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How to assemble your retirement plan
At a Glance
A retirement plan should be both robust and comfortable. So we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you build one to your specs – and achieve financial freedom. Learn to mark out objectives, bring together the pieces to grow your nest egg and make sure it lasts a long time. Along with tips to fill in all the gaps. All without breaking a sweat.
Planning the parts you need
Tools to help envision your retirement and draw up a plan.
Building robust income streams
How to assemble it all to fit your retirement goals.
Keeping your money at work
Enjoy your financial freedom while ensuring your funds last.
Reinforcing your plan
Fill in the gaps so you don’t worry about being caught off-guard.
WHERE ARE YOU AT NOW?
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The first step to any goal is to plan. And while it might seem to be a long way off, the sooner you start, the easier it actually becomes. You'll have the advantage of time to grow your investments into a sustainable income for whatever you imagine.
The first question to ask: what does retirement look like to you? A second career, pursuing a passion, discovering the world, or simply time with family – your answer determines how much you need. Don’t worry, we have tools to break it down for you.
Every financial decision – every dollar you save, spend, or invest – affects everything else as a whole. NAV Planner gives you a complete picture of your money and helps you understand how your decisions affect your future. Curious how NAV Planner works? Find out more. To try it, login to digibank and look for the Plan tab.
The first thing to do is decide how you'd like to retire. NAV Planner's 'Map Your Money' feature takes into account your income, expenses, assets and liabilities over the last six months, and your current income streams to project your retirement cashflow and highlight any gaps you might need to fill. You can even set a goal, and see if you’re on track.
How do you picture your retirement? Do you see yourself sipping cocktails on a cruise, pursuing personal passions, or blissfully enjoying time with your grandkids at home?
Whatever retirement lifestyle you choose, Face Your Future will help you paint a picture of your retirement. Leveraging facial recognition and artificial intelligence technologies, Face Your Future instantly helps you visualise your retirement future, complete with an estimated cost no less!
Curious to see your retirement future?
You've probably started saving and maybe invested a little. That’s great. Now’s the time to make your money make more money. And get as much of it working as possible.
Once you've sorted out your daily expenses, find the gaps in your finances. Look for money that's sitting idle or not doing as much as it should. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Get a CPF Investment Account and take charge of things.
Save on income tax with an SRS Account, and even grow it.
Let your daily banking and spending grow your funds.
If you have enough emergency savings, you should start now. Check out the options available.
Stay protected while building for your future with an endowment.
Not only will you enjoy tax relief, but you can also invest the money in your SRS (Supplementary Retirement Scheme) Account for long term gains. Make withdrawals from the statutory retirement age, over 10 years or in a lump sum – you’ll get a 50% tax concession either way. Find out more about SRS here.
If you haven't got an SRS Account, start enjoying the benefits now.
If you've opened an SRS, you can contribute and start saving more.
To really grow your money, you'll need to invest. And do it in the long run. No matter your level of experience or how much time you wish to spend researching your investments, you'll find solutions that fit your needs. All at your fingertips, from the ease of DBS digiPortfolio to trading in global markets with Vickers.
Having adequate insurance coverage is also crucial so that an unexpected event does not disrupt your plans. There’s a complete selection to choose from to fit your budget, and it’s easy to upsize when you're ready.
An example is RetireReady Plus II, which aims to provide you with the assurance of a steady income and protection against the 'what ifs', so you're ready for whatever your golden years send you. Get more details here.
As you get closer to retirement, you'll want to ensure your nest egg lasts as long as you need it. That means figuring out how much you can sustainably spend while continuing to safely grow it to balance out inflation.
With the right tools and advice, you'll have the financial freedom to live as you wish, without relying on anyone else.
With the possibility of inflation eroding your accumulated nest egg, one way to beat inflation is to stay invested*. At the same time, you may want to extract a higher stream of retirement income to supplement CPF life payouts for your own lifestyle needs. Investment solutions that offer a decumulation share class could satisfy both requirements. These solutions aim to pay out a high monthly income that is sourced from a combination of portfolio returns as well as the capital of your investment.
To illustrate how this works, let’s take a look at an example: the Schroder Asia More+ fund
What are the key characteristics of this fund?
- This is an income-oriented, Asian multi-asset fund with modest capital appreciation potential.
