29 Sep '15, 6am

Some Thoughts On The First Issue Of SSB: 1. SSB Was Massively Under-Subscribed Honestly, I was thinking if the Mrs…

1. SSB Was Massively Under-Subscribed Honestly, I was thinking if the Mrs would get her full allocation for the first issue of the Singapore Savings Bond . She applied for $5,000 in the middle of September. The 2.63% of returns isn’t fantastic, but definitely not to be sneezed at for what is essentially a risk-free rate. But it seems we are the rare few that thought this way. In the end , all applications (up to the maximum limit of $50,000) were accepted. According to this document , MAS actually prepared $1.2 billion for this first issue but only slightly more than $400 million from ~20,000 individuals was taken up. Seriously, I wonder if MAS is embarrassed by this public dismissal of the SSB. 2. Why The First Issue Was Unpopular With interest rates rising (sooner or later), expectations of higher rates in subsequent issues are there. Many have …

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