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Asked on 06 Sep 2019

Does it seem that the DBS Multiplier is not as competitive compared to the UOB one account due to some conditions?

For DBS multiplier, other than the salary credited, it seems that you would need the CC expenses of $1 and the investment/insurance category to meet the criteria but both investment/insurance category is only valid for the 1st 12 months.

On the other hand, I already have a UOB one card and a UOB one account. Would it make more sense to change my salary to be credited to UOB one instead?

Ps: I already have DBS invest saver but it was bought before multiplier account, and I do not use DBS CC.


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Nicholes Wong
Nicholes Wong
Level 8. Wizard
Updated on 06 Sep 2019

I would say both have its own strength and weakness. For DBS Multiplier, you can hit actually hit salary crediting, credit card spending and investment category. If you were to do a SSB ladder, you can get the investment category part of the crediting dividends as long as they don't change the criteria. All you need to do is to buy 6 months of SSBs consecutively and make sure your CDP is connected to DBS/POSB account. This way, after the 6 months of buying SSBs, you will receive SSBs interest every month for 10 years which will count as investment category under DBS multiplier. SSB minimum amount is $500 every time so it will take you at least $3,000 but of course, you can put more if you want to. The more transactions you have with DBS, the more interest you get. But for me their credit card doesn't really suit me, they have slightly higher minimum monthly balance, an additional step which is the SSB ladder and I don't have that much transactions in the first place.

For UOB one, their credit card gives cashback for most stuff although you have to spend at least $500. (not very hard if have fixed expenses that UOB one give cashback.) Their EIR or effective interest rate is only 2.44% if you have 75k in the UOB one account. They also allow 3 giro transactions instead of salary credit so a bit different as well which means if you plan to keep a big amount of money with the banks you can do both DBS multiplier and UOB one at the same time with a single salary crediting. The headache part is if you don't hit $500 for a single time, you won't get the interest and you won't get the cashback for the quarter.

Overall, just choose the accounts and credit cards that suit your need the most.


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