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How To Spend Your AngBao Money Wisely

Jan 26, 2024Yahoo Creative Studios
How To Spend Your AngBao Money Wisely

Lunar New Year is a time for family and friends, feasting and reunions. It’s a time that’s filled with traditions to usher in a prosperous and fruitful year ahead, including the gifting of AngBaos.

The AngBao is a gift of money that’s typically packed into a red packet, although the digitally savvy now send e-AngBaos. The colour red is used often, as most Chinese consider it a symbol of luck, life and happiness. That’s also why AngBao money is considered ‘lucky’ money.

The Lunar New Year’s festivities provide an excellent opportunity to enhance your prosperity by growing your AngBao money through investment. Although your pool of AngBao money might not seem like much now, investments can help grow your wealth through the power of compounding interest. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, there are different types of investments or savings available.

For those who want slow and steady growth, consider time deposits with stable returns

A time deposit has a fixed term and interest – this means that your money is put into an account with a specific interest rate and for a certain time period. During this time, you are generally unable to withdraw the money [1], but the gains you make are stable with interest rates that are higher than that of a regular savings account.

Some investors, including those with lower risk appetites, incorporate time deposits in their wealth strategy to enhance their savings. Recently, many banks have increased their time deposit interest rates to pre-COVID rates, and more.

Look out for special promotional rates during the Lunar New Year period to earn more interest. Citibank’s Lunar New Year promotion, for instance, 6.0% p.a. on a 2-month SGD Time Deposit and 7.5% p.a. on a 2-month USD Time Deposit Investment Bundle [2] [3].

Citi’s time deposits can be started with just S$10,000, and a tenure of between one week and 48 months.

To place a Time Deposit with Citibank, login to Citi Mobile® App or Citibank Online, if you’re an existing customer. For new Citibank customers, start your wealth journey with us to open a time deposit account.

For those who want to get started on stock investments, open a Brokerage account

When you’re starting to invest in stocks, and learning the ins and outs of buying and selling shares, you’ll want to be able to leverage quality insights and analytics to help you make informed decisions.

That’s exactly what you’ll get with Citibank Brokerage [4] if you are looking to get higher returns and you have a high risk appetite. Citi avails to its clients a suite of features designed to meet their trading needs. A good example is the Thomson Reuters Stock Analytics, an analytics tool which provides a series of stock market insights and analysis to support your investment decisions.

With Citibank Brokerage, you will be able to trade at attractive commission rates and seize opportunities in the U.S., Singapore and Hong Kong markets. There are also no charges for handling corporate actions and dividends.

Trading is also made convenient – and speedy – via the Citi Mobile® App or Citibank Online.

To help you get started on your investment journey, receive up to S$300 cashback when you trade online with Citibank Brokerage from 1 January to 29 February 2024 [5].

For those who want protection, think about insurance

As a child growing up in Singapore, it was common for our parents to channel our AngBao money into a savings account. To stay on the path of financial wellbeing, it is important to continue the good habits of saving regularly. Besides helping to protect you in the event of a financial emergency, saving money can help you realise your dreams and aspirations such as paying for a dream house or vacation.

In addition to having an emergency fund for a rainy day, a comprehensive coverage insurance plan is important. Take the first step by discovering your insurance needs. Get rewarded when you complete a “Fact Find” assessment with Citi from 1 January to 31 March 2024 [6].

Finally, a pro-tip…

Another way to make sure you’re enjoying all those meaningful moments this Lunar New Year – without busting all your AngBao money – is by taking advantage of credit card promotions.

With Citi Credit Cards [7], you can get additional vouchers (up to S$20) from your spending when you do your new year shopping at participating Malls of Frasers Property Singapore [8], Suntec [9], NEX [10], or any Lendlease Mall [11] (Jem, 313@Somerset, Paya Lebar Quarter). You can receive an S$8 return voucher with a minimum S$100 spent when stocking up on groceries at Sheng Siong [12] this festive season.

And when you’re looking out for the best places for your Lunar New Year celebrations, you’ll find exclusive menus and discounts for Citi Credit Card users at hotels such as Yun Nans, Lime at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Paradise Group, Peach Blossom at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel and more [13].

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