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Monday, 21 October 2019

Should I Transfer my OA Money to SA?



Today's post: Should I transfer my OA money to SA?
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There is a scheme in the CPF that allows you to transfer your money in your OA account to your Special Account (SA).

Benefit:
1) Higher Interest - SA gets 4% while OA gets 2.5%.

Considerations:
1) Money transferred from OA to SA cannot be transferred back - its a one-way traffic.
You will only be able to get the money back at age 55, IF you have met your minimum sum

2) The range of investment products that you can invest in becomes smaller.
SA is unable to invest in ETFs and other investment products, however, money in OA is allowed to invest in ETFs, and other investment products.

3) You can only transfer money from your OA to your SA until your SA hits the prevailing FRS (currently at $176,000). No more money can be transferred from your OA to your SA unless the FRS sum is raised again next year or if you managed to spend the money in your SA.
*Monthly contribution can still be contributed into your SA even if your SA has reached the minimum sum.

4) Should you have insufficient money in your OA to pay for your insurance premiums or your mortgage, you would be required to pay these in cash. You are unable to use the money in your SA to pay for almost anything.
So only transfer the excess money you will not be using if you wish to transfer from OA to SA.


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