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Closure of FSM SGD Cash Account May 29, 2009
We have decided to close the SGD Cash Account with effect from 1 July 2009. It will be entirely replaced by the Cash Fund.
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Closure of SGD Cash Account with effect from 1 July 2009

The SGD Cash Account’s net interest rates have fallen considerably over the past few months. We believe that it is not in the interest of our investors to continue to deposit their monies in the SGD Cash Account. As such, we have decided to close the SGD Cash Account with effect from 1 July 2009. It will be entirely replaced by the Cash Fund, which was launched in Jan 2007.

How will this affect existing SGD Cash Account Holders?

Existing SGD Cash Account holders will no longer be able to continue to park their monies in the SGD Cash Account. The following sets out the various options available to existing SGD Cash Account holders:   

Options available to existing SGD Cash Account Holders

 

1. Convert SGD Cash Account balances to Cash Fund and earn potentially higher returns.

You will be prompted with this option upon login. Alternatively, your may go to My Investments tab > Cash Account > Convert to Cash Fund.The order will be processed and your SGD Cash Account balances will be converted and held in the Cash Fund. There is no cost involved. This option is available till 30 June 2009, 3pm.

The Cash Fund has had a higher net interest rate† compared to the SGD Cash Account since it was incepted in Jan 2007 even though they both have similar objectives of placing monies into SGD fixed deposits.
For example, for the month of Mar 2009, the average net interest rate† of Cash Fund is 0.78% p.a., compared to 0.00% p.a. for SGD Cash Account.
To compare the net interest rate† on the Cash Fund and the SGD Cash Account, click here. »»

 

2. Use SGD Cash Account balances to invest into unit trusts

Simply go to Transactions tab > Buy Unit Trusts. Select Cash Account as the Payment Method. It is subjected to the minimum initial/subsequent investment amount. This option is available till 30 June 2009, 3pm.

 

 

3. Hold SGD Cash Account balances till the closure of SGD Cash Account

You may continue to leave your balances in the SGD Cash Account till the closure of the account on 1 July 2009, after which we will proceed to close your SGD Cash Account and pay the cheque to you. If you have provided your Direct Credit Instruction details in your FSM investment account, the cheque will be directly credited to your bank account. If you haven’t provided the Direct Credit Instruction details, the cheque will be mailed to your mailing address.

The interest earned on the SGD Cash Account will be calculated till 30 June 2009. Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for us to process the refund.

 

How will this affect SGS bond account holders?

Changes to Payment Method for SGS Coupon Payments and Principal Amount Upon Maturity

 

1. For existing SGS bond holdings purchased before 29 May 2009:

All future SGS coupon payments and principal amount upon maturity (payable from 1 July 2009 onwards) will no longer be credited into your SGD Cash Account.

You may place your future SGS coupon interest and principal amount upon maturity into the Cash Fund.

 

How do I instruct FSM to reinvest my future SGS coupon payments and principal amount upon maturity into the Cash Fund?

Log on to your FSM account and you will be prompted with this option. Simply proceed to confirm your instruction online. Alternatively, you may also submit your instruction from your SGS View Holdings page. It is a one-time instruction.

Please note that once you have submitted this instruction, it will apply to ALL future SGS coupon payments and principal amount upon maturity that are derived from your SGS bond holdings in your FSM account.

If this instruction is not submitted, these SGS bond payments will be paid to you via cheque.

 

 

2. For new SGS bond purchase orders placed from 29 May 2009:

Other than the excess monies from the payment, any future SGS coupon payments and principal amount upon maturity will be automatically reinvested into Cash Fund.

It will also include ALL future SGS coupon payments and principal amount upon maturity that are derived from the existing SGS holdings in your FSM account (if any).

 

Note: There is no change to the current procedures for other type of SGS bond transactions including sell order.

Why Is The Cash Fund Better?

  • Potentially earns higher returns, as it invests in a number of SGD bank deposits of various periods of maturity
  • Managed by a professional asset management firm - Prudential Asset Management (Singapore) Limited
  • Offers daily net interest rate† on the Cash Fund, instead of the quarterly interest payouts offered by the Cash Account
  • See actual daily interest rate† based on historical pricing, as opposed to the indicative Cash Account interest rate

The Cash Fund has had a higher net interest rate† compared to the SGD Cash Account since it was incepted in Jan 2007 even though they both have similar objectives of placing monies into SGD fixed deposits.
For example, for the month of Mar 2009, the average net interest rate† of Cash Fund is 0.78% p.a., compared to 0.00% p.a. for SGD Cash Account.
To compare the net interest rate† on the Cash Fund and the SGD Cash Account, click here. »»
To know more about Cash Fund, click here. »»

† The Cash Fund's Net Interest Rate
The 'net interest rate' of the Cash Fund is annualised and derived from the underlying deposits in which the fund invests, after deducting an expense ratio of not more than 0.35%. This will be reflected in the changes in the fund's daily unit price or net asset value.
The daily unit price of the fund will vary with the interest rates offered by the various underlying bank deposits in which the fund invests.

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