China Taiping i-Save Plan 10th Tranche

China Taiping i-Save 1.96 per annum

China Taiping i-Save Plan 10th Tranche offers you a guaranteed return of 1.96% per annum for 3 years. The previous tranche in April 2020 which offers you 2.18% p.a. was fully subscribed within a month. With falling interest rates across other financial products such as Singapore Saving Bonds, fixed deposits and saving accounts, I can see why Singaporeans are snatching these limited tranche endowment plans quickly.

What are Endowment Plans?

Endowment plans such as China Taiping i-Save are life insurance saving plans that are offered by insurance companies.

The aim is to help policyholders save towards specific financial goals. Policy holders can contribute a regular amount for a designated period of time or pay a lump sum upfront at the start of the policy.

Upon maturity of the policy, you will be given a lump sum payout with the guaranteed return. It is best to study the plan carefully as certain endowment plans offers non-guaranteed returns.

In this case, China Taiping i-Save Plan is a single premium, non-participating life insurance savings plan offered by China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd that gives you a lump sum payout with guaranteed return of 1.96% per annum over 3 years.

The maximum investment amount is S$100,000 which gives you a return of S$6,000 at the end of policy maturity.

My Opinion

In my opinion, this is a low risk investment as compared to stocks and bonds. If your heart cannot take it or you cannot sleep because the stock market has crashed due to COVID-19, China Taiping i-Save Plan is something that you can look at for a short term investment.

Last month, I have shared about NTUC Gro Capital Ease which similarly offers 1.96% p.a. over 3 years but it has been fully subscribed. Thus you may wish to consider this.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and solely the author’s opinion.

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease Guaranteed 1.96% p.a.

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease is a single premium savings plan that gives you a lump sum payout with guaranteed return of 1.96% per annum over 3 years. You will receive the lump sum payout at the end of the policy term.

The previous tranche was offered on a limited and first-come-first-serve basis in June 2020 with a guaranteed return of 1.85% per annum over 2 years.

What Are Endowment Plans?

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease is an Endowment plan. Endowment plans are life insurance saving plans that are offered by insurance companies. The aim is to help policyholders save towards specific financial goals. Policy holders can contribute a regular amount for a designated period of time or pay a lump sum upfront at the start of the policy.

Upon maturity of the policy, you will be give a lump sum payout with the guaranteed return. It is best to study the plan carefully as certain endowment plans offers non-guaranteed returns.

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease guarantees a maturity benefit of 106% of the single premium after 3 years. No gimmicks here!

What I Loved About NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease?

  1. You are guaranteed acceptance regardless of your health condition. You are protected against death and total and permanent disability (TPD before age 70).
  2. The minimum single premium for online purchase starts at $5,000 which is affordable. The premium is payable via eNets, PayNow QR or Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) funds, or at $20,000 if made through a financial advisor representative, payable using cash or SRS.
  3. This is the only Endowment plan that I know of that has the option to pay premiums using Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) funds.

NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease Versus Singapore Savings Bonds?

Below is the interest rate for October 2020 issue of Singapore Savings Bonds. The interest rate is 0.26% for year 1 and 2 and 0.42% for the third year.

This averages to 0.31% p.a. if you held the October 2020 issue of Singapore Savings Bonds for 3 years. Needless to say, NTUC Income Gro Capital Ease is the clear winner against the Singapore Savings Bonds.

SBOCT20 GX20100N Bond Details

How Does The Endowment Plan Fare Against Fixed Deposits?

In my opinion, DBS Bank offers the best fixed deposit rates in September 2020. For a 36 months placement on amounts from S$1,000 to S$19,999 with DBS Bank, you get an interest rate of 0.85% per annum.

DBS Fixed Deposit Interest Rates 3 September 2020

NTUC Income Gro Capita Ease is still the clear winner here if we compare the interest rate with the interest rates offered by current fixed deposits promotions.

My Opinion

This is the only endowment plan that allow you to pay for the premium using your Supplementary Retirement Scheme funds. With falling interest rates by Singapore Savings Bonds and fixed deposits, this is the current most attractive plan around to grow your money with low risks involved.

This short term endowment plan is available for purchase from 28 September 2020 onwards.