The effective interest rate for May 2022 Singapore Savings Bonds (SBMAY22 GX22050N) is 2.09% if you held it for 10 years. As you can see from the above chart, the effective interest rate is at 12 months high. For the first time in 12 months, the effective interest rate rose above 2%.
The minimum amount which you can purchase the Singapore Savings Bond is S$500. If you decide to hold and sell the current issue (SBMAY22 GX22050N) after 1 year, the effective interest rate is 0.86%. There is no lock in period and thus you can sell it anytime.
Despite the low interest rate, Singapore Savings Bonds complement your other savings and investments as a safe way to save for the long term. It is basically near to zero risks.
The recent sudden Russia and Ukraine war has caused volatility in the global stock markets. During war times, the prices of gold and bonds will usually go up because people believe these are safer assets.
Thus, if you want almost zero risk, Singapore Savings Bonds is a good almost zero risk investment.
Singapore Savings Bonds Alternatives
When Dash EasyEarn was launched, it offered 2.00% p.a. for the first year. Recently, it has announced the reduction of its return from 2.00% p.a. to 1.20% p.a.. This will be effective from 30th July 2021 onwards.
Recently Dash PET had reduced its rate of return from 1.0% p.a. from second year onwards to 0.7% p.a..
Higher Returns But Higher Risk
Crypto is definitely not for the faint hearted. If you are looking for safe haven, stick to Singapore Savings Bonds.
Is Singapore Savings Bonds still Useful?
Most of the financial products out there require you to invest using cold hard cash. This is where the Singapore Savings Bonds outshine them. You can purchase the Singapore Savings Bonds using your Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) funds.
The interest rate for Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) fund is only 0.05% per annum. You can top up your SRS account to offset your annual taxes and then use the funds from your SRS account to purchase Singapore Savings Bonds to earn a higher interest rate.
Tracking Singapore Savings Bonds via Stocks Café
My favourite website, Stocks Café has allows 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 favourite feature of Stocks Café is the automated tracking of dividends payout.
This is the third 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)