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28 Nov 2019

1M65: Heard about it from Seedly talk, but still confused. Why isn't everyone doing it then?

What are the pros and cons?

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    Mark Chan

    Mark Chan

    26 Nov 2019

    Level 5·Business Manager at Amobee

    1. Conviction

    To successfully achieve this, you need to aggressively top up your CPF-SA as early as possible. Given that this is a unidirectional transfer, not many will be able to achieve the level of conviction required for such a move.

    2. Low availability of Funds

    As you are just starting out in your career (with student loans to pay, and upcoming family commitments), cashflow and finances are likely to be tight. It may be difficult to part with the money with these conflicting objectives

    3. Other financial instruments that may give a better yield than 4% p.a.

    Theoretically, there are a number of instruments that provide a better yield as compared to CPF-SA. For example, if you employ a DCA strategy in a home market index over a long period of time (i.e. 25 years), you could theoretically get returns up to 6% p.a. However, past performance is no guarantee of future results, so do your own due diligence ;)

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      Pros: It's similar to forced savings, so you won't be tempted to use it, you can't even if you would like to. And this will allow for compounding effect to be in full force.

      Cons: Not liquid. Will have to use cash for housing loan or kids' education loan, which may not be plausible for household with single working parent

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