The Ultimate Guide On Short-Term Savings In Singapore
Updated as at 09 April 2023
Let’s answer the question: “Where should I park my cash savings and what is best for me?”
Defining the scope:
Before we begin, let us first define the parameters of the discussion, starting with the definition of short-term savings.
For the purpose of this discussion, short-term savings will be defined to be cash that is to be used for emergency purposes or non-negotiable items (i.e., property & marriage) and or have a duration of only 1 to 5 years.
We will be examining and ranking the instruments based on the following metrics:
the expected yearly rate of return
exposure to Interest Rate / Re-investment Risk
cap on savings amount (if any)
ease of earning the interest return
Assessing the instruments
Now that we’ve defined the parameters of the discussion, let us examine each of the instruments that we can use to grow our short-term savings.
I’ll be providing a brief description of what each of the instruments is, its pros and cons, and my personal opinion on the instrument and what it is suitable to be used for.
High-Interest Savings Account
Singapore Government Savings Bond
Money Market Funds
Not all “short-term” savings instruments are created equally, it is important that we understand the nature of the different instruments and what they are designed for to purposefully allocate our cash savings into the right instrument depending on our need for interest return, the flexibility of withdrawal and interest rate risk tolerance.
Personally, for my:
expenses & emergency savings, I will park them in the high-interest savings account
short-term savings of less than 2 years, I will park it in either treasuries or fixed deposits
general savings of more than 2 years, I will park it in Singapore Government Savings Bond
For a horizon of above 5 years, you may want to consider investments as an option. With interest rates at such low levels, investing had become a necessity rather than a luxury.
As consumers, we cannot afford to just idle our savings and watch them get eroded by the inflation rate over time. There is a sense of urgency to put our savings to work if we want to achieve our financial goals in the next 10-20 years.
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