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Singapore Savings Bond versus Savings Account versus Fixed Deposits

The latest Singapore Savings Bond (“SBSep17“) is offering 2.12% effective interest rate over a ten years period. Many people have been lamenting about the low interest rates and I also think the Singapore Savings Bond interest rate is not attractive. I decided to do some research by comparing it with similar low risk products out such as a popular high yield Savings account and Fixed Deposit account. I am excluding REITs and Stocks in the comparison as the intention is to park the money somewhere as a form of war chest or savings.

I picked CIMB StarSaver Account, CIMB 12 month fixed deposit and MayBank 12 month fixed deposit. Read More

Chinese New Year 2017 Fixed Deposit Promotion

Chinese New Year Fixed Deposit 2017

Banks usually offer higher promotional interest rates during Chinese New Year.

Standard Chartered Bank seems to be the first mover that launch its Chinese New Year 2017 Time Fixed Deposit promotion.

CIMB did not offer special interest rates for fixed deposits this year. Instead, they are giving away gift sets such as abalone and it is limited to a number of placements.

I shall update the table below when more subsequent banks introduce their Chinese New Year promotions.

2017 Fixed Deposit Promotions

Bank Interest Rate Minimum Sum Holding Period Remarks
SCB 1.15 % S$25,000 7 months
  1. Fresh funds
1.18 S$25,000 7 months
  1. Fresh funds
  2. Priority banking
1.25 % S$25,000 10 months
  1. Fresh funds
1.28 % S$25,000 10 months
  1. Fresh funds
  2. Priority banking
CIMB  1.25 %  S$38,000 12 months
  1. Fresh funds
  2. S$38,000 to below S$68,000
    1. 1 can of New Moon NZ abalone (worth S$39.80)
    2. First 388 Placements
  3. S$68,000 to below S$128,000
    1. 2 cans of New Moon NZ abalone + 1 can of New Moon Razor Clams (worth S$94.10)
    2. First 288 Placements
  4. S$128,000 to below S$288,000
    1. 4 cans of New Moon NZ abalone + 1 can of New Moon Pacific Clams (worth S$179.00)
    2. First 188 Placements
1.30 % S$100,000 12 months
  1. Fresh funds
  2. CIMB Preferred customers only
  3. S$288,000 and above
    1. 4 cans of New Moon NZ abalone + 1 can of New Moon Pacific Clams (worth S$179.00) + S$188 Ang Bao cash credit
    2. First 118 Placements

POSB Offers you 1.38 percent per annum interest but only 4 months

When I alighted at the MRT station to work, I notice there is a long queue and most of them are elderly aunties and uncles. Overhearing the conversation, I realise they are queuing up for the POSB fixed deposit promotion. If you have not heard, POSB is offering 1.38% per annum bonus interest for 4 months.

Below is referenced from POSB website. In summary, what you need to do Read More

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