HSBC Personal Loan Review

HSBC Personal Loan Review

HSBC's personal loans are the most affordable in Singapore.

Good for

  • Individuals seeking affordable personal loans
  • Foreigners seeking a personal loan in Singapore

Bad for

  • Individuals seeking a specific-use loan (e.g. car loan)

Editor's Rating


HSBC offers some of the cheapest personal loans in Singapore due to its market leading effective interest rates (starting at 7%) and processing fee waiver for online applicants. The bank also provides personal loans of up to 7 years, which is the longest tenure available in Singapore.

Summary of HSBC Personal Loans
Lowest Effective Interest Rates: from 7%
Longest Loan Durations: 1 - 7 years
Quick Approval: 1 minute approval, receive cash within one business day
Lowest Income Requirement for Foreigners: S$40,000

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What Makes HSBC's Personal Loans Stand Out to Borrowers

HSBC offers the most affordable personal loans in Singapore, given its promotional interest rates offered through ValueChampion starting at 3.7% p.a. (EIR 7%). The bank also provides loans with the longest tenures (up to 7 years) in Singapore. This allows borrowers to decrease their monthly payments by spreading the cost of the loan over a longer period of time. This helps individuals that are worried about their ability to meet monthly payment requirements. HSBC is also currently waiving its S$88 processing fee. The bank also offers loan approval within 1 minute and cash disbursement within one day, making it one of the fastest lending options.

Table of HSBC's Personal Loan Interest Rates and Monthly Costs

Loan DurationFlat RateProcessing FeeEIRMonthly InstalmentTotal Cost
1 year3.7%S$07%S$864.17S$370
2 years3.7%S$07%S$447.50S$740
3 years3.7%S$07%S$308.61S$1,110
4 years3.7%S$07%S$239.17S$1,480
5 years3.7%S$07%S$197.50S$1,850
6 years3.7%S$07%S$169.72S$2,220
7 years3.7%S$07%S$149.88S$2,590
*Assuming S$10,000 loan and income of S$30,000; includes processing fee waiver (Note that rates above are not indicative of your customised loan offer)

While HSBC's loans are the most affordable personal loans in Singapore, individuals seeking smaller loans may be better off with another lender. For example, HSBC's minimum loan requirement of S$5,000 is not the lowest, making other banks better options for very small loans. Finally, individuals seeking a loan for a specific use, such as a car loan, will likely find better rates elsewhere.

Great Personal Loan for Foreigners in Singapore

HSBC is a great option for foreigners in Singapore that seek personal loans. First, the bank has the lowest minimum income requirement for foreign borrowers in the country (S$40,000). This requirement is thousands of dollars less than other banks. Additionally, foreigners with at least S$120,000 are allowed to borrow 8x their monthly income up to S$200,000, while those earning S$40,000 to S$120,000 may borrow 4x their monthly income up to S$100,000, making HSBC a great option for foreigners that are in need of a sizable personal loan.

Income Requirement for Foreigners Residing in Singapore

Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria

Consider this if you require a large, long-term personal loan

Eligibility S$30,000 of annual income (S$40,000 for foreigners & non-salaried employees)
Max. Loan Amount 4x monthly salary for income S$30,000 to S$120,000; 8x monthly salary for income > S$120,000; S$200,000 Maximum Loan Size (2x monthly salary for foreigners)
Min. Loan Amount S$5,000
Processing Fee S$88, waived for online applicants
Approval Time 1 minute approval, receive cash in one business day

HSBC offers personal loans to Singapore citizens and permanent residents with annual salaries of at least S$30,000, as well as self-employed and commission-based workers and foreign residents in Singapore with annual incomes of at least S$40,000. All individuals with at least S$120,000 are eligible for loans of up to 8 times their monthly income up to S$200,000. Additionally, foreigners must provide proof of employment in Singapore. Please note that HSBC offers personalised interest rate offers depending on your borrowing profile, and that you may not be eligible for their lowest rates.

FeatureForeigner Residing in SingaporeCitizens & Permanent Residents
Income RequirementS$40,000S$120,000S$30,000*S$120,000
Maximum Loan Amount4x monthly income up to S$100,0008x monthly income up to S$200,0004x monthly income8x monthly income up to S$200,000
Minimum Loan AmountS$5,000S$5,000S$5,000S$5,000
*Annual income requirement for self-employed and commission-based earners is S$40,000

Other Charges & Fees

HSBC charges an early repayment fee of 2.5% of redemption and a late fee of 2.5% + prevailing interest on overdue amount. Both are quite similar to other banks in Singapore. That being said, we recommend repaying any loan in a timely fashion in order to avoid accumulating costs from fees.

How to Apply for HSBC's Personal Loans

Before applying, make sure to review your options and understand the different costs associated with each loan. To begin the application process, you'll need to provide the bank with your personal contact, financial and employment information. HSBC offers approval confirmation within 1 minute, making the application process hassle-free.

  • Completed and signed Letter of Instruction
  • Clear photocopy of NRIC
  • Clear photocopy of employment pass (foreigners only)
  • Income documents
William Hofmann

William is a Product Manager at ValueChampion Singapore, focusing on banking and SMEs. He previously was an Economic Consultant at Industrial Economics Inc.

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