December 2018 Singapore Savings Bonds is 2.57%

The effective interest rate for Singapore Savings Bonds is at 12 months high at 2.57%. The last month where such high interest rate was offered was in August 2018 as you can see from the graph above.

As usual, I shall be allocating a portion of my monthly salary into safe haven. Singapore Savings Bonds acts as a form of emergency fund when the need arises. This month, the effective interest rate for December 2018 Singapore Savings Bonds (GX18120X) if you held it for 10 years is 2.57%.

If you didn’t know, Singapore Savings Bonds pays out interest every 6 months. Thus, if you have subscribed for December 2018 Singapore Savings Bonds, the next payout will be June 2019 and December 2019 respectively. If you own a DBS Multiplier Account, you can also apply the hack to earn a higher monthly interest from your DBS Multiplier Account. I have completed my matrix below and thus I am expecting to earn a higher interest rate from DBS Multiplier Account every month in the year 2019!

Read my previous post here on how to earn higher interest with your DBS Multiplier Account. Read More

Summary of October 2018 Transactions

This is an exciting month as REITs start to announce their financial results. With the exception of Frasers Logistics and Industrial which will announce their financial results in November, Frasers Commercial Trust, Mapletree Commercial Trust, CapitaMall Trust and Parkway Life REIT has all announced their financial results.

I am happy that Frasers Commercial Trust managed to sustain 2.40 cents per unit for 4Q2018. At the current share price of S$1.43 and FY18 total distribution per unit of 9.60 cents, the yield is 6.71%. The other REIT with fantastic financial results was Mapletree Commercial Trust which reported a growth of 1.3% in Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) to 2.27 cents.

I have yet to review CapitaMall Trust and Parkway Life REIT financial results but a quick glance shows that the Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) for CapitaMall Trust has increased by 4.9% to 2.92 cents when comparing 3Q2017 and 3Q2018. Shopper traffic fell 1.8% though. Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) for ParkwayLife REIT fell 4.1% when comparing 3Q2017 and 3Q2018 financial results. Read More

Mapletree Commercial Trust DPU Grew 1.3% for 2QFY18/19

This is one REIT that give you no surprises. It has been almost a year since I wrote Why I Bought Into Mapletree Commercial Trust. Today, Mapletree Commercial Trust has announced their 2QFY18/19 financial results. Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) grew by 1.3% to 2.27 Singapore cents driven by higher contribution from VivoCity, MBC I and MLHF.

Mapletree Commercial Trust’s flagship shopping mall, VivoCity achieved healthy growth in shopper traffic and tenant sales of 5.8% and 2.8% respectively in 2Q FY18/19. In addition, the speculation in Investing Note forum that the hypermart will be replaced came true. FairPrice will replace VivoMart with a new integrated concept by 1H FY19/20. This should further boost shopper traffic at VivoCity.

The overall portfolio committed occupancy stood at 98.7% which I think is overall healthy.

Here are the 2QFY18/19 financial results compared with 2QFY17/18. Read More