Asked on 22 Oct 2019
I am 56 and currently have $175,000 in my RA. If I wish to make use of compound interest over the next 9 years to reach the Enhanced Retirement Sum, how much should I top up into RA now?
This year's ERS is $264K, so to have that amount in 9 years, you'll need to top up approximately $10.5K to your RA this year and let compounding do the rest.
Do note that the ERS goes up next year to $271.5K and if you want that amount in 9 years, then you'll have to top up another $15K.
Herein lies the problem, we do not know the ERS amount in 9 years from now as figures have only been announced till 2020. You are allowed to top up to the year's prevailing ERS each year as the quantum for the top-up does not include the interest earned. If your goal is actually to maintain yourself at ERS or even more, consider doing top-ups yearly where possible to allow for interest to boost your balances further.
Hi, anon! Based on the 3% yearly increment on the retirement sums the past few years, the projected Enhanced Retirement Sum, when you reach age 65 in 2028, will be $343,928. Since I'm not sure of your current cash flow, there are a few scenarios for your contributions:
1) Lump-sum of $70k and let compound interest handle the rest!
2) $20k per year over the next 4 years
3) $15k per year over the next 5 years
The above was a basic excel sheet that I created previously to calculate how much we'll need to earn to hit FRS, but it does not include the extra 1% interest on the first 60k, and the extra 1% interest for members above age 55. Which means the amount you'll need is a little lesser!