facebookIF I have 1mil cash and based on 5% rule, I would have $50k per yr or $4.1k per month. How would you recommend for me to earn $50k interest per year. I'm open to work at MCD or starbucks as part time.? - Seedly


17 Apr 2021


IF I have 1mil cash and based on 5% rule, I would have $50k per yr or $4.1k per month. How would you recommend for me to earn $50k interest per year. I'm open to work at MCD or starbucks as part time.?

Assumption that Inflation aside, I'm 45, healthy male, Non-smoker, dont drink. Should be easy to find a 3k salary job, but would like to take it easy. House paid off, monthly commitment is just ~$700 insurance till age 60. simple lifestyle with occasional travel, but wont exceed yearly expenses of 50k.

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You are about 10 years to 55yo where you can tap on the lifelong interests from CPF. You can maximize your CPF contribution now until then. At 55yo, you can do the CPF shielding and see how much you can receive as interest. Any shortfall in interest income, you can obtain from SSB and your part time work. The above suggestion assumes you do not wish to take any risks.

Elijah Lee

02 Sep 2020

Senior Financial Services Manager at Phillip Securities (Jurong East)

Hi anon,

You will be looking at investing for income, particularly for retirement. $50K/yr is actually quite decent for a comfortable life, but over time, you must manage the risks of retirement. The key risks you will want to cater to includes:

  • Longevity - you definitely don't want to out live your money. Annuities prevent that from happening.

  • Health Risks - any unexpected health issues will derail your plan and force you to liquidate or drawn on cash in your portfolio. You need hospitalization insurance Long Term Care, and critical illness cover to mitigate such financial disasters

  • Inflation - This is probably the biggest risk of all, since needing $50K a year now will translate to $90K a year in your 70s. Your portfolio needs to keep up by either increasing yield (which translates to more risk) or increasing in capital (probably the less risky option)

  • Sequence of returns - This is another killer. Those who retired this year on a portfolio of stocks and REITs have seen their incomes hammered as REITS went from quarterly to half yearly payouts and banks were capped at 60% of previous DPS. Furthermore, selling equities to raise funds is not an option as you need the future income, and selling now also equates to realizing a paper loss for many stocks. Double whammy.

  • Market volatility - Can your heart still cope with the swings of the market in old age?

When we retire, we are looking for income that is stable, inflation hedged, and with low volatility. To that end, I would recommend you create a 3-pronged retirement strategy, ensuring that

1. You have a systematic withdrawal plan from your assets - Plan ahead and always prepare for the worse

2. Proper segmentation of your assets into various buckets and layers - 5% yield can be attained from a good mix of equities and fixed income, the question is, how will you want to construct the portfolio. Also, you'll want to grow it with side income eventually as you need the portfolio size to increase to cope with the effects of inflation as mentioned above. I don't wish to turn this answer into an essay, but there is a lot of things to discuss when preparing your layered income strategy, as well as allocating your money into various 'buckets'.

3. Have a basic retirement income floor with guaranteed income solutions for the essentials - If the markets crash, you still need income. One word: Annuities. CPF LIFE for starters, is a very good annuity and I highly recommending that you are on track to hitting FRS at a minimum (or hopefully you are already there). After that, private plans from insurers can also supplement your income, especially in your retirement years where you may not have the capacity to monitor your investments much.

Duane Cheng

31 Aug 2020

Financial Consultant at Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

HI there,

Based on your assumption of 1M65, with a 5% withdrawal rate. There are a few ways to get ...

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