Where should I put 10k right now? I do not have the time to monitor stocks and it's too high-risk for me so that's a no-go. Preferably a place where my capital will not decrease. I recently saw SSB and wonder if that's the best place right now? - Seedly
 

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Asked on 28 May 2019

Where should I put 10k right now? I do not have the time to monitor stocks and it's too high-risk for me so that's a no-go. Preferably a place where my capital will not decrease. I recently saw SSB and wonder if that's the best place right now?

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Junus Eu
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Answered on 29 May 2019

If you only want to put it into a place where your capital does not decrease, you can consider the following:

High Yield Savings Accounts

While not technically an investment, a high interest rate yielding savings account can give you a 2-3% p.a. interest rate. Additionally, if it's not conditional on minimum spending, it's very easy to manage since there isn’t much to do after opening your account.

Fully Secured Bonds

Fully Secured Bonds are another excellent low-risk investment option.

Certificate of Deposits

A Certificate of Deposit is also considered to be a pretty safe investment. When you invest in term CDs, the bank assures a guaranteed interest rate over a specific time period, or variable-rate CDs where the interest rate is tied to some type of index – like a stock market index.

Fixed Deposits

This is a financial instrument provided by banks or NBFCs which provides investors a higher rate of interest than a regular savings account, until the given maturity date. It

ETFs

Slightly higher risk then the previous options mentioned, ETFs look to give you exposure to a basket of underlying assets, to create an index that mimics the market index or a market theme. The benefit is that they provide instant diversification. You could look at the various robo advisors to help automate the investing process for you.

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Thaddeus Tan
Thaddeus Tan, Community Lead at Seedly
Level 6. Master
Answered on 29 May 2019

Yo, SSB imo not doing very well now. it was better in the past. If you don't have time to monitor stocks, you can consider robo-advisors for a start. Should you need more info on robo-advisors, you can check out an episode on SeedlyTV here. Alternatively, you can also read more about the Temasek Astrea bond here.

There are various robo-advisors in SG namely Stashaway, Smartly, Autowealth, Endowus and MoneyOwl. You can find out more about each of these robo-advisors and see the reviews that they have. Hope this helps!

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Arpita Mukherjee
Arpita Mukherjee, Community Evangelist at Kristal.AI
Level 6. Master
Answered on 14 Nov 2019

Hi Anon,

I don't thing SSB is advisable at the moment. However, there are plenty of safe ways to invest your money and have it grow. As you said that you do not have the time to monitor stocks, You can go for REITs, other ETFs and bonds, but before you do that, I'd suggest you go for a Robo-advisory platform. Robo-Advisory platforms assess your current financial position and recommend a portfolio strategy after reviewing your risk profile. These bionic advisors are still not very different from your ordinary financial advisors as both options will still have a management fee incurred for users. The difference lies with the amount, as Robo-advisors have lower management fees. And the best part is that they give you the most unbiased advice.

You can read here for a better understanding.

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I hope this helps you make the right decision.

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Edwin Koh
Edwin Koh
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Answered on 29 May 2019

Then your only options left is endowment plans and SSB since that your risk level is very Low and this two are the lowest risk

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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham, Kenichi Tag Team Member at Tag Team
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 29 May 2019

You can consider SSB, high interest saving accounts such as DBS multiplier, OCBC 360, UOB stash or endowments plans

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Kenneth Quek
Kenneth Quek
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 25 Nov 2019

You didn't mention when you would need the 10k, only that you are risk adverse. Wonder if you have considered CPF SA for a guaranteed 4%pa. Of course, downside is that you don't get to touch it until you retire.

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Jonathan Chia Guangrong
Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 14 Nov 2019

High yielding fixed deposit or savings accounts would be a good idea if you are risk adverse. Alternatively, you can explore robo advisories like stashaway and consider their low risk portfolios. Hope this helps.

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