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How many of you really calculate how much CPF money you can withdraw by the age of 55 ?

I do not see anyone writing a blog to demonstrate how CPF can benefit us for a good retirement life in Singapore. Many chose to complain about Singapore government without knowing the true benefits of CPF. I feel pity for them.

Let me tell you a typical scenario of Singaporean/Singapore PR of PMET (Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians) by the age of 34.

You have to make some assumption. If you don't, your discussion will go "NO WHERE".

The benefit of Singaporean/Singapore PR is to have extra CPF money from your employer (16% of your monthly salary) and the cap of the monthly salary is S$5,000 per month. Meaning to say you only get maximum of S$800 extra from your employer when you have monthly salary of S$5,000 or more. Even if you earn S$1 million per month, your employer will still only give you S$800 per month max., cool ?

So, here are the assumption for the two scenario below.

The benefit of Singaporean/Singapore PR is to have extra CPF money from your employer (16% of your monthly salary) and the cap of the monthly salary is S$5,000 per month. Meaning to say you only get maximum of S$800 extra from your employer when you have monthly salary of S$5,000 or more. Even if you earn S$1 million per month, your employer will still only give you S$800 per month max., cool ?

So, here are the assumption for the two scenario below.

Scenario 1: (by the age of 34)

(1) Monthly salary over S$5K.

(2) CPF OA contribution including 13th month bonus (Of course some have more bonuses. I only put 13th month bonus for easier calculation.)

(3) Contribution of S$7K into CPF SA every year. (CPF SA top up to enjoy tax relief) - Okay, that is just for my own benefits of calculation as I contribute S$7K into CPF SA every year now. :)

(4) I have ignored the extra 1% given to the OA and SA for the first S$60K to ease my calculation. Therefore, the final figure will be more.

(5) You have to start somewhere. So, I assume certain balances of CPF OA, SA and MA at the age of 34.

(6) Let's assume you have fully paid the HDB housing loan (OK, I have scenario 2 for servicing the housing loan).

For scenario 1, can you imagine how much cash you will receive by the age of 55, any wild guess?

The answer is a grand total of S$ 915,000 cash! Woo hoo ! (Total amount of CPF is S$1.11 million!)

Minimum Sum of RA, S$155,000 (OA and SA converted to RA by age of 55) and MA, S$43,500. So, we are complaining S$915,000 a lump sum cash by the age of 55 is not enough for retirement ? Take note by the age of 65 onwards, the governemnt will also give you S$1,200 per month until you die. Still not happy?

The answer is a grand total of S$ 915,000 cash! Woo hoo ! (Total amount of CPF is S$1.11 million!)

Minimum Sum of RA, S$155,000 (OA and SA converted to RA by age of 55) and MA, S$43,500. So, we are complaining S$915,000 a lump sum cash by the age of 55 is not enough for retirement ? Take note by the age of 65 onwards, the governemnt will also give you S$1,200 per month until you die. Still not happy?

Of course, one can argue that by the time you reach age 55, the Minimum Sum will be increased again but I do not think it will go up tremendously. Even if they increase the Minimum Sum, you will receive more in monthly payout from age 65 onwards. So, I am still OK if they increase the Minimum Sum. I expect Minimum Sum will be around S$250,000 by the time I reach age 55 and the monthly payout at age 65 will be S$2,000 per month (by linear regression anlysis). That is my estimation.

Please take note that I only take 1 month bonus as calculation (we surely have more bonuses throughout the years) and I exclude additional 1% interest for the first S$60,000 in OA and SA, the compound effect of that 1% extra interest can be substantial ! If I have time, I will generate a separate excel spreadsheet for that 1% extra interest.

Scenario 2: (by age of 35) - (point 1 to 5 are the same)

(1) Monthly salary over S$5K.

(2) CPF OA contribution including 13th month bonus (Of course some have more bonuses. I only put 13th month bonus for easier calculation.)

(3) Contribution of S$7K into CPF SA every year. (CPF SA top up to enjoy tax relief) - Okay, that is just for my own benefits of calculation as I contribute S$7K into CPF SA every year now. :)

(4) I have ignored the extra 1% given to the OA and SA for the first S$60K to ease my calculation. Therefore, the final figure will be more.

(5) You have to start somewhere. So, I assume certain balances of CPF OA, SA and MA at the age of 34.

