Note that every month, there will be a new issue you can subscribe to via ATM. The 1 to 10-year yield you will get will differ from this month’s ladder, as shown above.
Last month’s bond yields 3.00%/yr for ten years and 3.07%/yr for one year.
Here is the current historical SSB 10-Year Yield Curve with the 1-Year Yield Curve since Oct 2015, when SSB was started (Click on the chart, and move over the line to see the actual yield for that month):
How to Apply for the Singapore Savings Bond – Application and Redemption Schedule
You will apply for the bonds throughout the month. At the end of the month, you will know how many of the bonds you applied were successful.
Here is the schedule for application and redemption if you wish to sell:
You have from the second day of the month to about the 25th of the month (technically the 4th day from the last working day) to apply or decide to redeem the SSB you wish to redeem.
Your bond will be in your CDP on the 1st of the following month. You will see your cash in your bank account linked to your CDP account on the 1st of next month.
You May Not Get All the Singapore Savings Bonds That You Apply For
Do note that when you apply for the Singapore Savings Bonds, you may not get all that you apply for. Think of this as you are bidding for an amount which is determined by the demand and supply of Singapore Savings Bonds.
When the interest rate is low, the demand tends to be lower relative to history, and you can get a more significant amount. Still, if the interest rate is very high, demand can be so overwhelming that you may get a small portion you apply for.
For example, in the August 2022 issue, you can apply for $100,000, but the maximum allotted amount per person was $9,000 only. If you applied for $8,000, you would get your total $8,000 allocation.
How do the Singapore Savings Bonds Compare to SGS Bonds or Singapore Treasury Bills?
Singapore savings bonds are like a “unit trust” or a “fund” of SGS Bonds.
But what is the difference between buying SGS Bonds and its sister, the T-Bills, directly?
The SGS Bonds and T-Bills are also issued by the Government and are AAA rated.
Here is a MAS detailed comparison of the three:
The main advantage of the 1-year SGS Bonds and Six-month Singapore Treasury Bills is that you can get a more significant allocation currently compared to the Singapore Savings Bonds. This means that if you need to earn a good interest yield of $400,000, you get a better chance to fulfil that with 1-year SGS Bonds and Six-month Treasury Bills.
The short-term interest rates are getting rather exciting, and short-term SGS bonds and treasury bills may be applicable to supplement your Singapore Savings Bonds allocation.
Suitable if you have a lot of money to deploy. A fund that invests in fixed deposits will actively help you capture the highest prevailing interest rates. Do read up the factsheet or prospectus to ensure the fund only invests in fixed deposits & equivalents.
There are other securities or products that may fail to meet the criteria to give back your principal, high liquidity and good returns. Structured deposits contain derivatives that increase the degree of risk. Many cash management portfolios of Robo-advisers and banks contain short-duration bond funds. Their values may fluctuate in the short term and may not be ideal if you require a 100% return of your principal amount.
The returns provided are not cast in stone and will fluctuate based on the current short-term interest rates. You should adopt more goal-based planning and use the most suitable instruments/securities to help you accumulate or spend down your wealth instead of having all your money in short-term savings & investment options.
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