FinatiQ was set up by OCBC Bank in 2000 as Singapore’s first online-only bank account. Back then, it offered superior interest rates compared to normal savings account. I remembered enjoying rates of about 3% on my funds in the account.
You could also buy unit trusts online via the platform although somehow, this aspect didn’t take off in a big way.
With internet banking becoming a mainstay of pretty much every bank these days, OCBC has decided to shut down finatiQ on 30 June 2011.
Affected customers will be given the following options:
For Deposit Accounts
1. Transfer deposit balance to a same-name (first-party) OCBC Bank account; or
2. Open an OCBC Bank Statement Savings account and transfer deposit balance to that same-name (first-party) account; or
3. Receive deposit balance as a cashiers order.
For Unit Trust holdings
1. Transfer all holdings to OCBC Bank; or
2. Transfer all holdings to Fundsupermart.com; or
3. Redeem all holdings; or
4. Transfer holdings to another distributor. Customers will need to approach the distributor of their choice for a transfer form. The distributor will send us the form for processing, after which customers will receive a letter from finatiQ confirming the transfer. This process will take approximately four to six weeks.