Joint Press Release by CPF, HDB and MOH - Interest Rates from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 and Basic Healthcare Sum for 2021
CPF members below 55 years old will continue to earn interest rates of up to 3.5% per annum on their Ordinary Account (OA) monies, and up to 5% per annum on their Special and MediSave accounts (SMA) monies in the first quarter of 2021. These interest rates include an extra 1% interest paid on the first $60,000 of a member’s combined balances (with up to $20,000 from the OA).
For members aged 55 and above, the Government pays an extra 2% interest on the first $30,000 of their combined balances (with up to $20,000 from the OA), and an extra 1% on the next $30,000. As a result, members aged 55 and above will earn up to 6% interest per year on their retirement balances.
The extra interest paid to CPF members is part of the Government’s efforts to enhance the retirement savings for CPF members.
The extra interest received on the OA will go into the member’s Special Account (SA) or Retirement Account (RA). If a member is above 55 years old and participates in the CPF LIFE scheme, the extra interest will still be earned on his or her combined balances, which includes the savings used for CPF LIFE.
Interest Rate for CPF Ordinary Account and HDB Mortgage Rate
The OA interest rate will be maintained at 2.5% per annum from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.
Correspondingly, the concessionary interest rate for HDB mortgage loans, which is pegged at 0.1% above the OA interest rate, will remain unchanged at 2.6% per annum from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.
Interest Rate for Special and MediSave Accounts
The SMA interest rate will be maintained at 4% per annum from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.
Interest Rate for Retirement Account
The RA interest rate will be maintained at 4% per annum from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, as announced on 25 September 2020.
For more information on CPF interest rates and their computation, please visit cpf.gov.sg/InterestRates.
Basic Healthcare Sum for 2021
The Basic Healthcare Sum (BHS) is the estimated savings required for basic subsidised healthcare needs in old age. The BHS is adjusted yearly for members below age 65 to keep pace with the growth in MediSave withdrawals. Once members reach age 65, their BHS will be fixed for the rest of their lives.
From 1 January 2021,
1. For members below 65 years old, their BHS will be raised from $60,000 to $63,000.
2. For members who turn 65 years old in 2021, their BHS will be fixed at $63,000, which will not change thereafter.
For members aged 66 and above in 2021, their cohort BHS had already been fixed and will remain unchanged.
BHS is the cap to the MediSave Account (MA) and contributions in excess of a member’s BHS will be automatically transferred to his or her other CPF accounts. A higher BHS will allow for more savings to be kept in a member’s MA for his or her healthcare needs. CPF members do not have to top up their MA if they have less than the BHS.
For more information on the BHS for the respective cohorts, please visit cpf.gov.sg/BHS.
CPF members can visit cpf.gov.sg or call the CPF Call Centre at 1800-227-1188 for enquiries.