companies, and a range of fixed income securities issued by governments and corporations. 

Know your risk level, step up your investment game 

Level Risk  Asset Classes
1 Low risk Savings accounts, Fixed deposits, Endowment plans, Bonds, Government bonds, Cash, Money market funds
2 Moderate risk Unit trusts / Mutual funds, Stocks, Exchange Traded Funds, Real Estate 
3 High risk Futures, Options, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, Collectibles

Disclaimer: This table serves as a general classification of asset classes and is not representative of Citi’s risk profiling of investment products

  • Level 1: With your emergency funds, it’s best to keep the cash in low risk products that also offer some liquidity should the need arise, such as savings accounts and government bonds. 
  • Level 2: Having your emergency funds set allows you to start growing your money with investment products that come with a moderate degree of risk. 
  • Level 3: To gun for higher returns, you could consider products that come with higher risk. However, due to the risk and volatility of such products, a prudent investor would allocate a smaller portion of their portfolio to these investment types.

To make your portfolio more resilient, strive to diversify your investments. This means spreading your eggs across multiple baskets, diversifying across asset classes and geographies. 

Citigold clients also enjoy access to the Total Wealth Advisor, a goal-based wealth advisory tool that allows you to plan, monitor and manage your portfolio via Citibank Online or your Citi Mobile®App.

Citi’s Total Wealth Advisor (for illustration purposes only)

#3 Bring your investments to the next level with insights from the experts 

What future trends are coming our way? Will electric vehicle stocks continue to breach new highs? Will technology stocks remain an attractive addition to portfolios? 

See what the professionals are saying. Citigold clients can tap on Citi’s global wealth insights — content that touches on the market outlook, investment opportunities, megatrends, macro environment and much more — to guide their investment decisions.

For instance, get nuggets of wisdom on the latest long term trends, such as the likes of ESG investing.  

Ready to level up? Find out how you can make your money work harder and smarter for you. Enjoy your own dedicated relationship manager and privileged access to a whole suite of preferential rates with Priority Banking. Compare your options.

#4 Unlock upgraded interest rates for your savings account

Unlock higher interest rates in savings accounts made for those with deep pockets. With the Citi Wealth First Account, you stand to earn up to 2.8% p.a., with your interest rate being determined by the number of actions you carry out, namely by spending, investing, getting insured, borrowing for your home and saving. 

As a privilege banking client, you enjoy these interest rates on a significantly higher average daily balance as compared to the average Citibank customer. This means the first S$100,000 or first S$150,000 in your account can earn up to 2.8% p.a.!

To enjoy the bonus interest entitlement under the Citi Wealth First Account, you must maintain the minimum Total Relationship Balance of S$250,000 for Citigold and S$1,500,000 for Citigold Private Client. 

#5 Indulge in luxurious perks 

Map out your finances in a dreamy Wealth Hub.

Image of Citi Wealth Hub

Citigold and Citigold private clients enjoy access to the Citi Wealth Hub — Citi’s largest wealth advisory hub dedicated to privilege banking clients. Located in the heart of Orchard Road, you can have private and in-depth wealth advisory consultations with your relationship manager and specialists.  

Citi Wealth Hub’s indoor conservatory will also host bespoke lifestyle events, investment workshops and more for Citigold clients in time to come.


SingSaver Exclusive Offer: Receive an Apple iPad Air 5th Gen (worth S$887.20) or a Hinomi H1 Pro Ergonomic Office Chair (worth S$999) or S$800 Cash when you make a min. deposit of S$250,000 within 3 months of account opening. Valid till 28 February 2023. T&Cs apply.

Plus, enjoy exclusie rates of up too 3.88% p.a. on SGD Time Deposits, with a min. S$10,000 fresh fund deposit.  T&Cs apply.

This is applicable to all new to bank customers who do not have an existing Citigold or Citibank current/savings account. If you own a Citibank credit card or personal loan, you will still be eligible. T&Cs apply.

You'll also enjoy exclusive privileges, from personalised wealth advisories to a dedicated Relationship Manager – all to close the gap to your financial milestones.

Grow your wealth with exclusive privileges 

If you’re 18 years and above, with S$250,000 or more, you can start enjoying the luxuries of privilege banking.

If the benefits above aren’t enticing enough, Citigold puts the cherry on top by offering up to S$7,076 cashback throughout the year, for new to bank customers. This cash reward will be credited into your primary Citi savings or current account. 

Here’s how you can earn this cashback:



Alternatively, you can also check out what other banks have to offer when it comes to priority banking accounts.

This article is written in partnership with Citibank.

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A flat white, an adventure-filled travel and a good workout is her fuel. Sue Mae enjoys sharing knowledge on personal finance while chasing the dream of financial independence.