New NTUC Income Retirement Plan – FlexRetire

About FlexRe­tire

FlexRe­tire is a reg­u­lar premium par­ti­cip­at­ing endow­ment plan. It allows you to start sav­ings reg­u­larly now for your planned retire­ment age of 55, 60, 65 or 70 Last Birth Date (LBD). Upon retire­ment, you will receive reg­u­lar retire­ment pay­out for the next 10, 20 or 30 years. You will also enjoy free pro­tec­tion of 105% premium paid-to-date plus 100% of the bonuses against death and Total Per­man­ent. Dis­ab­il­ity. FlexRe­tire is guar­an­teed accept­ance, i.e. any­one can pur­chase the plan without the needs for a med­ical check-up.

FlexRe­tire is divided into 2 phases — Accu­mu­la­tion Period and Pay­out Period.

Accu­mu­la­tion Period = Chosen Retire­ment Age (up to age 55/60/65/70 LBD) – Entry Age (LBD)

Pay­out Period = Choice of 10, 20 or 30 years

Dur­ing the Accu­mu­la­tion Period, you can choose to pay the premium in 5 years, 10 years or Accu­mu­la­tion Period minus five years. That is, if the Accu­mu­la­tion Period is 25 years, you only need to pay for 20 years and start get­ting the reg­u­lar pay­out from the 25th year onwards.

At the end of Accu­mu­la­tion Period, you can choose to

  • with­draw the full matur­ity amount;
  • with­draw par­tial matur­ity amount, rede­posit the
    remain­ing cash (at least $10,000) with Income and receive monthly pay­out for the next 10/20/30 years; or
  • save the full matur­ity amount with Income with addi­tional cash value given and receive monthly pay­out for the next 10/20/30 years.

Dur­ing the Pay­out Period when you are receiv­ing the monthly pay­out, you can choose to:

  • use the pay­out as your monthly retire­ment income; or
  • deposit the pay­out with NTUC Income at the cur­rent interest rate of 3.5% p.a.. This is a deposit
    account and you can with­draw the money anytime.

At the end of the Pay­out Period, you will receive

  • the final monthly payout;
  • Future Gift, pro­jec­ted at 24 times of the final monthly pay­out; and
  • the reg­u­lar depos­ited pay­ment accu­mu­lated with NTUC Income and accu­mu­lated interest, if any.

The min­imum entry age is 20 and last entry age is 60 LBD.

 

How FlexRe­tire Lets You Retire the Way You Want?

Sup­pose you are now 35-year-old and desire a monthly retire­ment
income of at least $1,000 for 20 years when you retire at age 65. You can start build­ing your retire­ment funds through FlexRe­tire plan as follows:

Monthly Premium Yearly Premium Total Premium Paid for 10 years Guar­an­teed Matur­ity Amount at 65 years old Bonus upon matur­ity @ 4.75% IRR* Total Matur­ity Amount at 65 years old
$1082.10 $12,485 $124,850 $124,850 $75,796 $200,646

If the full matur­ity amount is re-deposited with NTUC Income at the end of Accu­mu­la­tion Period,

New Prin­cipal Amount Pro­jec­ted Monthly Pay­ment @4.75% IRR* for 20 years Pro­jec­ted Future Gift Total Amount drawn over 20 years, includ­ing Future Gift
$454,704 $2,216 $53,184 $585,024

*IRR : Invest­ment Rate of Returns

An Illustration for FlexRetire Plan

Illus­tra­tion for FlexRe­tire Plan

Focus Group Discussions on enhancement to CPF

CPF Advis­ory Panel has just announced a series of Focus Group Dis­cus­sions (FGD) to be con­duc­ted from mid-November 2014 to mid-January 2015. The dis­cus­sion will be on the fol­low­ing topics:-

  1. Min­imum Sum — how to adjust bey­ond 2015 for future retirees
  2. Lump sum with­draw­als at age 65 years — how much should CPF mem­bers be able to with­draw and under what conditions
  3. CPF pay­outs — how could CPF pay­outs be adjus­ted to address cost of liv­ing increases over time
  4. Altern­at­ive invest­ments and annu­it­ies — how to provide more flex­ib­il­ity for CPF mem­bers who are pre­pared to take on more risks.

