Best Investment Sign-up Promotions In Singapore (2021)

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Here are 8 investment sign-up offers that can save you money and boost the growth of your portfolio. 

Everybody loves a good deal, and when it comes to investing, the best deals are the ones that give you free money. 

If starting an investment portfolio is part of your financial resolutions for 2021, you’ll want to take advantage of sign-up promos and deals that save you money when investing and help your fledging account grow that little bit faster.

Promos and offers aren’t the full story

While promos are good, you shouldn’t jump into opening an account just because you see a good one. 

You should always take the time to fully understand the investment platform and product, and find out what are the fees you will need to pay after the promotion is over.

Investments work best over time, and starting and stopping, or switching between platforms and products will incur a chunk of fees – which means money wasted.

You should always take the time to properly research an investment product, and only proceed if there is a good fit with your goals, timeline and budget. 

With that in mind, here are some of the best investment sign-up promos for Singaporean investors in 2021.

Financial institutionType of investmentSign-up promoValid till
Tiger BrokersStocks, ETFs, REITsSign up for a new account and get $10 cash reward31 Jan 2021
DBS digiPortfolioETFsDeposit at least $3,000 and enjoy 6-month fee waiver 
(capped at $15,000 of total investment)
31 Jan 2021
POSB InvestSaverETFs and Unit TrustsEnjoy $125 sales charge rebate on InvestSaver transactions31 Jan 2021
SyfeRobo-advisor (REITS, ETFs, Funds)Cash reward via PayNow31 Jan 2021
POEMS Share Builders Plan (Regular Savings Plan)Stocks and SharesEnjoy 3 months handling fee rebates31 Mar 2021
POEMS Unit Trust Transfer In Unit TrustsGet $20 reward for every $10,000 worth of Unit Trusts holdings transferred in to POEMS
Maximum reward capped at $1,000
31 Mar 2021
HSBC Unit TrustsUnit Trust Regular Savings PlanEnjoy 0% sales fees for six months on monthly Regular Savings Plan contributions31 Mar 2021
MoneyOwlRobo-advisor (Bonds, Equities)0% fees on first $10,000 
(cash investments only)
31 Dec 2021

Tiger Brokers: $10 cash reward for new sign-ups

Home-grown trading platform Tiger Brokers offers a mix of Singapore stocks, ETFs and REITs, as well as selections from popular global markets such as US, China and Australia.

They also offer a mix of indices, commodities, bonds and futures, so there’s something for investors of all appetites and experience levels.

Tiger Brokers sets very attractive pricing for its fees, starting at USD 1 cent per share for US stocks and ETFs, while service fees for Hong Kong, China, Australia and Singapore range from 0.06% to 0.10% of trade value.

With such low rates and access to popular trading markets and products, Tiger Brokers is a good choice to start your trading journey. 

SingSaver exclusive: Sign up via SingSaver and receive $10 cash credit. Limited to the first 50 new account sign-up only. 

Promo valid till: 31 Jan 2021

SingSaver’s exclusive offer: Get rewarded $10 cash via PayNow upon account application. Limited to the first 50 new accounts only. Valid till 31 Jan 2021.

DBS digiPortfolio: 6-month fee waiver with min. $3,000 deposit

A platform for investing in ETFs by Singapore’s largest retail bank, DBS digiPortfolio is now offering six months worth of fee waivers for new investors. 

The waiver only applies on the first $15,000 in investment deposits, but should still provide a nice little boost to your portfolio.

To qualify, simply apply for a new digiPortfolio account and deposit at least S$3,000 in the Asia Portfolio, or US$3,000 in the Global Portfolio. 

You’ll receive the management fee rebates as a cash credit to your DBS/POSB account in August 2021. 

Promo valid till: 31 Jan 2021

POSB InvestSaver: $125 sales charge rebate

POSB Invest-Saver is a Regular Savings Investment Plan that lets you invest in ETFs and Unit Trusts (UTs).

Both ETFs and UTs are popular investment products that also tend to benefit from dollar-cost averaging.

Sign up for a new InvestSaver account and lower your investing cost even further with a sales fee rebate of up to $125. 

