INVESTMENTS AS A MEANINGFUL GIFT FOR A FRIEND OR A LOVED ONE!
Jun 14, 2021 | Victor Lye BBM CFA CFP®
Wouldn’t it be good to teach the virtue of sharing or saving instead of spending?
Why not give an investment portfolio to friends and family instead of buying the usual gifts?
Now, you can Gift-a-Portfolio to friends and family right from the comfort of your home!
SquirrelSave has developed its Gift-a-Portfolio feature to allow SquirrelSave account holders to invest any amount into a new investment portfolio, and gift it to someone you choose. With this meaningful gift, you can encourage your friends and loved ones to start investing early with your gifted portfolio.
Too expensive compared to conventional gifts?
Not at all! SquirrelSave’s Gift-a-Portfolio allows you to set an investment gift amount starting from ONE Dollar! And managed using SquirrelSave’s proprietary AI-driven algorithms at a very low cost.
This low entry investment sum makes SquirrelSave a perfect start for new entrants to investing unlike traditional investment products which would require at least a thousand dollars to even start and high fees to pay.
SquirrelSave charges a flat 0.50% management fee and only earns a performance fee if SquirrelSave generates a positive return. And the performance fee is only payable if the return is higher than the previous time that the performance fee was charged – called a “high watermark” feature.
What is inside the Gift-a-Portfolio?
SquirrelSave Gift-a-Portfolio is a well-diversified investment portfolio across the world. And you can get this from ONE Dollar.
Is it safe?
All investments have risks. The key is to manage the risks. At SquirrelSave, we use proprietary AI-driven data techniques to manage investment risks. Our SquirrelSave system manages the risks on both the upside and downside to squeeze out decent risk-adjusted returns based on the risk setting chosen.
SquirrelSave is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and measures are taken to safekeep your assets with approved custodian banks and securities firms. Even if something untoward happens to SquirrelSave, your monies and investments are kept separate from SquirrelSave and remain your assets.
How has SquirrelSave performed?
SquirrelSave was founded with a vision to make investing a breeze for those who are too busy, too confused or too scared to start an investment portfolio. We developed a robust AI system that has proven itself through the Covid-19 pandemic crash in 2020. SquirrelSave has shown that data and AI analytics can make a difference in navigating choppy markets with discipline and without emotions. To create the algorithm, we have trawled through years of investment data to create an intelligent, automated investment platform.
SquirrelSave is not a unit trust or mutual fund. It is a separate managed account. This means each client has your own portfolio. As such, there is no single performance number. The actual performance will depend on when you started the SquirrelSave investment, how often you top up or withdraw and how our SquirrelSave AI rebalances your portfolio based on your risk setting. Nonetheless, see my previous blog on the performance of actual reference portfolios based on different risk settings to offer a guide as to how our SquirrelSave AI algorithms are doing. The table is reproduced here.
SquirrelSave Latest Performance in 2021 (SGD terms)**
Source: SquirrelSave, Saxo Capital Markets
Figures are all inclusive of ETF expense ratios and net of SquirrelSave management fees.
* This portfolio is tailor-made, for investors contributing a minimum initial SGD15,000 investment capital to a single goal.
** SquirrelSave uses AI to design and manage diversified investment portfolios for each investor. Because SquirrelSave is not an investment fund, there is no single return measure. Instead, every SquirrelSave investor has his/her own investment performance as each investor is managed separately by our SquirrelSave AI. As investors can withdraw and top-up any time, investment returns will be affected by individual investor decisions. Hence, SquirrelSave uses reference portfolios which are actual portfolios managed on an ongoing basis, without any interference with withdrawals or top-ups, to measure investment performance.
What’s special about SquirrelSave?
SquirrelSave is the only fully automated AI-driven online asset management service in Singapore. No human intervention is needed to manage the investments daily.
The fully digital customer interface is user-friendly and features a gamification algorithm to assess the risk-reward psychometrics to automatically recommend an investment portfolio risk setting. Each SquirrelSave account holder has full flexibility to set up as many investment portfolios as desired - called “goals”. Once the goal is funded, the SquirrelSave AI algorithm takes over and invests the money 24/7 in a globally diversified portfolio of exchange traded funds (ETFs).
Because SquirrelSave is fully automated, the fees are substantially lower than other traditional investment vehicles.
How do I Gift-a-Portfolio?
Well, first you must be a SquirrelSave client. Open an account online at www.squirrelsave.com.sg in minutes and remit enough cash into your SquirrelSave account to fund your gift.
Select the Gift-a-Portfolio feature, input the name and contact details of your intended recipient, the amount you wish to gift and your preferred delivery date.
Next, decide the investment risk setting. If you are giving a Gift-a-Portfolio to someone younger, you can consider higher risk settings such as “Very Aggressive”. A younger person simply has more time to ride out market volatility to build investment returns. But if you prefer the lower end of the risk scale, you can select “Conservative”. Remember, investment returns come from higher risk exposure – but will need a longer time to navigate the inevitable market fluctuations.
As SquirrelSave targets medium to long term returns – rather than to speculate, we would recommend that you set a minimum investment period (or “lock-up”) to allow your gift to ride the market over time to squeeze out returns. Afterall, you are giving an investment gift that can grow – and not just cold cash which may be spent or eroded by inflation.
That’s it. On your chosen delivery date, SquirrelSave will inform your recipient that you have generously sent a “Gift-a-Portfolio”. The recipient has 14 calendar days to accept and claim your gift.
Once your gift is claimed, the investment ownership is transferred to your recipient, subject to the minimum investment period you have set. SquirrelSave then manages the investment for your recipient.
What are you waiting for?
Help your friends or family members start a conversation about prudent financial planning by investing early and reap the power of compounding returns!
You can also use SquirrelSave’s Gift-a-Portfolio to tap the power of AI-driven investing and support micro-philanthropy to benefit others!
Welcome to Smart Investing for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime!
Victor Lye BBM CFA CFP®
Founder & CEO
* SquirrelSave uses AI to design and manage diversified investment portfolios for each investor. Because SquirrelSave is not an investment fund, there is no single return measure. Instead, every SquirrelSave investor has his/her own investment performance as each investor is managed separately by our SquirrelSave AI. As investors can withdraw and top-up any time, investment returns will be affected by individual investor decisions. Hence, SquirrelSave uses reference portfolios which are actual portfolios managed on an ongoing basis, without any interference with withdrawals or top-ups, to measure investment performance.
The contents herein are intended for informational purposes only and do not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any securities to any person in any jurisdiction. No reliance should be placed on the information or opinions herein or accuracy or completeness, for any purpose whatsoever. No representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is given as to the information or opinions herein or accuracy or completeness, and no liability is accepted as to the foregoing. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. All investments carry risk and all investment decisions of an individual remain the responsibility of that individual. All investors are advised to fully understand all risks associated with any kind of investing they choose to do. Hypothetical or simulated performance is not indicative of future results. Unless specifically noted otherwise, all return examples provided in our websites and publications are based on hypothetical or simulated investing. We make no representations or warranties that any investor will, or is likely to, achieve profits similar to those shown, because hypothetical or simulated performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
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