facebookHi everyone. I'm 33 years old this year, I would wish to retire around 50 years old with $1.5 million, is it too ambitious? My monthly income is close to $5K and I can save half of my take home.? - Seedly
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07 Nov 2020

Hi everyone. I'm 33 years old this year, I would wish to retire around 50 years old with $1.5 million, is it too ambitious? My monthly income is close to $5K and I can save half of my take home.?

I have about $200K in savings (mostly in FD, high yield savings account), ~$60K in my OA and SA combined. I do not have any dependents and my only liability is my housing loan which I'm servicing fully with my OA, til the age of 60.

I have only just started to invest with robo, stashaway global portfolio at 18% risk preference and syfe reits. What can I do to grow my portfolio? I'm looking at adding ETF but I'm not sure whether it will overlap with my SA portfolio?

Thank you! 


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    What are your thoughts?

    Great to see that you have a good retirement plan in mind.

    i'm also striving to reach FI by 45.

    Currently 29 yrs old.

    Sadly i'm self-employed, no CPF and think it's worthless to put it in as there are a lot of restrictions in place.

    So here's what i'll do if i were you.

    I'll continue paying my Housing loan with CPF. Because my cash can be used to generate a high growth returns than the 2.5% growth in CPF.

    I'll set aside 6 months worth of expenses in DBS Multiplier.

    I'll also set aside any short term(1 yr) committments(Large amount) that i'll be going to spend aside.

    Like Holiday, Insurance, income tax and medisave( For self employed)

    Next i'll deploy the remainder into 2 tranche.

    First will be lump sum.

    Second will be DCA for the next 6-9 months.

    For myself i do my own ETF investment.

    Though i have 20% in my high growth stocks.

    But my main 80% is in ETF.

    For ETF, i don't time the market. Because it's kinda wasting time.

    If you want to wait till it drop and buy also can. Like how it drops in the late Oct Period.

    But why i don't time is because i don't know when the recovery will be.

    Like what happened in Oct 2020 is that it drops for 3 weeks.

    But it recover and Exceed the previous high in just 1 week.

    So I'll lump sum in 50% of the allocated amount.

    Then i'll DCA over 6-9 months depending on how comfortable you're with it.

    When i first started, i only did 40 % Lump sum, 40% DCA and 20% Warchest.

    But it seems like the 20% warchest is quite waste of time Because it always seems that i'll be buying higher than what i would have bought in the 40% Lump Sum tranche.

    So example if 100k is what you have decided,

    Then 50k in lump sum first

    Remainder 50k split over 6-9 months.

    Overlapping with SA is not so much of a concern for me.

    Initially i had SA also. But i find the growth too slow.

    So i went all in with my ETF.

    My logic is that i think no point worrying about overlapping and stuff like that because my investment horizon will be 10 years - 15 years.

    So doesn't matter to me.

    I started this year Jan till Now.

    Still buying in every month, week.

    Hoping to FI by 45.




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      Hello Lovegood,

      Im am by no means a specialist , but im gonna take a crack at this using some really elementary methods. Sorry if it look abit half baked.

      1.5million at age 50
      Starting from age 33 with a savings of 200k and 60k from CPF
      Leaves you with 17 years to accumulate 1.27million
      You wanna make use of 2.5k monthly take home to reach this amount , if you manage to save 2.5k a month for 17 years , you would have roughly 500k saved up over that many years. Assuming you never got any pay raise or any promotions .

      Ill use the the rule of 72/17yrs, assuming it will take a regular interest of 4.2%++ to double your investment ( thats if you have 500k now )

      The safest way would be to put into your CPF SA , earn a return from SA as well as some Tax rebates.
      Although this limits you from withdrawing the full sum at 55. You can still withdraw til the BRS limit at 55.
      (Correct me if im wrong )

      With the info given , and the safest route , my reccomendation is monthly top ups to SA for 17 years and you may well have your 1.5m or more by 55 (SA is at 4% interest per year)




        Kenneth Fong

        Kenneth Fong

        29 Oct 2020

        Level 11·Marketing Manager at Seedly

        Hi lovegood,

        There's just too many variables here to be able to give you an answer. Since you've go...

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