Singapore is a commercial hub, currently there are 140 commercial and 80 merchant banks.It is always advisable before opening a bank account you must browse all information , what facilities different banks offers.There are several banks in singapore such as HSBC, citibank, abn amro, dbs , Standard Chartered etc.All these banks are famous for their customer services, you can choose any of the them.
Some of the well known Singapore Banks
United Overseas (UOB) : It is one of the best bank in singapore, has branches in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China.UOB provide a lots of services such as life assurance, general insurance, corporate finance, investment banking, commercial and corporate , private , personal financial services and asset management.
Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) : OCBC in Singapore was formed in the year 1932 by the merged of OCBC , Chinese Commercial Bank Limited, the Ho Hong Bank Limited and the Oversea-Chinese Bank Limited. The main aim of bank is solving the financial needs of the customers for both personal and business purposes.
Development Bank of Singapore (DBS): It is one of the top bank of singapore .DBS enjoys the top most positions in consumer banking, management of assets, securities brokerage, treasury and markets, equity and debt fund raising.It is one of the leading bank in singapore and working with a aim to solve the customer problem.
Citibank: The main branch of Citibank in Singapore is located at MacDonald House in Orchard Road. It offers full bank services and shares its ATM network with HSBC, ABN AMRO, Standard Chartered and Maybank. Citibank in Singapore is a branch of Citibank N.A of the United States.
Types of bank account in Singapore
Current accounts It is used for everyday banking. It is require a minimum balance be maintained. Interest rates paid on current accounts are mainly low
Savings accounts Basically saving accounts pay a higher rate of interest than current accounts. Savings accounts require a minimum balance to be maintained
Fixed-deposit accounts This account is used for long-term saving, with interest rates offered typically higher than either current or savings accounts.
Opening a account in singapore
In order to open a bank account you require:
1. A photocopy of your passport , it act like a Identity proof.
2.Employer’s letter : Bank only open account , if you are a resident or have an employment visa.
3.A recent phone bill
4.A copy of residence proof.
5.Initial Deposit : a intial deposit is required to deposit in the account.
Most of the banks of singapore works from 9.30 a.m to 3 p.m (Monday to friday)
9.30a.m to 11.30 on saturday.
What you get with your bank account
Services of accounts various from banks, and depending upon type of account you choose , you will recieve a cheque book, ATMcard and Network for Electronic Transfers.