You can email to cpf_panel@mom.gov.sg to con­trib­ute your ideas on the above top­ics or to sign up for the FGD.  The first 4 FGDs sched­ule to dis­cuss the first 3 top­ics are as follows:-

  •  15 Novem­ber 2014 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm at *SCAPE
  • 22 Novem­ber 2014 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm at *SCAPE
  • 9 Decem­ber 2014 (Tues­day) 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the National Lib­rary Building
  • 10 Janu­ary 2015 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm (venue to be in town area)

There will be more FGD ses­sions to be announced later.

For more inform­a­tion, please visit http://www.cpfpanel.sg

Lease Buyback Scheme extended to 4-room HDB flat

On 3rd Septem­ber 2014, the Min­istry of National Devel­op­ment (MND) and the Hous­ing & Devel­op­ment Board (HDB) announced four enhance­ments to the Lease Buy­back Scheme (LBS) with effect from 1 April 2015.
Only house­hold with at least one of the owner a Singa­por­ean and all own­ers must be at least at CPF Draw-Down Age in order to par­ti­cip­ate in this LBS.

Firstly, the LBS will be exten­ded to 4-room HDB flats. On top of the pro­ceeds the own­ers receive from selling the tail-end lease of their flat to HDB, they will receive a fur­ther $10,000 cash bonus per house­hold if the total CPF top-up is $60,000 or more. If the total CPF top-up is less than $60,000, the house­hold gets a pro-rated bonus of $1 for every $6 CPF top-up.

Secondly, the income ceil­ing for par­ti­cip­at­ing in the LBS will be raised from $3,000 to $10,000 per month. The income ceil­ing for the Sil­ver Hous­ing Bonus (SHB) scheme will be raised from $3,000 to $10,000 correspondingly.

Thirdly, each owner of a house­hold will only be required to top up his/her CPF RA to half the age-adjusted pre­vail­ing CPF Min­imum Sum (MS), instead of the full age-adjusted pre­vail­ing MS cur­rently. There­fore, they will be able to retain more cash upfront from par­ti­cip­at­ing in the LBS. How­ever, for any cash pro­ceeds above $100,000, the own­ers will still be required to top up the excess amount into their respect­ive CPF RAs. How­ever, if you are a sole-owner of the HDB flat, this rule does not apply to you and you will still be required to top up your CPF RA to the full age-adjusted pre­vail­ing CPF MS.

Fourthly, eld­erly house­holds will have the flex­ib­il­ity to choose the length of lease to retain, based on their age and pref­er­ences, instead of hav­ing one stand­ard 30-year lease for all. Those aged 70 to 74 will have the option of a 25-year lease, those aged 75 to 79 will have the option of a 20-year lease, and those aged 80 or older will have the option of a 15-year lease. On the other hand, those who prefer longer leases can choose to retain more than the min­imum required for their age, in 5-year incre­ments, up to a max­imum of 35 years. Any uncon­sumed lease will be refun­ded to the owner’s estate. A house­hold must have lived for at least 5 years and have at least 20 years of lease to sell to HDB to be eli­gible for the LBS.

New Asian Income Fund from NTUC Income

NTUC Income has just launched a new fund, Asian Income Fund, that intends to dis­trib­ute monthly dividend pay­out of 5–6% per annum.  It cap­tures the strong growth poten­tial of Asia through both equit­ies and bonds. Investors gain from an act­ive asset alloc­a­tion strategy which aims to max­im­ize yield and total return in dif­fer­ent mar­ket envir­on­ments (Recov­ery, Expan­sion, Slow­down and Recession).

More import­antly, NTUC Income will guar­an­tee 105% of the invest­ment amount or cash value, whichever is higher, in the event of untimely death or Total Per­man­ent Dis­ab­il­ity (TPD) before age 65, After age 65, it is 100% of the invest­ment amount or cash value, whichever is higher, in the event of untimely death.  This is on top of the monthly with­drawal of the dividends over the years.

The Cur­rent Pro­mo­tion offers a 10% bonus on the net amount of the new dis­tri­bu­tion declared for Asian Income Fund and will be given each month, up to 30 Octo­ber 2014. This bonus is only pay­able once for each dis­tri­bu­tion arising from net new invest­ments and top-ups. It is not applic­able to monthly dis­tri­bu­tion arising from switches into this fund. The bonus will be accu­mu­lated and pay­able together with the accu­mu­lated dis­tri­bu­tion 45 days after 30 Octo­ber 2014.

