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8 Ways To Accelerate Your Wealth In Singapore

Ching Sue Mae

Ching Sue Mae

Last updated 05 February, 2024
 

What does it take for one to get wealthier in Singapore? Here are eight ways to get one, nay, eight steps closer to the holy grail of personal finance. 

 

Financial independence, retire early — also known as FIRE — is a popular financial goal of many. 

From robo-advisors, digital banking, CPF, Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS), or through the help of your financial advisor, there are dozens of ways a savvy Singaporean can plan for and work towards financial independence. 

The Singapore government is also paving the way to help Singaporeans better track and take charge of their finances, particularly with the launch of SGFinDex, a service that helps individuals consolidate all financial information from different financial institutions and government agencies, onto a single platform. 

If you’re looking for ways to make your money work harder for you, here are eight ways to help you achieve your financial independence dream in Singapore. 

 

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1. Have a good savings habit 

Growing your wealth starts with a good savings habit.

Online shopping has made it far too easy for us to ‘add to cart’ and check out at the tap of a few buttons. Rather than chase the minimum monthly spends required to earn yourself higher cashback, remember this: a dollar not spent is a dollar saved. 

Besides helping you to spend within your means, a good savings habit can also earn you higher interest rates. For example, Citi Wealth First Account rewards you with an additional 1.5% p.a. bonus interest for increasing your average daily balance by S$3,000 or more a month.

Savings are the bedrock that gives you the financial muscle to take on investments with higher risk, to treat yourself to luxuries every once in a while or even to take a leap of faith and start your own business. 

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2. Purchase a stock or three

Start building your investment portfolio. This can include growth stocks that are primed for capital gains, blue chip stocks or real estate investment trusts (REITs) that are known to reward investors with high dividends. 

However, purchasing individual stocks comes with higher risk and volatility. Besides purchasing single stocks, you can consider investing in a basket of stocks via an ETF or unit trust instead. 

3. Diversify by investing in unit trusts

Unit trusts, also known as mutual funds, are funds that pool together investors’ money to make investments via a fund that is managed by a fund manager. These funds can be sector, geography, asset type specific. 

Unit trusts can offer higher returns compared to the lower risk fixed income products. With unit trusts, you can also select the fund that best suits your investment needs. For example, if your portfolio is lacking exposure to Chinese companies, you could select a unit trust that invests in the leading companies in China. 

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4. Receive coupons from bond investments

Bonds, also known as fixed income products, make a popular investment type because they are a low risk product that offer stability, albeit with modest returns. Bonds are often added to portfolios to provide a balance to equities, lowering the overall risk of the portfolio. When you purchase a bond, your principal amount and returns will be distributed periodically until the bond’s maturity. 

There are various ways you can invest in bonds in Singapore. You can purchase a bond directly from the market, or when bonds are first launched. You can also purchase a bond Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), fixed income funds or even government bonds, such as the Singapore Savings Bonds (SSB) that are issued and backed by the Singapore government. 

5. Stand on the shoulders of professional wealth managers 

Starting with a minimum of S$250,000 investable assets, you might want to start a wealth relationship to enjoy privileges that an investor on the street might not. This could include lower sales charges, preferential interest rate, wealth advisory and a dedicated wealth manager to serve your financial needs.

If you’re not yet part of Citigold, Citibank’s premium and privilege banking solution, it could be an aspiration to strive for. Citigold gives you exclusive access to Citi’s wealth insights that keep you updated on the latest global market developments, using market research reports and articles that dive deep into various investment themes. 

You will also receive the support of Citi’s relationship managers – doesn’t it feel good to be backed by a team of wealth experts, instead of taking a step in the dark on your own to achieve your financial goals?


Ready to fast track your wealth? Get acquainted with exclusive Citigold privileges, from personalised wealth advisories to a dedicated Relationship Manager – all to close the gap to your financial milestones. 


 

7. High-yield savings accounts for your emergency funds

Before you start running, you have to learn how to crawl. This means having the discipline to save sufficient emergency funds before you start investing. Emergency funds help to provide the safety net you require in case you find yourself out of a job. 

