Asked on 28 Oct 2018
I heard some friends doing this but wonder whether this is possible?
The top ups in SA will form the first batch of funds moving to RA.
Only monies after that plus doing a property pledge will you then be able to withdraw above the BRS.
Any monies left in OA and SA after setting aside your RA is then fully liquid.
But you cannot top up your SA after 55. Only OA. You can treat it as a 2.5% interest savings account.
Can withdraw beyond BRS? No, cash withdrawal only allowed if you have FRS. BRS and property pledge are only for those who don't have FRS.
Can treat as fixed deposit? Yes, up to 37k/yr contribution, if MA not max, some goes to MA, then not all 37k will go into OA. If there is balance to do repayment for money used for property and accrued interest, then that's the upper end of contribution limit. However, once withdrawn, you can't deposit the cash back as a savings account.
Short answer. No
Yes, if you done voluntary contribution.
1) The amount is dependent on your FRS.
RSTU (retirement top up scheme) is for your FRS. BRS cannot be used to calculate for this amount. Hence this hack does not apply. Only apply if it is above FRS. Or you just nice have a FRS - 7000. So the amount of money in CPF SA/OA (if you are still working) can be drawn out.
As a fixed deposit interest, yes. Voluntary Contribution can be done (but if your MA has not maxed, it will get stuck in MA)