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Downsizing flat and upsizing parents' retirement adequacy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Reader:
Thank you for sharing your financial journey and thoughts on your readers’ queries with us.

My husband and I bought a BTO 4 room HDB flat 4 years ago.

We are thinking of changing our HDB from a 4-room to a 3-room flat some time after the MOP (5 years).

We are thinking of transferring the monthly CPF-OA contributions, excess of our monthly repayments, to SA for the 4% interest.

My father is 63 years old and my mother is 57 years old. If I am not wrong, topping up $60K to my father’s RA means he can apply for CPF LIFE. The monthly CPF LIFE payouts will be about $360.

AK:
If you have no other use for your CPF-OA savings after the move, transferring the money to the SA is always a good idea if you are thinking about a more secure retirement. Let the magic of compounding do its work. Your savings will amount to much more 20 years later.

With more cash in hand, you are planning to top up your parents' CPF accounts? I like that too. If you have only $60K to spare, you might want to consider splitting it so that both parents get $30K in their RAs. This is because the first $30K will get 6% interest. The next $30K gets 5%. Of course, above $60K, it is 4%.

If you have $120K to spare instead of only $60K, of course, topping up both parents' CPF-RA with $60K each is a good idea. 

Make the government do some work in supporting your parents financially. ;)

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