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Best Fixed Deposit Rates Singapore (Feb 2024): UOB, OCBC, DBS, Maybank & More

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There are a lot of places to park your money. And sometimes, you just have a considerable amount of money lying around that you don’t really wanna risk.

Source: SpongeBob SquarePants | Giphy

Enter fixed deposits (or time deposits), an extremely low-risk way to grow your money without losing your capital. It is where you can leave your money, forget about it, and return later to collect the interest. Every bank offers different interest rates, which typically vary according to the minimum deposit amount and agreed-upon tenor.

So, which bank offers the best fixed deposit rates in Singapore?

Let’s find out!


TL;DR: Best Fixed Deposit Rates Singapore (Feb 2024)

  • Best 3-month fixed deposit rate: Citibank (3.50% p.a., minimum $5,000)
  • Best 6-month fixed deposit rate: CIMB (3.50% – 3.55% p.a., minimum $10,000)
  • Best 12-month fixed deposit rate: Maybank (3.35% p.a., minimum $20,000)

The best rates above are for minimum investment amounts of below $50,000 and for new-to-bank customers without fulfilling special criteria, i.e. priority/preferred banking.

Banks (Click to teleport and view all fixed deposits offered by the respective banks)Tenor (Months)Promotion's Minimum/
Qualifying Amount (SGD)
Promotional Interest Rate (p.a.)Valid Till
CIMB6 months$10,000Preferred Banking:
3.55%

Personal Banking:
3.50%
29 Feb 2024
Citibank3 months$50,000
(Fresh funds)
3.50%29 Feb 2024
HSBC3 months$200,0003.50%29 Feb 2024
Bank of China3 months$5,000Mobile Banking: 3.45% Further notice
Sing Investments & Finance Limited (SIF)3 months$20,000
(Fresh funds)
3.40%Further notice
Maybank12, 15 months$20,000
(Fresh funds)
3.35%*Further notice
ICBC3 months$500E-banking: 3.35%Further notice
RHB6 months$20,000Premier Customers: 3.30%

Personal Customers: 3.25%
Further notice
DBS12 months - 60 months
$1,0003.20%Further notice
Standard Chartered8 months$25,000
(Fresh funds)
Priority Private Banking:
3.30%

Priority Banking:
3.20%

Promotional Rate:
3.10%
29 Feb 2024
Hong Leong Finance3, 6, 8 months$20,0003.10%Further notice
UOB3, 6, 12 months$10,000
(Fresh funds)
3.10%29 Feb 2024
OCBC6 months$30,000
(Fresh funds)
E-banking: 3.10%Further notice

*For every $1,000 deposited into Maybank Current or Savings Accounts (min. $2,000), you can deposit $10,000 into the Deposit Bundle Promotion ($20,000)

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Disclaimer: The information provided by Seedly serves as an educational piece and is not intended to be personalised investment advice. ​Readers should always do their own due diligence and consider their financial goals before investing in any investment product. Information is accurate as of 2 Feb 2024.


What is a Fixed Deposit Account?

Fixed deposits – also known as time deposit accounts – give you a guaranteed interest amount for the money you put in over a specified period.

Advantages of Fixed Deposit

Fixed deposits are popular among some Singaporeans due to a few reasons:

  • Virtually risk-free: Up to $75,000 of the amount is insured by Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC)
  • Guaranteed returns: By locking up an amount of money, it helps a particular group of people save better
  • Tax-free interest: The interest you earn from your fixed deposit sum is exempted from tax in Singapore.
  • High liquidity: Despite what many seem to think, you may withdraw your money from fixed deposits at any time but incur early withdrawal fees.

Disadvantages of Fixed Deposit

For the additional interest rate, parking your money into a fixed deposit has its cons, too:

  • Less flexibility: You’ll give up the liquidity of your savings for a fixed amount of time to get the interest
  • Early withdrawal fees: Withdrawing your money before the deposit reaches its maturity date will mean receiving less interest
  • Minimum deposit amount required: Fixed deposit usually requires a minimum amount of anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000.

How Do Fixed Deposit Rates Compare to Guaranteed Cash Management Portfolios?