(6) Let's assume you own a fully paid HDB unit and you bought a new condo, TOP 3 years later and you want to wipe off OA monthly contribution to pay for the private housing loan.

(2) CPF OA contribution including 13th month bonus (Of course some have more bonuses. I only put 13th month bonus for easier calculation.)

(3) Contribution of S$7K into CPF SA every year. (CPF SA top up to enjoy tax relief) - Okay, that is just for my own benefits of calculation as I contribute S$7K into CPF SA every year now. :)

(4) I have ignored the extra 1% given to the OA and SA for the first S$60K to ease my calculation. Therefore, the final figure will be more.

(5) You have to start somewhere. So, I assume certain balances of CPF OA, SA and MA at the age of 34.

(6) Let's assume you own a fully paid HDB unit and you bought a new condo, TOP 3 years later and you want to wipe off OA monthly contribution to pay for the private housing loan.

Take note you have to set aside S$77,500 (combined OA and SA) first before you can start to use the CPF OA to serve your private housing loan. Again , I have to assume certain amount of balance available by the age of 35, then within 3 years, you have more than S$77,500 requirement (see example below). Therefore, you can fully wipe off your OA to serve the monthly housing loan when your condo is ready for TOP.

The example is "cut and paste" from scenario 1 and I didn't change the age to 55, so I just say age 56 for withdrawn as an example.

So, even if you now wipe off all the CPF OA for the private housing loan, by the time you want to withdraw CPF money by age of 56 (you can do it at age 55, OK?) , you still able to receive a lump sum cash of S$563K.

This is why, I am very confident that many people can still have a very good retirement life in Singapore.

Just to take note that the Minimum Sum right now is S$198,500 in total.

Are you amazed by the sum of money that you can withdraw at age of 55 ? Well, I am.

Furthermore, this is only CPF money for retirement life. We must know we have another saving vehicle for retirement planning , which is SRS (Supplementary Retirement Scheme) account. That is another good vehicle for investment and to enjoy further tax break. :)

I love both systems, CPF and SRS.

By the way, I did not exaggerate the numbers above. If you are a fresh graduate now, your starting pay (average now) is S$3,200 per month. Let's assume you have 5% pay increment every year (average). By the time you work for 10 years, you will hit the maximum CPF of 16% employer contribution, which is S$5,000 max.

Not to forget some will have bigger pay raise for the promotion (usually 10%) or job switch (usually 20% pay increment or more). You will be there.

Updated on August 14, 2014

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The Straits Times published an article, "CPF 'not enough' for retirement" right after I posted my entry yesterday, "CPF- Having a Good Retirement Life in Singapore".

There are some interesting points:

(1) 47% felt that their savings would not be enough and 44% felt the returns were too small. I hope they calculate the figures carefully. Of course, I cannot assume everyone in Singapore earns more than S$5,000 per month. That is why I said the above two scenarios assumption are for typical PMET. You will be surprised to know most of the people complaint about CPF are actually PMET. Hence, take care of yourself first before you talk about others.Singapore government will help those who are really in needs.

(2) 26% of investors made additional voluntary contributions to their CPF accounts. That is quite a number of people. Good job indeed.

(3) 63% of CPF memebers called for greater flexibility in withdrawing funds. This is very contracting to the next point which said 45% of investors would prefer to take a lump sum after leaving the required minimum balance in the CPF Retirement Account once they reach 55. You see the point here ? There are 55% of the people REFUSED to take all the money out from RA account after they have put aside the Minimum Sum. They have A CHOICE to take all the money out but they are not, that is 55% of the people (I will be one of them).Then, it said 63% of the CPF memebers called for greater flexibility in withdrawing funds. How flexible you want to withdraw your CPF fund? Anything extra besides the Minimum Sum, you can withdraw any amount anytime you want, that is still not flexible enough?

(4) 56% wanted government or employer contributions to be raised. Oh ! That is a good idea! Currently it is 16%, can we raise to 20%? That would be a S$1,000 per month from employer instead of S$800.

(5) "The CPF is an important element of every Singaporean's retirement plan, but it is not the only one". Yes, you have SRS account, your own stocks portfolio, fix-deposits, foregin currency fix-deposits, investment-linked funds, endowment funds, real estate property investment, rental returns and most importantly, your own saving account , right?

