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Fixed Deposit

Post by abbby » Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:04 am

Does anyone knows which bank offers the highest fixed deposits interest rate for 12 month term?
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by PNGMK » Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:58 pm

Maybank is usually around the top. You might be better off buying bank stocks at present (> 4% dividend paid quarterly with DBS at a price of $25).
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by abbby » Mon, 23 Sep 2019 3:19 pm

PNGMK wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:58 pm
Maybank is usually around the top. You might be better off buying bank stocks at present (> 4% dividend paid quarterly with DBS at a price of $25).
Sounds exciting...bank stocks are relatively safe bets right? At 4% is really a good deal.
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 23 Sep 2019 9:45 pm

abbby wrote:
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bank stocks are relatively safe bets right? At 4% is really a good deal.
Bank stocks (or any stocks) are not a "safe bet". With a savings account, unless the bank goes bankrupt, you are guaranteed to have your money returned, plus interest, no matter how little that is.

The stock share price fluctuates with the market and it's price depends on market conditions and what other people are willing to pay for the stock. The stock can go to zero or increase in value.

Over the longer haul, stocks usually increase in value, unless the company goes bust, and if you are in no hurry to get your money back out, then you can ride out the lows, and stocks are a good investment.

But, be clear of two things. First, investing in stocks is not the same as a fixed investment paying a known return. And second, unless you follow the market closely, investing in a single stock is not a good idea for a small player. Instead, if this idea appeals to you, consider an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in banks. You buy the ETF, it invests in a bunch of bank stocks, spreading the risk.

For example, here is an ETF that is about 50 percent invested in financial stocks.

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/EWs?ltr=1

As a rule of thumb, your personal investing plan should include ready cash from a savings account or money market, some say an amount equal to 3 months of your expenses. This is your emergency fund. Then you can invest in stocks without having to worry about selling when the price is low if you have an emergency need for funds.

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by abbby » Tue, 24 Sep 2019 9:48 am

Strong Eagle wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 9:45 pm
abbby wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 3:19 pm
bank stocks are relatively safe bets right? At 4% is really a good deal.
Bank stocks (or any stocks) are not a "safe bet". With a savings account, unless the bank goes bankrupt, you are guaranteed to have your money returned, plus interest, no matter how little that is.

The stock share price fluctuates with the market and it's price depends on market conditions and what other people are willing to pay for the stock. The stock can go to zero or increase in value.

Over the longer haul, stocks usually increase in value, unless the company goes bust, and if you are in no hurry to get your money back out, then you can ride out the lows, and stocks are a good investment.

But, be clear of two things. First, investing in stocks is not the same as a fixed investment paying a known return. And second, unless you follow the market closely, investing in a single stock is not a good idea for a small player. Instead, if this idea appeals to you, consider an exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in banks. You buy the ETF, it invests in a bunch of bank stocks, spreading the risk.

For example, here is an ETF that is about 50 percent invested in financial stocks.

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/EWs?ltr=1

As a rule of thumb, your personal investing plan should include ready cash from a savings account or money market, some say an amount equal to 3 months of your expenses. This is your emergency fund. Then you can invest in stocks without having to worry about selling when the price is low if you have an emergency need for funds.
Thanks Strong Eagle for the expert advice. I was pondering the whole night! And did some googling and seems stocks are somewhat volatile...and I am no expert in this field. Let me take a look at the ETF link. :)
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by clavie » Thu, 26 Sep 2019 3:05 pm

Std Chartered has a good 10-month time deposit at 1.8-1.9% depending on how much you put in. The positive thing I've found is that the funds are not 'locked' i.e. in case of emergency you can still withdraw money before the maturity date.

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by singaporeflyer » Thu, 26 Sep 2019 9:36 pm

abbby wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:04 am
Does anyone knows which bank offers the highest fixed deposits interest rate for 12 month term?
https://blog.moneysmart.sg/fixed-deposi ... singapore/

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by abbby » Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:09 am

clavie wrote:
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 3:05 pm
Std Chartered has a good 10-month time deposit at 1.8-1.9% depending on how much you put in. The positive thing I've found is that the funds are not 'locked' i.e. in case of emergency you can still withdraw money before the maturity date.
Yup...exactly what I like about time deposit, flexibility to withdraw if needed to. Will check Standard chartered out. Thanks!
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by abbby » Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:11 am

singaporeflyer wrote:
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 9:36 pm
abbby wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:04 am
Does anyone knows which bank offers the highest fixed deposits interest rate for 12 month term?
https://blog.moneysmart.sg/fixed-deposi ... singapore/
Thanks for the link! ICBC looks interesting too at 1.9%...anyone used them before? China bank?
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by DuckjuKang » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 3:53 am

abbby wrote:
Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:11 am
singaporeflyer wrote:
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 9:36 pm
abbby wrote:
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:04 am
Does anyone knows which bank offers the highest fixed deposits interest rate for 12 month term?
https://blog.moneysmart.sg/fixed-deposi ... singapore/
Thanks for the link! ICBC looks interesting too at 1.9%...anyone used them before? China bank?
Maybank or CIMB might be the best options i think... 2.1% for 9 months or 2% for 24 months at Maybank, or 1.85% for 12 months at CIMB. There are minimum deposit requirements for these rates though.
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Also, just adding on a comment for the comment above... bank stocks are highly correlated to the market & overall economy. most of these large banks in SG prob won't go bankrupt, but their stocks will be volatile, especially going forward. a lot of political uncertainties in the region & economic risks globally with rates going up and down... who knows what's going to happen

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 11:17 am

tic...toc...tic...toc...

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by tiktok » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 5:11 pm

You called sir?

Anyway, index tracking ETFs, lowest fee you can find. Long term, nobody can beat the index. End of story.
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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by singaporeflyer » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 5:30 pm

tiktok wrote:
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 5:11 pm
You called sir?

Anyway, index tracking ETFs, lowest fee you can find. Long term, nobody can beat the index. End of story.
ha ha..good joke..no he didnt mean tiktok.. he meant tic toc....there is a difference :wink:

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by tik.toc » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 6:52 pm

Ok fixed! Lucky it's so damn easy to create an account here.

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Re: Fixed Deposit

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 01 Nov 2019 7:24 pm

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