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Do you think investing in SSB or temasek bond will be a better bet?

Have 1.5k to invest for the tranche in Nov. Am thinking whether to consider temasek bond now. Any advice?

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  • Cherie Julianne Tan
    Cherie Julianne Tan, Content Strategist at Seedly
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 17 Oct 2018

    It highly depends on which you are comfortable with, SSB is government-backed bond and Temasek Bond being rated "Aaa" by Moody's is afterall still a corporate bond.

    SSB:

    • Returns - S$33.30 after 5 years (S$37.20 after 10 years)
    • Able to withdraw anytime, (within a month of processing time)
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    Temasek Bond:

    • Returns - S$40.5 after 5 years
    • Cannot withdraw but you are able to sell back to the market in SGX (if there are buyers in the market and you might sell at a loss)
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    If you're adventurous enough and want to try out Temasek Bond, you can put $1,000 into that and the remaining $500 into SSB because for Temasek Bond you can only invest in denominations of S$1,000.

    Do ask yourself which you are most comfortable with, never invest in something that you don't believe in. Hope this helps! :)

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  • Gabriel Lee
    Gabriel Lee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 17 Oct 2018

    Can consider the Temasek bond instead as it gives 2.7% interest which is higher than what the Singapore Savings Bond is offering. Additionally, it's AAA-rated credit so it should be safe!

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    • Kenneth Lou
      Hey @Question Poster: Nope I believe where you need to commit for the full 5 years for the full maturity of the bond issue.
      17 Oct 2018
    • Gabriel Lee
      Hi, as Kenneth have mentioned above, you cannot withdraw like SSB so you'll have to make the choice of whether you prefer flexibility over returns or vice versa.
      17 Oct 2018
  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 17 Oct 2018

    I would say the temasek bond. it is rated AAA, and you can always sell it back to the market if you need to money for an emergency (historically, bond prices do not move MUCH, so you won't lose/gain much from selling.)

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  • Zann Chua
    Zann Chua
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 11 Apr 2019

    Hello!

    I would personally prefer to invest in the temasek bond since it has a higher interest rate.

    If you were to comapre the interest rates in Nov 2018, the annualised interest rate offered by temasek bond is 2.70%, which is higher than SSB's interest rate of 2.22%.

    However, the temasek bond would be affected by rising interest rates. Rising interest rates would cause bond prices to fall. Should you sell your losses at this point, you will likely incur investment losses.

    Here is a brief overview of the differences between these 2 investments!

    Both have their pros and cons, you should ultimately choose the bond that would be more in line with ur financial/investment goals! hope this helps!

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  • Ernest Yeam Wee Leong
    Ernest Yeam Wee Leong
    Level 4. Prodigy
    Answered on 11 Apr 2019

    Between those two options, i will choose the temasek bond instead.

    Higher interest rates and fixed principal upon maturity

    although SSB has flexible withdrawl and no loss of principal during anytime of withdrawal

    and since it is a small absolute amout of 1.5k, you should leave the money there in temasek bond for long and not touch it.

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