Latest SSB June 2023 Rates at 2.81%. Is It Still a Good Buy?

SSB June 2023

MAS announced the latest SSB June 2023 offering, and many investors were somewhat disappointed with the return. The first-year return is at 2.81%, and the 10-yr average is also 2.81%. Here is the interest rate breakdown:

SSB June 2023 Rates

The latest Singapore Savings Bond offering saw the first year and the average 10-yr interest drop significantly from >3% to 2.81%. This drop is not a surprise because it is in line with other fixed-income instruments such as SGS, T-Bills, and fixed deposits which have also experienced a decline in their interest offerings recently. Is SSB still a good investment option with this lower interest rate?


Key Takeaways

  • SSB June 2023 rates fell compared to last month’s offering. This aligns with the other fixed-income products and the current macroeconomic backdrop.
  • For short-term investors, T-Bills, fixed deposits, and money market accounts offer much higher interest rates.
  • For long-term investors, the rate is still one of the highest in recent years. With the market expecting long-term interest rates to decline, this could be your chance to lock in the relatively high rate.
  • With the current low SSB demand, this month’s offering can be a good chance for you to roll over older SSBs yielding less than 2.81%.


Macroeconomic Background

Inflation has been cooling down recently, with the latest US CPI for March 2023 at 5%.

US CPI Chart
US CPI has been on the way down since late last year.

The consistent decline in CPI readings in the past several months supports the thesis that the disinflationary process has started. As a result, the market has been expecting the Federal Reserve to do the final hike (or two) before reaching its terminal interest rate target and keeps the rate there for a few months before starting to pivot.

Future Fed Rates Expectation
The market expects the Fed to do one more rate hike this month and starts pivoting toward the end of the year.

With the recent banking turmoil and possible impending recession, the market believes that the likelihood of further rate hikes beyond what is already priced in is relatively small. Because of that, the market has been pricing a lower long-term interest rate as the Fed normalize its interest rate policy back to near its target inflation level of 2%.


Declining SSB Demand

The demand for SSB has declined in the past several issuances. All 2023 issuances have seen a relatively low demand, with all applicants getting their full allotment or with a high enough ceiling. In the past two issuances, although the interest rate offerings were still above 3%, all applicants could still get their full allotment. We expect the SSB demand to decline further this month with the lower rate offering.


Is it still good to invest in SSB?

SSB is a long-term 10-yr bond issued by the Singapore government but with the flexibility of withdrawing every month without penalty. Many of our readers are broken down into two camps, one where they want to invest for the long-term (up to 10-yr), and another where they want to invest in a relatively high-yielding liquid and safe asset for the extra cash that they do not know yet where to deploy. The latter sees SSB as a short-term investment due to its flexibility. Let’s examine both cases to see whether SSB is still a good option for investors.

1-Year Rate

The first-year SSB rate stands at 2.81%, significantly lower than T-Bills and fixed deposit rates, which still offer much higher than 3%. However, SSB offers higher flexibility allowing investors to withdraw at any month while still earning the accrued interest without penalty. If you purchase SSB to park your cash in the short term, you can assess whether you need to use the money soon. If you are okay with locking your money for 3-12 months, T-Bills and fixed deposits offer a much higher interest rate. But if you need relatively liquid access to your money, SSB can still be a good choice, as 2.81% is a decent return. In our opinion, the interest rate difference, though noticeable, will not make much difference if you are planning to hold it for the short term.

Average 10-Year Rate

For long-term investors, the average 10-yr yield is what you want to look for. Though has fallen quite a bit, 2.81% is still much higher than the yields we saw earlier last year.

SSB Historical Interest Rates

If you are a long-term investor who prefers stability and flexibility from SSB, the latest SSB offering still offers a decent value. With the market expecting the long-term interest rate to go down further, it may be a good idea to lock it in now to enjoy this relatively high-interest rate for the next ten years.

The beauty of SSB is that it allows you to roll your previous SSB that yields less than the current offering; therefore, should the interest rate continues to rise, you can roll this one into the later one with a higher yield. You can continue rolling if interest rates continue to increase. If the interest rate declines, the good news is that you have locked in your SSB now, and you can enjoy the higher rates for the next ten years.

Roll Over Older SSB with Lower Yield

As we expect this month’s offering to have lower demand, this is a perfect opportunity for us to roll over our previous SSBs with lower yields. If demand is low, we can get the full allocation from our previous SSB without worrying about reaching the ceiling in this month’s offering. Consider rolling into this month’s SSB if you have older SSBs yielding much lower than 2.81%.



The latest SSB June 2023 interest rate decline aligns with other fixed-income products such as fixed deposits and T-Bills. The market expects the long-term interest rate to decline further as the Federal Reserve reaches its terminal interest rate target and starts pivoting.

If you are holding SSB as a short-term instrument to park your extra cash, you should focus on the 1-yr rate, which currently stands at 2.81%. This rate is significantly lower than T-Bills or fixed deposit rates but provides more flexibility with monthly withdrawal plus accrued interest. The 1-yr rate, in our opinion, is still decent enough considering the safety and flexibility SSB offers. Depending on your needs, if you are okay with locking your money for a bit longer, 3-12 months, you may consider T-Bills and fixed deposits. Otherwise, SSB is a solid option.

For long-term investors, you should look at the 10-yr average rate, which currently stands at 2.81%. Although this rate is lower than the previous offering, it is still much higher than in recent years. We believe the current 10-yr average rate is still a decent option for investors looking for a safe and flexible investment.

If you are interested in investing in this SSB June 2023 offering, please take note of the following application timeline:

SSB June 2023 Application Timeline

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is not intended to be and does not constitute financial advice, investment advice, trading advice, or any other advice or recommendation of any sort.

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