Overview of Banks in Singapore
Singapore’s market is one of the best places for many banks to create their mark and to expand their horizon. Here are the reasons which helped them succeed –
- The Government’s support and policies are the most significant reasons for which many foreign banks have built their branches in Singapore.
- Singapore is a great strategic location which allows the banks to connect to all over the world easily.
- The high standard of living in Singapore has created a great market for the banks to utilize.
That’s why Singapore is called a “banking hub”. And in the year 2013, the total assets of the banking sector in Singapore amounted to around US $2 trillion.
Structure of Banks in Singapore
There are over 150 Top banks in Singapore. Since Singapore is considered as the financial hub of the world and its easy Government’s policies, many foreign banks have opened their branches in Singapore.
If we want to categorize, we can divide Singapore’s banking system into two categories –
- Local Banks: There are only 6 local banks in Singapore. The top 3 local banks are Development Bank of Singapore, Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation, and United Overseas Bank.
- Foreign Banks: There are around 150+ foreign banks in Singapore. And they can be sub-divided into different categories –
- Full banks: There are around 27 full banks in Singapore. ABN Amro, BNP Paribas, HSBC are most significant among these.
- Wholesale banks: There are around 53 wholesale banks. Barclays Bank, ING Bank, and National Australia Bank are noteworthy.
- Offshore banks: Around 37 banks are offshore banks in Singapore. Korea Development Bank, Bank of Taiwan etc. are mentionable.
- Merchant banks: There are around 42 merchant banks in Singapore. Axis Bank, Credit Suisse Singapore Ltd. etc. are mentionable.
Top banks in Singapore
Let’s look at the top 10 banks in Singapore (source:relbanks.com) –
#1. DBS Group:
In terms of total assets acquired, this bank tops the list. This is also the largest bank in Singapore and also one of the biggest financial corporations in Asia. The total assets acquired by this bank at the end of June, 2017 were S$ 486.699 billion. At the end of March, 2017, the net profit was S$1.2 billion. It serves around 4.6 million customers. Around 22,000 people work here. The head-quarter of this bank is situated in Marina Bay Financial Centre.
#2. Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation:
OCBC is the second top banks in Singapore in terms of total assets acquired. The total assets acquired by this bank at the end of June, 2017 were S$ 429.601 billion. At the end of March, 2017, the customers’ loans were S$221.5 billion. It was established in the year 1932. It has presence in over 18 countries and it has total 600 branches all across the world. Around 30,000 people work here. The head-quarter of this bank is situated in Chulia Street.
#3. United Overseas Bank:
UOB is the third top banks in Singapore in terms of total assets acquired. The total assets acquired by this bank at the end of June, 2017 were S$ 344.414 billion. At the end of March, 2017, the net profit was S$807 million. It was founded in the year 1935. It has presence in over 19 countries and it has total 500 branches all across the world. Around 25,000 people work here. The head-quarter of this bank is situated in Raffles Pl.
#4. Bank of Singapore:
Bank of Singapore is the subsidiary of OCBC; but as a subsidiary, it’s still huge. The total assets acquired by the Bank of Singapore S$115.94 billion at the end of April, 2017. Bank of Singapore was named as the best private bank from 2011 to 2016 by Global Finance and by Asian Private Banker. The head-quarter of this bank is located in Market Street. Bank of Singapore has many branches in Hong Kong, Manila, London, and in Dubai.
#5. Citibank Singapore:
This is the first American bank in Singapore. It was established in the year 1902, around 115 years ago. Citibank Singapore is one of the largest employers in Singapore – it has employed over 10,000 employees. It has over 1500 customer touch-points and over 20 branches in Singapore. It also has many business units – Citi Commercial Bank, Citi Global Consumer Banking etc. It provides a wide range of services like personal loans, time deposits, health insurance, travel insurance etc. Its head-quarter is situated in Temasek Avenue.
#6. CIC Singapore:
CIC is one of wholly owned entity of Credit Mutuel Group. It was established in the year 1984 and it is considered as the head-quarter of Asia Pacific. Its head-quarter is situated in Marina Bay Financial Centre. It offers a wide range of financial products and services like treasury, corporate finance, structured finance, private banking etc. Their main focus is on SME banking services and they also offer the most comprehensive wealth management solutions to the customers of Singapore.
#7. HSBC Singapore:
HSBC Singapore is one of the oldest top banks of Singapore. It was established in the year 1877, around 140 years ago. It has employed around 3000 people. It has over 10 plus branches across Singapore and it also has 40 ATMs in the country. The head-quarter of HSBC Singapore is situated in Collyer Quay. HSBC Bank Singapore offers a full gamut of personal and commercial banking products (including insurance) to the customers of Singapore.
#8. Maybank Singapore:
Maybank Singapore was relatively older bank; it was founded in the year 1960, around 57 years ago. It has employed over 1800 employees and they offer a whole gamut of services like current and savings accounts, Islamic deposits, lending products, investments etc. to the customers of Singapore. It offers services in 27 locations in Singapore. It has ranked as the top 5 banks in ASEAN and is a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) in Singapore.
#9. Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore):
Standard Chartered Singapore is the subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC. It was established in Singapore almost 150 years ago. It has over 18 branches all across the country and it also has 30 ATMs. It also has 5 priority banking centres. Currently it has total assets of S$ 33 billion and the customer loans of S$ 23 billion. Its head-quarter is situated in Marina Bay Financial Centre. In October, 1999, it got the license of Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) in Singapore.
#10. RHB Bank (Singapore):
It was founded in the year 1961, around 56 years ago. At that time, its name was United Malayan Banking Corporation Berhad (UMBC). This is a universal bank and it has presence in 7 locations in Singapore. Its primary focus is maximum customer satisfaction. That’s why it is the only bank in Singapore and also in Malaysia to win the most prestigious “Best Customer Experience Management of the Year Award” in banking service. The award is given by APCSC Hong Kong.
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