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Joint Press Release by CPFB and HDB - Extension of Minimum 4% Interest Rate Floor on Special, MediSave and Retirement Account Monies until 31 December 2022
To help CPF members grow their savings, the Government has extended the 4% interest rate floor for interest earned on all Special, MediSave and Retirement Account (SMRA) monies for another year until 31 December 2022. Please refer to the Annex on how CPF members can further grow their savings with the 4% floor rate.
Since 1 January 2008, CPF interest rates have been pegged to market instruments of comparable risk and duration to ensure that members receive fair and reasonable interest rates. The Government had committed to maintaining a floor of 4% on SMRA interest and had subsequently extended the floor in light of the global economic conditions and the fact that interest rates had been exceptionally low. The current 4% interest rate floor is due to expire on 31 December 2021.
CPF members below 55 years old will be paid an extra 1% interest on the first $60,000 of their combined balances (with up to $20,000 from the Ordinary Account (OA)). They will continue to earn interest rates of up to 3.5% per annum on their OA monies, and up to 5% per annum on their Special and MediSave Account (SMA) monies in the last quarter of 2021.
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 annum on their retirement balances.
The extra interest paid to CPF members is part of the Government’s efforts to enhance the retirement savings of CPF members.
The extra interest received on the OA will go into the member’s Special Account (SA) or Retirement Account (RA) to enhance his or her retirement savings. If a member is above 55 years old and participates in the CPF LIFE scheme, the extra interest will continue to be earned on his or her combined balances, which includes the savings used for CPF LIFE.
The OA interest rate will be maintained at 2.5% per annum from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Correspondingly, the concessionary interest rate for HDB housing loans, which is pegged at 0.1% above the OA interest rate, will remain unchanged at 2.6% per annum from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021.
The SMA interest rate will be maintained at 4% per annum from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021.
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/CPFInterestRates.
CPF members can visit cpf.gov.sg or contact CPF Board through cpf.gov.sg/writetous for enquiries.