The Asian Income Fund is pay­able on a monthly basis with effect from Novem­ber 2014. There­after, NTUC Income intends to pay the dis­tri­bu­tion within 45 days from the declar­a­tion date, which is the 2nd last work­ing day of the month.

For example, if Mr Lee made a new invest­ment of $100,000 into Asian Income Fund on 20 May 2014 and received a monthly dis­tri­bu­tion of $480 for the month of May 2014 to Octo­ber 2014 as follows:

  May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Total
Monthly Dis­tri­bu­tion $480 $480 $480 $480 $480 $480 $2,880

The bonus pay­able based on the above example is $288.

Sub­scrip­tion Method: Cash/SRS

Asian Income Fund Factsheet is here at http://www.income.com.sg/fund/pdf/2014/AsianIncome(Apr).pdf

Changes to CPF Contribution Rates from January 2015

Recieved the fol­low­ing sum­mary from CPF Board today on Singa­pore Budget 2014 — Ini­ti­at­ives Related to CPF.

For more details, please refer to resources provided by CPF Board at the end of the article.

 

Changes to CPF Con­tri­bu­tion Rates

Employer con­tri­bu­tion rates to the Medis­ave Account (MA) will be increased for all work­ers to help them save more for health­care needs. Work­ers aged above 50 to 65 will see an addi­tional increase in the employer con­tri­bu­tion rates to the Spe­cial Account (SA) to help them save more for retirement.

Employee con­tri­bu­tion rates to the Ordin­ary Account (OA) will increase for work­ers aged above 50 to 55.

The table below shows these increases in CPF con­tri­bu­tion rates for Singa­pore Cit­izens (SCs), and for Singa­pore Per­man­ent Res­id­ents (SPRs) from their 3rd year of obtain­ing SPR status.

Increases in CPF con­tri­bu­tion rates for SCs and SPRs from Janu­ary 2015

Employee’s age (years) Per­cent­age point increase in CPF con­tri­bu­tion rates (for wages ≥ $750) Alloc­a­tion of increase
Con­tri­bu­tion by employer Con­tri­bu­tion by employee Total OA SA MA
50 and below +1% - +1% - - +1%
Above 50 — 55 +2% +0.5% +2.5% +0.5% +1% +1%
Above 55 — 60 +1.5% - +1.5% - +0.5% +1%
Above 60 — 65 +1.5% - +1.5% - +0.5% +1%
Above 65 +1% - +1% - - +1%

Medis­ave con­tri­bu­tion rates for Self-Employed Per­sons (SEPs) with annual net trade income of $18,000 and above will be raised by 1%.

The rates in the table below are applic­able to SEPs for annual net trade income from 2015.

Con­tri­bu­tion rates applic­able to SEPs from 2015

Annual net trade income (from 2015) Age as at 1 Janu­ary of work year
Below 35 years 35 to below 45 years 45 to below 50 years 50 years and above
Above $6,000 to $12,000 4% 4.5% 5% 5.25%
Above $12,000 to $18,000 Phased in* from 4% to 8% Phased in* from 4.5% to 9% Phased in* from 5% to 10% Phased in* from 5.25% to 10.5%
Above $18,000 8%(Maximum $4,800) 9%(Maximum $5,400) 10%(Maximum $6,000) 10.5%(Maximum $6,300)

*Please refer to the CPF web­site for the phased-in rates.
Spe­cial Employ­ment Credit and Tem­por­ary Employ­ment Credit

To help employ­ers bet­ter cope with the con­tri­bu­tion rate increases in 2015, the Spe­cial Employ­ment Credit (SEC) will be enhanced. Employ­ers will in addi­tion receive a new Tem­por­ary Employ­ment Credit (TEC).

SEC enhance­ment in 2015
Employ­ers hir­ing Singa­por­ean work­ers aged above 50 earn­ing up to $4,000 a month in 2015 will receive an addi­tional off­set of up to 0.5% of wages, mak­ing it a total off­set of up to 8.5%. The cur­rent off­set is up to 8%.
TEC pay­ment in 2015
In 2015, employ­ers will receive a one-year off­set of 0.5% of wages for Singa­por­ean and SPR work­ers, up to the CPF salary ceil­ing of $5,000 per month, based on employ­ees’ incomes paid in 2015. This will help employ­ers cope with the increased Medis­ave con­tri­bu­tion rates.