You also have to pick the right savings account to stash your cash — one that rewards you with decent interest, in order to protect your savings from getting eroded by inflation.  

So why stick to a savings account that pays a mere 0.05% p.a. interest, when you can opt for a higher-yield savings account? 

Let’s take Citi Wealth First Account as an example of the Citi Wealth First Account, which rewards you with bonus interest for your financial decisions and banking relationship.

By spending S$250 per calendar month on your Citibank Debit Mastercard and increasing your account’s average daily balance by at least S$3,000 per month, you can earn yourself a bonus 3% p.a. in interest. 

To earn an additional 1.5% p.a., you can make a conscious effort to invest, insure or borrow with Citibank. 

The higher interest rates apply on the first S$50,000 of your balances in your Citi Wealth First account. However, if you’re a Citigold client or a Citigold Private Client, this goes up to the first S$100,000 or first S$150,000 respectively. Imagine checking the boxes of each criteria, you may earn up to 7.51% p.a. on your savings.

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8. Set up a regular savings plan

Growing your investment portfolio takes time and effort. However, you can make investing easy to achieve by setting up a regular savings plan (RSP). A RSP involves making a standing instruction to ensure that a fixed amount of money is invested into a specific product each month, regardless of market conditions. 

RSPs involve a strategy known as dollar-cost-averaging and helps investors to take away the emotional aspect of investing. A RSP ensures that you regularly make the investments, thereby growing your portfolio slowly and steadily over the years. This can build your portfolio silently in the background as you continue to beef up your knowledge on investing. 


Bonus: Build your wealth with Citigold 

Here’s how you can take your wealth to the next level by being part of Citigold: 

  • Wealth insights to better plan your next move: Analytical market trends to help you stay tuned to wealth growing opportunities
  • Access a host of liquid assets and investments: Various savings and deposit accounts, plus investment vehicles to achieve financial goals according to your risk profile and time horizon
  • Personal ‘concierge’ for your financial goals: An on-demand Relationship Manager to consult on your unique financial standing and craft the perfect portfolio

Citigold and Citigold Private Clients also enjoy access to the beautiful Citi Wealth Hub, a newly opened wealth advisory hub located in the heart of Orchard Road made specially for Citigold clients to access a team of experts in one single location. Wealth advisory aside, you’ll also be treated to gourmet coffee, TWG tea and signature chocolate bon bons made exclusively for Citi Wealth Hub.

Check out what Citi Wealth First has to offer and if Citigold might just be what you’re looking for!

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Applicable to new-to-bank only (i.e. users with no Citigold or Current and Savings Accounts). If a user has applied for Citi Credit Card or Personal Loan, they will still be eligible.

Plus, score over S$2,598 bonus cash when you maintain your Citigold relationship and fulfil the following qualifying criteria (T&Cs apply):

  • Complete an Investment Risk Profile and Fact Find Report and get S$100 cash plus S$138 cash (T&Cs apply).
  • Hold a valid primary/main Citi Credit Card and get a S$300 bonus cash reward.
  • Take up a Citi Home Loan and get a S$500 bonus cash reward.
  • Make S$100,000 worth of investments and/or insurance purchases with Citi to enjoy a S$600 bonus cash reward or more.
  • Maintain a Citigold relationship for 12 months from date of approval and get a S$960 cash reward.

Alternatively, you can also check out what other banks have to offer when it comes to priority banking accounts.

This article is written in partnership with Citibank.

Read these next:
Privilege Banking: What’s In It For You and Your Money
How To Build The Best Passive Income Portfolio For Your Future Self
Uniquely Singaporean Things We Do To Accumulate Wealth
Pros And Cons Of Keeping Your Savings In Your CPF Special Account
Dollar-Cost-Averaging vs Lump Sum Investing In Singapore: Which Should You Choose?

 

A flat white, an adventure-filled travel and a good workout is her fuel. Sue Mae enjoys sharing knowledge on personal finance while chasing the dream of financial independence.

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