Updated on August 18, 2014

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I am surprised that PM Lee spent a lot of time during the National Day Rally 2014 yesterday to explain the CPF system clearly and carefully. I have to say he explained it very well and it is in line with my analysis that in order to have retirement monthly payout of S$2,000 per month, we need this Minimum Sum of S$250,000.

The Minimum Sum that a peson has to set aside in his CPF account will also be raised to S$161,000 for those turning 55 from July 1st next year, but,

__. It may still have to be adjusted from time to time as people are living longer and they will need more money for their retirement but the scale will not be big. I believe for 80s generation, the Minimum Sum will go up to S$250,000 in due time but it MIGHT NOT be that much after PM mentioned there will be no need for any more MAJOR increases.__**BEYOND THAT, THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANY MORE MAJOR INCREASES**
CPF members now also allowed the option to take out part of their savings in a lump sum, if they need to, subject to limits- 20% at the age of 65 (not at the age of 55), for example. I think this is a responsible government act. If I am the government, I also will not let everyone just takes out all the money by the age of 55, this is dangerous, you will not get any single cents thereafter. As a responsible government, I will try to avoid giving such wild option. But, I think the option can be further revised to withdrawal of lump sum up to 50%. Take note, by withdrawing 50% (that's my example, not PM example), you only get S$600 per month at age of 65, you sure you want to do that ? I will NOT.

We must have a right mindset about CPF. I think SG governemnt can gradually increase the CPF OA interest rate say 3.5%, and SA to 5%, especially Singapore is doing pretty well now but we should also embrace the interest rate cut back to 2.5% again if the economic hits hard to Singapore again. Fair and square. Lastly, I think Singapore government will consider to revise the CPF interest rate. :)

Updated on August 25, 2014

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DEFINITION:

(a)

**Minimum Sum (OA + SA)**= S$161,000
(b)

**Minimum Sum (MA)**= S$48,500*Many of the time we are talking about Minimum Sum of (OA + SA), do take note that there is a separate Minimum Sum for MA account. By the age of 55, (OA + SA) will be converted to RA (Retirement Account).*

(c) For owners who have used or are using CPF for an existing property, they must set aside

**before they can use the excess savings in their Ordinary Account (OA) for the second or subsequent property. Any funds in the SA used under CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) will be counted towards meeting the Minimum Sum. The principle (and not market value) of CPFIS-SA funds is used in the calculation. So, the***half of the prevailing CPF Minimum Sum (OA + SA)***now is S$80,500 ($161,000 divided by 2).***half of the prevailing CPF Minimum Sum*
I had made two phone calls to CPF Call Centre: 1800-227-1188 this morning and I received crystal clear answers from the sweet lady. I should document down before I forgot! Ha ha. :)

(2) You cannnot enjoy the S$7K tax relief once your CPF hits Minimum Sum (for me, S$161,000 as for now). It means, you cannot contribute CPF SA $7K anymore.

*Once we set aside, S$77,500 (OA & SA), we can use OA to buy stocks and SA to buy solid unit trust, e.g. Arcons of Asia, Singapore growth funds, STI ETF, etc.*

*Money invested in OA account*

**WILL NOT**be counted into Minimum Sum.*Money invested in SA account*

**WILL BE**counted into Minimum Sum.*So, if you like, you can use OA money to buy stocks and reduce your Minimum Sum and get "the rooms" to contribute SA $7K to enjoy tax relief.*

(3) Mandatory contributions (MC) made within the year: Maximum amount of VC = $30,600 – MC

Typical example, CPF contribution of $1,800 per month x 13 months (include one month bonus) = S$23,400 so, you can contribute further up to S$7.2K maximum into any CPF account per year but there is no benefit of doing so (

**NO TAX RELIEF**) unless you just want to have higher interest rate in the CPF account. Personally, I will not do voluntary contribution here.

(4) Once your CPF MA (Medical Account) hits the cap of S$48,500, the MA monthly contribution will go into your SA account! BUT, if your SA account hits the Minimum Sum of S$161,000, then your MA monthly contribution will go into OA account.

*Yes, it is your SA account hitting Minimum Sum of S$161,000, not the total CPF account hitting Minimum Sum of S$161,000. Take note. Hence, it will be quite rare that you can hit S$161,000 in your SA account easily unless you are drawing many months of bonuses. The max. monthly SA contribution cap at S$299.88, you need 42 years to hit that Minimum sums (if you calculate 13 months contribution per year without SA $7K top up).*

With the above information, my two excel tables are

**.**

__SUPER WRONG__Scenario 1 case will hit the Minimum Sum at the age of 38.

Scenario 2 case will hit the Minimum Sum at the age of 40.

