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Best private banks for high-net-worth individuals in Singapore part 1

Best private banks for high-net-worth individuals in Singapore part 1 – that will be the topic of today’s article.

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It remains my view that private banks usually offer poor value compared to do-it-yourself (DIY) or services like our own.


Personal banking is a banking service for wealthy individuals, which involves the implementation of transactions with the client’s money, preserving and increasing his wealth. In English-speaking countries, it is also known as wealth management, that is, private capital management. Often private banking includes banking, investment, and advisory services.

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Bank deposits can generate income in a variety of ways. The simplest of them is to “live on interest” when capital is not invested and growth is achieved only by accruing interest per annum. Another option is to invest in various assets under an individual program. There are various options for extended services, and a set of services related to servicing a client’s bank account is selected for each client individually.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the volume of the Russian private banking market does not exceed $10-12 billion, while Russian rich people have about $300-400 billion of “free” money. billionaire and 88 thousand dollar millionaires. At the same time, according to PWC, wealthy clients opened no more than 10,000 accounts in Russian banks and management companies (MCs). Thus, it turns out that no more than 10% of potential Russian clients of the private banking services market are covered by banking services. And according to the Renaissance Investment Management company, even less – 4-5%.

According to a study by London-based consulting firm Scorpio, as of 2017, the largest banks in terms of managed capital were Swiss UBS ($2.1 trillion), as well as US Bank of America ($1.97 trillion) and Morgan Stanley ($1.95 trillion). dollars). The biggest leap forward was made by the Chinese bank China Merchants Bank, which rose 5 positions in the list and took 15th place in it.

People have an opinion that private banks are only for the rich and affluent… and to some extent they are right. But what makes private banking attractive to the target audience?

Private banks offer services such as investment, wealth management, banking, and other financial services, all of which cater to the needs of the wealthy and their families.

What makes private banking different from regular banking is that every customer is provided with personalized banking solutions to help them reach their financial goals. These types of services are very different from the services that regular savings accounts receive.

Before we start with our list of the best private banks in Singapore, here are some things you should know about the best private banking in Singapore, such as the main benefits and disadvantages and the banking system of Singapore.

Benefits of Private Banking

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Here are some of the benefits you can expect from private banking:

1. Dedicated Representative

The biggest benefit of private banking is having a dedicated person or group of people who already knows your circumstances. Private banking can make it easier to deposit checks, initiate bank transfers, order checks, and more. Some of them may not even require a personal visit. Since the private banker or wealth management team knows your situation, it saves time. Otherwise, you may have to repeat your situation and preferences every time you need something at the bank.

2. Ability to connect to a network of specialists

A private banker is a quarterback who puts you in touch with other team members, such as a tax lawyer or a trust and estate advisor. The ability to make appointments with specialists for a private banker or wealth manager can save time.

3. Personal attention

For the super-rich, the benefits and services can be even more detailed. On some level, when you go up the spectrum and talk about true white-glove relationships, you can have concierge services that even provide more personal, philanthropic support. Even planning events or helping organize vacations. It definitely feels like a personal assistant, not related to any specific banking needs.

4. Perks, Freebies, and Potentially Best Prices

Private banking may include discounts ranging from the possibility of a free safety of a certain size to the possibility of free checks.

You’ll get preferential prices whether you’re talking about fees for managing your assets or other services you get at the institution. This could potentially include a lower annual interest rate (APR) on a mortgage or real estate loan, or a higher annual interest rate (APY) on a savings account or CD. Private banks typically host events for their clients.

5. Business Benefits

Business owners can also benefit from a personal private banking or wealth management relationship with the same bank as their business account. These relationships can help secure commercial lending opportunities or discounts or benefits on the banking side. Business owners will represent a pretty significant percentage of private banking customers.

Disadvantages of Private Banking

Beware of the disadvantages of private banking and wealth management.

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1. You may be losing interest.

If you need to transfer a significant amount of money into an account with a low annual percentage return, it might make sense to think twice about private banking. Or, at the very least, you can put most of your savings in an account while earning a competitive annual interest rate, although those savings rates are significantly lower since the Federal Reserve cut rates to near zero in 2020.

2. High management fee

It is wise to compare the fees for managing your money at an asset management firm with other alternatives. The management fee is typically around 1 percent of the investment, Foy says, and is typically charged annually.

3. Private bankers come and go

Turnover can also be a factor. If your private banker or wealth manager leaves a financial institution, you will have to choose whether to stay with the firm or move in with your representative.

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