Asked on 24 Nov 2019
What are the pros and cons for both and which would you recommend?
Top Contributor (Dec)
Quite a number of differences between both accounts, so it does depend on whether you bank with OCBC or DBS, if your home loan is with any of the banks, etc. I will highlight the key points here.
OCBC 360 can award bonus interest just by the crediting of your salary, whereas DBS cannot
OCBC 360 needs $2000/mth salary credit as a minimum. DBS requires your 'transactions' with them to be more than $2000/mth to get the first layer of bonus interest
OCBC 360 bonus interest caps at $70K spread over the first $35K and the next $35K, DBS is $100K over the first $50K and the next $50K
The theoretical maximum interest is higher on DBS
Husband and wife can credit salary to a joint DBS account which will trigger the multiplier bonuses on their individual accounts (no word from OCBC on this)
OCBC award extra interest just by ensuring you increase your account balance. DBS does not
Both award interest if you get insurance or investment products from them, but I would caution against it.
OCBC needs a minimum spend of $500 on thier credit cards, DBS just needs you to spend any amount
Those are the key considerations, in my view. So keep them in mind when deciding which would suit you better.
Indepth comparison done by Seedly previously below https://blog.seedly.sg/best-savings-accounts-singapore/ The big gotcha for OCBC 360 is that to qualify for credit card spend requirement needs 500 of spend per month whereas DBS is anything... best to readc through conditions and see how your own transaction pattern would go with requirements.