Find out more:

Singa­pore Budget 2014: Ini­ti­at­ives relat­ing to CPF(more details such as FAQs and con­tact inform­a­tion are available)
Singa­pore Budget 2014: All initiatives
Singa­pore Budget 2014: Full Budget Speech

 

Source: CPF Mem­bers Email Update from CPF Board, 22 Feb 2014

New Launch of SP SAIL

NTUC Income has just re-launched a new lim­ited tranche of Single Premium Savings/Endowment Plan, SP SAIL, with imme­di­ate effect. NTUC Income will stop accept­ing applic­a­tions once the alloc­a­tion is reached.

This is a guar­an­teed accept­ance sav­ings plan, which provides pro­tec­tion against Death and Total Per­man­ent Dis­ab­il­ity (TPD)

  • 105% of the single premium for stand­ard life or
  • 101% of the single premium for non-standard* life, plus 100% of the accu­mu­lated bonus.

The min­imum entry age is 25 Last Birth Date (LBD) and max­imum entry age is 60 LBD. The accu­mu­la­tion period is 10, 15, 20,25, 30 years or up to 55, 60, 62, 65 LBD. You can use cash or SRS money to save with SAIL. The min­imum amount for SAIL is $10,000.

 

What is SP SAIL plan?

SP SAIL is a single premium par­ti­cip­at­ing endow­ment or retire­ment plan with a min­imum accu­mu­la­tion period of 10 years. At the end of the accu­mu­la­tion period, you can choose to

  • with­draw the full matur­ity value, or
  • with­draw par­tial matur­ity amount and rede­posit the remain­ing cash with Income. The min­imum deposit amount is $10,000. You will then with­draw your sav­ings in 20 annual installments.
  • Save the full matur­ity amount with NTUC Income to with­draw your sav­ings over the next 20 annual install­ments. Some addi­tional con­ver­sion bonus will be given for this option.

Monthly pay­out is avail­able if the actual con­ver­sion value is $50,000 and above. The second or third option serves as a very good retire­ment plan that will com­ple­ment other annu­ity plan or CPF LIFE scheme man­dated by CPF Board, which provides streams of income pay­ment dur­ing the retire­ment years.

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*Non-standard life refers to an insured suf­fer­ing from any of the fol­low­ing med­ical con­di­tions, at the time of applic­a­tion, within three months from cover start date:

  • Can­cer
  • Heart and/or Heart Valve Conditions
  • Chronic Kid­ney Disease
  • Stroke
  • Liver Cir­rhosis and/or End Stage Liver Failure
  • Sys­temic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Ter­minal Illness
  • Sev­er­ance or total loss of use of one or both limbs OR total loss of use of one or both eyes

Latest Regular Premium Plans Promotion from NTUC Income

NTUC Income has just launched the Reg­u­lar Premium Policies Pro­mo­tion from 8th Jan 2014 to 28th Feb­ru­ary 2014. You will receive up to $500^ Cap­it­aMall shop­ping vouch­ers when you apply dur­ing the pro­mo­tion period.

Min­imum   Monthly Premium

Vouch­ers   Amount

Premium   pay­ment term of 5 to 9 years

Premium   pay­ment term of 10  years and more

$300

-

$100

$500

$100

$200

$1000

$250

$500

^ For policies with premium pay­ment term of 5 to 9 years, voucher amount is capped at $250 per policy.

For policies with premium pay­ment term of 10 years and above, voucher amount is capped at $500 per policy.

The qual­i­fy­ing plans are as follows:-

1. Dream­Saver

2. Endow­ment Plan

3. Fam­ily Insur­ance Plan

4. Har­vest (GIO)

5. i-Term/e-Term

6. Mort­gage Plan

7. Protection/ Lim­ited Pay Protection

8. RevoSave/ Lim­ited Pay RevoSave/ Lim­ited Pay RevoSave (5-Pay-10)

9. SAIL (Reg­u­lar Premium)

10. Senior Plan

11. Vivo­C­are

12. VivoC­hild

13. Vivo­Life

14. VivoLink

15. VivoSave

Terms and Con­di­tions apply. Click here for more information.