Syfe Cash+ Guaranteed & StashAway Simple Guaranteed

Guaranteed cash management portfolios are investment products that invest your funds into fixed deposits at partner banks.

When you invest in them, you will be locking up your cash for a fixed period and enjoying a guaranteed fixed rate of return.

But wait, how is this different from investing in a fixed deposit directly? Here’s a table to explain the key differences:

Investment Product"Guaranteed" Cash Management PortfolioFixed Deposits
Tenor/Term3 - 6 monthsUp to 24 months
LiquidityNone (withdrawal only at end of term)High (but with fees)
Minimum Investment AmountNone or as low as $1Typically $5,000 and above depending on bank
InsuranceNo SDIC coverage on an individual level.

Up to $75k SDIC coverage applies to the bank account(s) used by the company.
Insured by SDIC up to $75k on an individual basis

One key difference that I would like to highlight is that there is absolutely ZERO liquidity when you invest in these guaranteed cash management portfolios. This means that you can neither withdraw nor top-up your funds invested until the term is over. So make sure that you don’t need that money for the specified period.

 Syfe Cash+ GuaranteedStashAway Simple Guaranteed
Returns (p.a.) (lock-in period)3.9% (3 months)
3.6% (6 months)
3.5% (12 months)
3.8% (3 months)
3.7% (1, 6 months)
3.3% (12 months)
Minimum Investment AmountNone$1
FundingCashCash/SRS
FeesNone
LiquidityNone (Withdrawal only at end of term)
InsuranceNo SDIC coverage on an individual level.

Up to $75k SDIC coverage applies to the bank account(s) used by the company.
Underlying InvestmentsFixed deposits with a bank

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How Do Fixed Deposit Rates Compare to The Best Savings Accounts in Singapore?

When it comes to savings accounts, there are some hoops you have to jump through to set up your account, credit your salary, etc., but for some accounts, it may be worth it.

How Do Fixed Deposit Rates Compare to Treasury Bills and Singapore Savings Bonds?

If you’re thinking about other low-risk investment options with the flexibility of withdrawal in the short term, there are options such as

But note that for SSBs and T-bills, you might not get the full amount you want to be allocated.

Apart from those mentioned above, there are these low-risk alternatives you can consider:

Regardless of your option and how promising a certain investment may sound…

Always, ALWAYS, do your own due diligence when you’re investing.

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What are The Best Fixed Deposit Rates Offered in Singapore?

With that in mind, here are the best fixed deposit rates in Singapore.

BOC Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

TenorAmount (SGD)Over the Counter Placement
Interest Rates (p.a.)
Via Mobile Banking Placement*
Interest Rates (p.a.)
Promotional Validity
1 month$10,000 and above (Over the Counter)

$500 and above (Via Mobile Banking*)
2.80%2.90%Till further notice
2 months3.10%3.20%
3 months3.35%3.45%
4 months3.30%3.40%
5 months3.25%3.35%
6 months3.25%3.35%
7 months3.20%3.30%
8 months3.10%3.20%
9 months3.10%3.20%
10 months3.05%3.15%
11 months3.05%3.15%
12 months3.05%3.15%
18 months2.85%2.95%
24 months2.60%2.70%

*This promotional rate is only applicable to personal banking customers with placement via BOC Mobile Banking.

Bank of China Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions:

  • The rates are indicative and applicable to personal customers only
  • Rates used at the point of transaction may differ.

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CIMB Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Tenor (Months)Personal Banking
Online Promo Rate (% p.a.)
$10,000 & Above
Preferred Banking
Online Promo Rate (% p.a.)
$10,000 & Above
Promotion Validity
3 months3.45%3.50%29 Feb 2024
6 months3.50%3.55%
9 months3.35%3.40%
12 months3.15%3.20%

CIMB Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • A minimum placement of S$5,000 is required for a tenure of 1 or 2 months. Other tenures require $1,000 minimally.
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

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Citibank Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

