Hi guys, I achieve the FRS when I hit 55, is it advisable to do a monthly transfer of the balance of my monthly CPF OA contribution to my CPF SA after the mthly deductions for my HDB loan repayment? - Seedly
 

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Asked on 12 Jun 2019

Hi guys, I achieve the FRS when I hit 55, is it advisable to do a monthly transfer of the balance of my monthly CPF OA contribution to my CPF SA after the mthly deductions for my HDB loan repayment?

More details on my question above, this would mean that my OA account would not have any increase in amount on a monthly basis (as the balance left from monthly contribution would be transferred to SA), other than the interest earned on the $20k left in my OA account. This is with the plan of leaving $20k balance in my OA upon my collection of my HDB flat in the near future.

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Answered on 26 Jun 2019

Hi Ting Han,

Transferring your Ordinary Account (OA) savings to your Special Account (SA) is only available for members below 55 years old who do not have a Retirement Account (RA).

For members aged 55 and above, you can transfer your SA, followed by your OA savings to your RA to build up your retirement savings, up to the current Enhanced Retirement Sum. Doing so will help to build your retirement savings to give you higher monthly payouts from age 65.

You can try using this online tool to estimate the payouts under CPF LIFE: https://www.cpf.gov.sg/eSvc/Web/Schemes/LifeEstimator/LifeEstimator

Do note that transferring your SA/OA savings to your RA cannot be reversed, so you should take into account your personal circumstances to see if it’s the right move for you.

Thank you.

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If you are not looking at another property, transferring from your OA to SA will help you to optimize returns so that you can build up your retirement funds.

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Vincent Tan Wen Bin
Vincent Tan Wen Bin

16 Jun 2019

Either you sell your current property to upgrade or buy a 2nd property, both will require another huge sum of money from your CPF. Unless, you already decided that you might now wnat to upgrade, you can go ahead and proceed with your plan. However, if you are still considering to upgrade or buy a 2nd property, I will recommend you to take a more prudence approach. Which is to save some funds in your OA so that you can use it to buy a property before 55.
Ting Han
Ting Han

17 Jun 2019

Thank you for your advice. It helps a lot in helping me plan for the use of my CPF funds.