Singlife Account: Is This Capital Guaranteed Insurance Savings Account Worth Getting?
If we can take you down the rabbit hole, we live in an interesting time when insurers in town were launching high-interest short-term endowments, and every other banks were launching a high-interest savings account.
” Whenever we talk about the interest rate of Singapore Savings Bond.”
While a high-interest savings account allows us to park out money for higher returns.
That got us thinking of the possibility of a product with both the insurance element and the savings account mechanics.
But before Seedly can launch such a product (probably in the next 2,274 years time), someone beat us to it. DAMN IT!
Overview of Singlife Account with Singlife Visa Debit Card
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|Up to 2.5% return per annum on savings|
(Capped at 20,000 customers)
|2.5% per annum for the first $10,000|
|1% per annum for the next $90,000|
|0% per annum for anything above $100,000|
|Life insurance coverage for death||Up to 5% of account value|
|Overseas spend on Singlife Visa Debit card||No additional FX charges on overseas spend|
(based on card spend)
|Claim up to three months’ worth of average card spend
(up to $10,000 and if cardholder unable to find a job for four months or more)
|Coverage||Covered by PPF Scheme
Cap of S$500,000 for the aggregated guaranteed sum assured.
Cap of S$100,000 for aggregated guaranteed surrender value per life assured per insurer.
Singlife Account is protected under the Policy Owners’ Protection Scheme which is administered by the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (SDIC). Coverage for your policy is automatic and no further action is required from you. For more information on the types of benefits that are covered under the scheme as well as the limits of coverage, where applicable, please contact Singapore Life Pte Ltd or visit the LIA or SDIC web-sites (www.lia.org.sg or www.sdic.org.sg).
Positioning themselves as a capital guaranteed insurance savings plan with no lock-in or fees.
Just when you think that is a mouthful.
The Singlife Visa debit card is also a worldwide multi-currency card with no additional FX fees and zero annual fees.
Gosh! They combined so many things into one product that there is no single English term that can summarise it.
Now, allow us to break it down for you.
2.5% Returns on Your Savings per Annum
2.5% returns on your savings per annum with no condition is actually pretty decent! The returns are calculated daily and credited to your savings account on a monthly basis.
The registration process is through their mobile app, another plus points for millennials and fintech lovers.
Here are some terms and condition which you need to take note of:
- The 2.5% per annum return is only eligible to the first 20,000 customers
- A minimum amount of $100 is required to start earning interest
- The 2.5% interest is only applicable to the first $10,000 of your savings in your Singlife Account. Here’s a breakdown of the returns on your deposit:
Amount in Singlife Account Returns First $10,000 2.5% per annum Next $90,000 1% per annum Anything above $100,000 0% per annum
- There is a minimum account balance of $100 required to enjoy the basic benefits of the account. However, there will be no fall-below fee even if your balance falls below that amount.
This means that if you are looking to earn interest on a $100,000 savings, the maximum returns you get out of Singlife Account will be $1,150. This is a 1.15% total returns on a $100,000 savings.
Singlife Visa Debit Card
You will be able to apply for a Singlife Visa Debit card upon account opening. For overseas transactions through the Singlife Card, there will be an option for you to either make your payment in Singapore Dollar or in foreign currency at the point of sale.
Life Insurance Coverage
There will also be a life insurance coverage element for Singlife Account.
This means that upon death, up to 105% of your savings in your Singlife Account will be passed to your loved ones.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of the life insurance coverage in the event of death:
|In event of death||Death benefit|
|Before the policy anniversary on which account holder’s age last birthday is 61||The sum of:
- account value
- 5% of account value or SGD 50,000, (whichever is lower)
|On or after the policy anniversary on which|
account holder’s age last birthday is 61
|The sum of:
- account value
- 1% of account value or SGD 50,000
This means that the additional 5% death benefit coverage is only for account holders who are before the age of 61. The benefit becomes 1% after the age of 61.
Singlife Account’s retrenchment coverage got our attention the most, given the state of our economy due to COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Here’s a summary of how this coverage works:
- Upon retrenchment, your average card spends over the six months (immediately before you were retrenched), will be recorded.
Let’s assume that your average card spend is at $800 per month.
- If you fail to find a job in the next four months, Singlife will pay you your Retrenchment benefit for three months.
Meaning, after four months of unemployment, you will receive $800 per month for three months.
- The amount of Retrenchment Benefit payout will be capped at $10,000 in total.
Pros of Singlife Account and Singlife Visa Debit Card
Here are some pros of the Singlife Account and the Singlife Visa Debit card combination for those who are considering signing up for it:
- It is quite a worry-free product given that there is no fees and no minimum condition to meet.
- 2.5% return on savings per annum is great!
- Life insurance in the event of death is also something unique to make sure your loved ones are taken care of
- Retrenchment coverage can help mitigate a portion of unemployment risk.
- The multi-currency feature on Singlife Visa Debit card can be a plus point for Singaporeans who are frequent travellers.
- Everything is done through the Singlife app which means convenience for users.
Cons of Singlife Account and Singlife Visa Debit Card
There are also some considerations which Singaporeans should pay attention to:
- Most of the benefits come with terms and conditions, so do your research and own calculation before making a decision.
- The 2.5% return on savings is only applicable to the first $10,000. For a total of $100,000 savings, the total return is at 1.15% per annum. There is a possibility of getting a higher interest rate from other savings account available.
- The FX rate for Singlife Visa Debit card in comparison with the rest of the Multi-currency cards is still unknown.