TypeDeposit Amount
(Fresh Funds)
TenorInterest Rate (% p.a.)Promotion Validity
New-To-Bank and existing with Citi Priority, Citibanking or Citi Plus relationship$50,000 to $3,000,0003 months3.50%29 Feb 2024
6 months3.20%
New-To-Bank and existing clients with Citigold*$10,000 to $250,0003 months3.60%
$250,000 to $3,000,0003.70%
$10,000 to $250,0006 months3.30%
$250,000 to $3,000,0003.40%
New-To-Bank and existing clients with Citigold Private Client*$10,000 to $250,0003 months3.60%
$250,000 to $3,000,0003.70%
$10,000 to $250,0006 months3.30%
$250,000 to $3,000,0003.40%

*The promotion is only applicable to all customers who have a qualified banking relationship of Citigold Private Client (AUM of ≥ S$1,500,000) or a Citigold (AUM of ≥ S$250,000) during the promotion period

Citibank Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • Citibank also offers time deposits with a minimum deposit amount of $10,000, with a tenor from one week to 48 months.

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DBS Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Next up, we have Singapore’s biggest bank.

Tenor (Months)Interest Rate (% p.a.)
$1,000 - $19,999
Interest Rate (% p.a.)
$20,000 - $999,999
1 month0.30%0.05%
2 months0.50%
3 months1.00%
4 months1.85%
5 months2.35%
6 months2.90%
7 months2.95%
8 months3.00%
9 months3.10%
10 months3.15%
11 months3.15%
12 months3.20%
18 months3.20%
24 months3.20%
36 months3.20%
48 months3.20%
60 months3.20%

Note that DBS only accepts new placements for tenors 12 months and below. Interest rates for tenors of 18 months and above are applicable only to the rollover of existing placements at the same tenor.

DBS Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • Interest rates are indicative. Rates apply to individual accounts only
  • Rates quoted are in % p.a. and are subject to change without prior notice
  • From 21 May 20, interest rates for new placements and renewals in an SGD FD Account will be computed based on the total SGD FD balances instead of each placement and/or renewal.

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Hong Leong Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Deposit Amount (SGD)5-month6-month8-monthPromotion Validity
$20,000 and above3.10%3.10%3.10%Till further notice

Terms & Conditions:

  • The Fixed Deposit Promotion is applicable for individual accounts only and applicable to both new placement and renewal
  • Upon maturity, this Fixed Deposit will be auto-renewed at the prevailing Board/Special Rate whichever is applicable
  • For premature withdrawal, a $50 fee applies, and 0.10% p.a. interest is payable for the completed quarter(s)
  • Promotional interest rates are subject to change without prior notice. Other terms & conditions apply

Hong Leong Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • For sums of $1 million and higher, please enquire at our branches for rates
  • For Non-Individual Accounts, please enquire at our branches for rates
  • Rates are only indicative and subject to change at any time without prior notice
  • Overdue Fixed Deposit (3 to 36 months) will be paid on the then prevailing Board Rate for completed quarter(s) or cycle(s)
  • Short-Term Monthly Deposits (1 & 2 months) – Overdue Fixed Deposit will be paid on the then prevailing Board Rate for each successive cycle (original tenor).

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HSBC Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

TenurePlacement AmountPromotional SGD Time DepositPromotion Validity
3-month$200,000 to $2,000,0003.50% p.a.29 Feb 2024
3-month$30,000 to < $200,0003.00% p.a.
6-month$200,000 to $2,000,0003.30% p.a.
6-month$30,000 to < $200,0003.00% p.a.
12-month$200,000 to $2,000,0003.10% p.a.
12-month$30,000 to < $200,0002.90% p.a.

The minimum fresh fund placement amount for the HSBC SGD Time Deposit Promotion is $30,000.

For placement amounts greater than $1,200,000, please contact either HSBC or your Relationship Manager.

HSBC Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are subject to change without notice
  • The Premier-exclusive rates set out in the table above shall apply only to account(s) which are subject to the terms and conditions governing the use of the HSBC Premier Account Package.

