DBS Vickers Online Trading Review: How Does it Compare?

DBS Vickers Online Trading Review: How Does it Compare?

An average online trading platform with several different account options

Good for

  • Those looking for an investing platform from a traditional bank
  • Young investors (ages 18 to 20)

Bad for

  • Investors seeking the lowest fees in the market
  • Investors who want to access more than 7 markets

Analyst's Rating


DBS Vickers is an online trading platform from DBS Bank that gives individuals access to several international markets. Though it does not have the most competitive rates, those looking to invest with a specific type of account might find DBS' online trading platform a preferred choice.

Summary of DBS Vickers Online Brokerage
Five different accounts to choose from
Average commission rates and fees
Seven international markets to trade on

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What Makes DBS Vickers Stand Out to Investors

For the average investor, DBS Vickers isn't the best option due to its average fees and low market access. For instance, while its fees are standard for traditional banks, it is possible to find cheaper commissions and lower minimum fees with some online brokers. However, DBS Vickers offers a number of accounts that can be useful for specific types of investors, such as young investors and those looking to invest using their CPF/SRS funds.

While DBS gives customers access to 7 international markets, other firms like Saxo Markets grant access to 26 markets. Furthermore, DBS' interest rates range from 0.18%-0.22%, falling short of offering the more competitive 0.08% that other online brokers provide. Even their minimum charge of S$25 per trade is more expensive than alternatives, who charge between S$0-S$10. So to those looking for either the cheapest rates or a plethora of international markets, DBS might not be the best choice for you.

The list below includes the types of stock available to trade with DBS. The commission fees for all range from 0.18%-0.28% per trade, depending on the initial amount you put into your trading account. For a more detailed description of the fees, check out the fees section.

  • Common Stock
  • Exchange-traded funds
  • Real estate investment funds (REITs)|
  • Preference shares
  • Structured warrants (SWs)
  • Fixed income securities
  • Callable bull bear contracts
  • Daily leverage certificates
  • American/Global Depository Receipts

Investment Opportunities at DBS Vickers

DBS has several different account options for both new and experienced investors. Be aware that some of these accounts require you to have a DBS bank account, making it less convenient for those who may not already have a relationship with the bank.

  • Cash Account: This standard account allows you to trade securities in different markets. You can link your DBS/POSB account to quickly receive trade settlements, and take advantage of the FX conversion service to facilitate trade settlement with foreign currencies.
  • Cash Upfront Account: This prefunded account allows you to trade via iBanking at 0.12% commission rate for Singapore and lower commission rates for international trades. This account is ideal for those who have enough resources to keep money in the account and who want the cheapest DBS trading rates.
  • Young Investor Account: This account is specifically designed for 18-20 year olds interested in investing. Besides access to real time data, they offer seminars and an online SGX Academy to assist with trade decisions.
  • Investing with CPF Funds: This account allows DBS customers to invest with your CPF savings account, potentially giving you higher returns than normal interest earned from savings.
  • Supplementary Retirement Scheme: Investing with SPF Funds: This account is ideal for those with a DBS account who want to save for retirement and reduce income tax. Customers can invest in a diversified portfolio of Singapore listed shares, unit trusts, ETFs and Singapore Government securities.

DBS Vickers Fees

Once you choose an account, you must decide how much you would like to keep in it prior to investing. The table below illustrates the three different segments you can choose from and how that will influence the charges you will incur.

InputMinimum Commission FeeMinimum Charge
S$50,000 and below0.28%S$25
S$100,000 or more0.18%S$25
International MarketsCommission Fee %Min. Charge
United States0.18%USD 25
Hong Kong0.18%HKD 100
United Kingdom0.35%GBP 25
Australia0.35%AUD 30

International market fees from DBS are on the higher-end of average compared to other brokerages. For example, to trade in the US, DBS charges both a minimum of USD $25 at 0.18% commission, whereas Saxo Markets charges only USD $4 at 0.04-0.06%. Investors looking to get the cheapest rates for their preferred international market should read our picks for the cheapest online brokerages.

DBS Vickers Investor Eligibility Requirements

Consider this if you want to trade online securities with a bank

You can apply for a DBS trading account with or without a DBS bank account online or with the Digibank app on your mobile device. Alternatively, you can apply in-person or via a mail-in application to the bank. You only need to submit a DBS Trading Application Form, available on their website, and your NRIC. Upon a successful application outcome, you can transfer funds from your bank account or paypal to begin trading immediately.

So for investors looking to invest in retirement savings or open a young investor account, DBS could be a good option for you. However, if you are prefer to trade with lower fees or more enticing platform features, check out our top choices for the best online trading platforms in Singapore.

Anya Wasserman

Anya is a Research Analyst for ValueChampion who focuses on loans and investments in Singapore. Previously, she assisted global consultancies, hedge funds and private equities with primary research at a high-growth fin-tech based in London. A graduate of the University of Oxford and King's College London, Anya is currently interested in applying quantitative research to help consumers make better financial decisions.

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