How OCBC’s Online Investment Platforms May Suit Your Investment Objective

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Do you know that OCBC has an investment platform that caters to a wide variety of investment objectives? Whether you are an investor who prefers to have your portfolio managed by professional fund managers, an investor who prefers accumulating stocks via a dollar-cost averaging approach or an investor who appreciates the discipline of algorithm-driven portfolio management, there is bound to be something suitable for you with OCBC’s 3 main investment platforms. Here is a comparison of OCBC’s Blue Chip Investment Plan (BCIP), RoboInvest and Unit Trust to show how they suit each investment profile.

Comparison of OCBC’s BCIP, RoboInvest and Unit Trust Platforms

OCBC RoboInvest

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OCBC’s RoboInvest delivers the best elements of high-end investing services to a retail audience. Besides wide-ranging portfolios invested across 6 different geographical markets with interesting investment themes such as Future World, Impact Investing, Gen Z etc., it also boasts a seamless user experience:

  • No need to open a securities or custodian account
  • Top up and withdraw your investments easily by using your OCBC deposit account anytime without fees and charges
  • Be notified on portfolio rebalancing opportunities to help maximise your returns based on changing market conditions

More sophisticated investors such as PMETs, who are attuned to financial news and the latest developments of the global economy would appreciate the chance to invest in portfolios constructed around such broad and popular investment themes like US technology or the rise of China. RoboInvest is therefore the answer for investors who are keen to invest in a wide-range of investment themes and enjoy automated portfolio management service without paying excessive management fees.

Meanwhile, new investors can take advantage of RoboInvest’s risk-based portfolios (defensive, conservative, balanced, growth, aggressive) to gain diversified exposure to various asset classes and geographical markets at relatively low cost. This can form the core of their investment portfolio, and they can build on it with time

OCBC Blue Chip Investment Plan (BCIP)

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The BCIP allows investor to gain access to dividend-yielding stocks and ETFs listed on the Singapore stock exchange. By making monthly investments from as low as S$100 per month, an investor is able to purchase shares in amounts below the standard lot size. Full-time national servicemen or young investors would find the ability to buy below the standard lot size very attractive given that they might not have accumulated sufficient capital for investment yet. By investing consistently each month via a dollar cost averaging approach, the BCIP allows investors to reduce their average cost of purchase over time. A strict monthly investment plan also reduces the risks associated with market timing risks and allow investors to accumulate stocks in a disciplined manner.

In addition, there is great flexibility since there is no lock-in period while counter selection and monthly investment amount can be easily tweaked. The BCIP is therefore most suitable for new investors keen to implement a dollar-cost averaging strategy by starting small and staying invested while retaining flexibility and control on their portfolios.

Unit Trust

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The OCBC Unit Trust Investment platform is one of ways to access the bank’s top fund ideas that have been carefully selected by its panel of investment experts.
Through actively managed unit trusts, investors can simply leverage on the expertise of professional fund managers who possess the experience, skills and resources to manage the portfolio on your behalf. The OCBC online platform allows the user to compare, buy, sell and monitor unit trusts with ease.

This is perfect for time-pressed individuals who do not have the time to monitor markets and recognise their own limitations in investing. For instance, working parents might gain greater utility and satisfaction by spending precious time with their children while leaving their investments to professionals looking after their portfolios. The Unit Trust Investment platform would most appeal to long-term investors who are keen to access a diversified portfolio in a more cost-effective manner whilst having a professional fund manager at the helm, monitoring and managing their investments through different market conditions. This may go a long way to provide a peace of mind.

Whether you are a new investor just starting out, a busy parent with no time to mull over investing, or a sophisticated investor looking to invest in the latest investment themes, OCBC’s various online investment platforms capably address these various investment objectives so that its clients are able to build a stable financial future with convenience and confidence.

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All figures provided are for illustration purposes only. Actual figures may vary or differ depending on the actual circumstances.

This is for general information and does not take into account your particular investment and protection aims, financial situation or needs. You should seek advice from a financial adviser before committing to a purchase. Otherwise, you should consider the suitability of the product.

Investments are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested.

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Cheap Investment Opportunities In Singapore

Many Singaporeans think that should accumulate a significant amount of wealth before investing in the stock market. Well, let me prove you wrong! You can start investing with as little as S$100.

This seemingly low amount has three investment options. Choose wisely!


Regular Shares Savings plans (RSS) are also called monthly investment plans. Your mere S$100 can turn into a stock on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as long as you commit to it monthly. Simply open an RSS plan with one of the four leading banks in Singapore. For instance, you may choose OCBC bluechip investment or POSB Investment-Saver.

