CPF SMRA Minimum 4% Interest Extended to 31 Dec 2012

The government has decided to further extend the minimum 4% p.a. interest on Special, Medisave & Retirement Account (SMRA) until 31 Dec 2012. Money in SMRA which forms the first $60,000 of a CPF member’s combined balances will continue to earn 5% p.a.

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Changes to CPF and Medisave

CPF Board recently announced changes to CPF Minimum Sum, Medisave Minimum Sum and Medisave Contribution Ceiling to be effective from 1st July. The press release as follows:

CPF Minimum Sum

The Ministry of Manpower announced in August 2003 that the CPF Minimum Sum (MS) will be raised gradually to reach $120,000 (in 2003 dollars) in 2013. The increase in MS, which includes an adjustment for inflation, is to ensure that Singaporeans set aside sufficient savings for their retirement. In line with this policy, from 1 July 2011, the prevailing MS will be revised to $131,000, up from $123,000. Members who can set aside the MS fully in cash can apply to commence their monthly payouts of $1,170 when they reach their draw down age. The new MS will apply to CPF members who turn 55 from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012.

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