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UOB One Account — UOB Savings Account Review 2022

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uob one savings account review 2018
uob one savings account review 2018

If you’re looking for a day-to-day savings account that will give you more returns than just 0.05% p.a., there are plenty of options available in Singapore. The problem is, most of them require you to jump through hoops, and you ain’t no circus animal.

Surprisingly, the UOB One account is one of the few that won’t give you a headache, even if you have a severe maths allergy. It has a very simple structure and easy-to-attain bonus interest — minimal calculations needed.

Apart from being relatively fuss-free, what else does the UOB One account have to offer? Let’s have a look.

Note: This article reflects the latest UOB One account interest rate changes, as of 1 Jan 2022.

UOB logo
UOB logo

UOB One Account

Base Interest Rate p.a.

0.05%

Max. Interest Rate p.a.

2.5%

Min. Balance

S$1,000

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Key Features

  • Up to 2.50% p.a. interest rates

  • Up to $200 cash credit when you sign up online and sign up for a UOB credit card. T&Cs apply

  • Low initial deposit of $500

  • Withdraw cash conveniently without an ATM card using Mobile Banking

  • UOB Young Professionals Solution is a combination of UOB One Account, UOB YOLO and the unique Sweep feature that allows you to automatically invest your earned account interests and card rebate into a Unit Trust

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What are the UOB One account interest rates?

The UOB One account is like the OCBC 360 and DBS Multiplier — an account that lets you earn bonus interest as long as you perform certain actions every month.

  • Credit or debit card spend (at least $500, on UOB One Card, UOB Lady’s Card, UOB EVOL Card or UOB Mighty FX Card)

  • Credit card spend ($500) + salary credit (at least $1,600)

  • Credit card spend + bill payments (at least 3 GIRO debit transactions)

The question is, how much is the interest? Here’s the breakdown of the UOB One account interest rates as of 1 Jan 2022:

Account balance

Credit card spend

Credit card spend + salary credit OR bill payments

First $15,000

0.25% p.a.

0.5% p.a.

$15,001 to $30,000

0.25% p.a.

0.55% p.a.

$30,001 to $45,000

0.25% p.a.

0.65% p.a.

$45,001 to $60,000

0.25% p.a.

0.8% p.a.

$60,001 to $75,000

0.25% p.a.

2.5% p.a.

Above $75,000

0.05% p.a.

0.05% p.a.

You can also use the handy UOB One account + UOB One card calculator here.

There’s a bonus interest cap of $75,000, after which you can only get the base 0.05% p.a. interest. Fair enough — most people wouldn’t be keeping more than that amount in cash anyway, unless you’re about to make a massive purchase.

Who is the UOB One account suitable for?

Go for it if you hate maths. Compared to many other similar savings accounts in Singapore, the UOB One account is one of the least complicated.

No need to tally up 12 different types of bonus interest. You just need to figure out which camp you’re in:

  • Credit card spend only (0.25% p.a.)

  • Credit card spend + salary credit (0.5% p.a. and up)

  • Credit card spend + 3 GIRO payments (0.5% p.a. and up)

Credit card only: Are you a freewheeling millennial raking in money from your YouTube channel while living under your parents’ roof? Not many savings accounts will reward you for bumming around, so the UOB One account is not a bad choice.

If you can spend at least $500 on a UOB credit card, that is. Sure, you’ll only earn 0.25% p.a. but that’s better than the basic 0.05% p.a.

Credit card spend + salary credit: Conventional salaried workers should have no problem at all arranging a recurring salary credit (min. $1,600) and monthly spending on your credit card (min. $500) to hit 0.25% p.a. even if your account balance is less than $15,000.

You can hit the next level of interest of 0.85% p.a. once your account balance is more than $15,000, so that’s an incentive for you to save more.

Credit card spend + GIRO payments: Those who don’t have a regular salary will also find it pretty easy to attain the 0.5% p.a. interest even when their account balances are less than $15,000). That’s good news for freelancers, part-timers, retirees, landlords, etc.

