Just a few months ago, I declared that for anyone who
- Spends less than $500 on your credit card in a month and / or
- Earns less than $2,000 a month,
Since then, 2 new contenders have popped up in the market for those chasing high interest yields - the UOB Stash and DBS Multiplier.
If you missed the BYOB sign-up even though I said you should totally go for it (hey, you had 3 months, up till 31 October), please smack yourself on the head now because you've just said goodbye to a golden opportunity to earn about 4% interest. But don't fret, because I'm about to introduce to you the next-best alternative by DBS.
Some of you also complained to me that the BYOB seemed age-discriminatory against anyone older than 30. (Haha I'm not DBS leh, I don't make the rules.) So if you didn't qualify for BYOB previously, you're probably going to appreciate this:
The revamped DBS Multiplier account.
Before I go on, here's a full disclosure. This post isn't sponsored, but I wish it was HAHA. The fault is actually mine, as I was approached about a month ago to do a sponsored review for DBS Multiplier to coincide with their relaunch, but turned it down as I couldn't commit to the timeline given my kids are sitting for their GP A Level exams during this period. Nonetheless, the product does look pretty good and I've been asked by a few readers to review it, so here goes! (TLDR: not sponsored.)
How much interest can I earn on the DBS Multiplier?
With the new changes launched this week, the enhanced DBS Multiplier now allows you to get at least 1.55% by transacting as little as $2,000 a month (instead of the old version which required $7,500 in transactions to get 1.05%). Now take note of this important game-changer: the transaction amounts includes your salary! This means that if you're earning $1,900 you can simply spend $100 on your DBS credit card to hit the 1.55% interest tier right away.
The maximum cap has also been increased to 3.05% (from its original 2.08%), but I personally feel that isn't realistic AT ALL for most folks so I won't be talking too much about it in this review.
|This combined infographic done by the folks at BigScribe sums it up pretty well.|
The tiers are confusing! What should I be looking to get?
- Get 1.55% if you earn lower than $2,000 and combine with a credit card transaction (no minimum, so any amount works).
- Get 2.2% if you haven't yet opened a POSB InvestSaver account
- If you already have an existing POSB InvestSaver account, it won't count as part of your transactions as only new sign-ups will be considered.
- Get 2.3% if you're looking at getting a home loan with them (DBS/POSB Home Loans are generally very competitive, see my last review here).
Feel free to ignore the 3.5% which I reckon is generally quite out of the reach for most of us unless you earn an eye-popping salary each month.
Realistically, I think you'll be looking at 1.55% to 2.3% p.a.
Another important point to note before you sign up:
If you're already on the POSB Cashback scheme, it probably won't make much sense for you to switch over to DBS Multiplier as the total interest will work out to be somewhat the same. Neither can you play both accounts to stack up the interest rate.
Can I use my miles card with DBS Multiplier?
Great question! If you're on the miles bandwagon, you should already have a DBS Altitude Card in your stable. (Otherwise, check out Miles Hack #3 here.)
P.S. Look out for the upcoming showdown of the age-old MILES VS. CASHBACK debate between The Milelion and SG Budget Babe!
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