I’ve been using the OCBC Premier Dividend+ Account to boost my spare cash for a while now. It used to offer a fantastic 3.7% interest rate, which rivalled Singapore Treasury bills (T-bills) without the hassle of rolling and locking in for a 6-month period.

During a recent review of my finances, I noticed the interest rate from my OCBC Premier Dividend+ Account seemed to have dropped. I used to receive two bonus interests every month:

  • “Bonus interest mthly no w/d” and
  • “Bonus interest mthly now/d&save”

But this month I only received one bonus interest.

Digging deeper, I discovered they have made some changes to the terms and conditions.

OCBC Premier Dividend+ Account Interest Rate Changes

While I knew about the interest rate cut for OCBC Premier Dividend+ Account effective April 1st, 2024, I hadn’t realized there were now additional requirements to reach the top tier.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Previously, the Premier Dividend Account offered tiered interest rates, with the highest reaching 3.70% per year for balances with no withdrawals in a month. This top tier has been revised to a new high of 3.30% per year.
  • The minimum monthly deposit required to qualify for the highest tier (now with 3.30% interest) has also increased from S$2,000 to S$3,000.

Below is a diagram to illustrate the interest rate tier breakdown.

Singapore’s Risk-Free Rate is Coming Down

This reduction in interest rates coincides with a similar interest rate cut move by UOB for their One Account. It reflects a broader trend of lower interest rates across Singapore. The latest T-Bill auction result (BS24110T on 23 May) is only 3.65%.

Singapore’s interest rates seem to be decoupling from those in the US. Even with the US aiming to maintain high rates for an extended period, Singapore’s risk-free rate continues to fall.

Is the OCBC Premier Dividend+ Account Still Worth It?

Honestly, achieving the 3.3% rate feels a lot more demanding now.

Here’s the thing: to qualify for the Premier Dividend+ Account’s top tier, you need to be an OCBC Premier Banking customer. This means having at least S$200,000 in fresh funds deposited or invested with OCBC.

On top of that, you can’t withdraw any funds from the Premier Dividend+ Account and need to make monthly top-ups of S$3,000.

Considering these conditions, you might find that a good Money Market Fund can deliver similar returns without the hassle of high minimum balances and restrictions.

There are also other options if you can take a bit more risks. Such income instruments such as Singapore Bonds and REITs are offering good risk/rewards given the depressed prices in the past few years.

What do you think? What are your favourable income investments? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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