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ICBC Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

TenorOver the Counter
Promotion Rates
(Min. $20,000 & Above)
Via E-Banking
Promotion Rates
(Min. $500 & Above)
Valid Till
1 month2.85% 2.90%
Further notice
3 months3.30% 3.35%
6 months3.15%3.20%
9 months3.05%3.10%
12 months3.05% 3.10%

Terms & Conditions:

  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice, and promotion is valid until further notice
  • There is no penalty for pre-matured withdrawal of fixed deposit; you will get paid based on the prevailing current account interest rate
  • “Fresh Funds” refers to funds that do not originate from any existing accounts you have with ICBC. For example, any transfer of funds between ICBC account(s) would not be considered fresh funds.
  • The minimum deposit amount over the counter is $20,000, and the minimum deposit amount via E-banking is $500

Also, the following applies to the maturity of the FD with auto-renewal instructions provided via electronic banking (ICBC Internet Banking or Mobile Banking) (“E-banking”):

For FD placed before 28th April 2020

1. Tenor of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 9 months:
FD will enjoy the prevailing Over-the-Counter Promotion Rate upon maturity of FD. For example, if you place 3 months FD on 5th February 2020, the prevailing Over-the-Counter Promotion Rate will automatically apply on renewal.

2. Tenor of 12 months:
FD will enjoy the prevailing E-banking Promotion Rate upon maturity of FD.

ICBC Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum deposit of $500
  • No penalty for pre-matured withdrawal of a fixed deposit, you will get paid based on the prevailing current account interest rate
  • ‘Fresh Funds” refers to funds that do not originate from any existing accounts you have with us. For example, any transfer of funds between ICBC account(s) would not be considered fresh funds.

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Maybank Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

 Minimum Placement AmountTenor (months)Interest Rate (p.a.)Valid Till
Deposit Bundle Promotion (Placement in Branch)

Available to Individual, SME and Commercial Banking customers
$20,000 and above12 months3.35%*Further notice
15 months3.35%
18 months2.80%
24 months2.80%
iSAVvy Time Deposit Promotion (Online Placement)

Available to Individual Banking customers
$20,000 and above9 months2.55%
12 months2.65%
15 months2.65%
18 months2.35%
24 months2.35%
SGD Time Deposit Promotion (Placement in Branch)$20,000 and above9 months2.55%
12 months2.65%
15 months2.65%
18 months2.35%
24 months2.35%

Terms and Conditions:

  •  *Deposit Bundle Promotion (Placement in Branch)
    • For every $1,000 deposited into Maybank Current or Savings Accounts (min. $2,000), you can deposit $10,000 into the Deposit Bundle Promotion ($20,000)
    • Available to Individual, SME, and Commercial Banking customers
    • Minimum placement: $20,000
  • SGD Time Deposit/Term Deposit-i promotion:
    • Available to Individual, SME, and Commercial Banking customers
    • Minimum placement: $20,000
  • iSAVvy Time Deposit promotion:
    • Available to Individual Banking customers
    • Minimum placement: $25,000

Maybank Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • To qualify for promotional interest/profit rates, the placement of Singapore Dollar Time Deposit/Term
    Deposit-i (“Time Deposit”) has to meet a minimum amount of $10,000
  • Promotion is valid until further notice, and rates are subject to change without prior notice.

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OCBC Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

TypeMinimum Deposit (SGD)Tenor (Months)Over the Counter Interest Rate (p.a.)Via E-banking Interest Rate (p.a.)
SGD Time Deposit Rate$30,00062.70%3.10%
CPF Time Deposit Rate$30,00062.70%3.10%

*Fresh funds refer to funds not transferred or withdrawn from existing OCBC Bank deposit accounts and re-deposited and do not include funds in the form of OCBC Bank cheque/cashier’s order/demand drafts

Promotion Terms & Conditions

  • The minimum placement amount for the above SGD promotion is $30,000.
  • This promotion is not available for placements via Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) funds
  • The maximum placement amount for all the above Time Deposit promotions is $999,999 or equivalent. For deposits above $1 million

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RHB Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

 

Deposit AmountTenor (Months)Personal Customers
Interest Rate (p.a.)
Premier Customers / Online Promo Rates (p.a.)Valid Till
$20,000 and above3 months3.00%3.10%Further notice
6 months3.25%3.30%
12 months3.15%3.20%

Promotional rates are subject to change without prior notice. Terms and conditions apply. To enjoy the promotional rate, you will need a deposit amount of at least $20,000.