You just need to swap the salary credit to GIRO bill payments (min. 3 payments a month). And bills are one thing we’re definitely not short of in Singapore.

UOB One account + UOB One card = true luv?

Wah, I love how UOB spoon feeds their customers by giving their signature bank account and credit card the same name.

Regardless of which bonus interest tier you’re on, the minimum requirement is to spend $500 a month on a UOB credit card. The best credit card for this purpose is… drumroll…. the UOB One card! Duh.

Not only do you perform the bare minimum to get bonus interest on your UOB One account, you get extra cash rebates on top of it.

UOB logo
UOB logo

UOB One Card

Rebate on Shopee, Dairy Farm Group, Grab, SP and more

Up to 10%

Rebate Cap per quarter

S$300

Min. Spend per month

S$2,000

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Key Features

  • Up to 10% rebate at Dairy Farm Group merchants (Cold Storage, Giant, 7-Eleven, Guardian and more)

  • Up to 10% rebate on Grab, SP utilities bills and UOB Travel spend

  • Up to 5% cash rebate on all retail spend for spend such as home furnishings, electronics & bill payment

  • Up to 24% savings on fuel purchases at SPC and 20.8% at Shell Stations

  • 1 year annual fee waiver of S$192.60 (First year annual fee waiver)

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Alternatively, opt for the UOB EVOL Card. It’s a better option if you spend mostly on dining, entertainment and Grab as you can get up to 8% cash back.

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UOB logo

UOB EVOL Credit Card

on Online and Mobile Contactless spend

Up to 8%

Cash Back Cap per month

Up to S$60

Min. Spend per month

S$600

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Key Features

  • Enjoy first year fee waiver and subsequently no annual fee with 3 transactions monthly

  • Up to 2.5% p.a. interest with your UOB One Account when you spend on UOB YOLO (Insured up to S$75k by SDIC)

  • Southeast Asia’s first bio-sourced card with a suite of sustainable deals

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Finally, you can also opt for the (women-only) UOB Lady’s Card to get rewards points in your choice of spending category.

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UOB logo

UOB Lady's Card

Base Earn Rate

S$5 = 1 Point

Category of Choice

S$5 = 10 Points

Min. Spend

S$0

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Key Features

  • 10X UNI$ (or 20 miles) per S$5 spent on your preferred category with no min. spend required. Choose from Beauty & Wellness, Dining, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Transport and Travel

  • UOB Lady's LuxePay Plan 6 or 12-month installment plan with no interest or processing fees

  • Free e-Commerce protection for online purchases up to USD$200

  • High female cancer coverage of up to S$200,000 sum assured with UOB Lady's Savings Account

  • Up to 3.68% p.a. bonus interest with UOB One Account

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OCBC 360 vs UOB One account — which is better?

The UOB One account’s “rival” is the OCBC 360 account, which is quite similar in that it also doesn’t require salary crediting in order to earn bonus interest.

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OCBC logo

OCBC 360 Account

Base Interest Rate p.a.

0.05%

Max. Interest Rate p.a.

4.40%

Min. Balance

S$3,000

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Key Features

  • Minimum salary credit of S$1,800 via GIRO

  • OCBC 360 is a savings account with a base interest rate of 0.05% per annum on the account’s balance

  • You enjoy bonus interest rates when you credit your monthly salary, meet certain deposit amounts such as S$500 monthly increases or S$200,000 total balance, purchase insurance, or invest with OCBC

  • Increase your OCBC 360 account savings balance by S$500 monthly to enjoy 0.10% bonus interest on the first S$25,000, followed by 0.20% bonus interest for the next S$25,000, and 0.40% bonus interest for the third S$25,000

  • If your account balance is above S$200,000, you enjoy an additional 0.40% on your first S$75,000 deposited

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You start with 0.05% base interest and then earn extra interest depending on what actions you complete that month. Let’s look at the bonus interest for the lowest tier of savings (your first $25,000):

OCBC 360 action

Bonus interest

Salary credit (min. $1,800)

0.3% p.a.