Both scenario means you are no longer allowed to contribute SA S$7K to enjoy tax relief. That is really bad indeed. Ouch!

I will revise my two examples (Scenario 1 and Scenario 2) excel tables in my revision 05 but not anytime soon. It takes some time to re-strategize now. Stay tuned !

Updated on August 28, 2014

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The scenario 1 & 2 are updated based on the more accurate information as follow:

(1) The different percentage of wage contribution into OA, SA and MA accounts (see table below).

(2) Minimum Sum (OA+SA) = S$161,000, once this Minimum Sum (OA+SA) is hit, the CPF SA S$7K top up will not be allowed (no more tax relief )

(3) Minimum Sum (MA) = S$48,500 , once this Minimum Sum (MA) is hit, the MA contribution will goto SA account. Once SA account hit S$161,000, then MA contribution will go to OA account.

Scenario 1: Updated table is shown below.

(a) Using the correct percentage of wage contribution into OA, SA and MA at different age stages.

(b) Minimum Sum (MA) is hit at age 37. No more MA contribution from age 38 and onwards. MA contribution will go to SA then later to OA once SA hits the S$161,000 at the age of 43.

(c) Minimum Sum (OA+SA) is hit at age 38. No more CPF SA $7K top up from age 39 and onwards.

Scenario 1: Updated table is shown below.

(a) Using the correct percentage of wage contribution into OA, SA and MA at different age stages.

(b) Minimum Sum (MA) is hit at age 37. No more MA contribution from age 38 and onwards. MA contribution will go to SA then later to OA once SA hits the S$161,000 at the age of 43.

(c) Minimum Sum (OA+SA) is hit at age 38. No more CPF SA $7K top up from age 39 and onwards.

Scenario 2: Updated table is shown below too.

Take note you actually have more money in OA to fully wipe out for housing loan payment as MA contribution will eventually go into OA account once your SA account hit the S$161,000 sum at age 45.

With more accurate calculation, this is the final cash amount you will get by the age of 55.

Updated on March 4, 2015

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By now, you should know the CPF salary ceiling will be raised from S$5,000 to S$6,000 on January 1st, 2016.

For age 35-45 group: (as I am in this age group by this year)

SA contribution - S$350 will increase to S$420

MA contribution - S$450 will increase to S$540

So, the total contribution of CPF will increase by S$370.

Out from this S$370, S$170 is from your boss (employer).

So, you can proudly say because of this CPF ceiling increased to S$6,000, you have a pay increment of S$170 per month !

Assuming you have at least one month bonus (AWS):

13 months x S$170 = S$2,210.

You have S$2,210 more from your employer per year!

With the extra money from your boss in your CPF, earning fat interest, by the time you turn age 65, these amount will balloon to a handsome S$100,000 (with compound interest). Can you believe it?

You may visit the nice blog below:

I made a call to CPF officer today to check on CPF partial withdrawal after we hit the age 55.

If we do not want to withdraw all the money by the age 55, after putting aside the Minimum Sum ( I still love Minimum Sum term even though they now scrap the MS term), you can do partial withdrawal by using the same form RSD55.

Please take note, CPF only encourages you to do such partial withdraw up to 2-3 times per year. If you need more withdrawal in a year, they will look into the cases. They can't expect you to withdraw the money frequently like drawing money from the ATM machine.

It is a bit strange for me but it is OKAY. Take note, any excess in RA account will continue to earn the FAT 4% interest rate (in fact, this year the first S$30K in RA enjoys 6% interest rate!). I don't see a reason why we want to withdraw money from CPF instead of POSB Saving Account that give you a mere 0.5%.

Even if you need to do so, just do a larger amount withdrawal, say S$30K, ONE time per year. :)

If we do not want to withdraw all the money by the age 55, after putting aside the Minimum Sum ( I still love Minimum Sum term even though they now scrap the MS term), you can do partial withdrawal by using the same form RSD55.

Please take note, CPF only encourages you to do such partial withdraw up to 2-3 times per year. If you need more withdrawal in a year, they will look into the cases. They can't expect you to withdraw the money frequently like drawing money from the ATM machine.

