SRS

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SRS

Postby radiantmum » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:33 pm

What do you invest for your SRS account?

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Postby 30plus » Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:18 pm

Some ETF & Reits. Reason being - it is not that convenient for you to see the holdings & available cash in the account. So I buy something and let it rot there.

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Re: SRS

Postby starlight1968sg » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:05 pm

radiantmum wrote:What do you invest for your SRS account?

Some years ago when the times were good, I bought single premium plans. Now I leave it in the bank a/c to "rot". :roll:
You have any good lobang to recommend ? :wink:

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Postby daddy2007 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:41 pm

I am using it to invest in ETFs and some Blue Chip Stocks

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Re: SRS

Postby Angelight » Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:45 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:Some years ago when the times were good, I bought single premium plans. Now I leave it in the bank a/c to "rot". :roll:
You have any good lobang to recommend ? :wink:


There are single premium plans available that you can use your SRS account. Let me know if you need suggestions to get better returns more than 2% per annum.

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SRS

Postby yupapa » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:10 pm

SRS can be use for Shares now (same counters as CPF). I bot shares with SRS money, better return than let it 'rot' :D

BTW, regret putting money in SRS a/c, when wanna withdraw early, the penalty is outrages, govt tax you the full amt, including profit that you've earn through investment, it is like capital gain tax :x

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Re: SRS

Postby daddy2007 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:35 am

yupapa wrote:BTW, regret putting money in SRS a/c, when wanna withdraw early, the penalty is outrages, govt tax you the full amt, including profit that you've earn through investment, it is like capital gain tax :x


The money in your SRS is suppose for your usage after you turned 62.

One can easily saved $800 - $1000 in Income Tax if top up with full aount each yr

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Re: SRS

Postby yupapa » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:09 am

while there is saving, but at the cost of inflexiblity, can't respond to emergency or if the govt keep raising the retirement age.
Just feel that the 'penalty' should not be so high..

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yupapa wrote:BTW, regret putting money in SRS a/c, when wanna withdraw early, the penalty is outrages, govt tax you the full amt, including profit that you've earn through investment, it is like capital gain tax :x


The money in your SRS is suppose for your usage after you turned 62.

One can easily saved $800 - $1000 in Income Tax if top up with full aount each yr

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Postby 30plus » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:31 am

i would say the penalty is reasonable. being an optional retirement scheme, it does not suit everyone. it is not a saving account for your emergency money as well. so you need to make a decision before you put in money.

if your marginal tax rate is less than 8.x% bracket, you should consider not using it because the saving is small.

now assume you are in this bracket, you save 8% tax upfront. at retirement, you can spread the withdraw in 10 years and will be taxed for 50% of it. assuming you do not have income at that time and tax structure does not change, rough computation can show that you will pay pretty negligible tax.

if you need to withdraw early, then the question is why? you need to buy a house urgently? need to pay a ransom? to me, the most reasonable case is that you suddenly lost income. if this is the case, then you need to pay 5% penalty + currently tax. if you lost income, then the total penalty is not far away from the tax you have saved.

btw, once you open the SRS account, your withdraw age is fixed. further increase on retirement age does not have impact on you.

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Postby MrsTan » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:45 am

Yap, the withdrawal age is locked in the year u open the a/c, I just opened it last year and put in $1k in case they revised the retirement age this year.

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