At first glance, of course, the returns are barely enough to cover the average inflation rate of Singapore. Nevertheless, this is a risk-free investment, and can be ideal to use your rainy day funds/savings and invest it in the manner I will explain below.
DBS multiplier comes straight to mind as a great way to combine the returns from both sides (DBS and SSB) . What am i talking about here?
As some may know, DBS Multiplier gets higher interest rates the more categories of transactions one does , namely your salary entering through the account, house loans from DBS/POSB, insurance payments from DBS/POSB, credit card usage ($1 is sufficient to trigger the category) and most importantly, if you INVEST through DBS/POSB.
Let's assume you want the most bang for your buck. Naturally, I would say sticking to SC (refer to previous posts) for investing might still be a good choice to a certain extent, as I believe the transaction costs are still the lowest there.
However, if you wish for a double-pronged method for investing, one can actually "trigger" another category for DBS multiplier by actually obtaining the SSB from the CDP account if one has one with DBS/POSB. In essence, you will be obtaining the interest for buying the SSB bond, while still triggering a higher return for your DBS multiplier. I think that is a win win, especially considering how relatively liquid retrieving this money from SSB/DBS multiplier can be. Meanwhile, I can still be obtaining the sweet low cost investing from Standard Chartered too.
Cheers people, and onwards to investing towards a brighte future.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with any of the banks, nor am I associated with the Singapore Government in anyway (other than paying them taxes. Boo.)