It is a bit strange for me but it is OKAY. Take note, any excess in RA account will continue to earn the FAT 4% interest rate (in fact, this year the first S$30K in RA enjoys 6% interest rate!). I don't see a reason why we want to withdraw money from CPF instead of POSB Saving Account that give you a mere 0.5%.

Even if you need to do so, just do a larger amount withdrawal, say S$30K, ONE time per year. :)

Updated on March 14, 2015

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After 10 days of my last revision, I finally have time to update the entire worksheet for the CPF salary ceiling increment from S$5,000 to S$6,000.

Besides, I also update the right percentage of CPF contribution based on the

**NEW CPF contribution and allocation rates table**published at The Straits Times on February 24, 2015.There are many changes on the contribution rates as well as the percentage of the CPF going into OA , SA and MA respective accounts if you compare to my previous table.**The LATEST CPF Contribution and Allocation Rates Table**

**The Straits Times @ February 24, 2015**

Key differences are: both scenario 1 and scenario 2 will hit the

**MA Minimum Sum**and**(OA+SA) Minimum Sum**one year earlier due to the higher CPF contribution. That indirectly reduce one year opportunity to do the CPF SA top up of S$7,000 to enjoy the income tax relief. That is bad.
At the end of the analysis, you can see both scenario 1 and scenario 2 have a huge

**27% increase**at the CPF CASH withdrawn amount by the age of 55.
With the new rules, you are able to bring home a

**CASH of S$911,937**by the age of 55.That is a S$193,244 more compared to the old rules. These numbers will be realistically**even more**because I exclude the extra 1% interest given in the first S$60,000 in the (OA+SA) account. Imagine the absence of 1% compound interest for 20 years. :)
Anyway, the CPF rule changes are

**MASSIVE**to the end results.
But again, there is another new rule: Medisave Minimum Sum S$43,500 requirement will be removed and it will be replaced by

**Basic Healthcare Sum (BHS) of S$49,800**. Once we have better clarity on this new rule, I shall update the blog accordingly again.
Scenario 1

Scenario 2

Updated on March 15, 2015

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Okay, curiosity kills the cat.

I always exclude the extra 1% interest given in the first S$60,000 in the (OA+SA) combined account at all my above calculations.

**OA account capped at S$20,000 and (OA+SA) account capped at S$60,000.**

So, the 1% compounded interest for the

**first S$60,000**in CPF for 20 years is**S$13,943**.
You can just add this extra amount of

**S$13,943**at the above grand total. That would be it for the extra 1% interest earned. :)
For those who have an idea to transfer OA money into SA account to enjoy

**extra 1.5% interest**, please do take note that the amount in your SA account**must not exceed**the current CPF Minimum Sum (S$161,000) after the transfer.
So, if your SA account has reached S$161,000, you are not able to transfer OA money to SA account.

**Extra 1% interest given to the first S$60,000 in CPF**

Updated on March 20, 2015

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Let's talk about Minimum Sum.

From year 2003 to year 2015, the Minimum Sum had climbed pretty wild from 5.6% up high to 10.4%! Only recently , the increment is below 4%, which is 3.9% to be exact and now the Minimum Sum stood still at S$161,000.

The Government has accepted CPF panel's recommendation by raising the Minimum Sum by 3% per year. See the reply below by Ministry of Manpower.

20 years later when I hit age 55, the Minimum Sum will become

**S$290,000.**
Interestingly, 52 years later, my kid will need to meet a Minimum Sum of

**S$750,000.**
It is a big shock to find out the large Minimum Sum required in the future, especially the S$750,000 Minimum Sum for my kid generation.

The table below is generated based on

**3% increment on Minimum Sum**. I would think this Minimum Sum somehow shall**stop**climbing or climb at even**slower pace**. Don't you think so ? I simply cannot imagine if the increment is beyond 3% like the past 10 years. The final figure might able to choke a donkey.
Updated on August 24, 2016

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The Straits Times has a nice article about CPF lately on how one strategizes to increase CPF by S$1 million at the age of 65. It prompted me to simulate the cash payout at age 65 instead of age 55.

They also talk about transferring the OA to SA to enjoy 4% interest instead of 2.5% interest.

This is the simulation table until age 65. (Scenario 1)

And if you wipe off OA for property monthly mortgage payment , the simulation table will be the following. (Scenario 2).