To qualify, you’ll have to continue making investment deposits for three consecutive months from sign-up. Sales fee rebates will apply on deposits made up till 30 Apr 2021, and will be credited into your debiting account by 30 Jun 2021. 

Promo valid till: 31 Jan 2021

Syfe: Cash via PayNow

REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) are popular retail investment vehicles which pool together funds from many individual investors to invest in real estate. This allows investors to access real estate investments without having to put up a high capital outlay. 

Syfe is one of the few robo-advisers in Singapore that offers a REITs portfolio focused on the highly sought-after Singapore real estate market. 

If you’ve always wanted to own a piece of Singapore’s gleaming skyline, now’s the time to get yourself some cash upon account application. Alternatively, Syfe also has an Equity100 portfolio for the ones that are willing to take on more risk for the potential of higher returns.

SingSaver exclusive: Sign up via SingSaver and receive $5 cash via PayNow. Limited to the first 100 new accounts. 

Promo valid till: 31 January 2021

SingSaver’s exclusive offer: Get rewarded $5 cash upon account application, limited to first 100 new accounts. Valid till 31 Jan 2021.

POEMS Shares Builder Plan: 3-month rebate on handling fees

Investing directly in stocks and shares is a gratifying way to directly support your favourite brands and companies. Not only do you own a little piece of them, their good performance will create financial rewards for you down the line. 

POEMS Shares Builder plan is a Regular Savings Plan that lets you invest in stocks and shares with steady, regular deposits, which is advantageous because: 

  1. You don’t have to raise a large sum of capital to begin 
  2. You’ll also benefit from dollar-cost averaging

If this sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to take advantage of the current promotion, which gives you three months of rebate on handling fees when you sign up as a new customer.

However, the rebate is credited contingent on your portfolio achieving capital gains during the three-month period. You also have to maintain your account activity for at least six months consecutively.

Any qualifying rebates will be re-invested into your portfolio, and are not convertible for cash withdrawal.

Promo valid till: 31 Mar 2021

POEMS Unit Trust Transfer In: Get $20 cash reward for every $10,000 Unit Funds Transferred 

When investing, it is important to pay attention to fees, as they can eat into your profits. As a general rule, the lower the fees, the better.

That’s why investors should take note of POEMS Unit Trust, which offers 0% platform fees, 0% sales charges and 0% switching fees. (This does not mean POEMS Unit Trusts is completely free of charge, there may be a sales charge levied in certain circumstances.)

And as if that’s not attractive enough, transfer your Unit Trusts holdings to POEMS now and receive cash rewards. Every $10,000 worth of Unit Trusts you transfer will net you a $20 cash reward, capped at $1,000.

To qualify, your Unit Trusts must be successfully transferred and held in POEMS for a minimum of three months. Applicable only to cash holdings transfers only.

Promo valid till: 31 Mar 2021

HSBC Unit Trusts: 0% sales fees for six months

Unit Trusts charge sales fees as a type of set-up fee, so the more funds you invest into, the more sales fees you’ll incur. 

With HSBC Unit Trusts, you can enjoy 0% sales fees for up to six months, which helps cut down only your costs as you pick different unit trusts for your portfolio. 

However, this fee-free period only applies if you choose a Regular Savings Plan and maintain it for at least six months. (You’ll need an initial investment of $1,000 to open your account, and deposit a minimum of $100 each month.)

Promo valid till: 31 Mar 2021

MoneyOwl: 0% fees on first $10,000 

MoneyOwl is a robo-adviser by NTUC Social Enterprises, and offers a selection of five investment portfolios each with varying mixes of bonds and equities. Investing with them is as simple as picking a portfolio that suits your financial goals and risk appetites.

You can start investing with just $100 initial deposit, and monthly deposits can be as low as $50 a month. Perhaps the best thing is the 0% fee on the first $10,000 of your investments, so you can start and grow your first ten grand completely free of charge. 

To qualify, sign up as a new member on MoneyOwl and start investing. 

Secondly, those who invest using SRS funds can get up to $200 worth of eCapitaVouchers, provided that you are the first 500. 

Promos valid till: 31 Dec 2021

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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.