OCBC Bank Makes It Easier to Buy Singapore Savings Bonds

The effective interest rate for March 2017 Singapore Savings Bonds is 2.38%.

It seems that it is now easier to buy Singapore Savings Bonds. When I logged in to OCBC Personal Internet Banking, I noticed a new menu option called Singapore Government Securities in the menu.

Upon launching the page, I realized that it is now easier to buy government securities such as Singapore Savings Bonds, Singapore Government Securities (SGS) Bonds and Treasury Bills. Read More

Structured Deposit vs Fixed Deposit

Structured Deposit

While searching for Chinese New Year fixed deposit promotions, I came across the above promotion advertised. The bank is offering structured deposit that offers up to 12.1% returns over 6 years. It sounds very attractive to me given the high interest rate.

As I am not familiar with structured deposit, I decided to do some further research on it.

What is a structured deposit?

A structured deposit is actually a deposit that is combined with an investment product. The returns on the structured deposit will depend on the performance of the underlying financial asset, product or benchmark. 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