It is good to realize the big difference by delaying the cash withdrawal from age 55 to age 65. You can have

**S$1,530,000**by the**age of 65**instead of**S$911,000**by the**age of 55**. With 10 years delay of withdrawal, the compound interest has a difference of**S$619,000**. We all should wait for another 10 years to withdraw the cash in the CPF,**it is worthwhile to wait!**
Of course, the above simulation is based on current Minimum Sum. We shall expect 3% rise each year on both Minimum Sum of (OA+SA) and MA.

Also, I now started to transfer the OA to SA to enjoy 4% interest. I have done my first OA to SA transfer in August 2016. I transferred S$20,000 from OA to SA to enjoy higher interest.

For my curiosity, I just simulate the OA transfer to SA from age 38 to age 65, the final amount difference is only by

**S$80,000**. That is not very encouraging actually. Take note, my strategy now is to just keep S$20,000 in OA, because the first S$20,000 in the OA will enjoy additional 1% on top of 2.5%, that work out to be 3.50%, so it is close to SA 4.0%, so, you don't really need to wipe off OA to S$0 to SA just to enjoy a mere 0.50% difference.
Below information are from CPF website. It seems like CPF has finalized the figures for Full Retirement Sum (FRS) from year 2017 to year 2020. That is indeed about 3%+ increase per year. For example, by the

**year 2020, the FRS is S$181,000**.
Updated on August 29, 2016

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Many good articles about CPF again on The Sunday Times. Below is one good example.

It is a good reminder that our Retirement Account will enjoy interest of 6%, 5% and 4%.

For my curiosity, I want to find out the

**magic age number**for the "**breakeven**".
If you stick to the Full Retirement Sum (

**FRS**) of**S$161,000**, monthly payout of**S$1,250**, then, by the**age of 82**, you are drawing more monies than you have put in. The magic age is**82**.
(1) First of all, Retirement Account (RA) is created when you reach age 55. I will choose FRS, transferring (OA+SA) of S$161,000 into RA account. In the RA account, the

**first S$30,000**will enjoy**6% interest**, then the**next S$30,000**will enjoy**5% interest**, the**remaining balance**will be enjoying**4% interest**. So the table below, simulate the total interest of 6%, 5% and 4% from age 56 until age 65. Your Retirement Account (RA) shall have a balance of**S$249,125**.
(2) Then, government starts to give you

**S$1,250**per month (**S$15,000 per year).**Of course, the remaining balance will continue to enjoy the interest of 6%, 5% and 4% in the RA account until you deplete the monies in RA at the**age of 82**.
(3) In other words, if you die before age of 82, there shall be

**bequest**for your loved one.**Age 82. Interesting. :)**

Should you choose

**Life Basic**or**Life Standard ?**
The answer is :

**Life Basic**is value for money**.**
Here is why.

First of all, you log in to the CPF website for the CPF LIFE Payout Estimator. You key in the S$161,000 into the Retirement Account. Below are the breakdown and the bequest values.

The table below shows the

**LIFE Standard**payout at**S$1,250 per month**.
Based on my calculation, at the age of 65, the RA account shall have S$249,125.

But the bequest at age 65 shows only S$192,775. A shortfall of S$56,350.

RA account will have S$99,125 at the age of 75 but the bequest at age 75 only S$42,870.

The table below shows the

**LIFE Basic**payout at**S$1,137 per month**. Only S$113 lesser than S$1,250 per month in Life Standard payout.
Based on my calculation, at the age of 65, the RA account shall have S$249,125.

The bequest at age 65 shows S$231,176. A short fall of S$17,949.

RA account will have S$112,685 at the age of 75 and the bequest at age 75 shows S$167,622.

**Most importantly,**

__by the age of 84__, you already took out all the monies in the RA but the__bequest at age 85 still have S$76,225__.

**Is that possible ?**

Updated on December 6, 2016

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I had transferred OA savings to SA account for a few times and I made a large decision today.

I had finally transferred all the money in OA to SA account.