Increase account balance (min. $500)

0.1% p.a.

Selected insurance (min. $2,000 annual premium)

0.3% p.a.

Selected investments (min. $20,000)

0.3% p.a.

The OCBC 360 account is better for salaried workers as you get 0.35% p.a. on your savings just for salary crediting (no minimum credit card spend). Conversely, you’d need to hit both salary credit and $500 credit card spend to get 0.5% with UOB One.

But! The UOB One account is the definite winner for non-salaried workers assuming you have no problem hitting the credit card spending + bill payment requirements.

With the OCBC 360, it’s going to be tricky to earn bonus interest without salary credit. Basically your only recourse is to buy OCBC’s investment or insurance products, and we wouldn’t recommend making such big decisions just for bonus interest.

UOB One vs DBS Multiplier account — which is better?

The DBS Multiplier account is certainly a viable alternative to UOB One if you’re a salaried worker.

DBS logo
DBS logo

High Interest Rates

DBS Multiplier Account

Base Interest Rate p.a.

0.05%

Max. Interest Rate p.a.

3.8%

Min. Balance

S$3,000

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Key Features

  • No minimum salary credit

  • DBS Multiplier Account is a deposit account with a base interest rate of 0.05% per annum

  • Bonus interest rates: 1.40% to 3.80% per annum. DBS Multiplier Account 2020 interest rates have been updated as of 1 August 2020

  • To enjoy bonus interest rates, you need to credit your salary or dividends via GIRO to any DBS/ POSB deposit account that you hold, and transact a minimum of S$2,000 on any DBS/ POSB credit card you hold, DBS/ POSB home loan monthly instalments, DBS/ POSB insurance regular monthly premium, or DBS investments. Your bonus interest rate increases if you transact in more of the above categories

  • Bonus interest rates for 29-year-olds and below: Credit your income and spend above S$500 via PayLah! to qualify for 0.30% bonus interest rates on your PayLah! retail spend

  • DBS Multiplier 2020 interest rate updates: As of 1 August 2020, interest rates have been revised for DBS Multiplier account holders with transactions in 1 and 2 categories. Refer to Bonus Interest Rate tab below to see the change in interest rates

  • Students, NSF, self-employed, salaried or retired individuals are eligible to apply

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Crediting your income is a compulsory criteria for you to earn bonus interest. Then, you need to perform 1 to 3 extra transactions to earn bonus interest.

The lowest-hanging fruit are credit card spending and home loan instalments. Here’s a quick look at the interest you can get with these actions.

Total monthly transaction

Income + credit card (capped at $25,000)

Income + credit card + home loan (capped at $50,000)

$2,000 to $2,500

0.4% p.a.

0.6% p.a.

$2,500 to $5,000

0.4% p.a.

0.7% p.a.

$5,000 to $15,000

0.5% p.a.

0.8% p.a.

$15,000 to $30,000

0.5% p.a.

1% p.a.

$30,000 onwards

0.6% p.a.

2% p.a.

At the moment, the DBS Multiplier is better for salaried workers. You can earn higher interest of 0.4% p.a. and up with salary credit + credit card spending (no minimum!).

If you care to refinance your home loan with DBS, then it’s a no-brainer as you’ll be getting extra interest on top of potentially saving on your mortgage payments.

However, if you’re a freelancer, self-employed person, retiree, etc. it is much easier to stick with the UOB One account.

UOB account opening — some important things to know

In all fairness, the UOB One account is a pretty good choice. It may not give you the highest interest rate EVER, but it’s about as “no strings attached” as such savings accounts get.

So if you’re decided to open this UOB savings account, here are some things to know before you do it:

Minimum age: 18 years old

Nationality: Singaporeans, PRs, E-Pass, S-Pass & Dependent Pass holders

Initial deposit: $1,000

Minimum balance (monthly): $1,000

Fall-below fee: $5

Bonus interest cap: $75,000

You can read more about and open a UOB One account here.

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