Money Lobang's National Average Fixed Deposit Rates is derived from a monthly national survey of fixed deposit rates at the largest consumer banks and finance companies in Singapore. The survey is conducted by collecting data for the highest fixed deposit rates for up to $75,000 deposits from each bank or finance company with 3 to 18 months tenure. The average rate collected from the data is presented to depositors as National Average Fixed Deposit Rates to compare their potential returns from various fixed deposits at any bank or finance companies. The current Money Lobang's National Average Fixed Deposit Rates for April 2021 is 0.45% p.a. Refer to Singapore Fixed Deposits Promotional Rates for the current most up-to-date fixed deposit rates for each individual bank or finance company.
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Fixed deposit rates is unlikely to increase in 2021. Singapore Fixed Time Deposits have plummeted in the past year as the coronavirus pandemic send shockwaves to economies worldwide. The drop is most noticeable in between February and March 2020 when Singapore had a circuit breaker to prevent the virus from spreading. The decrease in average fixed deposit rates seemed to have slowed down somewhat in recent months but unless economies recover, countries will continue to keep interest rates low to stimulate their economies which will in turn cause our fixed deposit returns to edge closer to nothing by the day.
Our monthly survey is conducted in the first week of each month with the highest fixed deposit rate with a tenure of between 3 to 18 months with a maximum deposit of $75,000 collected as data. We assume the depositor is depositing fresh funds and doesn't have any privilege or preferred relationship with the bank or finance company. Participating banks and finance companies where our data is collected from in Singapore include DBS or POSB, OCBC, UOB, CIMB, Maybank, RHB, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, Bank of China, ICBC, State Bank of India, ICICI, Bank of East Asia, Singapura Finance, Singapore Investments & Finance and Hong Leong Finance.
Money Lobang's National Average Fixed Deposit Rates uses data that include both fixed deposit board rates and fixed deposit promotional rates from 3 to 18 months tenure and is a more accurate portrayal of average fixed deposit rates as compared to Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) average fixed deposit rates. This is because MAS only include data for 3 or 6 or 12 months fixed deposit rates which usually will not coincide with the tenure for the fixed deposit promotional rates at any point of time. Hence, MAS average fixed deposit rates tend to be lower than Money Lobang's National Average Fixed Deposit Rates which is able to reflect fixed deposit promotional rates better. For example, MAS monthly average fixed deposit rates (12 months) for 2020 is 0.46% p.a. but Money Lobang's National Average Fixed Deposit Rates (3 to 18 months) for 2020 is much higher at 0.84% p.a.
Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation (linked to the Singapore government) insures all deposits in any individual bank or finance company operating in Singapore for a sum of up to $75,000 and hence $75,000 is the risk-free sum for all Singapore depositors. Hence, $75,000 is also the deposit amount we used in the calculation for average fixed deposit rates.
We collect fixed deposit rates data of various banks and finance companies between 3 to 18 months tenure. This is due to the fact that depositors are usually only interested in the highest fixed deposit rates in between 3 to 18 months with shorter tenures having too low returns and longer tenures requiring too long commitment. Banks and finance companies are also aware of this and usually reserved their highest fixed deposit promotional rates for 3 to 18 months tenure.
However, different banks or finance companies prefer to use different tenures for their highest fixed deposit promotional rates with some of them preferring odd tenures that are neither 3 or 6 or 12 months tenure (MAS data collection points). Through collecting data which consists of the highest fixed deposit rates for each bank or finance company from 3 to 18 months tenure, we can get a more accurate portrayal of the fixed deposit interest rate environment as no data from odd months will be left out.