The Best Fixed Deposits of November 2019

The next holiday most of us are looking forward to is probably the Christmas Season. In the month of November, banks have launched their Fixed Deposit Christmas Promotion where we can look forward to some attractive interest rates.

For those who has a lump sum of cash and can afford to lock down the money for 12 months or more, I certainly do recommend placing the money into fixed deposits as compared to the Singapore Savings Bonds. The reason is that for a short term period of 12 months, the interest rate for Singapore Savings Bonds has fell tremendously to 1.56% (Read more: December 2019 Singapore Savings Bonds is 1.71%)

Maybank is a clear winner here with interest rate of 1.88% for a 12 months placement. CIMB Bank is in the second place with their Fast Fixed Deposit Christmas Promotion interest rate of 1.80% p.a.

CIMB Fast Fixed Deposit Christmas Promotion

Interest rate: 1.80%, Minimum Placement: S$10,000, Promotion Valid Until: 30th November 2019

The total interest that you will receive if you place S$20,000 for 12 months is S$360.

Hong Leong Finance Fixed Deposit

Interest Rate: 1.73%, Minimum Placement: S$20,000, Promotion Valid Until: Not stated

Hong Leong Finance seems to have increased their interest rate for S$50,000 to less than S$100,000 deposit for a 12 month period from 1.75% to 1.80%.

The total interest that you will receive if you place S$20,000 for 12 months is S$346.

Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Time Deposit

Interest Rate: 1.60%, Minimum Placement: S$25,000, Promotion Valid Until: 30th Npvember 2019

The total interest that you will receive if you place S$25,000 for 9 months is S$300.

MayBank Singapore Dollar Time Deposit

Interest Rate: 1.88%, Minimum Placement: S$20,000, Promotion Valid Until: Not stated

The total interest that you will receive if you place S$20,000 for 12 months is S$376.00. However, there are some catch should you choose to place your fixed deposit with MayBank

  • You need to have a MayBank Current or Savings account.
  • For every S$1,000 deposited into the CASA Account, S$10,000 can be placed into the Singapore Dollar Time Deposit, subject to a minimum of S$20,000 in Time Deposit and the corresponding minimum deposit of S$2,000 in the CASA Account.

December 2019 Singapore Savings Bonds is 1.71%

The effective interest rate for December 2019 Singapore Savings Bonds (GX19120T) fell to a new low which is 1.71% if you held it for 10 years. The interest rate is the lowest and the worst since launch. The minimum amount you can purchase for Singapore Savings Bonds is S$500. If you decide to hold and sell it for 1 year, the effective interest rate is 1.56%.

If you have monies sitting in your Supplementary Retirement Scheme account, why not consider placing SRS monies with Singapore Savings Bonds for a higher interest? (Read more: Purchase Singapore Savings Bonds with SRS in 2019)

If you have 10K or more and can afford to lock down the money for 1 year or more, you can consider fixed deposits as compared to Singapore Savings Bonds for that higher interest rate.

DBS Multiplier Account + Singapore Savings Bonds

If you hold a DBS Multiplier Account, you can perhaps try the hack I previously wrote about to achieve a higher interest rate payout. (Read more: Earn More Interest With DBS Multiplier Account + Singapore Savings Bonds).

Tracking Singapore Savings Bonds via Stocks Café

My favorite website, Stocks Café has introduced a new feature to allow adding of Singapore Savings Bonds into your portfolio. If you didn’t know, I signed up as a Friend of Stocks Café as my most favorite feature of Stocks Café is the automated tracking of dividends payout.

I have renewed my subscription with Stocks Café and this is the second year that I continue to use Stocks Café to track my dividends.

Tracking Singapore Savings Bonds via My Savings Bonds Portal

MAS has launched My Savings Bonds Portal where you can track your Singapore Savings Bonds purchases separately from your stock purchases. I have done up a simple guide here. (Read more: Guide to My Savings Bonds Portal)

Summary of October 2019 Transactions

Besides the regular monthly purchase of Singapore Savings Bonds, I have made no other buy or sell transactions. The effective interest rate for Singapore Savings Bonds is falling and I am expecting it to fall further. Fixed deposits are offering better interest rates as much as 1.7% p.a. for a 12 month fixed deposit but of course the minimum amount is much higher as compared to the minimum amount of S$500 for Singapore Savings Bonds.

I am looking forward to the preferential offering by Mapletree Commercial Trust. Today, I received the following notification:

  1. Launch of Preferential Offering and Despatch of Instruction Booklet and ARE to Entitled Unitholders Pursuant to the Preferential Offering
  2. Instruction Booklet dated 30 October 2019 in connection with the Preferential Offering

If you didn’t know yet, Mapletree Commercial Trust is acquiring MBC II and thus the preferential offering. Mapletree Commercial Trust currently makes up 9% of my stock portfolio. I shall be taking up the offer and thus you shall see the reflected changes in my stock portfolio the next month.

If you didn’t know, I have been diligently contributing to my Supplementary Retirement Scheme (“SRS”) for the benefit of tax rebates. Since the monies in SRS also earn very low interest, I also invest my SRS monies into Singapore Savings Bonds since I am unable to withdraw from SRS until my retirement age.

As the year is coming to an end in two months, I am looking forward to December whereby I shall be receiving my Annual Wage Supplement. This should give my war chest a boost. I have been performing routine screening for stocks but found nothing worth investing into yet. Even though the old saying “There is no right time to buy”, I believe in buying the right stock and at the right price.

That’s all for my October updates. See you next month!