Understanding the financial wellness of Singaporeans

Launched in 2019, the OCBC Financial Wellness Index was the first comprehensive study on the financial health of Singaporeans.

The Index provides the bank with deep insights into consumers, which in turn helps us understand where our customers need more help in and develop even better solutions that can meet their needs.

Every year, 2,000 working adults in Singapore aged between 21 and 65 are surveyed online on questions relating to their financial situation.

Designed and formulated by OCBC Bank, the Index is based on the 10 pillars of financial wellness as defined by the bank's wealth management experts.

To assess how each respondent fares against these pillars, 24 indicators – standards and guidelines that are widely-accepted best practices in financial planning – are used to derive an individual score of a maximum of 100.

Based on their overall score, respondents are classified into various stages of financial wellness –
Have not started (0-24): Respondents have hardly taken any action on most indicators;
Intend to start (25-49): Respondents have just started or are intending to start;
Started but behind (50-74): Respondents have started but are behind on most indicators; and
Started and ahead (75-100): Ahead on almost all indicators.

The resulting scores from all 2,000 respondents are then averaged out to derive the Index.

How Singaporeans fared over the years:

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