- Designed for the Singapore investor: The fund can invest in Singapore securities and hedges a portion of FX back to SGD.
- Offers 3 share class options for clients with changing needs at different life stages:
Accumulation – where all potential coupons, dividends and capital gains are accumulated and re-invested.
Distribution – Aims to make payouts which are often sourced from a combination of coupons, dividends and capital gains earned by the fund.
Decumulation – Aims to make higher payouts which may be sourced from a combination of coupons, dividends, capital gain and your investment capital in the fund.
Check out this video to see how decumulation works
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*All investments come with risks and you can lose money on your investment. Invest only if you understand and can monitor your investment. Diversify your investments and avoid investing a large portion of your money in a single product issuer.
While your property slowly grows in value, it can be a source of cash for your retirement. A HDB Lease Buyback allows you to sell a portion of the flat's lease back to HDB. This would unlock a cash bonus and a stream of income through CPF Life without selling off your home.
Now that your financials are all sorted out, there’s just one last bit to do: making sure your loved ones are well provided for should the unexpected happen.
Like tightening a bolt or filling in gaps, these steps may take a while – but they'll also take a load off your mind.
A CPF Nomination lets you decide how to split it.
Ensure that you have a will, so your estate isn’t tied up.
Arrange for your wishes to be carried out with easy access to these public tools.
Set up a trust to ensure your assets continue to work for them.
Don’t worry. We’ll guide your loved ones to handle them.
You’ll need one on top of your will. A nomination lets you decide how your savings are distributed among your loved ones. But be sure to update it if there are changes in circumstances among your nominees or yourself – such as a marriage or if there’s a new member in the family. Got questions on CPF nominations? Get the answers here.
Having an updated will lets you plan and distribute your estate the way you see fit among your loved ones. It also avoids your estate being tied up in legal proceedings. You should consider who will receive your assets, in what proportion, as well as the person to execute your wishes.
Get your will done without fuss
Writing a will doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Get it done easily with the help of Willcraft, a quick, affordable, and fuss-free will-writing service. It only takes 20 minutes of your time. All DBS customers enjoy preferential rates.
To complement your retirement planning, Advance Care Plan (ACP) discussions facilitate the process of planning for one's current and future healthcare. It includes discussing one’s personal beliefs and goals for care with your loved ones and healthcare providers. In the event that you are unable to make decisions or speak for yourself, your Advance Care Plan guides your loved ones and the healthcare team to make decisions in your best interests.
Anyone can start their ACP today regardless of their age or health condition. Discussing and documenting your healthcare preferences with your loved ones and doctors can give everyone peace of mind.
With an ACP done, you should consider your other affairs.
Sometimes, due to illness you might not be able to make decisions for yourself. If that happens, leaving clear instructions for your loved ones may lessen the stress on family members in a difficult time.
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which lets you ('donor') appoint one or more persons ('donee(s)') to make decisions and act on your behalf, if you lose mental capacity to make your own decisions one day. Donee(s) can be appointed to act in two broad areas: personal welfare and/or property & affairs matters.
An Advanced Medical Directive informs the doctor that you don’t want extraordinary life-saving measures if you’re unconscious or terminally-ill.
Next, get your AMD witnessed and certified by a doctor.
To read up more about LPA and AMD, click here.
At the heart of a trust is peace of mind – knowing your assets are in a safe pair of hands. A Trustee can manage them to help fulfill your dreams and hopes for your loved ones, and ensure they receive their share as you've allocated. There are estate planning specialist firms in Singapore that can help you do this, from drafting a Will online through Goodwill, to end-to-end estate planning services with Precepts Trustee Ltd.
A trust is useful for family members with special needs. It aims to safeguard your money for your loved ones’ long-term care needs. Set up a trust with Special Needs Trust Co (SNTC), a non-profit trust company that provides affordable trust services for families with special needs.
SNTC will assist caregivers in setting up a trust account and, upon their demise or incapacity, disburse monies according to a care plan developed for their beneficiaries. SNTC is supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Public Trustee Office. The principal sum of the trust fund is guaranteed by the Government.
Parents can also tap on the Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS) to set aside their CPF savings for their children with special needs. Under SNSS, you can arrange for your loved ones to receive a regular stream of fixed payouts upon your demise.