New 6-Month Singapore T-Bill (est. 3.8% Yield) Available on Auction Until 8th December 2022

A Singapore Treasury Bill issue (BS22124H) will be auctioned on Thursday, 8th December 2022.

If you wish to subscribe successfully, get your order via internet banking (Cash and SRS) or in person (CPF) by 7th December. You can also apply with your CPF-OA and CPF-SA funds, but you would have to go down to a bank (OCBC, UOB and DBS) and do it in person. You can also apply the same issue with your cash and SRS.

You can view the details to MAS here.

In the past, I have shared with you the virtues of the Singapore T-bills, their ideal uses, and how to subscribe to them here: How to Buy Singapore 6-Month Treasury Bills (T-Bills) or 1-Year SGS Bonds .

In the last issue announced two weeks ago and recently concluded, the current t-bills traded at a yield of 3.95%. In the end, the cut-off yield for the t-bill ended at 3.90%.

For the second time, if you select a non-competitive bid, you may be pro-rated the amount you bid and would yield 3.90%. If you would like to ensure you secure all that you bid, it will be better to select a competitive bid, but you need to get your bid right.

A good rule of thumb to ensure you get what you want and accept whatever the cut-off yield bid 50% of the last cut-off yield. In this case, you can bid 1.95%. Whether the final cut-off yield is at 2% to 4.3%, your 1.95% bid will help secure the full allocation you need.

Gaining Insights About the Upcoming Singapore T-bill Yield from the Daily Closing Yield of Existing Singapore T-bills.

The table below shows the current interest yield the six-month Singapore T-bills is trading at:

The daily yield at closing gives us a rough indication of how much the 6-month Singapore T-bill will trade at the end of the month. From the daily yield at closing, we should expect the upcoming T-bill yield to trade close to the yield of the last issue.

Currently, the 6-month Singapore T-bills are trading close to a yield of 3.90 in the last few days, which is close to the yield of the T-bills 2 weeks ago.

Gaining Insights About the Upcoming Singapore T-bill Yield from the Daily Closing Yield of Existing MAS Bills.

Typically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue a 4-week and a 12-week MAS Bill to institutional investors.

The credit quality or the credit risk of the MAS Bill should be very similar to the Singapore T-bills since the Singapore government issues both. The 12-week MAS Bill (3 months) should be the closest term to the six-month Singapore T-bills.

Thus, we can gain insights into the yield of the upcoming T-bill from the daily closing yield of the 12-week MAS Bill.

The cut-off yield for the latest MAS bill auctioned on 29th Nov (a couple of days ago) is 4.50%. This is higher than the last MAS bill issue a week ago.

Currently, the MAS Bill trades close to 4.36%.

Given that the MAS 12-week yield is at 4.36% and the last traded 6-month T-bill yield is at 3.9%, what is likely to be the T-bill yield this time round?

In the last auction, we observed that enough people did competitive bidding at lower than cut-off yield versus those that did non-competitive bidding. The lower bids eventually bring down the eventual cut-off yield to 3.9%.

The beauty of an auction system is that demand and supply will gravitate the cut-off yield closer to what the aggregate people want. If the majority choose to bid competitively and not care about what yield they will eventually get, the yield will be lower.

Also, with the recent market yield compression, I am sensing that we should see a lower 6-month Treasury bill yield of around 3.8% instead of a higher yield.

Here are your other Higher Return, Safe and Short-Term Savings & Investment Options for Singaporeans in 2022

You may be wondering whether other savings & investment options give you higher returns but are still relatively safe and liquid enough.

Here are different other categories of securities to consider:

Type of Securities Range of Returns Lock-in Minimum
Fixed & time deposits on promotional rates 1.8% – 2.6% 12M to 24M > $20,000
Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB) 2%-3.2% 1M > $1,000
SGS 6-month Treasury Bill 2.5% – 4.19% 6M > $1,000
SGS 1-Year Bond 3.72% 12M > $1,000
Short-term insurance endowment 1.8-4.3% 2Y – 3Y >$10,000
Money-Market Funds 3.48% 1W > $100

This table is updated as of 17th November 2022.

Here are some further comments about the different types of securities:

Type of Securities Remarks
Fixed & time deposits on promotional rates
Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB) Maximum $200k per person. When in demand, it can be challenging to get an allocation. A good SSB example.
SGS 6-month Treasury Bill Suitable if you have a lot of money to deploy. How to buy T-bills guide.
SGS 1-Year Bond Suitable if you have a lot of money to deploy. How to buy T-bills guide.
Short-term insurance endowment Make sure they are capital guaranteed. Usually, there is a maximum. A good example Gro Capital Ease.
Money-Market Funds Suitable if you have a lot of money to deploy. A fund that invests in fixed deposits will actively help you capture the highest prevailing interest rates. Do read up the fact sheet or prospectus to ensure the fund only invests in fixed deposits & equivalents. MoneyOwl’s WiseSaver – Fullerton Cash Fund example.

There are other securities or products that may fail to meet the criteria to give back your principal, high liquidity and good returns. Structured deposits contain derivatives that increase the degree of risk. Many cash management portfolios of Robo-advisers and banks contain short-duration bond funds. Their values ​​may fluctuate in the short term and may not be ideal if you require a 100% return of your principal amount.

The returns provided are not cast in stone and will fluctuate based on the current short-term interest rates. You should adopt more goal-based planning and use the most suitable instruments/securities to help you accumulate or spend down your wealth instead of having all your money in short-term savings & investment options.

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