Which High-Interest Savings Accounts Should You Open and Why

With so many bank accounts available from different banks, it’s difficult to know which bank account to open, or how many to open. Read here to find out.

ValueChampion Editorial Team

by ValueChampion Editorial Team on May 13, 2024

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With a plethora of savings accounts in the market, it can be hard to decide where to park your savings and rainy day funds and how to distribute them, especially if you’re unclear about the function of each account. This guide serves to explain the difference between each type of bank accounts and how you can make the best use of them.

In general, there are four types of bank accounts: current, fixed deposit, savings, and multi-currency.

Types of Bank Account

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Current Account

A current account is intended to be a transactional account, and is not meant for storing money for long periods. As this type of account is optimised for more convenient transactions, current accounts can be accessed through online banking, debit cards or ATMs. The downside of this type of account is that it accrues no interest, and typically requires you to maintain a minimum balance in the account, lest a balance fee be incurred. As such, this type of account is mainly ideal for storing funds that are used regularly.

Fixed Deposit

Fixed deposit accounts are a low risk way for consumers to invest. They allow consumers to earn interest on funds placed in the bank for a predetermined or fixed time. One advantage of such accounts is their ease of use: deposit your money, wait for the time period and then reclaim your funds plus interest. The interest rates for different banks will vary and determine how competitive a bank’s fixed deposit account is.

Savings Account

Savings accounts are generally best used for just that — savings. Savings accounts often sit in the happy middle ground between current and fixed deposit accounts. They offer a higher interest rate than current accounts, but also give you the flexibility to withdraw funds without paying a penalty.

Even though it has recently lowered its interest rates, the UOB One account remains one of the most competitive in terms of savings accounts interest rates. You might want to consider it if you’re a consistent saver with a saver budget, as it currently offers a maximum effective interest rate (EIR) of 4.00% p.a., provided you meet both criteria of S$500 eligible card spend and a minimum of S$1,600 salary credit via GIRO/PayNow in each calendar month.

Multi-Currency Account

The function of a multi-currency account is quite self-explanatory. It allows the owner of the account to store different currencies under a unified account number. The primary advantage of this account type is convenience — using a multi-currency account greatly streamlines the process of managing fees over borders, whether you’re a business or an individual. The disadvantage comes from the transaction and annual maintenance fees of such an account.

How Do I Decide What Account(s) To Open?

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Business vs Individual

It’s no surprise that businesses will have vastly different needs from their bank accounts compared to individuals. However, both would generally appreciate the value of current and savings accounts. Whilst storing the bulk of your money as either an individual or a business in a savings account will greatly increase the money you will gain from interest rates, only being able to draw money from your account twice or thrice a month is generally not tenable, and the ease in making transactions that a current account affords is often a necessity. As such, both businesses and individuals usually benefit from having both a current and savings account.

What Is the Goal of Your Account?

What you intend for this new bank account to do for you when you deposit your funds is an important consideration. For instance, if you intend to store your funds for a period and have no foreseeable need to use these funds, a fixed deposit account may be ideal. Because these different types of bank accounts have such distinct uses and purposes, if you have a goal in mind with opening a bank account, determining which type of account to open is often much easier.

Who Should Open a Multi-Currency Account?

Though the function of a multi-currency account is self-explanatory in many ways, it can still be confusing if you should open such an account, or if you make enough international transactions to make such an account worthwhile. For businesses operating in multiple countries, a multi-currency account is a no-brainer, not only for the convenience of consolidating payments from anywhere in the world to one account, but also because it allows you to make the most of conversion rates between currencies. Otherwise, for businesses and individuals alike, there are several use cases which would justify a multi-currency account.

Should I Open Savings Accounts in Multiple Banks?

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In short, yes. These are some advantages to opening multiple savings accounts in multiple banks.

Finding the Best Interest Yields

Having multiple savings accounts with different banks can be a short-term investment strategy. As the interest rates of banks change over time, the bank that offers the most competitive interest rates may change. Having savings accounts in multiple banks is one way to potentially earn higher interest rates. As rates change, the money between these accounts can be moved accordingly to get the highest yields.

Making Use of Bonuses

A strategy that banks often use for attracting new customers is offering bonuses for opening new accounts with them. To earn this bonus, you typically have to open an account with the bank and maintain a balance for a period of time. These bonuses can be quite significant, so often it’s worth putting in the effort if you have the funds to spare.

Insuring your money

Having your savings spread between multiple savings accounts is also a way to insure your money. In Singapore, the deposit insurance scheme insures S$75,000 of your funds per bank, with all full banks and finance companies in Singapore being members of this scheme. As such, splitting your savings between multiple banks in different savings accounts allows you to insure a large amount of funds.


Though selecting what type of bank account you should open can be difficult, having a clear goal on what you intend to do with a new bank account can usually bring clarity about what bank account you need. Find out more about savings and fixed deposit accounts, and check out our roundup of the best savings accounts in Singapore today!

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