Singapore has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. For Singaporeans who are aged 65 today, about half of them are expected to live beyond 85, and a third are expected to live beyond 90. Future retirees, including those who will be turning 65 in the next few years are expected to live even longer. A growing proportion of retirees would therefore outlive their CPF savings if they were on the Minimum Sum Scheme. CPF LIFE is therefore a timely and significant enhancement to our retirement adequacy system. It will provide members with an income for life.
Taking in members’ feedback during the opt-in phase, CPF LIFE will be simplified to make choosing a plan easier for CPF members. Come 2013, members will have a choice between 2 CPF LIFE plans - a newStandard Plan, and the existing Basic Plan.
The new Standard Plan combines the best features of the two most popular plans (Balanced and Plus Plans), and will be the default CPF LIFE plan. The Standard Plan provides members with higher monthly payouts while preserving flexibility in the use of their Retirement Account (RA) savings for housing prior to age 65. Members also leave a bequest for their beneficiaries under the Standard Plan.
The Basic Plan will be retained for members who prefer a higher bequest and lower monthly payouts. This plan also provides flexibility for members who wish to use their RA savings for housing after 65 years old.
The simpler CPF LIFE scheme will be effective from 1 January 2013. The majority of members who turn 55 in 2013 will receive their CPF payouts after they reach 65 via CPF LIFE. More information on the new Standard Plan will be released in the third quarter of 2012. Members who turn 55 from 1 January 2013 will receive their customised CPF LIFE packages before they turn 55, and will have sufficient time (six months after their 55th birthday) to choose their preferred CPF LIFE plan, before the default Standard Plan applies.
Existing CPF LIFE policyholders on any of the 4 current plans can continue to remain on their existing plans. An existing policyholder may also choose to switch to the new Standard Plan before 31 Dec 2013 if he or she finds that it now better meets his or her retirement needs. Existing policyholders will receive customised informational packages from the third quarter of 2012, to help them better understand the differences between their existing plans and the new Standard plan.
For more information, please click here for the joint MOM-CPFB News Release.
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