OCBC charges some of the highest effective interest rates, ranging from 17.1 to 29.8%, for personal loans in Singapore. This makes the total cost of these loans more expensive than other banks. However, OCBC is 1 of 4 banks that offers personal loans to individuals with incomes of less than S$30,000, and could serve as a backup option for those who couldn't get financing from other banks. That being said, of the lenders that provide detailed information about their interest rates, OCBC charges the highest interest rates for low-income borrowers.
|Summary of the OCBC's ExtraCash Personal Loan|
|High effective interest rates: 17 - 30%|
|Processing fee of S$200 or 2% of approved loan amount|
|Loans available to low-income borrowers|
|Loan amounts of up to 6 times borrower's monthly income|
Table of Contents
- What Makes OCBC Cash-on-Instalments Stand Out to Borrowers
- Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria
- Other Charges and Fees
- How to Apply: Application Process
What Makes OCBC Cash-on-Instalments Stand Out to Borrowers
OCBC is among the more expensive lenders for personal loans in Singapore. This is due to relatively high flat interest rates (8.2 - 13.1%) and a costly processing fee of S$200 or 2% of the total loan amount, whichever is higher. These factors make the total cost of OCBC's personal loans more than the cost of borrowing from other banks.
While OCBC's personal loan rates are higher than other banks, it is more transparent about its rates and fees than some of its competitors. This transparency can be valuable when applying for a loan, as applicants will have more clear expectations from banks like OCBC.
|Loan Duration (Years)||Flat Rate||Fee*||Effective Interest Rate*||Monthly Payment*||Total Cost*|
|*Assuming Annual Income above S$30,000, loan of S$10,000, total cost includes impact of promotions and fees|
Option for Low-Income Borrowers
According to our research, OCBC is 1 of 4 banks in Singapore that offers personal loans to individuals with annual incomes of less than S$30,000. That being said, of the lenders that advertise their rates, OCBC charges the highest interest rates for borrowers with incomes of S$20,000 to S$30,000, with effective interest rates of 25.7 - 29.8%. These rates translate to more expensive personal loans. Below, we compare the total costs of a S$3,000 loan for a low-income borrower from Standard Chartered and OCBC.
Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria
Singaporeans, Singaporean permanent residents and foreigners living in Singapore may apply for OCBC's ExtraCash personal loans. Foreigners must earn at least S$45,000 annually, while Singaporeans and permanent residents must earn at least S$20,000. All applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Other Charges and Fees
OCBC charges borrowers a processing fee of 2% or S$200, whichever is greater. This fee is slightly more expensive than those of other banks. However, OCBC charges low-income borrowers a lower processing fee of S$100. Additionally, the bank charges an early repayment fee, for partial and full repayments, of 3% of amount to be repaid, with a S$1,000 minimum repayment. The bank also charges a fee of 3% of the outstanding loan amount for loan restructuring. Finally, the bank charges a S$80 late payment fee. These fees are very similar to those charged by other banks.
How to Apply: Application Process
Individuals interested in OCBC's ExtraCash personal loans can apply over the phone, online or via SMS. Applicants must provide their contact information, NRIC/passport number, income information and bank account information.
- Photocopy of NRIC (front and back)
- Employment Pass or Work Permit or Student Pass and Passport (Foreigners)
- CPF statement (past 6 months, 12 months for self-employed/commission-based applicants)
- Latest Income Tax Notice of Assessment (2 years for self-employed/commission-based applicants)