The broker for the financial firm will invest your fixed amount based on the instructions you gave. I may instruct the broker to invest to Strait Times (STI) every month or to other bluechip companies. Do your research before spending! The best part about it is that you have full control over your investment decisions. What’s more? Your instructions can be submitted online thru the bank’s platform.


One a scale of risk taking, you may fall under the conservative end. Fortunately for you, you can invest your money in unit trusts. Unit trust works by combining money from a set of investors. The pool of money will then be invested by a professional fund manager. The professional fund manager will have control over your investment.

Nonetheless, you must educate yourself about the type of unit trusts wish to invest in. Unit trusts can be bought for about S$100 in various local banks.


The future is upon us! Investors can use robo-advisors to allocate their assets in the portfolio. Robo-advisors automatically help investors by tapping on the formulas to manage their assets.

It is a relatively new system in Singapore. Hence, there are only a few brands to choose from. For instance, you may hop to Smartly or AutoWealth. However, the latter has a minimum investment of S$3,000 while the former does not. These two platforms use different algorithms to arrive at optimal solutions. Moreover, these platforms can charge up to 1% per annum for managing your money. The fee is calculate based on the percentage of the total portfolio held in your account.

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What Exactly Are Mutual Funds And Unit Trusts?

Before investing your hard-earned money, it is a good idea to educate yourself about the different types of investments. Let us start by defining both Mutual Fund (MF) and Unit Trust (UT).


MF is an investment that gathers the investors’ money into a pool to make multiple types of investments known as the portfolio. The compensation of the investment managers rely on how well the fund performs. Thus, you can rest assured that they will work hard to make sure the fund grows well.

Derived by accumulating the status of the underlying investments, the performance of the mutual funds are typically tracked as the change in the total market cap of the fund.


There are two important entities when taking on the Mutual Fund. I am pertaining to the professional investment manager and the shareholder. Professional invest managers operate the MF by investing the capital and attempting to produce gains for its shareholders. Therefore, each shareholder participates proportionally in the gain or loss of the fund.


As an example, let us consider Canada’s stock market. Gabby wants to try his luck at the Canadian equity market by investing in the S&P/TSX Composite Index. It consists largely of the energy, materials, and financial sectors with different percentages allocated. Performance of the MF is tracked as the percentage of change to its overall adjusted market cap.


UT is distinguished from the MF as it follows a trust structure. Rather than putting the gains back into the fund, it provides profits straight to the individual. This investment scheme is available in Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Fiji, Ireland, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Both the local and foreign funds are regulated as collective investment schemes in our country.

It works by pooling money from multiple investors to invest in a portfolio assets in lined with the stated investment approach and objective.


There are several important entities when taking on the Unit Trust. Professional investment managers or fund managers operate trusts for gains. The trusts as well as its rights are owned by the unit holders. The unit holders and the fund managers are mediated by the registrars.


The process that the UT goes through depends on the goals and objectives of the investment. The value of the assets in its portfolio is equates to the amount of units issued multiplied by the price per unit. Afterwards, you must subtract other costs such as management and transaction fees.

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Both the MF and UT gathers the investors’ money into a pool to make portfolios, which are managed by the professional investment manager. The major difference between these two investment schemes is in its structures. Basically, Mutual Fund issues redeemable shares while Unit Trust issues units. It is up to you to find an investment scheme that suits your lifestyle.

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Beginner’s Essential Guide To Unit Trusts



A Unit Trust follows an unincorporated mutual fund or trust structure that allows funds to hold assets and pass profits thru the individual owners. Money is pooled with the money from other investors and it is managed by a fund manager. The portfolio of assets is set according to the fund’s investment strategy and objective. Hence the success of a unit trust depends on the capabilities, expertise, and experience of the management company.

In Singapore, local and foreign unit trusts offered are regulated as collective investment schemes.


Since funds are invested in an array of assets, one advantage of investing in unit trusts is diversification. In the current unpredictable market, this potency helps investors to adjust with the ups and downs without having to worry too much about the performance of a single stock. Generally, unit trusts provide you with more safety in terms of the performance of your investment.


Before investing on unit trusts, you must assess the type offered as well as its fees. Also, you must examine the fund manager himself. Determine if the fund manager has the sufficient experience, skills, and resources to lead you to success. Look beyond the short-term performance and look into one’s long-term track record.

After investing on unit trusts, you must regularly monitor if its performance meet your expectations. Then monitor the economic and political risks of the markets you invested in.


The price of each unit is based on the net asset value divided by the number of units outstanding. It is typically calculated daily to reflect changes in the prices of the investments maintained by the fund.


Aside from cash, you can purchase unit trusts by the CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) and the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS). Furthermore, some insurance companies offer investment-linked insurance policies.

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