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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                     77%

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     There are two types of savings accounts:

     1. Passcard  (available at POSBank)

     2. Passbook

     For 1, you get a plastic card with which you can deposit or withdraw cash over the counter or through the ATM. You also get a monthly statement of account which details all your transactions. This is better than the passbook in the sense that no one can know how much you have in your account just by looking at your card. It also fits nicely into your wallet.

     For 2, you are issued with a passbook which you need to bring along every time you wish to make a withdrawal at the bank. Frankly speaking, there's no need to bring along your passbook for deposits because the counter staff can do a No-Book-Deposit for you. You can always update your passbook at any time you wish through the ATM machine or at the counter on another day. So if a bank staff requires you to show your passbook for a deposit transaction, just ask to speak to an officer and you will get your way.

     For both 1 & 2, you get to keep an ATM card which you can use to make withdrawals at ATM machines 24 hours a day. You also get a user ID and a password which you need in order to find out details about your account (eg balance) through the phone or on the Internet.

     Remember, in Singapore three banks belong to a network which allows member banks' customers to use ATMs of any of the member banks to make withdrawals or check balances. The three banks are OUB, UOB, and OCBC. However, please note that there is a charge of 30 cents for every transaction made at a bank other than your own bank. So if your bank is UOB and you make a withdrawal at an OCBC bank ATM nearby your home, you will be charged 30 cents for the transaction. DBS Bank and POSBank which previously belonged to the network but now have merged allow withdrawals only from DBS Bank or POSBank customers. There is no charge for the transaction.

     Of course, with a savings account you are paid interest on your balances in the account. The current standard is daily interest. Different banks offer different rates of interest, so shop carefully. Some banks are able to give more interest because they can lend out your money to other banks and financial institutions at a higher rate of interest. Some banks offer tiered interest which could mean you get  higher and lower rates of interest on your balances. Take for example, a bank may offer a two-tiered interest rate as follows:  First S$25 000  2%  Amount in excess of S$25 000  2.375%. This is to encourage you to place more money with them. Generally, finance companies offer a higher rate of interest, but being finance companies, they do not have the status of a bank and as such may not be as safe a place as a bank to deposit your money in. 

     The latest interest rates offered by some banks and finance companies in Singapore are listed in our INTEREST RATE SECTION. Check out the rates first before you open your account.

     To open a savings account, you need to bring along your passport or Identity Card and the initial deposit in cash, cheque or cashier's order. Oh, one other thing, queues at counters of foreign banks, such as Stanchart and HSBC, clear faster than queues at local banks. So, if you are always in a hurry, you know where you should open that savings account of yours.


NEW LAUNCH: G.K. Goh has announced the launch of their online stock trading site. Click GOHDIRECT.

COMING SOON: i-one.net to sell groceries online this month. Click i-One-Grocery for a preview.

COMING SOON: A new website which has an auction mall, shopping plaza and more. Click i-mall21.com for a preview.

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NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB)  National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000. 

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News Flash        

Today Thursday 2 Mar 2000

In Singapore

SingTel said yesterday that it was "surprised and shocked" by investment bank HSBC Holding's recent conduct in merger discussions with Cable and Wireless HKT.

Professor Shih Choon Fong, 54, a Singaporean who lived in the United States for 30 years, will be the new vice-chancellor of the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1 Jun 2000.

OUB wants to set up "virtual" bank with its own unique systems and business plan.


Tokyo: Japan's red-faced defence chiefs delayed the start of a new computer system yesterday after discovering that it had software developed by the killer cult that gassed Tokyo's subway in 1995.  

Around the world

San Francisco: The explosive growth of Internet sex -ranging from pornographic websites to steamy chatrooms- may be breeding people with uncontrollable sexual compulsions, according to a study.

Mount Morris Township, Michigan: A 6-year-old boy pulled a gun from his pants and shot a little girl to death in their first-grade classroom in front of their horrified teacher and classmates. An incredulous President Bill Clinton, after hearing about the shooting, said, "Why could the child fire the gun? If we have the technology today to put in these child safety locks, why don't we do it?"

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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Raymond Han

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