This is really a nice initiative from MAS to combine all the bank data but I do have some gripe over it and there are nuances which I find myself complaining all over it. Before I do, I shall not and since this is something interesting to see, I would suggest everyone to try it.
Due to the technology involved in this, I wouldn’t suggest those who are not too savvy to attempt. You will get more frustrated from this. Technology do help us but also complicate our lives so much more. It’s just removing a a middle man to reduce pricing but then re-introducing the middle man as multiple stores and having different shop fronts and products which differs a little from one another.
What is Findex?
If you give your consent to the platform, you can share your personal financial data across Citibank, POSB/DBS, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB, plus government agencies like CPF, HDB and IRAS
This system is jointly developed by GovTech and I suppose SingPass is the security gateway to this capability. It is also stated that personal data is not stored.
I find that this is really in the infant stage of the launch and the applications can be developed into something more. That’s more GovTech and the merchants to find out.
What is the buzz about?
Consolidated bank accounts into one app. Let’s put it this way.
If you have a Standard Chartered bank account, choose the sgfindex option, login to Singpass and link your other bank accounts.
And if you have a OCBC bank account, choose the sgfindex option, login to Singpass and link your other bank accounts.
If you have a DBS bank account, choose the sgfindex option, login to Singpass and link your other bank accounts.
Okay, I think you get it. It is manual and you will need to endure with the lag, error 404, missed linked, etc….
I mean yeah, you get to see all your accounts in one app. All your credit cards, loans, selected government related accounts will be on it and that’s that.
Meanwhile, if you manage to come to this part of the reading – Thank you. If you are keen on getting $5 from Standard Chartered Bank. Do run through their exercise and also read their T&Cs at https://www.sc.com/sg/bank-with-us/sgfindex/
Don’t expect too much though.
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