Hi guys, I have a few FDs maturing soon, total funds around 350K. What are the other options to park these funds mid to long term with low risk but offering higher returns than the current FD rates? - Seedly
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Hi guys, I have a few FDs maturing soon, total funds around 350K. What are the other options to park these funds mid to long term with low risk but offering higher returns than the current FD rates?

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Hi anon,

If you prefer low risk instruments, then you will have to look at instruments that are either guaranteed or do not have stocks as the underlying assest.

I also note that you intend to park the monies for mid to long term. I will ask however, do you require the funds to be liquid or are you okay to leave them parked for upwards of 5 to 10 years? (This is the time horizon you are looking at when you talk about mid to long term)

Next thing to look at would be the purpose of these monies. Do you intend to fund your retirement with these monies? Or is there some other purpose.

If you intend to fund your retirement with these plans, then you can look at ensuring that your CPF SA is maximized. Top up to FRS if you have not (and enjoy some tax relief while you are at it). Beyond that, retirement income plans from private insurers will also provide decent returns in this low interest rate environment. Perpetual income plans are also available if you intend to both use these monies for retirement and also pass the monies on to your children (if any) as part of estate planing purposes. If you are ok with short term, there are 3-year endowments with decent guaranteed yields, which you can keep 'rolling'. All options that I have mentioned will be risk-free as they have guarantees build into them.

On the risk side, you can look at bond/bond funds. The retail bond market in Singapore does not have a lot of selection, so a bond fund might be a better option. However there will be some level of volatility you have to put up with.

It might be better to look at planning for the mid to long term as a whole, taking into account your other assets, in order to better allocate these funds.​​​

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Hi anon,

If your FDs are maturing and the funds are meant for retirement, I'll highly suggest you opt for an annuity/retirement plan since your retirement needs are guaranteed but investment returns are not. There are quite a few options out there that guarantees your capital while offering non-guaranteed bonuses. What these plans do is to help supplement your CPF payout.

If you feel you have a bigger appetite for risk, you may want to opt for a diversified portfolio either through a financial advisor or roboadvisor where majority of your assets are under fixed-income related assets. This will Ensure your capital isn't largely affected by the volatility of the market while ensuring you have a portion of your money working for you for upside returns too. Ultimately, do consult an advisor to explore what your potential options are.

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Hi, you mentioned low risk with horizon mid to long term. That will be endowment plans that mature after 10 yrs/more depending on when u hope to get the funds. Or retirement plans. Suggest to look into insurance endowment or retirement plans as insurance plans provides protection coverage of life , TPD on top of giving you savings principal returns+bonus upon maturity

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Hey man,

if you are actually looking for retirement purpose, I suggest you can put into dividend paying ETFs such as LION Philip S-reits ETF.

The dividend yield is around 4%-6%. On top of that, you still can get capital Appreciation of your amount.

since , you have quite Large sum of capital , you can use the dividends as a form of passive income to pay miscellaneous expenses.

You will have portfolio diversification of 23 REITS based in singapore.

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saylavee

3w ago

I think going for syfe rplus will be a better choice, expense ratio 0.4%(syfe) vs 0.5%(lion). Syfe allows reinvestment of dividends also.
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What is the purpose of your 350k?

What is your life goals that you have set?

Retirement?

Marriage?

Kids Uni?

When do you need to use this money?

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3w ago

I'm in my 40s, these funds are for retirement.
Caleb Seah Hua Xiang
Caleb Seah Hua Xiang

3w ago

Okay. Start planning when you want to retire. If you need 20 years to retire, start planning how much you need to retire. One you have plan that amount, look for a vehicle(ETF, Stocks, Property) to help you reach that goal... I don't think putting into FD will help you beat inflation. So i think you should look somewhere else too...
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