This is possibly one of the most important change in recent decade that will affect our retirement planning and definitely worth reading: Recommendations by the CPF Advisory Panel.

I view with much excitement the proposed option for the Enhanced Payout. With an Enhanced Retirement Sum of $241,500 giving a monthly payout of $1,750 to $1,900. For a couple that maxed this out, that would mean $3,500 to $3,800 of monthly income post-retirement at age 65. That’s a hefty sum to meet retirement needs. The recommendations also suggested that this sum can be voluntarily topped up. I hope these can become tax-deductible as well.

I did a quick estimate, if I were to take the same sum of $241,500 (age 55) and achieve an annual rate of return of 6.5% for 10 years (age 65), and withdraw thereafter at 4% per year, I would only achieve $1,511 per month. Of …