Hi everyone, earlier today, both Mrs Budget and I have made a few transactions and we wanted to share some of them here.
First, we redeemed our Singapore Savings Bond which we purchased 2 years ago. When we bought the bonds, we had the intention of keeping it until maturity 10 years later, with an effective rate of 2.45% per annual.
It seemed like a good deal especially since we had managed to get some of the better yield SSB. Shortly after our initial bond purchase, the yield of subsequent SSB fell month after month, and now it is at a ridiculous 0.9% pa if you hold it for 10 years.
When we were looking at our portfolio earlier last weekend as part of our annual portfolio cleaning up, we were looking for ways to fund our increased appetite for high growth US stocks.
We realized that we have SSB in our account and its sitting there by itself. We only managed to buy the SSB once. In view of our overall portfolio, this single SSB purchase seems to just be sitting alone there trying to fit itself into our bond portfolio.
However, we have recently repositioned our whole Singapore equities to be viewed as a bond portfolio instead, and now, the SSB seemed a little out of place.
As we took stock of the returns of SSB, the initial projected yield also no longer seem attractive to us. What we now know (which we didnt when we bought the SSB) is that, effectively, the rate of return of SSB should be 2.45% minus the inflation rate (0.5%), equivalent to just under 2%.
The returns simply doesnt move the needle for us now and it would have been better utilized in investing in high growth companies.
Surely after 10 years, any high growth company we invest in now can return us a return of at least 2% pa?
With this realization, we decided to redeem our SSB earlier today. Here’s the process we went through and its quite simple:
First you log into your CDP-linked bank account, which for us is DBS.
After clicking on “redeeming Singapore government securities, you just need to key in your holdings and submit the application. There is a one off application fee of S$2 and the bond will be redeemed and creditted to your account the next following month.
Exiting Our Position In DBS
Other than redeeming our Singapore Savings Bond, we also took the opportunity to close off our position with DBS.
Both Mrs Budget and I have DBS stocks and while we believe that the company will definitely be around in the next 5 to 10 years, we wanted to divert that fund to US fintech companies instead.
To us, the allocation is similar – we are still investing in the finance sector, but changing that investment from a safe dividend stock into a higher growth stock.
One of the reason why we sold off DBS is also that we are wary about the fact that there will be even more digital banking coming into the space 2 to 3 years down the road, and things will definitely not be easier for DBS.
With the new fintech entrants, we can still see DBS maintaining its market cap (ie stock price almost the same), but other fintech companies will have higher growth in their market cap.
Hence we would prefer to shift our investment in DBS into other fintech companies. We currently already have positions in SE (new digital bank) as well as in PayPal, and may soon look at initiating a position in Square.
To us, we will only sell off our positions if there is a change in our investment thesis or if there are better opportunities that presents themselves, and with the case of DBS, the selling is triggered by both these factors.
Inclusive of the dividend received, Mr Budget made a 5% return on his DBS holdings in 2 years, while Mrs Budget made a 7% return on her holdings in less than a year.
As we close off the year, we are still actively doing a clean up on our portfolio. We are actively looking to trim our Singapore holdings even more to fund our increased appetite in US growth stocks.
Our investment thesis is also being molded differently now as we continue to consume more content around US stocks and understanding what drives the future economy. We will share more as and when they come.
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