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SIF Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Next up, we have Sing Investments & Finance Limited (SIF): a lender and financier that was incorporated in Singapore on 13 November 1964 and was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange since July 1983.

FYI: SIF has an Exempt Capital Markets Services Entity that has a license to deal in capital markets products (securities), product financing, and provision of custodial services from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Here are its Fixed Deposit promotions:

Daily Special Fixed Deposit Rates (Fresh Funds only)3 months6 months12 months
$20,0003.40% p.a.3.35% p.a.3.30% p.a.
Chinese New Year FD Promotion5 months12 months
$50,0003.00% p.a.3.08% p.a.

*Applicable to personal accounts & fresh funds only. Note that rates are subject to change without prior notice. Terms and conditions apply.

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Standard Chartered Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Deposit Amount (SGD)Tenor (Months)Promotional Interest Rate (p.a.)Priority Banking Preferential Interest Rate (p.a.)Priority Private Banking Preferential Interest Rate (p.a.)Promotion Validity
$25,000 and above in fresh funds6 months3.10%3.20%3.30%29 Feb 2024
8 months3.18%3.28%3.38%

Note:

  • *For Standard Chartered’s Fresh Funds promotions, you need to place a minimum of $25,000 in fresh funds
    • Fresh funds refer to funds not originating from any existing account with Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited (the “Bank”) and funds that are not withdrawn and re-deposited within the last 30 days of opening your Time Deposit
  • The promotional interest rates are only applicable if the Time Deposit is held until the maturity of the tenor.

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UOB Fixed Deposit Rates (Feb 2024)

Minimum Deposit Amount (Fresh Funds)Tenor (Months)Interest Rate (p.a.)Promotion Validity
$10,000 and above6 months
10 months
12 months
3.10%29 Feb 2024

Those with a fixed deposit account with UOB must commit to at least a 6-month tenor and deposit at least $10,000 in fresh funds to enjoy the promotional interest rate.

UOB Fixed Deposit Terms & Conditions

  • You must be at least 15 years old
  • Minimum placement of $5,000 for tenors of one month and above
  • Minimum placement of $250,000 for a tenor of between seven days and 14 days
  • Minimum placement of $1,000,000 for a tenor of fewer than seven days

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Bonus: Syfe Cash+ Guaranteed & StashAway Simple Guaranteed

Guaranteed cash management portfolios are investment products that invest your funds into fixed deposits at partner banks.

When you invest in them, you will be locking up your cash for a fixed period and enjoying a guaranteed fixed rate of return.

But wait, how is this different from investing in a fixed deposit directly? Here’s a table to explain the key differences:

Investment Product"Guaranteed" Cash Management PortfolioFixed Deposits
Tenor/Term3 - 6 monthsUp to 24 months
LiquidityNone (withdrawal only at end of term)High (but with fees)
Minimum Investment AmountNone or as low as $1Typically $5,000 and above depending on bank
InsuranceNo SDIC coverage on an individual level.

Up to $75k SDIC coverage applies to the bank account(s) used by the company.
Insured by SDIC up to $75k on an individual basis

One key difference that I would like to highlight is that there is absolutely ZERO liquidity when you invest in these guaranteed cash management portfolios. This means that you can neither withdraw nor top-up your funds invested until the term is over. So make sure that you don’t need that money for the specified period.

 Syfe Cash+ GuaranteedStashAway Simple Guaranteed
Returns (p.a.) (lock-in period)3.9% (3 months)
3.6% (6 months)
3.5% (12 months)
3.8% (3 months)
3.7% (1, 6 months)
3.3% (12 months)
Minimum Investment AmountNone$1
FundingCashCash/SRS
FeesNone
LiquidityNone (Withdrawal only at end of term)
InsuranceNo SDIC coverage on an individual level.

Up to $75k SDIC coverage applies to the bank account(s) used by the company.
Underlying InvestmentsFixed deposits with a bank

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