**Wiping off OA to S$0 balance**.

**Mission accomplished.**

The

**first S$60,000**in**SA account**will enjoy**5% interest**.
The

**remaining balances**in**SA account**will enjoy**4% interest**.
So I will let the money in SA account to roll for the

**next 19 years to age 55**, witnessing the**power of compound interest**.
I also hit

**one milestone**this year.**Medisave Account (MA)ceiling**of**S$49,800**was hit. Subsequent MA monthly contribution will flow directly into SA account.
I had utilized CPF OA money of

**S$103,552.04**for my**HDB private housing loan payment**.
If I sell the HDB today for example, I have to return this same CPF OA amount of S$103,552.04 back to my OA account

**+ the accrued interest**of**S$13,145.54**.
It also means if you have not used this amount of money, you would have earned this CPF

**OA interest (2.5%)**of S$13,145.54 by putting the money in the CPF OA account.
I as well had utilized CPF OA money for

**stocks and gold investment**. I have since sold**Ezion, Gold US$ ETF**with profits. I now hold**SembCorp Marine and FJ Benjamin**only, 2 counters under my**CPF OA Investment**. I intend to keep this until age 55 and see how's their returns**the SA account of 4% compound interest. :)***versus*
My

**next strategy**would be**transferring OA**monthly contribution directly**to SA**account in**monthly**manner too.
Updated on May 7, 2017

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The values in the table below might shock you. Yes, by the time you reach the

**age of 55**, you will accumulate total cash of**S$1.21++ million**
After putting aside the Full Retirement Sum (FRS), you will have

**extra cash of S$812,000++**at the**age of 55**and Basic Healthcare Sum (BHS) of**S$105,000++**at CPF MA account.
With the Full Retirement Sum

**(FRS)**of**S$290,000++**(**year 2035 FRS**), your monthly pension will be**S$2,300**, given from the age of 65 to death.
If you do not take out the cash of S$812,000 ++ at the age of 55, you can continue to leave the cash in the CPF account and enjoy the good interest (from 4% to 6%). You will accumulate

**interest of S$36,570.40 at least**every year. At the age of 65, the CPF account balance interest + monthly pension will yield**S$5,347 per month**for retirement. Isn't that wonderful? Perfect! This is only CPF income! You shall have other source of passive income too.
Now, is the figure above realistic or even possible?

**Of course!**
There are some assumptions to be met:

(1) Continue to work until the age of 55 with at least monthly income of S$6,000 as that is the maximum CPF contribution.

(2) The calculation uses 13 months CPF contribution. If your company gives you AWS (13th month bonus), that will be the figures. If you receive extra1 month bonus or more, the figures above will be bigger too! So, almost all of us will receive certain amount of bonuses.

*My company gave out 2.15 months additional bonus this year besides 13th month. :)*

(3) Transfer all OA to SA account. OA account is always S$0.

Only with the 3 assumptions above, you will reach this figures easily. Congratulations!

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**Some key figures in my calculation.**

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**37%**of our monthly income goes to CPF (from employee + employer). This percentage is the same until age 55.

Based on S$6,000 monthly income, at least, the following figures hold.

OA account: S$1,260.30 x 13 months = S$16,383.90

SA account: S$419.80 x 13 months = S$5,457.40

MA account: S$539.90 x 13 months = S$7,018.70

Total CPF contribution per year =

**S$28,860**. This is the magic number.**By the year 2035 (when I reach age 55):**

With

**3% annual increment**, the Full Retirement Sum (**FRS**) will reach**S$290,901.**
With

**4% annual increment**, the Basic Healthcare Sum (**BHS**) will reach**S$105,342**.
With linear algebra extrapolation ,

**S$290,901**FRS will yield**S$2,300 monthly**pension. CPF is the best retirement scheme in the world.
Quick update (20 June 2017)

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I just realized the above table is not possible. Once the SA figures hit the Full Retirement Sum (FRS), you are not allowed to do the OA transfer to SA account. Hence, the figures will be much smaller. I shall update the table in the next revision.

Excellent spreadsheets but u have missed the elephant in the room. We are not talking about those who already have but retirement inadequacy which affects a huge segment of the population. We need to address root causes such as misallocation of CPF contribution, eg about 60% going into OA used mainly for housing but earning lower interest rate. And the formula of pegging long-term CPF rates to short-term fixed deposit rate and savings rate is not only erroneous but unethical. So long as fundamental issues are not addressed, we will still be holding on to the CPF time bomb.

ReplyDeleteWhat’s the problem again ? After reading twice your comments , I don’t find an issue on it . Well , if you don’t like the OA interest , you can always move your OA to SA until SA reaches the FRS sum .

DeleteAfter all , if every status quo stays , CPF , by far is still the best class in the world .