Do Singapore banks measure up in the eyes of start-up entrepreneurs?
In Singapore, it looks like OCBC is the most popular bank among start-up entrepreneurs for creating a business account. That is the result of a poll SGE did on Facebook and LinkedIn in which 127 entrepreneurs responded.
Here’s what we asked them: “As a start-up founder in Singapore, which bank do you go to and set up your local account?”
Actually, OCBC is the leading bank by a mile at 45 percent of the respondents. The others, DBS (17 percent), UOB (15 percent), and Standard Chartered (13 percent), were not even close.
With such a yawning gap, it’s easy to assume that OCBC is the best choice for every entrepreneur — but that’s not necessary the case. To find out more, we dug a little deeper, speaking to entrepreneurs and comparing the different banks ourselves. Read more
A new app by United Overseas Bank (UOB) called UOB Mobile aims to save customers a worry or two — by allowing them to withdraw or transfer cash from the ATM without their bankcard.
UOB is believed to be the first Singapore bank to do this. The app comes at a time where two out of three UOB customers are registered Internet banking users, an indication that Singaporeans are warming up to online banking.
The app also has a feature called Mobile Cash, which enables customers transfer money to a list of registered recipients, including non-UOB customers. Done via an instant text messaging and a one-time password, recipients can withdraw cash instantly at more than 600 UOB ATMs across Singapore. Read more
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